I work with a creative spirit, a relational stance and a genuine sense of curiosity about who you are and what you are bringing into the therapy room. I provide a safe and secure place to work through anxiety, depression, old wounds and trauma, relationship issues, creative blocks and discover the true you. 

My approach in the therapy room is a creative mix based in Jungian psychology along with relational work, mindfulness, somatic experiencing, art therapy and sandplay. What this all looks like in session is that we can explore the unconscious through a mix of dream work, discovering reoccurring symbols and themes and opening up our feelings and ideas around experiences so that reactions and behaviors that we are often confused about begin to make sense. We can't change things when we are not entirely sure why we are doing them or certain situations are happening. Beginning to know ourselves more is the starting point.

Working relationally is about using the therapeutic relationship and what happens in the therapy room to help bring about change. This happens through being in a supportive and safe relationship that allows you to begin to be more fully yourself and explore the aspects of self that can be hidden from others and even yourself. Mindfulness and somatic experiences are both about creating awareness of what is happening in our minds and bodies in the current moment which can help us to recognize different thought processes and understand our reactions to experiences. We slow things down to create more awareness.

Art therapy and sandplay are both wonderful ways of bypassing the verbal again getting to the unconscious to help mine the depths of ourselves to bring about change. Art also brings play into our lives in simple and easy ways. Play helps us get past blocked areas and thought processes by allowing the mind to work more creatively. Both art and play also allow us to give order and shape to our worlds. Sandplay is creating scenes with miniatures in the sand working with our inner self and the unconscious. It is great for working with topics that are difficult to talk about and works well for those dealing with depression, anxiety, and trauma.

For each individual, these approaches are used in different combinations and that is where collaboration happens within therapy. You and I will work together to discover what feels most comfortable to you and brings about understanding, relief, and change. Please get in touch if you are interested in knowing more.


Naomi Buckley
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist  MFC 85482
130 S. Euclid Street,  Suite 1, Pasadena, CA 91101
1531 Purdue Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025
323-646-8562 ---