JILL PETTEGREW, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
Somatic Psychotherapy
Ketamine Therapy
Psychedelic Therapy (Ketamine) and Integration
EMDR

Offices in Lamorinda (Lafayette, California)

and Berkeley, California at Sage Integrative Health

Jill Pettegrew, MA, MFT
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT94476)

I am a licensed* Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, a certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research from CIIS, and training in ketamine-assisted therapy from Sage Integrative Health.

My professional training and experience includes over 12 years working with adults, adolescents, and children, as well as parents and others raising children (foster parents, legal guardians).  I bring over 20 years as a somatic practitioner, vipassana meditator, and earth-based ceremony facilitator to my holistic, integrative practice.

My therapy approach is primarily relational, working with people at their own pace to tap into and heal the parts of the self that have been hidden using the powerful mind-body techniques of somatic inquiry and mindfulness.

Reasons you might benefit from therapy include: 

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationship challenges

  • Traumatic event(s)

  • Grief, bereavement, or loss

  • Identity/Gender issues

  • Self-esteem/confidence issues

  • Life transition and adjustment

  • Difficulty managing strong emotions

  • Improving communication and/or boundaries

  • Parenting challenges

My Professional Trainings include:

  • Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy and Research, California Institute of Integral Studies, an intensive year-long program

  • Ketamine-Assisted Therapy, Sage Integrative Health

  • Basic Training in EMDR: Parts 1 & 2 and professional consultation, with Dr. Phil Manfield, PhD

  • Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma, 10-month online course with Dr. Janina Fisher, PhD, The Trauma Center

  • Treating Trauma Master Series, NICABM, 10 hours course with leaders in the field of trauma treatment

  • Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing, Step by Step: Master the Body-oriented Approach to Trauma and Stress Disorders: 8.5 hours online course with Dr. Peter Levine, PhD

  • Internal Family Systems: A Step-by-Step Guide Through Clinical Applications of the IFS Model: 2-day online course with Dr. Frank D. Anderson, MD

  • The Power of Awareness: mindfulness and compassion practice, 7-week online course with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach

  • Additional training in: Basics of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Authentic Movement, Teaching Yoga to Youth, Dance-Movement Therapy in the Medical Setting, and many more.

Ready to get started? Call or email to set up your first appointment.

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SERVICES

 

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY (AGES 18+)

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SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPY: Emotions and the accompanying body sensations and thoughts can sometimes be overwhelming. This often leads to avoidance, distraction, depression, excessive worry, rage, collapse, relationship difficulties, and when extreme, self-medicating with drugs, alcohol, sex, video games, and other addictive behaviors. When we're triggered, the root cause is usually something from our past: messages from our families or peers that we interpret as being unloveable, too much, that something's wrong with us (shame),  or that our needs cannot be seen and met. These message are intolerable, and we use our minds and body patterns to protect these vulnerable parts, resulting in maladaptive patterns of behaviors. When traumatic events are part of our history, the nervous system attempts to manage with fight, flight (flee), or freeze (dissociation) to create a sense of safety. The result is unconscious, negative patterns held in the body and mind that get triggered again and again. My approach is to identify, build-on, and use the strengths you already have to explore and unwind these negative patterns that stop you from living a full, integrated life. Together we cultivate your inner wisdom through gentle focused attention and presence (mindfulness), awareness of and tolerating the somatic (body) sensations response to triggers and the accompanying internal dialogue, with the goal of bringing healing to these hurt places. The result is more choice, freedom, and possibility for your life.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing): A treatment modality that supports healing from symptoms and emotional distress of traumatic memories. Unlike other therapies, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual, emotional, and somatic processes. In my practice I offer the deeper eight-phase treatment protocol that utilizes bi-lateral stimulation (primarily eye movement) to process traumatic memories, and the more gentle Flash Technique when the traumatic memories are too distressing to recall.


PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY/KETAMINE-ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (KAP): A unique therapeutic method used to address a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, addiction, and some forms of anxiety. It involves the use of the psychoactive substance ketamine to enhance and deepen the therapeutic process, and the use of psychotherapy and other integrative forms of treatment to amplify and prolong the curative effects of ketamine.

PSYCHEDELIC INTEGRATION: An important part of any psychedelic or consciousness-altering experience is the integration of the experience days, weeks, or months afterwards. Engaging in integration during and after a psychedelic experience minimizes the possibility that the healing benefits of the medicine will be buried or lost as ordinary consciousness returns. Together we identify ways to engage with and enhance the experiences, ideas, feelings, and sensations of the experience, and identify practices to includes in daily life to promote healing. 

WAYS TO CONTACT ME

To request an appointment:

  • Lafayette office (psychotherapy, in-person or telehealth): Complete this form, or email me to check availability (jillpettegrewmft [at] gmail [dot]com) to inquire about psychotherapy appointments (currently telehealth appointments available only).
     

  • Berkeley office (ketamine-assisted therapy, Sage Integrative Health): Use this link to contact Sage Integrative Health directly to request an appointment through the clinic's practice (current openings for ketamine-assisted therapy). 

Covid-19 Statement:Mental & emotional wellness is even more important during this challenging time. Therapy sessions offered  via video, with in-person sessions resuming for clients who are vaccinated.

(*Licensed requirements = 3000 hours of post-graduate supervised training, passing two California State board exams by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), and background checks by the State of California Department of Justice. Licensure includes being held legally and ethically responsible by the BBS for maintaining a strict code of ethics in the field of psychotherapy, abiding by the laws of the State of California, and obtaining continuing education credits to support professional development. My license can be confirmed by clicking this link to the California Department of Consumer Affairs website.)

Lafayette (psychotherapy):

3468 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Suite B-201

Lafayette, CA 94549

Berkeley (ketamine-asssited therapy):

Sage Integrative Health

2185 Ashby Avenue,
Berkeley, CA, 94705

jillpettegrewmft [at] gmail [dot]com

925-308-6168