Miriam Smolover, MFT, REAT

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Miriam Smolover MFT, Individual and Relationship Therapy

 Do you...

...want to be happier in your relationships?
...feel uncomfortable connecting with others?
...have trauma in your background that is still troubling?
...suffer from phobias?
...have a general sense of anxiety and/or depression?
...want to train for peak performance?

                Are you...

                              ...less assertive than you?d like to be?
                              ...having work-related stress?
                              ...grappling with questions of meaning & purpose?
                              ...adjusting to life changes?
                              ...seeking to remove creative blocks?

I can help you resolve these problems. You can take the step now to create a more joyful life, by calling for an appointment.

My psychotherapy practice is rooted in a holistic approach, encompassing mind, heart, body and spirit. This means that whatever the content you bring to our sessions, we pay attention to how it manifests and is maintained in four primary ways:

    your thoughts and beliefs
    your emotions
    your body sensations and patterns
    whatever spiritual framework, if any, you rely on

Holism also means that you have an innate wisdom that guides your healing. In therapy, we access and utilize this inner knowledge.

Integrative Approach

As a therapist with a great deal of experience, I utilize an integrative approach which draws from many different orientations and techniques. Together, we decide which elements are most interesting and comfortable for you. Several of these include:

    creating a safe environment where you can discuss your
       concerns free of judgment and discover what you need
       to solve your problems and heal what is troubling you;

    a relational approach, which means that we look at
        how we connect as a mirror of your other relationships,
        and gives you a chance to work through your common
        dynamics in a safe environment;

    Hakomi, a mindfulness-based approach which deeply
        explores the somatic/body aspects of one?s issues;

    EMDR, a technique which can more rapidly resolve
        issues of trauma, phobias, and negative core beliefs. It
        can also be used to change habits such as smoking or
        overeating, as well as for peak performance training;

    Lifespan Integration, a method for resolving trauma
        and its current after-effects;

    Expressive Arts Therapy, which utilizes drawing,
        writing, movement, sculpture, collage, drama, and/or
        voice to explore and resolve issues;

    Guided Visualization and Dreamwork, which engage
        the unconscious mind to help us deepen our self-
        understanding and come up with creative solutions;

    Meditation, which relieves stress, focuses the mind,
        and calms the spirit.

I enjoy working with adults of all sexual orientations and ethnic/cultural identities.


?There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.?

Martha Graham
20th century founder of modern dance

Miriam Smolover, MFT, REAT, offers therapy and consultation to people in Oakland, CA, as well as Berkeley, San Francisco, and Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Specialties include resolving anxiety, stress, trauma, and creative blocks. She enjoys helping couples create greater intimacy. Her holistic approach combines cognitive, behavioral, somatic and mindfulness-based orientations.

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