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3150 18th Street
Mission District, CA, 94110
United States


Charis Khoury, MFT is a psychotherapist who supports individuals in the Bay Area with concerns such as depression, anxiety, shame, sexuality and life transitions. If you find yourself in unhealthy patterns that you don't understand, therapy can help. Contact me today and I'd be happy to chat. 



Informed by research on attachment and emotion regulation, I work in a mindful, relational, and body-centered way. Call today for your free 15 minute consultation. 

Creativity and human connection have always been central to my life. 

Passion for social justice and spirituality led me to work for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, an organization which aimed to bring principles of compassion and wisdom to social activism. This was inspiring work and in the end, I came to understand that my best service comes through working with people directly and relationally, where empathy and insight have the strongest and most personal influence. I find tremendous satisfaction in supporting individuals on their journeys of self-discovery and greater fulfillment. 

I earned my BA in Visual Art from Brown University and graduated from the Integral Counseling Psychology Master’s program of California Institute of Integral Studies in 2011. I have been in practice since 2010.

I have broad training in psychodynamic and humanistic traditions, including Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), a powerful relational, emotion-focused modality, Hakomi, a mindfulness-based somatic therapy, and Gestalt, a body-centered experiential therapy utilizing present-moment awareness.

My background in art and passion for free form dance inform my work with a reverence for the creative process and deep trust in its healing power. I bring years of insight meditation practice, providing a ground of awareness to support our work together.

Professional Training

  • 2016-17: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) – Year-long Advanced Skills Training
  • 2016: "From Trauma to Dharma" Hakomi training
  • 2014: "Healing Shame" trainings
  • 2011-12: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) – Year-long Skills Training
  • 2011: "Re-Creation of the Self" training intensive with Jon Eisman

Professional Affiliations

  • Bay Area Gestalt Institute - Member since 2012
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) – Member since 2010 

My Therapeutic Approach

Informed by research on attachment and emotion regulation, I work in a mindful, relational, and body-centered way.  I strive to form a safe and trusting relationship with you as a spacious base from which you may explore whatever concerns you.  I employ a whole-person approach as we talk, directing our attention to the felt sense in the body to access its wisdom and intuitive knowing.  I focus frequently on emotional experience for a number of important reasons: to build resilience and restore vitality by rebalancing the nervous system and as a gateway into important unconscious or non-rational aspects of being, such as memory or motivation. 

Your own Self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.
— Ramana Maharshi

Many of us have been taught to fear, restrict, or become swamped in challenging emotions, so learning to trust through experience that emotion is not a hindrance but has biological and psychological purpose and to allow the natural flow of emotion to completion yields enormous benefit of inner strength, calm, a sense of wellbeing, and (self-) compassion.  Undigested emotional pain can cause anxiety, depression, health problems/body pain, and a painful sense of separation from ourselves and other people.

My approach weaves between present-moment awareness (body senses, physical sensations, emotions, thoughts) and delves into past experience/your history when relevant, where these experiences may be holding you back or interfering with your enjoyment of and hopes for your life.