Michael George Hofrath MA. Ph.D. Candidate
Michael George Hofrath Ph.D.Candidate is an Integrative Somatic Depth Therapist, EMDR Therapist and NeuroAffective Touch Practitioner who specializes in the processing and integration of emotional and embodied trauma to heal wound within body, mind and soul. The outcome is a sense of being complete and whole. We do not heal the wound, the wound heals us!
As a depth-oriented therapist Michael incorporates many theoretical perspectives such as depth psychology. existential psychology, humanistic psychology, transpersonal psychology, Gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis and psychodynamic to name a few. Michael specializes in the healing of extreme trauma wounding: combat-related/ first-responder trauma and stress, developmental, family of origin trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, limiting belief patterns, integration of stories. Unattended many of these issues manifest into psychopathology such as posttraumtic stress symtomatology , adverse behavioral patterns, sexual trauma, adverse relationships problems, chronic depression and anxiety or personality disorders compulsive behaviors and addiction issues. Depth therapists help us to understand the deeper meanings of wounds through the language of psyche, which consist of dreams, images, metaphor, various symptomatologies, somatoform issues, word associations, qualities of feelings, synchronicities and through object relations.
Depth-oriented therapy gives language to the dynamics of the unconscious psyche, and how psyche chooses to show up in us and in the world.
As a former hostage in a foreign country Michael has first-hand experiential knowledge with PTS trauma. Michael's path to healing from PTS led him down a 'Hero's Journey' of discovery and the dark night of the soul, which turned out to be his calling as a healer. Michael’s healing approach is informed through many indigenous healing approaches and practices.
Michael's approach addresses the root cause, or origin, of deep-seeded shame, guilt and fear, which facilitates more secure attachment styles, authentic connection with one's true self, soul self and others, healthier self-regulation skills through expansion of the window of tolerance for the development of greater resilience and coping skills.
Michael's work as the Head of Trauma Intervention & Experiential Healing for a veteran organization has afforded him with a wealth of knowledge and experiential wisdom surrounding the resolution of combat-related trauma and stress.. He helps military veterans process deep-seeded trauma, negative experiences, limiting belief patterns and other related issues to help warriors move through horrific experiences. This work allows veterans to feel whole again and allows them to finally come home to friends and family.
Michael received his B.A in Business Administration emphasis Marketing Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, received his MA. in Depth Psychology, emphasis Somatic Studies and is a currently a Ph.D. Candidate completing his dissertation from Pacifica Graduate Institute Carpinteria, CA. Michael practices out of his office in Malibu and in various locations in Westlake Village and Beverly Hills. He offers mobile therapy, travels to clients and provides on-line tel-coaching via video conference call.