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Ali Miller, MA
Sex: Female; MFT #44090
1600 Shattuck Ave.#200, Berkeley, CA 94709
Fee scale: not specified
DESCRIPTION OF CLINICAL PRACTICE
I support adults in living more authentic, empowered, and connected lives through psychotherapy, couples counseling, women's therapy groups and communication coaching. My person-centered, humanistic, empathy-based approach integrates mindfulness/Buddhist psychology, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and self-compassion. At the heart of my approach is a deep respect for the uniqueness of each individual and a passion for accompanying them with compassion on each unique journey. In individual and group therapy, I specialize in working with people who tend to be their own worst critics, people with perfectionistic tendencies who struggle with self-acceptance, people with social anxiety, and people who tend to isolate and/or have difficulties forming and maintaining satisfying connections. In couples counseling, I help partners transform disconnection into connection, deepen intimacy, resolve conflicts and improve communication.
VIPASSANA MEDITATION EXPERIENCE
I was introduced to Vipassana meditation in 2001, when my classmate in therapy school, Noah Levine, invited me to a daylong retreat he was leading at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. From that day forward, I was hooked on the dharma. I was a devoted member of a weekly sitting group led by Howie Cohn for many years while living in SF, and have been on countless meditation retreats, mostly annually since 2001. I have had a daily mindfulness practice for about 17 years, for which I am deeply grateful.
RELEVANT CLINICAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
I've participated in several trainings on integrating Buddhist thought with western psychology, including a course in Buddhist Psychology by Kaisa Puhakka in graduate school at the California Institute of Integral Studies, a class in Buddhist psychology by Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock, and several Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy retreats, salons, and conferences. I am currently a Guiding Teacher for an online course called Mindful Communication, through the organization Mindful Schools. I also teach Nonviolent Communication to therapists, counselors, and others in the community. I have been a therapist since seeing my first client in 2002, and since then have worked in various settings including community mental health, substance abuse treatment, high school, and research. I got licensed to practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2006, and opened my private practice in 2007.