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Our Therapists 

Lea is standing on the beach in San Diego California
Lea's dogs, Iggie and Cobie
Lea and Micaela are smiling in this photo together
About Lea affirming therapist humanistic truama informed counselor

Lea Roman, MS
she/her/hers

Licensed Professional Counselor 

Registered Play Therapist

EMDR Trained

Lea is a Licensed Professional Counselor, EMDR Trained Therapist, and Registered Play Therapist.

Please note that Lea is only accepting adult clients (aged 18+) at this time.

 *All sessions are facilitated via a HIPAA compliant form of Telehealth that looks similar to Zoom or FaceTime.*

Lea is in network with Aetna, Cigna, and United Healthcare plans.

*California Licensure expected Spring 2024.

 

Lea holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, and completed her Masters of Science in Counseling at Southern Methodist University. Although a native Texan, Lea has long claimed the west coast as the truest home for her soul. A long time dream, Lea returned to Southern California in 2022 after many years in Texas. Lea feels passionately about supporting queer and marginalized communities living in Texas and *California, and is proud to do so along her best friend and business partner, Micaela Krusemark, whom maintains a home in Dallas.

In her personal life, Lea enjoys listening to music on her vintage sound system, dabbling with watercolor, and eating really bomb pizza. In counseling, Lea desires for her clients to feel fully empowered and fully immersed within their own unique process of self-discovery and growth.  

It can be scary and intimidating to consider counseling. With this in mind, Lea strives to create a warm, non-judgmental, and safe space where you, your story, and your journey are honored.  

Currently, much of Lea’s work includes helping LGBTQIA+ folks find healing from various religious frameworks which have unfortunately weaponized theology as a form of spiritual abuse. While Lea is not religious, she supports clients of all faiths and is firmly grounded within a belief that spirituality and existentialism in many forms offer a meaningful form of support and healing.

In addition to her work with the queer community, Lea very much enjoys helping folks “find their voice” in the workplace, strengthen self advocacy, and/or gain greater insight about personal fulfillment within career.

Lea deeply values cultural diversity and respect for the unique lens that each individual possesses, and through which - experiences their environment. Lea believes it is of the utmost importance to provide a trauma-informed perspective for all marginalized populations, including BIPOC. As such, she prides herself on being an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist and advocate whom places great emphasis upon  awareness of multiculturalism. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Lea feels as if she can offer an intimate form of empathy to her clients.  

Lea’s is honored to have known and worked with many individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community.

While walking alongside her clients, Lea strives to help individuals identify and gain insight related to overt and covert messages within clients’ families of origin, untangle and redirect maladaptive relational patterns, and to embrace inner empowerment in an effort to promote healing and bolster self worth.

Lea believes that intrapesonal awareness including but not limited to- identification of inner feelings, thoughts, and experiences is a crucial component of “the work” that is necessary for clients to liberate themselves from deep inner wounds.

As a positive consequence of intrapersonal growth, many of Lea’s clients report that interpersonal awareness, authentic self expression of needs, and boundary setting arise from within their inner resources.  

In previous clinical settings, Lea has worked with children and families via play therapy and activity therapy. Specifically, Lea holds a special place in her heart for assisting those who struggle with diagnoses  that impact learning and attention. Previously, she sought specialized training to enrich her understanding of ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and other similar diagnoses. Lea continues to be mindful of how early experiences within the context of education can inform one’s self-worth.   

Although she does not see minors currently, Lea utilizes her education regarding the importance of a family systems perspective and the powerful non-verbal form of healing that play offers. For adults, Lea often integrates  activity therapy in an effort to facilitate awareness of old wounds from childhood that may have been hidden deep within. Lea believes that play and activity therapy are a forms of evidenced based magic that influence truly holistic growth.   

Both forms of aforementioned therapy can serve as distinct and meaningful vehicles for insight and healing.  

 


Micaela's kitten, Tobey, he is an orange tabby cat
Micaela's dog, Grey, he is a border collie
Micaela's cat, Noemy, she is an all black tabby cat
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Micaela Krusemark, MS
she/her/hers

Licensed Professional Counselor

Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Certified

Micaela is in-network with Aetna, United Healthcare and OSCAR plans.

*California licensure expected Spring 2024

 

Micaela completed her Master of Science in Counseling from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts & Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas.

In addition to her graduate coursework to become a Licensed Professional Counselor, she earned a Specialization in Affirmative Therapy for LGBT clients, being the first to earn such a specialization at SMU. This included coursework for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) clients, training and education tailored for Transgender clients, and LGBT Couples & Families.

Micaela believes each client brings their own distinct experiences to counseling. She works to be fully present in a therapeutic relationship that is safe, affirming and empathetic. She firmly holds that clients can benefit from having a space that is their own where they can share, explore and process inner experiences and are met with compassion and non-judgment. She knows how important it is to have an environment that fosters a sense of support that is also a healthy outlet for personal exploration and growth.

Micaela has experience in treating clients with anxiety, trauma, self-esteem concerns, relationship difficulties and adjustments to life stressors. She has a passion for working with clients in the LGBTQIA+ and Latiné communities. She enjoys supporting clients as they explore their personal identity and relationships, while helping them process questions, wants or needs they have not given voice, to yet in a space where they can be open, vulnerable and supported. As a queer and Latin woman, Micaela understands the inherent struggles that can be a part of an LGBTQIA+ and Latine persons experience. She works with her clients in creating balance in their lives through establishing healthy boundaries, exploring coping skills, a strong support system and encouraging clients to foster their mind- body connection.

In her free time, Micaela enjoys growing her personal yoga and meditation practice, getting out of doors, spend time with her dog and cat, and read books from English literature, mythology, poetry, trauma, to yoga philosophy. 

*Please note that Micaela only sees adult clients (aged 18+) at this time. Additionally, all sessions are facilitated via a HIPAA compliant form of Telehealth that looks similar to Zoom or FaceTime.*

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