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Krystal Ying (she/her)

Hi! My name is Krystal. I love being in nature, where you’ll often find me with my dog and child exploring forests, beaches, trails, or camping. My favorite movie genres are dark comedies, 80s coming of age, and documentaries. I love photography and collect crystals and rocks, books, and plants - one can never have too many! I practice mindfulness, study Buddhism, and believe that learning and healing are a continuous journey.

I am passionate about helping people of all backgrounds work through difficulties and reclaim their spirit and selves. Having gone through my own trauma, I understand what it is like to struggle and suffer, but also heal and gain strength; this fuels the hope I have to help survivors. I have particular interest in advocating for and working with survivors of sexual trauma. It is an incredible honor and privilege to walk alongside another human and witness their growth towards empowerment and self-compassion. This is something that I find beautiful and inspiring.

I obtained my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sonoma State University and my Bachelor’s degree in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz. I began working with children impacted by adverse experiences and survivors of sexual trauma, before growing towards somatic trauma therapy, and have since been practicing psychotherapy for nearly a decade. I have specialized training in sexual trauma, as well as experience working with clients with histories of physical and emotional abuse, developmental and complex trauma, attachment wounds, and childhood abuse. Additionally, I am part of two monthly trauma therapist consultation groups to ensure I am getting support to better serve my clients. I help clients in coming home to themselves and their bodies with a somatic, relational, and trauma-informed approach.

Krystal Ying, somatic trauma therapist

"Any experience that is stressful enough to leave us feeling helpless, frightened, overwhelmed or profoundly unsafe is considered a trauma."

Pat Ogden

Mountain Range

Certifications &Trainings

  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1: specialized somatic trauma therapy certification. See here

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II: complex trauma certification with Janina Fisher, PhD. CCTP-II Lic.# 423258. ​See here

  • Yoga for Trauma Certificate: somatic-based approaches for nervous system regulation. See here

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Training, Medical University of South Carolina

Professional Affiliations and Licenses

 Work Experience
  • Verity: Rape crisis, trauma, and healing center 

  • Mendocino County Youth Project: Mental health services for children, youth, and their families

  • Child Parent Institute: Mental health services for children and their families

  • Progress Foundation: Community-based behavioral health services

  • Burning Man: Crisis intervention team and sexual assault team counselor

  • Contracted through agencies to provide trauma counseling to youth in the juvenile justice department


  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) member

  • Redwood Empire Chapter of CAMFT (RECAMFT) member

  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) CA #6216

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)  CA #105843

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) OR #C7378 


My Practice

Welcome! I am a somatic trauma therapist specializing in helping people who have survived sexual trauma, including rape, abuse, assault, incest, violence.

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