Gellaine (Je-lane) is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who centers her work through creativity and authentic connections with her clients. Using art therapy, play therapy, and a strengths based approach, she encourages clients to use their imaginations and curiosity to explore struggles and concerns. She is energetic and passionate about working with children, teens, and families.
Welcome to my private practice: Are you distressed and need more support? Many seek therapy to end or alleviate often life long or long term painful symptoms or patterns that may be too complex to address on their own that may be very treatable. I provide a safe, nonjudgmental, supportive place and work collaboratively to help develop awareness and skills and through therapeutic modalities to improve or eliminate distressing symptoms or problems to assist you in reaching your full potential. Education: UC Berkeley-BA in Psychology and a Doctorate from California School of Professional Psychology.
Choosing to see a therapist is about you wanting to make some changes in yourself or in your life. The most important job I have as your therapist is to provide you with a non-judgmental space to explore your issues, your feelings and to help you find a solution that will ultimately make you feel better.
Do you want to work through unhelpful patterns, heal old wounds or learn new ways of coping and relating? I can help. I work with adults who want relief from depression or anxiety, or who need support with navigating a difficult loss or life transition. In addition, I assist individuals who wish to understand and transform patterns that are negatively impacting their self-esteem, relationships, work or parenting. My specialties include PTSD, complex trauma (CPTSD), childhood abuse and neglect and attachment injuries.
Marriage is complicated. When trouble starts, most couples try to fix it on their own. That's a good thing. The problems come when the couple isn't able to repair what's broken, yet they don't seek professional help soon enough. One study reports that most couples wait six years before going into therapy. By then, the layers of pain have piled up. <> After working with couples for many years, I've developed a unique method of untangling the hurt and getting to the heart of the matter. Most couples can heal relatively quickly and enjoy lasting results.
I invite you to collaborate with me in cultivating inner peace and greater life satisfaction. While stress and anxiety are all too common nowadays, my years of practicing a wide variety of therapeutic approaches allow me to offer you many possibilities for effective change. As a seasoned therapist, I'm skilled at creating a supportive environment for you to explore and transform your responses to life's challenges.
I carefully tailor my approach to meet your individual needs, combining strategies that will best address your particular concerns.
I am a seasoned psychotherapist treating clients who are experiencing emotional distress such as: relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, anxiety, grief and loss,and trauma. Adults in my practice are often in need of support in moving through painful situations in their lives. These might include divorce and separation, mid-life transitions, grief and loss and family challenges. In my work with adolescents and children, I address impulsivity depression, academic failure, phobias (social and environmental),and developmental delays.
Your body does not determine your value. However, you're surrounded by a culture that tells you otherwise. You take up too much space. Diet. Nevermind that 95 percent of people fail at diets, it's YOUR fault. You've dieted until you don't even recognize your relationship with food anymore. You can't hear your body, let alone trust it. Your concept of your body and your relationship with it are off. You don't even know what standard you're reaching for anymore. You just know you're not what you're supposed to be, not valuable or acceptable. You're depressed, anxious, and preoccupied. We weren't designed to live this way.
Are you feeling off-balance and unsure about how to move forward in separation and divorce? Are you wondering how you will get through the next chapter of your life in a healthy and effective way? Transitions are hard. Changes in your partnership, life and routine can be huge emotional burdens to bear. I know firsthand the need for specialized mental health counseling for women when navigating new chapters of life. Allow me the opportunity to guide you towards new boundaries, goals, and feelings of confidence and satisfaction.
I am a psychotherapist with ten years of experience helping people improve their relationships and create physical, emotional, and mental wellness. I enjoy working with children, adolescents and adult individuals, as well as with couples and families. My work centers on creating safe, supportive relationships that enable my clients to heal and grow. I've also worked extensively with people who've had a range of traumatic experiences (e.g., emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and neglect). enabling them to experience more satisfying relationships with themselves and others.
I am both a therapist and an ordained Zen Buddhist priest working with all faiths and beliefs. In our work together I use and am trained in traditional psychodynamic, Gestalt and body oriented modalities and use mindfulness based practices helping clients become grounded in the present moment. My areas of expertise include working with couples in mindfulness and communication, resolving conflicts and differences in ways that lead to a new start. I am able to work with you on a wide variety of psychological and/or spiritual issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, separations and other life changes.
I help clients to find their compass, to connect with others meaningfully and fully feel their feelings, fend off anxious or depressive thoughts and emotions through helpful and healthy coping skills. I bring curiosity and compassionately challenge you, support you to increase insight and action in your journey towards a more satisfactory life; expressing your full potential, finding what makes you tick, resolving past traumas, or managing symptoms of mental illness, so you can increase flexibility, resilience, and create a more balanced life. My style is mindful, embodied and playful, spiritual and grounded.
"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate."- Dr. Carl Jung. I am a clinical psychologist who has been in practice for 17 years working with men and women who have diverse backgrounds and experiences. My therapeutic style is warm, supportive and encouraging. I believe growth occurs when we learn to understand why we are struggling. Yet struggling alone can lead to feeling overwhelmed, lost, and stuck. Turning to someone for support and guidance often leads to self-awareness, clarity, direction and empowerment.
Your everyday choices reflect the meaning you are attempting to bring to your life. Big or small, they are rooted in your in past, hopes, desires, needs, dreams, etc. There are times, however, when you experience trauma, severe life stressors, or times of crisis that impact your ability to make healthy choices producing confusion, fear, anger, and sadness. You may even feel as if it is a struggle to find ease, happiness, and peace. The journey to be more self-aware, to bring more contentment and joy in your life and to connect with others in healthy ways is the destination that you and I will strive towards.
I work with people on their communication and relational issues, life transitions, work issues, and problem solving, I have a strong background in academic/learning related issues, trauma, grief, health issues, and relationships, as well as deepening connection with one's self.
As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 years of clinical experience, I provide psychotherapy for children, teens, adults, and families in Marin and San Francisco. My professional focus is helping my clients find the right theapeutic tools so that they can move beyond destructive thinking and feeling patterns, have new insight and healing regarding past traumas, and face their life challenges with confidence.
I provide therapeutic support for adults, children, teens, and families that have experienced psychological trauma, are experiencing a challenging life transition, or want to build self-awareness and resiliency. My focus is working with children and their parents, especially between the ages of 3 to 7 years old, using Play Therapy. With all ages of individuals I have the ability to get to the root causes of psychological symptoms using Psychodynamic Therapy and Sandplay Therapy. I also use evidence based short term treatment modalities such as CBT, depending on my clients desires and needs.
YOU ARE DOING "ALL*THE*THINGS," but you’re emotionally and physically exhausted all the time. You're on autopilot, going through the daily motions, but not living your best life. You put your needs last, with caring for others first. You don’t want to burden or worry your friends or family, with your problems. You self sacrifice only to stay stressed and unfulfilled, with your life and relationships. There is no work-life balance and you don’t know where to start. You don't have to continue down this stressful path, you can gain back energy. CHANGE IS POSSIBLE. With getting the right help, you can create a life worth living!
Over twenty-five years ago I walked out of my first session as a therapist in gratitude that I had found work I loved. Today I am equally fascinated by and grateful for this opportunity to connect with others and be a part of their growth toward emotional, relational, mental, and spiritual wholeness. I specialize in working with couples and other relationships, but also have significant experience in helping with depression, anxiety, grief, adjustment, military lifestyle, personal growth and life skills. Integrating my training, experience, skill and personality, I create an adaptable course of therapy for each client's unique circumstances.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in San Rafael are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in San Rafael then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in San Rafael, or Child Psychologists in San Rafael.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like San Rafael psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in San Rafael specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.