I feel inspired about guiding clients in awakening their innate self-compassion so they can experience a greater sense of freedom, joy and possibility. Life transitions and challenges can evoke powerlessness and frustration in many people. However, the truth is that we are not victims of our own lives: we always have a choice about how we relate to our experience. When we develop our capacity for self-compassion, we come to trust ourselves and to know our own wisdom. From that knowing, we can make wiser choices in our relationships, health, finances and career. This is the understanding that I bring to my work with clients.

In addition to adults, I also work with adolescents and teens, helping them cultivate self-compassion as they navigate the often-challenging process of growing up. Through San Francisco Unified School District‘s Student Intervention Team, I have provided counseling to high school students at the School of the Arts and Academy of Arts and Sciences.

My work as a therapist is informed by my meditation practice. I have been meditating regularly for nearly 15 years, and I have practiced residentially at San Francisco Zen Center. In 2009, I received lay ordination in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.

My interest in self-compassion led me to pursue training with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, two pioneers in the field. I currently teach the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course which they developed, and I receive ongoing training and consultation.

Prior to training as a therapist, I worked for 12 years as an editor and writer in New York and San Francisco. I have also lived and worked abroad. I received my B.A. in English from Vassar College, and my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.


Call 415.255.2509 or email leaseigenshinrakumft@gmail.com to schedule a complimentary, 30-minute phone consultation. Or contact me here.