Leah Platoni, LMFT #49980
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Welcome. It takes courage to reach out when we need help. I am glad you found your way here.
Our resilience can be supported by connecting to community. I hope to have the honor of being by your side through whatever is occurring for you right now.
The Therapy Process
"Let everything happen to you. Beauty and Terror.
Just keep going.
No feeling is final."
-Rainer Maria Rilke
From our first contact, I focus on creating safety and trust in a therapeutic relationship. Perhaps you need a place to land more slowly, perhaps you are ready to dive in to exploration. I am ready to meet you.
Therapy can be a rewarding and compelling endeavor, where we build insight into ourselves- our habits and patterns- and make desirable changes. The goals are honorable- to improve our relationships (with ourselves and with others) and to flourish more in our lives, finding more fulfillment on our journeys.
I will be there, with compassion and curiosity, helping uncover how deeper memories, beliefs, and feelings shape your current relationship dynamics, ways of moving through life, and perceptions of the world. Often, we need help in this area, as this material is unconscious and creates general suffering that we can struggle to recognize and break through on our own.
We will stay with feelings as they arise, and learn to be in the present moment with accompanying physical sensations. Along the way, we will identify coping skills that have formed that are no longer needed, and shore up your strengths and skills for resolving grief and managing stress in the present. Together, we can work towards healing past trauma, or address current stressors and maladaptive behaviors, and help you move forward into the life you envision.
It is understandable to have questions or concerns prior to beginning therapy. I invite you to contact me for a 20-minute complimentary phone consultation before scheduling an initial appointment. Please provide your contact information, reasons for seeking therapy, and some possible times that you are available to connect.
731 El Cerrito Plaza
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Office is on the second floor, with stairs near Jo-Anne Fabrics and Citibank. An elevator is to the right of Trader Joe's, in the breezeway.
Abundant available parking and also conveniently located near El Cerrito Plaza BART.
Cellular Phone: 510.381.2171