"I utilize different modalities which foster self-love and radical self-acceptance as one heals and transform from trauma, old childhood wounds, child sexual abuse, relationship wounds, grief and more.
I believe recovery is a process that is about progress, not perfection. The practice of positive thoughts takes time and as a therapist, I can guide you. Especially because we have a lot of negativity locked in our brains (self-aversion) and in our society. It takes a commitment to a daily practice of positive cognitions via meditation, self-soothing talks and self-care activities.
In therapy, we can make these your goals and take baby steps to achieve them at your own pace. We can learn to live more joyous and more full filling lives-which is our birthright. The more emotionally present we become for ourselves: the better we are able to relate with more emotional intimacy with self and others.
My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client.
With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed and aspires to accomplish."
Antonia Amore- Broccoli is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. She maintains a private practice in Capitola, CA ( Santa Cruz County). She works with the entire family: kids, teens, young adults and couples and blended/alternative families.
Antonia's down to earth and warm personality affords for a safe environment to build a trusting therapeutic alliance with empathy and compassion. Antonia is currently serving a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are over 21 years as Medical and Clinical Social Worker in Hospital, Clinic, and Home Care Health settings. Antonia began Medical Social Work Specialty in Maternal Child Health (Perinatology Social Work) at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor Michigan. She returned to Michigan in 1995 where she was born and raised until the age of 12. In 1996 she completed her MSW (Masters In Social Work 1996).
Antonia has been in private practice as a Psychotherapist since 2004. She is an interactive, solution-focused therapist drawing from several modalities for well-being. Antonia has extensive training and experience with therapy for Trauma and PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Grief & Loss (loss of infants, children, spouse, and parents is her specialty )
Antonia utilizes many innovative eclectic modalities such as EMDR, Expressive Art and Writing as well as Mindfulness, self acceptance/compassion. She facilitates retreats for women in recovery including Writing for the Heart and Soul©, Expressive Arts and is a facilitator for Soul Collage©. She is a student of Kundalini Yoga and shares the knowledge of specific Kriyas and meditations from her teachers in the traditional teaching of Yogi Bhajan.
She is passionate about creating and fostering "Mindful and Conscious Relationships" and specializes in Couple/Relationship Communication. She has trained in a variety of Family and Couples Systems including Imago Couples “Getting The Love You Want,” ie. Loving and Honoring the Love that you Have, all which are Non-Violent communication techniques: compassion and empathy focused.
In 2005, Antonia began utilizing EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training with Laurel Parnell, Ph.D. (in a small group) at Esalen Institute in Big Sur CA. She has been using EMDR in her office and hospital settings with babies, children, teens, and adults ever since, with positive results.She has completed the advanced 3&4 training with Dr. Parnell and participates in ongoing professional consultation.