Rik Center


Rik Center

SEP, Somatic Stress & Trauma Therapy, Cofounder of the Mindfulness Care Center, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, Buddhist Interfaith Chaplain, Grief & Loss Support

Rik Center is a Certified  Somatic Experiencing Practitioner/SEP, supporting his clients through unresolved anxieties, high-stress anxiety, childhood trauma, and PTSD for over 20 years. He's been facilitating grief and loss support groups for over the past 12 years. Member of the USABP/United States Association of Body Psychotherapy. Presently working with clients through tele-heath.

Rik has been a long-term Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with over 34 years of meditation practice, mindfulness studies, and meditation self-retreat practice. He's co-founder of the nonprofit The Mindfulness Care Center. Rik has trained and served as a Buddhist/Interfaith Chaplain at San Francisco General Hospital and CPMC/California Pacific Medical Center Hospitals. He presently sits on the PAG/Professional Advisory Group for Spiritual Care for Sutter Health/CPMC Hospitals in San Francisco.

Rik is the Author of the Book "If You Can't Change Your Mood, Change Your Mind ~ mindful reflections toward self-discovery."

My private practice of over 20 years utilizes a Mindful-Somatic approach in support of clients; focusing on healing high levels of complex stress, deep-rooted traumatic emotional anxiety, and PTSD. I’ve worked with many clients dealing with early childhood trauma from emotional, verbal, physical & sexual abuse, to early birth, accidents, illness, torture, drowning, airplane crashes, and near-death states, plus offering grief & loss support. In the healing process, clients quite often touch into unresolved grief and the loss of the self that has not been dealt with. The mind and heart need to be heard with compassionate care so we can live in our wholeness.

Through my nonprofit, I've created and developed a unique training program for dissolving and unwinding traumatic stress anxiety called The DEER Program: Developing Emotional Embodied Resiliency. One attendee expressed “It was the best 8-weeks of her year.”

I have a background in various training methods; from SE/Somatic Experiencing, physical & emotional bodywork methods, and mindfulness training, and I'm a former director Of a Healing Arts School. I’m a Resident Graduate of the California Pacific Medical Center CPE/Clinical Pastoral Education Program and Integrative Health & Healing Program. I've spent time at SF General Hospital in the ICU/Intensive Care Unit meeting with patients, families, and staff. For many years I facilitated a “Mindfulness Meditation & Movement Class” in two of the hospital Psych Units. I presently facilitate online weekly Mindful-Mediations and a Grief & Loss Support Group through my nonprofit the Mindfulness Care Center.

I've assisted a number of Somatic Experiencing trainings around the country, plus traveled to the New Orleans/Baton Rouge area in support of people who were reeling from the effects of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. I’ve attended a number of "advanced trainings" with Peter Levine founder of Somatic Experiencing® and completed the Advanced "Eye Of The Needle Training" working on near-death states.


  • Addiction
  • Adults
  • Adults abused as children
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain/Fibromyalgia
  • Complex PTSD
  • Depression
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Early Childhood Attachment Disturbances
  • Grief and Loss
  • Homelessness
  • Hospice
  • Medical Procedure Trauma
  • Motor Vehicle Collisions
  • Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse
  • Relational/Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Intergeneration Trauma
  • Veterans
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Abuse
Rik Center / Mindfulness Care Center
Business Phone:
Mobile Phone:
Located on Russian Hill
San Francisco, California, 94109
United States of America
Insurance Accepted:
Type of Insurance Accepted:
Accident Insurance and Referrals for accident insurance
Available Sessions:
Teletherapy Sessions Available Sliding Scale Available