EPHRAT SHAPIRO

MFTI


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My name is Ephrat, and I am a truth seeker. Like most people, I began therapy because there was a knock on my door. Since then, my life has not been the same. There was something missing for me in traditional psychotherapy, and I experienced further growth in spiritual traditions like Tibetan Buddhism and Vipassana meditation. Although I was drawn to each of the two worlds, the wisdom of Eastern traditions and modern Western psychotherapy, I found the duality between them problematic.The bridge between psychotherapy and spirituality is where I found my healing. Having trained in Eastern and Western psychotherapy, my approach is integral - meaning seeing the person as a whole: the mind, body, and the spirit.

 

Having grown up in Israel, I am also aware of a multitude of cultural differences that may resonate with you. I completed my undergraduate training in Psychology in 2013, at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, in Israel, where I studied with leading researchers in attachment theory. Before pursuing my advanced degree in psychotherapy,  I took time to explore mindfulness and spirituality in India, where I sat numerous retreats. To integrate the two worlds, I followed my devotion and completed my master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. In addition to my graduate training, I pursued specialized training with leaders in the fields of Hakomi mindfulness-centered somatic psychotherapy, EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), and AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy). Some of my teachers include John Eisman and Rob Fisher of Hakomi, and Diana Fosha (founder of AEDP).