Empathy-and-Compassion-Based Psychotherapy for Adults
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Tired of never feeling "good enough"?
You want to be the best you can be, but trying to motivate
yourself through harsh self-judgment and relentless self-criticism
is leaving you stressed, disconnected, and exhausted. If you're
ready to try a more compassionate approach, you've come to the
What if I told you that you could achieve more of your goals if you were less hard on yourself?
Your goals matter, and I want to help you reach more of them, with less suffering. Research shows that people with self-compassion live healthier, more productive lives
than those who are self-critical.
I want to help you become gentler with yourself, because self-criticism is too painful, destructive, and ineffective.
And you have so much to offer this world.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
In our work together, I begin with a genuine interest in knowing you: not only what you're struggling with, but how it is for you to be struggling, what's important to you, and who you are as a whole person. I won't be analyzing you or trying to fix you - I will be offering my genuine human presence and putting on my most compassionate ears.
If you'd like, I will support you in developing a relationship with yourself based in genuine self-compassion. Self-compassion is a way of relating to yourself and all of your experiences with interest, care, and warmth, and is the foundation for inner peace and sustainable change.
One of my primary intentions when I’m working with you is to
create a safe, nonjudgmental space for all
of you -- “the good, the bad, and the ugly,” as they say.
I believe that we can
all benefit from having such a place to let down our guard, speak our truths,
and be received with empathy and compassionate understanding, particularly if we tend to be hard on ourselves.
Many people find that when they have consistent contact with someone who accepts them as they are, they start to grow in self-acceptance. It's like, "Well, if she accepts me as I am, maybe I can accept me as I am."
In addition to gaining support with
whatever challenges you are facing, you may benefit from this kind of psychotherapy if you want to:
self-acceptance, self-compassion, & self-trust
- Gain more
inner peace; spend less time stuck in inner conflict
- Experience more
harmony with others; spend less time stuck in outer conflict
- Better understand your values and how to structure your life in alignment
with what matters most to you
- Cultivate more
empathy towards yourself and others
- Experience more meaning and fulfillment
- Enjoy more
- Have more energy to enjoy life more fully.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." ~Carl Rogers
Call (415) 820-1433 or email me to set up a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation to find out how
individual therapy can help.
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Ali Miller, MFT
(415) 820-1433 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Offices near: Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, East Bay, Berkeley, Orinda, San Francisco