Belonging Partnership

About Us

Who is Belonging Partnership

Since March of 2022, Belonging Partnership sources talented early career clinicians paying special attention to communities that have experienced mental health inequity in order to deliver excellent therapy to the whole community. Our team includes both allies and representatives of communities that have historically been disproportionately impacted by trauma. We reduce wait times for the delivery of trauma-informed therapy for underserved patients.

We work with children, adolescents, and adults. We provide individual, couples and group therapy.

Meet our team

Tyia Grange Isaacson, LCSW, Ph.D, Founder

Preferred Pronouns: she/her

Dr. Grange Isaacson has an enduring passion for both her work with patients as well as for teaching the next generation of clinicians. Tyia is a training and supervising analyst, former faculty, and serves on the Board at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She received a Ph.D in contemporary psychoanalysis from the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and a BA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Tyia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the States of New York and California. Her writing has been published and anthologized and she is a professional internationally invited speaker on culture and mental health.

Can’t work without: Silly Putty on my desk

Favorite way to relax: Reading a good book with my toes in the warm sand

Grange Isaacson, C.T. (2024  forthcoming) EMDR & Relational Psychoanalysis a book review Psychoanalysis Self  and Context.

Grange Isaacson, T. (2023). Daring to Hope: A couple’s journey from trauma into connection. Psychoanalysis, Self and Context18(2), 281-293.

Grange Isaacson, C.T. (2021). We Are All in This Together: Exposing the myth of the meritocracy – Guest Post  (Blog post).  Retrieved from:

Grange Isaacson, C.T. (2021). Cultivating Self Compassion (Blog post).  Retrieved from: http://theprofessorisin.com/?s=tyia+grange+isaacson&x=0&y=0

Grange Isaacson, C.T. (2020). Mental Health Guidance for Graduate Students during COVID-19  (Blog post).  Retrieved from: http://theprofessorisin.com/?s=tyia+grange+isaacson&x=0&y=0

Grange Isaacson, C.T. (2019 ). The Perils of Private Practice: A Case Study of Munchausen
Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration Annual Conference on Building Alliances June 6-8 Lisbon, Portugal.

Grange Isaacson, C.T. (2019) Metaphors of Agony: The culture bound syndromes of hyper-independence Annual Self Psychology Conference, Vancouver, CA October 19, 2019. 

Grange Isaacson, C.T (2019 ) How hyper-independence is making us sick and the essential element of self care in our work. The  Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis Saturday Series, San Diego, CA  October 12, 2019 

Grange Isaacson, C.T. (2019). What happens after you have gotten all the A’s. A psychological examination of repercussions of perfectionism and overachievement in graduate students.  (Blog post).  Retrieved from: http://theprofessorisin.com/?s=tyia+grange+isaacson&x=0&y=0

Grange Isaacson, C.T. (2019 ).  Baby Don’t Cry:Colic and culture bound syndromes as metaphors of agony. IARPP Conference 2019 – Tel Aviv June 20 – June 23, 2019 Imagining with Eyes Wide Open:  Relational Journeys.

Grange Isaacson C.T. (2017) The Price of Independence: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Cross-Cultural Examination Of Systems Unsoothability Utilizing Colic as a Case Example  (Doctoral Dissertation).

Isaacson, T. (2016). How To Be Your Mother. Psychoanalytic Perspectives., 13(2):255-256.

Grange Isaacson C.T. (2017). How To Be Your Mother.  In Zindel, B. (Ed.). (2017). Writing on the Moon: Stories and Poetry from the Creative Unconscious  by Psychoanalysts and Others. Karnac Books.

Grange Isaacson, C.T. (2017) Alice Does Not Live Here Anymore: A case presentation of complex trauma and the impact of the therapeutic relationship on treatment.  Specificity Theory Conference at The Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los, Angeles, CA November 11, 2017.

Grange Isaacson, C. T. (2013, April 23). Interview on colic San Diego Morning News. http://tinyurl.com/lomg5a2

Grange Isaacson, C. T. (2011–2012). Introduction to international adoption: Attachment and beyond: Implications      

in child development. Sponsored by Partners for Adoption, taught monthly in La Jolla, CA.

Grange Isaacson, Grange C. T. (2011, August 5). Therapeutic approaches to perinatal anxiety: A case-based discussion: Should trauma be treated before birth? Invited presenter for Post-Partum Health Alliance bi-annual Educational Presentation, La Jolla, CA.

Grange Isaacson, C. T. (2011, May 21–23). The avoidable legacy of violence: When survivors become mothers. Invited presenter at the Annual California Association of Midwives Conference, Julian, CA.

Grange Isaacson, C. T. (2008–2010). The stories that stay with us: Avoiding secondary trauma in legal practice. Accredited MCLE provider for attorneys accredited by the California Bar Association.

Isaacson, C. T. (2009, May). For crying out loud: Coping with colic and reflux. San Diego Family Magazine.

Grange Isaacson, C. T. (2007). What nobody tells you about becoming a parent. Invited speaker at Best Start Birth

Center’s anniversary fund-raising event.

Grange Isaacson, C. T. (2006). Child proofing your relationship. A condensed Bringing Baby Home class for new and expectant parents based on John Gottman’s research.

Grange Isaacson, C. T. (2000). Reactive attachment disorder in foster care. Training for lawyers and social workers at the Legal Aid Society, New York.

As a lifelong learner, I am never satisfied with yesterday's solutions. I am continually engaged with the latest research to hone my skills and help my patients.

Karae R. Jones ASW & EMDR clinician

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Karae R. Jones, A.S.W. (License # 105332), is an Associate Social Worker under the supervision of Dr. Tyia Grange Issacson. Raised in the heart of The Bay Area, her biggest dream has always been to give back to her community. She graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work from Sacramento State University and received a Master’s degree in Social Work from Brandman University in 2021. Karae has worked in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, a dual diagnosis residential treatment facility as well as a hospice setting. Mrs. Jones has experience treating grief, depression, anxiety, and patients in recovery with dual diagnosis.  She has provided talk therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), cinema therapy, family therapy and art therapy.   
Can’t work without: Something pink on my desk
Favorite way to relax: reading a book or spending time with my family 

Claire Reyes, ASW, Supervised by Dr. Grange Isaacson

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Claire Reyes, ASW (License #120861), is a dedicated Associate Social Worker under the expert supervision of Dr. Tyia Grange Isaacson.  A native of the Bay Area, Claire earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health and Trauma at the University of Denver in 2023.
Since 2022, Claire has been a vital part of an intensive outpatient community mental health clinic, where she provides both group and individual therapy. She has substantial experience working with clients in recovery from dual diagnoses, as well as those dealing with anxiety and depression. Claire excels in incorporating mindfulness and self-compassion into her practice, creating a supportive and welcoming environment that encourages clients to embrace their authentic selves.
Claire is a bi-racial (Mexican-Caucasian) clinician who is passionate about her work and is committed to guiding her clients through their mental health journeys with empathy and expertise. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and dancing to live music, activities that bring her joy and balance. 

Can’t work without: a mug filled with coffee or tea on my desk and a candle.

Favorite way to relax: listening to calming music by artists like Khruangbin, Bon Iver, and Lord Huron.

 

Laura Wright, Executive Administrator.  

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Laura was born and raised in Salem, Oregon and has curated a diversified experience set enabling them to be an all-around administrative wizard. Laura has worked in special needs education, childcare, administration, cyber security, and digital marketing.  They embody versatility and adaptability.  Their commitment to supporting others has been evident throughout their career from honing their direct service skills with children and families to facilitating seamless administrative processes to leveraging their expertise in cyber security and digital marketing.  Laura’s breadth of experience drives organizational success. With a strong foundation in serving diverse needs and a passion for innovation, Laura is poised to make a meaningful impact for both the patients and the staff at Belonging Partnership.  Laura can help with intake coordination and can be reached at 800383.1790 or [email protected]

Can’t work without: Music in the background

Favorite way to relax: Playing D&D with friends

Equity Through Allyship

The vision of Belonging Partnership is to improve access to mental health delivery in underserved communities by increasing (1) the number of mental health professionals from underserved communities and (2) the availability of services in underserved communities.

  We are sensitive to stories of patients being retraumatized by previous treatment providers who are uninformed about the importance of trauma-informed, culturally aware care.  

Utilizing a strengths based, “yes/ and” perspective we believe that every individual has the right to self determination including a respectful, collaborative relationship with their therapist that is centered upon a fundamental belief in a patient’s innate capacity to heal.

 We hire clinicians who are both allies and representatives of communities that have been and continue to be disproportionately impacted by trauma. Our aim is to build an inclusive professional community that will serve all who need mental health services, including communities that have been systematically traumatized. Belonging Partnership disrupts barriers to traditionally marginalized practitioners by providing free supervision and immediate income to new clinicians. 

 We practice active allyship as clinicians defined  as, “an active practice of unlearning and re-evaluation to operate in solidarity with a marginalized group.”  

Belonging Partnership hires value aligned practitioners because social justice values are the bedrock of our professional ethics.  

“The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty… Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients.”   – NASW Code of Ethics

The majority of our patients have previously experienced mental health inequity and we intentionally seek to ensure we have space to work with patients from diverse socio-econimic backgrounds We are Social Workers advancing social justice within mental health session by session, patient by patient.