Vibrant Living with Somatic Psychotherapy and Mindful Bodywork
When difficulties are too much to handle or the next level of growth seems just out of reach, you may find yourself living with pain and stress. While some stress in life helps people grow, chronic stress has a negative effect on your mind, body, emotions and spirit. Your relationships probably suffer too. Under stress, you may find yourself using old mental, physical and emotional coping tools to survive and still feel powerless to make the changes you want to make.
Through Somatic Psychotherapy or Mindful Bodywork I can help you get centered, gain perspective and build new capacities in mind, body, emotions and spirit so you can be happier and more at ease. In addition, with EMDR*, AF-EMDR**, and Brainspotting (powerful evidence based techniques) we utilize your brain's natural ability to heal, transforming ingrained patterns in your body and mind. When we teach your brain, body and emotions to work together in new ways, you can get free from painful life experiences that keep you stuck in the same negative patterns. We can even change your brain to transform your experience of chronic pain and headaches.
As your therapeutic ally, I offer a supportive, warm presence so you can explore your difficulties, feel heard, and imagine new possibilities. I'll help you discover (or rediscover) your strengths. I'll also help you gain simple yet powerful tools to live a more vibrant joyful life.
I'd like to help you get back in touch with the joys of being alive.
People Are Saying...
"Alissa creates a safe space and projects warmth, caring & openness." S.B., Actor & Teacher, Berkeley, CA
"I always feel that Alissa's attention is fully present with me. She has a genuine interest in hearing my concerns." L.L., Nurse, Novato, CA
"That felt magical!" E.M., Jeweler & Artist, Oakland, CA
* Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
** Attachment-Focused Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Why Choose a Holistic Approach?
Your stress response affects all your body systems. 70 - 90 % of doctor visits are stress-related (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists). Many people under stress feel disconnected from their bodies until they start to feel some form of pain or discomfort.
Therapies that don't include connecting with the body are missing out! A highly trained practitioner in body-mind and holistic approaches, I offer Somatic Psychotherapy, Mindful Bodywork, EMDR*, AF-EMDR**, and Brainspotting to help you reconnect with yourself and get support so you can make the changes you want to make.
"Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place." ~Rumi