Zena Carlota Allen, AMFT

Therapist in Sacramento & Online

pronouns: she/her

Availability: Sunday – Wednesday (including evenings)


Queer & POC Folks
Non-Traditional & Non-Mongamous Relationships

Trauma, Anxiety, Grief & Depression
Dreamwork, Depth, and Expressive Arts Therapy

zena therapist sacramento online

I support individuals and partners who are feeling stuck and alone as they navigate their non-traditional lives and relationships.  Queer, POC, transgender, ethically non-monogamous: you are welcome here to explore your beliefs and desires as you create a sense of belonging to yourself and the world.


You can experience more fulfillment in your life and relationships! I’m here to support you.


I’m the type of therapist who will help you go deep in your therapeutic work.  Together we explore the unconscious patterns that have influenced your life, so you can choose your next steps with clarity, intention and freedom.


I understand the multitude of ways our society can misunderstand and oppress my clients.

You may have been ostracized by family when coming out, held to standards rooted in white supremacy, or met with microaggressions when seeking help from other therapists.  I seek to create a space where you do not have to be labeled (unless you choose your own), where your pronouns matter, where your queer POC non-traditional life experiences aren’t just tolerated but celebrated.

Often we live our lives on autopilot,

never stopping to question or wonder where our ideas, reactions or needs come from. In our work, we explore the roots of your feelings and choices, unearth the seeds that have sprouted in your world, and I will help you tend to the land of your life with love, attention and care so you may blossom with wild abundance.


I love supporting individuals who are looking to expand their therapeutic experience to include expressive arts therapy, spiritual exploration, and non-directive psychotherapeutic techniques.

This means that instead of giving you a diagnosis and direct skill based interventions, we will creative explore your life experience together to foster insights and meaning-making that can improve the way you engage with others and the world around you.  My clients see the benefit of reflecting deeper on their lives, experiences and intergenerational or ancestral trauma.


I support my clients to connect to their inner-wisdom.

The root of my work as a clinician also exists in the understanding that psychotherapy practices are practices of healing that have been practiced in Afro-Indigenous communities around the world for centuries and I encourage people to draw on the wisdom from their own life and unique ancestry to cultivate healing that works for their community and beliefs.

Additionally, I hold a social justice lens when approaching all clinical work and understand the dynamics of power, privilege and abuse that the Western mental health and medical model has perpetuated in certain communities which informs the sensitivity of my clinical approach.


I question the idea of authority and power in the relationship that exists between client and therapist.  I will empower the client to lead our sessions, find their voice and trust that their life experience.

I believe in the power of relatability, self-disclosure when appropriate, mutual healing and equality in the therapeutic relationship. I acknowledge how the social impacts of racism, homophobia, class disparity, xenophobia and gender binaries have historically been pathologized in the mental health field and I hold a firm loving container for the experiences of trauma they inflict.


Relationship therapy with me acknowledges that we do not exist in isolation.

Our individual, familial, cultural, social connections directly impact how we heal or experience harm. In the therapeutic relationship, for me this means that my connection to clients is not exempt from this power. My relationship with a client can be used as a therapeutic tool that can affirm, support, empathize and share care with them in ways that co-create environments for healing.


My own experiences healing from trauma and navigating my own journey with mental health as a Queer, Black woman have given me the insight and sensitivity to offer a loving container for your journey that is affirming and non-judgmental.

I celebrate the wisdom of my clients, acknowledge them as the experts of their own experience and offer a therapeutic space that is anti-racist, values equality, is culturally informed and affirming of Trans and Queer people.


My hope is for my clients to feel affirmed in their worthiness, beauty and ability to live deep, meaningful lives.

Articles by Zena

Generational Hurt & Healing

Formal Credentials


Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist,  #129203: Licensed to practice psychotherapy in California under the supervision of Desmond Thayer, PSY 29042



M.A., Counseling Psychology & Expressive Arts Therapy: California Institute of Integral Studies

Certificate in Black Psychology: California Institute of Integral Studies

B.A., Environmental Studies: Antioch University, CA



Love Heal Grow Residency Trainings in Progress
Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Level I
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (Hold Me Tight Program)
Gottman Couples Therapy: Level 2
Gottman Couples Therapy: Trauma and Infidelity
Modern Sex Therapy Institute: Addressing Common Sexual Concerns in Individuals and Couples
Modern Sex Therapy Institute: LGBTQIA Affirmative Therapy
Modern Sex Therapy Institute: Alternative Sexualities/Non-Traditional Relationships
Anti-Racism & Culturally Affirmative Care,
Diversity & Resiliency Institute of El Paso