Investing in yourself and your relationships can CHANGE the rest of your life

Melody Wright, somatic psychotherapist in berkeley

I view therapy as a collaborative process in which new ways of understanding and relating to yourself, others, and the world can be experienced. My goal is to create a safe space for you to explore new possibilities, challenge limiting beliefs, heal from painful experiences, and stand confidently in your truths.

I believe therapy can be a catalyst for change when you feel safe, heard, and understood.  By listening to the wisdom of your body, transformation and healing is possible.

My style is down-to-earth, warm, and engaged.  I truly feel honored when I am able to witness the moments where your most honest self unfolds.  When this happens, and with your permission, we may embark on a journey of embodied exploration for greater insight and understanding.

As a somatic psychotherapist, I offer my humanness, my empathy, and a commitment to helping you heal and thrive in today's world.  I am dedicated to helping you on your journey towards a life of purpose, a life filled with meaningful connections and inner peace.

Somatic Psychotherapy is the foundation of my work.

For me, true and lasting change comes from integrating the mind and body—for it is within the body that our old wounds, habits, and memories are held.  By bringing attention to the body, we can create a clear, full picture of your experience, leading to growth and change. 

Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy influences me deeply.

Hakomi is founded on the belief that studying what's happening in the present moment allows you to access core memories, beliefs, and neural patterns that shape your daily experiences and define your identity in the world.  By bringing awareness to these beliefs, we can work together to invite healing and transformation.

My Specialties and Interests Include:

  • Managing stress
  • Healing of trauma and PTSD
  • Overcoming depressive thoughts and lack of motivation
  • Couples looking to re-connect and communicate more effectively
  • Working through separation/divorce
  • Fertility challenges
  • Womxn of color
  • Multicultural populations
  • Cultural conflicts
  • Overcoming shame and guilt
  • Establishing healthy boundaries
  • Work-Life balance
  • Supporting new parents
  • Play therapy for children to age 5

 

My Personal Journey

For most of my life, I have searched for a deeper connection to myself and with others.  I was born and raised in the Bay Area and after graduating from UCLA, I worked in finance and real estate and co-founded a tax preparation company.  During that time I lived in a constant state of being overwhelmed; meeting deadlines, having little sleep, and sacrificing my time and body to meet my goals.  But I knew life had more to offer.  

 It wasn’t until I took a big leap, followed my heart, and started a Master’s degree program at John F. Kennedy University in Counseling Psychology that I began to put myself first.  For the first time I started taking time for myself, maintaining a self-care practice, finding my voice and my power, and listening to my needs AND the needs of my body. For the first time ever my world began to look different.

My personal path towards healing, growth, and transformations has taught me to honor myself and my truths and to finally listen to and learn from my body.

I bring this same commitment to helping you overcome whatever may be getting in the way of having a life you truly desire.

 

Background and Experience

I received my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Somatic Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and completed Hakomi Professionals Skills Training. My background includes working with a diverse range of individuals and couples in various Bay Area community settings, and I have experience working with children to age 5 and their families.

Credentials

  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, MFT#107069, 

  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Somatic Psychology from John F. Kennedy University

  • B.A. in Business Economics from University of California, Los Angeles

Education & Trainings

  • Hakomi Professional Skills Training, Hakomi Institute of California
  • Practicum in Somatic Psychology: Touch and Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Approaches to Trauma & PTSD A and B
  • Somatic Psychology Perspectives on Stress and Psychobioimmunology
  • Practicum in Somatic Psychology: Body Structure, Regulation, and Self-Direction
  • Authentic Movement Seminar A and B
  • Practicum in Somatic Psychology: Somatic Resourcing
  • Practicum in Somatic Psychology: Body and Spirituality
  • Body Oriented Psychotherapies
  • The Cultural Body, Society, Body Image and the Self
  • Practicum in Somatic Psychology: Mindfulness Based Experiential Psychotherapy – The Hakomi Method
  • Principles of Somatic Psychology

Ready to get started?  Set up your free phone consultation today.  

More questions?  Visit my FAQ page.

I welcome the diversity of all ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, family configurations, sexual orientations, and gender identities.  As a multicultural, mixed-race (African American and Japanese) therapist, I strive to provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for healing, transformation, and growth for all.