Ann Parsons, LMFT
Licensed Therapist / Associate Clinician
Ann works with a supportive and compassionate approach, often combining insight and mindfulness-based therapy with CBT to help individuals reduce personal distress and to increase the experience of everyday joys. She believes in the importance of collaboration to maximize the benefit and process of therapy.
Ann is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist having received her Master’s of Science degree in Counseling from San Francisco State University. Her practice includes over a decade of experience working with individuals, couples and families. She has an extensive background with parenting and family therapy and has worked with children of all ages. In addition to a certificate in Early Childhood Education and Development, Ann is also trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Over time, her practice has shifted to working largely with couples and individuals in all stages and transitions of life.
Ann comments, "Many people arrive in therapy because their coping mechanisms have broken down and they want to know how to get their anxieties to go away." She believes one can experience immense relief when they work to counter this notion and instead be curious about, approach, and even become comfortable with, aspects of their anxiety. She hearkens to professionals old and new who have supported similar ideas:
"There is no coming into consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but my making the darkness conscious." (Carl Jung)
When she is not in the therapy office, Ann loves being outdoors, finding new recipes to cook, discovering cozy cafes, exploring farmers markets, and seeing movies.
"Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light."