In therapy with me you will find yourself in the presence of a warm and compassionate guide who is fully engaged in hearing your story and listening to your troubles.  You will discover what it's like to have someone who's attention is completely yours and to whom you can say anything that is on your mind.  

My style is comfortably interactive, characterized by directed inquiry, reflective observations, and fully engaged listening.  We will examine themes and patterns in your life's story, we will explore bodily sensations related to your feelings, and we will engage in a personal "archaeology" to surface things long hidden in your subconscious.  At other times we'll use dreams and imagination to explore your interior landscape.

Together we uncover embedded core beliefs that keep you from realizing your life's dreams.  We'll nurture self-awareness and mindfulness to dissolve the defensive blinders that keep your inner suffering locked in place. Most importantly, we'll chart a course of healing and liberation to move you towards those things you hold most precious in your heart.  .  . 
(415) 863-8773
zen2bear@gmail.com
www.barrybastian.com
San Francisco, California
Santa Rosa, California
                      MY APPROACH
"This being human is a guest house,
Every morning a new arrival
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all !
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows 
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture, 
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out 
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond .  .  ."
                                                       Rumi