About Me

As a therapist, my clients have described me as intuitive, grounded, straight-talking, quirky and kind. I would add introspective, insatiably curious, nerdy, and a deep listener. I enjoy working with and assisting people to realize their full potential. 

 

My interest in somatics and psychology grew from my journey of self-exploration and healing in my own therapy, as well as through my experience working with youths as a teacher. I have over 25 years of personal experience in various forms of somatic work - and 10 years professional work. My empathic disposition to relate and connect with others, my appetite to deepen my somatic practice and learn more about human nature influenced my decision to return back-to-school and study Somatic Psychology. 

 

Lastly, some logistical things about me: I am a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist and I work in San Francisco, CA. Currently, I work part-time as a school therapist at a non-public school in Bayview. I, also, maintain a private practice under the guidance of my supervisor, Neon Weiss, LMFT in the Mission District.

How I Work

I am a relational somatic therapist, which means that being real matters and the relationship that develops between us is important. Part of the process of therapy is buidling trust and cultivating an alliance. The work I will assist you with involves a sincere effort to go inside yourself and uncover what you're actually experiencing, and then communicate that. We can discuss your difficulties and identify how you can influence them. When you're sharing a difficult experience, I will encourage you to describe any sensations you are having presently. I will teach you simple somatic-emotional exercises to help us both understand your personal way of handling your experience. We will work together to develop the solution that you're seeking for a more satisfying life. 

 
My approach is rooted with the notion that we have access to self-healing and empowerment by attuning to our bodily experience from within (somatic awareness) to our emotional thought process, which incorporates holistic, relational, behavioral, and attachement modalities - along with somatic and psycho education. 
 

In facilitating your process, I will draw from:

  • Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Relational Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Formative Psychology
  • Attachment-based Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Non-Violent Communication (NVC)
  • Trauma Informed Education 
  • Hanna Somatic Education (HSE)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Movement Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Experienmental Therapy
  • Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Gottman Method
  • Dreamwork & Symbolism
  • Jungian Psychology

 

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Education

  • 2001  - B.A. (double major) in Linguistics and Spanish from UC Davis

 

  • 2017 - M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

Trainings, Certifications & Credentials

  • 2017 - Certificate in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) from EMDR Institute, Watsonville, CA

 

  • 2017 - Certificate in Outreach Movement Facilitator Training from Syzygy Dance Project by Sylvie Minot

 

  • 2016 - Art & the Body: Creative Somatic Healing by Eleanor Ruckman, MFT, ATR

 

  • 2016 - Certified in Hanna Somatic Education from The Novato Institute for Somatic Research & Training, Novato, CA

 

  • 2013 - Certified in Neuromuscular Massage Therapist & Health Educator from National Holistic Institute, Emeryville, CA 

 

  • 2009 - Certificate in Yoga Siromani Instructor from Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Centre in Val Morin, Canada

 

  • 2009 - Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Spanish from UC Davis (a collabortive program with CSU Sacramento)

 

  • 2007 - Non-Violent Communication provided by SFUSD

 

  • 2007 - Trained in Trauma Informed Education provided by SFUSD

 

  • 2002 - Clear Ryan Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a BCLAD from UC Davis (a collabortive program with CSU Sacramento)

 

In-Progress Training

  • Training in Internal Family Systems 

 

  • In January 2020, I will begin training in Somatic Experiencing 

Meet Jack

Jack became part of my family in 2018. Since, his adoption from Milo Foundation, he has gone to work with me everyday and has traveled with me almost everywhere. He is a sweet, sensitive and an intelligent dog. He attunes to people's feelings fairly quick. Jack has experienced some trauma from the previous owner and has separation-anxiety. He likes people and most animals but can be shy. In order for him to warm up to others, he needs time and space. He needs to see the person and myself interact, he doesn't like strangers placing their hand/fingers in his face, and, lastly, he loves lots of treats. When he trusts you, with your permission, he will snuggle on your lap.

 

*Please note: if you have severe pet allergies most likely my office will not suit you

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Verónica Cervantes Wefers, AMFT #101083

Supervised by Neon Weiss, LMFT #50318