Meet Clinical Extern, Presley Rei Wilson
Presley Rei Wilson | Clinical Extern
Presley is currently completing her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at the University of Miami and will pursue an additional AASECT Sex Therapist Certification upon graduation. Prior to entering the mental health space, she earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theater and Film at the University of Southern California. She enjoys exploring the intersections of these fields through incorporating artistic and bodily expression into the counseling process.
Presley is supervised by Dr. Kate Balestrieri and Dr. Theresa Gallagher.
“I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act.”
– Janet Mock
“We need to approach sexuality with a spirit of curiosity and exploration. By being open to new experiences and sensations, we can discover new sources of pleasure and excitement in our sexual relationships.”
– Dr. Logan Levkoff –
Presley is currently accepting low and no fee clients in California, Florida, Illinois and New York.
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Everyone has the right to empowered, healthy, and thriving relationships. That includes you.
mental health | relationships | sexuality | healing + recovery
What is Presley's Approach?
Presley’s emphasis on holistic well-being and the mind-body connection compels her to look beyond the confines of traditional talk therapy. Always curious about new, innovative treatments- as well as ancient practices- she supports the expansion of modern therapeutic assistance in this ever-evolving field and adopts a mindset of “what else can I do?”.
Her multidimensional framework prioritizes eclecticism and a commitment to meeting each individual client’s needs in addition to their personal style. Some of her particular interests include psychodynamic and existential theory, narrative and expressive arts therapies, and somatic-based healing. Her approach emphasizes personal expression, storytelling, and play.
Presley views the relationship to self, to others, and to the world around us all as pivotal to personal growth and fulfillment. She celebrates the uniqueness of each individual while fostering connection through the commonalities amongst us all. She also utilizes a systemic lens which recognizes the impact of external forces, culture, and the socially constructed nature of one’s sexuality and personhood. We must understand ourselves as part of a larger society while also combating its negative constructs and expectations. Her clinical work stresses the power within each individual to break generational patterns and societal standards.
Presley understands sexuality from a bio-psycho-social perspective across the life course. She is interested in the health and medical factors that may be influencing your sexual functioning and behaviors, diversity within the human sexual experience, and destigmatizing sex, sexuality, alternative lifestyles and relationship forms.
“What can you do when you are deeply, madly, truly in the moment?
What can you do when you know who you want to be is imperfect?”
– Lin Manuel Miranda –
Presley is Passionate
Presley feels tremendously fortunate to have cultivated a creative voice through her prior career in LA’s film industry. She ultimately realized, however, that what interested her most about this field was never the “lights, camera, action”, but the psychology beneath each and every story she helped bring to life. Her goal in counseling remains largely the same as it’s always been- creating the space for peoples’ stories to be told. She believes that the ongoing therapeutic relationship between client and practitioner has the power to heal and transform. By providing a safe place for expression, she hopes to use client’s stories to develop their strengths and identify barriers to their well-being, further empowering them to face their futures.
She is driven by a desire for new perspectives and a curiosity into the human condition. Presley recently committed to a year of non-profit and research work in counseling before re-introducing herself to academic training. These opportunities took her through Europe, Asia, and Africa and were chosen so that she could experience of a variety of facets within the overarching field as well as work with diverse demographic groups. Emphasis she’s placed on personal development and self-discovery throughout her life has led to her studying multiple topics in her higher education process, seeking worldly opportunities, and working collaboratively in many industries. She feels that her broad explorations provide a unique perspective as well as the ability to connect, communicate, and empathize with a diversity of people.
“Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence.”
– Peter A. Levine