ABOUT BEVERLY

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BEVERLY ELLISON, LCSW

San Francisco Couples Counselor, EMDR, LGBT/Queer Psychotherapist, and Sex Therapist

 
 

CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT

-Beverly Ellison, LCSW

We specialize in diversity.

Beverly is trained in working with many diverse populations and their unique needs; various areas of expertise include but are not limited to providing therapy to LGBTQ, Muslim, Kink, Poly individuals & partners. She is also a trauma therapists and trained in EMDR, a highly effective form of processing various types of trauma.

 

ABOUT BEVERLY'S SAN FRANCISCO COUPLES THERAPY, SEX THERAPY, LGBTQ CENTERED & TRAUMA THERAPY METHODS & STYLES:

  • PERSON-CENTERED PRACTICE

You are the expert of your life and what is best for you. And if what you have tried is not helping as much as it used to, or not at all, it may be time to brainstorm new coping skills. I tend to work with individuals on a variety of intimacy, gender, sexuality and relational issues. I am Trauma informed and Kink, Polyamory, Multi-Cultural and LGBTQ+ aware.

  • RELATIONAL THERAPY

Humor, playfulness, and an understanding that the way you present yourself to me may be the way you are in the world outside of therapy, all inform how I relate to you and how I guide you towards healing.

  • MINDFULNESS

The past is gone and only a memory. The future does not (yet) exist. Here and now is where you are and where you are able to rediscover your power. Being present in the present enables us to be conscious and make choices in our lives.

  • COMPASSION

Self-criticism, self-doubt, self-sabotage, harsh self-talk and anxiety are often soothed with a simple practice of self-compassion. I enjoy guiding you to deeper levels of self-compassion, or introducing you to how to be compassionate towards yourself.

  • EMDR

This is one of the best evidence-based practice to reduce or even eliminate the symptoms associated with trauma and PTSD. Trauma-related symptoms may include flashbacks and nightmares, avoidance, drug use, shame, guilt and self-blame, anger, fear, exaggerated startle response, difficulty sleeping and depression and anxiety. I feel honored to be trusted with your painful experiences. I find joy in helping you heal. For more information about EMDR please go to the National EMDR website: www.emdria.org.

  • EMOTIONALLY-FOCUSED THERAPY

Attachment-based couples therapy to help partners recognize and break out of negative cycles and establish healthy communication, deepen trust and intimacy,

  • SEX THERAPY

Sex therapists can help you to have a loving, secure and intimate sexual partnership. Many people have a hard time talking about sex in a vulnerable, direct and authentic manner. Some people don’t talk about it at all. Sex therapy provides a safe space to explore and share this aspect of yourself with your partner(s).

  • SPIRITUALITY

When we submerge ourselves in the silence of earth, the comfort of water, the peace of air and the passion of fire, we can transform ourselves in tandem and within the power of Mother Earth. For those of us who feel relaxed at the ocean, in the woods, climbing a mountain, or digging in the soil as we garden, we already know the healing power of Nature. Earth-based religions, meditation, social-justice, cross-cultural wisdom and mythology from around the world all inform my spiritual practices. I also have formal education in comparative religions, both World Religions and other Religions such as African-Diasporic traditions. We each have a spiritual path as unique to each one of us as our fingerprints. I deeply cherish the experience of incorporating your spirituality into your therapeutic healing process, or helping you develop a healing spiritual path.

And:

  • ENERGY PSYCHOTHERAPY

  • EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE

  • NON-DUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY & TRANSPERSONAL THERAPY