What Is Soul Rooted Counseling?
Soul Rooted Counseling
Soul Rooted Counseling (SRC) is an approach to healing that sees each of us as having a unique essence, or soul, that is like the seed of our true being striving to express itself through us like a flower in bloom. Just like an actual seed, our soul requires the conditions of our life to offer an environment of safety, warmth, light, and wholesome nutrients, in order to move from survival to blossoming. In our soulful blossoming, we fill a unique niche in the ecosystems of our families, communities, and the more-than-human world.
I strive to offer my loving presence and extensive healing background to the cultivation of the seed within you, by helping you build an internal and external landscape that supports the sprouting of the seed that lies dormant within you. To do this, I will support you to uncover your soul gifts, address past wounds that are keeping you trapped in old stories and patterns, identify the deepest values that root you to this earth, and allow your highest calling to illuminate your sacred path forward one step at a time.
Online counseling sessions for ease and convenience
I provide online counseling sessions so that you can say yes to working together, even in this moment of social distancing. This allows us to “meet” together from the comfort of your home or during a break in your workday. It is my hope that our healing work together can add immediate value to your life rather than cause additional complication or stress. Because I use HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing technology for our sessions, you can rest assured that your private information will remain safe and confidential.
Free 20 minute discovery call
I offer a free 20 minute discovery call to all new clients, in order to make sure that all questions have been answered and that we both feel good about entering into a healing partnership together. This initial discovery session offers us the chance to have our first contact with one another via secure video-conferencing or over the phone. I look forward to connecting with you in this way, without any expectation or obligation of continued therapeutic work together.
Online scheduling for easy bookings and cancellations
I understand that life can be busy and that things can change! That’s why it’s important to me to make scheduling our time together as simple and flexible as possible. My online calendar allows you to schedule an appointment with me at your convenience, as well as to cancel an existing appointment up to 48 hours beforehand. I hope that this platform provides ease and flexibility in your life!
Sliding scale rate to meet your financial needs
Because I’m not in alignment with our current economic model, which often contributes to hierarchy, competition, and exploitation of people and our planet, I offer a sliding scale rate for my counseling services in order to offer myself to a wider range of people who may not otherwise feel able to access this type of healing support.
My sliding scale rates can be found in my online calendar under each service. Please reach out to me directly if you are interested in working together but are not in a financial position to fit within the sliding scale range that I offer.
HIPAA-compliant technology use
We live in a time when our private information is not always kept private, and so I want to be clear with you that I will only use HIPAA-compliant video-conferencing and data storage technologies when conducting or documenting our therapeutic work together. This is especially important to me because in order to do truly healing work together, we must trust that we are safe and that our most sensitive information won’t be used in a way that we didn’t intend or consent to.
To be extra mindful, I also use an encrypted email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and encrypted phone number (434-218-0731) to make sure that I’m doing everything in my power to respect and maintain the privacy of your personal information.
Professionally licensed in three states
I hold an active therapy license in good standing across three states (California, Colorado, and Virginia), which allows me to work with a wide range of individuals across the country. I’m licensed as a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), which permits me to offer psychological services and hold a private therapy practice. This means that I’m qualified to offer therapeutic services to all residents of California, Colorado, and Virginia.
I obtained my MSW (Master’s of Social Work) from UC Berkeley in 2014 and then worked for three years in community-based settings to accrue all the necessary clinical and supervisory hours. In 2017, I passed California’s two state licensing exams, and over the past two years I have successfully transferred my license to Virginia and Colorado in order to expand my practice to a wider range of individuals.
I was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where I spent my earliest years getting lost in the woods with my three brothers and sister. I experienced a deep sense of wild belonging, both from the wild land I called home and the wild family who loved me deeply and instilled core values of who I am today. My reality was shattered when we moved to the city when I was six years old and I started going to school and interacting with society, which exposed me for the first time to the pain and disconnection, stress and competition so common in our mainstream society and world. From these early childhood experiences of entering society as an outsider, I became aware of what it can be like to be an outsider and to feel the pain of a world out of balance. These experiences led me to work toward justice from a very young age, trying to bring more safety and belonging to my middle school and then high school. My commitment to social justice deepened in college and graduate school when I studied the systems in place that perpetuate injustice as well as models of holistic community resilience and well-being.
After graduate school, I worked for several years providing individual, group, and family therapy to some of California’s most vulnerable communities and became licensed as a therapist in 2017. During this time, I also became trained as a Restorative Justice Circle-Keeper and began exploring earth-based healing practices. In 2018, I left my career in CA to begin my own grassroots healing justice project, S.E.E.D.S., whose primary mission is to support collective evolution toward a life-sustaining world. Over the last two years, I have become trained as a Nature-Based Soul Guide, developed a healing touch modality called Intuitive Regenesis that supports the body’s own intuitive capacity to move toward healing, and deepened my practice as a cultural facilitator in various community settings across the country. I feel blessed to be exactly where I am along my unfolding path, humbly weaving together the diverse threads of my training background and lived experience into what I pray will be a sacred offering for my people. My people are all those who feel a seed of possibility sprouting in their hearts and minds, calling them forward along their unfolding paths toward a life and world far more beautiful than we can fully imagine.
“I have been waiting for this. Working with Alia was an answer to my prayers.”
“I am so grateful to have discovered a modality that is congruent with my ongoing empowerment, regeneration and grounded lived experience“
“I feel like an entirely changed person.”