Marie-Michele Atkinson (she/her they/them)

MA, LMFT #124493

I'm a somatic psychotherapist whose work focuses on healing developmental trauma with individuals adults and couples of diverse identities.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Topanga, CA

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Services
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family

About My Clients

I work best with people who are committed to their healing process, and who are creative, open-minded and intelligent. I have an affinity for working with healers, artists, creators and activists who are looking to heal from trauma-related symptoms (which can include anxiety, depression, addiction, difficulties with relationships, low self-esteem and body-image issues).

My Background and Approach

I hold a Masters Degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and I am trained in EMDR. I also trained with and consult on an on-going basis with Rachel Walker, LMFT whose work focuses on trauma recovery through the integration of a blend of approaches such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), the structural dissociation model and internal attachment-repair work. During sessions I often incorporate specific exercises and somatic techniques designed to promote nervous system regulation, to foster a sense of safety in yourself and your body as well as an attachment-repair between different parts-of-the-self. I bring warmth, empathy, humor and a gentle, open-minded curiosity to the therapeutic relationship. Trauma-healing work is a collaborative process, and I use psychoeducation during sessions to empower those who I work with in understanding how we are addressing together some of the issues that they are coming to therapy for.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Through the intersectionality of the different positionalities I hold (and have held) in my life, I have come to dwell in the liminal spaces i.e. between different nationalities, languages, gender-identities, sexual orientations, modes of being, landscapes and states-of-consciousness to name a few. I understand deeply what the experience of "not belonging" can be like, and that in turn informs the capacity I have as a therapist to work with and hold experiences of systemic and internalized oppression. I am committed to doing my work around dismantling white supremacy and patriarchal societal norms. I am also familiar with the experience of "ecological grief."

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Buddhism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 4 years of practice
  • Languages: English, Fran├žais

Info

510-646-1410 Email Marie-Michele
PO Box 1345
Topanga, CA 90290

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