This donation-based, weekly event is intended to broaden access to those seeking inner resourcing and psychological healing from an Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach, which is a model that focuses on creating inner harmony. All are welcome who wish to deepen their inner healing.
Mindfulness practice is essential for therapists, to hold space and provide body-based
attunement and presence for clients, and to provide ourselves with ongoing self-care.
This supportive group will include time for meditation as well as discussion and readings with topics such as self-care, personal meditation practice, mindfulness-based client support and approaches, and any other topics important to the group, and will provide:
-Connection with others
-Support of ongoing regular meditation
-Discussion of mindfulness therapy-based
-Short guided meditations
-A place for self-care in the midst of your
-A caring, nurturing community!
I am honored to support your healing and growth in the next phase of your personal development. No matter where you are in your life journey and what challenges have brought you to therapy, I believe that you have the inner resources and wisdom to move forward and realize your goals and potential. I am here to provide a safe and nurturing place for you to explore your internal world, relationships and whole self as you move forward.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee currently completing the Master of Arts in Psychology – Holistic program at JFK University. I chose this program because I believe that growth depends on bringing together all aspects of who we are. We carry past wounds in our bodies and in the younger parts of ourselves that often did not have the words yet to make sense of our story. We can heal these parts of ourselves by paying attention to and accepting ourselves exactly where we are, and by using our creativity, imagination and higher selves to help navigate our inner world and change our everyday lives.
I offer a variety of tools and approaches based on what works for you and what fits you best. Some of the tools I’ve learned and have benefitted from personally include Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, narrative and writing, mindfulness, developmental trauma and attachment informed therapy, expressive arts therapy, movement, and ecopsychology. I work mainly with adults and young adults in life transition, bringing to my work over 20 years of experience in the field of corporate adult learning and development.
Congratulations on taking this next important step and may your journey bring you everything you need and want from life.
As a psychotherapist, I work on the level of the heart. I bring warmth, presence, deep empathy, and unconditional compassion to my clients. My work is grounded in mindfulness which allows us to open up to our experience with presence and compassion which supports change rather than judgment which keeps us stuck. I believe we have a natural capacity for growth, healing, and self-actualization which often gets blocked by our beliefs. I blend mindfulness based therapies such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Somatic Awareness with other evidence-based modalities such as Internal Family Systems and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. I also draw from Non-Violent Communication to teach effective communication skills.
What I love most about doing therapy is helping people find self-love and grow their self-worth. I’m passionate about providing an emotionally safe and physically comfortable space for people to connect with themselves and express their deepest truths. I feel a deep honor to be a compassionate witness, support, and guide through times of both darkness and light.
Deep within each of us lies powerful medicine. This drop-in group will help you to connect with the wholeness and dignity that is your birthright. With the use of various awareness practices in stillness and movement, we will open to the wisdom in our bones and practice touching each moment with all of our senses. As a community, we will call on our ancestors and the earth to support us in healing.
–Priya Nagesh is a yoga teacher, therapist, and Reiki practitioner based in Tiruvannamalai, India. She has over a decade’s experience using yoga therapy for a wide range of chronic and acute conditions. A variety of practices from Yoga, Reiki and Indian Thought are integrated into her personal practice, therapy, and group sessions.
-For the past 30 years, Jenn Biehn has taught Tai Chi Chih through accessible, easy-to-learn movements that emphasize soft continuity of motion. She loves embodying the heart qualities such as compassion, equanimity, generosity, gratitude as she practices the movements, grounding with mother earth. A certified instructor of Tai Chi Chih, Jenn teaches at the East Bay Meditation Center and Oakland Dimond Library.
–Vickie Chang is a Chinese-American psychologist based in Berkeley/Oakland. She will offer movement (tai chi/qi gong), meditation (vipassana, body scan, lovingkindness meditation), and other somatic practices she has found useful in her personal, individual, and group work.
*No one will be turned away for lack of funds.