Ali Miller, MFT - Helping adults live more authentic, empowered & connected lives

Ali Miller, MFT
Ali Miller, MFT, provides women's groups, psychotherapy, and couples counseling in Berkeley, CAI am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (MFC 44090). I hold a Master's Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). I am also a practitioner and teacher of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). I have been working as a therapist with individuals, couples, and groups since 2002 and I participate regularly in continuing education, trainings, and personal growth work.

Specialties & Approach

I specialize in helping adults live more authentic, empowered, and connected lives. I have a passion for supporting people in developing self-compassion, which is a way of relating to your inner experience with warmth and kindness. I write about this more extensively on my blog and on the Self-Compassion Resources page. Check it out for some instant support and inspiration. 

The foundation of my work is what humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers called a person-centered approach. What this comes down to is that, while I have a lot of training and experience to share with you, I believe that ultimately you and only you are the expert on you. By holding you with respect and high regard, showing up as genuinely as I can, and focusing on empathically understanding what it's like for you to be you, we co-create a therapeutic relationship that is, in itself, a major part of the healing process. If you want to learn more about Carl Rogers' person-centered approach, there are some great videos for free on youtube.

Group Therapy
Some of the most healing experiences I have had in my personal life have happened in group settings, so I have a special love for group therapy. I started leading women’s therapy groups in 2003, and continue to be amazed and inspired by the simple truth that connection heals.  I participate in regular trainings on group therapy, and have completed the 12-hour Core Course in Group Therapy through the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society.  For more information on my current group offerings, please click on the Women’s Groups tab.

Mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology

In addition to my ongoing training in various schools of psychotherapy, I have been a practitioner of Buddhist mindfulness meditation (also called insight meditation) since 2001. I enjoy incorporating Buddhist psychology and mindfulness-based interventions into my work with people to help foster awareness and acceptance, which, from my perspective, are the foundations for lasting change. I am a Guiding Teacher of Mindful Communication through an organization called Mindful Schools. 

Nonviolent Communication

I am a practitioner and teacher of Nonviolent Communication (NVC),  a process developed by a psychologist and international peacemaker named Marshall Rosenberg. Four key NVC principles that inform my therapeutic approach are that all human beings have the same universal needs; everything we do or say is an attempt to meet needs; our feelings alert us to our needs; and everybody's needs matter.

NVC is an approach to life in general and healing in particular that I find to be incredibly powerful for transforming inner conflicts as well as conflicts with others. 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.

I write about NVC here on my blog and encourage you to learn more about my approach there. I also have been a cast member on a local television show called The Conflict Hotline, where we use NVC principles and tools to resolve various conflicts. Additionally, I collaborate with Newt Bailey, founder of the Communication Dojo, on various projects, including a forthcoming online course on how to have connected conversations to deepen intimacy and work through conflicts large and small. I also am a Guiding Teacher in the Mindful Communication course at Mindful Schools, as well as teaching NVC to therapists in the community.

There's only so much a website can do to convey who a person is, and I know how important it is to find a therapist who is a good fit. The best way to see if I'm the right therapist for you is to meet in person and see how it feels. Let's start with a free 15-minute phone consultation and see where it takes us. 

Call (415) 820-1433 or to get started on your journey to more inner peace and greater life satisfaction.

Ali Miller, MFT
(415) 820-1433
 1600 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 200, Berkeley, CA 94709

Providing psychotherapy, couples counseling, women's groups and consultation in the San Francisco Bay Area
Offices near: Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, East Bay, Berkeley, Orinda, San Francisco