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Josie Levine, PhD
Sex: Female; mft 28557
2220 Mountain Blvd Ste. 240 Oakland 94611
510 524 1720
Fee scale: $180. Sliding scale. Credit/debit cards and some insurance accepted.
DESCRIPTION OF CLINICAL PRACTICE
Do you at times feel stuck, confused or unhappy?
Would you prefer to live with contentment...in harmony?
Integrating mindfulness with clinical expertise, I offer skills for adults and couples to help shift from difficult patterns to healthier ways.
Mindfulness is coming to know one's own mind, developing awareness of how we interpret our experiences.
Developing awareness brings many far-reaching benefits like decreasing mood swings, calming a
tendency to being over-reactive, minimizing worry or fear as anxiety and stresses lessen.
Discomfort or suffering is held in the mind, hence "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional!"
It's humbling to witness clients attain greater peace and acceptance of their circumstances, cultivating a healthy mindset and wiseheart.
I have found mindfulness to be the most effective agent of change. I work with adults, and couples of any orientation, ethnicity,
religion and culture. Many clients have mentioned appreciated my warm, interactive, direct and at times humorous style during
25 years of private practice.
Drawn to Buddhism in my teens, I first learned meditation from Dr. Rina Sircar in 1988. I've had a daily sitting practice since the mid 90's, typically sitting 1 or 2 residential retreats annually of up to 3 weeks duration. I participated in a two year long Dedicated Practitioners Program for senior students through Spirit Rock. I'm also a Practice Guide for their e-Sangha. Groups that have informed my work have been James Baraz' "Awakening Joy". Currently I facilitate a "Year To Live Group" based upon Stephen Levine's book.
I blog about utilizing mindfulness for behavioral change and coping with chronic illness at http://mindfullymanagingdiabetes.com. I also offer coaching for diabetes related behavioral change http://mindfullymanagingdiabetes.com/coaching
RELEVANT CLINICAL TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, 1993, California Institute of Integral Studies, SF. Doctoral internships completed at C.G. Jung Institute, SF, and UCSF Mt. Zion specializing with AIDS patients. Many workshops attended focusing on neurobiology and mindfulness research.