Hello and Welcome!
My name is Adriel (she/her)
and I live and work in Santa Cruz, California,
traditional territory known as Popeloutchom
by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.
I offer somatic (body based), transpersonal (spiritual),
and trauma-informed practices with an
integrative approach to psychotherapy.
Sessions may involve talking, movement, breath,
meditation, guided visualization, and expressive arts.
Outdoor, nature-based ecotherapy sessions
integrate the natural world as part of your
wholeness, resilience, and well-being.
I would love to help you learn how to listen to and trust your inner wisdom, build new skills, discover hope and a sense of belonging and greater purpose, as you navigate your unique life journey.
We may be a good fit if you are looking to:
Develop Self-Acceptance, Self-Esteem, and Self-Advocacy
Navigate Life-transitions with increasing ease
Integrate nature and animals as part of individual well-being
Explore how to live with the stress of global social and environmental states
I am a cisgender, heterosexual female of European descent who enjoys working with LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC folks. If you would like to find out more about how I might support your specific identity, please reach out so we can explore the possibility of working together.
MA: Holistic Counseling Psychology: Buddhist Psychology. John F. Kennedy University
BA: Design Studies: Art History and Visual Culture. San Jose State University
Interpersonal Neurobiology (currently studying)
Registered Yoga Instructor 200hr,
with additional trainings in trauma informed yoga
*I am not currently offering Equine Facilitated sessions.
A little more about me
Having grown up in Santa Cruz, I am grateful to call this special place home. Santa Cruz has transformed in the time I have known it, as have I. I have been married, divorced and remarried, also ended my first career in business to enter into this now second career as a therapist. I am child-free by choice. Meditation, yoga and intentional time outdoors help me ground and orient. I endeavor to be curious about my experiences in my own body, in relationships, in this place and on this planet. I have learned that creating a compassionate and reciprocal relationship with the world in which we live is the foundation of well-being and hope. I find immense satisfaction in supporting others in deep personal growth and inter-relational exploration.
I treasure my time outdoors every day, gardening, playing in the ocean, hiking in the woods, cooking healthy meals and spending time with my loved ones (human and other-than-human). Always exploring the beauty this Earth has to offer.
"We are all just walking each other home." ~Ram Dass