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Integral psychotherapy in San Francisco


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Integral psychotherapy in San Francisco


Therapy makes life better. It does so in a number of ways—some concrete and measurable, some a little less tangible and a little more magical. As a therapist, I am an ally and co-conspirator, helping clients cultivate more freedom, aliveness, intimacy, and joy in everyday life.

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Therapy


 

“We become free by transforming ourselves from unaware victims of the past into responsible individuals in the present, who are aware of our past and are thus able to live with it.” ―Alice Miller

 

Therapy


 

“We become free by transforming ourselves from unaware victims of the past into responsible individuals in the present, who are aware of our past and are thus able to live with it.” ―Alice Miller

 

PSYCHOtherapy

Where would you like to start?

Some people come in with very clear ideas of what they want from therapy—whether it’s confronting anxiety, finding a better job, or getting more from a stalled relationship. We work with the internal and external forces that are keeping them stuck, building the needed self-support to move into a new phase. Other clients arrive with a more generalized state of existential discomfort or depression, grappling with questions about why we’re here, where to find meaning in life, a sense of cosmic isolation, or fear of mortality. Together we explore those extraordinary and unanswerable questions, while honestly confronting and integrating the scared, anxious, optimistic, or joyful parts we encounter along the way. Combining the principles of relational Gestalt, existential psychotherapy, attachment theory, and Yogic philosophy, I collaborate with individual clients to get exactly what they need from therapy. 

My practice is explicitly inclusive: I have successfully worked with clients of various ages, races, sexual orientations, religions, and gender identities. Guided by core gestalt values of curiosity and the appreciation of differences, I strive to create an open and inviting environment for all kinds of people, confronting all kinds of issues.

Particular areas of interest, experience, and focus include:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression (both acute and low-level)

  • Fear of intimacy or commitment

  • Emerging adulthood

  • Working with the inner critic

  • Relationship conflicts and attachment issues

  • Setting (and sticking to) boundaries

  • Belonging and sense of place

  • Racial identity

  • Early recovery

  • Co-dependency

  • Life transitions (marriage, jobs, moves, babies, loss)

  • Spiritual and existential crises

  • ADD and ADHD in adulthood

  • Working with creativity and creative process

  • Conflict avoidance

  • Negative self-image

  • The search for meaning in everyday life


Sessions

Therapy sessions are 50 minutes, generally weekly (double sessions, every-other-week sessions, or other arrangements are available as clinically appropriate). I have offices in Noe Valley and in the Flood Building in downtown San Francisco.

My fee per session is $160. I can accept cash or credit or FSA cards.

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Groups


 

“Members of a cohesive group feel warmth and comfort in the group and a sense of belongingness; they value the group and feel in turn that they are valued, accepted, and supported by other members.”  ―Irvin D. Yalom

 

Groups


 

“Members of a cohesive group feel warmth and comfort in the group and a sense of belongingness; they value the group and feel in turn that they are valued, accepted, and supported by other members.”  ―Irvin D. Yalom

 

Group Therapy

Therapy groups are a rare and beautiful thing: a chance to connect with others in a profoundly safe, yet intimate way. Within this supportive context, members’ emotional vulnerability, curiosity, and joy are able to emerge. My groups use a combination of structured exercises and open-ended exploration to facilitate self-inquiry and interpersonal process. My current group, for women in their mid-20s to mid-30s, is ongoing, with an initial six-month commitment and new members are welcomed every six months.


Current Groups

While I have no current groups running, I will likely assemble one at some point in 2018. Feel free to reach out to learn more about group therapy with me.  


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About Me


 

As a therapist, my role is one of support for your personal psychological unfolding and self-inquiry. It’s a role I take very seriously—and with humor, curiosity, and a sense of infinite potential.

 

About Me


 

As a therapist, my role is one of support for your personal psychological unfolding and self-inquiry. It’s a role I take very seriously—and with humor, curiosity, and a sense of infinite potential.

 

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Emily Fasten
(MFT LIC#97098)

I have masters degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), am a certified yoga instructor, and have worked for more than 15 years as an editorial and marketing professional in a variety of corporate settings. I have spent time at the Esalen Institute, sat retreats at Spirit Rock, and have a committed Vinyasa yoga practice. I am personally inspired by the creative and aspirational aspects of the human potential movement and the psycho-spiritual influences of CIIS and yoga. I effectively balance this humanistic world view with a direct, pragmatic, responsive approach to life and work, cultivated by my extensive professional experience (and East Coast upbringing).

Trained in the lineage of gestalt, I hold the values of self-responsibility, authenticity, difference, and freedom in the highest esteem. I’m fiercely protective of our rights and capacities as humans to be honest—in the here and now—about our experience; to be in self-aware intimate relationships with others; and to cultivate a sense of joy, aliveness, and humor in everyday life. This is what I want for my clients, myself, and, really, all people everywhere.

 


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Resources


Resources


RESOURCES

The following are some Northern California resources that can help support self-inquiry and mental-emotional health.


Mental Health

THE TALK LINE

The TALK Line is a 24-hour hotline for parents (with children under 18) to call for any reason. They also have a play room with drop-in groups and counseling. It’s a wonderful organization and great resource for parents.  

415.441.5437


Intergral Counseling Centers

These low-fee therapy clinics are run by the California Institute of Integral Studies and staffed by CIIS practicum students and interns. If my fee scale is beyond your current means, an ICC might be a good fit.


Education

California Institute of Integral Studies Public Programs

CIIS not only has undergrad and graduate degree programs, their public offerings are diverse and inspiring.

 


The Enneagram Institute

Learn your personality type and gain insight from this deep and fascinating system.


Retreats and Workshops

These Northern California centers are located in beautiful places and offer many day-long and residential opportunities for a wide range of psycho-spiritual exploration.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

5000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Woodacre, CA, in Marin County
Phone (415) 488-0164  •  Fax (415) 488-1025
Email: srmc@spiritrock.org

 


The Esalen Institute

55000 Highway 1
Big Sur, CA, 93920


Tassajara

Ventana Wilderness
Southeast of Carmel, CA
Reservations via website or 1-888-743-9362 (toll-free) 415-475-9362 (local)
Reservations for day visits: 831-659-2229


GREEN GULCH FARM ZEN CENTER

1601 Shoreline Highway
Muir Beach, CA
To register for an event at Green Gulch Farm, call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.


San Francisco Meditation Classes

If you’re looking to deepen your meditation practice, here are some Bay Area classes and programs.

Bay Area Drop-In Insight Meditation Classes

Lists numerous sitting group around the Bay Area. Or for general inquiries:
Phone (415) 488-0164  •  Fax (415) 488-1025
Email: srmc@spiritrock.org

 


San Francisco Zen Center

300 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Registration for classes, workshops, retreats, events: Call our toll-free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.


Substance Abuse Recovery


Zen Center Recovery Group

San Francisco Zen Center
300 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.863.3136 | ccoffice@sfzc.org

Also meets at: 
Hartford Street Zen Center
57 Hartford Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

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Contact


Contact


GET IN TOUCH

Please call or email to set up a free phone consultation.

My psychotherapy offices are on 24th Street in Noe Valley, and in the Flood Building on Market Street, in downtown San Francisco.

Phone: 415.659.9952

You can email me using this form. (Please note that, due to the nature of email, I can't guarantee confidentiality. I use email for casual contact about scheduling, referrals, or general inquires, not to address deeper psychological material.)

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