Akhila E. A. Kolesar
I believe that a wellness model truly supports the whole person: the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual self in each of us. This informs my work with individuals and couples by making psychotherapy an exciting journey in which, together, we find how their unique abilities and strengths can be applied to challenging life situations, relationships, and the unfolding of new ways of being. My experience allows me to serve clients in crisis and those suffering from traumas, address a variety of symptoms such as anxiety and depression, and to facilitate deep personal growth and identity development in others. I am dedicated to serving every client with dignity and respect, and often work with the sexually or gender-diverse. I work cognitively, symbolically, and somatically, and maintain a practice rooted in interpersonal feminism and mindful compassion. Two decades of studying ecopsychology and world religions gives me an appreciation of diversity and the sacred while allowing me to join my clients as a companion on their unique personal journeys.
I obtained my Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and I serve my community from my office in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. I conducted my dissertation research on the spiritual experiences of multiply partnered people and I am committed to continuing my education and research in the domain of human sexuality.