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John Amodeo, PhD
Sex: Male; MFT #14453
1368 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael 94901
1637 Irving St., San Francisco 94122
3121 Brush St. # 564, Graton 95444 (near Sebastopol)
Fee scale: $150-$180 for 50-60 minutes
DESCRIPTION OF CLINICAL PRACTICE
How can we live a spiritual life that is emotionally healthy--not bypassing our feelings and human longings but engaging with them skillfully? Being free doesn't mean free from feelings, but being free to welcome our feelings without fear, shame, or aversion--and hearing what they might be trying to tell us. Meditation and mindfulness cultivate intimacy with ourselves, which connects us with others and life itself.
Through a warm and engaging style, I create a safe place to help individuals and coupes move toward greater freedom, peace, and intimacy. Bringing a gentle spacious awareness to the subtle flow of inner experiencing allows a more gentle relationship with feelings and longings, which leads to more equanimity an a greater ability to express our feelings in non-shaming ways that build trust and invite contact.
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.
RELEVANT CLINICAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
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 FocusingTherapy.org) and have received training in Somatic Experiencing to heal trauma. You can read my blog column on Psychology Today by going to: www.psychologytoday.com/blog/intimacy-path-toward-spirituality.
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 w ants in your important relationships with an open heart and deal with hurts, shame, and broken trust in a way that deepens connection.