Profiles of Providers

 


 

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Terryann Sanders, LMFT

Terryann Sanders (MFC41760) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in San Jose, CA.  She graduated in 2001 from San Jose State University with a Masters degree in counseling psychology, and started her private practice in 2003.  Terryann became interested in eating disorders after doing an internship that specialized in psychological assessments for bariatric surgery.  She completed the JFKU Eating Disorder Certificate Program in 2006, and currently specializes in treating people with eating disorders.  She provides and attends peer consultation groups, and enjoys supervising interns in her private practice.  She is a member and Past-President (2011) of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists,  the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), and CAMFT.  Terryann’s approach to eating disorder treatment is non-judgmental and strength based, and she enjoys working with adolescents and adults. She believes that recovery is a personal path to discovery that involves getting in touch with your body in healthy ways, as well as redefining your relationship with food and self.


 

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Jonathan Bartlett LMFT

Jonathan Bartlett is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences, MFC License #48223. He received his M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2006 with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology through the Holistic Psychology program in Campbell, CA.  A core principle in his work with individuals is the significance of our connectedness with others. “We are in essence relational beings.”

He is a topic expert and regular author as a Relational Therapist for the GoodTherapy website. As a trained Family Wellness instructor,  he provides foundational parenting skills to new families as well as those beset by domestic violence, child abuse, and/or divorce. He adheres to a Developmental Model of Couples Therapy; integrating Attachment, Differentiation, and Neuroscience. His training experience with Hakomi and with the Couples Institute have been formative in this regard. He is also a credentialed California Multi Subject Teacher and has been a classroom instructor for grades K-8 since 1990.


 

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Professional Clinical Counselor Registered Intern IMF#2258 Supervised by Jonathan Bartlett MFT #48223

Kim Guigui MA is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFC 88368) and Professional Clinical Counselor Registered Intern (IMF 2258) practicing under the supervision of Jonathan Bartlett, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 48223).

As a multilingual, transnational, and multicultural person who embodies social justice ideals, an appreciation for diversity is a key motivator to my understanding the unique strengths of individuals, couples, and families. I therefore seek to use my clinical skills, cultural humility, passion, and love for humanity to help effect positive social change in whichever way I can, and deeply believe that working from within leads to positive outward change.

I earned my B.S. from the University of Toronto, where I pursued a double major in Biology and Forensic Science, with a minor in Psychology. I have several years of experience in the food and wine industry, in organizational development of a government agency, as an independent marketing consultant and translator, and as a private tutor and nanny, working with children and adolescents. After considering several avenues to pursue my counseling career, I proudly chose the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (currently Sofia University), which focuses on mind, body, and soul integration, to earn an M.A. in Counseling Psychology.

As a therapist, I have had the privilege of working as a bereavement counselor at Pathways, where I assisted adult individuals through the painful, yet indiscriminately transformative journey of intense grief. I also currently work at an elementary school within the Santa Clara Unified School District, where I support children ages 5 to 11.

I have a particular affinity to working with grief and identity issues (specifically, cultural and multicultural identity, gender and/or sexual identity, religious/spiritual identity). In addition, I have worked with a variety of clients facing depression, anxiety, chemical and substance dependence and abuse, relationships and codependency, domestic violence, major life transitions, and various forms of acute and developmental trauma.


 

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Therese Inkmann, MA, LMFT

Therese Inkmann (MFC #51372) received her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Holistic Studies, from John F. Kennedy University. The degree combines both Transpersonal Psychology and Somatic Psychology, focusing on spirituality and the body, thus giving her a foundation to work with clients on a deeper level.

My passion for counseling stems from my work as an educator. I have worked in both middle and high schools for over ten years holding various positions including English and Religious Studies Teacher, Campus Ministry Coordinator,  Director of Service Learning, and School Counselor. I found that many of my students were seeking more than just a textbook education, they wanted to grow more deeply as a person and questioned the how of life. Earning my masters degree and becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist allows me to take that journey with clients.

As a mom I have an affection for working with parents. The adjustment to parenthood is monumental and can sometimes feel isolating and overwhelming. Raising children oftentimes triggers our own childhood wounds. Therapy offers a safe space to explore how you want to be as a parent, not as you think  you “should”  be. Give yourself a “timeout”  to discover your own style of parenting your child, as well as yourself.


 

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Michelle Ferris LMFT

Michelle Farris LMFT- I have always loved the process of personal growth because when I was a young adult, I really struggled. I didn’t know how to communicate my needs or handle stress and conflict. I became a psychotherapist after my own healing gave me the tools to create the life I wanted. Feeling accepted and supported by others changed my life and that’s what I want for you. In 1997 I got a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at the College of Notre Dame, Belmont. After counseling people for five years, I took time off to raise my son. I believe that when we work on ourselves, we become better parents!

I’ve helped people in 12 step recovery for many years.  I can help if you are questioning your drinking, in substance abuse recovery, struggle with anger management, compulsive overeating, codependency, depression, relationships, grief, divorce and co-parenting. Getting that private time to talk things out can help you feel safe and supported. Working together you’ll face what’s happening because you are not alone. Growth is a challenging, rewarding process when you start to see yourself change. I’ve seen people get excited about life again as they practice new skills and their perspective improves.


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Jen Berlingo, LPCC, ATR

Jen Berlingo, LPCC, ATR – I am passionate about inviting others to engage in a more authentic, awakened, connected life. I earned my Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, a Buddhist university for contemplative education. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC 393) in the state of California, a nationally Registered Art Therapist (ATR 12-117), and a Master-level Reiki practitioner and teacher in the Usui tradition in the Takata lineage. I am currently studying the mindfulness-based, body-centered Hakomi method, as a trainee in the Hakomi Professional Skills training. Additionally, I bring to my practice extensive training in mindfulness meditation and energetic counseling.

My experience includes over 12 years working with people in a wide range of therapeutic venues, such as: a transpersonally-oriented community counseling center, a multicultural counseling center at a large state university, an assisted-living establishment for elders, community arts studios, youth services organizations, a day-treatment facility for adolescents, children’s art programs, grade schools, and in private practice. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I had a demanding career in the high-tech/internet industry, so I understand the dynamics of living and working in Silicon Valley and how important it is to find balance and meaning in such a fast-paced, high-pressured environment. I also know firsthand how a major career transition (well, almost any transition) can inspire both groundless fear and exciting promise.


Janice L. Shapiro, MFT
Janice L. Shapiro, MFT

Janice Shapiro MFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Her office is located in San Jose, California. She graduated from John F. Kennedy University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. After a  wonderful career as a public school teacher, she has taken her love of books and the human condition to develop bibliotherapy as a tool for her clients to achieve happiness and well-being.

 

 


Kesha Fikes, Ph.D., CMT, Somatic Therapist
Kesha Fikes, Ph.D., CMT, Somatic Therapist

Kesha Fikes (Ph.D., CMT #35274) is a somatic bodyworker and movement therapist in private practice in Saratoga.  She is the owner/founder of the Center for Sensorial Bodywork and Movement Therapy, also in Saratoga, where she teaches classes and workshops.  Kesha practices the Danis Bois Method (DBM), an approach that evolved from osteopathy in France in the early 1980s.  She uses manual therapy and movement to guide individuals through a stabilizing experience of sensing self, carefully building tolerance for otherwise overwhelming emotions, and cultivating space for sensing self from non-habitual places.  Her ultimate aim is to inspire profound curiosity and wonder about the aliveness in/of our bodies and thus deepened intimacy with self and others. Kesha has passionately explored DBM for some 13 years.  In addition, she’s completed intensive studies in trauma-centered manual therapy with trauma expert Kathy Kain, with a focus on complex developmental/attachment trauma, especially when accompanied with autoimmune symptoms/chronic illness and other psychophysical malaise.  Through DBM and Kain’s work Kesha helps people develop sincere interest in the painful and stressful ways that our bodies often communicate with us.

Kesha’s somatic, interpretive skills are further enriched by her former background as a professor, theoretician and ethnographer of sociocultural anthropology.  She previously taught as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida and the University of Chicago.  As an anthropologist she focused on the production of social norms – how everyday sociocultural patterns go unrecognized because of our normative relationships to them.  Today, as a somatic practitioner, she maintains a keen eye that’s attuned to un/subconscious patterning.  But she now works in the opposite direction: instead of assessing how and why patterns work, she creates the safety conditions that compassionately support their interruption and unraveling, such that people acquire access to the choice to live more fully, to be the expression of their potential.


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Patricia Madden CD (DONA)

Patricia Madden: I am a doula with many years of experience (I’ve been  doulaing laboring women since 1998), and I LOVE what I do. The women I am honored to serve always amaze me with the strength and beauty they exhibit during one of the most cherished and special moments in their lives.

I believe that natural childbirth is the safest way to give birth.  I also believe that when the benefits outweigh the risks, medical solutions may be necessary.  I feel that it is an important role for the expectant couple to be well-informed about all interventions.  There are pros and cons for everything.  It may be quite overwhelming to sort through all the information that is out there by yourself.  One of my jobs is to help make it a little easier by helping you find the information that you are looking for so you can make your own informed decisions – before labor begins.

 


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Barbara Griswold, M.S.

Barbara Griswold, M.S., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the author of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist’s Complete Guide to Working with Insurance – And Whether You Should, now out in it’s 6th edition.  She has over 22 years’ experience as a provider for more than 20 insurance networks. In addition to her private practice in San Jose, California, she provides phone consultations to therapists nationwide with insurance questions and problems, and presents to therapist groups on the ins and outs of working with insurance. She publishes a free monthly e-newsletter called “What Every Therapist Should Know About Insurance,” and assists therapists in writing targeted “managed care resumes” to increase their chances of being accepted when applying to insurance networks. Barbara previously served as Orals Examiner for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and on the Board of Directors and Ethics Committee for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She invites  you to visit her website at http://www.theinsurancemaze.com


 

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Michael F. Hoyt, Ph.D.

Michael F. Hoyt, Ph.D. (Yale ’76) is a psychologist in independent practice in Mill Valley, California. For more than three decades, he was affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Brief Psychotherapies: Principles and Practices(2009), Therapist Stories ofInspiration, Passion, and Renewal: What’s Love Got to Do With It? (2013), and (with M. Talmon), Capturing the Moment: Single Session Therapy and Walk-In Services.   He has been honored as a Continuing Education Distinguished Speaker by both the American Psychological Association and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, as a Contributor of Note by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, and is a recipient of the prestigious APF Cummings Psyche Prize for lifetime contributions to the primary role of psychologists in organized healthcare.


 

Victoria Swenson, MFT
Victoria Swenson, MFT

Victoria Swenson LMFT:  I can think of no greater privilege than to be invited by clients to join them on their journeys of healing, exploration and growth. It’s an honor not to be taken lightly.  My work is filled with a sense of hope and optimism. Believing that human beings are naturally oriented toward growth and health, I view problems and setbacks as situations we can use as springboards for personal development.

After years of success working in corporate America, I found myself longing for something more…a profession in which I could really make a difference. That desire led me to get my degree in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University in 2004. In 2007, I opened my private practice to follow my passion for working with couples and adults. I draw from a number of different psychological approaches.  This allows me to tailor the way I work to fit each client’s needs rather than using a one-size fits all approach. My work is predicated on an understanding that relationships are central to our existence; they’re the vehicles through which human development is fostered. I encourage clients to embrace their strengths and to experiment with new approaches to problems as a way to initiate change.


 

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Bridget McCormick, LMFT ATR

Bridget McCormick LMFT ATR has spent most of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont.

Bridget:  As a daughter of a psychotherapist, I’ve always had a passion for working with children and families, and knew at an early age that I wanted to work in the helping profession.  Some of my clients have expressed that my sense of humor, genuineness, and professionalism have helped them overcome their resistance to treatment and helped them develop strategies to better their lives.  My style is a pragmatic approach to change.  I believe in developing reachable goals, using concrete interventions, and collaborating with my patients to improve their work and family life.  I specialize in the treatment of Mood Disorders (Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar), Autism Spectrum Disorders (PDD-NOS, Aspergers, High Functioning Autism), and behavioral issues with children and adolescents. I am trained in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and pull from these treatment modalities when I work with my patients. I am also a registered Art Therapist, and use art whenever appropriate. I work with children, teens, young adults, families and parents to increase their sense of well-being, overcome relationship difficulties, as well as gain a sense of awareness and confidence.


 

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Marialena Malejan-Roussere, MFT, CGP

Marialena Malejan-Roussere is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as certified group psychotherapist.  She has been counseling people since 2005.  She has facilitated groups in both in-patient and out-patient settings.  She currently has a private practice in Los Gatos and runs two on-going women’s process groups.

She earned her BA from University of Oregon and her MS in counseling from California State University of Sacramento. She is a state and local member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, as well as a local and national member of Group Psychotherapy Association. She has counseled people since 2005.


 

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Bridget Bertrand LMFT

Bridget Bertrand LMFT : I graduated from Santa Clara University in 2011 with a Masters in Counseling Psychology.  As a post-graduate intern I worked on the Peninsula in two non-profit agencies providing therapy to individuals, couples, groups and families.  As a LMFT I had to complete 3000 hours to become licensed.  It was a labor of love and you will see the results.  I am interested in mindfulness, and stress reduction.  I have had a meditation practice for twenty years.  You can learn to be in the moment with your feelings and not run away from them or push them down.  By sitting with those feelings, you can decrease suffering.  As an educator and now as a therapist I bring you a vast range of experience.  I will work along side you to help you heal.

I have been a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist’s since 2011 and a member my local Santa Clara Valley chapter since 2012.  Additionally, I was an adjunct faculty member at Santa Clara University leading graduate students through a group therapy experience.  Groups are a passion of mine.  Groups help us heal in interpersonal relationships.


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Ari-Asha Castalia LMFT, ATR

Ari-Asha Castala LMFT:   My focus is what you are feeling and aware of right now, no matter what those feelings are. Being where you are without judgement or evaluation allows you to identify and accept with your whole self. This acceptance is the condition for wholeness and growth. While we don’t need to do the “Big Dig,” to examine your past, we can change the way the past impacts the present. With awareness comes more choices, including the possibility to cultivate your true self, succeed in your endeavors and relationships, and implement healthy changes.

I work with couples and individuals. As a former high school teacher, I have an affinity for adolescents and/or their families. I trained in a mindfulness technique called Focusing. Combining this approach with Art Therapy provides a powerful way through what is troubling you into an enhanced, healthy, life.
I have completed post-graduate certificate training in Art Therapy for healing trauma. I can provide therapy in American Sign Language. I have a strengths-based model, identifying what IS working in your life, increasing insight, and building resilience so you can successfully navigate what isn’t working.


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Elizabeth Batson, LMFT

Elizabeth Batson, LMFT offers individual and couples counseling to overwhelmed people who are seeking balance, hope and joy in their life. Her process painting workshops offer a supportive environment for personal growth through playing with paint. Elizabeth has been working with clients since 2006 and has been a licensed marriage and family therapist (Lic. #MFC 5584) since May 2012. She earned her MA in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University in 2009.
Elizabeth is trained as a master facilitator in process or intuitive painting by Chris Zydel.

Previously Elizabeth was a Counseling Intern at the Process Therapy Institute, working with diverse clients; at Parents Helping Parents, counseling parents and siblings of children with special needs; at the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center, working with adults with disabilities or special needs and as a Counseling Trainee at the Adolescent Counseling Services, helping middle school students.

Before becoming a counselor, Elizabeth worked in marketing, business, and technology licensing. During those years, her volunteer jobs included parent educator, classroom aide, and Girl Scout leader.


 

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Danielle Friedman, LCSW

Danielle Friedman LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a psychotherapy practice in the San Jose, California area. She works with children and families as well as adults to address a variety of needs. She is a skilled family therapist and enjoys helping families rediscover connections and get maximum enjoyment out of their time together. She is also a trauma therapist who utilizes the Parenting by Connection approach to assist children and families in their trauma recovery. She provides services in English and Spanish.

 

 


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Edna Wallace, MFT, CGP

Edna Wallace MFT, CPG works with individuals and couples in private practice in Los Altos and leads groups at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. Ben works with individuals and groups in private practice in Palo Alto and San Jose.

Edna has worked at Pathways Hospice, counseling clients for grief and loss; the SC County Suicide and Crisis Hotline; the Department of Alcohol and Drug Services (DADS)—running substance abuse groups and doing intakes; and the Center for Healthy Development (CHD). At CHD, she counseled adults, teens, and children and ran groups addressing high-conflict divorce and domestic violence.

She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2006. In 2010, she received certification as a group therapist (CGP) and joined the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society.


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LaDonna Silva LMFT

LaDonna Silva LMFT:  I have a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, Holistic Studies from John F. Kennedy University.  This special degree combined Transpersonal Psychology and Somatic Psychology which is a unique focus on spirituality and the body which gave me a foundation to work with clients beyond just the cognitive realm.

My private practice is in San Jose where my colleague and I opened up a large space for holistic healing services.  My office associates offer many complimentary services if needed.   I spent six years at the Process Therapy Institute where I was the Administrative Director, a certified Process Therapist and certified Instructor.  I offer an on-going consultation group for therapists desiring to learn more about the art of Process Therapy.

I discovered my love for the art of therapy over 25 years ago while in my own therapy sessions.  After a career in the Corporate world in Management, Sales and Human Resources, I decided I’d follow my heart back into the therapy setting and build my career where I truly belong.  I’ve continued my own journey of healing and truly feel passionate about my intention for life-long healing and expanding while inviting others to grow as well.


 

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Melissa Risso LMFT

Melissa Russo LMFT is on the course to reversing the stigmas and ways we learn about mental and sexual health. She has wanted this since she was a child and has never separated from that dream. During her career as a therapist, she has worked in countless fields in the San Francisco Bay Area & Los Angeles area, working with many demographics and populations—Alzheimer center, domestic violence center including the women’s shelter and crisis line, teen rehabilitation center, multiple San Francisco Bay Area school districts including preschools to colleges, children on the spectrum, and private practice work; her new focus in recent years being in sex therapy.

Melissa chose sex therapy because of the importance of proper education about sex without the stigma. She finds it honorable that clients entrust their deepest concerns with her, and she has even been voted as the San Francisco Bay Area leader for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) and is a contributing expert for Exaholics. She is certified in Gottman Therapy Levels 1 & 2; the California domestic violence counselor training, and a UCLA leadership award winner for her groundbreaking work. Melissa graduated from UCLA in 2007 and Santa Clara University in 2010 with honors for her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a health emphasis.

 


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Jamie Moran LCSW, CGP

Jamie Moran, LCSW, CGP is a Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Consultant working in Mental Health and Health Care since 1984. Jamie specializes in long term psychodynamic group work, offering weekly groups in his Menlo Park and San Francisco offices. Jamie has provided numerous trainings on a variety of group topics and regularly engages in continuing education on a local and national level. Additionally, Jamie works with individuals and couples across various populations focusing on stress management/burnout, grief, death and dying, gay men’s issues and homophobia.


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Tricia Mlnarik LMFT

Tricia J. Mlnarik, LMFT is a Certified DBT Individual Clinician through the Linehan Board of Certification.  She has been using DBT for 9 years in the private practice setting and offers a comprehensive DBT program in addition to DBT skills groups that are a wonderful adjunct to individual therapy for clients with difficulty regulating their emotions.  Skills groups cover the following modules:  Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.

 

 


 

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Cheryl Wenzel, CHT

Cheryl M. Wenzel, M.A., C.H.T. is a Certified Hypnotherapist practicing in Los Gatos, CA:  I received my Certificate in Hypnotherapy from the Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy in 2014. Since then, I have received Certificates in Advanced Hypnotherapy, Ericksonian Hypnosis, and Clinical Hypnotherapy. I was awarded an M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology in 2005 from Sophia University (previously the Insititute for Transpersonal Psychology) where I studied Family Therapy, Clinical Psychology, and Transpersonal Psychology. I received my B.A. in Psychology (Women’s Studies minor) in 2001 and graduated as a Dean’s List Honor from San Jose State University.

Over the past two decades I have worked with children, families, couples, and individuals on a variety of issues, including cancer recovery, stroke recovery, compulsive behaviors, homelessness, motherhood stress and anxiety, pain resolution and management, weight loss, compulsive behavior, career changes, anger management, sexuality, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, social anxiety, homework and performance issues, fears, etc. I created and facilitated support groups in the areas of domestic violence (Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence and SCC Women’s Jail), relationship addictions, life management, and women’s support groups. I have taught and lectured on Girls’ Psychological Development, Relationship Addiction, Relational Hypnosis, and the Transition to Motherhood.


 

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Kera Burdick, MFTI Intern supervised by Kirsten Kell LMFT

Kera Burdick, Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern #81082 & PCCI #1349 is supervised by Kirsten Kell, LMFT #41953. She enjoys working with children, teens, individuals, couples, and families! Her orientation is an integrative approach, utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, experiential, humanistic, family systems, and narrative orientations. Kera also incorporates sand play therapy, art and play therapy, especially in her work with children.

Kera has experience working with all ages on issues such as depression, anxiety (including panic disorder), trauma, life transitions, separation/divorce, couples counseling, family therapy, ADHD, academic and behavioral difficulties, interpersonal issues, parenting support, chronic medical conditions, and adoption. Kera has a MS from Notre Dame de Namur University in Clinical Psychology and a BA from Stanford University in History. She has four children, ages 12-21 years, two of whom are internationally adopted. Before going into private practice, Kera spent two years leading therapy in the Redwood City schools and StarVista’s Counseling Center for children, teens, and their families. This program at StarVista was for children and their caretakers who came from families where substance abuse was present.


 

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Vicky Venter MFT

Vicky Venter is a licensed MFT and has her private practice in Los Gatos.  She has a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and has worked for 15 + years in South Africa and the UK in the field of Child Protection, Fostering and Adoption. She also earned her MA degree in Counseling Psychology in 2007. Vicky has been licensed since 2011.

Vicky specializes in working with children struggling with anxiety and depression and  whose parents are separating or divorced (Ages 4 – 11).  Vicky also works with couples who want to focus on  deepening their relationship by learning more effective ways of turning conflict into opportunities for growth, and couples recovering from the aftermath of an affair.  She presents workshops for couples throughout the year.


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Holly LaBarbera LMFT

Holly LaBarbera is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#84042) with a private practice in Fremont.  She works with individual adults, adolescents, and couples and also leads groups. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University.  She has received training from Brené Brown and is a Daring Way Facilitator.

Holly: My goal is to help you improve your relationships, develop a stronger sense of connection with others, learn to manage stress, and feel more hopeful about the future. I have experience working with children, adolescents, parents, families and groups.  I have worked as a counselor in elementary, middle and high schools, as well as working with individuals and couples in a clinical setting.  I have helped my clients learn to manage anxiety and depression, cope with grief and trauma, develop social skills and problem-solving skills, explore sexual identity issues, address academic problems and relationship issues, and build self-esteem.  I have worked with parents, and families to improve communication, increase awareness and understanding, and enhance parenting skills.

I received my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University.  I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. I love the work that I do.  I enjoy the connection with clients, hearing their stories, earning their trust, and getting to know them.  I am moved by the experiences of helping clients heal, cope, grow, and change.  I want to offer hope that things will be better than they are right now.


 

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Kavita Noble CNM

Kavita Noble CNM approaches birth work from a perspective of personal rights and responsibility. Childbirth is an intimate, integral and natural part of life and she seeks to support each family to realize their hopes for the experience. She understands that people from different life experience need  options when building their families and she seeks to protect and promote access to the safe, respectful care they deserve. Kavita has experience in the home and hospital setting, understands the benefits of each, and is able to navigate both environments as needed.  She is honored to devote her energy to birth in the home setting at this time. Kavita is politically active in improving laws regulating the choices of California birthing families and the protection of certified nurse midwives.


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Dr. Keren Shemesh Ph.D

Dr. Keren Shemesh Ph. D is a psychological assistant in private practice (Reg # PSB 94021400), where she works with adults, children, and families under the supervision of Jean-Frederic Aboudarham, PhD, a clinical psychologist, lic # PSY 16950. She specializes in working with elementary school-aged children facing emotional and developmental challenges. Children facing divorce is another sub-specialty and their adjustment into blended families upon a parent’s remarriage. She conducted a study on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and adults’ attachment styles. A study that inspired her to emphasize the strength embedded in family ties and employ a conjoint approach that empowers the parent-child dyad. She has trained professionals and coached parents on how to meet the needs of children and help them cultivate resiliency and confidence.
Dr. Shemesh’s unique training in Buddhist psychology and its integration with clinical psychology works as a bridge between the conscious and the unconscious.
She has worked as a co-researcher in a study of mindfulness, under the wing of Dr. Peter Grossenbacher, a renowned researcher in the field of consciousness. And has taught mindfulness internationally.
Dr. Shemesh runs groups for children facing divorce, and a process group for significant others, whose partner is facing a mood disorder.


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Marriage & Family Therapist Intern #58766 Supervised by Maaliea Wilbur LMFT #50997

Aimee Weiher’s approach is comforting, supportive, and relaxed. She understands that life can be a struggle and the problems you face may seem difficult or overwhelming, so she doesn’t want her therapy to be difficult or overwhelming, too. Throwing in a bit of humor, she has found a way to make the healing experience as thought provoking and insightful as it is enjoyable. Aimee wholeheartedly believes that therapy is a great tool to bring out the best in all of us. Or, more specifically, the best in you.

Aimee enjoys spending time with her family first and foremost. She is a new mom and loves watching her little man grow and learn new things. Aimee also enjoys dinners, pedis, and hanging out with her girlfriends. Aimee has participated in several marathons to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, an organization very close to her heart. Aimee would like to say she is an avid reader, but in her (little) spare time, she prefers watching The Real Housewives Franchise and her longtime favorite soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful.


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Karen Gould, MFT

Karen Gould MFT: I have been a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1988, as well as an Art Therapist, having received my Masters degree from Loyola Marymount University. I am licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the state of California, and a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.  As an adjunct to my practice, I teach classes on Keeping Your Marriage Strong, Raising Your Daughter With A Healthy Body Image, The Six Facets of a Balanced Life, and Raising Your Child with Emotional Intelligence.


I currently work with individuals, couples, groups and families on a wide range of issues, using a Family Systems orientation. That is, I believe the best way to understand an individual is not in isolation, but in relation to his/her family. Formerly, I was a clinical staff member at the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic and the Neighborhood Youth Association, working with families from Central America and Mexico.

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Janelle Schmidt LMFT

Janelle Schmidt, LMFT, uses a holistic emphasis in her private practice, focusing on women in transition and body image issues.  She has led groups in authenticity, mindfulness and has experience implementing the Beck Program. (LMFT46493)

Other areas of focus include communicating with your partner for the connection you seek, managing anxiety for a full life, healing through depression to reengage in life, and helping you reach your goals when a life change is needed.

Her approach is strength-based, meaning she helps build on what’s working in your life, using your strengths while helping you build new skills. She views herself as a guide, helping you understand and explore aspects of yourself to live the life you want, with the relationships you want.


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Diane Cotes LCSW

Diane Cotes, LCSW: I am originally from the East Coast and I received my Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University. I came to California in 1998 and am licensed to practice in the state of California through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (#19714). Prior to starting my private practice, I worked for twelve years in corporate settings in the areas of Organizational Development and Employee Assistance Counseling.

My passion was to start a private practice, and I did so, in 2000. My own long journey with infertility, coupled with my practice of yoga and meditation, led me to specialize in mindfulness-based practices, infertility counseling and related reproductive health challenges. I use a variety of treatment approaches based on a client’s temperament and goals. My primary methodologies are: the psychodynamic process and cognitive behavioral therapy, using mindfulness based practices. My counseling style is interactive, collaborative and empathic. I place a great emphasis on self-compassion and self care.
I have completed post graduate training with the American Society for Reproductive
Medicine on psychological interventions for fertility patients, ethical issues in assisted
reproductive technology, reproductive cross cultural/cross border complexities and how
to navigate intricate family planning choices. I am certified in the Mind/Body Program
for Fertility from the Domar Center for Mind Body Health. I frequently train at the
Esalen Institute on topics such as emotional intimacy for couples, effective parenting,
positive psychology and yoga for stress reduction. I have studied Buddhist psychology
and neuroscientific findings with Jack Kornfield, Ph.D. at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
I am a third degree Reiki practitioner and highly attuned to client emotional energy.

 

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Saira Aziz Khan

Saira Aziz Khan : Years of working in a personal and professional capacity have made me realize that there is always a way to prosper,even if it often feels bleak. We all have innate abilities to heal and we are much more resourceful than we give ourselves credit for. I have witnessed the healing process of other people and have found that although there are vast differences among us, seeing a person as a whole in mind, body, spirit, and heart, and acknowledging their inherent goodness, is the key for any healing work.

Life experiences and my inner conviction helped me hear and act on my calling, “to be of service to humanity”. I made it my mission to discover my true self and serve humanity from a heartfelt place. Feeling this strongly I started training for a M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (Sofia University), Palo Alto, CA. I also got certified in energy healing modalities from different schools and trained in Somatic Experiencing. Energy healing and Somatic Experiencing helped me recalibrate my nervous system by working through trauma, triggers, and other intense emotions.  I now feel more vitality and capacity to live my life fully.  I continued to deepen my work by taking different workshops, sitting in silence, joining different professional groups, and gaining fuller knowledge by reading different psychological books.

As a healer and coach I bring the humility and wisdom of my own experiences with me. I feel honored to share my work with you and support you in your own work and journey in life.


 

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Sophie Suberville MBA, MS, CPDPE

Sophie Suberville is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator: I have a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and am the mother of 4 children who are now successful adults.  I loved being a mon and want to work with you so you can help your children thrive.  By being kind , encouraging,  respectful, and focus on the solutions you will learn live skills, and be able to understand children’s feelings.  The workshops will show you how to adequately respond to your child. The approach is Non punitive, non permissive yet firm.  The workshops will give you the tools to feel empowered to raise your children.


 

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Reverend Connie L. Habash

Reverend Connie L. Habash MA, LMFT is an ordained Interfaith Minister, psychotherapist, and Yoga & meditation teacher since 1993. Rev. Connie is passionate about creating spiritual community and deep connection to ourselves, each other, Spirit, and the planet.

My life has been a committed journey to spiritual growth, authenticity, and learning to live the qualities of love, truth, service, and peace.  It is my mission to serve by supporting others in their personal and spiritual transformation.

 

 

 


 

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Chandrakala Rai Registered Marriage Family Intern IMF86649. Supervised by Carol Hadlock #MFC15315

Chandrakala Rai MA:  I am a bi-cultural Indian American therapist. I provide services in English as well as in other Indian languages Hindi and Kannada.

My goal is to create a relationship with my clients based on mutual honesty and respect, as well as knowledge and compassion. I will strive to ensure you feel supported and heard, learn new coping skills, and begin letting go of behaviors that aren’t serving you, so you can “Transform your Life and your Relationships by Connecting with your Core Self”.

My therapeutic approaches are tailored to my client’s needs and I always collaborate with them to include their cultural and ethnic perspectives in the treatment goals. I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Experiential Therapy and Client Centered Play therapy as my main approaches.


 

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