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Ellie Waxman, MA
Sex: Female; MFT 17160
6097 Claremont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
Fee scale: Sliding scale
DESCRIPTION OF CLINICAL PRACTICE
I work with individuals and couples in an interactive, direct, empathic way, using warmth and humor to develop a strong connection and safe environment that are the foundations of our work. I combine relational and somatic therapies with Buddhist psychological approaches to work towards integrating the mind, body, emotions and spirit. I find that combining these modalities gives us many ways to learn more about your needs and desires and what may be in the way of fulfilling them. Through developing a compassionate and accepting attitude towards yourself and others, it becomes possible to look deeply at the patterns and behaviors that may be limiting you and causing you pain. With that self-awareness, it becomes possible to look beneath the stories and see things as they are. As the Buddha taught, that is the way out of suffering. I particularly draw upon the practices of radical acceptance, loving kindness, generosity, forgiveness, and mindfulness of the present moment and find them helpful for both individual and couples work. As you move beyond painful experiences, you can develop the capacity for closer and more fulfilling relationships, the opportunity for more satisfying work and creative experiences, and the capacity for more joy and aliveness. I do both long-term in-depth work and brief work focused on insight and solutions. I love my work and put my heart, my knowledge, and over 35 years of experience into doing it well.
I have been studying Buddhism since the mid-1970s and began Vipassana practice in 1985. My practices include daily mindfulness practice, metta (loving kindness) practice, a regular sitting and study sangha, and attendance at daylong, 5-day and 10-day retreats. Teachers who have especially influenced me are Tara Brach, Kamala Masters, Steve Armstrong, Arinna Weismann, Sylvia Boorstein, Jack Kornfield, and Pema Chodron.
RELEVANT CLINICAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
I received my masters in counseling/psychology at California State University, Hayward, and have been licensed as a marriage family therapist since 1982. Before that, I was a teacher and counselor at Fairfield High School. Since receiving my masters, I have pursued advanced training which includes relational psychodynamic therapy, couples therapy, somatic bodywork, transpersonal therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, and Emotional Freedom Technique.