Cheaney Psychotherapy

About Me
 
We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known. 
  -Brene Brown
 

The vulnerability it takes to search for, make contact, and show up for therapy is
immense. It takes guts. I'm so glad you're here.
 
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.I have a Master of Arts degree from
Argosy University in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Arts in Education from the 
University of California, Santa Cruz. I hold a B.A. from Northern Arizona University
in Psychology. I am a member of The California Association of Marriage
and Family Therapists.
 
My Approach:
 
My primary goal is to create a safe, open, judgment free environment. It is my belief that
people at every age are the experts of their experiences and have the answers they seek
already within themselves. I work with you to uncover your unique truth, while helping
you gain tools to more wholly experience your daily life.
 
I have worked with children and youth for the past 13 years in both schools and community-based organizations. I also have experience working therapeutically with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, and other distress related to physical and sexual trauma. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults in the LGBTQIA+ community, as well.
 
My approach is centered in Object Relations and Attachment Theory, as I believe that our drive to attach, and how we learn to relate to others early in our lives, plays a major role in how we move through the world and interact with ourselves and others.
 
In working with kids, I come from a similar orientation; however, the work typically looks different from my work with adults. Because young children do not ordinarily have the same capacity as adolescents and adults to verbalize and find insight into their feelings and thoughts, they often communicate best through play. I offer a safe, accepting environment for kids to play through the confusion or "stuckness" that is causing distress. I work closely with parents throughout therapy to ensure that the work done in session carries into everyday life.