Vipassana Therapists Directory

John Amodeo, PhD
Sex: Male; MFT #MFC14453
1368 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael 94901
1637 Irving St., San Francisco 94122
3121 Brush St. # 564, Graton 95444 (near Sebastopol)
(707) 829-8948
Fee scale: $150-$180 for 50-60 minutes


I help individuals and couples address important relationship issues and life concerns. Through a warm, engaging style, I create a safe place to explore issues and feelings so that you may move toward greater freedom, peace, and intimacy. Bringing a mindful, gentle awareness toward the subtle flow of inner experiencing allows a more gentle relationship with feelings and longings; these may then be expressed in a non-blaming, engaging ways that invite people toward us rather than push them away.
Authenticity is a key to trusting, intimate relationships, which rests upon being courageously authentic with ourselves--embracing genuine feelings and desires without being ashamed of them. I will help you express feelings and wants in your important relationships with an open heart and deal with hurts, shame, and broken trust in a way that deepens connection.


I have been practicing Vipassana since 1974, attending my first ten day retreat with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Sharon Salzberg in 1975. I was also a contributing editor and writer for Yoga Journal for ten years.


I am author of the award-winning book Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships, which integrates feelings and longings into spiritual practice, as well as the author of The Authentic Heart and Love & Betrayal. I have been a marriage and family therapist for 35 years, specializing in relationships and intimacy, grief and loss, and cultivating a psychologically healthy spiritual life. I co-authored a chapter with Dr. Sue Johnson, the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (EFT), on Buddhism and EFT in The Emotionally Focused Casebook. I have conducted workshops and lectured at universities internationally. I am also a Certified Focusing Trainer (see and have received training in Somatic Experiencing to heal trauma.