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Dietmar Brinkmann, LMFT

Dietmar has the kind and stable presence that provides a safe haven for his clients when they feel overwhelmed by emotional turmoil or crisis. As an expert in emotional resilience and healthy relationships, he is a passionate ally to clients who want to get to the roots of chronic relationship problems. His therapy approach is mindfulness-based and methodically nurtures self-compassion. With an in-depth understanding of the mind/ body connection, he helps his clients develop skills and tools for sustained liberation from anxiety, depression, and addictive behaviors.

Dietmar combines the best traditions of talk-therapy with cutting edge, body-oriented somatic psychotherapy. The effectiveness of this combined approach is based on results of neuroscience, research on the nature of relationships and also more recent findings that demonstrate the powerful effects of mindfulness and compassion on emotional and relational wellbeing.

A German native, Dietmar loves the creativity and diversity of the Bay Area where he has made his home for the past 18 years. Besides working as a therapist, he has facilitated interpersonal skills development groups at Stanford Graduate School of Business since 2005. As a facilitator, Dietmar helps young business leaders to be aware of their feelings and communicate effectively.

Dietmar’s Training:

  • 2009-Present: Advanced Training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • 2012-Present: Psychotherapy Consultation, Janina Fisher
  • 2014-Present: Somatic Psychotherapy Consultation, Karen Rachels
  • 2010-2013: Couples Therapy Consultation, Michael Klein
  • 2012: Group Psychotherapy, NCGPS Conference
  • 2012: Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Sue Johnson
  • 2011: Healing Shame: Bret Lyon and Sheila Rubin
  • 2009-2012: Intern: Marina Counseling Center
  • 2010: Shame, Perfectionism and Self-Loathing, Janina Fisher
  • 2010: Somatic Psychotherapy, USABP Conference
  • 2010: Couples Conference, Milton Erickson Institute
  • 2007-2009: Intern: Lomi Somatic Psychotherapy School and Clinic
  • 2007: Therapist Trainee, Sonoma State University
  • 2004+2006: Organizational Process Facilitation, AIN Conference
  • 2006: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, Esther Perel
  • 2006: Getting a Grip on Your Agency, Charlie Seashore, Fielding University
  • 2005-2006: Group Facilitation Training Program, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • 2005: Heart Coherence Teacher Training, HeartMath Institute
  • 2004: Mindfulness-Based Somatic Psychotherapy, Hakomi Institute
  • 2004: Nonviolent Communication, Bay NVC
  • 2000: Working with Anger, Hakomi Integrated Somatics
  • 1997-1999: Performance and Art Therapy, Tamalpa Institute

Dietmar’s License:

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, License Number 52562