MEl Mccrea, MA

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #141982
Supervised by Dr. Melissa Kohner PSY#27310

Hello and Welcome,

If you’re struggling with questions around how to express your authentic self, make the changes you want to see in your life, deepen your connection with others, or grieve and adapt to loss and transition, therapy can be a supportive place to better understand yourself and practice fresh ways of being and relating.

Approach

I approach our work with curiosity and kindness. I hold a deep faith that in safe-enough relationships, our true selves emerge and our inner processes unfold in the direction of growth and healing. It is my goal to facilitate this safe-enough space so that you can become better acquainted with your own wisdom and inner clarity.

I hold lenses of depth psychology, liberation psychology, trauma studies, and spiritual/transpersonal wholeness and belonging. This means that I bring respect and attention to your unconscious processes, your political context, the life events that shaped you and your lineage, and the spiritual or soul dimension of your experience. 

Specialities

  • Intergenerational and Complex Trauma 
  • Cultural Wounds
  • LGBTQ+ Identity
  • Grief and Loss
  • Spirituality and Meaning-Making
  • Life Transitions
  • Anti-Racism
  • Class Issues
  • Dissociation
  • Shame

About Me

I am a queer white woman, raised in Oakland. Before becoming a therapist, I spent nearly two decades working in nonprofits focused on immigrant rights, environmental advocacy, and racial justice. I completed a Masters in Counseling Psychology with the California Institute of Integral Studies and a clinical practicum with Church Street Integral Counseling Center. I draw on meditative, artistic, nature-based, and dreamwork practices in my own well-being.

Why Therapy?

Systemic harm, interpersonal violence, loss, and overwhelming experiences can shape our maps of the world and distort our images of ourselves. This can interrupt our ability to give and receive love, and to discern our path forward. These forces are powerful, but they are not the deepest truth.

When humans are safe enough, love and wisdom guide our lives. It is my calling to accompany others in remembering this, or in feeling it for the first time.