Skillful, Compassionate Therapy in Berkeley
Registered MFT Intern, IMF#78207
Supervised by Lucy Collier, LMFT Licensed MFT #37260
The benefits of getting to know the self are many. Through therapy, you can begin to take better charge of your life, express yourself more genuinely, and accept yourself just as you are. The journey may involve examining old wounds, reflecting upon past experiences, and facing limiting beliefs and patterns. People emerging from this process often feel more grounded in their bodies, more in touch with their inner spirit, and more clear about life goals and decisions.
I call my approach a “somatic process” – one that bridges the gap between the psyche and the physical body. It means taking a deeper, more inward focus on what is happening in the present moment. This can be achieved in a quiet, mindful state, or it may be more active, involving movement and gesture. Working creatively and somatically, new ways of understanding the self can be found.
A session may include visualization, art therapy, and body awareness. We may use the imagination to dialogue with the many “parts” of the self, such as the “Inner Critic.” We may work symbolically with images from a dream, or from scenes you create in the sand tray. In these ways, we can tap into the powerful resources you already have within you: ones that will support you as you confront challenges and move toward the changes you desire.
My areas of expertise include:
- Low Self-Esteem
- Couples Therapy
- Relationship Issues
- Feeling “Stuck”
- Life Transitions
I am aware and welcoming of sexual & gender diversity. This includes, but is not limited to, people identified as: lesbian, gay, straight, bisexual, queer, questioning, sexually fluid, gender fluid, transgender, genderqueer, gender neutral, intersex, polyamorous, kink, and allies.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Somatic Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and a BFA in Graphic Design from Carnegie Mellon University. My background as an artist and designer brings creative inspiration to my therapy practice. My approach is also informed by social justice and feminist philosophies, both of which value a “personal power” rather than a “power over” model of relationship. I value collaboration, open-heartedness, and humor as positive healing elements in the work.
For more information please visit: www.kerrigreentherapy.com