Lida N. Vala, MFT
I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist who works in private practice in Campbell, California (suburb of San Jose). While I serve all ages, I most enjoy providing individual therapy to adolescents and young adults who find themselves adapting to the natural transition of childhood to adulthood. I also like being an ally and supportive figure for anyone on their gender journey, and can provide evaluations for readiness for medical transition. Lastly, I provide advocacy for the transgender and non-binary community via training and consultation for professionals. In the future, I hope to provide support groups for folks who identify as transgender.
Personally, I am a Persian-American transgender woman and a philosopher by nature. I enjoy being a student and learning about the vast complexities of the human experience. This includes my interests in art and science. In addition, I’m very much into athletics and fitness as I appreciate the value of how a healthy body contributes to a healthy mind. I also have a huge passion for music, particularly Hip Hop, R&B, and Soul music; and even dabble as an emcee/lyricist/poet. I enjoy using art as a form of self-expression whether drawing or painting. I’m a huge lover of films, when it comes to revealing the many aspects of what it means to be human, so much so that I've recently begun screenwriting.
As I see it, therapy can have a tremendous influence in a person's life. My style of therapy emphasizes the importance and validation of a client's life experiences. I utilize a compassionate approach where the client can feel comfortable to explore and examine their life to better understand patterns that may contribute to problems. I don't' subscribe to a cookie cutter approach; rather offer a personalized form of treatment based on cultural background, personality, and life experiences. My style of therapy is not about identifying and making the best decisions possible at any given moment. It's about finding healthy ways to respond to pain and emotional suffering.
While most people despise and strive to avoid pain, I value it because it is through pain that we learn how to heal. I hope to provide the support that will eventually reveal a person’s own way of healing. I also support clients in identifying how their current patterns in relationships contribute to their successes. Therapy as I see it can be a journey into a dark, mysterious place full of excitement and fear. Through it all, I can help light the way.
Areas of clinical work
- High Conflict Relationships
- Low Self Esteem
- Divorce or Break-Up
- Death & Dying
- Adjustment Issues
- School, Work, or Athletic Performance
- Transgender Issues
- Sexuality & Kink
- Parent-Child Relationships
Individual, Couples, Family, and Support Groups. I also offer training workshops, particularly on gender and working with the transgender and nonbinary community.
$140 a session. Sliding scale available based on ability to pay.
Not on any insurance panels. Some past clients have had success with submitting for reimbursements after paid sessions via documentation that I can provide the client.
125 East Sunnyoaks Ave. Ste 115
Campbell, CA 95008