My Background

My Background2018-07-04T19:08:39+00:00

 My Background: Becoming a Therapist

“Helping you love your self, your life, and the world, since 1995”

Jonathan Stein wearing a red shirtI have been following my life’s calling to be a holistic health practitioner for over 30 years. Informed by my own challenging journey toward health and wholeness, I feel honored to help my clients awaken inspiration and discover their innate capacities to live a truly joyful life.

I’ve been immersed in the study of body-centered, transpersonal, and holistic health practices since my early 20s. My actual career began in 1987, when—following the footsteps of my psychotherapist parents—I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology and began honing my counseling skills as a mental health clinician in a day treatment center. In 1995, I graduated with a Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling and Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. From there, my career as a bona fide, certified, registered therapist began in earnest.

I have since earned two subsequent post-graduate professional certifications in transpersonal psychotherapy and creative arts therapies, have completed extensive academic and professional training in my field, and have developed an eclectic style that is informed largely by transpersonal, body-centered, peer oriented, and self-help approaches. Over the years, I have received guidance and training from numerous prominent teachers and practitioners of traditional, alternative, and complementary holistic health sciences.

I continue to evolve my counseling style, integrating transpersonal psychology with spiritual guidance and education. My work is informed by a self-awareness and healing process called “Inner Relationship Focusing,” and therapeutic breathwork,  which I hold two professional certifications in.  For three years, I have pursued personal instruction and guidance at the Institute for Awakened Mutuality, a school for psycho-spiritual development, and now offer instruction to my clients in movement-based and in-life meditation practices, all of which enhance my psychotherapy offerings. I have always been very interested in the clinical applications of intuition in psychotherapy and continue to integrate this ever deepening awareness into my practice.

My Personal Journey

Beginning in my teenage years, I struggled intensely with symptoms of depression and anxiety, which lasted for many years. This was coupled with what my own long-time transpersonal therapist and mentor once humorously called “the worst case of Inner Critic Syndrome” he had encountered.

Influenced deeply by my therapist’s (and other’s) skillful, compassionate, and incredibly patient guidance, I have since gone through many significant and profound life changes that have altered the way I see and live my life. Impacted and inspired by those whose shoulders I now stand upon, I have since picked up the helping torch that has been passed to me.

For over two decades, I have been working with individuals who are committed to becoming champions of their own healing and personal transformation. Through my work, I support my clients in discovering their inner resources, leading to deep trust in themselves and unlocking their innate ability to move through life challenges with courage, confidence, and heart. I trust that, deep within, each individual already has what they need to live a creative, productive, joyful, and meaningful life, in alignment with their Soul’s intention.

I am an ardent follower of my Soul’s passion and welcome the often joyful, often painful process of bringing to light the darkness within. I am an improvisational dancer with a love for contemplative/meditative dance styles, such as Contact Improvisation and Authentic Movement, each of which contributes to deepening my capacity for mindful awareness and acuity of perception with clients in my private practice.

I am committed to helping you foster your own connection with your Soul’s passion, whatever that might look like. I invite you to email me at jsteinamite@gmail.com or call me at 617-515-0327 for a free 20-minute phone consultation. (Note: Video sessions are available worldwide.)

*I welcome adult clients of any race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, relationship style, religion (or non-religion), creed, body size, etc.  All are welcome!