Vanessa Caroline Morrison, LMFT

(she/her/hers)
Preferred Name: Vanessa

Online Therapy

About Me

Professionally, I have been employed in the area of mental health since 1999. I began my career in music therapy as a counselor, composer, performer and program designer. I worked in hospice programs, hospitals (UCSF, Laguna Honda), schools, assisted living facilities and communities impacted by social injustices. I have been in private practice since 2013 with a focus on the treatment of trauma, relational stress, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and addiction. Outside of my graduate studies and internships, I have completed several intensive trainings in the areas of Somatic Therapy (Sensorimotor), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic, Relational, Family Systems, Neurofeedback, Intuitive Eating and other modalities. As a psychotherapist, I believe early events in life can inhibit and oppress your core self, preventing you from living a fulfilling life. I aim to help you heal past painful patterns that hold you back from being the best version of yourself. I support you in reconnecting with your inner strength, so you feel safe to express your needs and desires and can attain them. Once you’ve tapped into your inner resources, it’s easier to create a life that is more meaningful and engaging, and where you’re better able to reach your potential. When you’re at peace, positive relationships come more easily, and you’re better able to take care of yourself. Your self-image improves, enabling you to confidently participate in your communities rather than isolate and feel alone. You feel greater love and compassion. I became a therapist because ever since I was a child, I felt deep compassion for people’s suffering and a strong desire to help others live their most authentic and bold life. I am deeply inspired by my client’s courage to be vulnerable and work through the struggles in their lives. I am honored and grateful that my role as a therapist calls on the best parts of me.

Education & Experience

Education MA in Integral Psychology/Clinical Psychology from California Institute for Integral Studies BA in Liberal Studies, Emphasis in Religious Sociology, University of Montana Dramatic Arts Studies, Undergraduate Lee Strasberg Program, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts Specialized Trainings Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – Somatic Therapy Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) EEG Neurofeedback (Othmers) Trauma Therapy (Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Pat Ogden PhD, Janina Fisher PhD, Kelly L. Callahan, PhD and more) Eating Disorders (Intuitive Eating, Maudsley Method, DBT, ACT, CBT) Group Therapy (DBT and Interpersonal) Music Therapy (Lyric House)

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Memberships: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) EMDRIA National Eating Disorders Alliance

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors

Language

  • English

Insurance

  • Sliding Scale

I provide superbills for all patients to submit to their insurer for reimbursement.