- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Integral Counseling Psychology
Do you feel like you are watching your life from the outside? Are you used to feeling “lost” in your relationships? Have you notice yourself trying to please others to the detriment of yourself? Does doing all the things you are “supposed to do” feel dissatisfying? Has a great loss pushed everything you thought you knew out the window? Are you wondering, “Who am I?”
Together we will explore any and all of the questions that brought you to therapy. I believe that you have an innate ability to answer these questions and that it is my honor to facilitate your process of self-discovery and healing. We will embark on this journey with curiosity, awareness, and authenticity. I will support you in developing empathy and compassion for all parts of yourself, especially the parts that you may have hidden away from yourself or disconnected from, the ones that feel shameful, scary, or overwhelming. Through cultivating love and acceptance for your entire experience without judgment, new possibilities and more choices will reveal themselves.
Some of my identities include being a cisgender, heterosexual, white woman. I am both a teacher and student, daughter and sister, friend and therapist, spiritual being and skeptic. I celebrate, honor, and want to work with clients who don’t necessarily share my identities. I have embarked on a deep exploration both personally and professionally around my own whiteness and privilege and am committed to supporting anti-racist work and dismantling white supremacy.
I work intuitively, drawing from my toolbox the technique that best fits the need of my client in the present moment. I am curious about how each of my clients experience the world and I work holistically, attending to not only their psychological experience, but also their physical, emotional, and spiritual experiences.
My faith in the process of psychotherapy is rooted in my personal experience of participating in my own therapy and undergoing my own ongoing internal transformation. I have developed my own practices in mindfulness and meditation and have integrated them into my daily life.
I have a master of arts degree in integral counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I counseled individuals at Church Street Integral Counseling Center where I received extensive training in gestalt therapy. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I was an elementary school teacher for 13+ years, so I have experience working with children, parents, and educators.
My style is rooted in awareness, particularly the body-mind connection. I find that my clients come to therapy wanting a different experience from the one they are currently having, bringing with them a wide range of concerns or issues that they want to work on. My intent is to provide a nonjudgmental and empathic space to support my clients in the courageous act of discovering who they really are. I see myself as both a witness and co-creator of the client’s therapeutic experience, walking with my clients on the path to self-discovery. What this looks like in each session varies, but it may include awareness and mindfulness practices, parts work, talk therapy, somatic-based explorations, or experiential experiments. I provide lots of space for my clients to explore their experience while also actively engaging in the process with my clients.
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- First Responders
- LGBTQIAA+ persons
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons Struggling with/Recovering from Addiction
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
- Spiritual Seekers/Practitioners
White privilege/fragility exploration with the goal of disrupting white supremacy culture
- Experiential Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Somatic Experiencing
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
- Credit Card
Individual $150/50 minutes, Couples $210/75 minutes, Groups - Variable Rates
Telehealth (Then in San Francisco once the COVID-19 pandemic is safely resolved)
- Monday Afternoon
- Monday Evening
- Tuesday Afternoon
- Tuesday Evening
- Wednesday Afternoon
- Wednesday Evening
- Thursday Afternoon
Please call or visit my website to schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation.
Anna Benassi, LMFT 96595 and Rawna Romero, LMFT 41466