Eveline Wu, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
I support individuals and couples have who been “undersupported” in life, to live authentic lives grounded in their truth, in ways that care for their own needs.
When you have pushed yourself to excel beyond your family circumstances, and you’ve crossed cultures from the world you grew up in, it can be difficult to feel understood.
Perhaps you know what the issues are intellectually, and you still get hit with anxiety, depression or painful repetitive patterns.
If you’ve been longing for a unique therapist who has both the verbal and nonverbal sensitivity, to tune in to, hear or accompany you, in things that been hard to understand in yourself and your relationships, I welcome you.
Working with me, you’ll find someone who can hold complexity while challenging you to grow. You’ll find someone who is sensitive to many ways of being in the world, values listening carefully to the nuances of your life, and understands ways to navigate the complex world of feelings and overwhelm.
My path to becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist began with being a practitioner of a mind/body approach for working with people with chronic pain and trauma for over 18 years, called the Feldenkrais Method. Through that method, I have learned to listen both to verbal and nonverbal ways of being, and how mind and body hold memory and can heal.
I also bring to you decades of study of “somatic” mind/body psychotherapy approaches for trauma including Sensorimotor and Psychophysical Therapy, attachment theory including Emotion Focused Therapy, neuroplasticity and systems centered theories of how to build successful relationships. I bring depthful sensitivity to ways of using the mind/body relationship to support you.
I am touched by the journey to empowerment, and connection rooted in an authentic mind/body approach. I am continually learning and growing to support you in the best ways possible.
In the last few years, this has led me to become one of the few people in the Bay Area utilizing Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy and Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy, highly effective systems for resolving underlying emotional dynamics related intense anxiety, complex emotions, and chronic pain, tension and somatic symptoms.
I have seen the power of a safe relationship to create transformational change. Working with me, you’ll find a sacred holding space for you where we can support you to reach past your fears or blocks, to face what has been difficult, and get to what you truly want.
As a complex thinker and feeler, I enjoy supporting people to sort out complex challenges. This has also led me to deepen in work with couples and families. We all live in multiple systems of family, society, history, memory, and our dreams and inner callings, that contribute to who are. I take a holistic view of change.
I am second generation Asian American. I grew up in Bay Area, and have also lived in the East Coast and Alaska. I am sensitive to issues of marginalization, belonging, navigating cultural and political differences, personality style, and family and intergenerational issues. I bring that to my work with you as well.
Other pieces about me: I have published research with the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine on nonverbal memory using mind/body groups with people with dementia. I am a former activist in Asian American issues. I am a certified ski instructor who has formerly taught autistic kids to ski. I have lived in California, Connecticut, New York, and Alaska.
I’d love to learn how I might support you. Let’s explore. I invite you to contact me.
M.A. Counseling - Somatic Psychology
California Institute of Integral Studies
B.A. Sociology, Highest Honors
University of California - Berkeley
Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Immersion, “The Unconscious Therapeutic Alliance,” Allen Abbas (author of “Reaching Through Resistance”), Copenhagen, Denmark, 2019.
Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy (DEFT), Susan Warren Warshow, Year 1 Training, Los Angeles, CA, 2018-2019.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma, Level I, Ame Cutler, Portland, OR, 2012-2013.
Psychophysical Therapy with Bill Bowen, 2009-2010
Inner Relationship Focusing, Levels I-V, Ann Weiser Cornell, 2001-2004
Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy Introduction, 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 Therapy, Group and Systems Therapies
Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship, Sam Jinich, Nancy & Paul Aikin, and consultation.
“Working with High Conflict Couples,” Emotionally Focused Therapy, Rebecca Jorgensen
AEDP For Couples, (2 events), David Mars
Annual Psychoanalytic Couples Therapy Symposium 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.
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
United States Association for Body Psychotherapy
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
International Association for Emotionally Focused Therapy
American Association for Pain Psychology
Feldenkrais Guild of North America