Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here.
I’m Dr. Adrianna Holness. I'm a member of Thrive Psychology Group, a private practice in Los Angeles that works to address the specific therapy needs of women who are frequently oppressed by our patriarchal society.
As a Latina and Black woman, I welcome conversations surrounding identity, bi-racial and minority stress, and helping you identify and relate to yourself in a way that honors who you want to show up as in the world. I love the work I get to do and I feel honored to be invited into this space as you explore the intersection of your identity – those spaces where you may often feel unseen, misunderstood, or unwelcome.
I believe that my clients are both capable and worthy of change and that you are doing the absolute best you can with the skills that you have right now. I am dedicated to providing you with research-driven and evidenced-based practices to help you feel confident that you can build the skills to navigate whatever challenges you face.
I understand the daily and sometimes exhausting balancing act of being condensed into the stereotypes of how you look on the outside, needing to work harder to stand out, and sometimes even harder to blend in, all while wanting to be seen and understood for who you truly are. I understand the burden of feeling like your work performance can be seen as confirmation for others’ biases against your identified groups, dismissed as an expectation, completely overlooked, or placed in the “token member” category. You are more than the boxes in which you have been placed.
I work to make sure you have the space and support to learn and practice new skills without fear of judgment, learn to identify and state your needs, practice implementing healthy boundaries, and challenge those well-worn scripts to author healthier and more empowering narratives.
I have extensive training working with anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, career challenges, workplace harassment, victims of crime, bi-racial and minority stress, and substance overuse. I believe that all women have the ability to be a strong force for change in their individual, work, and home lives. In my role as a therapist, I strive to create a space for women to start addressing the narratives they carry about their self-worth.
Our society can oftentimes leave us with the belief that, “I’m not good enough, I’m too much, or I don’t really fit in anywhere.” These thoughts can become automatic and keep you from stepping into the roles you would like to, trapped in the boxes or expectations others haveset up for you, or make you doubt your place at school, at work, or in relationships. You are worthy of challenging and changing the scripts in your life that no longer work for you.
I want to help you learn more about who you are and what you want as you start to show up unapologetically as yourself. I approach therapy from a cognitive behavioral lens (CBT), with the belief that there is a close relationship between our thoughts (e.g., those pesky self-worth scripts), our emotions, and the actions that we take each day. I also love third wave approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Skills (DBT), which help you to both sit with your emotions, letting them be there and to move in the direction of your values in spite of experiencing discomfort.
For those individuals in the process of addiction recovery, I utilize a relapse prevention model utilizing a holistic approach to take into account your own rich and unique experiences, your emotional struggles, strengths, and goals rather than focusing solely on the addictivebehaviors. If you are ready to address past or recent trauma, I received specialized training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE), both gold-standard treatments for trauma and PTSD.
If this seems like a fit for your goals, feel free to send me an email or check out my website. You can learn more about me and book a free 30-minute consultation.
I’m so excited to meet you!