Gina De Leo
I hold an M.A. in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from California State East Bay.
My clinical experience has included work with clients within the contexts of trauma, anxiety, depression, and neurodiversity. I have special training in attachment-based parenting and working with LGBTQ+ families. I am also a registered 300+ hour yoga instructor and member of the AAMFT.
When I’m not in the office, I enjoy getting out in nature with my family. You may see Sparrow, my collie-mix home office ‘therapy assistant’ when we meet through video teletherapy.
Philosophy & Approach
I believe that therapy is a relational process where we work toward helping you find self-compassion, growth, and healing.
I am trained in a systems approach, meaning that I look at the individuals, couples, and families I work with as being part of a meaningful web of connection with others in their lives. I believe that our histories are important to our emotional work in the here and now, and that it is empowering to explore what we value to help create a roadmap to a more purposeful and wholehearted life.
I work mainly from an attachment lens, using emotion-focused and experiential approaches to help you build on your strengths, change patterns that no longer serve you, and explore new possibilities for your life and relationships.
My style is warm, non-judgmental, and engaged. I may bring in mindfulness practices in our work together to learn feelings of safety, process feelings and events, and ease the impact that stress and trauma has on the body. I take a holistic perspective, considering the multiple facets of each person and their experiences, and view each of my clients as social and political beings whose health is impacted daily by the systems in which they live and interact.