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Meeting you as you are…

Hakomi and integral counseling is a gentle and profound way of working with people, integrating body, mind, emotion and spirit. It is a mindfulness, emotional, somatic, experiential and relational oriented approach, where lasting changes emerge organically. In a safe environment I support individuals, couples, leaders and parents to:

discover who you are and live authentically

heal core wounding, traumas and generational suffering

learn conscious relating and communication skills

develop advanced leadership and healing abilities

accept your humanness and embody your spiritual nature in daily life 

 

With 30 years of experience and extensive training in the field of depth psychology, healing trauma and holistic therapies, I work with each person differently, depending on what is needed and what is the most healthy way. I unite non-dual spirituality and holistic psychology to support people to be able to live present, connected and wholehearted in the world. My work is based on mindfulness, direct experience, respect and loving presence.

BOOK SESSION:

Private and confidential sessions are available in person, via phone or skype in english or german language. Please contact Nicola Amadora at 1-831-469-4467. Within the USA please call, do not email for therapy requests. For international reequest send an email with the header: Request Session at: present@nicolaamadora.com. For directions to the office, see the contact page. For Dr. Nicola Amadora’s credentials please visit the Bio page. For more information about Hakomi go to www.Hakomi.org. As a certified equine assisted learning and therapy instructor I bring horses into my work upon request.

COST:

* Healing at the core: Individual Sessions & Therapy. One hour: $150
*  Truly connecting and skillful communicating: Relationship Counseling and Training. Sessions range from 1-2 hours each. $180
*  Holistic Parenting: Facing issues? Do you need skills, knowledge and support? Special fees for single parents available.
*  Conscious Leadership and Mental Health Professionals Consultancy: cost varies, please inquire.

Reviews from Real People

“My sessions with Nicola have been truly ground breaking. She guided me home to myself and my life changed from the inside out. I am so grateful!” ~ Eleneor Pier, Nurse, New Zealand

“I’ve been seeing Nicola weekly for about six months and she has helped me transform my life. The very first session we had together I was (uncharacteristically) an emotional mess, sobbing on her couch. I’ve never trusted anyone so quickly and completely; her compassionate nature, wisdom, and strength has given me a lot to lean into. In each session she has given me tools to work through my pain in ways that no one else has. It works and really heals! Nicola is very unique; what she teaches and how she works are completely new to me and I have experienced deep healing since working with her. Her intuition is right on. She always leads me into spaces that are necessary to work through in order to move forward. She keeps me in my body (which has been a challenge; no other therapist has done this with me). This work goes leagues beyond what “talk therapy” has been able to do in my life. She is a master at working through tough emotions and healing what is stored on the somatic (physical) level. I recommend Nicola whole-heartedly for anybody ready to heal, and wanting deep and lasting positive change in their life.” ~ Carrie Burr, Santa Cruz

“My therapeutic experience with Nicola has been profoundly healing. Her loving and unwavering presence, open-heartedness and unconditional acceptance of everything that I was experiencing has been truly transformative. My ability to trust her completely allowed me to let go in a way I never had before, and life changed from deep within me.”~ Terri Vandeer, Santa Cruz

“Dr. Nicola Amadora is such an insightful, compassionate, and authentic healer. She helps people to truly and safely experience their emotions, so they can learn those powerful lessons from their experiences and integrate them into their lives. Carefully and clearly, she shows us how to see the opportunities and options that await us, and she supports us to connect to our inner wisdom to determine the best way to proceed. She facilitates an organic unfolding of the process, and helps us to truly see how to align ourselves with the life we want. My experiences with her have been transformative and invaluable.” ~ Juli Mazie. Doctor

“Nicola’s capacity for love and compassion is truly inspiring. I am comforted instantly upon seeing her, my monkey mind is invariably silenced – giving way to the truth of my heart, at the end of every session. She is both sensitive to my needs and completely frank. She does not so much dispense advice as gently guides me back to myself and the truth that is in me all along. My relationships have deepened and grown, my sense of self has blossomed. I am so grateful for her and our work.” ~ Jen Ziegler, New York

“I have worked with Nicola both in couples and individual counseling, and find her truly stellar in both areas. Nicola creates a safe container that encourages trust, honesty, vulnerability, and transformation. She is focused, intelligent, sensitive, and compassionate. Her knowledge is extensive, and available for her to draw on when needed, but her true brilliance is demonstrated in her ability to illuminate unconscious patterns that no longer serve and help create paradigm shifts based on love, compassion, perspective, and truth. I am deeply grateful to have the opportunity to work with her.” ~ Mark Schneider, Headhunter

“The words I am about to say will not even come close to expressing how incredible the experience I had with Nicola was and how she truly changed my life. She is the real deal. A truly loving individual that genuinely cares about the wellness of others. She is an angel. With the most gentle and loving  approach she enabled me to source and release my deeply rooted and hidden emotional pain. She gave me the tools to fully process emotions, stand up for myself, value myself and most importantly love myself. Like I said, these words will never show the magnitude of what she did for me. You will have to find out for yourself. And If you do, i assure you it will be the greatest gift you ever give to yourself.” Liz O’Connor, Manager

Working with Nicola is life changing for me. She has the incredible gift of getting through suffering into the very heart & truth of a person, guiding to freedom. Like a soul ninja, she effortlessly & painlessly cuts through the “story” and teaches us how to allow our light to come shining through. The sessions with Nicola have been an exceptional gift for me that transformed my life, opened my heart and set me free. I cannot say enough what a blessing Nicola is. We are so lucky to have her and this world is brighter because of the beautiful work she does.” ~ Star Hanson, Organizer, Monterrey

“Nicola is a gifted therapist who uses an approach to healing that is laser-like in its precision and effectiveness. I came to her when I was at my lowest — feeling hopeless, I had truly given up. Nicola focused in immediately on the real issues that were causing my pain, a deep feeling of being unworthy and unloved, and unloveable, covered up by a history of bad relationships and personal experiences. Since then she’s led me, like a skilled guide, to the love and joy within me — to my true self. She has helped awaken my soul in a way I didn’t know was possible. I’ve struggled with depression for more than 25 years and I’m proud to say that I no longer take antidepressants, and for the first time in my life I look forward to whatever lies ahead of me — I’m actually excited about it! I thank her for helping me find my way back to life, to home, to myself. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” ~ Susan Barclay, Graphic Designer, California

“My life before Nicola was all in my head, and I was playing a game of survival with a heavy dependence on antidepressants. It was such a heavy cost, living life like that. My body was screaming for help, and I knew I was getting to a point that I could no longer raise my two little children. And that’s when Nicola came into my life, like a savior. She lovingly saw through me, and held me in a light to transform. I’ve been living without antidepressants for two years now, my body is healthy and strong, and my family is thriving. When I occasionally trip into old patterns, I don’t linger. I have the tools and the support, I feel empowered. And I am never alone. Nicola’s nurturing voice is in my head, and my heart is resting gently in her hands. I am free, strong, loved and I am forever grateful.” ~ Amber Payet, Santa Cruz, Mother of two children.

My granddaughter Alex is 11 years old. Last year her schoolmate friend died suddenly and Alex began having problems. She was daily consumed by intense fear. Her parents were frantic because Alex couldn’t sleep, had panic attacks daily, sleep walked every night, upset the whole family with her screaming and crying. They didn’t know what to do to help her. After her first visit with her therapist Nicola Amadora, Alex was able to sleep at night and stopped sleepwalking. Her panic attacks stopped entirely. Alex feared fire, had near constant visions of her house catching fire and her being trapped. After two sessions with Nicola, instead of panicking, Alex began to check whether there was any real danger when she saw smoke or a match being lit. She is able to face fire and evaluate any possible danger and she lost her intense fear of death. Alex was never the cuddly type, but after working with Nicola, she is softer, allows herself to be hugged and touched to feel safe and grounded, and is kinder at home. Her parents are amazed and delighted by the changes they see in her. After only 4 sessions, Alex is more confident, far less fearful, and happy. She wrote to Nicola: “You will never understand how much you have helped me, so so much. Thank you”. Nicola’s incredible ability to heal my granddaughter is nothing short of magic!~ Nancy Cassel, teacher and grandmother.

Nicola has a capacity for compassion that is profoundly healing.  Her way of seeing and understanding the places that are wounded help to unearth the shadow aspects that need to come forward in order to experience more freedom and lightness.  This includes our inner child that needs healing.  I couldn’t do this work alone or with other therapists.  Thank you, Nicola!~ Josclyn Bordeaux

“Each session with Nicola has been poignant. She helped me to awaken and burdens that have carried my whole life, where healed at the core. Nicola was instrumental to change the relationship with my daughter in a profound way. A solid connection, health and more love has grown between us now. I am deeply grateful for this work and Nicola.” Alexis S., Therapist, San Jose

“Nicola is a very diverse and experienced therapist, leader and teacher. She has helped me in couples therapy, in dealing with grief and loss, and in being a leader in my career. Working with Nicola is unlike anything I imagined therapy to be. What I am present to when I leave a session with her is how much I contribute to people and life around me.

I was introduced to Nicola by my ex-wife for marriage counseling. I only had a few sessions with her and my ex; however, it was in our one-on-one sessions where I started the healing that I had been needing my entire life. That was seven years ago. Since then, she has coached me through the loss of family members, helped me to deal with compulsive behavior and self doubt, and has guided me through anger management. More recently, she has helped me to realize my potential in my career and to focus on the things most important to me.

During our sessions, I find that we can go very deep and get very quiet and still, very much like meditation. At other times, when needed, we can stay light and happy and simply celebrate the victories, large and small. All across the spectrum, my experience of these sessions is quite profound”~ Andi Ames, Santa Cruz

“Dr. Nicola Amadora gets right to the core, to the heart of the matter. The session with her caused a real transformation in me that led to real changes in my world. I now have a sense of belonging, for which I am so grateful.” ~ Sahar Kordahi, Speaker & Coach, San Ramon

“Nicola Amadora is a very skilled and heart-based facilitator, therapist, and teacher. She creates a safe and nurturing space for her clients and group participants who are being fully seen, embraced, and met by her – no matter where they are in their psycho-spiritual evolution. Nicola’s authentic presence and gentle guidance are rooted in the love and wisdom gleaned from the crucible of real life experience. I felt fully met in my sessions with her. She helped me to reconnect more deeply, which was a very healing and illuminating experience for me. I highly recommend her!” ~Isabella Price, MA, Speaker, Educator and Author

“I am seeing profound shifts as I am working with you. Amazing, the breath and depth you have. You are a caliber of a true healer. THANK YOU !~ Amy Baldwin

“I have been working with Nicola for six months after experiencing an extremely traumatizing event. Nicola has shown me great love, warmth and support and has taught me how to develop compassion and love for myself again in the most troubling times. I have been so fortunate to find such a teacher, so wise, gentle and kind, guiding me and enriching my being. Enabling me to enjoy the present moments and truly believe that life’s greatest hardships can be our brightest times to find new meaning and purpose. To say it more personal:  Nicola, you saved my life. You met me in  where I was at, with such love. You pulled me out of the dark mud into a beautiful new beginning. My heart opened again, I healed so much, I learnt how to be with my feelings and how to stop going with the spinning wheel of my mind, and be in my body, connect with the joy in life. I found true peace and inspiration. I feel connected with myself, with life and I am so grateful for this tremendous gift. It’s big. Thank you from the bottom of my heart”~ Cassale Scherrif, Tiburon

“My husband and I came to see Nicola for a marriage tune up and to resolve a few issues we were dealing with.  What we have experienced is the deepening and broadening of our communication as a we have learned new pathways to share and listen. Nicola is very  professional and doesn’t take sides. She stands the middle ground bringing you together as a couple. Her open heart and compassion for the pain that may be in your heart allows you the safety to express your most personal wounds and find the best route to healing.  We always look forward to our sessions with her and the new skills we will learn. Because of our work with Nicola we are more capable or understanding each others personal worlds and serving our partners emotional needs and that makes everyday together sweeter and far more loving.” ~Rebecca Dye  ASLA, LEED AP B C and Design Focus Landscape Architecture

“I was afraid, shy, wanted to disappear and felt not good enough. It was an underground stream in my life. It was powerful and I could not deny it. Therapy with Nicola is helping me a lot. I used the practice she taught me in my life: I turned toward what was arising, used the breath, was present and was able to give that part of me what it truly needed. I could connect with the source of love, that which is greater, I could viscerally experience how I am held. Right in that moment I such relief washed through me, I opened, it felt amazing. I don’t feel alone anymore, so beautiful and embraced by love itself. Incredible how my fears dissolved and I feel stronger, more confident and connected.” ~ Adria Dunnington

“Nicola’s gentle yet firm guidance got me to a place I was not able to get to on my own. I came to her in a state of emotional desperation, unable to function in romantic partnerships or see any kind of hope for the end of the suffering that seemed to continue with every new relationship. In dealing with my addictions from the ground up, we worked together to change my perspective completely. I no longer want to seek out relationships and “band aids” to numb the pain. I learned to heal my pain from the inside, by tending to the wounded girl inside, and in a short time I have already felt the emotional and spiritual freedom of doing so. I don’t have to rely on outside sources with the tools Nicola has given me. For this I am forever grateful.”
~ Samantha Gennuso, 31, Graduate Psychology Student, LA

“What Grace you have entered my life. My gratitude is boundless for the myriad of ways you show up…for your own bravery, courage and wisdom that has morphed into this beacon of love and light that you are.
Each session we explore together, I am continually surprised by the unfolding mystery and the depth of new and visceral insights that emerge. Spirituality and humanness is highly integrated in this work. I experience love in my heart, have healed in many ways and live more awake in this world. I bow to the very masterful guidance you offer as you shepherd me ” home”. A gift beyond words and measure. May all beings be free.” ~Robbyn Paxton-McGuire
Park City, Utah/ British Columbia, Canada