About River (they/them) Marino
I believe healing happens when we feel safe enough to show up exactly as we are. All parts of you are welcome here. I’m not here to change you or fix you. In fact, I don’t think you are “broken” or that there’s anything “wrong” with you. Together we’ll create an open, accepting and compassionate environment, with respect for your intuition + body’s wisdom underlying all that we do.
I’m trauma-sensitive and social justice-informed and view therapy through an intersectional lens (mind, body, environment, culture). During our time together, we’ll likely look at environmental factors (interpersonal, economic, oppression) that create individual/collective stress and trauma.
I value equity, consent, and boundaries in the therapeutic relationship and strive to create a compassionate space that is truly safe, non-judgmental, and accepting. As a white person, I’m committed to challenging white supremacy, both internally and externally, and internal anti-racism work will be my life-long practice.
I believe the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important aspects of therapy. I put this belief into practice by: prioritizing self-care when I’m not in session and limiting client scheduling on a daily/weekly basis so that I’m able to show up fully for your sessions and be completely present with you.
My approach is collaborative + holistic, centering around values of empathy, connection and deep listening. I’m Internal Family Systems-informed and incorporate somatic + mindfulness-based approaches into sessions.
I provide an autism-affirming perspective in therapy and believe autism is a genetically-based neurotype, not a medical disorder. "I understand being autistic to be a cultural identity and recognize autistic people as experts on their own culture." (quote from Trauma Geek)
Please visit my website for more info + to sign up for my waitlist. -River they/them