BEVERLY ELLISON, PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Change is the Only Constant
Are you struggling with issues related to trauma, anxiety, sexuality, and gender? Are you doing ok, but want to be happier, healthier, more whole?
Healing happens in collaboration, when your changes are witnessed and encouraged with compassion. I offer affirmation, exploration, and guidance towards your unique, authentic, and most sacred life path. I would like to help you co-create a life in which you thrive.
Book a 20 minute in-person consultation to ask any questions you might have and to discuss how I can help you.
SPECIALITIES & INTERESTS:
Trauma, anxiety, resilience, social justice,
gender, sex, sexuality, feminism, BDSM,
spirituality, Earth-based and Eastern religions, transformation.
LEARN ABOUT MY METHODS
You are the expert of your life and what is best for you. And if what you have tried is not helping as much as it used to, or not at all, it may be time to brainstorm new coping skills.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
This is one of the best evidence-based practice to reduce or even eliminate the symptoms associated with trauma and PTSD. Trauma-related symptoms may include flashbacks and nightmares, avoidance, drug use, shame, guilt and self-blame, anger, fear, exaggerated startle response, difficulty sleeping and depression and anxiety. I feel honored to be trusted with your painful experiences. I find joy in helping you heal. For more information about EMDR please go to the National EMDR website: www.emdria.org.
Humor, playfulness, and an understanding that the way you present yourself to me may be the way you are in the world outside of therapy. All these inform how I relate to you and how I can guide you towards healing.
The past is gone and only a memory. The future does not (yet) exist. Here and now is where you are and where you are able to rediscover your power. Being present in the present enables us to be conscious and make choices in our lives.
Self-criticism, self-doubt, self-sabotage, harsh self-talk and anxiety are often soothed with a simple practice of self-compassion. I enjoy guiding you to deeper levels of self-compassion, or introducing you to how to be compassionate towards yourself.
EFT (Emotionally-Focused Therapy)
Emotion-Focused Therapy understands that the most important people in our life, our family, friends, and intimate partners are more than just temporary relationships. EFT is based on Attachment Theory, which states that are attachment relationships are vital to our self-esteem, our happiness, and even our survival. Interdependent relationships, not codependent or hyperindividualistic dynamics, create happy healthy humans. Our emotions lead us to knowledge and wisdom about how to get our wants and needs met, or what to do when we cannot get what we want and need. EFT can heal relationships and give us greater compassion.
Eastern religions, such as Taoism and Buddhism, have offered the wisdom of Oneness. Non-dual psychotherapy is not just about discussing Oneness, it is a felt experience of unity and connection within the therapeutic relationship. When two humans focus the intent on healing reciprocal shared energy can create transformation. This is an ineffable spiritual experience.
Transpersonal therapy includes spiritual practices and experiences of your and sometimes my framework. Healing is a spiritual experience that does not need to be infused with spirituality. I encourage you to bring your spiritual practices to heal and I can invite you explore other paths to healing and Divinity.
When we submerge ourselves in the silence of earth, the comfort of water, the peace of air and the passion of fire, we can transform ourselves in tandem and within the power of Mother Earth. For those of us who feel relaxed at the ocean, in the woods, climbing a mountain, or digging in the soil as we garden, we already know the healing power of Nature. Earth-based religions, meditation, social-justice, cross-cultural wisdom and mythology from around the world all inform my spiritual practices. I also have formal education in comparative religions, both World Religions and other Religions such as African-Diasporic traditions. We each have a spiritual path as unique to each one of us as our fingerprints. I deeply cherish the experience of incorporating your spirituality into your therapeutic healing process, or helping you develop a healing spiritual path.
EDUCATION, TRAININGS, & PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religions and Gender Studies from Bard College
Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine
Basic Principles of Somatic Experiencing with Sage Hayes, SEP, LMT, 2019
The Body Keeps the Score: A Workshop with Bessel van der Kolk, MD, 2019
Hakomi Essential Skills with Gal Szekely, LMFT of the Hakomi Institute of California, 2019
Disorganized Attachment: A Brilliant Trauma Strategy with Karen Rachels, LMFT, 2018
Mental Health at the Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender in the LGBTQ Community with The Pacific Center for Human Growth 2018
EFT (Emotionally-Focused Therapy), with Dr. Sue Johnson (founder of EFT), Dr. Michelle Gannon, and Dr. Sam Jinich, of the San Francisco Center for Emotionally-Focused Therapy, 2018
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) with Dr. Andrew M. Leeds of Sonoma Psychotherapy Training Institute, 2017
Two Gender Affirming Surgery Assessment Trainings with Gender Health San Francisco, 2016
Seeking Safety Training with Community Counseling Services, 2011
Three HIV/STD Prevention Certificates, City College of San Francisco, 2005
SFSI (San Francisco Sex Information) Sexuality Educator Training, 2003
Board Member-at-Large for Bay Area Open Minds
(Sexual and gender diversity affirming Psychotherapists, in the Bay Area)
GAYLESTA (Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity)
NASW (National Association of Social Workers)
Beyond the Binary: Exploring and Deepening Understanding of Gender in the Therapeutic Setting for Bay Area Open Minds October 20th, 2018
LGBTQ+ Community & Paganism Panel at Maine Pagan Unity Day August 4th, 2018
Gender and Sexuality:
O School: shame free sex and pleasure education
San Francisco Sex Information (415) 989-7374
Trans* Lifeline (877) 565-8860
Low Fee Therapy Clinics:
Queer Life Space (415) 358-2000
The Pacific Center (510) 548-8283
W.O.M.A.N. Inc. (415) 864-4722 (24 hours)
The Women's Therapy Center (510) 524-8288
Alliance Health Project (415) 476-3902
Covered California (800) 300-1506
Lyon Martin Health Services (415) 252-7512
St. James Infirmary (Sex worker-focused clinic) (415) 554-8444
Sexual & Domestic Violence Resources:
Bay Area Women Against Rape (510) 845-7273
Community United Against Violence (415) 777-5500
Impact Bay Area (Self-Defense Classes) (510) 208-0474
La Casa de las Madres (415) 503-0500
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (800)-656-4673 (24 hours)
San Francisco Women Against Rape (415) 647-7273 (24 hours)
Sex Francisco Suicide Prevention (415) 781-0500 (24 hours)
National Suicide Prevention (800) 273-8255 (24 hours)