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Megan Lear LMFT

VerifiedOffers Online TherapyIn-person Meetings
Acepting new clientsAccepts Insurance
Headshot of Megan Lear Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

General Office Hours

In Pacific Time

Mondayfrom 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Tuesdayfrom 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Wednesdayfrom 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Thursdayfrom 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Fridayfrom 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?

In my first year of college I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I struggled with night terrors, insomnia, flashbacks and a pervasive sense of distrust. When the torment became unbearable I started psychotherapy, went on antidepressants and anxiolytics and set out on my healing journey. Most of my actions at this time worked to separate me from my body and symptoms and left me feeling exhausted, fragmented and unfulfilled. Driven by a yearning to heal and to know all parts of myself, I started exploring lucid dreaming, art, tantric yoga, Buddhism and meditation and psychedelics. My interest in flow states and the healing potential of the creative process led me to the field of Art Therapy. And over the last 16 years I have devoted my life to the intersections of art, psychology and spirituality. Within each field I found a truth reflected back at me, IN CARING FOR THE SELF WE DISCOVER THE SELF.

Is there any research-based work you’ve done that you found particularly exciting, and how has that informed your practice today?

My graduate research research focused on Depth and Positive Psychologies, and examined flow states and the healing power of the creative process. I frequently weave this subject into sessions because I feel healing to be an inherently creative act. I believe that true, lasting healing comes from learning to honor pain as an essential aspect of the human experience, and to tend to our wounds with compassion. Navigating the questions surrounding identity, trauma and the meaning of life requires a willingness to investigate and in some cases deconstruct inherited beliefs and behavior patterns. From this place we can then reconstruct systems that align with the people we want to become and the lives we want to build. Together we can igniting healing and fulfillment by engaging in the life-affirming delight of creation. I’m here to help you to EXPLORE, EXPRESS AND EMBRACE your whole self.

What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?

In a word - neuroplasticity! I think that the discovery of neuroplasticity is one of the most exciting messages to come out of neuroscience in the last 100 years. I'm fascinated by the brain's ability to change and heal itself and always looking for new techniques to explore and rewire my own neural networks for success. This passion is ultimately what led me to study of both meditation and psychedelics.

Identity

Gender

Woman

Ethnicity

White

Sexuality

Bisexual

Faith

Buddhism

Other Identities

Living with a mental health issue, Millennial

Specialties

Loss/Grief

Self-Esteem

Communication issues

Creative blocks & writer's block

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

General Expertise

Work Stress

Relationship Issues

Sexuality Based Issues

Abuse/Survivors of abuse

College & graduate student issues

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Burnout

In-Network Insurance

Aetna

Blue Shield of California

Cigna

UnitedHealthCare (UHC)

Carelon Behavioral Health

Oxford Health Plans

Fees

First Session$150
Individual Therapy$150

Types of Therapy

Individual Therapy

Clientele

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Mindfulness Practices

Art Therapy

Experiential Therapy

Feminist Therapy

Creative Art Therapy

Existential Therapy

Positive Psychology

Training / Certifications

EMDR level I

RYT 200 in Ashtanga Yoga

RYT 300 in Kundalini/Tantric Yoga

RYT 200 Instinctive Meditation

Embodied Feminine Leadership

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Methodology and Integration

Ethical Right Relationship in Psychedelic Therapy & Psychedelic Harm Reduction

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Licensure

  • American Samoa, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 130241

Education

Notre Dame de Namur, Master of Arts, Art Therapy/Marriage and Family Therapy, 2018

Work History

In the beginning of my career I worked at a community center that was primarily serving UC students in the Santa Cruz area. From there I began working in substance use and started a co-occuring/dual-diagnosis program at an out-patient clinic in Grass Valley, CA. It was here that I began to seek certification and started specializing in the treatment of PTSD and C-PTSD. From there I moved to a company called Community Beyond Violence in and worked with women and children survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Since 2022 I've split time between private practice and working as lead therapist for a ketamine clinic doing psychedelic-assisted therapy and integration.

Online Therapy

Office at 208 Providence Mine Road, Nevada City, AS

Frequently Asked Questions About Megan Lear, LMFT

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Megan Lear, LMFT, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Megan Lear accepting new clients?

Yes, Megan Lear is accepting new clients for online therapy in American Samoa and in-person appointments at 208 Providence Mine Road, Ste 122, Nevada City, AS, 95959.

Does Megan Lear accept insurance?

Yes, Megan Lear accepts insurance, including Aetna, Blue Shield of California, Carelon Behavioral Health, Cigna, Oxford Health Plans and UnitedHealthCare (UHC).

What types of therapy does Megan Lear offer?

Megan Lear offers therapy for individuals.

Does Megan Lear offer in-person appointments?

Yes, Megan Lear offers in-person appointments at 208 Providence Mine Road, Ste 122, Nevada City, AS, 95959.

Does Megan Lear offer online therapy?

Yes, Megan Lear offers online therapy via video sessions and phone sessions to people in American Samoa.

How quickly can I see Megan Lear?

Megan Lear typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Megan Lear speak?

Megan Lear conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Megan Lear online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Megan Lear online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.