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  including sources of my own study, my personal teachers, professionals I trust, and more


​San Francisco & Bay Area:

Jen Poole, MA, MFT

Ivy Tiegel, MA, AMFT

Santa Cruz County:

Ellen Garfield, MA, MFT

Holistic Nutritionists:

Tarah Venn, NRD


Health and Well-Being:

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF offers a variety of Mindfulness-Based programs to include courses for stress reduction, childbirth & parenting.

San Francisco Insight Meditation Community offers meditation instruction, classes and retreats… a great resource for beginners to meditation as well as people looking to deepen their practice in a community-based environment.


Melissa Michaels

Books & Writings

The Ultimate Journey by Stanislav Grof

The Smell of Rain on Dust by Martín Prechtel ​

The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller and Michael Lerner

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Die Wise by Stephen Jenkinson

The Odyssey by Homer

Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Ithaka & any other poem written by Constantine P. Cavafy

Stepping Out of Self-Deception:  The Buddha’s Liberating Teaching of No Self by Rodney Smith

Beyond Codependency by Melody Beattie

Conscious Loving:  The Journey to Co-Commitment by Gay Hendricks & Kathlyn Hendricks

The Four Agreements:  A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz

Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams & David Carson

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt

Mindful Universe by Henry P. Stapp

Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön

Emergent Strategy Adrienne Maree Brown


Braiding Sweetgrass Robin Wall Kimmerer

Dreambody: The Body's Role in Healing the Self - Arnold Mindell

Power, Resistance and Liberation in Therapy with Survivors of Trauma: To Have Our Hearts Broken - Taiwo Afuape 

Salt by Nayyirah Waheed


Nonviolent communication: A language of compassion by Rosenberg

Destructive emotions: How can we overcome them? by Dalai Lama & Goleman, D. 

Emotional intelligence: Why it can matter than IQ by Goleman


Waking the tiger: Healing trauma by Peter Levine 

Healing trauma: A pioneering program for restoring the wisdom of your body by Peter Levine

Dance as a healing art: Returning to health with movement and imagery by Anna Halprin 

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