Hello! I'm Brandi Ducote, owner of SPSD. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (license # 87040), Licensed Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LAADC) and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) in the state of California.
I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at San Diego State University and Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy at Alliant International University. I completed my practicum year as a Grief and Bereavement Counselor at San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine from 2011-2012. I then worked for 10+ years in Substance Use Disorder treatment, where I discovered the connection between addictive issues and trauma. In the pursuit of better understanding how to treat trauma, I began training with Somatic Experiencing International in 2019 and became certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) in 2021. I have since fallen in love with somatic therapy and remain active in the Somatic Experiencing community as an assistant in local trainings.
I'm passionate about the work that get to do every day and I enjoy working through a holistic and body-based lens. As someone who has benefitted from therapy personally, I understand the strength and courage it takes to seek help. I aim to create a safe space for you to explore what is most important to you, work through and resolve anything that has been holding you back from achieving your goals.