Therapeutic Approach & Services

 

THIS BEING HUMAN IS A GUEST HOUSE...*

Therapy isn't a passive experience that happens "to" you, it's an active, ongoing relationship that you enter into with yourself and your therapist that requires a commitment and an investment of time, energy and resources. I get it- it can be scary to invest so much without seeing immediate payoff or reward- but welcoming that fear into the therapeutic process is part of the work. Through this dedication, I've witnessed clients undergo profound and lasting life changes during the course of our time together- that's the magic of creating time and space for yourself to be witnessed by someone that you trust.

I describe psychotherapy as an intimate, personal journey towards self-acceptance and self-understanding in the company of a non-judgmental, empathetic guide. As this guide, I seek to learn and fully understand who you are, what you believe, and how I might best be of support. In our time together, we'll look at what is (and is not) working in your life and pattern healthy, authentic ways of moving through the world, while building your capacity for feeling your feelings, resourcing self support and uncovering internal sources of relief.

I HAVE EXPERIENCE TREATING:

Depression and Anxiety spectrums

Stress/Overwhelm/Burnout

Attachment Trauma

Life transitions

Adjustment disorders

Social skills and difficulty with peers

Parenting concerns

Hyperactivity, impulsivity and attention management

Substance use/abuse and Harm Reduction strategies

Family systems, couples and relationship issues

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

THERAPEUTIC ORIENTATION:

Mindfulness Practices

Mindful Self-Compassion Practices

Integration of Mindy/Body/Spirit

Guided Imagery and Visualization

Systematic Relaxation

Somatic (Body) Awareness

Inclusion of Spiritual Beliefs

Expressive Arts

Additionally, my work incorporates theory and practice from my 15+ year yoga practice and training as a yoga teacher.

*The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.

Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

-Jellaludin Rumi,

translation by Coleman Barks

Professional Consultation

I also provide "à la carte" professional consultation sessions for clinicians and healing professionals looking to build or launch their private practices, incorporate holistic modalities, get “un-stuck” around blockages to professional growth, or increase their social media presence. Click here to learn more and to schedule. 

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Kathleen Dahlen MA, LMFT provides integral counseling in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. She specializes in working with women in the midst of transitional life phases, co-dependance, anxiety and alcoholic family systems. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #97659 in the state of California, serving clients locally in the Bay Area and online for international clients and clients residing elsewhere in California.