Therapy is an intimate, personal journey towards self-understanding and self-acceptance in the company of an empathetic and non-judgmental guide. My therapeutic work weaves together Western psychological theory with Eastern traditions of spirituality to assist you in developing self compassion, mindfulness, emotional intelligence and body awareness. I partner with you to pattern new, healthier ways of moving through the world and being in relationship with self and others.
Each of us have a healthy core. As a clinical counselor associate, my job is to companion you in connecting with that core. Each person is unique and simultaneously operating on many levels. From my experience, a multi-modal approach is most helpful in removing blocks to a fulfilling and joyous life. Therefore, I integrate many modalities from tribal eastern practices to modern psychotherapeutic modalities of healing that I have been privileged to learn to help each person achieve their potential.
Presently I am a clinical counselor associate at Women’s Therapy Center in Berkeley and SFIAP’s Bay Area Community Counseling in San Francisco. I am a Ph.D. student in Human Sexuality at California Institute of Integral Studies, which trains in Sex Therapy and critical sexuality scholarly research. My specialists are trauma, acculturation and women’s health, which includes maternal mental health, sexuality and reproductive care.
I was trained as a Clinical Counselor at New York University. Additionally, I gained a certification in Interdisciplinary Studies in Trauma and Violence program at NYU. Originally I was trained at Trauma Study Center at Institute of Contemporary Psychology in NYC, where I was trained in trauma and focused my work in women’s trauma, complex and developmental PTSD, acculturation, identity development and family systems. I am certified in maternal mental health and gaining training as a sex therapist. I am proficient in Relational Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness CBT, Attachment-Based Cognitive Behavioral Systemic Therapy, and Somatic Practice. For couples therapy, I completed training in Gottman Couples Therapy (level 1&2) and proficient in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Structural-Strategic Family Therapy. I am certified as a reiki master, functional nutritionist for women, and kundalini yoga. In addition I have been a student of meditation for over 20 years.
As a researcher, I was trained under Carol Gilligan, Ph.D. and then continued my research as a Visiting Scholar at Tel Aviv University. Currently, I am completing my grant-funded project that studies, “Eastern-Western Women’s Sexual-Self Concept” using the Listening Guide Methodology. The study focused in Israeli-Iranian women’s self-concept as she develops and navigates between two hyphen identities, including negotiating her voice, silence, shame and resilience with herself, her body and her relationships. Additionally, I was a research clinician for two studies at Veterans Affairs at Palo Alto, CA. The studies used Motivational Interviewing (therapeutic modality) to assist Veterans and Concerned Others with alcoholism.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a Registered Nurse at an Infertility and Endocrinology center. Later, I had a space in New York City, Tel Aviv and San Francisco for women called Radiant Living Wellness that provided healing modalities, such as nutrition, self-inquiry and yoga/meditation to heal reproductive issues, fertility and anxiety. During this time, I became certified in functional nutrition for women’s health, kundalini yoga and an intense apprenticeship in Ayurveda for medical professionals. I also worked for Regena Thomashauer (author of Pussy: A Reclamation and more books/programs) and Hari Kaur Khalsa (author of Women’s Book of Yoga/Meditation and women’s courses). Spending years with these women, my work with clients have been influenced by their teachings. These experiences have given me a wider lens to understand the women’s unique reproductive, spiritual and psychological experience and to connect with my clients.
Through holistic and integrative practices, I help clients create more compassion for themselves, more capacity to feel the hard stuff, and more understanding of how to manage the stressors and impacts of our history, our environment, and our daily life.
I serve not as an expert or someone with all the answers, but as a collaborative guide who values and deeply respects who my clients are and the wisdom they already have within.
Nicole Ohebshalom, RN, APCC . #1834 . Supervised by W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D., PSY22439