SAVANNAH MCCULLY, APCC
Client Focus: Individuals, Teens/Young Adult, LGBTQIA+
Areas of Focus: Coping Skills, Self-Acceptance/Compassion, Healthy Attachment & Boundaries
Modalities: Narrative, Gestalt, CBT, Attachment, Play Therapy
“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole [person].” -Maya Angelou
My goal as a therapist is to assist clients as they step onto a new path that will lead them to a fulfilling life that brings joy, compassion, nurturance, and safety. While life will always present challenges, when we feel confident in ourselves, our relationships, and our ability to cope and weather the storms, our wellbeing will thrive.
I use different therapy approaches and find a style that best serves each of my clients. I predominately utilize narrative therapy, Gestalt therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, attachment therapy, and play therapy for children. With any approach, my focus is to help clients examine issues/problems that are present in their life, identify how their lives are being impacted, and find new paths forward that promote growth, health, and happiness. I offer a challenge and support role in that I ask clients to consider new perspectives, alternative considerations, and ask them to push themselves and step outside their comfort zones, but I am always by their side with empathy, compassion, and support. I believe that all of my clients are capable of achieving the growth that they desire.
I work with individuals across the lifespan, including children and teenagers. I am particularly drawn to working with teenagers/young adults, individuals impacted by their childhood attachment and trauma, and LGBTQIA+ identifying persons. For queer folks, I provide gender and sexuality affirming therapy and enjoy working with folks in identity exploration and navigating queer relationships. I understand how queerness intersects with other identities and that our mental health is impacted by stigma, discrimination, and lack of representation.
I have educational degrees in Psychology, Education, and Child Development in addition to my education and registration as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. I have prior experience working as a therapist for individuals impacted by domestic violence. Before transitioning to the mental health field, I worked in higher education providing advising and support to college students. Outside of work, I enjoy the simple life with my partner and our fur-babies. I am a big San Diego sports fan, love vacationing in the Eastern Sierra’s, and enjoy cooking, reading, attempting to keep plants alive, and spending time with my extended family.
licenses & certifications
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor 9983
experience & trainings
Play Therapy & Child-Parent Relationship Therapy
Developmental Screening for Early Childhood
Trauma-Informed CBT for Adolescents
DC: 0-5 Diagnostic Training for Early Childhood
Group Therapy Facilitator
Domestic Violence Counselor Certification, June 2020
Motivational Interviewing Training, July 2020
San Diego State University May 2021
M.S. Child and Family Development, Early Child Mental Health LPCC
San Diego State University May 2017
M.A. Educational Leadership
University of Northern Colorado December 2014
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San Diego, CA 92127