Axis Mundi Center for Mental Health
Therapy and Counseling Services

Working With erica berman

Erica Berman, MA


supervised by Shirley dvir, lmft# 44258


office in oakland, ca.

Are you feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? Recent Break-up? Feeling stuck and ready to change old patterns? If this sounds familiar, I'm here to help. Working somatically and intuitively, I provide a supportive place for you to find your sense of self and move forward to the next phase of your life.

I am a queer, somatic healer that focuses on issues of abandonment, anxiety, anger, grief, trauma, holistic and spiritual health. My approach is intuitive and somatic (including the body) and you will find me non-judgmental, caring and interactive with you in your process.

I take a mind/body approach towards emotional and mental health. We hold unexpressed emotions and trauma in our body, and finding ways to notice and work with them can help us create shifts and cultivate tools for day-to-day life. Unlike traditional therapies, you will find the process of connecting with your body through safe touch, movement, and working in the present moment, can generate long term shifts in your entire constitution. 

I am a certified ecotherapist, which supports you in accessing your inner wisdom through connection to nature, indoors and out. Outdoor work takes place in the Oakland forest, using ritual and the natural context as a container for the therapeutic work.* Indoor work incorporates nature-based guided visualizations and work with natural elements as a way to support your process.

My practice is framed in the understanding that we live in a culture built on systemic injustice. One of my passions is working with people around understanding the ways they are affected by it, addressing those harms, and healing from them. I am here to support your process of being and thriving in this world. These are exciting, scary and heartbreaking times. All of you is welcome here: grief, anger, rage, numbness, or something else.

“Things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered. We must hold each other tight, and continue to pull back the veil.” - adrienne maree brown

I work with sex workers, LGBTQI people and other sexual and gender minorities.

As well, I work with those who do not identify as sexual minorities but are seeking somatic and nature based work.

*I require at least three indoor sessions before we go outside.

A graduate of John F. Kennedy's Counseling psychology program

Specialization in somatic psychotherapy

Additional training in:

  • Hakomi

  • Relational Somatic Healing (Somatic Touch)

  • Somatic Touch Training with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

  • Somatic Touch Training with Kathy Kaine

  • Emotional Focused Therapy for Couples

  • Harm Reduction

  • Certified Ecotherapist

specializing in treating:

  • Sex Workers

  • LGBTQI/Non-Binary

  • Break-up/Divorce

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Grief/Loss

  • Harm Reduction Approach to Substance Use

  • Couples Counseling

  • Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents/ Children of Narcissists

  • Holistic/Spiritual Health/Ritual

  • Attachment Issues

  • Nervous System/Polyvagal Healing

For additional information about me, please see my website -



Contact Us

Starting is easy! Use the form on the right to begin our conversation. We'll start with a free, 30 minute consultation to see if we're a good match. If we're not, for any reason, I'll provide you with other referrals that may be a better fit - my commitment is to your well-being first!

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