Meet Abigail

 
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about me…

I'm a multicultural individual with a diverse background and a love for empowering my fellow sisters. I received my bachelors in psychology from the University of California Davis and my Master's in Counseling Psychology from the University of Palo Alto, where I was honored for academic excellence and membership into Chi Sigma Lota.

My experience supporting women formally began in 2010 when I became a trained crisis counselor for a woman's crisis hotline. From there I pursued graduate studies in psychology where I fell in love with women's psychology.

My passion for this works is both personal and professional. Personally I am no stranger to internal suffering and the weight of societal pressure put on us women. In addition I truly believe now, more than ever, we need women to come together and lead. I know personally how transformative this work can be and I am called to share this knowledge with other women so together we can heal ourselves and this world.  

When I'm not working you can find me drawing, reading tarot cards, and enjoying the beach.

about my style…

I have been told I'm not like other therapists because I talk with my clients, offer them feedback, share knowledge, and do what I can to empower my clients so they are not dependent on me.

When you work with me I will share with you the leading research in psychology so you can be fully informed about your health, mind, and body. I will share with you step-by-step protocols to help you deal with your anxiety, depression, and even heal trauma. I will guide you through self-inquiry in order to strengthen your intuition and confidence. When you work with me I will collaborate, discuss, and problem solve with you, and I will be authentic, transparent, and there by your side.

Modalities I incorporate include mindfulness, somatic exercises, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

T H E R A P E U T I C   O R I E N A T I O N

Every therapist has what we call in the industry an "orientation." It's essentially the lens through which the therapist sees the client and how they think psychological challenges form and how they should be addressed. Below I try to summarize and share with you in plain terms what my orientation is. When searching for a therapist I recommend asking them what their orientation is.

Somatic » Your body and mind are connected. Mental distress can be relieved by using movement and increasing your connection to your body's intuition. Somatic psychotherapy believes individuals need to learn strategies for supporting the body's ability to rebalance it's biochemistry in order to reduce chronic stress and trauma. 

Attachment » Your early childhood relationships create a  "blue-print" for how you relate to others and yourself. Here's an example. If your parent was unavailable (either physically or emotionally) you might unconsciously continue to attract people who are unavailable and you will come to believe you don't deserve love, or you never get what you want in love. Attachment theory would say you can break this pattern by understanding your "blue-print" and learning skills to rebuild a new "blue-print," one that will attract healthy, loving relationships with yourself and others.

Feminist » Feminist counseling studies the unique psychological challenges women face (birth, abortion, societal stress to "have it all", body image, motherhood, objectification, slut shaming, et cetera) and seeks to empower women with a sort of "psychological armour" so they remain resilient and strong. Feminist counseling seeks to encourage women to be proud of their unique biology and understand how the female biology plays a role in your emotional well-being. Feminist counseling believes you (as a woman) are inherently strong and healing comes from providing space for you to remember your inner strength. 

Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) » ACT is a mindfulness and skills based approach. It invites you to learn to respond differently and more intentionally to your inner emotions and thoughts. Your human mind comes hardwired with this annoying habit of playing stories in your head, revisiting mistakes, constantly asking why and what if. We often try to suppress or avoid these thoughts and emotions but this only intensifies them. ACT invites you to acknowledge your internal thoughts and feelings, without judgement because in doing so you will then be able to re-write them and end cycles of anxiety y and depression. 

EXPERIENCE, education, & training

2008 BA Psychology, University of California Davis

2010 Womens Crisis Counselor, Exhale

2014 Adolescent Psychotherapist, Youth Service Bureau

2016 MA Counseling Psychology, Palo Alto University

2017 Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Edgewood

2018 Associate Clinician, Womens Counseling, Private Practice

ACT Level I Training

ACT for Trauma Advanced Training

Certified Women's Circle Facilitator, Sistership Circle

 
What stood out most for me, about Abigail, was she really cared about her clients and was passionate about the work that she did with them.
— Jan A, MA LMFT - Clinical Supervisor and Clinician