What would you do if you with your life if you had more support?
We’re all living in an empathy desert, in which we too often receive diagnoses, assessments, evaluations, labels, and judgments, when what we’re most longing for is reliable refuge, soothing tenderness, loving companionship, and trustworthy guidance.
In our one-on-one sessions, I offer warm, responsive attunement for your emotions, physical sensations, and judgments of yourself and others, receiving them all as important signals to your underlying needs. Together, we feel through the landscape of your life, fully acknowledging and supporting your present experiences, and soothing related past pains with depth-empathy processes.
There are no emotions too intense, too entrenched, or too unpleasant for me to receive with compassion. Your authentic experience—which others may have reacted to with fear, resistance, or urgent attempts to help you change or feel better—will only draw me to you with warm curiosity and understanding, as together we listen closely for what you’re actually needing.
As new neural pathways of compassion and mattering are developed and strengthened, you’re supported in choosing life-serving strategies and making powerful/vulnerable requests of yourself and others—releasing chronic emotional states such as depression, anxiety, anger, and shame, leaving you with more aliveness, authenticity, presence, and choice. Through whatever arises, you’ll have my genuine loving support.
My warm reparenting approach is informed by ten years and over a thousand hours of training and practice in Nonviolent Communication, Interpersonal Neurobiology, metta mindfulness, attachment theory, Internal Family Systems, Restorative Circles, family constellations, and restorative spiritual traditions, all held in a container of nonviolence and a vision for the world in which everyone’s needs matter.
An alternative to diagnosis-based psychotherapy and strategy-based coaching, my needs-based empathic counseling brings understanding and compassion to your present life and your past pains that, when touched with empathy, can become sources of strength and understanding rather than emotional and spiritual barriers to your life being fully lived.
Private sessions take place in my Oakland, CA, office or over Skype.