About Pamela

Pamela Rosin, MFT (she/her) helps clients move toward a sense of belonging, grounding, freedom, and comfort in their own skin. As a Certified Hakomi Therapist, Pamela utilizes experientially based modalities and a synergy of Buddhist and Somatic psychologies to cultivate healing. As a therapist, Pamela integrates her professional acting background, a decade as a bodyworker, and many years of teaching Shakespeare in prison.

As a teacher and group leader, Pamela draws from a multitude of experience in various educational and therapeutic arenas. She embodies the precepts of Reparentive Therapy; bringing relational, loving presence to support learning. Pamela’s creativity, ability to personalize the material, and emphasis on nervous system regulation, supports students’ access and integration of this sensitive and challenging topic.

A graduate of the Integral Counseling Psychology program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Pamela’s therapeutic orientation has been influenced by the Eastern/Western blend provided at CIIS, traditional Freudian, psychodynamic, and transpersonal approaches, and by the many wise mentors and guides with whom she has traveled.

Pamela is a seasoned guide, dedicated to healing this wounding in herself and others. She has led Growing Ourselves Whole numerous times over the past few years.

Qualifications

  • Masters degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies
  • Group Therapy Training Program The Psychotherapy Institute one-year training program offering an in-depth study of the theory and practice of group therapy facilitation.
  • ​Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills: 6-week video course with Marsha Linehan, 8-week observation of a class at Oakland DBT and Mindfulness Center.
  • Brainspotting Trauma healing technique Level 1 & 2

Hakomi

  • Certified Hakomi Therapist
  • Assisted Hakomi Comprehensive Training 2012–2013 and Hakomi Graduate Level course at California Institute for Integral Studies.
  • Trained in ReCreation of Self. Assisted RCS trainings.
  • Trained in Trauma healing at Hakomi Institute: From Trauma to Dharma — A Mindfulness-based Trauma Therapy Training
  • What is Hakomi?

Touch/Bodywork

  • Relational Somatic Healing Certificate in Relational Somatic Healing, Bonding Beyond Attachment, Character Map, Relational Touch in Psychotherapy, ongoing consultation groups, assisting RSH trainings
  • Bodywork/massage practitioner from 2003-2013. 750 hours of training in various modalities
  • Certified Advanced Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Teacher by Judith Lasater

Other Training

  • Trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples
  • Advanced Hakomi Couples training with Rob Fisher
  • PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) Level 1
  • Training, mentorship, and experience in Drama Therapy

Social Justice

  • Teacher Training for Social Justice with Marin Shakespeare
    2017–Ongoing.
  • Taught weekly drama therapy group at Deuel Vocational Institution prison in Tracy, CA with Marin Shakespeare’s Shakespeare for Social Justice.
  • 2016–2017 worked with Marin Shakespeare’s Troupe for Returned Citizens
  • Volunteered with Community Works West’s programs: One Family and Restorative Justice Circles
  • Ongoing antiracism education

​Creativity

  • Professional training and experience in acting, physical theater and ensemble theater creation
  • Worked in children’s theater & street theater in Italy

What is Hakomi?

Hakomi helps people change “core material.”

Core material is composed of memories, images, beliefs, neural patterns and deeply held emotional dispositions. It shapes the styles, habits, behaviors, perceptions and attitudes that define us as individuals. Typically, it exerts its influence unconsciously, by organizing our responses to the major themes of life: safety, belonging, support, power, freedom, control, responsibility, love, appreciation, sexuality, spirituality, etc. Some of this material supports our being who we wish to be, while some of it, learned in response to acute and chronic stress, continues to limit us. Hakomi allows the client to distinguish between the two, and to willingly change material that restricts his or her wholeness.

Hakomi is an experiential psychotherapy:

Present, felt experience is used as an access route to core material; this unconscious material is elicited and surfaces experientially; and changes are integrated into the client’s immediate experience.

​Hakomi is a body-centered, somatic psychotherapy:

the body serves as a resource that reflects and stores formative memories and the core beliefs they have generated, and also provides significant access routes to core material.The Hakomi Method follows a general outline: First, we establish an ever-present, attitude of gentle acceptance and care known as loving presence. This maximizes safety, respect and the cooperation of the unconscious. With a good working relationship established, we then help the client focus on and learn how core material shapes his or her experience. To permit this study, we establish and use a distinct state of consciousness called Mindfulness. Mindfulness is characterized by relaxed volition, a gentle and sustained inward focus of attention, heightened sensitivity, and the ability to notice and name the contents of consciousness. Its roots derive from Eastern meditation practice. Hakomi has pioneered the use of active, or dynamic mindfulness in psychotherapy: instead of using mindfulness meditation as simply an adjunct to therapy, virtually the entire Hakomi process in conducted in mindfulness. This facilitates Hakomi techniques in accessing unconscious material quite rapidly, but safely.

The heart of the Method works with the client’s present, felt experience, as it is presented spontaneously, or deliberately and gently evoked by having them experiment with habitual tension or movement patterns known as “indicators.” These emotional/cognitive patterns automatically keep deeper experience out of present awareness. The results are processed through different state-specific methods, including:

  • We work with strong emotions and bound energy, safely releasing them, and finding nourishment in that release
  • We work with the inner child and other specific self-states, often in the context of vividly re-experienced memories, frequently providing the “missing experience” for the child
  • We process core beliefs in mindfulness, not as intellectual problem-solving, but as direct dialogue with the unconscious

The basic method, then, is this:

  • To establish a relationship in which it is safe for the client to become self-aware
  • To use the Hakomi methodology to evoke experiences that lead to the discovery of organizing core material
  • To seek healing changes in the core material

All is in support of this primary process. Once discovered in this experiential manner, core material can be examined, processed, and transformed. Transformation begins when awareness is turned mindfully toward felt, present experience; unconscious material unfolds into consciousness; barriers are attended to; and new experiences are integrated that allow for the reorganization of core beliefs. These, in turn, allow for a greater range of mental, physical, and emotional coherence and behavior.​Finally, we help the client to integrate these new beliefs, modes and choices into everyday life. It is here – in the ability to transform new possibilities discovered in the office into on-going actualities of daily living – that real change happens.Hakomi is effective and appropriate in many therapeutic situations, with individuals, couples, families, and groups. It integrates well with a variety of psychotherapeutic, counseling and healing modalities, and is successfully used by counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, pastoral counselors, expressive therapists, bodyworkers, group therapists, crisis counselors, and many other practitioners. It is effective for both brief and long-term therapy.

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