Aly Dearborn, MA, LMFT #45462
Being a human can be difficult and literally everyone needs help sometimes. I began therapy when I was 14 and have been studying myself and the human psyche ever since. I graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Memphis (Tennessee) in 2001, a MA in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University (Massachusetts) in 2004 and became a licensed psychotherapist in California in 2008.
I have benefited greatly from the wisdom and support of many therapists, teachers and mentors over the years and have found tremendous value in working with therapists who are open about their own therapy experiences. I readily share the gifts they have offered me with others and am a therapist today because I believe in the healing power of this work.
My current psychotherapy practice is guided by Feminist Theory, Rogerian Theory, and the Polyvagal Theory. I am formally trained in the Polyvagal Theory with Deb Dana, LCSW and in a sound therapy called the SSP (Safe & Sound Protocol), which was developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, founder of the Polyvagal Theory. I love educating people about the functioning of the autonomic nervous system and how integral (and embodied) it is to our experience as human beings.
Using the teachings of the polyvagal theory, I help clients better understand their own nervous system dysregulation (usually identified as “anxiety,” “anger issues” or “depression”) and develop a relationship with their autonomic nervous system that restores their trust in its innate flexibility, resiliency, and capacity to recover/discover safety and connection.
In my practice, I primarily work with adults in their 20s-40s dealing with issues related to chronic nervous system dysregulation caused by childhood trauma, complex post-traumatic stress, codependency, relationship challenges, various addictions and major life transitions. I enjoy working with other therapists and people seeking recovery for intimacy or attachment-based disorders such as sex/love/relationship addiction.
I have specialized training and experience working with survivors of child abuse, sexual abuse, sexual neglect, peer sexual assault/rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault/rape, intimate partner violence, narcissistic/borderline personality disorder victimization, and other forms of betrayal trauma. I have also trained and certified in various somatic-based practices, such as iRest Yoga Nidra, Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapies, Trauma-Informed Yoga, and Mindful Self-Compassion practices. I have also studied a wide variety of feminist, indigenous, earth-based spiritual/shamanic traditions all of which offer perspectives and tools that have been instrumental to my personal and professional work.
To learn more about me or how I may help support you through the circumstances that have brought you here, please reach out! I am happy to answer any questions you may have and look forward to connecting with you. See also my website: alydmft.com.
Skills and Expertise
Abuse / Survivors of Abuse
Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
Family of Origin Issues
Helplessness and Victimhood
Highly Sensitive Persons
Mindfulness based therapy
Navigating Identity in Relationships
Trauma and PTSD
Person Centered Therapy
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Expressive Arts Therapy
Therapy unique to each client
Trauma Focused Therapy