Helen Star, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Specialties: Trauma recovery, psychedelic integration, substance abuse treatment, anxiety resolution, attachment healing

Services Offered: Individual, group, couples, psychedelic integration (individuals), psychedelic integration (groups), harm reduction therapy (groups), trauma-focused psychotherapy, substance use disorder counseling, holistic approaches, mind-body therapy, somatic therapy, mindfulness training, bodywork

Sessions: In person (San Francisco, CA)

Accepting New Clients: Yes

Website: www.helenstarmft.com

Biography

I am trained as a somatic psychotherapist, working with the body as a primary source of understanding the challenges that the individual is facing. I first became interested in this mode of healing after having incurred a traumatic injury to my cervical spine in my early 20s. I was left broken and needed to heal. My inner voice awoke during this time and first led me to massage and bodywork training and then to somatic psychotherapy. I also studied yoga extensively, along with dance and movement therapies.

My greatest interest lies in working with anxiety and trauma responses as well as chronic pain and problematic substance use. I combine somatic psychotherapy with cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness practices, and insight-oriented therapy. I am greatly interested identifying complementary practices including spiritual, nutritional and lifestyle development as an adjunct to support the process of psychotherapy. I have great trust in the material that “non ordinary” experiences including psychedelic experiences provides the individual and have followed my own trail through the Archetypal landscape throughout my life. I have a great interest in symbol systems and use those systems in integrative sessions. I am a long time student of Tarot, Alchemy, Astrology, and Kabbalah through my work at Reseed Arts and Education.

How I work with clients

I work with the nervous system to help it unwind from traumatic holding in the body. I encourage the system to be more resilient, having a greater capasity to move from activated to rest. My work with clients is specific to each person as I attempt to “meet you where you are at” using the felt experience as our guide. I inquire regularly as to what is being experienced now and let the body lead the way. I encourage the use of imagery, sensations, thoughts and memories to help in the unfolding.

Licenses

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA)

Education

Tomales Psychotherapy Training Program, Masters in Somatic Psychology

Languages

English

Trainings

California Institute of Integral Studies Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Research Certificate,
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Location

California, San Francisco

Accepting New Clients

Yes

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