About Richard Mungall
"You're perfect - and you could use a little improvement." - Suzuki Roshi, founder of the San Francisco Zen Center.
What brings us to therapy may be something we want to change or “fix” about ourselves or our relationships. Fortunately, on the human journey suffering is actually the call that wakes us up, because it creates an openness and desire to explore our lives. What we discover can be surprisingly beautiful: lost parts of ourselves, innate wisdom we didn’t know we had, a new sense of aliveness and freedom. My holistic approach is curious, intuitive, and playful. Please call me for a free phone consultation to see if I’m a good fit for you.
“I don’t think we are looking for meaning - I think we are looking for the experience of being alive!!” -Joseph Campbell.
In addition to Somatic Experiencing® I specialize in the following areas:
Mindfulness: I’ve spent 15 years in meditation training and teaching. Mindfulness is a “container” of awareness which helps us to slow down and see our experiences more clearly. I bring these centuries-old practices of personal awareness, peace and transformative connection into my work with clients. I have a strong interest in working with those engaged in a variety of spiritual practices from more traditional approaches to altered states of consciousness and indigenous traditions.
Processwork: Inspired by both the colorful work of Carl Jung and indigenous traditions, processwork pays subtle attention to your whole experience, including conscious and unconcious body movements, your many internal parts, images, sounds, fantasies, dreams, body symptoms, and your relationships to your lovers, friends, family and society.
Non-Violent Communication: NVC is a simple but powerful communication model which can help us to see our contributions to conflicts and be used successfully with any relationship. A surprising number of conflicts have less to do with Big Differences and more to do with basic communication issues. I often use NVC in my work with couples.
My clinical training at Columbia University focused on relational and psychodynamic approaches with individuals and couples through a critical social justice lens. I also intuitively draw upon my life experiences in the arts, creative body movement, and my extensive
- Victims of Sexual Abuse
- Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse
- Victims of Domestic Violence
- Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
- Native populations
- Grief and Loss
- Adults abused as children
- Dissociative Disorders
- Developmental Trauma
Practitioner in Training
Mindfulness-Based Somatic Psychotherapist
MSW, ASW #77131