Stacey Klein | Psychotherapy for a New Earth

COVID -19 Update: I currently have some openings for teletherapy sessions for children, adolescents, couples, individuals and families. Please reach out if you need support during these times. You do not have to be local to California. I have some sliding scale openings and if I can’t help, I will do my best to direct you to the resources you need or if there is enough need, I may offer a group. You are not alone. There is always hope even when things feel dark. 

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Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it.

– A.A Milne from “Winnie the Pooh”

“If one knew oneself to be precious, one would guard oneself with care”

-Buddha, The Dhammapada

 

Welcome to my website! I’m an integrative and holistic psychotherapist in private practice. I offer  psychotherapy online and in person in Berkeley, California. I work with children, adolescents, adults and couples. I’ve been in practice for over 24 years in Manhattan and recently relocated to the East Bay area. I am LGBTQ friendly and I  help people of all ages successfully understand and ease their conflicts about living, make peace with their minds by helping them live more fully in their bodies and learn to better listen to the “still small voice” of their own hearts.

In our work together, while I will offer you or your child tools for managing your symptoms, our focus will be on getting to the root cause of your struggles rather than on “quick fix” symptom relief. Over time, this will help change your relationship to your symptoms, lessening your reliance on them so that you can experience long term healing. Therapy that addresses the whole of you- that is your mind and body  – helps you create new neural pathways so you can live more freely and have access to the full vitality and joy that is your true nature.  This kind of therapy, that honors your story but doesn’t let you stay stuck in it for years, changes your experience of yourself and your world.

Did you know that the word “psyche” (the first part of psychotherapy) actually means soul or animated spirit? Many therapies still don’t acknowledge the soul and work more narrowly on your personality, but whether you take a mystical/ Kabbalistic approach viewing this as your “higher consciousness”, your soul , or a Buddhist approach and call it  “the one who knows”, or a  Freudian perspective and tune into your  “unconscious” self, this deeper part within you constantly communicates with you through the language of poetry, images, dreams, archetypes and metaphors. This means that when you stay on the surface of your experience and  identify with your chattering thoughts and limiting patterns and beliefs that your conscious mind barrages  you with daily, you miss out on receiving the complete story of who you truly are and the potentiality of who you can be. You are much greater, vaster and more beautiful than anything your thoughts might try to convince you!

I can help you restore access to the deeper longings of your heart,  to your deeper nature, so that you can shift areas of your life that are stuck and unsatisfying and live more from this wiser place within. Your “mental health symptoms”, physical challenges and addictions  you experience to your thought patterns, relationships or substances are really a sign that a deeper part of you wants your attention. When attended to, these symptoms improve and you get unstuck.

I see good psychotherapy as alchemy. Through our work together, we will  help you experience a sense of wholeness in your life and transform your relationship to your struggles by attending to all levels of your being- your mind, body and spirit. If you decide to work with me, you will receive my full presence, care and attention to all of who you are as we work to help ease your suffering.

Why psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is the light that can pierce through the fog. Itis a powerful path, a unique relationship that develops between you and your therapist that awakens you to your inner life and to the light that you uniquely are to the world. It can lead you towards living a more meaningful and joyful life.

Psychotherapy cultivates an awareness of your way of being in the world, helps you learn how to gently move through your feelings rather than avoid them and how to unravel and release limiting beliefs. Enhanced awareness  of your experience opens up new possibilities and deeper satisfaction.

The therapeutic relationship offers a secure base from which you can explore new avenues for coping with and transforming difficult experiences and feelings. As you become more aware of your feelings, your relationship with yourself and the world will change, your experience of life will shift and you will  discover easier access to states of  ease, grace and peace.

Please read on to learn more about me.  It would be a privilege for me to help you heal and find greater fulfillment in your life.