Marilynne Chöphel MFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#MFT30442) and consultant who specializes in depth psychotherapy and the treatment of trauma with mindfulness, somatic awareness, and compassionate presence. Her areas of focus include managing anxiety, depression, medical conditions and disability, life transition, authentic self expression, conscious relationship, PTSD, and healing from life and relational trauma.
As a Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, she has completed advanced training in the treatment of trauma through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, a comprehensive psychotherapy model designed to treat the effects of acute and complex trauma, as well as developmental and attachment traumas. She received EMDR certification through the EMDR Institute. She has participated in training for the treatment of PTSD for combat veterans and military families, and is a volunteer psychotherapist for The Coming Home Project, a non-profit organization committed to helping transform the wounds of war for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, their families, and their service providers. She is on the therapist referral list for Marin County's Victim-Witness Program for survivors of violent crime.
Marilynne has practiced Tibetan Buddhist, Zen, and Vipassana meditation since 1982, and studied through the Shambhala tradition. Her Advanced Studies Yoga Teacher Training was through International Yoga Studies, she graduated from the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, and she has been a Registered Yoga Teacher-500 (inactive) through the Yoga Alliance credentialing standards. Her pranayama instruction has been through the Iyengar yoga tradition as well as with the master pranayama teacher Sri O.P. Tiwari, founder of the Kaivalyadhama Institute for research, training and therapy in yoga in India. Her somatic background has included dance and authentic movement, and being a certified practitioner of Trager Psychophysical Integration body work for over 15 years.
Marilynne’s depth work is informed by 30 years of holistic study, practice, and teaching of psychotherapy, relationship, yoga, meditation, breath work, bodywork, and movement. Many teachers have inspired her work through the years, with deep bows to the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödron, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Thich Nhat Hahn, Chödon Rinpoche, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Jack Kornfield, B.K.S. Iyengar, Judith Hanson Lasater Ph.D., P.T., Elise Browning Miller, Donald Moyer, Milton Trager, Bryan Wittine Ph.D., Pat Ogden Ph.D., and Janina Fisher Ph.D.
Marilynne offers private sessions, groups, and workshops that draw from modern psychology, body-mind awareness, and the ancient practices of meditation and yoga. She is deeply committed to expanding awareness as a personal practice and as her life work. She is the mother of two adult sons, and lives in San Rafael close to nature.
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