Therapy is a professionally supported process that offers an opportunity to learn, heal, grow, and address life's challenges. 

 

Who?

I sincerely believe anyone can benefit from therapy.  I have experience working with people of many ages and from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.  I have worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups, and sincerely enjoy working with teenagers and young adults.  I work with folks with diverse sexual, gender, and cultural identities.  My practice is affirming of (but certainly not limited to!) individuals and couples/groups who are non-monogamous, kinky, and/or sex workers. 

 

WHAT?

Therapy is difficult to define, because it is no one thing, but rather a collaboration between the people involved.  Sometimes we might work as investigators, experimenting with possibilities and solutions.  Other times we may be artists, using metaphor and imagery to cultivate a new understanding.  We can look to the future and work towards goals, explore past memories and experiences, or focus on the present moment. Generally therapy involves talking, thinking, processing, and the journey towards increased awareness and understanding.

 

Why?

People come to therapy for a variety of reasons.  Often they are experiencing some sort of pain or distress that can arise in response to loss, transition, a sense of disconnection, or trauma.  Other times, people use the safe space of therapy to discover and explore aspects of their identity and purpose.  Individuals, couples, and families can use therapy to address conflicts and work towards having more satisfying relationships.

Some themes:

  • Relationship challenges
  • Gender & sexuality
  • Privilege and oppression
  • Spirituality
  • Stress & life changes
  • Adolescence & identity development
  • Grief & loss
  • Trauma, including sexual assault
  • Depression & suicidal thoughts
  • Sexual issues

 

Where, When, & How

I am currently not available to provide ongoing psychotherapy.  Previous clients and those needing more limited support are welcome to contact me for more information.

Clinical supervision and consultation remain available.

Meetings generally last for 50 minutes and are typically held at the same time each week.  I have experience providing both short and long-term therapy, and the length of our work will depend on your needs and goals.

If you have more questions about therapy or would like to set up an initial appointment, please get in touch

Ashley Slaff is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #88211) offering mental health support and clinical supervision in Alameda, Berkeley, and Oakland.  She regularly works with teens, young adults, couples, and with members of the LGBQA and TI2S communities.  She is interested in identity, self-awareness, and social justice.