Meira is a licensed trauma psychotherapist in private practice specializing in relationship distress that emanates from C-PTSD, relational-based trauma, addiction, autism, mood disorders, adhd and racial/intergenerational trauma. Her current aspiration involves expanding her practice to cultivate leadership among providers and community members to support change that increases access to mental health services while also improving the conditions and terms under which providers work.
She has received multiple awards and recognition for leadership and public service that includes work within the LGBTQ community acknowledged in Duke Law J. 1988 Feb; (1): 29-70 by Dr. Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., for research assistance on a study that advocated for greater access to health care for those diagnosed with AIDS early in the epidemic.
Meira works with individuals and also families to reframe old narratives that hold outdated and harmful beliefs as part of self-acceptance and empowerment. She believes that we do not experience full liberation until we can treat ourselves with compassion and honor our healing journey. Meira is available for telehealth and (limited) in person sessions. She runs weekly trauma groups that focus on relational trauma, attachment wounds and codependency. Starting late October, there will be a group focused on support for those identifying as autistic or having ADHD or both. She provides supportive therapy for adults with a late autism diagnosis on their journey of self-discovery as well as autistic teens. She is also inclusive of those experiencing the cycling of moods in other forms of neurodivergence such as bipolar disorder and offers a non-pathologizing therapy that addresses interpersonal problems, loss, changes in social roles and other difficulties to reduce problems in the present and decrease likelihood of remission.
Attachment issues - Provide attachment based therapy focused on development of skills that increase emotional bonds in intimate relationships; develop insight into attachment patterns; and foster healthy mutually satisfying relationships.
Autism spectrum disorder - Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation
Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation.
Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others
Emotion regulation - Learning how to effectively manage the ups and downs of intense emotions; developing coping skills to use in a variety of settings to calm oneself and to give an appropriate amount of space to emotions
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Years of Experience: 11 years