I am Dr. Cayla Minaiy. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I would love to work with you!
I earned my Ph.D in Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University and my Master's degree in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Oregon, and my bachelors degree in Women's Studies from University of California, Irvine.
In addition to my private practice, I am core faculty in the Couple and Family Therapy program at Antioch University Seattle and am on the editorial board of the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. I have been working with clients since 2013 and I am an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and feel at home when I am by water. I only run when the ice cream store is about to close and enjoy cooking in my free time.
Individual, Couple, and Family Counseling
Anxiety can take over at any time, leaving us paralyzed and feeling alone. Tools for helping manage anxiety are important and so is discovering what are the contributing factors of anxiety.
Eating disorders are unlike most disorders. We cannot abstain from eating and yet recovery from an eating disorder, disordered eating, or disordered thoughts are so complex. It is rarely about food- it is about so much more. I have 7 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families who have been impacted by ED.
Couples and Family Therapy
Relationships and the connections, or lack of, we have with loved ones make up our whole world. When our connections are good, everything is good and when they are not good, everything seems to fall apart. In my experience, couples often come in for communication issues and there is usually more under the surface. Let's find tools and talk about everything together.
Trauma is often the silent elephant in the room. We know it and feel it but don't want to talk about it. Yet, it impacts and influences our view of the world, how we communicate, how we are in relationships, and how we view ourselves.
Ethnicity and Culture
We need to talk about one of the biggest contexts that shape our lives: culture. We all have a culture and it influences how we communicate, how and what we feel, our thoughts practices, beliefs, and identity. Often, this goes unmentioned and we have difficulty talking about culture when we feel discriminated against. In order to feel belonging we need to be seen for our whole selves, including our culture and identity.
It is my belief that the underlying cause of a number of presenting concerns such as depression, anxiety, relational distress, and more are due to grief. There is grief in the physical loss of loved ones that can be immensely impactful and painful and there is ambiguous loss. Ambiguous loss is often hard to identify and describe into words but it is there affecting us.