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Behind each life problem or distressing symptom are undeveloped talents urging themselves forward. The therapeutic relationship exists to nurture the growth of these untapped talents. You are an inherently creative being capable of immense joy and fulfillment in your life and relationships. There are emotional blocks and outmoded behaviors that can interfere with the experience of this joy, fulfillment and connection with others. The purpose of therapy is to look with compassion on things you want to change and to build upon your existing strengths and inherent resilience.


Intimate relationships often become the site of disappointment, resentment, disconnection and retraumatization. Actually, this is normal! And it doesn't have to be the end of your story.

As your therapist, I work with you to deepen awareness and understanding of your emotional and relationship experiences. I offer support and insight into how both your personal history and systemic oppression affect your life, including how you feel and what you believe about yourself. Through awareness, compassion and, ironically, radical acceptance, we can heal and change.

I specialize in working with queer, gender-diverse and other non-mainstream individuals and relationships. I work with those in caregiving professions- nurses, doctors, child care providers, teachers, and mental health workers, as well as other types of healers, creatives and activists.

I acknowledge that I do this work on Ohlone land and I ask for guidance from ancestors, my own and those of this land, in working in a way that brings about not only individual healing, but healing for the collective and all beings.






Alison Newvine MFT
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