Stephen Dansiger

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Punk drummer then Songwriter then Dharma Practitioner then Social Justice Educator then EMDR/Trauma/Addiction Therapist then Author/Podcaster now simultaneously...



Welcome to my practice! I have provided training, education, leadership, coaching and therapy for a diverse population for over 25 years.  I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California, holding a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. I have created and run programs at several top treatment facilities, as well as serving as a Clinical Director and Primary Therapist.  In my private practice, I specialize in all substance and behavioral addictions, as well as working with PTSD, Complex PTSD, depression, anxiety and other disorders. I am an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Certified Therapist, providing direct EMDR therapy services as well as consultation for EMDR therapists, Basic Training in EMDR, and other EMDR special topics workshops for clinicians. Also, I have been practicing mindfulness meditation in the Zen tradition for over 25 years including a one-year residency at a Zen Buddhist monastery, and have fully integrated Buddhist psychology into my therapy practice.  I currently practice mindfulness in the Insight tradition, having completed over a year of facilitator training with Noah Levine at Against the Stream in the lineage of the Thai Forest tradition and Jack Kornfield.

My goal in all the work I do therapeutically is to meet the person where they are and find the right path to healing. My philosophy is in line with that of EMDR therapy, which posits that the brain and heart heal themselves, and my role is simply to be a facilitator of that process.   My training in mindfulness and EMDR therapy has helped me to grow in compassion and wisdom as to how I might best be of help.  My Buddhist practice, my graduate work and my work in the field have shown me the suffering of those who come into the office, the great internal resources of those same people, and the great journey of discovery that I get the honor of witnessing and guiding.

What I hope for you as you enter the practice is that you will find here the space, the safety and the pathway for your healing, whatever that might be.  Some will come with deep trauma that hasn’t been addressed, others with problems with addiction, some who need help with their grieving, some who are dealing with a major life transition like career decisions, marriage, birth or death.  Wherever you fall in the spectrum, we can work together to do our best to find your path to a happier, healthier life.