Associates in Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring human state. It’s experienced in the following life situations:

  • Injury and trauma
  • Surprise and confusion
  • High performance
  • Meditative and contemplative states
  • Dreams and visions

The focusing and dissociation of attention which takes place at these times aide us in survival of shock and pain, concentration on narrow goals, and imaginative exploration.

In hypnotic therapy, hypnosis is placed at the service of the patient’s goals. The relationship guides hypnotic trance and the therapist collaborates with the patient to utilize his or her resources, both conscious and unconscious. Each therapy is meant to be highly individual.

You are probably familiar with the uses of hypnosis to help people stop smoking, lose weight, restore sleep in insomnia, overcome phobias, and help realistic positive thinking. Many of these problems attach themselves to other areas of life, so it helps to have hypnosis done by a licensed professional therapist.

MHEIBA’s therapists, male and female hypnotists of great experience, practice throughout the SF Bay Area. You can see their photos, bios, and contact information. Some specialize in using hypnosis with addictions, others in the hypnotic treatment of children or couples. Some of our licensed therapists emphasize habit and phobia treatments. Others practice body-based therapies such as Feldenkrais Method.

For complete contact information and office locations, refer to our page “Find a Hypnotherapist in your Area”



Cathy began her career serving SF Bay Area families as a teacher, specializing in learning disabilities, ADHD, and the emotional and behavioral problems of children. In private practice as a licensed psychotherapist since 1990, she currently works with children, adolescents, couples and individuals on issues related to emotional health/well-being, relationship matters, academic, career and lifestyle challenges.

Her professional background and training blends the complementary functions of traditional psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, psych- education, mediation and personal coaching to engage clients in self determined change. Utilizing a range of theoretic “Best Practices”, clinical tools and strategies, keeps the work client centered, strengths based, and culturally competent. Cathy is featured on the Contra Costa County T.V. series, “Get Ready, Get Healthy”presenting on PTSD, and on Marin CMCM.TV on “Healing From The Ground Up,” where she presents “Animals as Healers- Working With Therapy Pets.”

She can be reached at (925) 798-9443

“Maggie” is Cathy’s Certified Therapy Pet, who accompanies her whenever the affection and calming attention of a playful and gentle animal is appropriate. Cathy and Maggie regularly provide services to SF Bay Area hospitals, schools, juvenile facilities and the Contra Costa County-department of Mental Health.



Psychologist in the Permanente Medical Group, Sacramento. Psychotherapy and Behavioral Health Classes in Spanish and English for Depression and Anxiety. Conducts BiPolar Group Therapy and Mind-Body Case Management.






I am founder and director of The Center for Family Solutions in Walnut Creek, and teaching/training at multiple universities allows me to join clinical practice with current research and innovations towards successful outcomes for my clients: problem resolution ; enhanced quality of life, and perhaps most importantly, new skills and competencies which allow for clients to become problem solvers for future life challenges on their own

I was a high school and elementary school teacher, spent several years as an artist and sculptor and was one of the original founders of the Berkeley Pottery Guild.
and see my interview in the SF Chronicle,Narrative Therapy and Making Write Womens’ Lives.

I am trained in Strategic therapy, Solution focused therapy, Narrative therapy, Social Constructionist therapy, and EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing). All of these models have a common theme: joining with clients in a search for competency, personal resources and strengths towards problem resolution and enhanced joy and vitality.
I welcome the opportunity to work with you and/or your family. I work with individuals, couples, families, children and teenagers. I can be reached at: 925-945-0167 x1 and at 2099 Diablo Blvd. in Walnut Creek.



Author of Scapegoats at Work, John Dyckman is a psychotherapist in a private clinical practice in Berkeley for the past 25 years. He did clinical work at a large Health Maintenance Organization, has been a professor of psychology, and has conducted research.

He can be reached at (510) 527-2330.






A psychotherapist in Dallas for over 20 years, and editor for the Erickson Foundation Newsletter for over ten, she has authored three books, and numerous chapters and articles about hypnosis and Ericksonian Psychotherapy. Her latest book is “Milton H. Erickson, An American Healer” with co-editor Bradford Keeney.
An Approved Consultant for the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, Betty Alice teaches and trains throughout the world. Keynote Speaker as well as faculty for many international and national congresses and conferences, she has won various awards for her teaching including the prestigious Franco Grannone Prize from the Centro Italiano di Ipnosi Clinica Sperimentale.


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Betty Alice Erickson has had decades of experience with hypnosis – she began serving as a demonstration subject for her father, Milton H. Erickson, in the 1950′s. 



Neil’s work combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Ericksonian Hypnosis to form a client-centered Solution-Focused Therapy for habit change, overcoming procrastination, and optimal productivity. Dr. Fiore is the author of six books and CDs including hypnosis recordings and downloads -Productivity Engineering, Mental Toughness, and Effective Goal Setting. He is published in The New England Journal of Medicine and his work has been cited in The New York Times, Wall St. Journal, and The London Times. Neil is the former president of the Northern California Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He has a clinical practice in Albany, CA and also is a keynote speaker, coach, and trainer.

Videos, Blog, Articles, Coaching and Keynotes at

Neil can be reached at 510 525 – 2673.



Over the past 25 years, Kaiser Permanente Mental Health/CD Services in Pleasanton and in Petaluma/San Rafael have engaged my professional interest and development. Currentlymy practice is restricted to Kaiser in Petaluma and incorporates a variety of disciplines including hypnotherapy.

I taught Health Education Classes for parents and couples, and lead groups in CBT for Depression; Depression Graduates Group; Core Beliefs; Many Symptoms, Many Solutions (for clients with chronic pain and conditions); Bipolar Groups; Infertility Support/Therapy Group; Post-Partum Solutions. I have also been actively involved in a broader range of professional activity and opportunities.



Mary Toth Granick practices psychotherapy with offices in San Francisco and Berkeley, where she works with individual adults, couples, and adolescents and their families. She also has extensive experience and a background in school-based counseling services in various settings in the Bay Area. Mary particularly enjoys helping people unfold their creative process. Mary approaches therapy as a holistic experience, incorporating Ericksonian hypnotherapy, mindfulness, and gentle humor, with a deep respect and empathy for the clients’ process in healing and growth.

Mary can be reached at (415) 273-1310.


LESLIE GRAY, PhD!/woodfishinstitute

Leslie Gray practices psychotherapy in San Francisco, CA, and has taught ecopsychology and cross-cultural shamanism internationally. Her innovative work blending ancient and modern healing modalities has been featured in numerous publications including Re-Vision Journal, East West Journal and the Sierra Club Books anthology, Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. Dr. Gray is Executive Director of Woodfish Institute, an educational foundation which promotes traditional knowledge in original ways.

( ) Leslie can be contacted at 415 928 4954



Eric has treated with, presented on and written about hypnotherapy for forty years. He has studied Balinese healing trance in Bali for twenty-five. Eric teaches internationally, and wrote The Problem of Evil: Ancient Dilemmas and Modern Therapy.
Dr. Erickson chose Eric to receive the first Milton H. Erickson Award of Scientific Excellence for Writing in Hypnosis.
He practices in Albany CA, and can be reached at 510 464 1140.

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practices psychotherapy in Albany CA, using art therapy, hypnosis, and EMDR. She works with adults, adolescents, and children, emphasizing communication and self expression in the resolution of problems. Lori has given art therapy and creative expression workshops in America and Europe. She can be reached at 510 464 1140.

Lori produces Healing From The Ground Up an interview show for Community Media Center of Marin. See it On Demand at

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A founding member of MHEIBA, Patricia Gruber, MFT, is currently President of The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, a philanthropic organization that offers international prizes in the fields of cosmology, genetics, neuroscience, justice and women’s rights..


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A founding member of MHEIBA, Deborah Joy-Harger is co-director of the Center for Non-Abusive Relationships, teaches counseling psychology and hypnosis at Bay Area colleges and leads workshops internationally on hypnotherapy, intimacy, divorce recovery, and domestic violence. She practices psychotherapy and hypnotherapy in Albany CA.

510 524-8284


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Rachel Ho is a licensed, Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner currently working as a Clinical Research Associate for UCSF in the Dept of Cardiology. Her nursing experience has included Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Adult Bone Marrow Transplant, Psychiatry, and Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease. In recent years, interest in alternative/holistic healing has led her to pursue studies in energetic healing modalities (Reiki and Reconnective Healing) and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, and to study crystals and their role in healing.

Rachel joined the Scleroderma Foundation and is now a Support Group Leader for the Palo Alto Area Support Group. 415 606 5213.



Attila retired from full-time work at the Stanislaus County mental health system. He continues his abiding studies in psychotherapeutic sciences and human behavior.




II offer an integrated treatment approach focusing on the unique needs, interests and vitality of each person. I am committed to helping individuals discover and actualize their potential by providing positive realistic therapeutic support.

I use a variety of complementary approaches to help individuals visualize their unique strengths and move with greater ease beyond the negative self-perceptions that undermine new opportunities for growth and success. What you should also know about me is that I am curious about the potential that lies in each moment and in every encounter, and see every experience as an opportunity for learning. Above all, Am dedicated to helping individuals discover that special spark inside that is on the verge of awakening.

Whether you are looking for guidance and support during a challenging time, are seeking relief from anxiety, depression, substance abuse, school or career-related stress, ADHD-related symptoms, or would like to explore a new direction or relate to others in deeper more satisfying ways, I look forward to working with you to help you clarify and achieve your goals and dreams.

Please feel free to call or email me to schedule a consultation for individual or couples therapy or for information about group therapy for adults with ADHD.

Pamela S. Levy, LCSW
530 Bush Street, Ste. 700
San Francisco, CA 94108



Martha Lunney is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco who incorporates EMDR and Ericksonian hypnotherapy into her practice, as well as the tools of Narrative Therapy and a strong sense of social justice. Martha works with individuals and couples and also provides consultations or adjunctive services for clients or therapists who want assistance moving through trauma that is not resolving in the course of ongoing outpatient therapy. Martha has been a consultant with Haight Ashbury Free Enterprises, supporting staff in the Youth Outreach Program. Martha’s strong background in fine arts fuels much of her work in private practice, including work with clients around their creativity

issues and passion for life.

She can be reached at (415) 412 1709 or at the email address above.



In Carolyn’s private practice in San Jose, CA, she works primarily with diverse and multi-ethnic populations, military personnel and their families, Silicon Valley high tech employees, and artists. She approaches therapy holistically (mind-body medicine) and trans-personally, using Ericksonian hypnosis, talk and narrative therapies, cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT) and bibliotherapy, depending on the individual client’s needs and interests. She holds certification as an Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH).

Dr. Mitchell has conducted research on animal-human interactions with women in Ireland. She has developed and taught reading and writing classes for college and high school students, how-to-manage depression and anxiety courses for HMO patients, and team-building and corporate problem-solving courses for high tech employees. She also managed programs and wrote numerous publications. She was a psychologist at The American Indian Health Center of Santa Clara County and recently completed a three year term serving on her county and state psychological association boards.

Carolyn can be reached at (408) 235-1566. Her practice is at 3425 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 235. Campbell, CA 95008. Visit her website at


415 342-1647

Connors McConville is Bereavement Clinical Supervisor at Pathways Home Health and Hospice.

He works with the dying and the bereaved, children, teens, adults and the elderly. His hope is to help people find peace as well as to facilitate growth and healing as they face the challenges of life and death.

Connors is a psychotherapist and has a private practice in San Francisco.

2009 recipient of the Star-Caregiver Award presented by the Wellness Community of Silicon Valley for exceptional work caring for cancer patients.



Ralph is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in private practice in San Francisco. He offers an interactive style of counseling to individuals, couples and families. The focus of his counseling approach is to help clients make the changes they desire: improve emotional/psychological functioning at work, at home, in one’s life in general. People come to see him with issues such as depression, anxiety, changes in work or life direction, family and couple conflicts, anger, grief, and sexual identity. He offers hypnosis as a therapy tool which can be used as part of psychotherapy treatment or on its own.

Ralph is a former lecturer in the Counseling Department at San Francisco State University and past president of the SF Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

He can be reached at (415) 260-6409.

There is more information about his work



Sandra believes the ultimate goal of psychotherapy is to increase joy and alleviate suffering. She is profoundly interested in the change work strategies that move us toward this intention. She integrates a variety of treatments, among them ACT Therapy, NLP, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Sound-Voice-Music Healing Practices and Mindfulness Awareness Practices. Theset get to the core of the habits, patterns and beliefs that keep us stuck, as well as those that energize, motivate and inspire.

Sandra is in private practice in Antioch CA. In addition to seeing individuals, couples and families, she runs a group focused on unwanted emotions, and a series of mini psycho-educational presentations on developing skillful means. She is currently working on a blog/vlog project investigating strategies for change.

Sandra can be reached at 925-457-7230 or at

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Dr. Parke brings more than 24 years of experience to his private practice in
psychology. He began his practice in Massachusetts, where he provided
hypnotherapy for artists and other clients interested in using creativity to solve
He specializes in the treatment of relationship problems and stress related
symptoms. Dr. Parke also treats Post Traumatic Disorder, Depression,
Anxiety, Dissociative disorders, Phobias, and Chronic Pain.
Dr. Parke has provided psychological consultation for the Pain Management
Clinic at Stanford University, and is currently in full time private practice in Oakland, CA.
He has assisted with hypnosis research at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA one of the oldest and foremost
research and psychiatric hospitals in the U.S. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art, a master’s degree in counseling
psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Parke holds a
diplomate in pain management from the American Academy of Pain
Management and is a licensed psychologist in the State of California.

Dr. Parke accepts Aetna, Cigna, and Multi-plan insurance.

He can be reached at 510 282 8089
585 Mandana Blvd. Suite #1, Oakland CA 94610


Tasha B. Pera, LMFT

Tasha Pera is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who offers individual, relationship and family therapy to adults, adolescents and children. Her specialties include anxiety, depression, relational difficulties and eating disorders. Her treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Hypnotherapy and EMDR. Tasha was an acupressurist as a younger adult, and she has learned to integrate the positive aspects of “mind-body connection” in her work as a therapist. She draws upon her deep appreciation and respect for nature as a means to promote serenity. Tasha is comfortable working with people of any race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual preference. She has a genuine interest and appreciation for the uniqueness of individuals, a strong sense of empathy, and is optimistic that healing and resolution are possible for all human beings

609 Kearney Street, El Cerrito CA 94530 and 20284 Redwood Road, Castro Valley CA 9454
Tasha can be reached at (510) 612-0284 or by visiting her website



Rulik is a profoundly patient, accepting and skilled practitioner, who is committed to real change. He is especially adept at addressing the psychological concerns of people who endeavor to travel a spiritual path. He draws on a life of practical spirituality, decades of business experience and a wealth of diverse cultural interests. In his work with couples, Rulik emphasizes learning the communication and listening skills that so often can transform a downward spiraling relationship into an ascending and loving one.

Currently, Rulik offers an eight-week group for fathers of teenage daughters.

Rulik’s life and work continue to be inspired by a passion for music, mythology, sailing, and deep friendships.

510 217 6939

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Patricia Robinson, MFT in Danville, CA, focuses on psychotherapy for individuals of all ages with special needs, including ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders), Asperger’s and ADD, ADHD. Her practice includes children and their parents, teenagers, transitioning young adults, adults and couples. Using a variety of techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Hypnotherapy, issues such as anxiety, repetitive thinking and stuck thoughts, depression, social skills deficits, and executive function difficulties are addressed. Patricia is trained in Levels I and II of Gottman Couples Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

Patricia can be reached at (925) 915-0924 or by visiting her website or her blog, Thrive on the Autism Spectrum



Gregg Richardson holds MAs in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington, a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco CA, and has also completed advanced training in adult clinical neuropsychology and Ericksonian hypnotherapy. He has studied and taught in public, academic and religious settings in the US, Europe and Asia, and has for the past 15 years served as clinical neuropsychologist at the Kaiser Oakland Medical Center in CA.
He has practiced meditation for the past 45 years, and specializes in issues related to spirituality, aging and chronic illness.



(415) 472-2780

Stephen Schoen, M.D. Has been in private practice in San Francisco and San Rafael since 1960. He specializes in Gestalt Therapy, uses hypnotherapy, and provides auxiliary prescriptions when helpful.

Since 1990, he has lectured and led workshops throughout the United States, Germany, Poland, and Russia in Gestalt and Ericksonian approaches to inward and relational freedom.

Dr Schoen offers very low cost psychotherapy where appropriate.

He is the author of Presence of Mind: Literary and Philosophical Roots of a Wise Psychotherapy, and of many articles in The Gestalt Journal and The Milton H Erickson Newsletter. Available only in German translation are If the Sun and Moon Should Doubt: Collected Essays on Psychotherapy and the Spiritual, and Greenacres, a novel.

For more information see his website at



Heidi Berrin Shonkoff works primarily with couples in her Berkeley practice. She brings to her work nearly 30 years of experience and extensive training in couple dynamics, attachment, sexuality, hypnotherapy and family systems. She works in a warm and collaborative manner to help couples move through painful obstacles to find a deeper and more enduring emotional and sexual intimacy.
2340 Ward Street Suite 102
Berkeley, CA 94705
510 849-4106



Liza has private practice offices in both San Francisco and Santa Monica, CA. She specializes in brief, solution- focused therapy; assessments; and hypnotherapy. Liza has worked in the entertainment industry for 14 years as an evaluator and also as the on-site psychologist for cast and crew for reality shows such as “Survivor” and “The Apprentice.” She has also been a professor of psychology at Antioch and Embry-Riddle Universities. As a Veteran herself of the U.S. Air Force, Liza works part-time with Veterans in San Francisco and the North Bay. Liza has written two books: Suite Success and Therapeutic Assessments with MMPI-2; A Positive Psychology Approach.




(415) 257-8872
A psychotherapist with practices in San Rafael and San Francisco, Linda Silver sees individuals and couples. Her work with couples includes those of all sexual orientations and types of relationship She frequently integrates EMDR and Hypnotherapy in her clinical work.

With a background in nursing and Hospice care, Linda has a special interest in health and healing, as well as illness. She has many years of experience as a grief counselor and educator. Linda helps people learn to become aware of their reactions to events of change and loss.

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This gives them a rich ground from which to learn new approaches and patterns, and ways to integrate and resolve difficult feelings. Periodically, Linda offers groups and workshops on grief and loss, and for special populations. For example: A Daughter’s Grief Group (about parental loss); Lesbian Couples Group; A CEU course for MFTs, nurses and social workers. She also supervises therapists-in-training for California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and in private practice. Some insurance and Employee assistance plans accepted when possible.
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Learning Through Everyday Losses



(415) 859 5633

Fran practices in downtown San Francisco. She recently retired as the Director of Program Services for the San Francisco Chronic Pain Management Center, Kaiser Permanente, and, before that, as Director of Training for the South San Francisco Chemical Dependency Program. Her professional work over the past thirty-five years has included private practice settings, University Counseling Centers, Medical Residency programs, and health psychology programs.

Fran works with adult individuals and couples, using both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. While specializing in chronic pain management and addiction recovery, she also helps deal with anxiety, depression, insomnia, phobias, loss and grief, stress, relationships, and adjustments to life transitions.

Fran provides professional consultation in the development of multidisciplinary pain management programs, and consults to therapists working in the area of chronic pain management.



916 927 2818

Cecelia is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a full time practice in Sacramento,CA. To all of her clients, she says ” thank you for teaching me.” Her belief is that each of us has a unique gift of their person to give to themselves and their community. To achieve this end, her practice involves the use of Ericksonian hypnotherapy, EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic techniques. She is unabashed in her use of spirituality and humor to facilitate the goals of her clients. Cecelia has extensive background in recovery from addictions, mood disorders, and trauma.
She has lectured extensively on: Addiction and Recovery,Families of Alcoholics, Mood Disorders and PTSD.

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510 525 3529

Dr. Helena Weil has been in practice for over 25 years specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, pain and weight management, biofeedback, EMDR, hypnosis, and sports psychology. Dr. Weil works with children, adolescents and adults incorporating pet assisted therapy into her psychology practice with her licensed therapy dog, “Lanaturner”. Dr. Weil has offices in Albany and Castro Valley.


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415 263 6744: Offices in San Francisco and Marin
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I am here for you to make the kind of changes necessary to allow you be the person you very much want to be, experiencing more joy, more happiness in your relationships. I can help you overcome day-to-day anxiety, defeat negative thoughts that too often lead to depression. If you struggle with problems in relationship or within yourself, with addiction, compulsion, or phobias and fears, you can call me.

Ilene Wolff, MFT, has helped hundreds of individuals, children and couples for over twenty years in San Francisco and Marin. She has trained at Stanford University in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Approaches with David Burns, MD. Ilene is also the director of The Drama Therapy Institute. A solution-focused marriage and family therapist, she has lectured widely, given workshops, and worked extensively as a consultant and facilitator to institutions including Walnut Creek Hospital, Kaiser and Stanford University. Ilene Wolff graduated and has taught at UC Berkeley, training psychotherapists and business leaders nationwide. Ilene won The California Marriage and Family Therapist Education Foundation Award (2012).



Angela is in private practice at MRI, 555 Middlefield Rd in Palo Alto, CA. where she provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families of diverse cultural backgrounds. She speaks English and Mandarin, and is skilled in Crisis Counseling, Family Therapy, Gestalt, EMDR, Hypnotherapy and Art Therapy.

Contact Angela at 650 427 9821





“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” — Carl Gustav Jung

As a holistic therapist, I believe we all have everything we need inside of us to be whole. At this very moment, you know what you need to free yourself from your debilitating depression and self-doubt. You understand what actions to take to walk out of your secret shame and into your greatest desire. And you know the path to your own personal fulfillment. My work as a therapist is to help you access your own internal resources. It is a sacred journey — one I take very seriously. I have been on this journey myself for many years.

I have also received specialized training in a number of healing methods, including:
• Imago Relationship Therapy
• EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
• EFT Tapping Level 1 (Emotional Freedom Technique)
• Ericksonian Hypnosis
• Guided Visualization
• Behavioral Modification Techniques
• Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
In addition to my academic training, I have lived through many life challenges that now give me a depth of understanding with my clients and informs my work.While our life experience may influence who we’ve become, it does not define who we can be. I will assist you in moving through old patterns and behaviors so you may discover new ways of coping with stress, trauma, and difficulty while supporting you in your commitment to personal growth.

Free 15-30 minute consultation. I see clients in my Oakland and Pleasant Hill, California offices. Call 510-457-1534

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