Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an approach to couples therapy that is based on attachment theory and neurobiology. In EFT, emotion is experienced as a powerful agent of change in the therapy process. The work is a collaborative, experiential approach between the therapist and the couple or family members. It is a dance of leading […]
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Serving Santa Rosa and surrounding areas
Serving Santa Rosa, Sebastapol, Petaluma, and surrounding areas
Toby Ellen French, Licensed Psychotherapist
Toby Ellen French provides individual therapy balancing warmth, professionalism, humor, and flexibility to provide you with what you need to live a healthy, joyful life. The focus in therapy will be finding practical ways to achieve your needs, your goals, and your hopes so you can find meaning and joy in everyday life […]
Toby Ellen French is an experienced therapist for teenagers and young adults, bringing a warmth and creativity to therapy that they can respond to. Her approach is based on building up respect and dignity in each young person, first for themselves and then for others. Adolescence is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be miserable. […]
Life Transitions are those periods of adjustment that accompany major life events such as pregnancy and childbirth, marriage and divorce, and aging and bereavement. Big thoughts for big changes Whether the life transition was anticipated or sudden, it always requires a lot of change. These changes often throw us off our balance, and there’s a […]
What role can dancing, painting, and creativity play in therapy? The answer can be more complex than you think. Talking is an important and often healing aspect of therapy, but there are parts of our experiences that cannot fit into words. What is art and body-based therapy? Art and body-based therapy is a process through […]
In addition to her private practice, Toby Ellen French works with groups as a facilitator and teacher. She has led art, stress management, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy groups for adults and seniors in hospitals and intensive outpatient psychiatric programs. She developed and facilitated an art therapy program for groups of inmates in Sonoma County. […]
"Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them."
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, meditation master
ABOUT TOBY ELLEN FRENCH
Psychotherapist ~ Emotionally Focusted Therapy ~ Counselor
Toby Ellen French, MA, LMFT, ATR has been practicing psychotherapy for 20 years. Her ongoing work as a therapist, artist, teacher, and chef reflect a life-long commitment to understanding and nurturing the human spirit. Toby brings humor, compassion, acceptance, and a lively practicality to her work.
Toby has a dual background in Art Therapy and Counseling Psychology. She combined her study of the prominent schools of psychology – psychodynamics, behaviorism and humanism – with training in the expressive arts and body-based therapies. As an artist herself, she understood that there are powerful non-verbal ways to enter into ameaningful therapeutic process.
Toby has specialist training in the treatment of the major mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bi-polar, major depression and anxiety disorders. As a member of an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, clinical social workers and occupational therapists, she gained the know-how to diagnose and respond effectively to people affected by these illnesses.
Toby’s work is enlivened by new developments in psychotherapy that synthesize neuroscience, psychology, and the creative process. She specializes in working with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy, sometimes referred to as “the science of love”. EFT was developed in recent decades as a way of making practical use of breakthroughs in research into the brain and human relationships and is a powerful tool for building intimacy, connection, and understanding in relationships.
It is a truly an exciting time to have the privilege of working with people as psychotherapist. In the last decade, advances made in understanding the connection of mind, body and spirit give us wonderful tools for building satisfying relationships with ourselves and others. Reach out today to take advantage.