With Bill Bowen, 2014
Anam Cara Center
2915 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94703
I began studying somatic psychotherapy in 1997. In the summer of 2002 I completed a Master’s degree in somatic psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. That summer I met Bill Bowen, who would be my teacher for 14 years. His teachings, called Psychophysical Therapy, are the foundation and heart of my work. Bill died in 2016. He is deeply missed.
I draw on many sources in my work, including traditional Hakomi, theories of intersubjectivity and attachment theory, self psychology, the development of sensory awareness and mindfulness, and trauma resolution. My practice is multi-cultural and LGBTQ-friendly. I welcome and work directly with the impact of the political and cultural dimensions of our lives.
For seven years I worked in private practice psychotherapy internships in San Francisco and Berkeley, and I practiced therapeutic massage for 25 years. I taught massage at the National Holistic Institute, and introductory experiential anatomy and physiology at JFKU, CIIS, and COVA elementary school in Oakland. For four years I facilitated social skills-building groups for teenagers in S.F. Community Day Schools through the Center for Human Development.
Introductory Anatomy & Physiology: Three objectives for my anatomy and physiology class were for students to enjoy soaking up an immense number of basic terms and concepts, to gain insight into the way each system interacts with all the other systems, and to be inspired to continue a life-long journey of understanding the amazing functions of the body. I brought a laptop, projector, skeleton, books, and fun.