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Meisha Vella, LCSW

Meisha Vella, LCSW

she/her

Licensed in CA #69951
Insurances Accepted: Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net/MHN, Aetna, Cigna/Evernorth
Speaks spanish
My approach integrates self-compassion, neuro-physiologically informed care, mindfulness, and cultural humility.

My Therapy Style

Healing is sacred; it involves mind, body, and spirit. My approach integrates self-compassion, neuro-physiologically informed care, mindfulness, and cultural humility. I will walk with you as we explore your history, patterns, and struggles; and help you to learn and practice new coping skills. This includes learning the "go to" responses of your nervous system and how you can resource yourself more so you can live the life you want. In our work together, you can expect curiosity, empathy, hope, and laughter. Ultimately, I hope that our relationship can be a source of support, calm, and understanding.

Education & Training

BA - Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz

MSW - Social Work, San Jose State University

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I became a social worker due to my commitment to social justice. I began doing volunteer work at age 15 and discovered my passion for helping others. I deeply believe in the resilience of the human spirit to overcome hardship through being witnessed kindly and learning new skills in the context of community.

What are your interests outside of work?

I love dancing, creating art, and attending cultural events.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

Silent meditation.

What book have you read more than once?

The Four Agreements: A Personal Guide to Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. It is an exploration of ancestral technologies that help us to lead a life of integrity.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

San Francisco Women Against Rape is an organization that is led by women of color and centers empowerment, equity, and inclusivity.

How do you recharge?

I practice my indigenous lifeways, especially spending time in nature — hiking and watching the hawks, hummingbirds, and butterflies.