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Contact Info:
San Francisco, CA 95444 USA
Phone: 707 829-8948
Website: John Amodeo, Ph.D.

John Amodeo, Ph.D.

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist
Focusing Trainer

Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist (FOT) Information:
Clinical Training: Graduate degrees in clinical and transpersonal psychology
Licensed By: State of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist i(MFC14453)
FOT Specialty Areas: Trauma, Adults, Couples
Other Specialty Areas: Relationships, grief work

Focusing Trainer Information:
  • I offer Focusing training in individual sessions.
  • I offer Focusing training in individual phone sessions.
  • I am available for public presentations.
  • I am available to travel to teach workshops.
Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Spirituality/Meditation
Other Focusing Trainer Specialty Areas: Working with couples
Personal Statement about Training Program:
I have been a psychotherapist for 30 years and have been immersed in Buddhism and spiritual wisdom for over 35 years. I have a psychotherapy and couples counseling practice in San Francisco, San Rafael, and the Sebastopol area. I am an adjunct faculty member of Meridian University and have received training in Somatic Experiencing for working with trauma. I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the complementary effects of Focusing and Meditation and have found Focusing to be very helpful for people interested in spiritual growth and intimate relationships. My first book, Being Intimate, explains how Focusing creates a climate for intimacy by connecting us with what is authentic within us. My latest book, The Authentic Heart follows up on this them by describing elements necessary for love and intimacy to flourish, such as healing shame and communicating our authentic experience.

A Sample of my Work:
From my book, The Authentic Heart: Romantic notions about love have generated confusion around the meaning of commitment. Your commitment is most viable when you're dedicated to nurturing a vital, growing relationship. Aiming for stability rather than authenticity can ruin a relationship. Instead of expressing yourself and facing conflicts, you may placate your partner to 'save' the relationship. Sadly, you save the marital form, but remain intimate strangers because you’ve ignored the marital process.
However hard your ego might try, you cannot control or force love. You have no ultimate dominion over the course of marriage. But the good news is that you can create conditions under which love and trust are more likely to prosper. By being committed to bringing forth your genuine hearts, you nurture a connection that is real and alive.

My Publications:
The Authentic Heart: An Eightfold Path to Midlife Love (John Wiley & Sons, 2001).
Love & Betrayal: Broken Trust in Intimate Relationships (Ballantine Books, 1994).
Being Intimate: A Guide to Successful Relationships (Arkana/Penguin, 1986).

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