You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves...
Whoever you are,
no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese,
harsh and exciting
-over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
-Mary Oliver, The Wild Geese
I offer a collaborative and confidential relationship based on acceptance, empathy, curiosity, respect, and mutual commitment. I meet my clients in a process of looking deeply into themselves with skillful and empathic understanding, without judgment.
As is the nature of depth-work, we aren't skimming the surface for behavioral change. We are holding space for the materials of your psyche to truly transform. In order to accomplish this, I meet with my psychotherapy clients one to two times a week at a regular time, long-term. For those seeking ritual work, we will decide together how it might make the most sense for our work together to look.
My office is located in the redwoods of Occidental, West Sonoma County, west of Sebastopol and east of Bodega Bay. I see clients in-person here in the forest, occasionally (not weekly) in San Francisco and Oakland, and through video conferencing throughout California.
My fees are commensurate with clinicians with similar training and experience in the Bay Area. My cancelation policy is 48 hours (business days).
I do not bill insurance directly. I am considered a licensed 'out-of-network' provider, which means that you pay me directly and may be eligible for reimbursement for all or a percentage of my fees from your insurance provider. All reimbursement is between you and your insurance company. Many of my clients also use health savings (HSA of FSA) accounts to cover the cost our work.
I am happy to provide you with receipts upon request for these purposes. We may talk in detail about how to navigate this process in a way that supports you.
I recently listened to a podcast that opened with the speaker, a Jungian analyst, sharing that often new clients will ask, "How long will this take?", to which the analyst replied, "Hopefully, the rest of your life; only you won't do it all with me". I loved this honesty and reframing of the work as an opportunity for lifelong participation.
While I can say that I don't do short-term, solution-focused work, deciding how much of your journey will be with me is something we assess together over time.
Please download the relevant client contract forms below and return them to me prior to your initial appointment. Thank you.
THERESE NOËL ALLEN
Image at top of page by Carl Jung, The Red Book. Copyright © 2022 Therese Noël Allen, MFT - All Rights Reserved.