The Healing Journey

Stef Coleman, MFT | License # 49518

Credentials, Education, Training

  • University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT 1998
    Bachelor of General Studies, Magna Cum Laude
  • Columbia University, NYC, 1999
    MSW Program
  • John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA, 2007
    Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 2009
  • Certified EMDR Parts I and II, 2012
    Dr. Phil Manfield, JFKU, Berkeley, CA
  • Certified Internal Family Systems Part I, 2018
    Dr. Frank Anderson, Oakland, CA
  • Diamond Heart VI Student, 2001 to present

Healing Journey

Alopecia
First, since it’s noticeable, I have alopecia totalis. People wonder. I want you to know, I am exceptionally healthy, just bald. Truly, being bald has been a gift. Yes, it knocked me to my knees in the beginning. Then I experienced a feeling of surrender which continues to gift me with the deepest love of all: loving myself just as I am. As Whitney Houston and George Benson sang, “Loving yourself is the greatest Love of all.”

Meditation and Therapy
My spiritual/therapeutic path of healing began when I was 30 years old and first lost my hair. That’s when I started a meditation practice, began learning about Buddhism and started to work with a wonderful Buddhist therapist.

Diamond Heart
About 20 years ago, I went to Thanksgiving dinner with a new group of people. I had never been to a social gathering where every single person was so genuinely authentic. It was glorious! They were Diamond Heart students and I was immediately intrigued and began following this practice.

Deep Practice
In the past year, I went to Burma for a time of deep and focused meditation. After sitting for six hours a day for a solid month, I had a profound realization about how relentless my self-attacks were. In short, this was a game-changer. It led to a new sense of integration.

Integration
Since my time in Burma, all of my life experiences coalesced into the work I offer others. I have so much gratitude and respect for my primary teachers: Hameed Ali, Adyashanti, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Kathy Altman and Lori Saltzman, and Colleen West. I bow to them.

“A correct relationship to your self is primary, for from it flow all possible right relationships with others and the Divine.”
~ Ralph Blum, The Book of Runes

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