Lu Johnson
MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"Tired of feeling down, anxious, or simply not your best? Ready to do more than just talk about it? If so, body oriented therapy may be for you. With body oriented therapy, we will explore not only your thoughts and emotions, but also the physical sensations, postures, and gestures that come with them. This is important because tuning into your body can help you understand your feelings, thoughts, and life experiences more deeply. This understanding can support you in being the person you want to be and creating the life you want to have. The first step to change is becoming aware of how you are feeling, thinking, and being now. "
Somatic
Sandplay
(510) 694-0363
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Sandplay
"Tired of feeling down, anxious, or simply not your best? Ready to do more than just talk about it? If so, body oriented therapy may be for you. With body oriented therapy, we will explore not only your thoughts and emotions, but also the physical sensations, postures, and gestures that come with them. This is important because tuning into your body can help you understand your feelings, thoughts, and life experiences more deeply. This understanding can support you in being the person you want to be and creating the life you want to have. The first step to change is becoming aware of how you are feeling, thinking, and being now. "
James Francis Gallagher Jr., Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"We are all born whole, in lovingkind perfection. But life produces obstacles that sidetrack our becoming ourselves. Obstacles take any forms: trauma in the body, inauthentic identities, existential fears, beliefs indoctrinated but in conflict with one's essential values, or anxiety that something is wrong with oneself. The result can be alienation, grief, substance use issues, depression, anxiety, difficulty connecting, or incapacity to speak or create from the heart. Reconnecting with ones body, the natural world, and with an unconditional community are the foundations re-emerging into the Self you've always been. "
Somatic
Sandplay
(510) 876-9446
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Somatic
Sandplay
"We are all born whole, in lovingkind perfection. But life produces obstacles that sidetrack our becoming ourselves. Obstacles take any forms: trauma in the body, inauthentic identities, existential fears, beliefs indoctrinated but in conflict with one's essential values, or anxiety that something is wrong with oneself. The result can be alienation, grief, substance use issues, depression, anxiety, difficulty connecting, or incapacity to speak or create from the heart. Reconnecting with ones body, the natural world, and with an unconditional community are the foundations re-emerging into the Self you've always been. "
Farooq Malik, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship challenges and couples work. I use specialized experiential and emotionally attuned approach in my work with clients. "
Somatic
Sandplay
(415) 964-3281
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Sandplay
"I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship challenges and couples work. I use specialized experiential and emotionally attuned approach in my work with clients. "
Kasey Varga, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"Are you feeling heartbroken or utterly confused by a romantic relationship? Are you a parent who is endlessly stirred up by your child's behavior? I offer an opportunity to utilize heartbreak in service of growth and to begin to untangle the reality of your current relationships from the residue of your history. I challenge parents to set firm limits with warmth and to allow children the full expression of their feelings. In light of a great deal of training and personal experience I bring a deep respect for the unknown and a willingness to land in mystery."
Somatic
Sandplay
(628) 227-5522
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Somatic
Sandplay
"Are you feeling heartbroken or utterly confused by a romantic relationship? Are you a parent who is endlessly stirred up by your child's behavior? I offer an opportunity to utilize heartbreak in service of growth and to begin to untangle the reality of your current relationships from the residue of your history. I challenge parents to set firm limits with warmth and to allow children the full expression of their feelings. In light of a great deal of training and personal experience I bring a deep respect for the unknown and a willingness to land in mystery."
Tessa Sinclair, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94608
"You: are a high achiever, and embarrassed to admit you're struggling, especially when other people seem to have it so much worse. You're sensitive, idealistic, and creative. You're aware of your potential and people reflect it back to you, but you're having trouble finding traction. You're not connecting with your work the way you want to, and your co-working relationships are "fine," but not satisfying in the way you'd like them to be. It feels like somethings missing, but you don't know what, and you don't know where to find it. Behind the mask, you feel scared, sad, lonely, insecure, anxious, depressed and you may be losing hope."
Somatic
Sandplay
(530) 477-3478
Verified
Oakland, California 94608
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Somatic
Sandplay
"You: are a high achiever, and embarrassed to admit you're struggling, especially when other people seem to have it so much worse. You're sensitive, idealistic, and creative. You're aware of your potential and people reflect it back to you, but you're having trouble finding traction. You're not connecting with your work the way you want to, and your co-working relationships are "fine," but not satisfying in the way you'd like them to be. It feels like somethings missing, but you don't know what, and you don't know where to find it. Behind the mask, you feel scared, sad, lonely, insecure, anxious, depressed and you may be losing hope."
Laura Crystal Mallory, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94607
"Do you have a hard time with low self esteem and shyness in your relationships? What about anxiety and depression? You may also struggle with difficult family relationships .You desire strong healthy relationships but it just seems out of reach.You may find yourself getting upset and shut down at the smallest frustration. My style of facilitating therapy is warm , approachable and collaborative.In therapy, you have ample space to express whats going on for you at your own pace, release old pent up emotions, learn boundaries and healthy ways to cope for the future.I also facilitate a monthly women's circle for self esteem ."
Somatic
Sandplay
(925) 304-1386
Verified
Oakland, California 94607
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Somatic
Sandplay
"Do you have a hard time with low self esteem and shyness in your relationships? What about anxiety and depression? You may also struggle with difficult family relationships .You desire strong healthy relationships but it just seems out of reach.You may find yourself getting upset and shut down at the smallest frustration. My style of facilitating therapy is warm , approachable and collaborative.In therapy, you have ample space to express whats going on for you at your own pace, release old pent up emotions, learn boundaries and healthy ways to cope for the future.I also facilitate a monthly women's circle for self esteem ."
Kimberly Koljat, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94602
"Has your child been struggling? Have you recently been coming up against personal blocks you want to knock down? I can help. We experience a lot in life, and often, the more painful experiences from our past play out in our current relationships. I help children, individuals, and families use both their logic and creativity to work through difficulties such as transitions, grief, loss, anxiety, identity difficulties, creativity blocks, and "feeling stuck" in a pattern that no longer serves you."
Somatic
Sandplay
(415) 769-3286
Verified
Oakland, California 94602
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Somatic
Sandplay
"Has your child been struggling? Have you recently been coming up against personal blocks you want to knock down? I can help. We experience a lot in life, and often, the more painful experiences from our past play out in our current relationships. I help children, individuals, and families use both their logic and creativity to work through difficulties such as transitions, grief, loss, anxiety, identity difficulties, creativity blocks, and "feeling stuck" in a pattern that no longer serves you."
Megan Gredesky, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, RDT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"Are you navigating a world of fear, anxiety, anger, or sadness that follow any loss such as a divorce, death, or major change in your life? Has the rigidity of an Inner Critic taken control of your life preventing you from experiencing joy and ease in day to day life? Is your child or adolescent struggling with their peer relationships, experiencing ongoing bullying, or is their behavior impacting their academic performance or ability to be successful? I can help you or your child address these kinds of issues and more in therapy."
Somatic
Sandplay
(510) 694-0644
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Somatic
Sandplay
"Are you navigating a world of fear, anxiety, anger, or sadness that follow any loss such as a divorce, death, or major change in your life? Has the rigidity of an Inner Critic taken control of your life preventing you from experiencing joy and ease in day to day life? Is your child or adolescent struggling with their peer relationships, experiencing ongoing bullying, or is their behavior impacting their academic performance or ability to be successful? I can help you or your child address these kinds of issues and more in therapy."
Kendra Feliz Paulsen, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"As a depth psychotherapist, one of the things I do is help my clients know their unknown issues. I do this by creating a safe therapeutic environment in which to explore and bring repair to the past injuries and traumas holding my clients back from experiencing life and relationships in a full and meaningful way. I like to look at my client's dreams, artwork, and daily life experiences, to bring light and insight to blockages and barriers to their full experience and enjoyment of life. Such blockages can be past trauma, incorrect embedded beliefs, and ingrained thought patterns and habits."
Somatic
Sandplay
(510) 922-0049
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Somatic
Sandplay
"As a depth psychotherapist, one of the things I do is help my clients know their unknown issues. I do this by creating a safe therapeutic environment in which to explore and bring repair to the past injuries and traumas holding my clients back from experiencing life and relationships in a full and meaningful way. I like to look at my client's dreams, artwork, and daily life experiences, to bring light and insight to blockages and barriers to their full experience and enjoyment of life. Such blockages can be past trauma, incorrect embedded beliefs, and ingrained thought patterns and habits."
Jenny Randt, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"I see myself as a holistic practitioner. Therapy with me involves working the body just as much as the mind. This can be challenging for some, but leads to long-term resolution and healing in a more complete, organic nature. Through Somatic Experiencing (SE), I have been trained to work specifically with trauma and the way in which our survival energy becomes trapped in our bodies. We embody our lived experience."
Somatic
Sandplay
(510) 319-1271 x4
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Somatic
Sandplay
"I see myself as a holistic practitioner. Therapy with me involves working the body just as much as the mind. This can be challenging for some, but leads to long-term resolution and healing in a more complete, organic nature. Through Somatic Experiencing (SE), I have been trained to work specifically with trauma and the way in which our survival energy becomes trapped in our bodies. We embody our lived experience."
Amanda Leitner, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94602
"Beginning a course of therapy, whether for yourself or for your child, is an act of loving commitment. I see therapy as a collaborative process, something we do together as you or your child navigate through stuck patterns and toward health and wholeness. My style is warm, relational, and sincere. With both child and adult clients, I work actively with thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. My office is calming and inviting, and equipped for both play therapy with children, and hands-on somatic therapy with adults. We can do either brief goal-oriented work or longer-term depth work."
Somatic
Sandplay
(510) 694-0232
Verified
Oakland, California 94602
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Somatic
Sandplay
"Beginning a course of therapy, whether for yourself or for your child, is an act of loving commitment. I see therapy as a collaborative process, something we do together as you or your child navigate through stuck patterns and toward health and wholeness. My style is warm, relational, and sincere. With both child and adult clients, I work actively with thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. My office is calming and inviting, and equipped for both play therapy with children, and hands-on somatic therapy with adults. We can do either brief goal-oriented work or longer-term depth work."
Cyndi Lukk, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"Are you too stressed to even be in touch with yourself? Too worried and tense, having a hard time to relax? Are you avoiding people and their expectations (and judgments) because you're tired and feel you don't have much to give at the moment? Stress feels like having a super sensitive burglar alarm ringing loudly throughout the mind and body. It confuses our thoughts. We are unable to see facts or future clearly. Our creativity is blocked or showing up as destructive energy. The body is in fight (frustration and anger) or flight (anxiety and overload) or worse - feeling frozen (numb and depressed). "
Somatic
Sandplay
(510) 369-1934
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Somatic
Sandplay
"Are you too stressed to even be in touch with yourself? Too worried and tense, having a hard time to relax? Are you avoiding people and their expectations (and judgments) because you're tired and feel you don't have much to give at the moment? Stress feels like having a super sensitive burglar alarm ringing loudly throughout the mind and body. It confuses our thoughts. We are unable to see facts or future clearly. Our creativity is blocked or showing up as destructive energy. The body is in fight (frustration and anger) or flight (anxiety and overload) or worse - feeling frozen (numb and depressed). "
Laila Shamszad, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"Modern living is strenuous and challenging work. I will help you find relief from the heaviness of the worries, depression, and fatigue that so often sit right next to your innate capacities for meaning, appreciation, and joy. My approach is collaborative, engaged, and warm. I deeply respect the power of the therapeutic relationship as a potential agent for change and transformation, and I value your feelings of safety and comfort as essential to our working relationship."
Somatic
Sandplay
(510) 401-3803
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Somatic
Sandplay
"Modern living is strenuous and challenging work. I will help you find relief from the heaviness of the worries, depression, and fatigue that so often sit right next to your innate capacities for meaning, appreciation, and joy. My approach is collaborative, engaged, and warm. I deeply respect the power of the therapeutic relationship as a potential agent for change and transformation, and I value your feelings of safety and comfort as essential to our working relationship."
Guillermina Gigi Valdes-Huckabee, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"Are you neglecting yourself emotionally? You may be too busy taking care of others that you have forgotten to take care of yourself. Find out how to reconnect with yourself and improve your family life at the same time. Are you stressed, burned out or overwhelmed? Maybe you have even been faced with... The lost of a love one, rough divorce, heartache of an affair, a life transition, recent or past trauma, illness or addiction. "
Somatic
Sandplay
(510) 907-6756
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Somatic
Sandplay
"Are you neglecting yourself emotionally? You may be too busy taking care of others that you have forgotten to take care of yourself. Find out how to reconnect with yourself and improve your family life at the same time. Are you stressed, burned out or overwhelmed? Maybe you have even been faced with... The lost of a love one, rough divorce, heartache of an affair, a life transition, recent or past trauma, illness or addiction. "
Caitlin Rose Marvaso, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94611
"I believe in the wisdom of the body, it is constantly communicating something to you, and your emotions are the messenger. I want to help you become an expert at your own body language so that you can heal what has happened to you, and make room for the truth of your soul, by learning to listen to your body's deepest desires. "
Somatic
Sandplay
(844) 283-5906
Verified
Oakland, California 94611
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Somatic
Sandplay
"I believe in the wisdom of the body, it is constantly communicating something to you, and your emotions are the messenger. I want to help you become an expert at your own body language so that you can heal what has happened to you, and make room for the truth of your soul, by learning to listen to your body's deepest desires. "
Ken Takahashi, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, SEP
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94610
"Transformation will occur to you at a right timing with a right support. I am here for you to support your transformation. I will help enhance your innate ability to break patterns, utilizing cognitive, nervous & energetic methods. For instance, you have had a car accident before. You feel anxious whenever you see cars on the street. This means that the car accident is associated with the anxiety. I will help disconnect the anxiety from the car accident while rebuilding positive experiences in you. You will gradually re-associate the car accident with the positive experiences, transforming the old pattern."
Somatic
Sandplay
(510) 694-0966
Verified
Oakland, California 94610
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Somatic
Sandplay
"Transformation will occur to you at a right timing with a right support. I am here for you to support your transformation. I will help enhance your innate ability to break patterns, utilizing cognitive, nervous & energetic methods. For instance, you have had a car accident before. You feel anxious whenever you see cars on the street. This means that the car accident is associated with the anxiety. I will help disconnect the anxiety from the car accident while rebuilding positive experiences in you. You will gradually re-associate the car accident with the positive experiences, transforming the old pattern."
Lisa A Kully, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"Your whole self is welcome! Are you craving a place to be supported and guided toward positive change, without judgment or pressure? A space in which you can feel more ease and connection as an individual or couple? Perhaps you have lost touch with your healthiest, confident self due to anxiety, depression, relationship dissatisfaction, stress, or personal and societal trauma. As a couple, your relationship may feel dead or fraught with conflict. I bring sincere caring, presence, humor and intellect, as well as a range of skills and tools to this collaborative, sacred journey of psychotherapy."
Somatic
Sandplay
(510) 601-7980
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Somatic
Sandplay
"Your whole self is welcome! Are you craving a place to be supported and guided toward positive change, without judgment or pressure? A space in which you can feel more ease and connection as an individual or couple? Perhaps you have lost touch with your healthiest, confident self due to anxiety, depression, relationship dissatisfaction, stress, or personal and societal trauma. As a couple, your relationship may feel dead or fraught with conflict. I bring sincere caring, presence, humor and intellect, as well as a range of skills and tools to this collaborative, sacred journey of psychotherapy."
Michael Rochette, Marriage & Family Therapist Associate
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94618
"I have a lifelong commitment to exploring our interconnections with our selves, our families, our significant others, our coworkers/neighbors, and our natural world. I see many of our personal challenges, which tend to manifest as anxiety and depression, correspond with disconnected patterns that leave us stuck, emotionally, cognitively, somatically, and spiritually. As an associated marriage and family therapist, I work with clients to heal existing interconnections and cultivate new ways being in connection."
Somatic
Sandplay
(510) 298-3372
Verified
Oakland, California 94618
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Somatic
Sandplay
"I have a lifelong commitment to exploring our interconnections with our selves, our families, our significant others, our coworkers/neighbors, and our natural world. I see many of our personal challenges, which tend to manifest as anxiety and depression, correspond with disconnected patterns that leave us stuck, emotionally, cognitively, somatically, and spiritually. As an associated marriage and family therapist, I work with clients to heal existing interconnections and cultivate new ways being in connection."
Therese Noel Allen, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MA
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94612
"While I do offer talk therapy, I also blend psychotherapy, expressive arts therapy and somatic therapy. Expressive arts therapy can look like anything from me having you choose images (rather than using words) to describe your experience, to drama therapy techniques by which I facilitate you having a conversation with a "part" of yourself that continues a frustrating habit. Somatic work means your body is an integral part of our process. This can mean tracking bodily shifts and sensations together. It can also involve standing practices that reflect back what your body (you) are doing, as opposed to what you think you are doing. "
Somatic
Sandplay
(415) 413-4284
Verified
Oakland, California 94612
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Somatic
Sandplay
"While I do offer talk therapy, I also blend psychotherapy, expressive arts therapy and somatic therapy. Expressive arts therapy can look like anything from me having you choose images (rather than using words) to describe your experience, to drama therapy techniques by which I facilitate you having a conversation with a "part" of yourself that continues a frustrating habit. Somatic work means your body is an integral part of our process. This can mean tracking bodily shifts and sensations together. It can also involve standing practices that reflect back what your body (you) are doing, as opposed to what you think you are doing. "
Miranda York, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified by Psychology Today
Oakland, California 94609
"Starting therapy can be daunting, so I encourage you to reach out, even if you're uncertain where to start. I've witnessed profound impacts in my work with people, where shame becomes self acceptance and overwhelm becomes relief and ease. I welcome everyone who wants to work with me, and especially welcome those who may not have felt comfortable in therapy before, possibly due to experiencing marginality, societal oppression, or being shy. I also tend to work well with over achievers, sensitive introverts, and perfectionists struggling to find a stable sense of self worth. My practice is anti oppression and trauma informed."
Somatic
Sandplay
(415) 360-2733
Verified
Oakland, California 94609
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Somatic
Sandplay
"Starting therapy can be daunting, so I encourage you to reach out, even if you're uncertain where to start. I've witnessed profound impacts in my work with people, where shame becomes self acceptance and overwhelm becomes relief and ease. I welcome everyone who wants to work with me, and especially welcome those who may not have felt comfortable in therapy before, possibly due to experiencing marginality, societal oppression, or being shy. I also tend to work well with over achievers, sensitive introverts, and perfectionists struggling to find a stable sense of self worth. My practice is anti oppression and trauma informed."

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If you're looking for Somatic therapy in Oakland or for an Oakland Somatic Therapist these Therapists provide Somatic counseling. Somatic psychotherapy bridges the mind-body dichotomy recognizing that emotion, behavior, sensation, impulse originate in physical experiences. Thinking motivates, or is motivated by, physical action.

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Therapists in Oakland are able to work with a wide range of issues.

For example, if you're seeking a marriage counselor in Oakland you'll find that most therapists are trained in marriage counseling or couples counseling in Oakland and couples therapy. And they welcome families for family counseling in Oakland or family therapy in Oakland.