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Employing evidence-based approaches, I work with clients using mindfulness practice, Somatic Experiencing™ and other psychodynamic modalities to develop resilience, release trauma from the body, and reduce the physical and emotional symptoms of anxiety and shame that inhibit many people from feeling fully alive and embracing their own path.

Individual Counseling

Individual therapy is for those seeking greater resilience and the ability to be with life challenges without being overwhelmed by them. It is also aimed at enriching relationships and bringing greater ease and honesty into everyday life. The focus may be on patterns of shame, anxiety, depression, anger, or numbness. While the past is significant in the process, my work focuses on the way issues show up in present time, including in sessions between client and herapist. Together, we become more aware of habitual patterns, the nervous system is allowed to process these safely, and there is thus more freedom in the present.

Relationship Counseling

Finding or deepening authentic relationship means having the security and space with one another to be open, grow together, and learn from conflict without being afraid of it. In relationship counseling we explore the emotional states that come up with intimate partners in whatever constellation you are living in or aspire to. My work with clients focuses on taking ownership of one's role in relationship patterns, practicing honest and engaged communication, understanding and working through attachment styles, and developing and practicing new strategies to connect authentically and honestly.

Group Counseling

Group counseling offers us the chance to practice being in dynamic relationships in real time, while learning also to remain grounded in and true to ourselves. Along with colleagues, I offer groups dealing with gender differences, anger, grief, and other issues that are often deeply supported by the being with others who share similar concerns and experiences. In groups, we often discover the power of corrective emotional experiences and the profound suprise of what it means for change not to be something that happens in isolation.

415.562.7896

1919 Addison Street, Suite 301
Berkeley, CA 94704

©2020 by Brett Wheeler, Mindfulness and Somatic Therapy