When I was a kid, my grandmother liked to call my her “little potstirrer.” I loved to provoke and question the people in my world- to find out what was important to them and how they might like to change. I was definitely not willing to just leave the status quo alone, even as a kid. I’ve since grown up, become more thoughtful and responsible- but that underlying drive to incite change and positive growth has never disappeared.

As an undergrad, I was very interested in the healing power of creativity. I also recognized that healing has to take into account our cultural and embodied experience, leading me to blend these interests 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.

I blend my personal life with my professional, learning as much as I can from my experiences and practicing deep self-care. I enjoy hanging out with my husband, daughter, and friends, yoga, playing the harp, video games, and reading sci-fi and fantasy.

Formal Education:

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: 

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Intensive Training, 2018
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1: Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory, 2017-2018
  • Keeping Our Bodies in the Room Conference Study Group, 2017
  • Creating Healthy Attachment Styles with Drs. Sue Johnson and Dan Hughes, 2017
  • Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Psychology Today Conference, 2016
  • The Clinical Relationship, 2013
  • Psychopharmacology, 2013
  • Stephen Johnson’s Character Styles, Center for Somatic Psychotherapy, 2012
  • Psychodynamics, 2012
  • Theories and Techniques in Somatic Psychotherapy, 2011-2012
  • Helping LGBT Youth and Their Families Navigate the Coming Out Process, 2012
  • Alcohol and Chemical Dependence, 2011
  • Family Dynamics, 2011
  • Couples Counseling, 2011
  • Cross Cultural Counseling, 2011
  • Integrative Restoration, Level 1 certification. Integrative Restoration Institute, 2011.
  • Therapeutic Communication, 2011
  • Somatics, Society, and Culture, 2011
  • Certificate in Yoga Philosophy. California Institute of Integral Studies, 2011.
  • Group Dynamics, 2010
  • 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
  • Movement Approaches in Somatic Psychotherapy, 2010
  • Diversity Training, 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.