Vipassana Therapists Directory

Alexandra (Ali) Joy Sideroff, MA
Sex: Female; MFT # 80244
4112 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
2236 Derby Street, Berkeley, CA 94705
415-944-7685

www.holistictherapyexplored.com
Fee scale: $150., inquire about sliding scale if needed

DESCRIPTION OF CLINICAL PRACTICE

I have a genuine, loving and non-judgmental presence. I do not believe there are set standards we are supposed to meet, whereby you are faulted or broken for not approximating them. I am to help examine the conditioning that disconnects you from your true self. I provide a safe space to explore the depths of your feelings to reach greater understanding, increased tolerance of difficult experiences and overall peace. I'm interested in supporting your movement toward acceptance rather than aligning with the "shoulds" you feel you fall short of. though symptoms can be debilitating they often originated as coping mechanisms. Thus I don't immediately move toward throwing them out, but rather aim to understand and hold them with compassion, which can forge a path toward transformation, in conjunction with additional tools. I bring curiosity about the sociocultural context in which you are seated.

Specialties: Depression, anxiety, relationship, communication, gender, sexuality and grief/loss. I draw from Awareness/Mindfulness based approaches, Creative Arts Therapy, Narrative Therapy, somatic practices, and Existential and Humanistic Psychotherapy. I welcome straight and LGBTQQI youth, individual adults and couples.

VIPASSANA/MEDITATION BACKGROUND

I have an intensive retreat practice that encompasses Vipassana, Jewish meditation and Nondual approaches. I am passionate about bringing engagement with presence into all moments of life, rather than solely "on the cushion". I'm keenly interested in how to navigate the intricacies of anxiety, depression and other difficult emotions through awareness practices.

RELEVANT CLINICAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

MA in Counseling Psychology; BA in Gender Studies.
Psychodynamic trainings incorporating mindfulness, transpersonal psychology, family systems and cognitive/behavioral approaches with a social justice focus.
Narrative Therapy training.
Certified Kundalini Yoga instructor.
Advanced training in Plant Spirit and other ongoing courses in Ecopsychology, Ethnobotany and herbalism.