happiness and meditation“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Research into happiness and wellbeing is telling us what Buddhist monks and meditators have always known, that our control over outer conditions of happiness is temporary and illusive. Happiness is really an inside job.  Read more


I have been practicing as a therapist for the last 17 years, with the goal of supporting people in leading meaningful and full lives. I focus on building a trusting connection with my clients based on respect and collaboration. I am comfortable with a wide range of issues from depression to improving relationships and navigating life transitions.

We all deserve support to find our way to a good life where we can be authentic and have meaningful relationships. I am grateful to have found the support I needed (which is always a work in progress!) and am committed to supporting others in doing the same.

If you’re looking for a therapist who is genuine, who wants you have a good life and will challenge you from a place of respect and curiosity, then I might be a good fit for you.

My practice is LGBTQQIA affirming and welcoming to all genders and orientations, and is kink & poly friendly.

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I received my Masters in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a concentration in somatic psychotherapy.  I also have training in the following:

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Trauma resolution and somatic psychotherapy with: the Hakomi Institute, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Bill Bowen, Babette Rothschild
  • Jungian Oriented Psychotherapy at the SF Jung Institute
  • Authentic Movement
  • Ecopsychology and nature-based therapy with the School of Lost Borders and Earthways
  • Guided visualization at JFK University
  • Brainspotting – a technique that grew out of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

I’ve studied nature-based therapy for many years and am trained as a wilderness rites of passage guide. I welcome clients who feel connected with nature and want to weave a nature-based component into their therapy.

Contemplative practices and a connection with nature support me in the work I do as a therapist. These paths have taught me the importance of tracking your true nature and wisdom in order to experience the fullness of life and have deep connections with others.

If you are interested in working together or have any questions, let’s talk

Holistic Therapy

find clarity & create lasting change



Welcome! I am a licensed therapist in San Francisco and work with people who are ready to make significant change in their lives. I support people in times of transition and when they want more out of life but feel held back. Together we look at limiting patterns to understand what is needed to move forward. Helping people have a more fulfilling connection with themselves, loved ones, and the world around them is a main focus of my work.

There are many experienced therapists in San Francisco with a variety of approaches and styles, and finding the right match is essential. You can read about me and my approach here, and if you’re interested I welcome you to schedule a time to talk to and see if I might be a good fit for you.

Read more about my approach >

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Interested in exploring the possibility of working together?

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To have a good life we need to be free from patterns that keep us feeling small and stuck. First, we need to know what we want and what gets in the way of listening to ourselves or taking action. Then, we need to be able to communicate in a way that feels authentic, which includes setting boundaries without being crushed by guilt, and learning how to connect with others without losing ourselves.

It often feels easier to live in a way that is familiar than to act on the desire for change. I create a safe space with my clients to gently challenge the status quo so you can make your way to a life that is more fulfilling and genuine.

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“I know Devona to be extremely passionate and capable of navigating even
severe terrains in her work. She demonstrates an eloquent balance of mindfulness
and spontaneous play whether working with children or adults…
A true professional with integrity.”

“Devona is a patient, attentive, loving therapist.  She is willing to stay with stuck
and hurt places in a way that makes moving through darkness less scary.
She is capable, always learning new practices and willing to meet clients where they are.”

“Devona is a highly skilled therapist who I often refer to. She brings a wonderful
mix of knowledge, presence and warmth to her work. I know folks are in good hands
when they’re working with her.”

“Over the years, I have had the pleasure of working alongside Devona as a
wilderness rites of passage guide. There is no question about it, Devona is a
woman of extraordinary depth who brings insight to some of the most complex
human issues.  But, one of my favorite things about Devona is her sense of humor.
She has the uncanny ability to bring humor to almost any situation while,
at the same time, accentuating the seriousness at hand.
Perhaps, there is a little bit of coyote in her.”

“I have great confidence in Devona‘s presence and ability to be with her clients.
I refer clients to her because I believe she can help, and I hear amazing feedback!”

“Devona is a gifted healer who brings a unique combination of wisdom, intuition,
compassion, intellect, and just the right touch of humor to her work. Devona also
has an astute theoretical understanding and deeply rooted ethics that make her one
of my most trusted and relied upon colleagues.”


  • Finding solid ground and clarity during life transitions
  • Creating meaningful relationships
  • Learning effective communication and compassionate boundary setting 
  • Making choices that support your wellbeing
  • Connecting with your wisdom
  • Building healthy self esteem 

If you are interested in working together or have any questions, let’s talk

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Contact & Fee

Curious about next steps?

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of working together, please contact me to schedule a consultation, which is a 15-20 minute phone conversation. On our call you can tell me a bit about what’s bringing you to therapy and ask any questions you have. You can see how it feels to talk and take time to decide if it feels like a good match. If I assess that I’m not the best person to help you I will try to find referrals for other therapists who may be a better fit.


My fee is $225 per 50 minute session. A significant portion of my services are offered at a sliding scale fee, but those spots are currently full. However, you are welcome to inquire about a sliding scale or referrals.


I do not take insurance and do not bill insurance directly. Some insurance plans will reimburse a portion of therapy costs for out of network providers. I am happy to provide a billing statement that can be submitted to insurance. Contact your health insurance plan for details about what they cover and how to submit claims.

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1801 Bush Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

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582 Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94104