Vipassana Therapists Directory

Nicole Arkin, MA
Sex: Female; MFT #46185
3852 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland CA 94611
Fee scale: $140. (sliding scale available)


I provide individual psychotherapy services to children, teens and adults in my
private practice in Oakland melding psychodynamic and relational approaches with
mindfulness as well as intentions related to the brahamaviharas, particularly toward
the cultivation of compassion toward oneself and others. I am especially drawn
toward working with girls and young women as well as people who describe
themselves as sensitive and even shy. In addition, many of those I work with
also struggle with negative self-judgment and shame, and are in the process of
moving toward caring for and cherishing themselves. I also have a background in
expressive arts and value the creative and imaginative aspects of therapeutic work.
Finally, I take issues related to oppression seriously and very much welcome those
from all walks of life into my practice, including those that feel between cultures.


I began meditating 10 years ago after a daylong retreat at Spirit Rock moved me
to begin practicing regularly. From there I ventured to a 10 day retreat in
Vipassana meditation followed by three 8 day retreats, including one on metta
(loving-kindness) and one focused on meditation and yoga. I am especially drawn
now toward the development of the brahmaviharas (loving kindness, compassion,
sympathetic joy and equanimity) in everyday life.
More particularly, I am deeply drawn to the cultivation of compassion for ourselves
and others.
My most recent piece of writing is entitled, The Necessity of Self Compassion in the
Therapeutic Process, which can be found on my website.


Over the last fifteen years I have acquired a diverse array of experience as a
therapist for which I am very grateful, ranging from working with adults with severe
mental illnesses, to middle school students, to children, youth and families in foster
care, and to a variety of children, teens and adults in my private practice. I obtained
my Masters of Arts (MA) degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in the
expressive arts in 2002, got licensed as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in
2008 and since, have obtained two years of additional and intensive training at the
Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in order to
become more adept at working longer term and more deeply with clients. I
completed over two years of working as a supervisor for psychotherapist interns,
facilitate training groups in expressive arts therapy and am currently a part of a
weekly consultation group which is oriented toward Jungian depth psychotherapy.