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Rodrigo Xavier Caldera

Somatic Psychotherapist, Movement Based Expressive Artist, Clinical Supervisor, Movement Educator, Artist, Dancer, Creator

Phone:

1 415 446-9012

Email:

Address:

110 Gough Street, Suite 403, San Francisco, Hayes Valley, 94102

Intersectionalities:

Third Culture born in Nicaragua, raised in Central and South America, Naturalized Citizen of the United States of America, Bilingual Immigrant (English, Spanish, and some Italian), Cis Gender Gay Male, Middle Child, Libra with Aquarius rising and moon in Pisces in Western Astrology, Type 4 in the Enneagram, Rabbit in Chinese Astrology, Lyran Starseed for those who know, INFJ.

Who is this Multidimensional Alchemist

Meet Rodrigo (he/him pronouns), a multi-talented artist who finds solace in creating paintings that reflect the world around him. He is also a dancer, performer, writer, and illustrator who expresses his lively world of sensation through words, movement, and images. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and contemplating in nature, which helps him connect with gratitude and eco-regulation.

 

As a therapist, Rodrigo creates a warm and welcoming environment for his clients to explore their thoughts, sensations, and emotions. He is dedicated to building strong and trusting relationships with them, allowing them to feel seen, heard, and valued. He is a wonderful ally for people from all walks of life.

Rodrigo is a gay identified, cis gender Latino male, third cultural- naturalized North American citizen, who immigrated from Argentina, and was born in Nicaragua. He graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, specializing in Somatic Psychotherapy, and is now a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor in the state of California.

 

He also holds a certification from Tamalpa Institute, and is a Movement Based Expressive Arts Practitioner and Educator. As an EMDR trained Clinician from the Sonoma Psychotherapy Training Institute, he uses this tool adjunctively to support individuals in re-processing trauma and compassionately working through trauma symptoms to find new possibilities, create new neural pathways, and find relief from a state of hyper- vigilance.

Work Experience

April 2023 - Present

June 2022 - Present

As a clinical supervisor at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy in San Francisco, I am committed to providing a comprehensive and integrative approach to supervision. My focus is on utilizing somatic, psychodynamic, relational, transpersonal, and integral perspectives to support trainees and associates in their professional development. I am attentive to group dynamics, and I prioritize skills building, enhancing courage, risk-taking, self-esteem, and trauma-informed and culturally sensitive practices. My approach is clinician-centered, and I am dedicated to fostering a supportive and collaborative learning environment.

As an Art Therapy Specialist for ARM of Care (Art, Recreation, and Movement), I introduce, facilitate, and engage individuals who have been commercially sexually exploited or are at risk of exploitation in various art projects. The focus is on using creative arts to empower survivors and restore their sense of self from a trauma-informed and culturally competent perspective. The services are delivered in English and Spanish, within a group setting, using various modalities such as drawing, writing, storytelling, and light movement. The goal is to cultivate self-awareness and understanding of self-care. I provide participants with resources to utilize learned techniques and methods independently. 

May  2014 - Present

As a somatic psychotherapist, my work expands to various types of settings and populations, beginning as a trainee at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy serving multi-cultural individuals and couples in San Francisco's Downtown Financial District at sliding scale fees, and at The Liberation Institute providing low fee movement based expressive arts groups for the Queer community exploring grief.

 

As an associate at Pathways Home Health and Hospice working with the bereft from diverse socio-economic, age, gender, and cultural backgrounds in individual and group therapy sessions.

 

At AGUILAS, supporting the Latino Gay, Trans, and Bisexual community through evidence based practices, harm reduction, and motivational interviewing techniques to manage risky sexual behavior, substance addiction and dependence, and trauma from persecution in their country of origin.

 

And at HealthRIGHT 360, first working at an all female substance use and mental health disorders residential treatment facility, providing individual and group therapy to both private pay and clients on Medi-cal, followed by working as an Outpatient therapist serving individuals, families, youth and adults, also struggling with co-occurring disorders and at times mandated to program by the courts, and finally as a Telehealth provider offering therapy services via telephone and through a video screen during the Covid-19 early pandemic years to people suffering from mental health disorders such as Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bi-polar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Major Depression, as well as addiction to drugs and substances, and at times homelessness.

 

Becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in July of 2021, I launched a Private Practice, introducing Human Experience Psychotherapy to the world as my first business venture, entering the realm of entrepreneurship in November of the same year. 

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