Axis Mundi Center for Mental Health
Therapy and Counseling Services

Working with Leyla Eraslan

leyla eraslan, MA.


Supervised by Eleanor Ruckman, LMFT #40803.


Office in Oakland. Also serving Berkeley, Alameda, and the Bay.

First, let me just say this: Looking for a therapist, whatever the reason may be, isn’t easy-- I know.
Making a commitment like this to yourself and your well-being is a great step in creating the life you
want to live. So: respect!

Our lives, our experiences, and our feelings can be scary, heavy, deeply complicated, or just downright
I understand—I spent a chunk of my life avoiding emotions (oh hey Netflix!) until I realized
that the stories and poems and art I created expressed a need for healing (and realized avoiding
emotions gets to be pretty awful, too).

So I now specialize in Expressive Arts Therapy, and currently have been working in mental health for 4
years. In my work, I draw from practicing principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and
Commitment Therapy, and Narrative Therapy
. I often use arts like collage, writing, poetry, and more to
enrich and deepen the therapeutic experience. I have heard more than once “All I can draw is stick
figures!” but I’ve seen over and over that having a broader range of tools for expression offers new
insights and opportunities to challenge stuck ideas. And what’s so terrible about stick figures anyway?

I work to ensure that you feel supported, heard, and always respected. My approach is curious,
collaborative, and creative. I bring awareness of how social structures impact our lives and ideas of who
we are, so I work from a social justice and mindful framework. I identify as a multicultural person of
color, as a genderqueer cis-woman, and as a fat-identified body positive practitioner.
I understand that
everyone’s identity is very unique, and that labels don’t tell us the full story, so I practice humility in
learning about each person’s self-definitions.

I feel passionate about this work because I believe that change, healing, and growth are all possible,
once we feel empowered to write our own stories. I hope for the opportunity to learn more about

graduate of john f. Kennedy University, Counseling psychology, expressive arts specialization.

treatment specialties:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Issues of Identity

  • Body-Image and Self-Love

  • Low Self-Worth and Esteem

  • Life Transitions

  • Recovery from Family Trauma and Verbal Abuse

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Contact Us

Starting is easy! Use the form on the right to begin our conversation. We'll start with a free, 30 minute consultation to see if we're a good match. If we're not, for any reason, I'll provide you with other referrals that may be a better fit - my commitment is to your well-being first!

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