Erika Shershun, LMFT, Somatic Psychotherapy, EMDR, San Francisco and throughout CA


Creative expression in the ways we navigate our lives is a sign of health and vitality. Past and current wounding and trauma can impinge or block this flow of connection to our full expression of self, and to our connection with others. My approach to therapy is nonpathologizing and nonshaming. I believe everyone has the capacity for growth and change, and that we are equipped with the inner resources to do so. It is through the foundation of supportive empathic relationship that these resources are awakened, wounds and defenses loosen their grip, and we come to discover our true nature, our full expression of self.


I work collaboratively, intuitively, creatively, and with curiosity. Each therapy session begins with inquiring what is most present for you, and is designed to meet your explicitly stated goals within a noncritical, nonjudgmental, and honest framework. To strengthen and further integrate growth I'll offer you tools and practices to use between sessions. 


Healing takes more than just insight and surface behavior change, therefore somatic integration is the foundation of my work.

Somatic therapy calls on ones awareness of bodily sensation, and may incorporate, with permission, movement and/or touch to bring about a harmonious integration of body and mind. To read more about somatic psychotherapy, and if it is it the right choice for you please click here. To get a sense of how I work check out my BLOG. I may suggest any number of complimentary methodologies, modalities and techniques to offer a highly personalized session, including but not limited to:

  • EMDR

  • Mindfulness

  • Focusing

  • Attachment Theory

  • Internal Family Systems and Gestalt parts work

  • Expressive Arts

  • Narrative

  • Ritual 


Training and background:


I received a BA in Fine Art from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Psychotherapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. While at CIIS I trained at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy. After graduating I interned at Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center until starting my private practice in 2017.

I hold certificates in Psycho Physical Therapy's Somatic Resourcing, 2012 - 2013

Psycho-Physical Therapy Professional Training Somatic Psychotherapy, 2014

Psycho-Physical Therapy Couples Training, 2015

Further trainings include EMDR, EFT, Somatic Experiencing, Trauma Solutions, Mindsight, Mindful Self-Compassion, Body-Mind Centering, Focusing, and Internal Family Systems.

member CAMFT 

member BAOM

Certified Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner 2007

My specialties include working with:​


I also welcome working with the following populations and issues:

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • PTSD

  • Artists and performers

  • Polyamorous or alternative relationships, and explorations of sexuality

  • Gender queer, transgender, and gender variant individuals

  • Sex workers

  • Womens Issues

  • Issues of oppression

  • Identity exploration

  • Life transitions

  • Heartbreak

  • Grief and loss

Lets talk  A 15 minute phone consultation is free of charge. We can discuss what's going on with you and I can answer                                            any questions you may have about my California based therapy services.

Somatic Psychotherapy, San Francisco Therapy, Erika Shershun, MFT