I am a psychotherapist providing support and safety for you to explore the intricate landscapes of your inner worlds. I'll help you tap into your mind, body, imagination, heart, and spirit, as well as your sense of yourself as part of the world community.
I believe that only by embracing the full spectrum of emotions can we find freedom and fulfillment. Love, grief, anger, sadness, joy, jealousy, and reverence all have space inside us. Making space for all of your feelings allows you to become more intimately familiar with yourself. That which you celebrate about yourself - the unclaimed or hidden parts of yourself - as well as everything in between has a role in therapy. Together we will look at all of who you are.
The process of therapy is collaborative. Old trauma and wounds can undermine your ability to be yourself. Some feelings are so painful that we'll do anything to avoid them, while others seem to control our entire lives. In therapy, it's up to you to decide what to explore. As we slow down and embrace each moment, we help you cultivate mindfulness toward and focus upon your experiences. In so doing, your unique voice can begin to emerge. Together we will untangle the threads that prevent you from becoming your fullest, truest self.
Sometimes words aren't enough to access or describe our feelings. To help you voice that which cannot be verbalized, I use somatics (body-centered approaches) and expressive arts in therapy.
I work with couples, children, and adolescents, including LGBT, queer, and heterosexual couples. I affirm all types of relationships - both traditional and non-traditional.
I hold a BA in Feminist Studies and Performance from Mills College and an MA in Counseling Psychology from CIIS. I completed the Level 1 Training for the Treatment of Trauma at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. I also have training in dance, art, poetry, music, dreamwork, somatic, and sandplay therapies.
or Call Lilia Leshan, MFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 07546