Sheila Wright, LMFT
Psychotherapy for adults,
    teens, children and families 

Training Background                          (offices in Soquel and Monterey)                                     831-251-0408

I enjoy working with a wide range of people and believe in the individual's capacity to heal and change. I offer both long-term and short-term psychotherapy. I work with adults, teens, children and families experiencing anxiety, depression, peer and family conflict, school and related issues. I have worked with issues of adoption and/or relationship loss, as well as issues around trauma, since 1996.
• Began my clinical practice in 2005
• Earned a master's degree in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute; in 2007
• Licensed in May 2010 
(MFC48630). As of March 2014 I am also an LPCC (LPCC908).
 Hold a certificate in EMDR; 
• Am a Level I Sensorimotor Psychotherapy graduate
• Volunteer with The Soldiers Project, which provides free mental health counseling to veterans and family members
• Trained in Infant Mental Health with the First Five Program of California (see details below)
• Worked with Holly Van Gulden, Heather Forbes, Dr. Bruce Perry and others in attachment and trauma
• Also hold a Masters Degree in Creative Writing
• Have worked extensively with dreams, images and their connection to the body and healing
• Maintain a  mindfulness practice and attend a zen center
• Use the outdoors for therapy whenever possible.

Below are some of the orientations I use in working with clients. 
While I have a foundation in depth psychotherapy, I also utilize:
• Attachment • Narrative         • Object Relations       • Depth Oriented         • Body-oriented
                             CBT       • Neurobiology          •  Mindfulness practice          

Additionally, here is a partial list of prior trainings:

• EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (trauma focused therapies)
• Bruce Perry's Child Trauma Academy
• Trained with Heather Forbes, "Beyond Consequences Institute" 

• Multiple attachment trainings with nationally renowned Holly Van Gulden
• Adoption/attachment training with Kinship Center, Seneca Family of Agencies
--employed with this Adoption-focused agency for two-plus years
• Trained in California's First Five program specializing in early infant mental health
• Sand tray consultation/training group with Cindy Brooks, MFT 
• Expressive art therapies with various trainers 

• Participated in BodySoul Dream Groups with Andrea Wells 2008-2012
• CBT trainings
• Yoga practice since 2000; 
• Trained or practiced in a variety of creative processes, including writing (see below), art therapy and active imagination.
• Will be earning my Wilderness First Responders certificate and offering wilderness retreats focused on trauma recovery

This is a powerful tool I use to help clients reprocess traumatic memories that seem to have gotten stuck in the mind or body. Through bilateral stimulation (ie, the individual tracks sight, sound or touch across the midline of the body, alternating from the right and left sides), the client begins to assimilate dysfunctionally stored traumatic memories in a more adaptive fashion. It can bring relief to the body, mind and emotions. For those clients who need more support and a gradual approach to reworking difficult material, I offer techniques that can help build resiliency, mindfulness and confidence while assisting the mind and body to gently reprocess old traumas. Finally, EMDR can be used to augment other aspects of therapy, including attachment and relationship-based therapy. You can see my listing with EMDRIA here:

The Creative Process
Any of the creative processes can be healing and bring the individual closer to his or her "authentic" self while releasing or transforming internal conflicts housed in both the body and mind. While I have a masters degree in creative writing, I pull in other mediums of expression that work for the client.  This not only includes painting, drawing and traditional art forms, but sand play and related expressive therapies.
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