Skillful, Compassionate Therapy in Berkeley
Ali Storm, MA
Registered Associate MFT #110433
Supervised by Jonathan Burstein, LMFT #86498
Asking for help outside of ourselves is one of the most vulnerable and empowering steps we can take toward change. Acknowledging our humanity and inherent imperfection when we are struggling can feel scary. I’m familiar with these feelings and have deep respect and admiration for those who reach out for support. In addition to being a therapist, I have also been a client. My first-hand experience with how powerful therapy can be is part of why I am so passionate about mental health support for everyone.
I believe you are the expert on yourself. Therapy is a collaborative process and I see my role as helping you tap into tools and resources within and around you, as well as uncovering and strengthening your voice until you can trust and depend on it. As you are a unique individual, I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to therapy and draw on a variety of theoretical models. I do have a bend toward mindfulness and apply it as a grounding foundation in my work with you. I also work from an intersectional-feminist and social justice lens.
The goal of therapy is not to “fix” you. You are not broken. The human experience is fundamentally imperfect. I see the goal of therapy as a journey toward acceptance of ourselves as we are. Self-compassion provides a foundation for a life with less suffering.
I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from UC Davis and my Master’s in Counseling from CSU East Bay. I have experience supporting adults, couples, children, and teens in a variety of areas including:
- identity issues
- power dynamics / oppression / marginalization
- relationship challenges / couples work
- dysfunctional family history
- sex and sexuality
- trauma and post-traumatic stress
- major life-transitions
- low self-esteem / doubt / shame
- mindfulness / meditation
- grief / loss
- religious, ethnic, cultural, and racial identity
The relationship between the therapist and the client is the most important aspect of successful therapy. I welcome any inquiries you may have and look forward to working with you.