Intersectional Therapies, PLLC
Rian Roberson, M.A., LMHC
Individuals. Relationships. Groups.
Workshops. Trainings. Speaking.
About the Therapist
Growing up a queer, black/white biracial person in predominantly white Seattle, diversity has always been a dominant theme in my life. I've always been curious about people -- how they work and why. As an adult, that curiosity evolved into a passion for social justice and the desire to thoroughly explore my many intersecting identities.
I began my pursuit of a career where I could combine my interest in people with my passion for discovery, growth, and social justice. I earned a BA in psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 2014 and earned my MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2018. I was granted a Mental Health Counseling License (LMHC) in Fall 2021.
How I work:
I am deeply committed to the work of social justice, which includes validating the experiences of the socially marginalized and providing support, skills, and tools for surviving and thriving in a hostile world. As a therapist, I work holistically, combining elements of Intersectional Therapy (considering an individual’s many intersecting identities such as race, sex, gender, socioeconomic status, religion/spirituality, national origin, etc.), Psychodynamic Therapy, (exploration of unconscious narratives and themes), Systems Therapy (exploring relationships as a system, including components, parts, relationships and purpose), Humanistic theory (person-centered therapy), Attachment Theory, and Dialectical Behavioral Theory (DBT).
I specialize in serving people of color and members of the LGBTQ community. As a queer Black therapist, I understand what it means to live with multiple areas of marginalization. I aspire to guide clients towards a deeper understanding themselves, their personalities, who they are in relationship to others, and help them integrate all elements of their intersecting identities, and shedding elements of identity which no longer serve them.
Other areas of focus include: depression and anxiety management, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, gender and sexual identity, religious trauma, creative/artistic blocks, relationships, and career development. I look forward to working with you!
When I'm out of the office, I enjoy playing music (droppin' sick beats, bass & piano), kayaking, video games, creative writing, martial arts, and hanging out with my cats, Spaceship, Vega, Bebop, and Vespertine.