Marni Levy, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist MFT#99850
Heal From The Past
Manage Stress And Emotions
Grow Confidence and Social Skills
Re-set Anxious/Depressed Nervous System
Experience Deeper Life Pleasure and Wellbeing
Learn Breathwork and Meditation
Build Communication and Conflict Repair Skills
Re-ignite Passion, Love, and Appreciation
Move on from Past Relationship Injuries
Growing up with an immigrant parent and a first generation immigrant parent, I was praised for achievements and taught the way of survival. While grateful for all I was given, I discovered the road to my own freedom was in the healing of traumas-those incurred in my own family and through social constructs. It is my passion and joy to guide others in their own healing journey towards mind, body, and heart wellness.
As a long time dancer and meditator, I have learned to tune into the wisdom of the body. I love teaching and guiding others to release stress in the body and move towards fully embodying their natural, true selves. My work is based in a Mindfulness/Somatic approach called Hakomi. I teach workshops and other community events in and around the bay area. You can see some of my contributions at the Women’s Alter Program https://www.womensalter.org/meet-us.
As a California State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT#99850) it is required I have had 3,000 hours of supervised therapy training hours and pass two California State board exams.
· Masters in Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
· Bachelor's in Communications, Boston University
· Craniosacral Healing in Psychotherapy Cranio-Sacral MFT Professional Training with Shirley Dvir, MFT
· Mindfulness/ Body-based Psychotherapy, Hakomi, 6-Month MFT Professional Training with Rob Fisher, LMFT
· Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples, 8-Month Skills Training with Dr. Michelle Gannon
· Attachment/Mindfulness-Based Couples Therapy, 3-Weekend Professional Training with Rob Fisher, LMFT
Over-Active Sympathetic Nervous System
If you find yourself unable to relax, have rapid thoughts, or you experience chronic anxiety, its likely your sympathetic nervous system(SNS), the fight/flight response system is activating unnecessarily, causing chronic stress, low energy, as well as other physiological health issues. In relationships you may be quick to upset and slow to soothe. Its not your fault. Our bodies learn how to appraise danger at an early age.
De-Activating Parasympathetic Nervous System
Depression, zoning out, and fog brain point us to the dissociation that occurs when the response to stress is the “freeze mode.” Animals will play dead and reptiles use this function to survive as well. This type of shutdown appears in challenges with communication or social anxiety, procrastinating habits that lead to feeling unproductive, and the sense of being emotionally “numb.”
Social Nervous System-Ventral Vagal System
Many of us grew up in home environments that did not provide adequate soothing and trust building opportunities. This can make it difficult to trust and open in relationships as an adult. It also can impact our abilities to respond appropriately to stress rather than reacting and reaching for unhealthy ways to regulate emotions such as sex, alcohol, drugs, or food.
In Nervous System Repatterning you will learn cues of safety and comfort so that you can better soothe yourself in stressful situations. Sometimes this involves light touch through Craniosacral Therapy, sometimes on the massage table, sometimes on the couch.
You will learn how to “get out of your head,” build your trust in your body to respond to stress in healthy ways, and grow your body-love and self-confidence.
Something deep inside you is calling you to this work. It may be a longing for relief, direction, or re-connection to self.
Working with Marni Levy, LMFT you discover the internal power source- that which creates meaning, builds relationships, and carves careers and life ambitions.
In order to tap into, realign with, or discover, your True Self, your Natural Self, the Self that is plugged into the power line of the True Yang energy source-we focus our work on healing and transformation. Going inward we clean out that which is old and no longer serving us; moving outward we can connect and create with people and pursuits which support and nourish our True Self.
I use a Somatic and Mindfulness based therapy approach called the Hakomi Method, to work with your “core material", the composition of your memories, beliefs, and traumas that influence the major themes of life: safety, belonging, support, power, freedom, control, responsibility, love, appreciation, sexuality, spirituality, etc.
Together we will use our relationship to heal old wounds, support your longings and grow your passions.
For more on what somatic therapy includes, check out my FAQ section.
Body Image, binge eating,
Hakomi, Somatic Psychotherapy
CBT, Cognitive behavioral
Role play, Psychodrama
NonViolent Communication Skills
Drug/Alcohol Harm Reduction
From cradle to coffin we all need love and connection.
When we have safety and security in our relationship, we know we can turn to our person and regain a sense of balance in our world.
When the safety is not there we feel disorganized, fearful, and alone.
I'm trained in the Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples approach which uses attachment theory as a way to decrease conflict and tension and increase emotional responsiveness and affection. My work with couples is a compassionate and loving approach. Together we honor anger and frustration as natural responses to bond-threatening situations, and transform reactive cycles into cycles of empathy, vulnerability, and repair.
Low conflict, low intimacy
Issues with physical touch/sex
I don't take insurance at this time. However, more and more health insurance companies are now partially reimbursing out-of-network psychotherapy. I am happy to provide you with a receipt of payment of our sessions for you to submit to your insurance company if you choose to do so. And also please note, I do accept Wage Werks.
The word "soma" means the "living-body." Mental health professionals today agree that our emotions and our traumas are "stored" in the body. How we hold ourselves and how we feel day to day is directly related to what emotions we have or have not processed and discharged out of our body. An example of this is a consistent knot in your throat or in your stomach. We discharge this energy in the body by getting into a mindful state and exploring the body sensation and what healing it needs. Rather than talking about your problems in a long speculative conversation, in somatic therapy you will be guided into a self study (often with your eyes closed to tune into your inner world) in order to understand the nonverbal expressions of old pain. You can expect to find relief from persistent, old painful emotions and behaviors, and a newfound understanding of who you are and how you want to be in the world. This leads to more freedom to engage in fuller, richer, more rewarding relationships.
Mindfulness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental and emotional experiences. Mindfulness is about training yourself to pay attention in a specific way. When a person is mindful, they:
Focus on the present moment
Try not to think about anything that went on in the past or that might be coming up in future
Purposefully concentrate on what’s happening in the now, sounds, smells, sights, body sensations
Try not to be judgmental about anything they notice, or label things as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.”
If you feel safe and comfortable to be yourself with me. If you find our explorations to be insightful and transformative, and can sense that I can empathize with what you are going through. A good sign that our work together is successful is if you are experiencing some relief, insight, and positive changes in your world.
All of us are unique in our goals and needs. I will check in periodically to assess how therapy is helping and addressing your various needs. This is a great opportunity for us to explore what's working and what's not working, how far you've come, how you feel presently, and how you would like to move forward.
Our first session would be a 50-minute intake session. It's a chance for me to get a more detailed sense of what kind of support you are needing and what goals you have for therapy. I will also ask you questions about yourself, your therapeutic and medical history, as well as a little about your family and relationship history. This information will help me get a more holistic understanding on how to tailor therapy to fit your needs, goals, and personality. The intake session is also a chance for you to ask me any questions you might have.
If we find we are a good fit, we would schedule a consistent time in which to meet every week.
I do offer tele-medicine (video chat sessions like Skype) to people who are not in the Bay Area or not able to come to the office but still residing in California. If you are outside the bay area you may consult with me via the telephone to see if my life coaching practice would be appropriate for your needs.
Consistency is crucial for therapy to be successful. Additionally, I hold your therapy time slot specifically for you. Because of this I have a 48-hour cancellation policy. You can text, call, or email me prior to 48-hours of our meeting time. Otherwise, I kindly ask for payment of the full fee of your missed session.
Want to chat before booking? Lets connect.
I will reach out to you by email to schedule your free discovery call.
Downtown San Francisco