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Who We Are

 Bloom + Grow Collective

Krista Gaston (she/they)

LMFT + Ecotherapist

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Krista is an elder millennial, a queer white femme, a certified eco-therapist, and an emergent strategist who takes their lead from pulses and patterns of ecosystems she intersects. Krista enjoys supporting others in identifying and engaging in their sphere of influence. In addition to providing therapy to teens and young adults, Krista provided eco-oriented consulting to individuals and organizations to make space for life sustaining practices that center around staff identified needs. Krista co-founded bloom + grow collective because there is abundant space and need for channels of healing action + advocacy. We’re initiating collaborative + transformative moves to orient to life-sustaining practices within the mental health licensing process. In addition to their socio-cultural locations, they are a restless Sagittarius sun, a visionary Aquarius, and thankfully organized by a Capricorn rising. Recently Krista returned to her hometown in small town Texas after living in San Francisco for 12 years to focus on personal restoration centered on family, nature, play, and rest. 

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Sara Thorsen (she/they)

LMFT + Ecotherapist

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You can find Sara with her head in the clouds, her feet in a creek, and dirt under her nails. Always dreaming of more sustainable ways to practice, she works as a school based therapist and her areas of interest include: liberation, anxiety/depression/trauma, ethics/philosophy, and supporting others live their best lives in the face of this wild, wild world. Other passions include: connecting with joy, writing, herbalism + plant medicine, and community organizing. Inspired by the Kaiser Therapist strikes in 2022, Sara is fired up about fostering the Labor Movement in mental health. Through Bloom + Grow she has connected with the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) to fight for mental health parity and win organizing rights for all mental health providers. She also participated in a foundational training series and Fellowship with the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee (EWOC). She is a proud California School Employees Association (CSEA ) member and site representative. Sara has a long-standing dream to be a steward of land and is forming a group of collaborators to equitably make this dream a reality. She is a Scorpio sun, Aquarius moon, and Aquarius rising.

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Frankee Carlin (she/her)

AMFT + Advocate

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Flibbertigibbet is the word best used to describe Frankee. While she may be very silly, she is also quite serious, often in the same measure. She’s mostly serious about sitting with people in pain; compassion is her highest value. One of Frankee’s greatest skills is bringing her humanity into every situation, quickly disarming those who are wary.

 

Frankee is a therapist with lived experience (trauma, disability, substance use, anxiety, depression, and adhd) specializing in mindfulness, self-compassion, and harm reduction principles that guide people toward anti-colonial, anti-capitalistic, and anti-racist practices. She has 6 years of experience as a therapist, primarily in community mental health, where she learned to be a fervent advocate for people against broken systems. She currently works as a mental health specialist in a middle school and is hoping to be licensed by the next school year.

 

Krista, Sara T., and Frankee attended the same graduate school and since then have continuously been ferocious idealists and change agents. We love a good Lorax quote, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not.” So here we are, using all the bravery we can muster to say, “ENOUGH!”

 

In her spare time, she loves to eat vegan food, play video games, make crafts, roller skate, watch tv, and play with cats. She balances a sensitive Pisces moon and fiery Sagittarius rising with a Libra sun. 

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    Sarah Dardick (they/them)

    LMFT + LPCC + NCC

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    Sarah is a proud nerd with a few specializations that include men’s mental health and identity, trauma, moral injury, consensual non-monogamy, and LGBTQ+. Sarah has over 7 years of experience in community mental health. During this time, they became a fierce advocate for pre-licensed clinicians, a passion that continues to this day and transcends license type (Sarah cares a lot about their ASW cousins). Sarah has advanced training in Narrative Therapy, EMDR, and all the other cool modalities most people learn when they spend such a long-time in community mental health. Sarah opened a telehealth private practice in 2022, and also provides contracted clinical supervision, documentation coaching, and quality assurance. In their spare time, Sarah reads heaps of books, plays video games, learns languages on Duolingo, and geeks out on true crime. Sarah takes astrology with a grain of salt, but is a very typical Pisces sun with enough Virgo in their chart to create a new planet.

      Leslie Mueller (she/her)

      LMFT + Art Therapist

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      Leslie is a local artist and art therapist in private practice. Her passion lies in her art practice and she holds the belief that art is a fundamental form of expression available to all. In her practice she aims to create a safe, welcoming space for clients to explore, laugh, create, and deepen their relationship with themselves. She often works with issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationships and sexuality. Leslie is inclusive and enjoys working with diverse clients including BIPOC, immigrants, LGBTQIA, and polyamorous communities. She is a lover of the outdoors and incorporates eco based art therapy in her practice.

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      Simon Chan (he/him)

      LMFT + Life Coach

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      Simon practices as a Life Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with almost a decade of experience in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, severe mental illness, relationship issues, life transitions, and many more. His life was completely altered by his tour as a combat veteran in Iraq. He came to find meaning in that experience and also came to see the learned skills that he wanted to share with others. Please watch his testimony www.lifestyle.org/shows/serve-protect/ (he starts speaking at 9 minutes and 40 seconds). Recently, Simon has answered his calling to help clients with overcome their porn and sex addictions by enrolling in the CSAT (certified sex addiction therapist) program.

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      Rivkah Orr (she/her)

      APCC + Aspiring Inner World Therapist

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      As an Ashkenazi Jewish queer femme, Rivkah has occupied both liberated and ultra-orthodox spaces, both spiritually and vocationally.

       

      She has extensive experience working with children, especially those younger than seven. Her previous career as a preschool teacher paved the way for her later work as an associate therapist with troubled and/or disabled youth.

       

      Her own experiences with disability enable her to open the window between academic and lived knowledge, in areas such as autism, ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, depression and dissociative identity disorder. 

       

      Rivkah envisions a mental health field equitable for all who are called to serve. She aspires to be a catalyst for overturning backdoor discrimination policies that negatively affect those with disabilities or low income working toward licensure in the field.

       

      Read more about it on her website!

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