Nicki Koethner, MA, MFT is a Somatic Expressive Arts Psychotherapist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Educator, Consultant and Multi-media Artist offering individual and couple sessions online and in person in Berkeley, CA in German and English. She specializes in transforming trauma, anxiety, depression, chronic illnesses, sexuality and identity questions, communication issues in relationships into empowerment by offering trauma-informed spiritual integration tools.
She invites her clients to enter a deep self-inquiry process to work through childhood wounds, intergenerational and cultural traumas in a compassionate and non-judgmental way through talk, expressive arts therapy including poetry, storytelling, drawing, music, dramatherapy, movement, energy healing and somatic inquiry and working with dreams.
She is an interactive therapist who brings a lot of joy to the work with her clients and offers a unique blend of humanistic, transpersonal-oriented therapy to enhance communication in relationships, a wholesome expression of sexuality, work and spirituality, and address the grief of losses as they manifest in chronic illnesses, self-esteem issues and other imbalances in our bodies and behaviors. Her style is versatile and inclusive to meet the unique person she is working with.
She has worked with a variety of clients in a variety of contexts (including hospitals, jails, rehabilitation programs and the streets) across various cultures, ages and sexual orientations and life-styles. She also teaches other therapists to include creative expression for healing and transformation. She has organized holistic dance events, offered spiritual ceremonies, run expressive arts conferences as well as offered workshops and trainings internationally.
She is a contributing author to “Anxiety Warrior Vol 2,” “Anxiety meets Compassion;” the Mental Health Trainer’s Guide: "Unlocking Stigma" working with LGBTQI2-S children, TAY, adults and older adults”, the Expressive Arts Workbook for Healthcare Workers. Compassion Fatigue, Well-Being, And Burnout, and the Wellness Playbook #2: Mindfulness, Yoga, Expressive Arts and Music
Life purpose & meaning - Exploring one’s beliefs and values around life purpose, meaning, and spirituality; addressing the barriers to living a life that feels fulfilling, including instigating change or developing new habits
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Self-care - Learning what effective self-care looks like and incorporating these strategies into daily life; developing an awareness of wellbeing to identify when one needs to practice self-care
LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Communication issues - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships withpartners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others
Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
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Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
I first speak with people over the phone or on zoom for a free consultation up to 20 minutes to find out what brings you to therapy, hopes and fears for and past experiences with therapy, some general background info and answer any questions you might have for me. We will see if our schedules match and if I'm the right therapist for you. I ask people to pay their weeks for each appointment at the beginning of the session.
Years of Experience: 20 years
Sofia University , Adjunct Faculty MACP-Creative Expression, 2015 - Present
California Institute of Integral Studies, Adjunct Faculty- Clinical Group Supervision, 2017 - Present
Private Practice Express-Explore-Expand, Marriage and Family Therapist, Founder, 2008 - Present
Contra Costa Health Services , Expressive Arts Therapy Supervisor and Program Manager, 2015 - 2020
California Institute of Integral Studies, MA in Counseling Psychology with concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy, 2003