I’ve known my whole life that I wanted to help people feel better. As cliché as that may sound, it’s informed a lot of what I’ve done- from my formal education to the reading and discussions I get into in my spare time. I am constantly looking to improve my understanding of what helps people heal and grow.
As an undergrad, I was very interested in the healing power of creativity. I also recognized that healing has to take into account social justice and our embodied experience, leading me to blend these interested into an individualized major at the Gallatin School at New York University. My interest in yoga and yoga philosophy led me to explore further what embodied experience can offer to the therapy process. I received certifications in these fields and pursued a counseling degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies in the field of Somatic Psychology. Putting all of this training to use, I have practiced therapy at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy, Richmond Area Multi-Services and the Center for Mindful Psychotherapy before starting my private practice.
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, May 2013
Master of Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Somatic Psychology
New York University, New York City, May 2008
Bachelor of Arts, Individualized Studies, Magna Cum Laude
Concentration: The Creative Process (art therapy, trauma and gender studies)
Trainings and Conferences:
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory, 2017 (ongoing)
- Keeping Our Bodies in the Room Conference Study Group, 2017 (ongoing)
- Creating Healthy Attachment Styles with Drs. Sue Johnson and Dan Hughes, 2017 (ongoing)
- Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology Today Conference, 2016
Stephen Johnson’s Character Styles, Center for Somatic Psychotherapy, 2012
- Helping LGBT Youth and Their Families Navigate the Coming Out Process, Bay Area Therapists Specializing in Adolescents, 2012
- Integrative Restoration, Level 1 certification. Integrative Restoration Institute, 2011.
- Certificate in Yoga Philosophy. California Institute of Integral Studies, 2011.
- Embodied Anatomy workshop with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, 2010.
- Regulating and Maintaining Connections: Faces, Eyes, Voices and Touch in Relational, Somatic and Developmental Therapies with Dr. Stephen Porges, 2010
- Diversity Training workshop with Dara Burwell, 2010
Print and Web Publications:
Thompson, A. (2016). Silence, Privilege and Pain. Psyched in San Francisco.
Thompson, A. (2011). Healing the Western Mind through Yoga. In Swan, L.S. (Ed.), Yoga – Philosophy for Everyone: Bending Mind and Body. Malden, MA: Wiley.