HI, I'M ALI MILLER.
I specialize in helping people who are struggling in relationships live more
This passion came directly out of my honors thesis, which focused on alienation and responses to it. If you'd like to learn more about my thoughts on capitalism, alienation, and mental health, stay tuned. I'm writing my Treatise on Mental Health and will post it soon.
I do this work because I love supporting people and because I believe our world needs more connection and more people who are in touch with themselves and their power. Therapy is a countercultural act, a way of resisting the pressures to conform, isolate, and go along with the status quo.
As we reclaim our lives, we change the world.
I am a warm, radically accepting, empathic facilitator of healing, with lots of training in three transformative practices: Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, and self-compassion.
My work is informed by a perspective that humans are basically "good," we make sense, and that everything we do and say is an attempt to meet one or more beautiful, universal human needs.
I will see you as whole, even if you feel broken, and I will support you in making changes from a place of self-compassion rather than self-criticism.
I want to accompany you on your path. You don't need to suffer alone.
PRIMARY INFLUENCES AND FOUNDATIONS
The foundation of my work is what humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers called a person-centered approach. I love this approach for many reasons, but first and foremost it's because it is radically respectful of people in general, and clients in therapy in particular. It is rooted in a non-pathologizing, trusting view of human beings, which lends itself to a non-judgmental, compassionate, open-hearted, authentic therapeutic relationship.
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.
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:
- 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;
- everybody's needs matter.
NVC is a radically non-pathologizing approach to healing and transformation. It is the most compassionate approach to understanding human feelings and behavior that I have come across, which is one of the reasons I love it so much. It's the practice I'm most committed to in my life, and it is integral to my therapeutic work.
MINDFULNESS AND BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY
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
acceptance, and compassion, which, from my perspective, are the foundations for lasting
change. I am a Guiding Teacher of Mindful Communication through an organization called Mindful Schools.
EDUCATION: I have been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2006, registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (MFT 44090). I earned a Master's Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), which emphasized an integration of western psychology and eastern philosophy/spirituality. In undergrad I focused on studying alienation and social change.
EXPERIENCE: I have been a therapist since seeing my first client in 2002, and since then have worked in various settings including community mental health, addiction treatment, junior high & high school, clinical research, and writing training materials for other therapists.
In addition to being a therapist, I also teach Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to therapists, educators, and in various community settings.
I joyfully put up my shingle in private practice in 2007, and have been honored to support a diverse range of people since then. This is my life's work, and I put my heart and soul into each step of the way, especially each encounter with people who are seeking my help.
I warmly welcome the opportunity to support you.
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
Ali@AliMillerMFT.com to get started on your journey to an authentic, empowered, and connected life.
Ali Miller, MFT
(415) 820-1433 email@example.com
1600 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 200, Berkeley, CA 94709
Providing person-centered psychotherapy, couples counseling, women's groups, & NVC training and consultation
in the San Francisco Bay Area
Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, East Bay, Berkeley, Orinda, San Francisco