Skillful, Compassionate Therapy in Berkeley
Laura McCunniff-Reid, MA
Registered Associate MFT #107220
Supervised by Ludmila Cantamissa, LMFT #37803
Making the commitment to be in therapy is to enter into a relationship that illuminates the issues that keep us in unresolved conflict with our loved ones, that polarize us from each other, and that prevent us from pursuing our dreams.
Psychotherapy is subversive. It is a practice of radically and slowly shifting towards individual and collective freedom through deep reflection. And though it is liberating, the practice of psychotherapy asks us to get real about the limits of our lives, about money, time, and our own bequeathed relational patterns.
I decided to become a therapist while working as a garden teacher. A student told me he did not believe in climate change, it made his belly ache. It was in this moment I understood that some truths overwhelm us and in response we push them away. Ultimately, that causes more pain, sometimes showing up as pain in our bodies. I knew I wanted to work to help others build the emotional and spiritual capacity to deal with the overwhelming realities of our world.
Simultaneously, I loved the process of therapy from my experience as a client. It was a space that dropped below the ordinary layer we operate in daily, got under painful assumptions, and restored humanity, magic, and dignity to my relationships.
I do depth work. We are working towards long lasting change. I talk with my clients about their childhood. I keep in mind how each person’s unique history has been shaped by power, privilege, and oppression. I also work somatically. I ask questions that help build clients’ awareness about their bodies. I listen, and I remember what my clients tell me. I ask a lot of questions to help my client’s identify the distinctive patterns in their lives. Therapy can also be a challenging endeavor. I am sturdy, nonjudgemental, frank, and calm. I am deeply touched by my clients’ resilience, determination, and vulnerability.
I work with people dealing with relationship issues, anxiety and depression, trauma and PTSD. I work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender nonconforming and genderqueer individuals. I work with couples in various relationship configurations including monogamy, polyamory, and open relationships.
I hold a Masters Degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I grew my somatic understanding by attending a workshop on Body-Mind Centering® with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. I attended to the 2019 National Transgender Health Summit. I am dedicated to continued learning.