Mindfulness and Somatic Therapy

Stress and Anxiety of Modern Life

We live in a time of unprecedented technological and social change, and as a species, have produced some remarkable advancements. However, new technologies and the social standards they create have had unforeseen consequences on our emotional health. For many of us, the pace of life is faster than ever, and the sheer amount of obligations required of us in our work and home life is mind-boggling. Likewise, the abundance of phone apps and social media platforms create a minefield of social and emotional pressures on us.

Do you too often feel overwhelmed by a seemingly endless torrent of obligations and stress in your life? Do you feel like you’re always in a rush, and opportunities to fully relax and feel the joys of life are too rare? Or maybe high levels of stress and anxiety in your life diminish your mental clarity and mood, and lead to difficulties in your work life and personal relationships? These are common challenges many of us face in our increasingly fast-paced and demanding world.

Mindfulness – A Powerful State of Consciousness to Use in Therapy Sessions

Luckily for us all, modern advancements have not only changed the external conditions in which we live, but have also significantly improved our understanding of human psychology. More than ever before, therapists and psychologists are equipped with highly researched and validated techniques to help you improve your emotional health and overall well-being. In particular, mindfulness-based interventions (especially MBSR and MBCT) have been shown to be effective for reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression (Hofmann, S., & Gomez, A., 2017).

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What is essential to understand: The best forms of mindfulness and somatic therapy will provide you with much more than useful skills to use in your life. High quality mindfulness therapy directly sets you up in a powerful state of mindfulness during therapy sessions. And through the use of mindfulness, you’ll have enhanced perceptive abilities to help you uncover deep insights about your emotional tendencies and habitual behaviors.

Mindfulness and somatic therapy will also help you change the ways your thoughts and emotions muddle your mental clarity, deplete your energy, and cause you unnecessary frustration at work and in relationships. By the end of therapy, you’ll be equipped with enhanced social and emotional intelligence to guide your life with.

A Revolutionary Time for Therapy and Personal Development: To read more about key research, and the importance of using mindfulness in therapy, read on here.

Emotional Intelligence and Self-growth

As a species, we’ve achieved remarkable progress in our external world - we’ve managed to map the human genome, fly rovers to Mars, integrate self-driving cars into cities, and much more. Yet, so many of us still lack the ability to effectively manage our inner world of thoughts and emotions.

Therapy is a powerful tool for anyone interested in self-growth and development of social and emotional intelligence. You can expect therapy to increase your day-to-day moods, as well as your mental clarity, self-motivation, self-esteem, creativity, and ability to access states of flow. Therapy can also increase your ability to regulate your emotions and recognize emotions in others more effectively. As a result, you’ll improve your ability to communicate in ways that promote harmony in your relationships.

When you’re able to be fully present, your heart opens because your mind isn’t in the way.
— Debra Chamberlin-Taylor

Specialties for Individuals

  • Mindfulness Therapy, including Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Therapy

  • EMDR Therapy for trauma

  • Social anxiety

  • Depression

  • Frustration with dating

  • Recent breakups or divorces

  • Grief and loss

  • Shyness

  • Gender and sexual identity concerns

  • Abandonment and trust issues

  • Alcohol and drug abuse

  • Lack of communication skills

  • Loneliness

  • Anxiety attacks

  • Anger

  • Low self-esteem

Mindful attention to any experience is liberating. Mindfulness brings perspective, balance, and freedom.
— Jack Kornfield

I invite you to book a free, 20-minute phone consultation here. Or, contact me directly to schedule a time or to ask questions: timholtzmantherapy@gmail.com/ (510) 761-9818. Feel free to ask questions about how I can help you, and about my practice in Berkeley, CA (one block North of Oakland). Day and evening hours are available.

What to Expect From a Mindfulness and Somatic Therapy Session

First, precise guidance and instruction will be provided to help you establish a deep state of mindfulness. Second, you’ll be gently directed to explore the most important themes and topics you bring to therapy while maintaining a clear state of mindfulness. The speed and emotional intensity of our sessions will be tailored to meet your specific needs and requests. Mindfulness therapy not only helps you improve aspects of yourself, but also helps you recognize and reinforce the many strengths and virtuous qualities that already serve you well.

As the client, you always get to choose how much of a session you want to do in mindfulness, and how much you want to do via regular talking. You’ll also be the one to decide what topics we focus on each session.

The unconscious mind is not only a storehouse of deep-seated fears and painful life experiences. It’s also a source of intuitive wisdom and fundamental inner truths that have conglomerated in you through many years of valuable life experiences.
— TH

A Therapist You Feel Comfortable With is Key for Mindfulness and Somatic Therapy

Not all mindfulness and somatic based therapy is the same. You’ll be served best by a therapist who has a long history with mindfulness, and who knows how to help you feel empowered and relaxed during sessions.

As a result of 15 years of mindfulness practice and training, and 9 years as a therapist, I know how to guide clients to deep states of mindfulness. In therapy sessions, I ensure my clients feel carefully attended to, and feel fully comfortable speaking up at any time about needs that arise. I stay up-to-date on new research in neuroscience and psychology, so that I’m best equipped to lead clients towards meaningful personal growth and emotional well-being.

My style is warm, supportive, and highly collaborative. I’m very transparent about the techniques we use in the therapy room. And I make it a priority to regularly check-in with you about how certain segments of sessions affect you, and whether you find specific techniques helpful or not.

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Types of Mindfulness Therapy - Hakomi, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and EMDR

While working together, we’ll utilize some of the most innovative psychological modalities available - Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). And for those of you who prefer a more direct technique geared towards trauma, we can use EMDR therapy to see if your past experiences trigger out-of-proportion reactions in your present life.

Therapy with me is based on the idea that somewhere inside you, there is a calm and confident part of you that is most aligned to who you truly are. A true self that is very clear on what you want out of your life; clear on what your core values and passions are in the world; and clear on what you most want and need out of key relationships in your life. Our work together is to help you stay as connected as possible to this place of true self, even amidst the many day-to-day stressors of modern life.

For a further explanation of mindfulness, and the importance of using mindfulness to uncover unconscious emotional tendencies and habitual behaviors, read more here.

Free Phone Consultation

I know how important it is for you to choose a therapist that you feel comfortable talking with, so I invite you to book a free, 20-minute phone consultation here. Or, contact me directly to schedule a time or to ask questions: timholtzmantherapy@gmail.com/ (510) 761-9818. My practice is in Berkeley, CA (one block North of Oakland).


Hofmann, G, & Gomez, A (2017). Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Anxiety and Depression. Psychiatry Clinics of North America, 40(4), 1.