Estelle Drahon-Servel

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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About Estelle

Welcome and bonjour!

 

For 20 years, I worked as a pediatric nurse and developed extensive experience in the care of children and their parents. I worked in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), as well as an institution for children with special needs, and in daycare settings. From this experience, along with my own experience as a parent, I learned that people are more than their struggles or their illness and I became passionate about helping people find creative ways to adapt and thrive.

 

I am drawn to supporting people in their transition to parenthood and helping them to become the parents they want to be. I believe parenthood is a wonderful but challenging experience. I am here to offer care and healing for you on your journey. I also love working with children, and especially enjoy babies and elementary school kids.

 

I believe in the mind-body connection and use a bio-psycho-social approach to provide a non-judgmental and warm environment. I draw from Family Systems, Strengths-Based, and Solution-Focused Therapies. As a life-long learner, I am always eager to integrate current research, and I also reference neuroscience, Internal Family Systems, and attachment theories to tailor my therapy to your specific needs.

 

As a native French speaker who arrived in California in 2012, I can provide therapy in French. This experience of cultural change developed my sensitivity to the difficulties encountered by immigrants and non-English speakers and I welcome clients who relate to these particular challenges.
 

Areas of Focus:

  • Pregnancy, prenatal, and postpartum

  • Parenting and adjusting to parenthood

  • Babies, children, and attachment

  • Parents, children, and families with special needs children

  • Parents, children, and families with gifted children

  • Family systems and relationships

  • Grief and loss

 

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Jose State University and a Master of Science in counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University East Bay. As of August 2021, I am a student in the Doctor of Philosophy program in Marriage and Family Therapy with a concentration in Systemic Studies.

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #126844. Supervised by Jessica Sorci, LMFT #53881