Katerim is a bilingual (Spanish/English) therapist who has experience working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. She has worked in various clinical settings with diverse populations, including outpatient, schools, hospital and community-based agencies. She is very passionate about supporting people to achieve their goal and empowering patients in their life journey. Her goal is to create a safe place for patients and allow them to feel comfortable working with her as you go through the healing journey. She is committed to holding a genuine joyful safe space for patients. She adds value to her patients’ lives by helping to build courage, feel empowered, and embrace their strengths. Her work allows her to be a part of different journeys and guide people through difficult times, which she truly enjoys doing.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
I am honored to be a support to those facing difficulties and challenges in life. I am a compassionate listener with a wide range of clinical skills and expertise. I am culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed, anti-racist, weight-inclusive, kink-aware, poly friendly and queer. My goal is to create a safe space for you and to guide you in exploring your internal world and the root issues to your concerns.
Garine Kevranian specializes in treating trauma and its effects, working within modalities such as EMDR, expressive arts, and mindfulness-based therapy. She received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco.
Gar believes therapy is a collaboration and tailors her work with each client to best suit their needs, desires, and goals. She aims to address specific stuck points and areas clients would like to see change in their lives.
Trauma Support Group
Would you like to learn more about trauma and its effects? Our virtual group is a space for adults to learn more about trauma and PTSD while understanding its manifestations and outcomes. This group offers folks a chance to better understand distressing experiences, to process trauma’s effects, and to learn new coping skills.
If you are an adult seeking information and support for trauma, please join us in this learning and healing space.
Ideal candidates are also receiving individual therapy.
Courageous Living Skills Class
If you are a WOMAN who has experienced more than your fair share of pain, this group is for you.
Do you find that you must show up everyday and be BRAVE just to make it through?
Press the PAUSE button on shame spirals, panic attacks, isolation, confusion and all sorts of unpleasant experiences that have taken your JOY, POWER and SELF-CONFIDENCE.
The COURAGEOUS LIVING SKILLS CLASS is a space where you can LEARN to:
– land in the present moment
– breathe with greater ease
– create community with women who ‘get it’
– use skills and techniques that make living easier
When awful things happen, it is human nature that we close ourselves to experiences that could lead to more hurt. What many people don’t learn, though, is how to unlock the pain and grief that is held within.
We’ve got you.
Within the Courageous Living Skills Class, we welcome you and all parts of you. For 1 hour per week, you are invited to learn simple tools and practice simple skills that will magnify clarity and calm in your life.
We are focused on removing the blocks that are keeping you from living an empowered life as well as keeping a focus on where you want to go and building habits that will get you there.
You will never be pressed to share more than you want. Your privacy is important. Everything you do talk about in the group is just for us to know and work through together.
Understand more about what happens to people when they encounter overwhelming experiences, get to know your individual strengths, the strengths of your community and positively transform your life and the life of those around you.
Call or email our office to schedule an intake chat. This gives Wendy and Marissa an opportunity to get to know you better, to answer any questions you have about the group and will also serve as an opportunity to support you with preparing for the learning and growing experience ahead.
I am a mixed (Black biracial) clinician working with mixed and multi-heritage folks in my private practice. I am trained as an expressive arts therapist, and use expressive arts including art, creative writing, and movement to help folks improve communication, connection, and contentment.
I believe that all of us, including and especially those of us that do not often see ourselves reflected in the world around us, have to use our creativity to create the world as we need it to be, as opposed to how it is.
Everything comes down to our relationships with ourselves and others. I would love to help you find the connection that you are yearning for with your inner self and with the outside world.
Rory Valentine Diller
Ride the wave…
Ride the wave is an expression that reminds us that sorrow, pain, happiness, triggers, relapses, slips, high highs, low lows, and everything in-between need not be waves that consume us, overtake us, define us, or drown us; rather we can gently and skillfully navigate these waves, from the surface, as if on a psychological or spiritual surfboard, with the help of others, our Wise Mind, our Higher Power, or Self, or Source keeping us afloat.
Our offices in Santa Cruz sit on the unceded territory of the Awaswas, one of the eight divisions of the Ohlone people. Their descendants are known today as the Amah-Mutsun Tribal Band. You can learn more about their conservation efforts that continue to this day and consider a donation HERE. Our offices in Oakland sit on the unceded territory of the Bay Miwok, also of the Ohlone people. Some of their descendants are members of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe.
We honor the history that precedes us, we are grateful for the opportunity to work and live here and offer healing and relationship to clients and each other, on these indigenous peoples’ traditional homelands.
Please join us in taking a moment of silence to pay respect to all Ohlone people past and present.