Skillful, Compassionate Therapy in Berkeley
David Heliotis, MA
Registered Associate MFT #100768
Registered Associate PCC #4143
Supervised by Mary Smyer, LMFT#49782
I began counseling as a volunteer for the Peer Counseling Collective at the Berkeley Free Clinic, where I worked with people from the Berkeley homeless community, university students, and others who valued the clinics mission to provide free healthcare to the public.
After two years of service at the free clinic, I entered the MA in Counseling Psychology program at Sonoma State University. While studying at Sonoma State, I completed my practicum at the Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic in Santa Rosa. At Lomi I was trained in using mindfulness and somatics in therapy. Somatic therapy integrates awareness of the body to the work. Talking is a big part of therapy: it helps us organize and understand the events of our lives. Mindful attention to the body not only gives us a greater felt sense of the events in our lives, but also brings in another source of information for that understanding.
Since returning to the east bay after receiving my degree, I’ve continued my training in somatics with my supervisors from Lomi through their Body Wisdom Psychotherapy trainings. I’m happy to bring what I’m learning from them to my work at Blue Oak.
- Through Body Wisdom Psychotherapy with Theresa Beldon and Kitty Chelton:
- A View Into Our Beginnings: Existence Stage of Development
- Knowing Your Needs: Need Stage of Development
- Exploring The World With Support: Autonomy Stage of Development
- Finding Your Power: Will Stage of Development
- Working the “Body Knot” – A Somatic Communications Model
- Somatics in Couple’s Therapy
- Lomi Psychotherapy Institute, Santa Rosa, California
- M.A. in Counseling from Sonoma State University