ABOUT ME

My Practice

I have a general practice—that is, I am interested in seeing anybody who is looking for help. I work with:

  • Individuals, both adults and adolescents

  • Couples

  • Families

In addition to my training in a range of psychotherapeutic issues, I have a particular background in working with:

  • Sexuality and gender issues, including the special concerns of lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgendered (LGBT) clients

  • Teens, including at-risk and drug-using teens

  • Survivors of sexual abuse

EDUCATION

PROFESSIONAL

  • Clinical supervisor, Youth Services

  • Clinical supervisor at WomenCARE, which provides free support groups and services for women who have or have had cancer

  • President (2007), Santa Cruz Chapter of Marriage and Family Therapists (this is the professional organization for California Marriage and Family Therapists)

  • Cofounder (2006) of the Rainbow Program at Family Service Agency of the Central Coast, which trains therapy interns and trainees in working with LGBT clients. The program especially serves those working with low-income clients. This was a labor of love that has been a joy to see flourish.

  • Group therapist at Survivors Healing Center in Santa Cruz for survivors of childhood sexual abuse

  • Individual, family, and group therapist at Youth Services in Watsonville and Santa Cruz, where I worked with dual-diagnosis teens in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. Primary population was Latino/a.

  • Individual and couples therapist at Family Services, where I worked with people seeking help for depression, anxiety, trauma, relational issues, and other general practice problems

  • Children's therapist at Nimitz Elementary School in Milpitas in an internship in conjunction with John F. Kennedy University's Counseling Center.

© 2019 Anna Paganelli, MFT

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