Trainees are advanced level graduate students in the Integral Counseling Psychology (ICP) program at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).
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.
Sometimes—or maybe always—living our life seems so difficult, especially when it appears that others are having an easier time. The challenge may show up as:
• Inexplicable loneliness or fearful anxiety.
• Maybe we believe “we are wrong” or that “we have been wronged.”
• Our relationships may have more upsets and conflicts, than friendship and caring.
• Perhaps our emotions seem to be working against us rather than for us.
• Or, one area of our life is rewarding, like work, but the success does not carry over into another, like personal relationships.
As you cope with such conditions, is there a lack of helpful resources supporting you in living the life you want? I focus on the power of relationship to heal. However, wounds from detrimental relationships can also be the cause of the problems with which we grapple. Our sessions will be guided by your intentions. We will work together to understand how to create the change you seek and practice the behavior that causes transformation to happen.
In my work I practice listening intently and relating authentically; and in that way, I promote your developing resilience. I am drawn to facilitating personal growth. The therapy is influenced by my life experience and by over ten years of my own personal therapy. In my personal therapy I have worked through issues as they have arisen in my life. I trust that process and my therapist to provide a safe environment when I am in a state of “not knowing” and uncertainty. As a therapist I attempt to facilitate a similar experience for my clients.
I am guided by and continue to study relational psychotherapy, attachment theory, transpersonal theory, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Gottman couples therapy. I look forward to working with you individually or as a couple.
I work somatically. We will pay attention to your body sensations in the present moment. We will bring what is in the there and then to the here and now. Our body has so much wisdom and can tell us what we do not know cognitively. Eventually we will bring this body awareness to your daily life, and will be able to navigate them from your true authentic self.
In my own journey in mindfulness and body awareness practices, it was always clear to me that body centered psychotherapy is my path. Although traditional “talk” therapy is beneficial, I believe that narrative expression and insight are not enough. In our work together you will have the chance to experience a “felt sense” of what it means to have a new experience.
I bring in the practice Hakomi (mindfulness psychotherapy), transpersonal psychotherapy, mindful self compassion and Gestalt. My main passion is to work with trauma, anxiety, individuals and couples.
“Even the helpless victim of a hopeless situation, facing a fate he cannot change, may rise above himself, may grow beyond himself, and by doing so, change himself. He may turn a personal tragedy into a triumph” -Viktor Frankl
I welcome you to learn more about me on my website: www.BayAreaAffordableTherapy.
Loneliness, confusion, emotional overwhelm, or questions around one’s purpose are all normal experiences that challenge most of us at points in life. Whether seeking help with relationships, addiction, depression or anxiety, abuse, grief or life adjustments, my work supports your journey with compassion, patience, and an enduring trust in the process.
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!
Within our therapeutic relationship, we work together to approach, explore and authentically relate with all aspects of your life. As these various aspects come into focus, we work with them together moment-to-moment. As these aspects reveal themselves from past and present, conscious and unconscious, joy and challenges, I assist you by witnessing non-judgmentally with compassion and authentic interest, mirroring your strengths and accompanying disavowed pieces to find what they need. Together we build your positive internal scaffolding so challenging elements of life can fall away when ready.
Throughout our time together, I attend to your relationship with elements of your life that no longer serve you: patterns, survival skills, coping mechanisms, habits that were once purposeful but now create dissonance. By looking for their original purpose, acknowledging them, we can honor and release them when ready, replacing them with self-compassion.
I enjoy working with people of all ages and needs. I especially see growth opportunities during transitions, particularly for young adults facing the realities of this day and age, new parents, and those ready to work in a deep holistic way through body, mind and spirit.
Take a minute to just notice how you are feeling right now. How are you emotionally? How does your body feel? Are you thinking about something? Whatever is there is ok, just take a moment to listen to yourself.
As simple as it may sound, sometimes feeling our feelings can be hard work. Truly understanding and being honest with authentic selves can be challenging and sometimes scary. No one should have to do this alone. Together, we can deeply listen and nurture your authentic self to help you heal and grow.
My belief is everything is interconnected. When we hurt in one area of our lives, often times the other areas hurt with it. I believe that each person functions in 3 parts: mind, body and spirit. Because of this, I work in three parts: relationally, somatically, and transpersonally. I also work with an overarching Buddhist influence in working with emotional and physical awareness, and being present in the here and now.
I am passionate about working with (but not limited to):
- Individuals, couples, families, children
- Trauma and PTSD
- Sexual, physical and emotional abuse
- Relationships issues and attachment
- Depression, anxiety, stress
- People of Color and diversity
- LGBTQQI community
- Exploring dreams, and spiritual experience
Paradoxical as it may sound, suffering is good for you. Suffering, when experienced consciously, can help you penetrate through your unconscious self-images and defense system, which have prevented you from experiencing genuine joy, satisfaction, and realness in your life.
I will help you develop deeper inner awareness and provide you a safe holding space, in which you can reflect and explore your current problems and, more importantly, undigested issues from early childhood and young adulthood.
I work somatically, which means, as you explore your difficulty (as well as your joy), I will help you get in touch with your moment-by-moment felt experience in your body-mind — sensations, emotions, thoughts, memories and beliefs.
As your familiarity of your inner experience increases, you will become more in touch with your true, authentic self — the self that is characterized with such qualities as groundedness, strength, clarity, curiosity, openness, caring and connectedness to others and to yourself, and genuine joy.
I will also teach you various whole body awareness exercises that you can practice daily at home and at work. These exercises are designed for busy urban life, and can be as short as a duration of one breath.
I use Diamond Approach, Hakomi Method, Focusing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family System, Coherence Therapy and Rosen Method. I practice Tibetan yoga and meditation.
I received a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley, was an investment banker, a high-tech entrepreneur and a graduate school professor. (That was a long time ago.)
Hi, I’m Allison, an MFT Trainee. I work in this field with the true desire to help you become your most authentic self, whatever that may be. Simply put, I want you to be you.
I am currently earning my Master’s Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I have been a student of Vedanta and the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism for many years, both of which inform my work and my outlook on our lives and our roles in this world. Based on these teachings, I believe that our purpose here is to move closer to becoming our authentic selves and to accept life as it is, without attachment.
I previously earned a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and I have been a practicing attorney since 2010. I work in corporate law and understand the unique pressures and privileges of the professional world. I understand the ways that the demands of our modern working world can affect our abilities to be our full and complete selves.
I am passionate about working with clients from all cultural, racial, class, gender, and spiritual identities. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families on a wide variety of issues, such as depression, anxiety, life transitions, trauma, relationship concerns, illness, and stress. I am experienced working with the LGBTQQI community and with individuals in unconventional relationship structures. I feel honored and privileged to be with you on this journey.