Nathan Michael, MA, LMFT

Nathan Michael View Specialties

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • 1942 University Ave, Suite 306, Berkeley, California, 94704
  • Phone: 415-847-4851
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  • Session Fees: $150
  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Webcam

Despite all that you have been through and achieved, you get the feeling that something is missing in your life. A recent transition, relationship or career challenge may be making it clear that some things are not working. You may also notice that you end up playing a familiar role in your relationships and this creates a "stuck" feeling. At times you feel overwhelmed with worry, pressure or dread and may be resorting to addictive patterns or substances in order to cope. You don't want to feel "lacking," anxious or stressed out. You want to feel better and be better with yourself and others. Within the framework of Somatic Psychotherapy I offer a warm, supportive presence so you can explore whats difficult, hone your strengths and gain simple yet powerful mind/body tools. Teaching your brain, body and emotions to work together in new ways, I can help you get free from negative experiences and patterns and move forward. What is a Session like?In a session we will study how you do life, creating a safe place to slow down and be present with what is happening with your whole self.  We will identify areas, patterns or ways of being and relating that are making it difficult for you to realize what you want for yourself, your life or your relationships. We
will also explore, expand and hone what is working for you, building on your strengths.
Together we will help you cultivate more ease with yourself and fulfillment in your relationships.  We will support you to be the person you want to be in this world. I have extensive experience working successfully with:Anxiety and Stress
Intimate RelationshipsDepression, Low Self Esteem, Shame
ParentingFamily Issues
Cross-cultural issues
Trauma and abuse
Sexuality In couples counseling, I support partners with challenges related to:
Loss of Passion
Communication Issues
Emotional Disconnection
Sexual Difficulties
Intimacy Issues
Money Issues
Parenting Conflict
Navigating personal trauma histories
Cross-cultural Relationships About MeI am a CA Licensed Somatic Psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples and teens to explore what is holding them back so they can live a more easeful and fulfilling life.  My style is warm and nonjudgmental, challenging and compassionate, analytical and intuitive.   I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.  My Somatic Psychotherapy approach is influenced by Depth Psychotherapy, Hakomi, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Gestalt, Formative Psychology, Dance Therapy and Relational Therapy.  Currently, I am researching the evolutionary dynamics and the principles of Formative Psychology®, developed by Stanley Keleman.  I am also engaged in ongoing consultation and study of relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy with Dr. Janet Linder.
I have worked in numerous settings as a therapist, coach and mentor. I was a psychotherapist intern serving adults, adolescents and couples at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy and the Liberation Institute in San Francisco, CA; a substance abuse counselor at the Bay Area Addiction and Research Association; a Therapeutic Behavioral Coach for Adolescents at Youth Homes, Inc. in Pleasant Hill, CA and a Psychotherapist for School Aged Children and their Families with A Better Way, Inc. in Oakland, CA.  I have more than a decade of experience working with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
I moved to California from Shanghai, China where I worked for 8 years as a Marketing Professional and cultural bridge for several American corporations including Gibson Guitar Corporation and Panasonic Electronics Company. Prior to this career, I worked as a touring musician and Artist tour manager. The arts, the wisdom of the body and a respect for and practice of social activism inform my practice of psychotherapy.   I am a dedicated meditator, dancer and yoga practitioner and have served as a workshop trainer for STAND- White Men for Racial, Gender and Economic Justice.

Nathan Michael Reaches

Oakland CA
Berkeley CA