Welcome to my Private Practice for Somatic Psychotherapy. If you are curious about how to live in well-being, how to be well in this moment, then the work I practice may be of interest to you. This site is named the Center for Compassionate Learning because all of our lives we are exploring how to do the best we can with what we have. The practice of compassion for self facilitates an openness to learning and towards well-being. When we explore, we commonly make “mistakes” which help us to learn the next step. Having a sense of compassion for these “mistakes” internally encourages us to take another step. There are many qualities we can readily cultivate within ourselves to feel like “I can”. Going from “I can’t” to “I can” is something that Somatic Experiencing work, created by Dr. Peter Levine, can facilitate within you.
My Master’s Degree is from J. F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California; my license is California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, License #MFC 28591. I am a certified SEP, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute in Colorado. I am also a trained NARM (NeuroAffective Relational Model) Post Master’s Therapist. NARM works with embodiment and metabolizing somatic trauma symptoms to heal symptoms of Complex Developmental Trauma (CPTSD). Touch Skills Training (Kathy Kain, Steve Terrell), Somatic Resilience and Regulation (Kain & Terrell), attachment-focused therapy, mindfulness and embodiment, Body Memory Recall are all available in the work I provide. The work I do has been developing for over thirty-eight years. I have been working with clients from a wide variety and diversified aspects of the human spectrum since 1984 in private practice.
The work I do with clients incorporates clinical psychodynamic theories, mindfullness, multiple somatic expressions, a variety of spiritual tools, including American Indian, Hindu, Tibetan, Mystical Traditions, Christian and Buddhists concepts. Art, sandtray, bodywork, visualizations, movement, and meditations are all possibilities for play and exploration in the therapy room. I am currently working with clients utilizing telehealth technologies for most clients.
Meditation practices for the past 43 years does inform my psychotherapy work. Working with horses and their relational skills is another mode of healing which informs my work for us as humans. At this time, work with horses is useful for the client in understanding the autonomic nervous system and the relational parts of the body/brain systems. Work in the field with horses is not currently available.
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Phone: (510) 325-4231