About Dr. Ava Pommerenk, PhD

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Hello, I'm Dr. Ava

My experience with having sat in the patient's chair brings me to a short description of myself.   I join my community in experiencing the pains of existence and the processes of learning to work with and transform these pains, rather than be consumed by them. I am above all things, pragmatic. I practice this pragmatism through doing my own on-going training, healing, self-discovery, and growth work and this shows in the work that I do. Visit this recent podcast with AboutMeditation.com where I share about my experience discovering meditation and mindfulness, and their use in the work that I do!

I receive training in individual, couple, group and sex therapy, and I participate in on-going consultation in these disciplines.  I have clinical training in AEDP for Couples Therapy.

  I join my community in experiencing the pains of existence and the processes of learning to work with and transform these pains, rather than be consumed by them. I am above all things, pragmatic. I practice this pragmatism through doing my own on-going training, healing, self-discovery, and growth work and this shows in the work that I do.
 

My interests include:
1.) Trauma
2.) Attachment Trauma
3.) Anxiety and Stress
4.) Relationship/ Intimacy/ Co-Dependence Issues
5.) Identity Development and Boundary Issues
6.) Family of Origin Issues
7.) Big Life Transitions
8.) Self-esteem and Empowerment Issues
9.) Grief and Loss
10.) Addictions, Co-occurring Disorders, and Recovery
11.) Communication, Intimacy, and Trust


 Who Supports me in my Work 

 I belong to an on-going AEDP consultation and supervision group, facilitated by Dr. Miriam Marsolais, where, with prior consent from clients, I share video recordings of my work. I also belong to Dr. David Mars' advanced AEDP Couples Therapy training group. I receive regular consultation and training from this group of colleagues.  I also belong to another training group facilitated by Dr. Myrtle Heery, Ph.D. called "Unearthing the Moment". Through this group I consult and receive guidance regularly in how to do individual and group work in an existential- humanistic orientation.  


Education

Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology)
Palo Alto, CA
M.A. In Clinical Psychology 2012
 PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2017

Naropa University
Boulder, CO
B.A. in Contemplative Psychology (minor in Comparative Religion)

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