Holistic Psychotherapy

Holistic Psychotherapy

Our mind, body, emotions, and soul are interconnected aspects of who we are. Holistic psychotherapy can give you new perspectives and tools to help you find more fulfillment in your relationships, move through life transitions, heal past wounds, and grow beyond limiting patterns to find new, more enlivened ways of being in the world. Holistic psychotherapy includes somatic, or body-oriented psychotherapy, as well as mindfulness and expressive arts therapy. Read on to learn more about these kinds of therapy.

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 39321) with over twenty years of experience in the mind-body field, helping individuals and couples in Berkeley and the East Bay. Some of the things I help people with include, but are not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss and grief
  • Life transitions, including divorce/separation, graduating school, empty nest, loss, new baby, career changes, mid-life
  • Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Trauma and PTSD, including the effects of rape, childhood verbal, sexual and/or physical abuse
  • Relationship challenges, including communication troubles, infidelity, feeling stuck in repeating, negative patterns, and a desire to deepen intimacy
  • Career challenges
  • A general feeling of wanting more in your life and relationships
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Gender identity: those questioning, curious, in transition, or outside of the binary definitions of gender
  • Shyness
  • Supporting creativity and expression of your authentic self in the world

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Somatic Psychotherapy

It’s important to have a place to say how you feel, to sort things out, to put words to feelings, and to truly be listened to, without judgment. What gets left out much of the time, however, is our bodily experience. Our bodies are engaged constantly in how we think, what we believe about ourselves and the world, how we feel, and how we act. Working bodily is powerful because it brings us directly to what is true for us in the present time, taking us out of stories and limiting beliefs.

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Mindfulness/ Mindful Parenting

Emotions, and strong emotions, are an important part of what makes us human. It is the ability to “press the pause button” and listen deeply to what is happening inside of us that allows us to cultivate a deeper relationship with ourselves and those around us. In this way, we become the authors of our own lives. The cultivation of mindfulness can lead to increased feelings of calm and centeredness as we move through the inevitable ups and downs of our lives.

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Expressive Arts

When we move outside of our usual cognitive, linear ways of talking and thinking, and open ourselves to the deeper voices inside of us that are often hidden away, new perspectives emerge that give us new insight into ourselves...and we can even have some fun along the way...
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Couples

It is not a problem that there is conflict in a relationship...it's how you respond to it that makes all the difference in the world.
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Embodied Singing

"Your voice takes you to your heart." - Gabrielle Roth
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Dreams

Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you. ~Marsha Norman