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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Integral Counseling Psychology
Counseling Psychology Department
School of Professional Psychology and Health
PhD, MA, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz
Akhila Kolesar is a clinical psychologist practicing in the Mission District of San Francisco. Her psychotherapeutic work is rooted in a belief that a wellness model of psychology truly supports the whole person: the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual self in each of us. This approach also informs her teaching, making collaboration within the classroom a journey in which each can find how his or her unique abilities and strengths may be applied to learning new skills, growing through challenges, and unfolding new ways of being. Akhila's specializations include sexual and gender variant populations, relating across difference, and integrating present-focused process with symbolic, somatic, and cognitive modalities.
Akhila obtained her Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in 2010. Prior to this, she spent a decade studying eco-psychology and world religions and completed a B.A. in Ecopsychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Akhila conducted her dissertation research on the spiritual experiences of multiply partnered people, and focuses much of her clinical work on serving this population.
Kolesar, A. E. A. (2014). Polyamory and the spiritual histories of multiply partnered people. In Tara Long (Ed.), Integral and transpersonal sexology: Human sexuality and intimate relationships from an integral, transpersonal, and somatic sexological perspective (pp.87-99). Alphen aan den Rijn, South Holland, The Netherlands: Lulu International Publishing.
Kolesar, A. E. A. (2010). Spiritual identities of multiply partnered people. Dissertation Abstracts International- B, 71/10. (UMI No. 3419247)
Kolesar, A. E. A. (2007). Making meaning in the moment: The meeting of existential-humanism and the Jungian concept of synchronicity. In Myrtle Heery (Ed.), Unearthing the Moment VII: Papers Presented for Completion of Courses I-IV (pp.45-56). Petaluma, CA: International Institute for Humanistic Studies.
Kolesar, A. (2005). Ecopsychology as an approach to natural healing within the process of group psychotherapy. Proseminar in Group Process Course Reader. Palo Alto, CA: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.