Annalise Oatman (she,her,hers)

Masters Philosophy, Masters in Social Work and LCSW 88254
Accepting Clients

I’m a Depth Oriented, Integrative EMDR Psychotherapist, but you might also call me a poet, activist and ultra-Pisces.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Costa Mesa, CA

  • Free Initial Consultation
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Services
  • Individual

About My Clients

I help artists and creative women who want more than anything to show up fully (as themselves) in life, in love or in their life’s work, but get hung up because of some seemingly impenetrable thicket of self-doubt, apathy, anxiety, depression, trauma or terror. They often feel they're not a great fit for the world, or the world they've currently found themselves in (and I think that's a beautiful thing). They're usually quirky individualists and free-thinkers with hearts of gold.

My Background and Approach

I gained most of my clinical experience, starting in 2013, working with traumatized children and youth who were system-involved. There was one year in there when I was in Bronx, NY, interning at a chemical dependency program and skilled nursing home for HIV/AIDS. I saw a lot of trauma there too, and I also saw how brilliantly the human heart and spirit still shine through the hardest times, and how crucial and cherished connection is at all stages of life. My pre-private practice experiences helped me to develop a trauma- and attachment-lens that I still bring to the work. I (often very intuitively) integrate a myriad of evidence-based approaches in my work, from CBT to Internal Family Systems to EMDR to inner child work, but I am most interested in what these approaches have in common, which is finding out how current distress is linked to internal models, memory networks, or deputized internal "parts", developed at some earlier time in life.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that self-compassion and self-love are the greatest and most transformative gifts you could ever give to yourself or to others, and I believe that all people deserve to be able to live out their personal sense of purpose. I also believe that the most helpful thing any therapist or helper could do for anyone is to guide them to their own wisdom, intuition, knowing, healing and answers, and to help them trust their own inner soul-voice as their highest authority, spiritual or otherwise. There is a lot of suffering in the world-- way too much--and too often not enough love. I believe you can start right where you are reducing the suffering in the world and increasing the love by first reducing your own suffering (by releasing resistance to what cannot be controlled, among other ways) and making your own inner landscape replete with true love. It's not as cheesy as it sounds because you don't have to do it perfectly -- true love says it's okay not to be perfect ;)

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network
I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Wicca/Paganism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 6 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $105 - 185/session

Info

949-533-4651 Email Annalise
2345 Newport Blvd.
E205
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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