Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #119539
Indigenous Land Acknowledgement: Chumash Barbareño Territory
Nicole Williams, MA, LMFT #47079
Randé Dorn, MFA, LMFT #111746
I was born in Tahiti to my Tahitian-immigrant mother and my white-Californian father, and was raised in the small beach town of Carpinteria, CA. Growing up as a sensitive human-being, I greatly felt the effects of being told who I was expected to be from those around me, and often responded to implicit messages of “not belonging” through achievement and the aspiration for perfection. As someone who presents as ethnically-ambiguous, and who is multiracial, multicultural, first-generation, and a holder of white privilege, I have felt as though I am continuously untangling myself from all that is projected onto me, while also trying to locate what feels like the real “me” in the process.
Now as a therapist, my hope is to assist anyone who feels as though parts of themselves are unacceptable or not good enough, and assure them of the beauty these “unacceptable” parts are capable of.
Outside of the therapy office, you’ll probably find me tending to my extensive houseplant collection, spending quality time with my dog, or taking day-trips to Los Angeles. Some things I love are: art and any creative media, traveling, trying new and delicious foods, and a really good chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology - University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Master of Marriage and Family Therapy - University of Southern California (USC)
I completed my Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from USC, where I had the privilege of learning from powerful voices in the field, receiving training well-oriented to culture, intersectionality, and matters of social-justice. I have additional training on the integration of ancestral healing modalities, and the decolonization of the mental health field from the Genesis Healing Institute. The bulk of my clinical experience stems from working with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, complex-trauma, PTSD, racial identity development, relationship conflicts, grief, anger, and major life transitions. Alongside my work in private practice, I also am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at the Community Counseling and Education Center (CCEC) in Santa Barbara, CA.