Hi, there. I'm Natashia, and I'm here to listen.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT, #115991) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC, #10259) in the State of California. I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. I am practicing via Telehealth for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am affirming and welcoming of folx of all genders and sexual orientations; folx of all races, cultures and ethnicities; and folx of all faiths. I am located in the unceded Lisjan Ohlone territory of Huchiun, or what is now known as Oakland, CA.
My pronouns are she/they (why this matters) at the moment of this writing, and I experience myself to be fluid in gender identity and sexual orientation (meaning that it doesn't feel permanent or fixed all the time. You can read more here). I'm married, a sibling, a pibling, a Generation Xer, an ADHDer (I relate to some of how this article describes it), and a christian animist. I enjoy learning about new things, and noticing patterns and connections amongst the things I learn. I make my own jewelry, sing a little, and occasionally play a little bit of music (accordion, uke, percussion--though I'm rusty). I am also a fervent lover of cats.
I am white and of European and SWANA (South West Asian and North African) ancestry. I'm the child of an immigrant mom of Iranian Assyrian and Russian descent who was born and raised in Iraq (I consider myself second generation on my mom's side); and a white, midwestern American dad who descended from mostly Northwestern European immigrants, colonizers, and settlers. Being their child heightened my awareness of the intersections of culture, gender, privilege and oppression, and the systems of white supremacy--operating in and all around me--and it fuels a passion in me to stand for social justice. I hold allyship in my heart for immigrants--particularly those who have been marginalized in the US due to racism, xenophobia, and religious persecution.
I have so much more to learn for the rest of my days on earth! I am very committed to ongoing self-reflection, and to understanding and applying anti-oppression and anti-racist values in my professional and personal life practices. I hold hope for the liberation of all people close to my heart.