Amy Ruben, MA
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #101160
As a therapist, I am warm, supportive, nurturing, and direct. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, the stresses of everyday life or the aftermath of trauma, we will focus on both alleviating your immediate sources of worry and distress and increase your sense of safety, security and well-being. As a holistically and somatically-oriented therapist, I believe it is important to integrate the mind, body and spirit in the process of psychotherapy so that deeper awareness and true change is possible. As we meet, I will offer you an opportunity to work experientially, as well as to share through talking. Whatever approach we employ, I hope you will leave each session feeling supported and accompanied in your journey. With my commitment
to social justice and feminism, I enjoy working with and welcome people of all
identities and backgrounds to my practice. I have many interests as a therapist, but feel a special affinity in helping individuals, couples and adolescents with the following:
How I Work: Relationship
I deeply value creativity and curiosity in the therapeutic process, and I approach therapy intuitively and relationally. I find it vital to foster a therapeutic relationship that is grounded in trust and honesty. Together, with curiosity and mindfulness, we will explore and uncover the patterns and beliefs that stand in the way of you living the life you desire. We will co-create a space where all parts of you are held with compassion. In this space, you will move towards what is so that you are able to greet and transform that which limits you.
How I Work: The Body
I have come to this work by way of the body. I believe the body holds immense wisdom
on a physical, emotional, spiritual, and transgenerational levels. Growing up, my
identity was tied to my athleticism as a runner. After undergoing four extensive surgeries to my knees as a teenager, my identity and my relationship to my body were shattered. I was told I could never run again. In addition to a loss of a cherished identity, I also began experiencing debilitating chronic pain. In my physical and emotional suffering, I found the mind-body practices of yoga, meditation and dance at the age of 18. Through these practices, and later through somatic psychotherapy, I began the long (and ongoing) journey of transforming my relationship to my pain and body. In your therapy, we will explore the language of your body to gain insight into parts of yourself previously kept in your subconscious or under muscular holding, tension or pain. I give primacy to the breath as our main life force and physical and psychological resource, thus I will work closely with your breath during a session. Depending on what feels right for you, I may incorporate breathwork, meditation, yoga poses, gentle movement, or therapeutic touch into our conversation-based sessions.
Ritual and Nature
In my healing process, I’ve found ritual and nature to be my greatest resources. Ritual
provides a powerful vehicle for personal transformation, providing invaluable opportunities for acknowledging yourself and others, grieving, releasing, grounding and setting boundaries. Nature reminds you of your bravery, connectedness, sacredness, and purpose. I find that using these principles in the therapeutic process helps you to feel in your body, release, and gain guidance and healing. Ritual and nature also inform how I hold a therapeutic relationship–with curiosity and a great honoring of all of who you are.
I received a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I am also a registered Yoga instructor, Reiki and body-work practitioner.
1904 Franklin St., Suite 703
Oakland, California 94612
419 30th St., Suite 4
Oakland, California 94609
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Child & Adolescent Therapy
I offer 50-minute sessions on a sliding scale from $120 – $75. Committed to seeing clients from a range of backgrounds, I also reserve several low-fee spots in my practice. We will determine your fee together on the phone before your first appointment.
Please call or email to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if we are a good fit for each other. I look forward to speaking with you.
Supervisor: Rawna Romero, LMFT #41466