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Conversations with Clinicians: Colette Mercier

Offerings, Recommendations, Inspirations               Where is your office located? City and neighborhood? Lower Pacific Heights, San. Soon I will be opening an office soon in the North Bay. What is your therapeutic orientation? My work is relational, attachment and trauma informed, influenced heavily by Hakomi (a body centered mindfulness approach). I find that somatic...[ read more ]

Healing From Relational Trauma

Trauma and Relationships The concept of trauma was once limited to traumatic effects that could be directly associated with a stressor or series of stressors.  For example, people who had been in an accident or had undergone the trauma of war might suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  But our increased understanding of trauma has brought with it the insight that...[ read more ]

Conversations with Clinicians: Connor Moss

Offerings, Recommendations, Inspirations                                         Where is your office located?  Hayes Valley (SF), and Rockridge (Oakland) What is your therapeutic orientation? I am an integrative therapist and will tailor a specific approach for each individual client, utilizing Mindfulness, CBT, Gestalt, Somatic, Hakomi,...[ read more ]

Navigating Coverage and Reimbursement for Therapy

Let’s be real -insurance is confusing, and trying to figure out if your therapy sessions will be covered while you’re in a time of need can be overwhelming! We’ve created this short guide to demystify what each option means for mental health coverage in a clear and digestible way. Whether you have No Benefits, HSA / FSA, PPO / POS,...[ read more ]

The Effects of Having an Alcoholic Parent

Childhood is a time when we are learning about the world and coming to understand our role in it. It’s difficult enough to do this even under the best of circumstances.  If alcoholism is part of the family dynamic, the chaos and unreliability that typically follow impact our ability to do so successfully. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, such...[ read more ]

Growing Up with a Narcissistic Parent

Do you worry that you grew up with a narcissistic parent?  Do you consistently feel minimized or devalued when you are with a parent?  Do you have a deep worry that you’ll never be good enough in their eyes?  This article talks about the effects of narcissism and what it means to be narcissistic.  It also talks about how change...[ read more ]

Attachment Theory: Understanding Your Needs in Relationship Part 1

Attachment Theory Are you familiar with attachment theory?  With books such as Attached coming out, this theory is being spoken about in popular culture more and more.  Since the late 1960s, attachment theory has come to be the bedrock idea of how we view child-rearing in the United States.  We are coming to appreciate that the environment in which we...[ read more ]

Attachment Theory: Understanding Your Needs in Relationship Part 2

The “Strange Situation” and Types of Attachment Our understanding of the types of attachment comes in large part from a series of experiments known as the “Strange Situation.”  In the Strange Situation, researchers observed an infant in the presence of a caregiver and a stranger in an environment unfamiliar to the infant.  The caregiver and the stranger came and went...[ read more ]

Accessing Affordable Mental Healthcare in the Bay Area

Self-Massage as Emotional Regulation

We hear more and more about mindfulness as a way of staying present and regulating emotion.  But finding an inviting way to connect to your own body can be a great tool to add to your toolbox.  Staying connected to our bodies can help us maintain calm, move away from distracting thoughts, and feel good. Self-massage can be a great...[ read more ]