Joan Bechtel, M.A. Transpersonal Counseling
I am a San Francisco Bay Area-based holistic counselor. As an integrative expressive arts therapist I engage in attachment, collaborative, person-centered, narrative, Jungian, EFT, experiential, Gestalt, imaginal, dream work, visualization and somatic approaches. I help individuals, couples, and families explore and expand their internal and external creative resources for responsive rather than reactive choice-making based in sensitivity to their own authentic truths.
I use my background as an artist, published writer, award-winning filmmaker and comedian along with my extensive work in understanding human development from multiple perspectives to enhance my receptivity to my clients' needs.
I specialize in helping my clients discover renewal, meaning and empowerment in many areas such as PTSD recovery, social anxiety reduction, depression, career changes, loss and grief, family changes--new babies, empty nest, divorce, economic stresses, blended families, adult children at home, aging, and evolving identity. I also work individually and in groups with those healing from trauma on issues such as setting boundaries, releasing shame, reconnecting with lost wants and needs, finding creative solutions to rage, understanding the neuroscience of PTSD, exploring spiritual resources, enhancing self esteem, and intimacy challenges.
LISTEN TO JOAN ON HER RADIO SHOW INTERVIEW SANE TALK WITH HOST Joyce Jackson from July 3, 2014 talking about using play, art and dreams in healing. Check out the podcast archived on Joyce Jackson's website Thesanepsychic.com or iHeartRadio at
for free consultation, private sessions, phone sessions, workshops. D E E P F U N W O R K S H O P S A N D G R O U P S HOLIDAY BLUES WORKSHOPS These afternoon expressive arts workshops provide a safe and creative way to explore what our holiday blues may be trying to tell us. Offered at Touchstone Counseling in Pleasant Hill the weekends before: Winter Holiday, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day CREATING SANCTUARY A weekly PTSD Recovery Group using art and play to heal every Sunday at 10:30 at Touchstone Counseling in Pleasant Hill
USING FAIRY TALES TO RECLAIM YOUR HEART’S DESIRE July 20 1-4 PM and August 10 1-4PM at Touchstone Counseling in Pleasant Hill
Are you sick of wearing the crown of “Most Self Reliant?” Have you been so good at hiding your needs that now they are hiding from you?
THEN MAYBE IT’S TIME FOR GOOD SELFISHNESS!
Join our fun fairy-tale based expressive arts workshop.
Step out of the enchanted forest of conditioned self-denial.
And find the path back to your own lost treasures. DEEP FUN DREAM GROUP at Mystic Dream in Walnut Creek Saturdays 3-5 August -Sept 2014 a weekly expressive arts focused dreamer-centered group. Join us to explore all your dreams are trying to tell you!
Deep Fun is about choice. How can you choose if you cannot see the options? Deep Fun is about making it easy and fun to look inward at the riches you have not yet claimed.
Have you never thought of yourself as an artist? Are you intimidated by pipe cleaners? That's OK. There is no pressure in Deep Fun. Do you sweat at the thought of raising your hand in class? Do you have nightmares about speaking in public? Deep Fun is not about performance or audience. It is an easy gentle way to take baby steps into your inner theatre, inner playground, inner canvas, inner dreamscape. Deep Fun is simply a gentle path to reclaiming your birthright as the creative artist, director, dancer, writer-- unfolding your own story. Deep Fun is an easy way to discover your own creative joy, your own resources and tools for discovering and responding to your life experiences. Deep Fun is about choice.