It is painful to see your child struggling. You feel like you are failing as a parent and you don’t know where to start.
Your child has tantrums or feels sad and you don’t know why.
You keep trying to find solutions but nothing works. It is hard to know what is credible.
As an experienced Clinician, a mother, and adopted daughter of ten children — I hear you. I understand the frustration, confusion and deep concern you have for your child.
Through collaboration with parent(s), your child and myself, my work is centered on creating a safe space for your child to share and feel understood. My approach enables you to not only understand what is behind your child’s behavioral changes but also develop ways to help you feel more empowered and connected to your child.
Through play therapy and talk therapy, you will understand your child’s developmental needs, behaviors and struggles.
I believe that every child deserves to experience connection and joy. Each family has a unique narrative and that each child has unique gifts that can be buried by their challenges.
My goal is to surface your child’s unique gifts by helping you and your child develop tools and skills for coping with and working through challenges.
Learn more about my approach.
Stirling Somers is an Associate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She is supervised by Robbin Rockett, PsyD license number PSY17943. Stirling also has a Master’s of Business in Health Administration and a BS in Health Sciences. She has over ten years of experience working with and advocating for children, adolescents and families. Stirling’s therapeutic work includes academic settings, UCSF Infant-Parent Psychotherapy Training, and private practice. Her experience and training has focused on treating anxiety, depression, parent-child attachment disorders, trauma, life transitions, child illness, AD/HD and grief/loss. She is a member of Marin CASA and frequently provides trainings on the impact of childhood trauma on the brain and body called Adverse Child Exposures (ACE’s).