Olivia Stadler, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Pacific Grove CA
I warmly welcome you as you are, and hold a safe space to support your intention for growth and healing as your witness and companion. I offer experiential therapy, so you can go beyond cognitive understanding to actually having a transformative experience in session. I hold a body-based, integral, and spiritual frame for the work of therapy (somatic and transpersonal, to use psychology jargon). This means that relief and healing can come from integrating mind with body and emotions, and expanding spiritual awareness. I support and facilitate the natural wisdom of your mind, body, emotions, and highest self to unlock what feels stuck. In addition to making sense of what’s happening, I find that more radical change comes from new experiences of awareness that open up new choices. Together, we allow these deeper experiences to emerge through attuning to emotions and sensations with mindfulness. This holistic work can not only alleviate what is causing our pain, but also awaken our dormant potentials. We access our unique gifts, our higher awareness and develop our capacity for heart-centered lives that are a direct expression of our greatest self.
Along with my Master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, I also pull from wisdom traditions including Buddhism and mystical Christianity. I am a Certified Subtle Energy Medicine Practitioner and have been working formally with subtle energy since 2007. Additionally, I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Principia College in Illinois. My professional background includes experience in education, non-profit publishing, human resources, and e-commerce web design/development. I love animals, and work with my Shiba Inu as a therapy dog.