When you are ready,
I am here.

Embodied Psychotherapy for Life Transitions and Transformation

“There is no good reason why we should not develop and change until the last day we live.”
― Karen Horney

The Journey

Sometimes life shatters us, and we have to pick up the pieces and figure out who we are all over again. Whether you are celebrating a birth, grieving a loss, facing a new diagnosis, choosing a radically different path for yourself or your family, or simply figuring out who you want to become next, I am ready to help you heal and transform. 

With curiosity and compassion, I will help you identify strengths, tap into courage, and develop resilience. I will always see you as the expert on your life, your body, and your experiences. I believe that, beneath any fear or doubt, you know where you want to go. I will help you get there. I work with individuals, couples, folks in unconventional or ethically non-monogamous relationships, and families.

As an integrative therapist, it is my responsibility to meet you where you are, and to offer you support and tools that help you feel better. My style is person-centered, trauma-informed, and grounded in decades of somatic work. I will help you rewrite the story of your life through language, play, and embodied awareness. 

Our work will happen within the safety of the relationship we create together. I believe a healthy, authentic connection is a vital component of successful therapy, and I welcome your questions about my practice. Please contact me for a free consultation–I look forward to meeting you so that we can see if we’re a good fit.

My Services for California Residents

While I don’t currently accept insurance, I can provide a Superbill for your insurance provider.
Currently not accepting new clients. Contact me to sign up for my waiting list or inquire about group offerings.

Adult & Adolescent Individual Therapy
Online 50 minute session: $150
Sliding scale: $90-$145

Relationship & Family Therapy
Online 90 minute session: $225
Sliding scale: $135-$220

Embodied Ensemble Grief Group
When someone you love dies, your life is irrevocably changed. It can be hard to breathe. Are you lost in unrelenting waves of grief? Is it hard to even know who you are anymore?
In this in-person group you will be able to process the impact of intense personal loss on your life and your identity. We will write, draw, move, dance, and sing. Together. Our work will culminate in a performative ritual for your invited guests. Discover who you are now, and begin to figure out who you will become.
You are not alone.
Coming this Winter.

My Workshops for Therapists

Intro to Embodied Telehealth
Coming in 2023

Practicing Embodied Telehealth
Coming in 2023

About Me

I have dedicated my life to working with people, helping them understand themselves better, and facilitating growth and connection. I have decades of experience working with families, children, teens, and adults in many different roles. The through line for the work that I have done is my appreciation for each individual, and my belief in the tremendous healing power of relationships.

I am a lifelong dancetheater performing artist, and my experiences with healing from trauma through movement, storytelling, and community have shaped me as a therapist. I believe in the importance of listening and honoring the wisdom of our bodies. As a director of ensemble performance work, I have facilitated opportunities for people of all ages, sizes, skills, and abilities to contribute to the creation of unique and powerful experiences.

As an educator and unschooling parent, I believe in our innate intelligence, curiosity, and resilience. My belief that people learn what they love fosters confidence in my clients–I believe that you can create a life you will love, and that I can help you do so.

Due to my experiences with individual and collaborative journaling and movement meditation practices, I believe in our ability to shape our experience of reality with mindful work. There are no perfect people, and change is often incremental. I find delight in small steps as well as huge leaps. I think that what matters is simply discovering our own best path, and then doing the work, and I know that a guide along the way can be profound.

In other words, I trust that you can heal and that I can help. 

During my ongoing training, I am working towards becoming a Registered Drama Therapist, and I am about to become a level One Developmental Transformations Trainee. During my work as an Early Head Start home visitor, I have supported families with physical, intellectual, developmental, and psychological disabilities through work that is trauma-informed and rooted in disability culture. I am certified as a Realization Process Healing Ground teacher.

I bring my whole self into this work.

If we both feel that we are a good fit, then during our work together I will always welcome and honor your perspective, and I will treat your criticism as a gift that will help me better understand and support you on your path.

Important Influences

CSU East Bay
M.S. in Counseling, MFT Emphasis
Strengths Based.
Family Systems.
Multi-Cultural Humility.

Through the Looking Glass
Early Head Start Home Visitor
Attachment Based.
Play Therapy.
Trauma & Disability Competency.

N.A.D.T.A. and iWest
Drama Therapy Alternate Training
Principles of Drama Therapy.
Developmental Transformations.

Dawn Holtan

My pronouns are she/they.


Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
CA BBS AMFT #134282
Supervised by Roni Alperin, LMFT, RDT, BCT
CA BBS LMFT #94472

 Good Faith Estimate

As part of the No Surprises Act (H.R. 133), health care providers are required to provide new and current clients with a Good Faith Estimate of expected treatment costs. Under the law, health care providers need to give clients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services. This is intended to prevent you from receiving unexpected medical bills for out-of-network services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service, or at any point during your treatment. This Good Faith Estimate will provide you with the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, or how to dispute a bill, see your Estimate, or visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises.