Adrian Scharfetter, PhD, AMFT

Sex Therapist / Psychotherapist 

Specialties: Kundalini experiences, spiritual bypass, integration, psychedelics, unitive consciousness, existential crisis, religious wounding, dark night of the soul

Services Offered: Individual, couples, psychedelic integration (individuals), psychedelic integration (groups), harm reduction therapy (groups), pre- and post-ritual counseling, trauma-focused psychotherapy, substance use disorder counseling, mind-body therapy, psychodynamic therapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, relational and family therapy, research consultation (psychedelics), spiritual emergence, spiritual emergency, surrender

Sessions: Teletherapy (CA only) and In Person (San Francisco, CA)

Website: www.atheniancounseling.com

 

Biography

Hello! My name is Adrian Scharfetter and I am excited to be a part of your journey towards finding awareness and healing around integrating difficult experiences in life, no matter how you define it. I am here to walk with you towards finding healing through stress, anxiety, depression, and life transitions, as well as difficulty around psychedelic integration in a non-judgemental way. Whether it is difficulty with a loved one, challenges around life transitions or upsetting life circumstances, as well as difficulty around intimacy, sexuality, and feeling “othered” due to these circumstances and identities, we all only have three options: resisting the change, just getting through it, or learning from the challenge and growing a bigger life as a result. My goal is to help you uncover your true potential, listen to your own wisdom, and start leading a life that is more of your own making.

How I work with clients

How can I help? Benefits of working together can be: Learning to navigate life transitions Developing the freedom to express your authentic self Recognizing barriers to romantic love and removing them Finding your voice and becoming freer to speak your mind Connecting and/or reconnecting to your creative self Having more access to pleasure Building self-esteem Feeling less isolated Replacing depression with a wider range of feelings and experiences Developing skills to cope with anxiety -Transpersonal Approach to Therapy, Sexuality, and Spiritual Awareness.

My style is a combination of Depth/Jungian therapy and Transpersonal psychology. Transpersonal psychology broadens the traditional theories about the psyche to include the spiritual dimensions of our being. Incorporating both empirical and esoteric perspectives from global traditions, it provides a powerful model of personal growth, human development, and individual healing. Sometimes spiritual practices unleash powerful inner forces that can be unsettling, or even frightening. In western society these events are often misconstrued as pathological and out-of-place. I have both personal and professional experience with the issues involved in spiritual emergence.

 

Licenses

AMFT #IMF78210 (CA)

Education

PhD in Human Consciousness Research from the California Institute of Integral Studies MA in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies

Languages

English

Trainings

Sex Therapy

Psychedelic Trainings

CIIS Certificate in Psychedelic-assisted Therapies and Research

Location

California, San Francisco

Online Sessions

Yes

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