"...What shape waits in the seed of you
to grow and spread its branches
against a future sky?"

~David Whyte, excerpted from What to Remember When Waking

What are your longings that yearn to take shape in the world? Do you wish to discover and express your true self? What difficulties do you wrestle with? Can you imagine tending them with compassion? Can you imagine finding self-acceptance?

Often, in the course of our lives difficult or overwhelming experiences, family and societal messages inhibited our natural gifts and development.

Being Held by the Goddess, Visual Journal pagePsychotherapy and creative expression offer you ways to soothe, find self-acceptance, affect change and inspire growth. I know, because I’ve experienced this first-hand.

About me personally

As a child art-making was my solace, a refuge from the physical and emotional pain of having dwarfism. In those moments of creating I felt as if I’d come home and could relax. Art-making brought relief, feelings of mastery and joy.

During young adulthood, my desire to create froze in the face of perfectionism. The joy I once felt making art turned to anguish. Later, I became chronically ill and I suspected that there was a connection between my illness, creative blockage and emotional pain.

In seeking a way through these ordeals, I entered depth-oriented therapy. Therapy, dream-work and art-making formed the trail that led me through a dark forest.

This journey also led me to study process painting, art therapy, meditation, and inspired me to become a therapist in order to serve the growth of others.

Let me assist you to:
  • Navigate the confusion of life’s changes
  • Deepen self-compassion and acceptance
  • Experience solace amidst loss
  • Develop harmony and authenticity in your relationships
  • Enjoy more creativity, imagination and vitality
  • Move towards realizing your dreams

Call (415) 322-8984 or email me to explore how we might work together.

Photo of Annie Danberg

Credentials:

B.A. in Psychology: Sonoma State University

M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, and Art Therapy Psychology: Notre Dame de Namur University

Training in psychodynamic psychotherapy: The Psychotherapy Institute

Training in process painting facilitation: Institute of Art and Living

Creative process facilitation since 2001

Psychotherapy in a variety of settings since 2010, including: medical, community clinics and schools

Currently in private practice in San Rafael, Ca

"I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of Imagination"

~ John Keats