Vipassana Therapists Directory

Alexandra (Ali) Joy Sideroff, MA
Sex: Female; MFT # 80244
1640 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
3120 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
415-944-7685

www.holistictherapyexplored.com
Fee scale: $175., inquire about sliding scale if needed

DESCRIPTION OF CLINICAL PRACTICE

It is difficult to articulate in words how I practice psychotherapy because my work is informed by the unique histories and personal needs of each client. During our sessions I will listen earnestly and strive to understand the core of your experience. In treating you as a whole person I am curious about many aspects of your life including the emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, sociocultural environment, and other spheres of influence. Therapy can forge channels that route back to your connection with your inner most values and meaning. What's needed to support this process varies though may include processing and healing the impacts of trauma and examining the veils of conditioning and surrendering irrelevant "shoulds". I bring a warm and non-judgemental presence and humor. I welcome straight and LGBTQ clientele and am versed in alternative relationship practices.

VIPASSANA/MEDITATION BACKGROUND

I have a long standing meditation practice that includes practice Vipassana and Nondual approaches. I have a deeply grounded presence aligned with the unfolding of the moment and aim to follow that as a guide rather than adhering to preconceptions of the mind. A subject of keen interest is how to navigate the intricacies of anxiety, depression and other difficult emotions through awareness practices. I teach meditation and mindfulness tools with clients who seek to grow those skills.

RELEVANT CLINICAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

MA in Counseling Psychology, concentration Expressive Arts Therapy. BA in Gender Studies.
Psychodynamic trainings incorporating mindfulness, transpersonal psychology, family systems and cognitive/behavioral approaches within a social justice framework.
Narrative Therapy training program.
Kundalini Yoga instructor.
Plant Spirit Healing Apprenticeship and other studies in Ecopsychology, Ethnobotany and herbalism.
EMDR trained
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping).