Shasta County Satellite Office

As a holistically minded therapist, I begin by seeing all of my clients in their inherent wholeness, already containing what is necessary inside of themselves to heal and uncover solutions to life problems instead of focusing completely on the problem and the elimination of unwanted symptoms, I look at the whole system of a person, seeing “negative” symptoms as the result of undiscovered and underdeveloped parts of the self.

Tatiana Diakoff, intern at Holos InstituteIn therapy I provide a safe and non-judgemental environment for exploration and healing to take place, continuously meeting my client wherever they are and helping them to access their own motivations for change. I carry an authentic and direct presence that allows for honest and open communication to unfold and the client’s own self-awareness to develop.

I use an integral approach that emphasizes a person’s inherent wisdom and works to broaden the expression of their unique qualities and strengths. From this collaborative and connected place, we work together to bring awareness and active solutions to unwanted behaviors and life problems.

As we begin to understand you from a holistic perspective by bringing present-moment awareness (mindfulness) to your past and present experiences, your self-understanding can begin to expand and deepen and old ways of feeling and behaving can more naturally shift and release. Simultaneously, we can explore and develop new ways of approaching your current situation with understanding and clarity, from a more resourced place inside yourself.

I believe that it’s from this centered and present place of self-understanding and authentic expression that we are better able to consciously navigate our lives, bounce back from difficulties and experience deeper feelings of satisfaction, self-acceptance, intimacy and connectedness in our lives.

Eco-therapy and The Expressive Arts

In my work I hold a strong foundational understanding in the healing capacities of nature and creativity. Both these modalities have the potential to assist people in becoming more attuned and connected to themselves and their surrounding environment.

The themes, images and metaphors that naturally emerge during expressive art experiences are inherently alive and rich with meaning, allowing people to explore their situation from a different vantage point, gain insight and express themselves from a less linear or cognitive place.

In working with individuals, youth and families, the expressive arts are an incredibly useful tool to externalize and create distance from “the problem”. Creating a certain amount of distance from a life problem can provide a new vantage point from which to explore possible solutions and opportunities to understand behavior. In addition, play therapy and the expressive arts are especially useful for young people, helping them to express and discuss topics that they’re unable to approach using talk therapy techniques alone.

Whenever possible, I love to take young people into the outdoors, providing them with opportunities to truly encounter themselves. Encounters in nature can assist young people in building self-confidence and developing a sense of responsibility by overcoming different challenges that activities in the outdoors can provide.

Some of the specific issues that I work with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life-cycle transitions (for youth and adults)
  • Career related growth and development
  • Difficulties with the menstrual cycle – PMS, depression, irritability, low-energy
  • Stress management
  • Family or relational discord
  • Positive parenting
  • Youth mentorship and counseling
  • Processing grief and bereavement
  • Guidance for spiritual and personal growth

Some Approaches I draw from:

  • Attachment theory
  • Humanistic/person-centered therapy
  • Expressive art therapy
  • Eco-therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Somatic awareness
  • Interpersonal neurobiology
  • Solution-focused techniques
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Systems theory

Education and Experience

I earned my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Expressive Art Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. My therapeutic experience encompasses work with individuals, families and couples as well as providing mentorship and youth counseling for adolescents and teens. I have received specialized training in eco-therapy methods and have been an active participant in Indigenous and Earth-based spiritual practices for almost ten years. Previous to my counseling training and experience, I was a working artist. During this time I also co-directed Art Matters, a program for adults with developmental disabilities, helping to facilitate experiences of self-empowerment, personal expression and professionalism through the artistic process. I have a deep love for nature and the outdoors and feel most content while hiking, gardening, dancing, making art or spending time with loved ones.

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