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 acute and complex traumas, address a variety of symptoms such as anxiety and depression, and to facilitate deep personal growth and identity development. I am dedicated to serving every client with dignity and respect, and often work with folks who are relationally, sexually and/or gender-diverse. I work cognitively, symbolically, and somatically, and maintain a practice rooted in interpersonal feminism and mindful compassion. More than 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 clients in California via remote work, although I am based in San Francisco. I conducted my dissertation research on the spiritual experiences of multiply partnered people and I am committed to continuing my education in the domains of sexuality, non-ordinary states of consciousness, and family and systems constellation.