Therapist Profile

Name:
Finn Gratton, M.A.
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Email:
Email
Location:
725 Front St. Suite 200 Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4538
Phone:
(831) 429-7899
License Number
LMFT50552
Practicing Since:
2007
Additional Licenses:
LMFT #50552 LPCC #826

Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Do you want to feel better without conforming to someone else’s idea of wellness to do so? Do you have a sense that there is something in you that you’ve protected for a long time that now wants to be brought more fully into the world? Are you looking for ways to help your children without them feeling that something is wrong with them and needs to be fixed? Are you hitting hard spots in a relationship but are wary about seeking counseling for fear that important aspects of that relationship won’t be understood? You may be looking for a counselor for any one of a variety of reasons: challenges in relationships, concerns about your children, a feeling of being stuck, or an experience of things falling apart. Maybe it is simply a knowing that there is something more to you that desires to be known and shared. I believe that there is such beauty, knowing, courage and creativity in each person. It is a gift to witness and support these inherent human qualities as they come forward and express themselves in my clients. My work is body-centered and resource-based. I focus on helping you identify and build the internal and external resources that support you to effectively and creatively meet life and be who you are and want to be. I specialize in working with adults and children who have found themselves “out-of-the-box” in one way or another, whether that be high sensitivity or learning, neurological, or physical differences, gender expression or sexual orientation and expression, or simply an unconventional experience and expression of life. Oftentimes these differences have became tied up with hurt and sadness and with coping strategies as individuals navigated a not always understanding world. I use and teach a body-oriented, mindful, heart-centered approach to support clients in resolving these hurts and developing new strategies. I welcome the unique and authentic in each person and relationship and honor the ways that each person, by being themselves, opens up more room in the world. I offer a 20 minute introductory phone or in person session so that you can get a sense whether I and my approach feel like a good fit for you. Please check out my website www.viviangratton.com for more information.

About My Practice

Office Hours
Santa Cruz: Monday, Thursday Mt. View: Tuesday, Wednesday
Services
Individual counseling for children, teens and adults, focusing on somatic psychotherapy, trauma, neurodiversity (autism/Aspergers and other forms of neurodivergence), transgender and gender non-conforming and LGB population. Presentations for groups and classes on neurodiversity and gender inclusivity.
Insurance
Private Pay, Superbill provided, Sliding Scale, Victims of Crime
Credit Cards Accepted
None
Free Initial Consult
Yes
Offers Teletherapy
None

Education

Degrees
M.A., Counseling Psychology, Holistic Studies, JFK University M.S., Energy and Resources, U.C. Berkeley B.S., Geology, Trinity University

Area of Specialty

Specialites:
ADHD-Attn Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
Adolescents
Anxiety
Aspergers Syndrome
Autism
Avoidant Personality
Career Stress and Changes
Children
Chronically Mentally Ill
Childhood Trauma
Creativity
Crisis Intervention
Depression/Clinical Depression
Expressive Art Therapies
Families
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Questioning
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming
Group Therapy
Grief/Loss Terminally Ill
Issues of Abuse (Offenders)
Issues of Abuse (Trauma)
Individual
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Learning Disabilities
Parenting
Persons With Disabilities
Physically Challenged
Play Therapy
Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
Relationships
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Stress
Trauma
Working With Therapists

Other

Theoretical Orientation
Art/Movement/Psychodrama
Attachment
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Family Systems
Narrative
Somatic
Transpersonal Psychology
Certifications
Completed extended training in Psychophysical Therapy, Somatic Resourcing, and Touch Psychotherapy with Bill Bowen with extra training in working somatically with trauma and with relationships. (www.psychophysicaltherapy.com) Completed extended training (200 hours) with Kathy Kain & Steve Terrell in Touch Therapy for Trauma.
Languages Spoken
English
Ethnicity
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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