Amanda Tran (she/they)

Empowering you to reconnect with your wholeness by slowing down, cultivating compassion, and alchemizing pain into healing and growth.

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, CA
Supervised by Anna Paganelli, LMFT #43441

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Adolescent/Teen
  • Group

About My Clients

You are welcome exactly as you are. Here we honor what makes you unique and imperfect. You already have what you need to create a life that is most deeply fulfilling for you. I welcome the emotions that may have felt too heavy to carry and too overwhelming to face alone. With curiosity and compassion, we gradually bring greater clarity and balance to your inner world. You can finally begin to unlearn the patterns that no longer serve you, and instead learn to envision and embody your wholeness.

My Background and Approach

In addition to talk therapy I also incorporate body-based practices, artistic explorations, and your own cultural healing traditions. Our process is collaborative; you are the expert on yourself, and I will support and guide you to reconnect with your own innate gifts, wisdom, and healing capacity. We’ll cultivate your connection with values, communities, and practices that can anchor you during times of change and uncertainty. I empower you to set the pace for your healing and to recognize what feels right for you at all times. My approach is trauma-informed and poly, kink, sex worker, and LGBTQ+ affirmative. Through ongoing personal and professional self-examination and education, I aim to provide care that is holistic, culturally responsive, and rooted in anti-oppression.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I'm a bicultural Vietnamese & Chinese American daughter of refugees currently occupying Ohlone native land (SF Bay Area, CA). My clinical callings have emerged from my own lived experiences. I am alive today because many years ago a therapist showed me what it was like to feel seen, heard, and accepted for exactly who I was. I am passionate about cultivating and passing the gifts of sacred witness, companionship, and guidance that I received onto others. It is my unshakeable belief that every person will blossom towards their light under the conditions that are right for them. I feel honored to walk alongside you all towards our collective liberation from systemic traumatization, oppression, and suffering. In addition to serving my community as a therapist/healer, I also enjoy cooking, tending to my plants, warm beach days, and waterfall hikes. I practice flow arts (dragon and contact staff) and I love bringing creative ideas to life.

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

At A Glance

  • Experience: 3 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $180 - 225/session

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