Colette Mercier Counseling San Francisco CA
 

About Colette.

I have been a professional helper since 1998 when I joined the staff of Bay Area Women Against Rape as a Rape Crisis Counselor and Legal Advocate. Prior to being a therapist, I delivered babies for 15 years.  I provided holistic prenatal, birth and postpartum care as a Licensed Midwife. 

I’ve attended over 400 deliveries. In each one I learned about human resilience.  To contend with pain and come out stronger in the end is a process birth and therapy have in common. In working with pregnancy, birth and postpartum, I saw the profound impact emotions have on the body. In the prenatal and postpartum periods, we open ourselves to fears, physical discomfort and anxiety about the unknown process ahead. This openness then transforms into the tremendous love a parent feels when meeting and caring for their baby. I feel that the pain that motivates people to seek therapy is similar. I see it as a pathway to greater love, both for your self and those around you. 

I bring a lifetime of dedication to my own healing when working with my clients. I have struggled with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, family trauma, sexual assault and more. Psychotherapy, good friends and my inner strength have saved my life, more than once. I am also a gardener.  I’m obsessed with plants. I have two cats. I’m older than I look. 

I am striving to confront my own privileges and live with integrity in these complicated times. I have a social justice lens and consider how oppression impacts mental health.  I was involved with The Challenging White Supremacy workshops for white anti-racist allies in the early 2000’s. This changed how I saw my privilege as a white person. I am still learning. I am hopeful for a time when people will be free to be themselves fully and allow others to do the same without rigid cultural norms and systemic oppression. 

I graduated with a Master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2018. I am trained in Gestalt, Hakomi, body-centered approaches to trauma, Mindfulness, Integral Psychology and more.