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Clinical Orientation

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Marilynne’s clinical training has focused on existential-transpersonal depth psychotherapy. Her areas of focus include managing anxiety, depression, stress-related conditions, PTSD, chronic pain and medical conditions, life transition, authentic self expression, conscious relationship, and transforming life and relational trauma.

Mariliynne's work with couples focuses on mindful presence, attuned connection, conscious communication, and the sacred path of deep intimacy, and she has trained in several approaches to creating loving relationship including the integrated approach of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. For more on my approach with couples, see Conscious Relationship under my Areas of Focus.

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 trauma and complex traumatic stress disorder as well as the related attachment, relational, and developmental traumas. She received EMDR certification through the EMDR Institute, and has also trained in Trauma First Aide that has been used by first responders for survivors of natural disasters. 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. She is a weathered travel guide from her own healing journey and life work.

Her clinical work has been influenced by modern psychology and the ancient practices of meditation and yoga. She draws upon many therapeutic approaches including psychodynamic, somatic psychology, intersubjectivity, analytic, object reltions, self psychology, attachment theory, and psychoneurology. Some of the teachers that have informed her work include the inward searching work of James Bugenthal, depth work of Carl Jung, existential psychotherapy of Irving Yalom, somatic awareness of Arnold Mindel, Eugene Gendlin and Milton Trager, and the treatment of trauma of Pat Ogden, Francine Shapiro, Peter Levine, and other current leaders in the field of trauma.

Her mindfulness and somatic approaches have been inspired by over 20 years experience teaching meditation and yoga, teaching relationship workshops, being a practitioner of Trager Psychophysical Integration body work for 15 years, and she has practiced Tibetan Buddhist, Zen, and Vipassana meditation for over 25 years.

Mariliynne's work with couples has been informed by the teachings of Sue Johnson (Hold Me Tight), Harville Hendrix (Getting the Love You Want), Terry Real (How Can I Get Through to You), Peter Pearson (In Quest of the Mythical Mate), Marshall Rosenberg (The Center for Nonviolent Communication), John and Jennifer Welwood (Love and Awakening: Discovering the Sacred Path of Intimate Relationship), Margot Anand (The Art of Sexual Ecstasy: The Path of Sacred Sexuality), and Gay & Kathlyn Hendricks (Conscious Loving), and has included certification as a teacher of the SkyDancing Tantra® methods for relational healing and transformation.

Marilynne’s depth work is informed by 30 years of holistic study, practice, and teaching of psychotherapy, relationship, yoga, meditation, breath work, body work, and movement. The teachers who have inspired her include 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, Milton Trager, Bryan Wittine Ph.D., Judith Lasater, Elise Miller, and Donald Moyer.

Continuing Education Units

All classes and workshops are approved for CEUs for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. (#PCE3734)

Sessions are available by appointment.
Complementary initial consultation.
Contact Marilynne at (415) 492-1042
to discuss your interests and questions.

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