Eric Sienknecht, PsyD earned his BA in Philosophy and World Religions from Georgetown University in 2000 and his PsyD. in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2011. In 2010 he completed a two-year psychoanalytic internship program at Access Institute for Psychological Services. In 2013 he completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Northern California Functional Restoration Program. He served as Clinical Director of the San Francisco Functional Restoration Program from 2013 to 2016. He currently works as a Supervising Psychologist at Trauma and Stress Recovery Center in Oakland. He also maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Berkeley, California. His professional interests include treatment of PTSD, mood disorders, and chronic pain, working with grief and loss, states of consciousness research, psychedelic and plant medicines, music therapy, and transpersonal and mindfulness approaches to personal growth and healing. He has been actively involved with MAPS since 2010 and is currently an Adherence Rater and Study Therapist for the Phase 3 Study of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD.
How I work with clients
I believe that a good psychotherapy treatment should facilitate a process of self-inquiry, where one discovers, over time, how to become more authentic, both with oneself and with others. I practice deep listening with my patients and hold space while they explore their inner world, thoughts, feelings, fantasies, and visions. I specialize in treating people with mood disorders, distress associated with chronic medical conditions, and substance abuse problems. I also work well with people in crisis, who are dealing with a recent loss or with adjusting to a major life change and may be struggling with symptoms of depression and general withdrawal from the world or symptoms of anxiety and intensified distress around making decisions and moving forward. I work closely with people to examine the ways in which they may be sabotaging themselves and work with them to find clarity so that they can take the next step towards discovering a deeper level of fulfillment. I am also interested in the healing potential of mindfulness-based wellness activities, such as yoga, meditation, pranayama and breathing exercises, and Tai Chi and Qigong. I further believe in the important role of nutrition in maintaining emotional and psychological balance and well-being. Finally, I am a devoted music lover and strongly believe in the healing power of sound and music. I maintain a regular practice of yoga and music-listening for my own self-care.