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    VALENTINA PISHCHANSKAYA-CAYANAN, LMFT

    VALENTINA PISHCHANSKAYA-CAYANAN, LMFT

    Able to do therapy in Russian 
    as well as English
    Anxiety & Depression
    LGBT Issues
    Multi-Cultural Challenges (1st/2nd generation immigrants & cultural identity)
    Stages of Life Transitions
    Trauma (but not DID)
    Women's Issues
    JULIO IÑIGUEZ, LMFT

    JULIO IÑIGUEZ, LMFT

    Able to do therapy in Spanish 
    as well as English
    Addiction & Co-Dependency
    Anxiety & Depression
    Compassion Fatigue
    Gambling
    Immigration & Acculturation
    Men's Issues
    Relationship Issues
    Trauma (but not DID)
    BOBBY MESSER, LPC

    BOBBY MESSER, LPC

    Anxiety and Depression
    Cultural and Systemic Oppression
    LGBT Issues
    Men’s Issues
    Relationship Issues
    Trauma (including DID)
    KELLY MACH, LPC

    KELLY MACH, LPC

    Anxiety & Depression
    Body Image Issues
    Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating
    Health at Every Size
    Pregnancy, Perinatal, & Parenting Issues
    Life Transitions
    Stress Management
    Trauma (not DID)
    Women's Issues
    MELINA LARKIN, LCSW

    MELINA LARKIN, LCSW

    Anxiety & Depression
    Assertive Communication & Boundaries
    Body Image Issues
    Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating
    Health at Every Size
    LGBT Issues
    Trauma (not DID)
    SARAH ALEXANDER, LCSW

    SARAH ALEXANDER, LCSW

    Sarah's case load is currently closed as she works on staff development, creating groups to teach the Language of Emotions, and growing the practice in exciting new ways.

    KATIE KOTSOVOS, LPC

    KATIE KOTSOVOS, LPC

    Anxiety and Depression
    Assertive Communication and Boundaries
    Body Image Issues
    Disordered Eating & Eating Disorders
    Stress Management
    Trauma (but not DID)

    Clinicians at Brave Acorn are trauma-trained, not just trauma-informed

    “Emotions don’t create problems. They arise to help you deal with the problems.”

    Emotions are a crucial aspect of psychology and, thus, mental health. Unfortunately, families and society tend to pass judgement on emotions rather than teach or honor their function. To give you an idea of just how very emotion-phobic our culture is, even professional therapists (social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists) are not educated as to the function of emotions in their formal training. As a result, even therapists tend to offer only suggestions on how to regulate or control emotions. We here at Brave Acorn teach people how to work with emotions as bridges (rather than obstructions) to healing and growth.

    "Problems cannot be solved at the level of thinking that created them."

    Most people who come to see us about weight issues believe that that their weight, food, or body is the problem: “If I could just [be my ideal weight, eat what I should, fix my metabolism, etc.], I would be better and my life would be so much easier.” Our society’s so-called “obesity epidemic” did not originate with weight problems, however; weight wasn’t and isn’t the problem. Instead, over the centuries, authorities from various walks of life (and with various motives) have determined that people need to eat or look a certain way in order to be “good,” “attractive,” or “healthy.” In the spirit of Einstein’s quote above, we do not attempt to help people solve their weight issues by helping them fit into society’s current transient ideal. Instead, we help people shift to an entirely different way of thinking about (and treating) their own bodies and relationship with food.

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