You deserve to thrive, and my role is to help you do just that. Although I draw from effective and powerful methods, the foundation of my work is that I am a real and warm presence. My therapeutic style is interactive, positive, refreshingly humorous and appropriately transparent. I will tell it to you straight, and am committed to being your ally.

As a somatic (body oriented) psychotherapist, I avoid the rigid and antiquated aspects of the traditional therapy world to better help people bring their whole, confident selves into all their interactions – at work and at home, in social settings and intimacy. The focus of our sessions will generally be on engaging and shifting core beliefs, building resources, finding both ease and aliveness, and designing the life you want now.

In addition to tuning into the felt experiences of the body via somatic work, sessions with me will blend elements of relational psychotherapy, the Hakomi method, attachment work, R-CS, coaching, and, as appropriate, therapeutic touch. I am also deeply influenced by ecotherapy, social justice and feminist modalities. Everything we do will be trauma-informed, and draw from relevant neuroscientific research.

In a nutshell, our work together will be “experiential” with a focus on what is happening for you in the “here-and-now” of our session. We will tap into the wisdom held in your body and the power of mindful self awareness, a practice that builds bridges in different parts of the brain, allowing for new possibilities in emotional patterns and access to new choices.

My commitment is to your empowerment. I can only imagine what is possible in that world. That world is what wakes me up in the morning.

Who I Work With

Choosing a therapist is an important personal decision. I am a good fit for people who are committed and passionate about making a difference in the world by bringing their courageous, generous, and authentic selves into all areas of their lives.

I work with adults, young adults and couples of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. I love to delve into sexuality, all gender flavors including non-conforming, and relationship structures (traditional or alternative.) I am also poly-aware and kink friendly.

Goals and concerns addressed include:

  • Personal growth and transformational processes
  • Embracing your inner badass: Self esteem, motivation, assertiveness and empowerment
  • Relationship bumps, implosions and transitions (romantic, family, friendship)
  • Life and career transitions
  • Anxiety, stress and trauma
  • Depression, grief and loss
  • Exploration of gender identity (or not)
  • Enlivening your sexuality
  • Finding inspiration through letting your personal freak fly!
  • If your gut tells you we might be a fit, be in touch at 510-496-6090 or email me.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

Maryanne Williamson