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Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat. ~ Napoleon Hill

My goal as a therapist and the goal of this website is to help those that visit find ways to empower themselves. Looking around here is an important and courageous step toward positive change. I like to think of it as a Bridge to Self Empowerment. I work with individuals and couples. My private practice in downtown Santa Rosa also provides a telephone consultation to help determine if I am the right therapist for you.
  • Are you dissatisfied with the quality of your relationships with others?
  • Are you tired of feeling bad about yourself or a situation but don’t see any end in sight?
  • Have you been trying to overcome something from your past but feel it is still affecting your life in negative ways today?
  • Are you scared or concerned about your own or a loved ones substance use or destructive behaviors but not sure what to do?
  • If so, it is likely that therapy may help you, your relationship or your family. Over the course of a well lived life, most people encounter problems, situations or worries that are difficult. Often, they use their own knowledge or resources to solve or manage these problems. However, there are problems that don’t go away or get worse even with our best efforts. In the general public, often well meaning advice like “Just get over it.” or “Don’t think about it and you won’t be bothered” are given as suggestions for dealing with life’s problems. Some people also believe that in order for therapy to be necessary a person must be “crazy” or in a really bad way.

    The truth is, therapy is for anyone who has used their resources to solve a problem or try to feel better but found the problem is still bothering them or getting worse.

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    More About My Practice

    Alice’s Philosophy:

    65001014-5996-003-final-2Alice Petty-Hannum LMFT is a psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Rosa. She is passionate about helping people with life’s problems. She is a promoter of personal growth and empowerment. She knows that in the course of a well lived life one often outgrows their resources and has to develop new ones. Often life’s problems or difficult situations are actually a sign of a natural progression toward one’s full potential and living life with vitality. If one ignores these situations, does not have the resources to overcome them or does not grow as a result of them then depressed feelings, stuck places and stagnation deplete the quality of life. She works with her clients to help them learn about themselves, break free from those stuck places and create a sense of balance in their lives that allows them to continue growing and thriving after the completion of therapy.

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    Recent Blog Posts

    March 26, 2018 |

    Honored to Be Voted “Best Of” in the North Bay Bohemian in 2018

    My deepest thanks to those who voted me “Best Marriage and Family Therapist” in the North Bay Bohemian this year. It is an honor and a privilege to do the work I do.

    November 27, 2017 |

    The Fire Is Over In Sonoma County. Why Don’t I Feel Like Myself Again?

    Information on common reactions and challenges to crisis like the recent firestorm in Sonoma County. Includes initial stress reactions and how they may evolve. Discussed self care strategies and resources to allow healing and decrease normal stress reaction symptoms. Talks about when and why these normal reactions may become Acute Stress Reactions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the importance of getting help.

    April 22, 2015 |

    Addiction and Recovery: Failure to Thrive?

    Failure to thrive in the recovery and addiction sense is not a failure at all. It is actually a stuck place or a condition that prevents a recovering person from moving away from merely surviving (envision fighting the urge to drink or use daily, staying sober but… it took up all your energy that day or week) to actually thriving (envision growing, increasing capabilities, setting goals and moving toward them, increasingly healthy relationships through repair and using tools, etc.) The most dangerous part about failure to thrive in recovery is that

    September 11, 2014 |

    Is a “Good” Value Limiting Your Life?

    Values, principles, morals, standards….What are yours and how do you incorporate them into your life? This is something I often encourage the clients who come to my private psychotherapy practice to identify.

    June 10, 2014 |

    Decision Making; When Right Feels Wrong

    Have you ever made a decision painstakingly, with heart and mind engaged, with best intentions, yet felt sad, unsettled or downright anxious about seeing it through?

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