Eveline Wu, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Transformation and growth are possible, and I value the dreams you bring to this world.
There is a way through, and sometimes it helps to guide or someone with you, to support you in finding your own resources and move through what has been difficult.
When your life has not followed a linear path, or you have found yourself crossing cultures from the world you grew up in, it can be difficult to feel understood. You may be wanting to find that unique therapist who has both the verbal and nonverbal sensitivity, to tune in, guide or accompany you, in things that been hard to understand in yourself and your relationships.
As your somatic psychotherapist, I bring depthful support with you navigating the bridge between mind and body, past and present, and crossing cultures while living a life of authenticity and integrity. I have been exploring the mind/body field for over 20 years to bring my support to you.
My approach is centrally shaped by a relational and somatic integration of numerous perspectives, particularly Emotional Dynamic Therapies, that recognize the core role that emotional patterns learned early in life play in adult experiences and relationships. At the same time, I work with an understanding that some of that learning is nonverbal or below conscious awareness and accessible through body awareness, movement, or touch and an understanding of the physiological impacts of trauma and betrayal. I also recognize the roles, hopes and fears, that society invites us to contend with. I work in a collaborative relationship that seeks to support your empowerment and voice, with sensitivity to the impact of social and cultural injustice.
As a second generation Asian American, I am sensitive to issues of marginalization, belonging, cultural and intergenerational issues. I bring a background of understanding, prior study and activism, and focused psychological study, in issues related to these themes.
If you’d like to speak and see if we might be a match, I invite you to contact me.
Eveline Wu, My CLINICAL JOURNEY
I began my journey as a therapist through studying the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education, a movement based approach for psycho-physical change that underlies many somatic approaches. Prior to that, I was an activist in Asian American social justice issues working at numerous nonprofits, arts and Asian American advocacy organizations. Through somatics I began to see a bridge in the developmental embodied experience between are cultural influences and our personal uniqueness, as well as a way of making sense of how we deal with change and adversity, and how we can bring about personal change. It became important to me to think about the challenges of social change when it can be so hard to shift the seemingly simpler challenges of our personal lives.
That began a journey of the last 20 years of extensive reading and study in the fields of somatic psychology, somatic education and relational/existential psychologies. Through personal growth, exploration and work with clients, my training evolved to include many somatic therapies and existential/experiential therapies that incorporate the body, as well as feminist/relational psychologies which honor connectedness. Through my growth as a therapist, I’ve come to appreciate the complex interplay between culture, social and family influences, as well as the unique somatic imprints of development, experience, and uniqueness that shape who we are.
Neurobiology and humanity meet in an emotion driven and longing filled world of ourselves. I work now with a focus on relationship and emotion, that I see as rooted or intersecting with psychodynamic/psychoanalytic approaches, that pay attention to embodied experience and those early relationships and “attachments” that shape who we are. In addition, I’ve had a fascination and intense study of group psychotherapy approaches which bring together social context and personal psyche, which I understand to underlie systems of couples, families and societies. This richness of what can be discovered in relationship and the courage formed in support motivates me. I am continually learning and growing and growing along with my clients.
M.A. Counseling - Somatic Psychology
California Institute of Integral Studies
B.A. Sociology, Highest Honors
University of California - Berkeley
DEFT (Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy), Susan Warren Warshow, 3 year training, Los Angeles, CA, 2018-present
Somatic Psychotherapy, Psychophysical Therapy Training with Bill Bowen, 2009-2010
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I, Ame Cutler, 2013
Inner Relationship Focusing, Levels I-V, Ann Weiser Cornell, 2001-2004
Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy Introductory Workshop, Ruella Frank, 2013
Supervision with Trainers in Various Somatic and Somatic Analytic Approaches including Formative Psychology, Somatic Experiencing & AEDP, and Somatic Psychodynamic Therapies
Embodied Oppression Workshops/Presentations
"Exploring Dominant and Submissive Roles through Body Awareness", (2 days) Merete Holm Brantbjerg, Founder, Moaiku Relational Trauma Therapy, 2016
"The Somato-Psychological Cost of Social Marginalization", Kurt Wagner
"Working with Embodied Oppression", Rae Johnson
"Social Justice Focused Psychodrama Techniques" (1 day), Leticia Nietto
Interpersonal Neurobiology - How Relationships Effect Physiology
Allan Schore Study Group, 6 months
Dan Siegal, Alan Fogel, Stephen Porges, Bruce Lipton,
Couples Theory - Related Group and Systems Theories
“Working with High Conflict Couples,” Emotionally Focused Therapy, Rebecca Jorgensen
Annual Psychoanalytic Couples Therapy Event (2017, 2018)
NGGPS, Relational Gestalt Group Process (2 days)
Systems Centered Theory Study Group, Susan Gnatt (2 years)
Systems Centered Theory Foundation Training (12 days), Yvonne Agazarian and others
T Group Diversity Focus Group Intensive (4 days)
Intersubjective Relational Psychoanalysis Group Process (2 days)
Emotion Focused Somatic Therapies
6 AEDP day-long seminars in a variety of clinical topics
TOUCH FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY AND TRAUMA
Kathy Kain - Touch for Psychotherapy I & II (8 days)
Kathy Kain - Somatic Resilience & Regulation After Early Trauma I & I, (8 days)
Dave Berger - Working with Traumatic Impact of Concussions (1 day)
Ariel Giaretto - Wisdom of the Womb: Perinatal & Ancestral Trauma (3 days)
Bill Bowen - Touch in Psychotherapy (1 year program) 2011
Pat Ogden- Hakomi Somatics for Bodyworkers, 2001
Donna Cerio - Intentional Touch(R) for Sexual Abuse Survivors, 2007
SOMATIC EDUCATION IN DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT & LEARNING
Feldenkrais Method Certified Practitioner Training 1997-2000
Anat Baniel Method Mastery & Children's Training, 2003-2004
Body Mind Centering Workshops (Organs, Embodying the Heart, Righting Reflexes)
Workshops in Integrated Awareness(R), The Embodied Life(R), & Other Feldenkrais approaches to working with emotion and trauma, Continuum, etc.
SOMATIC DANCE MOVEMENT
Moving with Feeling (3 days) Zuza Engler, Soul Motion/Gestalt Awareness
Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals (1 week), Peggy Hackney
Finding the Bones, Creative Process (4 days) Joe Goode
Laban Based Dance & Improvisation (4 days), Bill Evans
Blanche Evans Technique, Ann Krantz, PhD
Ongoing Conscious Dance and Movement Practices
Founder: CIIS Student Group, Diversity Perspectives in Embodiment, Hosting Speakers on Working with Race/Culture/Sexuality and Embodied Oppression in Somatic Psychology
Publication: Wu, E., Barnes, D. E., Ackerman, S. L., Lee, J., Chesney, M., & Mehling, W. E. (2014). Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLIÉ): qualitative analysis of a clinical trial in older adults with dementia, Aging & Mental Health, July, online.
Poster: “A Multi-Modal Somatic Exercise Program for Seniors with Dementia: a preliminary case study,” Presented at the Esther Thelen Dynamic Systems Research Symposium, San Francisco, CA, & United States Association for Body Psychotherapy Conference, Boulder, Colorado. August 2012.
Convener/Discussant, Somatic Psychotherapy in Japan and Other Asian Cultures, Dec 7, 2013 (3 hrs), speaker Takashi Kubo.
Panel Convener/Co-Participant, “Somatic Approaches to Race Based Traumatic Stress,” American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)– Bay Area Student Conference, October 2012.