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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

Art, play, humor, sass.

Acceptance, curiosity, and interconnectedness.

​Queer, sex positive, LGBTQIA+ safe space.

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

Support to those exploring both traditional and non-traditional relationships like polyamory and non-monogamy. The later paths are not for everyone, but anyone who is looking for support is welcome here.

I offer trauma processing through the Comprehensive Resource Model and self-exploration/integration through Art Therapy. I also offer guidance through mindfulness principles and meditation techniques. Exploring and healing our relationship with ourselves is profound. Difficult, liberating, and worth it. And we can see our relationships with others simultaneously affected.

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.

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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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