Kyra F. Riddell

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Lic.#98921

MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Therapy

Treating Adults & Adolescents 12 years and older

DUE TO COVID-19: I am offering both telehealth therapy to Californians using a secure HIPAA-compliant video platform or in-person masked sessions.

Admitting you need support and the idea of starting therapy can be challenging. So welcome, you have made it this far! It is important to find a therapist that is the right fit for you. I encourage clients to call me or you can reach out through the ‘Connect’ tab under the Menu link above to set up a time to talk. I offer a free introductory 20 minute consultation over the phone to answer any questions, share with you my services and therapeutic style, and to see if I am best suited to treat the issues for which you are seeking therapy. It is of utmost importance to me to create a safe environment as we get to know one another so I can assist you with your life challenges. In order for you to have an idea ahead of time with how I work, I have shared my practice approaches below.

I provide individual therapy, treating adults and adolescents from age 12 and older. I specialize in treating trauma, dissociation, depression, and anxiety disorders. In addition, I have experience treating chronic pain, eating disorders, body image, life transitions, LGBTQIA community, divorce, and relationship issues.

My style is very eclectic, but my passion is somatic psychotherapy, which is a mind-body holistic approach. Incorporating the body in psychotherapy allows for an individual to initially have an increased understanding of how their physiology plays a significant role in regulating emotions and stress. Through an increased sensory awareness of the body and body-based coping tools, a client can better manage how they react to daily life challenges. Many people are caught in the stress response causing increased anxiety and depression reducing their ability to cope and overall resilience to thrive in life. I work with how a person is coping in their lives and gaining insights on what past issues are hijacking their day-to-day functioning.

Having completed the foundation training in a modality of therapeutic touch called NeuroAffective Touch, I also offer this service in my practice if it is suitable to the client’s needs. This can involve table work or in a seated position with light hands on touch that is legally and ethically explored with the client to consider it’s appropriateness for treatment. I find it very beneficial to calming and regulating chronic states of fight, flight, freeze, and collapse. When a person is stuck in a fixed stress response it can cause a host of debilitating issues like chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and dissociation.

In addition to somatic methods, I pull from mindfulness-based approaches like CBT and DBT to track how triggering events can lead into spirals of negative thoughts, emotions, body sensations and behaviors. As well as parts work like Gestalt and IFS. I use an attachment lens and hold a compassionate, supportive and empathic space, but I am not shy from challenging you when needed to help you grow. Overall, I love helping people find their voice, develop healthy interpersonal boundaries and effective communication skills, learn how to ground and settle when overwhelmed or over-stimulated, and develop a greater capacity to show up and thrive in life.

If you believe this therapy style is for you or you would like to ask me more questions about my approach, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can contact me on the “Connect” page above. To learn more about my background and style, you can check out my “About” page.

Wishing you wellness and healing on your path.