“dwelling within” {Lat.}

Vesna L. Westbrook, MA, LMFT

I am a trained psychotherapist and a Certified Philosophical Counselor. I provide psychotherapy in the state of California through my private practice Immanence Therapy, and offer integrative mentoring and process work internationally. My approach is depth-oriented, transpersonal, relational, and existential-humanistic. My focus lies on the integration of complex, cumulative, and collective trauma.

I hold a Master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I also earned a Dual Master’s in Philosophy and Religious Studies, and an additional three-year Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Tübingen in Germany. I am certified as a Philosophical Counselor through the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. My lifelong spiritual practice has been essential in my understanding of healing and wellbeing.

My own international background informs my work within different cultural contexts and identities. I offer sessions in English and in German. 



Integral Counseling Psychology (M.A.) | California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California

Philosophy (international Ph.D. exchange) | SUNY at Stony Brook, New York, NY

Philosophy (M.A., ABD) | University of Tübingen, Germany

Religious Studies (M.A., ABD) | University of Tübingen, Germany

Literary Writing (3-year Certificate) | University of Tübingen, Germany

Philosophical Counseling (Certificate) | American Philosophical Practitioners Association, New York, NY


Associateship at the Center for Transformational Therapy

Internship at the Grass Valley Unified High School District


Ancestral Psychology of the Balkans (Presentation), California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
Epistemological Foundations of Cognitive Psychology (Thesis), University of Tübingen, Germany


Published works of poetry, various publishers (Germany)

Literary awards, nominations, scholarships + residency

professional associations

member of CAMFT + APPA.