Elizabeth Bader is a lawyer, mediator, conflict resolution coach, author and teacher. She also holds a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) Certificate --- a certificate awarded after more than 200 hours of training on trauma.
Understanding the connection between trauma, spirituality and conflict resolution is the core of Elizabeth's work. Her work with individuals has earned her high praise due to her collaborative, informed and sincere approach. She takes great joy in making a difference.
As a mediator, Elizabeth successfully mediated complex, multi-party litigation and other difficult disputes.
Understanding "Ego:" A Doorway in Conflict Resolution
Elizabeth was the first person to write about conflict resolution, spirituality, neuroscience, and depth psychology (including the work of Margaret Mahler, Daniel Stern, Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) and Faisal Muqaddam) in an international, peer-reviewed journal. She also maintains a website devoted to the exploration of the connections between these different fields.
In her publications, Elizabeth emphasizes the way that the worlds of psychology and law come together during conflict. This is due to the way that issues of self and identity — also known as “face” or “ego” issues — create conflict and impede its resolution.
Stated another way, learning to "let go" has practical, legal, psychological and even spiritual dimensions.
Conflict Resolution: An Indispensable Element in Spiritual Practice
Elizabeth believes conflict has a spiritual dimension and we also need a new approach to spirituality --- one that includes a psychological understanding of conflict, power dynamics and the tendency toward idealization of "gurus."
Conflict resolution is a key to this approach. We all must learn to deal with differences without surrendering to top-down, stifling hierarchies and cult phenomena. Collaboration then becomes possible.
Mindful Inquiry: Faciliting Individual Empowerment
In her work with individuals, Elizabeth emphasizes individual empowerment. Mindful inquiry is used to facilitate an individual's own self-reflection and insight about conflict.
Elizabeth also incorporates recent insights on the neuroscience of trauma in her work, mainly by emphasizing gentleness, mirroring and resonance, and trauma work.
Publications and Honors
Elizabeth's writings have been published in the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal (2010), the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies (2011), and mediate.com.
Her writings earned Elizabeth the Margaret S. Mahler Psychiatric Research Foundation's Literature Prize in 2011.
Elizabeth's work has been studied in graduate programs at UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Golden Gate University, John F. Kennedy University, and the University of Oregon.
Elizabeth has taught privately and in many different settings. She has presented at the Bar Association of San Francisco, the American Bar Association, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Science and Nonduality Conference 2012, Boalt Hall, JFK University and other places. She has also led small groups for lawyers and therapists.
Work within the American Bar Association
From 2009 to 2013, Elizabeth founded and chaired a committee within the American Bar Association that expressly included both psychology and spirituality in its mandate. In that role, she organized meetings on topics such as meditation, forgiveness and money. She now maintains a website on psychology, spirituality and conflict resolution in order to host collaborative discussions on these topics, and to publish articles of her own.
Call Elizabeth at (415) 391-7272