Cheryl Clift, M.A. - Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute
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Cheryl Clift, M.A.

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern #99637, Professional Clinical Counselor Registered Intern #3936
Cheryl Can Be Reached at:

(925) 257-2412
cheryl.clift@gmail.com
www.cherylclifttherapy.com

Practice Areas
Couples, Parenting Concerns, Trauma
About This Therapist

Therapy is a unique process where the focus is on you. I strongly believe that therapy should provide you with a place to authentically express yourself and meet your individualized needs. It is my task to create an accepting, warm and collaborative setting where you will feel safe to be seen and heard.

 

Therapy can help reduce suffering and promote greater self-awareness and insight, allowing for an increased ability to make choices that are a true reflection of your inner self. Other benefits include establishing a stronger presence of mind and body to better tolerate life’s intense challenges and to more fully embrace joy and contentment. The transformative nature of the therapy process can lead to greater vitality and self-expression in many areas including career and relationships and promote a heightened capacity to comprehend life’s deeper meaning.

 

My Areas of Focus

I have experience helping clients to manage anxiety, depression, relationship and intimacy issues, addiction and LGBTQ and gender identity concerns. My work is also informed by a few areas of focus.

 

Complex Trauma

Trauma can persist as underlying behavioral and cognitive patterns and constellations of emotions that can cause clients to live unfulfilled lives. My clinical training has focused on supporting clients to heal from complex trauma as well as assisting them to restore their sense of self esteem and identity in the world. I have a passion for assisting clients in their recovery from these wounds and in finding their true nature and spirit.

 

Parents with Children with Special Needs

Prior to my clinical training, I spent over seven years providing emotional support to parents of children with special needs and have a deep understanding of the issues related to this experience. All children are unique, and whatever the differences that your child may possess, I can provide support for navigating the particular challenges and realities that come with this experience.

 

Living a Creative Life

What does it mean to be creative and how do you live a creative life? What roadblocks stand in your way?  I understand the specific challenges associated with having a creative passion in a practical world. I can support you as we explore what being creative means to you, and how to handle day-to-day realities that may conflict with an authentic calling. While to achieve this may feel overwhelming or unobtainable, I believe that cultivating your creative life force can be an essential step on the path towards satisfaction, excitement and well-being.

 

My Approach

My work with individuals, couples and adolescents is culturally-sensitive and supportive. My approach is relational and strengths-based and is informed by a variety of methods including psychodynamic psychotherapy, Jungian theory, family systems and attachment theory. I am most interested in meeting you where you are, whether that is assisting you to find practical solutions to current life problems, exploring deeply-held pain based upon trauma, or supporting you to release entrenched behavioral or cognitive patterns that may no longer serve you. I view therapy as a collaborative relationship and welcome whatever you wish to bring with you into our sessions.

 

About Me

I have a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and possess a Bachelors of Fine Art degree in Photography. My prior clinical training includes working for nearly two years in a community mental health center in San Francisco where I served a diverse population with a variety of mental health issues.

 

I am supervised by Meri Levy, MA, LMFT #82213