Enna Ruth O'Donnell
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology
In order to facilitate your healing, we will have real conversations about you and your life—the kind of conversations that sing in your heart and mind and take you to places you never expected.
My approach includes giving you space, security, and encouragement to explore your past and the deeper parts of the mind that may be driving your day-to-day decisions. We will look at what’s bothering you and find a way forward. Through deep listening, I help make sense of inner disturbances that are creating outer conflicts in your life. As you overcome anxieties and unhealthy expectations, you will discover your own alive and authentic self as well as identify and organize turbulent feelings, clarifying your expectations. We will work toward resolving old wounds and developing new ways of thinking as you disentangle from your struggles. Your interest in new skills and knowledge will be the starting point for further growth as you find a way to live life as yourself, free, open, and self-accepting.
My work is informed by a lifelong passion for and commitment to human development. Mindfulness-based stress reduction, meditation, and spiritual practices are important to me both personally and professionally and I am committed to both practicing and pursuing further training in these areas. These practices deepen my own personal growth and development work as well as my work with clients.
I come to psychotherapy with a background in business, arts, and teaching as well as parenting and being a family caretaker. I have master’s degree in integral counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and have taken advanced training in couples counseling, anxiety, depression, and trauma-informed care. I am trained in the Gottman therapy method. I also teach classes at Kaiser Permanente on couples communication, understanding anxiety, and depression management.
My approach is based on a wide range of techniques. I can focus on the deep stuff, like exploring what brings purpose and meaning to your life. My work is relational and holistic, focusing on how relationships shape your life and how you can create stronger and more fulfilling ones, too. I also take into consideration what’s happening in the brain, your personality traits and characteristics, and cognitive behavioral (CBT) therapeutic interventions that support deepened therapeutic processes.
I provide high-level clinical skills supported by the pillars of care, empathy, and understanding. I am dedicated to helping clients integrate their therapeutic growth into their life experience well beyond the therapy sessions and many years into the future. I deeply value authenticity, creativity, and connection and hope these personal values contribute to the wellbeing of my clients’ lives as well.
- Young Adult: 18-25
- Adults: 25-65
- Seniors: 65+
- Premarital Couples
- Interfaith Couples
- LGBTQIAA+ persons
- Persons Recovering from Domestic Violence
- Persons Recovering from Traumatic Events/Experiences
- Persons Struggling with/Recovering from Addiction
- Persons with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Persons with Histories of Physical or Emotional Abuse
Parents of LGBTQIAA+ Persons
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy
Gottman Level II Training
In addition to working with individuals and couples, I work with families, including parent and child as well as sibling relationships. I also work extensively with people in 12-step recovery programs, aligning the therapeutic process with recovery work as needed.
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1801 Bush Street, Suite 300A, San Francisco, CA 94109
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Please contact me by phone or email for an initial consultation at (415) 553-5433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nathalie Paven, LCSW 16996