APPROACH

I can help you change your relationship to the thoughts, emotions, behaviors and energies that create suffering.

Rooted in the richness of direct experience, each session is uniquely and spontaneously crafted to awaken your awareness to the choices in your life.

Pleasure and pain are not optional. Suffering is.

 

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When we work together, I am most interested in what you want out of therapy and we go from there. What you will notice right from our initial correspondence, whether by email, phone, or video, is that I have a warm personality and care about what is happening in your life. In addition to my in-depth study and expertise in psychotherapy, I am a down-to-earth and compassionate companion to help you find relief from suffering.

I use whatever works in my vast toolbox to help you, but lean most on these relational approaches:

Compassion-Focused Therapy helps people develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing, via compassion and self-compassion. This therapy is especially appropriate for people who have high levels of shame and self-criticism and who have difficulty in feeling warmth toward, and being kind to, themselves or others as a result of abuse or neglect.

In addition, I run self-compassion groups to help you re-parent yourself with loving presence.

Trauma-Informed Treatment based on the neuroscience of well-being and includes research from modern science and contemplative mindfulness practices to strengthen the neuroplatform, regain stabilization, and create positive mind states in trauma survivors who suffer from difficult relational experiences, anxiety, depression, mood swings, and a history of unsuccessful treatment.

Depth Psychotherapy is open to the subtle, unconscious, and spiritual aspects of human experience. In my approach, it includes therapeutic traditions that explore the unconscious in the context of Consciousness. Depth Psychotherapy helps remove the unconscious obstacles  to greater consciousness and can involve the study and exploration of dreams, symbols, metaphors, astrology, complexes, and archetypes.

Non-Dual Awareness Counseling is based on the teachings of Advaita Vedanta made known by Indian sage and guru Ramana Maharshi, who taught that Self-realization, the realization of Oneness of who we are, is not a distant goal that only a few can attain, but our most natural state. Rather than focusing on the body-mind’s stories or attempting to “train the monkey”, this counseling amplifies awareness of the Truth of who you are.

Ecopsychology is an approach in which the well-being of human beings is considered to be intricately connected to the well-being of the earth and the whole web of life and, as a result, offers a ground for deeper exploration of human gifts and challenges. It is implied that healthy people maintain a respectful and sustainable relationship to the natural world and the people who inhabit it. It is also implied that without this sense of connection, suffering inevitably arises. Consistent with my psychospiritual approach, I practice ecopsychology with the intention to help you not only reconnect with the earth and universal energies, but to also become more present and aware of the source of creation.

Social Justice Lens. While it is not “an approach” per se, I inherently operate personally and professionally with a social justice lens which means that therapy cannot be separated from familial, societal, and religious conditioning we experience as unique beings on this planet. As a mixed-blood lesbian, I appreciate the ways internalized oppression can show up in our efforts to attain mental and emotional health.

I currently have openings in my private practice in Berkeley (updated December, 2017).

Contact me at 510-995-6499 or tamara@psychospiritualcounseling.net to schedule your free, 20-minute phone session.

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