Nicki  Koethner
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Nicki Koethner

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Master of Arts, MA
California Waitlist Online
Kensho Center Waitlist In-person
Updated May 4, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Life purpose & meaning
  • Anxiety
  • Self-care
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Communication issues
  • Stress management

Professional statement

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

Message to clients

Welcome to my practice! You found the right place, if you are ready to dive deep to find deeper meaning and purpose in your life as well as integrate your spiritual awakenings, deepening your intimacy with yourself and others, process cultural and personal traumas, navigate losses in your life and manage anxiety, stress, burn-out and depression to have joyful connections and better communication with your family, friends, children and partners and find purposeful self-expression through work.

I help people to deeply listen inside and let their choices be based on what is true for them. Clients learn to love and accept themselves more fully by understanding the impact of the past, and what is alive in them in the present. Stress, anxiety, anger, depression and grief management are part of the work as well as looking at communication with ourselves and others and working through shame and guilt that hinder our self-expression. We transform old beliefs that are based in fear into scripts of love.

I support you to understand your choices, dreams and relationships to create more balance and expand your choices in life.

I support you in major life transitions and transformations.

I support you to be more joyful and free while learning to be with the pain and grief.

I support you in matching your soul's longings and being with what is, while making changes that you desire.

The biggest gift you can give to the world is being yourself! Faced with shadow, graced with light!


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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • First Health

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $200
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • As needed
Therapist's note

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.


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue 10-6pm
  • Wed 10-6pm
  • Thu 10-6pm
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Kensho Center practice
2113 Woolsey Street, Berkeley, California 94703
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue 10am-6pm
  • Wed 10am-6pm
  • Thu 10am-6pm
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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


California: 46109