“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” –Anais Nin

 

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy can be described as the practice of healing past wounding in the present context, learning to take responsibility for one’s life and actions, and patterning new, authentic and healthy ways of moving through the world and being in relationship with self and others. 

 

I also understand 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. I utilize a present-centered and collaborative approach, and hold the belief that it is the safety and uniqueness of the clinical relationship, of feeling truly “seen” by another, that clients often find the most healing.

 

My intention is to bring hope, curiosity, stability, warmth and playfulness to the therapeutic process. I aspire to a practice that is not only heart-centered, but also hope-centered, holding the belief that a human being’s inclination is to move towards wholeness.

 

What does that actually look like?

Deciding to begin therapy is also deciding to make an investment in yourself and your life through a commitment to weekly sessions. I have found that therapy elicits the most impactful and long-lasting growth when scheduling is regular and consistent. Sometimes the urge to miss sessions or cease therapy may arise when the content becomes challenging or painful, but I encourage you to stick with it: this is often a sign that tremendous growth or relief is just around the corner.

 

While the duration of time you will remain in therapy is up to you, my goal to support you in building the tool kit necessary to leave therapy, when you are ready, fully equipped to take on future challenges independently. Sessions are 50 minutes, during which time I weave together talk therapy with additional techniques and modalities, including mindfulness, somatic (body) awareness and guided visualization to best support your process. Read more about my approach here

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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.