My Professional Story

I’ve been a marriage and family therapist for the past sixteen years, licensed in California since 2005 (MFC #42230.) I believe that deep down, people really do know what’s best, but past trauma, present stress, difficult relationship dynamics or other variables can interfere. My job is to help my clients push past the barriers and find greater happiness, vitality, and fulfillment, as well as a stronger connection with others. And it’s an amazing job.

Before starting my private practice, I worked for several agencies in the Bay Area where I gained extensive experience in assessing and treating diverse populations. As a result, I’m able to work with a wide range of mental health diagnoses, developmental/life stage transitions, multicultural and LGBTQ issues, abuse and trauma, and relational problems. I’m also experienced with personality disorders including borderline personality. While I don’t work with substance abuse as a primary diagnosis, I provide support to the families of those struggling with addiction, and have done a lot of therapy with clients around enabling and codependency.

I’m flexible in my approach, depending on the needs of the client. I can do brief therapy or more long-term work, from skills training to insight-oriented psychotherapy. This includes evidence-based frameworks like motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT.) I’m trained in emotionally-focused therapy (EFT) for couples, which is empirically proven effective, and in sex therapy.

My toolbox is extensive, but what’s most important is that the tool fits the job–that together, we find what fits you. I love connecting with each client, building a relationship, and figuring out what works.

Please call me at (510) 859-8024 or email me at holly@hollybrownmft.com. Look forward to getting to know you!