- Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Psychology
I help clients transform patterns; increase tolerance for uncertainty and fear; cultivate self-compassion; and deepen in relationship.
I believe that we suffer because of the world, culture, and systems in which we live, not because we are broken. At best these systems around us mean well but often don’t support us in the ways we need; at worst, they oppress, violate and even kill us. To survive, we must adapt. At creation, our adaptations are brilliant, but often we outgrow them, or they control us. These adaptations may impact you through chronic anxiety, symptoms of depression, a fierce inner critic, loneliness, or shame.
- Pandemic-related depression, isolation, or overwhelm
- Grief and loss
- Anxiety, including social anxiety
- Self-doubt, insecurity, perfectionism, inner critic
- Struggling with the day-to-day, desiring increased coping skills
- Difficulty in intimate relationships
- White folks addressing systemic racism, internalized white supremacy and white fragility
- Burnout, career or otherwise
- Persons recovering from traumatic experiences
I studied somatic psychotherapy at California Institute of Integral Studies. I have since had experience working with an array of issues from managing general emotional wellbeing to more severe and often chronic mental health conditions such as thoughts about suicide, depression, anxiety, and Borderline Personality Disorder. I have facilitated Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills groups and bring that knowledge and skill into my work.
Before studying psychotherapy, I worked in both the tech and nonprofit fields, eventually hitting a place of profound burnout that impacted my body, energy, and life. This experience has given me an understanding of finding fulfillment and purpose through work as well as the often-excessive demands placed on workers in U.S. society, especially in the Bay Area.
In a culture that prizes intellectualization, productivity, and perfectionism, I invite space for intuitive, somatic and creative knowledge; rest and spaciousness; and delighting in being (a work) in process.
I work somatically using the body, its cues, and its wisdom to help clients process pain and grief and connect back to themselves and a place of safety within. Working somatically supports regulation of the nervous system, the system that is responsible for feelings of safety or fight/flight.
I also work relationally, using the therapeutic relationship to help clients understand how it is to be in relationship and to experience new ways of being in relationship that can translate to outside the therapy room.
I am heart-centered and direct. I aspire to rock the boat in an intentional, caring way. I love laughter in therapy and relishing in the calm and feeling good places; it doesn’t have to be painful, hard work to be therapeutic.
- Youth: 12-18
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- First Responders
- Persons Experiencing Grief and Loss
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Experiential Therapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Somatic Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
Internal Family Systems
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Telehealth only during COVID-19 pandemic. Based in San Francisco, CA, and can see clients throughout CA via telehealth
- Tuesday Afternoon
- Tuesday Evening
- Thursday Afternoon
- Friday Morning
- Friday Afternoon
- Friday Evening
If you think I might be a good fit for you, please call (415) 226-9356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to setup a free 20-minute consultation to speak about working together.
Ludmila Cantamissa, LMFT 37803