By Monika Broecker, MS, MA, LMFT
Hello and welcome to the Center for Personal Growth™! I wrote this post to provide you with a summary of the Services I/we offer.
Solution-Focused Therapy/Coaching and Training
Typically 10 (and sometimes more) psychotherapy sessions in which we work toward your goals. We will not be focusing on problems but on implementing solutions. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy was created by Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg of the Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, WI, and I was fortunate enough to study with them in a personal mentorship between 2002 and 2004. I work with individiuals, families and children. I also offer Solution-Focused Brief Coaching and training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Coaching to organizations and therapists/coaches. Read more about my therapy offerings, here.
Somatic (body-centered) Psychotherapy
Trauma is stored in the body and often manifests in posture, chronic pain, tension and disease. Only by working with the body and the emotions locked in the body significant change can occur. My approach grounded in Somatic Psychology and mostly based on Analytic Somatic Psychotherapy™ (AST). AST was developed by John Conger, PhD as a further development of Bioenergetic Analysis, taking into account cutting edge approaches in the Neurosciences. I graduated with an MA in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. I completed a 4-year training with John Conger in AST and Bioenergetic Analysis and worked under his supervision for more than 2 years. I conduct Somatic Psychotherapy under an organization called The Somatics Clinic™. Read more about my therapy offerings here.
Intro Program into Analytic Somatic Therapy™: Working with the Emotional Body
This is a 6-session intro program into Analytic Somatic Psychotherapy™ (AST). Each session will focus on one of the foundations of AST: Grounding, boundaries, breath, range of emotion, intentional presence and energy. We will start with a body-reading and work all the way through your personal life challenges. Read more about this intro program here.
Career and Personal Growth Coaching
I have been a career coach since 1995 when I first started working in BMW's organization development and coaching group. I work globally with people on their unique career challenges. I offer the full range of services from identifying career goals to achieving those. I also help people move into successful self-employment, deal with challenges in their current job, including issues with performance or co-workers and move into a People Manager or Leadership role. In my long-term career in Leadership and People Management Development, I was fortunate to learn from only the best teachers. My Personal Growth coaching focuses on my motto of Creating a Sustainable Work and Lifestyle. For me, that is a better notion than the often cited "Work-Life-Balance" which always already includes a separation. You go to work and then you go home to really live. For me, work is such a big part of one's life that it needs to be integrated better into a fulfilling life-style. Read more about my coaching services here.
Get-to-Work Power Coaching
This service is for those who have been recently laid of or have been out of work for a while. I am providing this service on a limited basis at a lower rate. Read more about these services here.
MFTi Private Practice Coaching
This Service is targeted at Marriage and Family Therapist trainees and interns wishing to move into private practice. Read more about this service here.
The Center for Personal Growth has hosted hundreds of workshops since its inception in 2008. We continue to offer workshops on a limited basis if they fit into our philosophy. You can see some of our most popular workshops on the left hand side of this page.
Teaching and speaking engagements
I have taught at several prestigious universities, including Stanford University, Golden Gate University, JFK University and California Institute of Integral Studies. Next year, I will be teaching Systemic Thinking at Ryokan College. I have also been a speaker at many conferences around the world, including the "On the Shoulder of Giants" conference at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, the 1st European Brief Strategic and Systemic Therapy European Network Conference (Arezzo, Italy), The Heinz von Foerster Congress (Vienna, Austria), The Happiness and its Causes Conference (San Francisco, CA), the Enlightened Business Summit hosted by Chip Conley and the Transformational Learning Conference (San Francisco, CA) to only name a few. If you are interested in inviting me to speak or teach a workshop, please contact me.
The Center for Personal Growth offers a variety of corporate services under an organization called Agency for Corporate Wellness™. These services include:
I am available to companies to offer coaching services on site. Please contact me, if you are interested in bringing me to your company. We offer additional corporate services here.
I facilitate corporate workshops and meetings. I frequently provide facilitation for Vision, Mission, Strategy sessions as well as Leadership Development, People Management Development, Conflict Resolution, Communication Skills, Coaching and Stress Management, Mindfulness and Meditation workshops. I also offer conflict negotiation services for conflicts between departments/groups and individuals. If you are interested in these services, please contact me. We offer additional corporate services here.
My typical clients
I work with everybody who wants to work with me. Most of my current and past clients work in High Tech companies such as Google, LinkedIn, Apple, Yahoo, Netflix, Intel, Cisco, Oracle, HP, eBay and internet start-ups. I do not call myself an executive coach. I work with anyone. I believe in Leadership at all levels. And all employees are human beings and struggle because of past injuries. Research shows that in Silicon valley companies most medical claims and precription claims are for psychosomatic issues such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, etc. This is why therapy is so necessary and useful for this population.
I also work with families, couples, adolescents and children.
Mountain View/Palo Alto near the Googleplex and LinkedIn headquarter
Berkeley (North Berkeley Hills)
Online/Phone (As a coach, I work globally. As a psychotherapist, due to legal restrictions, I work with clients who reside in California only. I offer my online psychotherapy services under the name Cloud Therapy™.
Based on my certification as a Systemic Therapist in Germany, I also offer phone/video sessions with clients in Europe. I conduct sessions in English or German.
I am an out-of-network provider and most insurance companies reimburse for a mental health diagnosis listed in the DSM after a deductible.
My brief Bio
I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, certified in Systemic Therapy and in Analytic Somatic Therapy™. Between 1998 and 2002, I trained at the legendary Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto where family therapy first originated. At MRI, I studied with Richard Fisch and Paul Watzlawick at the Brief Therapy Center. Between 2002 and 2004, I trained with Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, the founders of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. I completed the equivalent of a four-year training in Analytic Somatic Psychotherapy/Bioenergetics. I am an honory member of the European Brief Systemic and Strategic Therapy Network. My work is also significantly informed by Gestalt Therapy, Rosen Method, Somatic Practice (Kathy Kain's trauma work) as well as by Heinz von Foerster's cybernetics and systemics.
In addition to my credentials in the field of psychotherapy, I have had a long-term career in Learning and Leadership Development. At Google, I built and led Google's People Management Development and Google's School of Personal Growth. Together with my colleague Chade-Meng Tan, I was a core team member of Google's legendary Search Inside Yourself course, a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course. I was awarded permanent residency in the US based on being among the top 5% worldwide in my field globally and my ability to bring systemic psychotherapy approaches into business. For full bio please click here.
info AT center4personalgrowth.com
650-296-3942 (coaching and all other non-clinical services)