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Alison Papion, LMFT, CCRMP

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #90258
Certified Comprehensive Resource Model Practitioner

I’m Alison Papion LMFT, the founder of BRAVE Counseling & Consulting - A Family Counseling Corporation, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Thousand Oaks and Berkeley, CA—here to guide you through life’s most complex and difficult matters.


Since 2004, I have provided a number of specialized therapeutic services to those coping with major trauma and other challenging life experiences. Patient well-being is my number one priority, with an emphasis on overcoming hurdles such as abuse, PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction, and dissociative disorders.

I have a thriving private psychotherapy practice in Southern and Northern California and can also offer sessions via a secure online network.  In addition, I offer consultation to clinicians starting a private practice or needing trauma specific case consultation.

I have a Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University.  I have extensive experience as a clinician, therapist, director, and healer. 

I can't wait to begin our journey towards wellness together!


Carly Reifman, LMFT, ATR

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #120122

Registered Art Therapist #20-223

It's an honor to facilitate exploration of consciousness. To make space and room to really sink into what the mind and body is communicating. And to provide a way to explore that however you choose. I personally offer trauma processing and self-exploration with somatic-based psychotherapy, The Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), and art therapy. In fact, I believe trauma and overwhelm can drive a lot of suffering regardless of the diagnosis. So I aim to target the pain driving the behaviors you want to change; let's heal the wound, not redirect the symptom. Sessions are 60 minutes to offer more spaciousness.

I also believe we as humans heal through relationships: relationships with ourselves and others. As we heal our relationship with ourselves, we can see our relationships with others simultaneously affected. I provide an attachment-based lens to help inform the source of the pain and layers of defense responses arising in our relationships. We explore defense structures both gently and directly, so there is space to access depth without feeling pressured.

I received my undergraduate degree from UCSB in Cell and Developmental Biology, and my graduate degree from Phillips Graduate University in Psychology. I welcome all questions about the therapeutic process and am happy to provide education about the science of what we're doing (as well as letting know you know what I don't know). A deeper understanding of the process can make it so much easier to integrate session material into the rest of your life. Let's bravely explore consciousness together!

  • Advocate of drug policy reform, therapeutic and intentional use of psychoactive substances, and harm reduction practices when appropriate

  • Psychedelic integration support

  • LGBTQIA+ safe space

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Stephen Douthit, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #131329

One of my specialties is mindfulness awareness for Men—that is, helping men who have historically struggled with a mind-body connection—find that connection for themselves. While I feel that everyone would benefit from this, I'm particularly passionate about helping men achieve this. There is a power in that connection. Through various techniques I teach you how to process and gain control over your thoughts and emotions with the goal of processing trauma as well as reducing depression, anxiety, and emotional dysregulation. I have seen it work. I have observed this physical phenomenon and have seen the change in people. 


I specialize in treating males (both adult and teen) struggling and/or experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, relational issues, anger management, and addiction. I offer a chance for change, support, guidance, and reduction in symptoms. I also offer Comprehensive Resource Model® (CRM), a trauma-processing modality. 

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