Judith Wyatt, MFT

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I believe that people discover their own heroism in therapy, the adventure of facing their personal demons and finding that doing so adds depth and richness to their lives.  Witnessing and assisting this process is deeply moving to me;  it allows me to see people at their best.  
I also know that we do not merely "create our own reality."  Unconscious organizational rules and perceptions of our behavior constrain all of us, especially in the workplace.  I help people to identify and navigate their work culture so they can recover from work abuse and optimize their experience. I love to empower people to "work smart."
Most of all, I love it when someone leaves therapy having a new sense of belief in themselves and a vision of the path they are impassioned to follow, and we both feel that we have done what we came together to do. 
B.A. University of Chicago, English, Phi Beta Kappa, 1969
M.S. San Francisco State University, Counseling, 1984
I worked for 7 years in a collaboratively run counseling clinic, Fort Help, as a paraprofessional before I became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 1984.  Since then I have been in private practice in San Francisco.  I have received years of psychotherapy and years of training;  I will not practice skills I have not experienced and benefited from myself.  I believe all psychotherapists need some therapy to understand what it's like to be on the receiving end, and to clear as much of their own issues as possible to be fully mindful with their clients.
 Many clients find that stuck patterns open up and trauma resolves best when they uncover how feelings are held in their bodies.  I have a 4-year certification in Bioenergetics, one year of training in Bodynamics and one in gestalt therapy to help people uncover characteristic emotional patterns in the body.  Somatic Experiencing is a successful body awareness technique for healing post-traumatic stress disorder.  I have done several workshops with its inventor, Peter Levine.  
I also use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to resolve trauma. Hypnosis and guided visualization are useful for relaxation, finding inner symbols and resources, and recovering memories. Marshall Rosenberg's model of non-violent communication, along with active listening, are skills that I teach to individuals and couples to get out of power struggles.
Object relations and intersubjectivity are useful tools to understand and work with conflicts in the therapist/client relationship, which usually echo relationship conflicts in the client's life.  I have been years training and consulting with someone who has expertise in this area.  In working much with adult survivors of child abuse, I have come up against the severe abuse that results in dissociative identify disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder.  I have many years of experience working with dissociated parts of people, and also helping them heal from mind control programming. 
In the 1980's and early '90's my husband and I combined our experience of  workplaces and social change organizations to begin to understand how a person interacts with and adapts to a group.  We studied organization development , put it together with what we knew of psychological adaptations to dysfunctional families, and created our model for helping people understand their problems at work.  We found that the culture of the organization has a very powerful hypnotic effect on the people in it, and that the organization culture has an unconscious, just like individuals.  If you know the unconscious organization norms and the unconscious emotional patterns of the people you work with, you can describe the organization.  
We set out to break the denial about emotional abuse in the workplace, for those places where it is considered "normal" for everyone to endure bad conditions, and especially for those who are getting scapegoated out of their jobs and blame themselves.  We did workshops, wrote many papers and articles on the topic, and in 1997 our guidebook, Work Abuse: How to Recognize and Survive It, was published by Schenkman Books in Rochester, Vermont.
I have since counseled people all over the U.S., as well as in person, about their work difficulties. 

Judith Wyatt Reaches

San Francisco CA