Ella Mamanta Davidson, MA
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #135113
Supervised by Laura Northrup LMFT#90875
Hello & welcome! Thank you for being here.
I provide creative and culturally responsive offerings using client-centered, strengths-based therapy. I emphasize a collaborative approach, joining with clients to provide support and care around the issues that are present for them. Each client’s unique strengths and needs shape what our work together looks like.
I received my masters in counseling psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), where I concentrated in expressive arts therapy. I often integrate mindfulness and expressive arts approaches, including body-based, somatic modalities. I am excited by the expansive possibilities offered by the expressive arts. They offer ways to connect with the body and senses; allow for safety and distance while doing deep work; help us to uncover inner wisdom; allow us to tell stories through authentic expression; and help access joy, play and pleasure. I find ways to gently and accessibly invite clients across all experience and comfort levels to engage with creativity, if they desire.
I work from a social justice framework and think about how systems and socio-cultural identities impact my client’s experiences and our therapeutic relationship. I identify as a queer, mixed race, cis-gender woman, with Filipino and European heritage. I enjoy working with clients of all backgrounds and identities. I have found supporting mixed race and BIPOC clients particularly meaningful. Additionally, I identify as a highly sensitive introvert, and am passionate about supporting folks who share these qualities with cultivating acceptance and celebration for quiet, sensitive ways of being.
I offer services for adults, teens and couples. I have experience working with:
⁃ identity exploration
⁃ life transitions
⁃ relationship challenges
⁃ grief and loss