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With Bill Bowen, 2014


Anam Cara Center

2915 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Berkeley, CA 94703




I began studying somatic psychotherapy in 1997. In 2002 I completed a Master’s degree in somatic psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. That summer I also met Bill Bowen, who would be my teacher for 14 years, until his death in 2016. His teachings, called Psycho-Physical Therapy, are the heart and foundation of my work. He is deeply missed.

I draw on many sources in my work, including traditional Hakomi, theories of intersubjectivity and attachment theory, 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 social and political dimensions of our lives. 

I enjoy facilitating groups and teaching. I practiced therapeutic massage for 25 years, and taught massage at the National Holistic Institute, and well as introductory experiential anatomy and physiology at JFKU, CIIS, and COVA elementary school in Oakland. For four years in the early 90's 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.


Writing is also a passion. Currently I am focused on translating important academic concepts from psychology to be more accessible to more people. Go here to for articles by Marenka​.

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