What has prepared me to support you on your healing path?
Hello, I'm Nathan.
I am a CA Licensed Somatic Psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples and teens to explore what is holding them back so they can live a more easeful and fulfilling life. My style is warm and nonjudgmental, challenging and compassionate, analytical and intuitive.
I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. My Somatic Psychotherapy approach is influenced by Depth Psychotherapy, Hakomi, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Gestalt, Formative Psychology, Dance Therapy and Relational Therapy. Currently, I am studying, practicing and consulting with Peter Wright, MFT on evolutionary dynamics and the principles of Formative Psychology®, developed by Stanley Keleman.
I have worked in numerous settings as a therapist, coach and mentor. I was a psychotherapist intern serving adults, adolescents and couples at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy and the Liberation Institute in San Francisco, CA; a substance abuse counselor at the Bay Area Addiction and Research Association; a Therapeutic Behavioral Coach for Adolescents at Youth Homes, Inc. in Pleasant Hill, CA and a Psychotherapist for School Aged Children and their Families with A Better Way, Inc. in Oakland, CA. I have more than a decade of experience working with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
I moved to California from Shanghai, China where I worked for 8 years as a Marketing Professional and cultural bridge for several American corporations including Gibson Guitar Corporation and Panasonic Electronics Company. Prior to this career, I worked as a touring musician and Artist tour manager. The arts, the wisdom of the body and a respect for and practice of social activism inform my practice of psychotherapy. I am a dedicated meditator, dancer and yoga practitioner and have served as a workshop trainer for STAND- White Men for Racial, Gender and Economic Justice.
Education and Training:
CA Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT #98909
MA in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Somatic Psychology, CIIS
BA in Communication Studies and Asian Studies, Northwestern University
Alliant Certified Yoga Teacher (10+ years)
Initiated Member Of the Mankind Project
Ongoing Formative Psychology training (1+ year)
Developmental and Attachment Psychology group with Dr. Steven Seligman (1 year)
Completed foundational Trainings in Hakomi and Somatic Experiencing
My background as a Somatic Psychotherapist is heavily influenced by Yoga, Men's Work, Formative Psychology and Depth Psychology.