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Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Berkeley, CA

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Terra Brigando, MA, AMFT

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Psychodynamic and Attachment-Based Pyschotherapy
I am not currently accepting new clients.

Deciding to seek therapy can be a wonderful way to work toward living a life that is in line with our value system. Taking this step can feel daunting, and I am here to create a safe space for you so that together we can explore the patterns and areas in your life that you are hoping to understand or change. I know firsthand as both a therapist and a client how deeply transformative therapy can be, and my goal as a therapist is to create a warm, empathetic, honest, and judgement-free space for you to feel seen, understood, and witnessed on this journey of being human.

I see the therapeutic relationship as a place where great healing can occur. We transform within the safety and trust of secure relationships, and it is my goal to provide that for you. You are the expert on your own life, and I am here as a guide to help you discover your truths, change patterns and dynamics that are no longer serving you, strengthen and clarify your relationships, and learn to trust and accept yourself. I offer a safe space for you to explore your past and present circumstances, as well as your inner world and emotions, and I see myself as a curious, supportive, and compassionate collaborator to help you tap into your innate strengths and resources. I tailor my approach to what might work best for you and value your input along the way. I draw from a variety of theoretical models. Most notably, I work within a Psychodynamic and Attachment Theory framework. I also utilize strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Bio
I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and received my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley in 2018. I also received a Master’s in Creative Writing from Mills College in 2012. I enjoy working with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families, and have experience with those facing situations related to:

Anxiety
Depression
Communication issues
Family dynamics
Relationship challenges
Life transitions
Self-esteem
Identity exploration
Trauma
Grief and loss
Parenting
LGBTQIA
Substance use
Eating issues
Body image
Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum

I value working with clients of all backgrounds and identities. Everyone is welcome here!

In my free time, I like to read and write, hike, cook, and spend time with my dog and family. I’m looking forward to meeting you.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life Transitions
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  Loneliness
 Adolescents  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Anger Management  Marriage Counseling
 Anxiety and Panic  Men's Issues
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Bicultural Difficulties  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Body Image Issues  Play Therapy
 Caregiver Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Children's Counseling  Premarital Counseling
 Chronic Illness  Problem Gambling
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Relationship Issues
 Couples Therapy  Self Esteem Issues
 Depression  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Divorce  Sexual Dysfunction
 Family Conflict  Stress Management
 Gay or Lesbian Issues  Trauma and PTSD
 Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Women's Issues
 Grief and Loss  Work and Career Issues
Certifications
 Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (MFTI)  Psychotherapy (MA)
Education/Training
MA in Counseling Psychology from The Wright Institute, 2018
Memberships
CAMFT
License:Registered Associate MFT #109973 Supervised by Patricia Ortiz, LMFT, license #MFC 46125
Location
BerkeleyCA 94705
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