- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Registered Associate MFT #135763
Master of Arts in Integral Counseling Psychology
Allow me to help you carry the stress of life. We’ll create a space for you to clear your mind, feel into the present moment and feel the feelings that may have built up. Together, we’ll tend to parts of you that usually go unseen.
My energy is relaxed, warm, engaged, and curious. I like to use metaphors and visuals to make insights more memorable. I believe therapy should always be non-judgemental, trauma-informed, and consensual.
Here are some of the things we might work with in our therapy sessions:
● Getting to know different ‘parts’ of yourself, even those that have been kept in the shadows
● Feeling support to make challenging life decisions
● Recovering from a traumatic experience
● Understanding the family system you’re a part of more deeply and honestly
● Reclaiming your strengths
● Learning to cope in a healthier way
● Connecting to what you want in relationships and creating boundaries that support you
Finding the right therapist can be a tricky task! Research shows the best predictor of successful therapy is the solidness of the relationship between the therapist and the client - so “fit” is important! I recommend reaching out to me for a free phone (or Zoom) consultation so that we can connect human-to-human. Often, that’s a good way to see if the vibe feels right to you. We can discuss what you want to work on, how I can help you, and the logistics of scheduling, fee, payment, etc. I’m here to get the information you need and assist in the process of finding the right therapist.
I found therapy early in life. Therapy helped me notice the same mental health problem was passed down from generation-to-generation within my family. Patterns, ways of relating, and behaviors shared within our family and culture affect our lives significantly, often without our conscious awareness. I didn’t want to suffer from the same issue - but I wasn’t sure how to fight the great force of “repetition compulsion”.
My personal life mission is to ‘break the cycle’ within my family and find healing and freedom for myself. My belief is that healing myself will create a ripple effect in the greater world and certainly, down the lineage of my family for generations to come.
As a therapist, I’m skilled at helping others notice what patterns they’re playing out and providing direction on how to find a new way. By learning to leave what’s “not yours”, you can find a more authentic self.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Communication from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
I have worked in organizations within the fields of women’s healthcare and alternative / functional medicine. I have over a decade of experience in personal healing through therapy, somatic processing, yoga and meditation, and psychedelics.
I specialize in healing trauma. Trauma isn’t necessarily an event like a car accident or a war. Trauma might be: experiencing sustained microaggressions, a breakup you never fully bounced back from, a childhood where a parent didn’t see you - or any number of things.
The impact of trauma is a nervous system that’s stuck in the past. The symptoms of trauma vary and may include: nervousness, fatigue, feeling ‘triggered’, spacing out, numbness, sleep issues, feeling fearful, confusion (+ more).
Through our relationship, parts work (aka Internal Family Systems) and body-based insights, I can help you reset your nervous system and feel more like yourself. In parts work, we get to know different parts of you and resolve inner conflict. With body-based insight (sometimes called somatic psychotherapy), we’ll connect the mind and body and take cues from the body’s clues.
- Children: 7-12
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Premarital Couples
- Persons in Polyamorous Relationships
- Gender Fluid or Gender Non-Conforming Individuals
- LGBTQIAA+ persons
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons Recovering from Domestic Violence
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons Struggling with/Recovering from Addiction
- Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
Burners, Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Experiential Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Internal Family Systems, Parts Work
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Marenka Cerny, LMFT 49924