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Antonia Fokken, LMFT
I like to work collaboratively with clients to turn towards the things that are meaningful and important for healing, growth, and integration.

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Antonia Fokken, LMFT

Location

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Harm reduction, Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Prolonged exposure (PE), Solution-focused, Strengths-based, Relational

Therapy Style

I love to teach and guide people to learn to turn towards themselves, and each other, in compassionate and courageous ways. I believe that each one of us is a strong and fully whole individual. Sometimes we just need support and guidance to find our way home.

I like to work collaboratively with clients to turn towards the things that are meaningful and important for healing, growth, and integration. I strive to always work in a compassionate, supportive, humble, and respectful way to help identify the places that you feel stuck and work together to help alleviate those stuck places. Interwoven into this process, I often work with mindfulness, as I believe it is the key to change. It helps us to become more deeply aware of our feelings, needs, impulses, and patterns, in order to bring about wanted change and can also help to regulate our nervous system, often leading to calmer states of mind.

Education

BA - Psychology (Emphasis in Eastern Perspectives in Holistic Health), San Francisco State University

MA - Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy, Notre Dame de Namur University

Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Levels 1 and 2

Training in EMDR for Developmental Trauma

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

License Number and State

CA 37674

Pronouns

she/her

What are your interests outside of work?

I love to do yoga, meditate, be in nature, cook, create, learn, and spend time with friends and family.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

Taking time to be quiet and digest all the stimulation of the world.

What book have you read more than once and why?

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. There are so many nuggets of wisdom in that little book.

Favorite organization/non-profit and why?

The Niroga Institute. I worked for Niroga as a Teacher and Program Manager and know from the inside that they are an amazing organization. Niroga brings Dynamic Mindfulness to incarcerated populations, group homes, schools, hospitals, chemical dependency programs, and more.

How do you recharge?

I think about this a lot and have been challenged by periods of depletion in my life that have forced me to really look at what I need in order to maintain some energy in my bank. I have found that these include: setting healthy boundaries, prioritizing sleep, eating healthy, drinking enough water, getting a little exercise daily, yoga, meditation, being in nature getting sunshine on my face, and being around people and places that lift my spirits.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have a 15-year-old cat named Mukti whom I adore. He is 17 pounds and I wish there was a place here to share his picture. Mukti's name was Tigger when I adopted him at age 5. His previous owner told me that he never responded to Tigger as a name and suggested I consider renaming him. I tried out a bunch of names and the one he seemed to respond to the most was Mukti, which is a Sanskrit word that means freedom, or personal liberation. When I adopted him, his previous owner said he never had interest in going outside and was very content to be an indoor cat. Once I adopted him and renamed him, he became obsessed with exploring the outdoors, like in an unstoppable kind of way. I always wonder if it has anything to do with his name change.

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