Ayala Kalisher


Ayala Kalisher

AMFT 115859

(707) 536-1043

Physical Location
411 30th St. #412
Oakland CA 94609
United States of America


My approach is somatic, holistic and experiential. This means our work together is not just sitting and talking about what has been or how you want things to be. Working holistically means I recognize the connection between mind, body, spirit and environment. Working in any one of these realms means we’re working with all of them. Working somatically means will explore the wisdom of your body as a gateway to your emotions and the wealth of information about yourself that sometimes the mind can obscure.

All my work, whether with individuals or couples, based in Attachment Theory. Attachment Theory is a well-researched approach to understanding our lifelong development and relationships. We all develop strategies of getting our needs met early in life based on how available, absent and attuned our caregivers are. These early strategies create the blueprint for how we are in our adult relationships and the often unconscious strategies we use with those closest to us. Often what were useful strategies no longer serve us in our adult life and it is now time to learn new ways to move through the world.

Many people never get to see models of what a secure, functioning relationship can look like. Learning what it takes to truly be in one another’s care is a process, no matter what your individual attachment style is.

My work is informed by my training in Hakomi; a somatic and mindfulness approach to psychotherapy. In this approach, we get curious about your felt experience of the world and the ways in which your have organized your way of being to adapt to your experiences. We then explore how to create reparative healing experiences in the room together.

My work with couples is influenced by my training in PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Both approaches are attachment based and all about supporting you and your partner(s) in creating a secure, functioning relationship.

Practitioner Education & Credentials

Degree Title: Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Institution: Sonoma State University
Year Degree Earned or Expected: 2018
License Info: CA AMFT 115859
Supervisor Info: Sheila Addison, 49616 LMFT CA

My Groups

  • Alone Together: Dealing with Loneliness during Isolation

    Connection Teletherapy Group Weekly on Fridays via Zoom 6:30-8:00 pm Beginning on Friday 7/24/2020 through 8/28/2020 Participants must be over 18 $20 per meeting

  • Body Image Teletherapy Group

    Group will promote connection, self-acceptance and mindfulness skills. Weekly on Wednesdays via Zoom 6:00-7:30 pm Beginning on Wednesday 7/22/2020 through 8/26/2020 Participants must be over […]

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Practitioner Type
  • Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Couple
  • Distance/Video Treatment
  • Group
  • Individual
  • Hakomi Method
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Isolation
  • LGBTQIA+ Concerns
  • Mind-Body
  • Self-Confidence
Young Adults, Adults, Couples