A brief introduction...

Hello, and thank you for your curiosity in my work.   Our stories are important components of mentorship and so I share this bit of biographical information as a way for you to come to know a bit about who I am and how I came to work the way I do.

I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003.  After college I began working full-time at a racquet club, teaching tennis to children, teens, and adults. I greatly enjoyed coaching, particularly in regards to the mental components and associated 'self-talk' than inevitably emerges during tennis. During this time of my life, I stopped playing competitively and instead began practicing Ashtanga Yoga which remains a daily practice that I continue to participate in, now many years later.  In 2006, I moved to San Francisco to study East-West Psychology, and later, Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).  

I went on to practice as an intern in an office in Pacific Heights in San Francisco. Though I relished the work, particularly with young adults, I felt out of place, and inexperienced in the office setting. It was not a good fit for me, and so I began working at St. Vincent's home for boys in Marin, CA. 

Though the intern years are challenging on a number of levels I remain profoundly grateful for my experience at St. Vincent's. The time spent working with orphaned boys was unimaginably humbling. I had shoes thrown at me by my clients, I argued with the staff (on behalf of my clients), and I learned new ways of creating relationships in which vulnerability and authenticity can be expressed and shared in meaningful ways. I often took my clients off campus to work with them in 'the real world'-- to see their issues and anxieties emerge at Target and help create an experience of somatic awareness that makes interacting with the world doable, ok, and even fun.

Simultaneously, I began working with the Stepping Stones project which led to my leading backpacking trips with teenagers.  

As my private mentoring practice grew, I let go of St. Vincent's, and gradually Stepping Stones as well. I did work with Coyote Coast in Orinda for over a year, as well as the Muir Woods rehab center in Petaluma. There I enjoyed leading wilderness outings for teenagers struggling with substance abuse.

For the last several years I have maintained my private practice and now solely work with families and individuals in my practice. I strive to offer life changing work that is both client-centered while also holding a family systems oriented approach to treatment.  

 


People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.
— Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Scott Fischer, MA, MFT #83959