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Our therapists are advanced-level graduate and post-graduate interns from California Institute of Integral Studies. They are dedicated to providing psychotherapy services that are both appropriate and effective.

 

 

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Aaron Wilson

Aaron WilsonAUTHENTICITY, SPONTANEITY, and ALIVENESS are vital ingredients to living a healthy and meaningful life. Unfortunately these qualities do not often receive the proper attention needed to flourish and get cut off from our daily life. This can result in feeling: indecisive, anxious, depressed, conflicted, or avoidant. Therapy provides a unique opportunity to explore the cut off parts of yourself and experience the full range of emotions with the attuned presence of another.

I use an integrative mind-body approach that values the relationship between client and therapist. Research shows that quality of the relationship with the therapist is one of the biggest markers of effective therapy. Neuroscience proves that our brains actually develop through relationships with others. By building a safe, compassionate, and attuned relationship with you I aspire to support your exploration into a more grounded and authentic expression of who you are. Together we can explore how to meet the challenges that life brings your way with creativity and integrity.


Alex Hill

Alex HillThe power of therapy is a healing relationship in which awareness and curiosity are cultivated within a context of empathy and compassion.Our fast-paced society rarely makes space for us to process our emotional and psychological struggles. Therapy can provide this space.

Psychological work can be painful and difficult, and also exhilarating and empowering. It all depends on what is coming up for you and where you want to go together. Old psychological patterns may emerge in our sessions. This can be uncomfortable, but also liberating as deeper awareness brings more agency to everyday life.

I practice deep listening and active curiosity to engage these patterns in the present moment in a sensitive and collaborative way. I commit to creating a space where you can safely explore uncharted experiences while building a stronger, more cohesive sense of self to better meet life's challenges


Alice Phipps

Alice Phipps“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The therapeutic relationship is a kind of alchemy. In therapy we can unlock the doors within us that keep us disconnected from our personal power, true vocation, love and inner peace. This work can confront us with our greatest obstacles and fears. Yet, I believe it can also bring us to greater joys and deeper fulfillment. For me, it is a sacred honor to bear witness to the stories and struggles of others as a therapist. I seek to restore wholeness to my clients through radical acceptance and deep empathy. I am trained in transpersonal approaches, and can incorporate meditation, spiritual assessment and archetypal integration if desired.

I am open to couples and individuals of all kinds. I feel I have much to offer those struggling in relationships, questioning gender or gender roles, LGBTQIAQ identified people, those who suffer social oppression, and people immersed in technology who are seeking a deeper connection with their bodies, emotions and spirit.


Ava Henderson

Ava HendersonSometimes our darkest moments, though extremely painful, can illuminate our greatest lessons and catalyze growth. As your therapist, I hope to hold both the light and the shadow sides of you—to honor the ways you’ve learned to cope with the inherent challenges of life, as well as to celebrate the innermost and hidden parts of your Self that may have gotten lost for lack of attention or for reasons of survival.

I believe that therapy can be a co-created process of mutual discovery in which growth is rarely linear; but is unique to each person. I look forward to being a non-judgmental and empathic companion on your journey towards living a more whole and authentic life in whatever way feels good for you. I trust that each of us has deep inner wisdom and an innate vocation towards self-healing. I feel honored to be your partner and witness in uncovering what that looks like for you.


Daniel Dryden

Daniel Dryden Depth, Creativity, and Compassion are all aspects of my life that give it meaning. As evolving and inter-dependent individuals I believe that nothing is more important than our own personal growth and well-being. It is through each of us that we have the capacity to change the very structure of the world we live in and the remainder of our precious lives.

Yet we all stagnate, have injuries, and run into challenging relationships in work or in life at large. Often times a part of ourselves becomes unexpectedly damned like a clogged artery or a river with too much debris. We may have been living in a restricted way for only a few months or for as long as we can remember. Effective therapy can help us create new neural pathways or open up ones that have become closed. In working with you I hope to unlock new possibilities and help you to live in ways that are deeply satisfying to you and all those you are in contact with. By being with you just as you are we will support the changes you are ready to make and be tender with the ones you are unsure of. Together we will work to make life more satisfying and fulfilling.


Diana Teich

Diana Teich Welcome to the Integral Counseling Center. I believe that authentically connecting and being in relationship with another person whose intention is to support you can be incredibly healing. My style is warm, authentic, engaged and non-judgmental.

Together we will create a safe space to unpack what is going on in your life and be curious about your experience. An attitude of curiosity helps us to get out of the middle of our life stories and discover beliefs and parts of ourselves we’ve never seen before. This new awareness can bring more capacity for self-acceptance and self-compassion. The hope is to have more choice in how we respond to life’s events.

I welcome both individuals and couples. I work with anxiety and stress, grief, depression, feelings of purposelessness, patterns you’d like to change, working with boundaries and life balance, creating healthy relationships, and strengthening your sense of self. I also have experience working with life transitions, relationship problems, parenting struggles and aging parents.


Dolores Antolin Y Muniz

Dolores Antolin Y Muniz I respect that asking for help is a difficult decision and can be an even harder step to take. I recognize that it takes courage to make this step on the journey towards healing, growth, and change. I will honor your bravery with patience and guidance and provide a safe, supportive, and authentic environment in order to help facilitate your process of growth and discovery.

I work with adults and children, from all backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and identities - all are welcome. I have extensive experience and training working with women of color, specifically where it involves oppression and race based trauma (historical and current), family dynamics, and the process of self-identity and empowerment.

I will support you without judgment as you discover the best direction and pace for your own healing process. From day one, we're in this together, for as long as you need.


Elham Farhodi

Elham FarhodiIf you are thinking about starting therapy, either for the first time or again, your decision may have already shifted your way of being. I believe therapy takes a special commitment to parts of ourselves that we carry with us but don't always allow time and space for. With our work together I look forward to letting all parts of you that want to, speak, and let their presence be known. In this way I hope that we can discover or rediscover deeper parts of your being that create your experiences and apply them to circumstances that surround you in your life. I enjoy working with people of all cultural backgrounds, all spectrums of gender and sexual orientation, age, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual capacities.

Therapy available in Farsi and English.


Enna Ruth O'Donnell

Enna Ruth O'Donnell"Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions."
~ Gerald Jampolsky

The decision to enter therapy is an important step in choosing to support yourself and your own growth and developmental process. My intention as your therapist is to provide you with the space, time and skillful counseling support that meet your needs. Together, we engage in a process of resolving problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings and relationship issues to support you to the healthiest version of yourself, living the best life possible, no matter what challenges you may be facing. I have a particular interest in working with clients to help resolve child and adolescent traumas, parenting challenges, couple and family relationship matters and life transition issues.


Erica Knight

Erica KnightDeciding to enter therapy is a courageous move towards healing and self-discovery. My intension as your therapist is to create a safe and supportive space where together we can explore whatever is weighing on your heart, at whatever pace feels right to you. I believe that healing happens in different ways at different levels of being, including body, heart, mind, and spirit. I am here to accompany you as you work through the difficult edges of your experience and grow into a freer, more peaceful, more authentic expression of yourself. I welcome people of all cultures, backgrounds, lifestyles, orientations, genders, and those wishing to work with the ways that inequity and social oppression play out in our psyches and relationships.


Ferris Wahl

Ferris Wahl“Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.”
~ Hafiz

Life, while beautiful, can be challenging, and at times it might feel like we’ve lost the plot. My aim is to support you in living as your most authentic Self. By creating a safe working environment, we can identify what thoughts and behaviors may or may not be serving you at this moment in your life. We will work collaboratively and compassionately to explore how you might make shifts in your being to live with more ease and vibrancy. I believe that you possess the innate ability to heal, and together we can enhance and develop your natural inclination.

Whether you are seeking support with a big life event or want to learn more about who you are, I will listen to you and align our work to your personal goals. It is my belief that it is a human right to live fully. I welcome individuals and couples into my practice. I enjoy working with beings from diverse cultural backgrounds, genders, lifestyles, and orientations. I prefer not to diagnose clients, and I am particularly interested in exploring issues such as depression, PTSD, social awkwardness, bereavement, existential questioning, and anxiety.

A holistic approach to psychotherapy can hold non-judgmental space for the ongoing search for Self. I would be honored to join you in your journey of becoming you.


Hallie Swan

Hallie SwanI believe as human beings we have infinite wisdom within us. A lot of the pain in our lives is caused by not knowing of, trusting in, or being in alignment with this inner wisdom. Through therapy, I can help you recognize its presence and turn towards it so you can be in alliance with yourself, and come into your personal power.

I also believe therapy is a place where deep wounds can heal simply by being in relationship with a compassionate other. Many of us have not had the privilege of being in a relationship with someone who welcomes all of our parts. Feeling safe and free to bring all aspects of ourselves can be profound, and help us destigmatize reclaim, and even grow to love these previously banished parts. This is what I aim to offer you: a safe place where you can experience and explore the entire range of yourself, and integrate all parts of your being.

My experience with mindfulness and deep reverence for nature inform my work. I welcome people from all walks of life and look forward to working with you.


Isobel Heath

Isobel HeathI wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.
~ Hafiz

In our frenzied culture, therapy offers something all too difficult to find: time and space to slow down, reflect, and explore, without judgment, what is and is not working as well as we wish in our lives and why. The gifts of this work include clarity, insight, greater freedom from the past, and access to deeper layers of our experience and our very being. The effects can echo into every corner of our lives. It is my intention to bring empathy, presence, authenticity, curiosity, and compassion to each of our encounters.

I respect the courage it takes to look within, and I believe in each person’s resilience and capacity for growth in the face of adversity. Kabir wrote, “Wherever you are is the entry point.” It would be an honor to join you in your search for greater freedom.


Jessica Brown

Jessica BrownMany people feel alone and unjustified in their feelings and struggles, however, it is important to find validation and respect for our unique experiences, whatever they may be. Perhaps you want to dig into your history to heal old wounds and move forward or need relief from oppressive and painful anxieties or habits. Maybe you want help with your personal or professional relationships, building confidence, discovering what is meaningful to you in terms of career paths to choose. Psychotherapy offers a stable space for grounding and digesting life’s complications and struggles as well as provides transformative insight through the process of deep exploration into your unique story and life experience.

I engage and support each client with curiosity, care and respect as we build a relationship that can be a vehicle for reconciling wounds and growing into new areas of strength, satisfaction and authenticity.

My background in mindfulness, philosophy, psychology and many personal growth modalities have formed my approach so that I can offer support on practical, emotional, intellectual, somatic and spiritual levels. Wherever you are at, I welcome you.


Katy Bullick

Katy BullickSeeking support for life's inevitable challenges is a courageous and powerful choice. Consider me a partner on your path of increasing empowerment; therapy can offer a safe space for exploration and acceptance of a wider range of your life experience, which can lead to positive change. My approach is collaborative and relational; I aim to help you move through the world with a deepening sense of ease, trust and connection. I endeavor to compassionately support you where you are, to evoke your own healthy instincts.

My background in ecology – the study of how nature resiliently adapts and grows — informs my belief that authentic relationship to self and others is the foundation of health, satisfaction and success. I believe that change happens naturally when we fully inhabit the place we are in. I strive to be flexible, open and inclusive, and thus draw from varied psychological and philosophical orientations. I honor diversity, and accordingly welcome folks from all walks of life.


Lisa Garbus

Lisa Garbus“In the space between whatever has happened already and whatever is to come hovers an invisible borderland, the known on one side and the unknown on the other.”
~ Anthony Doerr

I want to help you live more fully. You have the natural ability to heal within yourself. Collaborating with a therapist can put that natural healing process into motion, because wounds that have occurred within past relationships can be accessed and healed most effectively within a new, compassionate and authentic relationship.

Together we will create a space of growth and discovery, so that you find more flexibility and freedom in your life, so that you become more of who you really are. My work is relational and holistic. I welcome people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Some of the areas I work with include depression, anxiety, intergenerational trauma and stress, life transitions, illness, grief, and career and relationship issues


Marcelo DeSousa

Marcelo DeSousaIn the therapeutic relationship I hope to provide a safe space where you can feel supported and accepted for all that you are. My aim is to facilitate your own process of self-discovery by listening with an open heart, validating your inner-truth, and honoring the depth of your experience. I specialize in treating anxiety and depression, relationship concerns, body-image and self -esteem, and cross cultural challenges for both straight and LGBTQ populations.

Therapy available in Portuguese and English.


Rachel Gold

Rachel GoldTherapy should empower you to make choices that feel right to you. Maybe you don't know what feels right. Maybe you don't feel empowered. What is blocking you? Let's find out together. My goal is to help you get in touch with your own innate wisdom and ability to heal.

I work with the present moment, with getting to know yourself and your feelings as they are right now. I also look to the past to understand how your emotional landscape has been shaped. As a child, how did you learn to relate to the world? How does that serve you now, and how does it work against you?

I look forward to working with clients of all backgrounds. Some areas of focus include anxiety, depression, childhood wounding and trauma, and issues pertaining to LGBTQ identity.


Rebecca Warton

Rebecca WartonWith patience and self-compassion in our hearts the obscurity of our resistant strategies dissipates. What remains for us to witness is the desire to make sense of the world; making contact in any way that we can, in pursuit of a relief from the anxiety of isolation.

My intention for psychotherapy is to offer my presence, to create a sensed therapeutic alliance, and to foster spaciousness for unfolding. I hold the use of mindfulness practices as a frame to support clients into familiarizing themselves with their own present moment experience. This awareness can be achieved through the imaginative, the narrative, by dropping into the body or in any way that you show up. All parts of you are welcome! A non -judgmental approach to your awareness becomes the source for self-compassion and growth towards integration. I believe that each one of these reparative moments of insight, ignites a synergy that fosters the development of Self. This position is the genesis for security, faith in others and the ability to live in reciprocity.

My theoretical orientations are Psychodynamic, Somatic, Gestalt, Transpersonal Psychology and Interpersonal Neurobiology. If you are curious, I am more than happy to speak with you about my training in these fields. I welcome all people from every walk of life. I am especially interested in anxiety, affect, trauma, bereavement and identity formation. I enjoy working with individuals, couples and children. In closing, I would like to warmly celebrate you on your quest to ease your suffering, to investigate your nature and to find resources to help you care for yourself.


Renu Cappelli

Renu CappelliPerhaps you have sometimes watched birds flying in the sky: how they seem to have purpose but no set path, and how they swiftly change directions, or hover in one place and soar again in the next moment; can we call this movement freedom? We who walk on the ground with two feet sometimes pass through places in our lives disturbed by grief, pain, and conflict. Even in the most charred landscape, saplings and wildflowers grow, to regenerate what has been broken. The work of therapy seeks to provide loft to your flight, to support you when you wish to change directions or just to hover; to lovingly notice and nurture new ways of being that are germinating within you. In the context of a therapeutic relationship, we can do together the life-giving work of discovering you. I welcome birds of all feathers, life experiences, and life stages. Particular areas of my expertise include immigration, gender identity and sexuality, and the stress caused by systemic oppression, or by societal-familial norms that may restrict our capacity to be ourselves.


Ryan Cole

Ryan ColeI believe therapy must jointly help us accept and love ourselves while moving us in the direction we want to grow and change. Through mindfulness, body awareness, and a non-judgmental, caring space, I help create an environment where you can both grow and find peace in yourself. Special areas of experience include depression, relationships, and life transitions. All of you is welcome here, and I honor you for seeking healing and support.


Shena Jade Jensen

Shena Jade JensenShena is offering "Fearless Love", a workshop for couples on March 18th-19th at the Integral Counseling Center. Please see www.shenajadejensen.com\workshops for more details.

Coming to therapy can be a very courageous and profoundly transformative experience. While my approach is deeply compassionate and directive, I see each of my clients' experiences as very unique and do not have a one-size-fits-all approach. I have many years of experience working with clients from a variety of backgrounds and experiences including anxiety, grief, depression, trauma, and challenging relationship dynamics.

I work with a holistic toolbox based in both western psychology and eastern spirituality that takes into account recent brain research as well as the journey of the mind, body, and spirit. I also specialize in ecotherapy and will sometimes work with the client's relationship with nature.

My greatest hope for my clients is a deep understanding of themselves, an experience of life that feels meaningful, and a sense of belonging and home.


Sienna Mauve Gregan

Sienna Mauve GreganDeciding to enter therapy takes courage and strength. I believe that by making this decision and taking these first steps we begin to shift our lives. I work from the belief that everyone is a whole and capable person, and we all need support sometimes.

I work to help individuals find integration through welcoming all the parts that make us who we are. Together we can move through any unresolved experiences from the past, or present, in order to regain vital energy and create new possibilities in life. I welcome all people from all walks of life.


Smitha Gandra

Smitha GandraNo matter where you're starting from, transformation is possible. There are times we may feel overwhelmed in our life and our usual coping skills are not enough. Life has a tendency to throw curveballs our way, and in these junctures, we often feel lost and desire clarity and support. Having the space to share your voice within a therapeutic setting during these times can create new perspectives, and sometimes that is all you need to move in a direction that feels right for you. My aim is to offer you a safe and open place to explore these passages: wherever you are, wherever you’ve been and wherever you’re going. I work with my clients to improve their relationships, find fulfilling life paths, and create more ease and joy in everyday life.

I work on a relational level, and my approach is warm, engaged, and to collaborate with clients as together we explore and address the goals that bring you into the room.

I enjoy and welcome working with individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, and identities.


Syd McClune

Syd McCluneWhether traveling through the dark night of the soul, desiring to manage anxiety, navigating a hard life transition, or seeking more meaning in life, I work collaboratively with diverse populations to increase awareness of and power over what keeps us from living authentically.

With strong anchors in somatic experiencing, gestalt therapy, and transpersonal therapy I offer a holistic approach to wellness tailored to the present moment needs of those seeking support in this step of life's journey. We can increase mindfulness in the present moment while aware of how we are informed by our experiences in the past to feel hopeful about our future.


Tom Kim

Tom Kim Whether depression, anger, a feeling of brokenness or of not fully living, or needing help managing transition in an otherwise fulfilling life, your reasons for seeking therapy are valid and welcome with me. You've done so much; you've made it so far. My key offering is to keep those strengths and make space for those under-represented parts of you. With compassion and authenticity, let's explore together that you may find a greater peace and spaciousness inside yourself.

I believe you already carry an inner wisdom. Through exploration of your whole experience, through making greater space to be, it will find a firmer voice.




DIRECTORS

Dan Gottsegen
Clinical Director

Dan GottsegenDaniel Gottsegen, Ph.D. is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies Masters and Doctoral programs in Psychology. His work as the Clinical Director of the Pierce Street ICC is an expression of his desire to support and serve those who are dedicating their lives to the service of others. He is also a psychologist in private practice in San Francisco.


Susan Weiss
Administrative Director

Susan WeissSusan Weiss has a Masters from the California Institite of Integral Studies and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.


 

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