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It would be my privilege to be a part of your unique healing journey. I offer spiritually-oriented (or transpersonal) psychotherapy, and view life as a spiral path that is always moving us towards healing and wholeness. From this perspective the symptoms that bring us into therapy, couples counseling, or consultation are not really problems, but the healing impulse of our psyche loudly declaring that our awareness and growth are required. Therefore, as life inevitably presents us with transitions and loss, each unique circumstance becomes an integral part of what awakens us into the fullness of our human experience. Sometimes we need to unearth and release past pain that is now limiting us. Other times our work is to discover what invites our deepest joy to flourish.

I am trained in EMDR and have expertise in trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship issues, couples therapy and spiritual matters, including spiritual emergence/emergency. With two Masters degrees in East West Psychology and Integral Counseling Psychology, I enjoy utilizing the rich wisdom traditions of the East: Buddhism, Sufism, & Hinduism with Western Christian mysticism in my healing work with clients. I am known to weave in body awareness, mindfulness practices, teaching stories or my special love of mystical poetry, as inspired.

As a mother of two daughters myself, I value helping women prepare psychologically and spiritually for pregnancy, the transition into motherhood, and the ongoing joys and challenges of parenting.

I have supervised interns in private practice since 2002, and also enjoy supervising trainees & interns for my alma mater, California Institute of Integral Studies and New Perspectives Center for Counseling.

My offices are in San Francisco and Emeryville where I see individuals, couples, and families for psychotherapy. I am also available for consultation, supervision, and for speaking engagements.


Lori E. Opal, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 35754)