I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Certified EMDR Therapist, with a background in somatic therapy and art therapy. I was introduced to yoga and meditation in college in 1994, while completing a BA in Psychology with an emphasis in Eastern Perspectives on Holistic Health at SFSU. In 1998, I graduated with an MA in Art Therapy and Marriage and Family therapy from the College of Notre Dame. I became a licensed psychotherapist in 2001, a certified yoga teacher in 2005, and a yoga therapist in 2008. I have been working as a psychotherapist for the past 22 years in private practice, group homes, juvenile halls, chemical dependency programs, crisis response programs, and most recently, for Kaiser Permanente.
My other formal studies include: training in Bioenergetics (founded by Alexander Lowen), Restorative Teacher Training with Judith Lasater, Integrative Restoration (I-Rest) Training with Richard Miller, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (body and mindfulness oriented therapy) training in the treatment of Trauma. I am also trained in EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT,) Mindfulness Based-Stress Reduction (MBSR), Prolonged Exposure (PE) for the treatment of trauma, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Self-Compassion Practices. Currently, I am getting trained to specialize in working with people who identify as HSP "Highly Sensitive People" and look forward to supporting more HSP clients. I also specialize in working with trauma.
Academically, I was on the faculty of Sofia University (formerly the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology), and the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) where I taught Trauma classes to graduate students, as well as other courses. I was also proud to be on the faculty of the Niroga Institute (www.niroga.org) Yoga Teacher and Therapy Training Programs. I have spent a few years teaching yoga to at-risk youth and people healing from illness and recovering from addiction, as well as training others to work with these specialized populations. In addition, I have enjoyed being a Clinical Supervisor of interns and trainees going through the licensure process.
I am currently providing tele-therapy for clients residing in CA and meeting with clients in-person as well in Oakland CA.
Please let me know if you would like to set up a free 15 min consultation phone call to see if we might be a good fit for each other.
My preferred pronouns are she/her.
Weekly Gentle/Restorative Yoga Class starting March 31 2023:
1700 Shattuck Ave, 2nd Floor Berkeley, CA 94709
This class is geared towards stress management. It incorporates gentle stretches to release tension from the body, breathing practices and meditation to calm the mind, and restorative postures to settle the nervous system. This is a great way to have a chance to unplug from the external world and reconnect with ourselves. All bodies are welcome! No experience necessary. This class is both in-person and on-line with access to a 48 hr recording. Sign up at www.yogakula.com
Antonia K. Fokken LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist