For individual adults "People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, 'Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.' I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds." ~ Carl Rogers
I support people who want to better understand their life decisions, relationships, and sense of self. Often people come for support to process issues stemming from their family of origins, or because they are in partnerships that leave them feeling less secure, or they feel stuck in some aspect of their life. My approach is humanistic, relational psychodynamic, and trauma informed. I believe our current experiences are influenced by the contexts we have lived in throughout our lives, including our earliest childhood relationships with caretakers, our partnerships and peer relationships, our communities, and larger systems that have influenced our lives. Areas of concern that I can support with include (but are not limited to) relationship issues of all kinds, identity exploration, life transition, family conflict, feelings of isolation and loneliness, difficulty managing boundaries in relationships, empty nest, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss. A significant part of my approach is about empathy—I believe that healing comes from feeling valued, understood and accepted even in parts of life that are most painful. Together we will engage in collaborative dialogues that support you in exploring your patterns of thinking and interacting. Through this focused attention on your inner world and your interconnections, a sense of clarity can emerge, and new ways of relating to yourself and others begin to develop that allow for more satisfaction. I believe that each person has a treasure of inner wisdom and resilience which I strive to help them to tap into.
For Couples "Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new." ~ Ursula K Le Guin In addition to working with individual adults, I have training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Seeing a couples therapist can help partners cultivate more intimacy in their relationship through dialogues that promote movement in communication, broaden perspectives, and draw forth more understanding and admiration. Through couples therapy, partners can learn to navigate through conflict in ways that preserve the love they have so carefully built. I affirm all constellations of consensual non-monogamy and people of all sexual orientations, genders, and cultures are welcome and affirmed in my practice.
Tamara Lipton, LMFT #123190
business address: 815 Hyde St, Suite 317 San Francisco, CA 94109
mailing address: P.O. Box 42 Berkeley, CA 94701
There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot." ~John Cage