• “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

    – Anais Nin –

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COVID-19 Message: User-friendly video sessions and telehealth available.  Prior to March 13th, 2020, we would meet for your intake session in my office. Ever since the shelter-in-place order was put into place for health and safety reasons, I've been meeting with clients online on a HIPAA-compliant, confidential platform and will continue to do so until further notice. During your intake phone call, we’ll be discussing how to access the platform, payment and insurance rates, and how to get the most out of our sessions together.

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Therapy for Women Who are DEpressed When They Are Not EXpressed


You never thought things were going to look like this.  You know that you are gifted and have a big creative impulse, but how can you even begin figuring that out when doing the laundry feels like the fucking stations of the cross?  You wonder how you're ever going to find a place for yourself in this world.  You wonder what hope there even is for this world.  You have visions of a wild, creative life, but you don't know how in the hell you're going to do it.  There seems to be no way out of the stuck-ness.  On top of that, your life may be flooded with junk that doesn't enliven you, leaving little or no time for pleasure, or the life of your creativity and soul, and maybe boundaries aren't really your forte.  As if to add insult to injury, the current state of the world may be exacerbating symptoms of trauma, anxiety and depression, leaving you feeling rudderless and completely burnt out.


“When women reassert their relationship with the wildish nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, a visionary, an oracle, an inspiratrice, an intuitive, a maker, a creator, an inventor, and a listener who guide, suggest and urge vibrant life in the inner and outer world.”

-Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes -


There is probably a HUGE fire in your belly to make things and fulfill your spiritual and creative potential.  Each day that passes without showing up for the fullness of life and a sacred creative practice hurts you all the way down at a very real, soul level.  Ugh, I know!  Now for the good news:  It pains you to feel so stuck because you're a creative giant in the rough.  There is enough time yet, and there is a place for you in this world.  There's nothing wrong with you.  We just need to adjust the volume on some things.

 

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"I believe that magic is art and that art, whether it be writing, music, sculpture, or any other form is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words, or images, to achieve changes in consciousness."

- Alan Moore -

I empower creative women to find their soul voice and use it, and to find their intuition, magic, and deepest inspiration in order to create the life and relationships they want, and to be the best, most self-aware version of themselves. Many of my clients are women in their 20s-30s experiencing some blend of depression, anxiety, and some form of quarter life crisis. My approach gives intuition a place to dance within a trauma-informed container. I use EMDR, currently considered the gold standard of trauma therapies, with many of my clients, though I never approach therapy in a strictly manual-based or one-size-fits-all way. I consider empathic attunement, our relationship, and your embodied experience in the present moment to be central to the work, and I do my best to never allow any of my training or expertise to become a form of 'clutter' that interrupts my ability to be present with you, intuitively, in the moment. I integrate somatic awareness, feminist therapy, transpersonal therapy, depth psychology and an appreciation of the huge impact of social ecologies into my approach. (I'm also trained in dream analysis, deep imagination, astrology and the use of oracle cards in therapy, and I use this with clients as appropriate and when they request it. Call me if you're curious about how that can fit into strengths-based therapy.)


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If You're Ready to....

• Start enjoying life again

• Achieve your goals

• and live authentically

…Then let's chat!

The world needs the most empowered version of you now more than ever. But so many of us feel we're lost in the woods with only a tiny flashlight. By deepening your self-trust, inner authority, and your relationship with your body and intuition (the real secret to strength), you will be able to take the next step, and then the next, and come out the other side of this as the one-of-a-kind diamond you are. You can alchemize your rage, trauma and stuck-ness into your most soulful insight and vital energy for moving forward on your own, personalized artist's path. 🙂 We've got this. LGBTQ+ affirming. Open-minded and non-judgmental. All genders welcome. Click the link below to schedule a free 20-minute consultation to see if we feel like a match, no strings attached!

 

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Meet Annalise Oatman

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I’m an Integrative EMDR Psychotherapist in Hayes Valley, but you might also call me an inner child whisperer, fairy godmother, Alan Moore-dork, ultra-Pisces, and Dionysian artist. I help artists and creatives who want more than anything to show up fully in life, in love or in their life’s work, but get hung up because of some seemingly impenetrable thicket of self-doubt, apathy, anxiety, depression, or maybe even trauma or terror.

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