There are things you have little power to change in life and there are things you have a lot of power to change. There are also many aspects of ourselves that don’t need to change, but rather need to be accepted or embraced. You get to decide how you treat yourself. I support you in building a positive relationship to who you are.
Hands down there are two things that people like the most about working with me:
I am emotionally engaged. I listen well and I talk with you, I don’t just sit back and nod my head. I am in every conversation with you.
I go deep. I am a person you come to when you want more out of life than changing a habit or two. I am interested in how you are engaging with the big life questions, and I want to help you live in integrity with who you are.
As a therapist, I am both somatically and relationally oriented, with a Master’s Degree in Somatic Psychology. I trained in the use of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the treatment of trauma with Janina Fisher, PhD. I incorporate mindfulness and the latest in trauma theory into my work. I completed a year long intensive training at Pacifica Graduate Institute on clinically working with spiritual aspects of trauma, with Jungian analyst and author, Donald Kalsched, PhD. I studied advanced concepts in clinical supervision in a year long study group at The Psychotherapy Institute.
In addition to practicing therapy, I teach about working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse and about building a psychotherapy practice. I have taught at The Center for Somatic Psychotherapy, Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center, and The Psychotherapy Institute. I am a clinical supervisor with California Institute of Integral Studies.
Prior to practicing therapy I was an experimental filmmaker and value the role that creativity and self expression plays in the healing process for many people. I have spent over 20 years learning about and engaging in political movements toward liberation.
In my personal life, I seek out joy and wonder, spend time with trees, watch sunsets, hike often, meditate regularly, enjoy local music and art, and cherish the opportunity to hang out with cats. I took all the photos on this website on various hikes and trips to the ocean. I am sustained by a loving community and I have a deep appreciation for what it means to live in a world where power, privilege, and oppression impact all of us.
Laura Northrup, LMFT // (510) 229-4429 // 445 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA