Thanks for stopping by. I’m Sipora and I am a Therapist in Ventura, California. I see clients in person and online all over. I look forward to hopefully supporting you. I am trauma informed and LGBTQ aligned.
Why I Became A Therapist
From a young age I knew that I wanted to be a social worker and specialize in mental health. In my first year of college, in Buffalo NY, I signed up for a social work course and decided that I wanted to be…a television producer instead. I followed that creative passion and worked within the TV industry for ten years in busy midtown, New York City. Halfway through my career as a producer, I was faced with a health/life/spiritual emergency. Subsequently, that event launched me on my own healing journey and back onto my original path, which was to be a social worker and therapist. Helping and supporting people to heal became my calling. I took a huge leap of faith and moved to California to pursue my studies and I never looked back.
My Clinical Background
I received my Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in addiction and trauma from Rutgers University. From there I have done a multitude of trainings such as, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, psychoanalytic theory, trauma certification, chronic pain/illness, and more. I have worked in a variety of mental health settings supporting people struggling with substance abuse, PTSD, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, life transitions, chronic pain, and more.
Working With Me
I view therapy as a collaboration between the therapist and the client. I am an active participant and do provide insight, reflection, and tools to assist. Above all, you won’t see me just sitting there, not speaking, and nodding my head! I mainly work Psychodynamically- connecting the dots to understand how our past may be affecting our present. I also pull a lot of tools from Somatic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy, Pain Reprocessing Therapy, and more.
My subspecialty is working with people with mind-body syndromes/ chronic pain. For info about this please click here.
I am trained in EMDR and use it for PTSD, trauma, and self-limiting beliefs. For more info please click here.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, meditating, spending time in the nature of Ojai, CA, buying house plants, reading psychology and wellness literature, and writing my blog. I also love trying out new restaurants, and listening to music (George Michael & Sade are my favs).
To sum up, I’m a therapist in Ventura, California, close to Ojai, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Camarillo.
I am seeing clients online all over California and in person at my office in Ventura. It would be an honor to work with you. Reach out!
My Education & Certifications
Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker, license: Sipora Weissman #95374. Supervised by Nyssa Von Doeren, LMFT, License #99807.
Master of Social Work degree, Rutgers University, emphasis in trauma and addiction
Certified Trauma Professional
EMDR Training 1 & 2. Institute of Creative Mindfulness (EMDRIA Approved). Fully trained.
Beyond Pain Management: Treating the intersection of pain and unresolved emotional experience with Dr. Howard Schubiner & Alan Gordon, LCSW
Freedom From Chronic Pain: Practical neuroplasticity and the emerging mind body revolution in chronic pain treatment with Dr Howard Schubiner & Hal Greenham
Somatic Experiencing Beginning 1 & 2 Trainings
Emotional Freedom Technique, Levels 1 & 2. EFT Tapping Training Institute
Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Extension Program
An Introduction to Misophonia for Clinicians with Dr. Jennifer Jo Brout
Comprehensive Misophonia Training for Clinicians with Tom Dozier
National Association of Social Workers
Get In Touch
1198 Navigator Dr. Ventura, CA 93001
Located near Ojai, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks.
Also seeing clients for online therapy all over.