Individual and family therapy Specialty areas
LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Care
Our LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Care includes care for the whole sexuality and gender spectrum. We see the entire spectrum of queer identities as valid and worthy of specialized, well informed support. For those seeking gender affirmative care, care also can include referrals to medical resources for gender health care (Hormone Replacement Therapy, Hormone Blockers, Gender Affirmation Surgeries, etc). While we do not consider ourselves experts in the following, we also welcome those who identify with ethically non-monogamous, polyamorous, and kink communities.
As a queer individual, participating in LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Care will help you to identify and overcome any barriers to living authentically within your identity. The exploration and expression of your identity will be validated and celebrated. If you don’t know already, you’ll learn how society can systematically work to discourage authentic expression of natural identities, and learn to take any blame and shame off of yourself. You’ll learn ways that you personally can best thrive within a marginalized identity.
Trauma Informed Care
“Trauma is what happens inside you as a result of what happens to you.” - Dr Gabor Maté
Our trauma informed care includes both single incident traumas (trauma as a result of assaults, accidents, natural disasters, etc), along with relational trauma (trauma that comes from unhealthy, abusive, or painful family, romantic, or other interpersonal relationships). Our trauma informed modalities include Compassionate Inquiry, Internal Family Systems, and EMDR.
Whether or not the tough experiences in your past actually “clinically count” as trauma, we can help you to explore how your personal and generational history has shaped you. Healing from trauma or other equally challenging experiences can look like releasing your negative core beliefs, helping you to better access your emotions and feel them safely, reconnecting you with your body and gut instincts, and / or empowering you to assertively navigate your life. We will help you to get to the root of the internal processes that are holding you back so that you can move forward with more clarity and confidence.
We support with the following types of concerns that can be associated with trauma:
Low Self Esteem
Equine Assisted Life Coaching
Equine Assisted Life Coaching is available for ages 18+ and is a supplemental service to individual therapy. Are you interested in a unique healing experience on an ocean view ranch in Malibu? Equine Assisted Life Coaching holds a variety of opportunities in connecting with your inner child, your inner playfulness and innocence, increasing your own self awareness, and learning to enhance your communication in relationships through working with the horses. A portion of the fee goes directly to horse care and horse supplies for Connemara Ranch.
Note: Closed toed shoes and long pants required. Some combination of sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and protective clothing are suggested. Bring any water or snacks. Previous experience with horses not required. Equine Assisted Life Coaching is not a trail ride experience, but trail rides can be booked with Talley at Connemara Ranch directly. Availability depends on ranch schedule and sessions will be canceled during rain or other unsuitable conditions. Please expect to get a little dirty and dress in clothing that you can be active in. Additional liability releases will be signed at the ranch. Ages 18 and younger or those with incompatible schedules with Angela may book equine services through Connemara Ranch directly.
Immigration evaluations are available for those who have a current immigration legal case and are in need of an evaluation in order to improve chances of winning their case.
Services are offered for the following types of legal cases:
Hardship/Cancellation of Removal
Note: this is not therapy and we will only need to meet 1-3 times, depending on the case. Please inquire about payment plans, and expedited turnaround fees. Limited sliding scale and pro-bono opportunities available for those with financial hardship in the LGBTQ+ community.
All evaluations are conducted in English and for those currently in California only.