Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #41344
and Clinical Supervisor
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Marilyn's first loves were John Denver and her guitar, then Marion Zimmer Bradley and Tolkien, then Shakespeare. But when she discovered Joseph Campbell and Jungian psychology, she broke up with them all. The work of Carl Jung, especially as practiced by Marion Woodman, fostered a practice that serves the deep wisdom of the psyche by tending to the hurts, joys, fears, and hopes of being in this world. This work integrates somatic psychotherapy, expressive arts, poetry, and the teachings of Buddhism and other spiritual traditions.
"Because my work is deeply relational, and I am teller of stories from my own life (when they serve), I'll tell you a little more about me: I am a cisgender, straight, affirming ally of the LGBTQ community. I am a singer, songwriter, and poet. I am the mother of a grown son, have been mothered by a generous and sweet woman, and am a sister to two fabulous women. I've lost a parent, and two marriages: heartbreaks I will never forget. And, I've found love again after spending quality time alone in the belly of the whale. I know the territory. I know how to get out. And, every day I'm still learning. "
After 20 years of psychotherapy practice, Marilyn has developed a specialty in counseling artists, healers, teachers, writers, musicians, helpers, and all who are committed to their inner journeys. Millennials and Gen Z who want to save the world, but are still working on saving themselves. People navigating gender and sexuality spectra in a world that keeps trying to regress into binaries. Couples having kids after 40 and wondering what the heck happened to their marriage. Men and women coping with the aftermath of long ago trauma. Mid-and later-lifers wondering how to finally forgive their parents and get on with who they want to be...next.
These are folks who have seriously come to realize that love, fulfillment, and wisdom starts on the inside. Sometimes, the work is done individually. Sometimes in the context of couples therapy. Sometimes, it's not work that is needed, but PLAY! Recovering the ability to be curious, creative, and calm are medicinal.
Some of the wise ones who have inspired me: Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Marion Woodman, Brene Brown, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, John Welwood, James Hollis, Donald Kalsched, Bessel Van Der Kolk, Dan Siegel, Gabor Mate', Thomas Moore, Julia Cameron, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ken Wilber, Richard Rohr, Pat Ogden, James Hillman, Marianne Williamson...
Sharon decided to become a psychotherapist came after realizing this was where her deep calling met the needs of the world. Her ability to compassionately hold suffering has been honed over many years, and comes with well-earned wisdom about the challenges of this life as a human. Her studies in family systems, healthy aging, somatic therapy, DBT and EMDR have given her cutting edge knowledge and skill to integrate with her natural gifts and joyful nature.
Sharon brings a wealth of professional and personal life experience to her therapy work including mothering, caregiving, attending to the dying, teaching special education, and running her own business as an artist representative. She has even built--with her own hands, and the help of some others-- a canoe...AND this beautiful retreat in Hawaii on ground sacred to and protected by the Goddess Pele. She has learned to thrive through the guidance of her intuition, intelligence, compassion and humor.
Sharon has particular interest in developmental trauma and attachment injuries, and the resulting anxiety and depression that usually accompanies those experiences. Her training and focus in somatic psychotherapy and EMDR allows her to genuinely and effectively help those who carry the legacy of old wounds. Sharon's most unique gift is her skill in working with those at all stages of the lifespan. She has been called the "mother whisperer" due to her excellent work with struggling families with teens. She is an excellent ear for those in mid-life wondering what's next. And she is keen to continue working with elders and families who are facing end of life transitions.
Kara grew up in Santa Barbara, and earned a BA in Comparative Literature before completing a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is funny, warm, smart, grounded, pragmatic, and awesomely nerdy--as evidenced by her big eyeglasses and love of poetry.
After a decade in middle-school administration, Kara's practice has evolved to be highly focused on young people and families. Her clinical training was completed at the Family Service Agency, Carpinteria Children's Project, and Santa Barbara Unified School District. Her background in Experiential Education and Depth Psychology create a prefect synergy to empower her clients to use their strengths in service of their challenges. Kara integrates Jungian, Cognitive Behavior, Dialectic Behavior, and Somatic modalities. She also moves within Attachment Theory, Family Systems, Feminist, Social Justice, and Trauma Informed perspectives.
Dahkotahv will be joining Soul Centered Growth by the end of the summer, but we couldn't wait to introduce him! Dahkotahv's Pacifica Graduate Institute thesis title tell you a lot about what he is about: The Queeroe’s Journey: A Gender-Diverse Perspective on the Hero and Heroine’s Journey. HIs social activism in the Seattle area has already created meaningful change for queer and homeless youth, including co-creating the Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Act, passed by Gov. Jay Inslee in 2015.