My approach is somatic, holistic and experiential. This means our work together is not just sitting and talking about what has been or how you want things to be. Working holistically means I recognize the connection between mind, body, spirit and environment. Working in any one of these realms means we're working with all of them. Working somatically means will explore the wisdom of your body as a gateway to your emotions and the wealth of information about yourself that sometimes the mind can obscure. 

 

All my work, whether with individuals or couples, based in Attachment Theory. Attachment Theory is a well-researched approach to understanding our lifelong development and relationships. We all develop strategies of getting our needs met early in life based on how available, absent and attuned our caregivers are. These early strategies create the blueprint for how we are in our adult relationships and the often unconscious strategies we use with those closest to us. Often what were useful strategies no longer serve us in our adult life and it is now time to learn new ways to move through the world.  

 

Many people never get to see models of what a secure, functioning relationship can look like. Learning what it takes to truly be in one another’s care is a process, no matter what your individual attachment style is. 


My work is informed by my training in Hakomi; a somatic and mindfulness approach to psychotherapy. In this approach, we get curious about your felt experience of the world and the ways in which your have organized your way of being to adapt to your experiences. We then explore how to create reparative healing experiences in the room together. 

My work with couples is influenced by my training in PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Both approaches are attachment based and all about supporting you and your partner(s) in creating a secure, functioning relationship.

I am LGBTQi affirming as well as kink and sex worker friendly. All of you is welcome here. 

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Education

MA                    

Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Sonoma State University

 

BA                     

Interdisciplinary Studies, San Francisco State University 
Major Area: Holistic Health 

 

Additional Training 

 

The Hakomi Method
Hakomi Institute of California
Year 1 Comprehensive training

 

PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy), Level 1

 

Certified Rape Crisis Counselor, Bay Area Women Against Rape

 

Emotional Focused Therapy Externship

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Ayala Kalisher

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT 115859

Supervised by

Sheila Addison, LMFT 49616

Employed by Margin to Center Consulting

Office

154 Santa Clara Ave.
Suite 7
Oakland CA 94610 

Appointments: (707) 536-1043

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