Hi, my name is Jennifer Lieberman and I am a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been practicing psychotherapy in the Bay Area for over 17 years and currently have offices in San Francisco and Oakland.
Over the years I have helped many individuals and couples find more health, happiness, and wholeness in their lives. My approach to working with clients is to balance deep listening with compassionate guided direction. If, through the course of therapy, clients need additional help, I assist them in finding the specific help that they need. This can be a referral to another therapist for a different style of therapy or contact with a medical doctor for a prescription. The client's success is the focus my therapy, not a preconceived notion of what is right for the client.
The essence of my work is assisting clients in gaining present moment awareness that is grounded in both their bodies and emotions. I have found that this approach enables those that I work with to experience new levels of choice and vitality. Every client has a particular path that brings him or her to this work and will guide the process. Some individuals need to overcome wounds from their family of origin, some are recovering from specific traumas, and others just want a little help navigating the complexities of our ever changing world.
Regardless of your situation, together we will work to build your internal awareness of the patterns and choices that inhibit your well being. We will explore practices that bring you into present moment awareness so that you can consciously create the life you want to live without the interference of old habits and reactivity. For some this may take a short number of sessions while others might work with me for several years. Ultimately, it is your process that guides this work, not my agenda.
My practice is inspired by a wealth of experience working with people of all ages, sexual orientations, and ethnic backgrounds. I have a Masterís degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco and did post-graduate training for five years with master therapists Carol and Don Hadlock at the Process Therapy Institute in Los Gatos, California. For the past three years I have been deepening my work by studying Somatic Psychotherapy with Staci Haines. My training and knowledge of various therapeutic approaches gives me a broad understanding of the variety of human experience and serves as a foundation from which the therapy arises.