"One of the most important things you can do for someone is hear them." -Koshin Paley Ellison
I feel honored to have the opportunity
to listen to people in a way that supports them in relating to themselves and others with more awareness, compassion,
connection, and choice.
working closely with people on their healing journeys over the past
decade, I have a profound respect for the unique growth process of each
individual. I enjoy creating a safe space for us to look together at
whatever is arising for you so that you can connect more deeply with all
parts of yourself and discover the wealth of resources that lives within
you. It has been my experience that this compassionate exploration
allows people to develop a more loving and trusting relationship with
themselves and others and that with increased awareness and
self-acceptance comes deep healing and transformation.
Specialties & Approach
I specialize in helping adults live more authentic and empowered lives. I have a passion for supporting people in developing self-compassion, which is a way of relating to your inner experience with love and acceptance. I write about this more extensively on my other website: www.BefriendingOurselves.com and encourage you to check out the many resources there.
addition to my ongoing training in various schools of
psychotherapy, I have been a practitioner of mindfulness
meditation since 2001. (Click here to learn more about mindfulness practices.) I enjoy incorporating mindfulness-based
interventions into my work with people to help foster awareness and
acceptance, which, from my perspective, are the foundations for lasting
I also practice and teach Nonviolent Communication (NVC),
a process developed by a psychologist and international peacemaker named Marshall
Rosenberg. NVC posits that all human beings have the same universal needs and
these needs are beautiful expressions of our shared humanity. By
becoming more aware of our feelings and the needs they point to, we can
learn to communicate in ways that not only help us get our needs met,
but also foster more fulfilling connections with those around us. It is a tool that I find to be incredibly powerful for transforming inner conflicts as well as conflicts with others. However, I find that NVC is much more than a
communication tool: it is a way of viewing ourselves and others from a compassionate
lens, and this empathic perspective is central to my approach.
am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, registered with the
California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Lic. No. MFC 44090). I hold a
Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute
of Integral Studies (CIIS) and participate in ongoing continuing education. I am a clinical member of the California
Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (SF & East Bay
Chapters), California Therapists for Marriage Equality, the
Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS), and an associate clinical member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). I am also a graduate of the 2010 BayNVC Immersion Program and an assistant trainer in the 2011 BayNVC Immersion Program.
Check out my other website -- Befriending Ourselves: Resources for Inner Peace & Compassionate Self-Care--for some instant support and inspiration!
Ali Miller, MFT (415) 820-1433 email@example.com
1480 Church Street, San Francisco, CA 94131 & 1600 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 200, Berkeley, CA 94709