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Sally Van Meter MA, LPC, BC-TMH

Specialties: CBT, expressive art therapy, mindfulness, mood disorders, women's issues, substance use disorders, telemental health.

Philosophy of healing: I practice an eclectic client centered approach drawing from psycho-dynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, feminist theory, mindfulness based therapy, expressive art therapy, motivational interviewing and solution focused therapy. I believe that those individuals seeking assistance in change, skills and knowledge, are capable of achieving this with guidance, motivation and counsel within the range of their capabilities and potential. Mental health therapy is a fluid process of change across the life span which intersects and impacts all aspects of life.  I believe each individual leans towards the sun, as a flower, striving for balance and well being and a sense of being connected to all other life forms, our planet and beyond.

I believe all of us have an innate creative force which must be nurtured and fostered as part of the healing process and is so often violated and vanquished early in life through inequities of cultural bias, out of balance institutions and a focus on product rather than process. My practice encourages one to realize their authenticity and belonging to the whole of life regardless of unique human challenges they may have experienced bio-psycho-socially.

I have practiced in the field for more than 30 years as a clinician, supervisor and manager in inpatient and outpatient settings in Central Coast California, San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest.  I served with the American Red Cross in NYC following 911 as a Disaster Mental Health Technician and provided art therapy and activities in inpatient hospital care during the early days of the HIV epidemic in the Bay Area.  I am a visual artist, have shown my work in California and Oregon and have also published poetry, short stories and brief articles on HIV compassionate care, biking, and 250 Ways to Make America Better in 1999 published by the JFK Junior Editors of George magazine in 1999 on what to do about all of these cars!

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Areas of interest

  • Having recently completed credentialing in Telemental Health, I am interested in broadening my scope of practice to provide much needed mental health services to those who may have challenges to come to therapy; either due to transportation, childcare, disabilities either chronic or acute, recovery from surgery, debilitating fears and anxieties, financial constraints for transportation, parking, childcare, etc and for those who may feel safer with this modality. I am always interested and invested in providers from all practices integrating creative aspects of healing into their modality and always challenging and breaking down the barriers to quality healthcare for all.

Education

  • B.A., Antioch University West, Santa Barbara California 1979
  • M.A., Antioch University West, Santa Barbara California United States 1982
  • Internship:

    • Devereaux Calfornia, Isla Vista, California, Art Therapy Intern, University of California at Santa Barbara, Art Therapy Women's Center Group Facilitator, Santa Barbara National Council on Alcoholism, Multiple Offender Drinking Drivers Counselor, Santa Barbara County Probation Department, Art Therapy With Domestic Violence Offenders

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