Trainees are advanced level graduate students in the Integral Counseling Psychology (ICP) program at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).
As living beings, I believe we hold a magnificent amount of power within. However, this power is often bogged down by outside influences, whether that be society, family, or anything in between. Learning to shed those voices that aren’t true to your unique self, can be empowering. When we allow our intuition to take root, our true selves emerge. I believe in the power of the present moment. It’s how I create and work with the therapeutic process. Working in the here and now can be a gateway to other areas of our lives. Feelings, reactions, and experiences that come up in the therapy room, might also be present in current relationships. We will work together to explore the intricacies and healing powers of the therapeutic relationship. Finally, I believe the body has the capacity to hold the answers. Breathing into certain areas of our physical body can create a powerful release. I think it’s important to focus on the physical stimuli that accompany the cognitive awareness of feelings and emotions. Our bodies are ecosystems that work through a unique chain of interconnectedness. Learning to listen to the body, can open the mental and spiritual realms of our lives. As your therapist, I want to be there to support you. We will work together using whatever methods are best for your unique self. I strongly believe in the healing power of therapeutic relationship and I hope to share it with you.
Wherever you are, I will meet you. I provide a safe place for you to process life and its many challenges. I believe that when we learn to relate to suffering differently, we will relate to life differently.
Michelle Anne Hobart Do you sometimes feel lost, untethered, or unclear about what’s happening? Do you find yourself overwhelmed or overextended in your relationships or work? Are you trying to make sense out of your experiences and find meaning in your life? You aren’t alone in this. In our work together, I am here to support, connect, and honor the complexity of your process, and to help you become clear and empowered in your life, work, and relationships. If you are seeking balance and self-care, stress management, and clarity, or if you struggle with finding your own purpose and center, ever feel exhausted or hopeless, burnt out or overwhelmed, we can find the way together. I am here to support you with:
- spiritual emergence, crises of transformation
- dark night of the soul/depression
- mood imbalances/bipolar
- acute and complex trauma
- anxiety, general and social
- recovering from challenging relationships
- finding meaning and purpose
If you are seeking a therapist who is kind, compassionate, sensitive, and open to non-ordinary realities and spiritual phenomena, who also has a deep grounding in the sciences and effective research-based modalities, feel free to contact the Center, and request me. I look forward to supporting you on your journey to find balance, resilience, and meaning.
Rebecca Shepherd I welcome you to learn more about me on my website: www.BayAreaAffordableTherapy.
I trust your psyche’s inner healing intelligence to guide and inform our work, and together we will gently explore ways of accessing the parts of you that wish to effect meaningful change. This process can ask of us patience, willingness, and vulnerability. My commitment to authentic communication and a steady openness to your feedback serves to sustain and fortify this effort.
Some of what we may explore includes mindfulness, emotions, somatic experience, deep imagination, sensory awareness, dreams, “parts” of the self, and story/personal myth. We may use these tools to work through in-the-moment distress or to identify threads of intergenerational/ancestral knowing, culture, spirituality, and creativity.
I work with adults, couples, children, and elders from a full range of ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, identities and walks of life. I am here to support you at your own pace, and to do so with warmth, dignity, and respect. I look forward to connecting with you!