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Jan Edl Stein, MFT
Clinical Director

Clinical Director

Jan is the director of Holos Institute where she provides individual supervision, oversees clinical policies and operations, and organizes the public educational programs. Jan is a pragmatic dreamer and licensed psychotherapist, in practice for more than 30  years.

As a supervisor and consultant, her philosophy is that each therapist is unique and the process of training is primarily one of guidance, clarity and collaborative discovery of the inherent gifts of each individual.  She encourages creative solutions backed by sound clinical judgment.  She supports trust in intuition and the cultivation of wisdom and kindness.

In her work as a psychotherapist, Jan offers heartfelt and engaged work.  Her style is sensitive, intuitive and yet direct and “down-to-earth”, facilitating clients to find solutions within their own creative inner resources and instincts.  Her work is based upon her faith in the inherent wisdom each being carries within.  She believes that healing is a process of coming into an active relationship with that wisdom.  She calls upon metaphors and archetypal patterns of nature to mirror the inherent wholeness of each person. Jan pays close attention to how emotions and thoughts are held in the body and may guide a release or shift through somatic focus, a yoga posture, or movement.  She draws upon a variety of skills and clinical orientations that include EMDR, mindfulness meditation, hypnotherapy, shamanic journeying, Jungian dreamwork, self-psychology reflections, and systemic interventions.

Jan’s psychotherapy practice is informed by many years of traditional study in self-psychology, family systems and Jungian depth psychology. She received her BA in psychology from Rutgers University, completing her graduate study at the New School for Social Research and the University of San Francisco. She has also studied at the San Francisco Jung Institute, and trained in Ericksonian hypnotherapy, EMDR, Imago couples therapy, Process Acupressure, and a number of private studies with indigenous healers. Alongside her professional training, Jan has a lifetime of intuitive experiences and a personal spiritual practice which includes the study of integral yoga, mindfulness meditation, shamanism and earth-based wisdom traditions.

Jan offers her clinical consultation and psychotherapy work to individuals and couples, at her private practice offices in both San Francisco and Marin.  She also offers classes and workshops to psychotherapists and other health professionals on the topics of integrating shamanic techniques into psychological practice and transpersonal psychology. Jan leads workshops and retreats that weave together meditation, ritual and shamanic journeying. Jan is adjunct faculty at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies) in the east West Psychology Department. She has taught and presented at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Sonoma State University, Grof Transpersonal Training Program, Bioneers Conference, and numerous private venues.

She is most at peace on a mountaintop or absorbed in the luminous folds of flower petal.

You may find out more information about her practice at

Group Supervisor

Group Supervisor

Laura provides group supervision and some individual supervision for Holos interns as well as maintaining a private practice in Oakland.

“I have practiced psychotherapy for 20 years.  My work is grounded in multi-dimensional listening. I help clients tend the threads of the inner and outer, sacred and mundane, visible and invisible, remembered and forgotten stories that echo through personal history, the body, ancestry and culture, the transpersonal and the earth.  Because these stories make us who we are, we can’t NOT belong. Remembering this begins to mend the personal isolation afflicting so many in hyper-individualistic American society.

One of the guiding principles of my life and professional practice is, ‘If you only have a hammer, everything starts looking like a nail.’ That said, I am an enthusiastic collector (and teacher) of useful therapeutic tools and psycho-social skills. My approach integrates deep imagination, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, authentic communication, assertiveness skills and nature-based practices.

Through respectful, interactive, honest, and sometimes vulnerable contact, I meet my clients at the level of practical problem-solving as well as more complex difficulties arising from trauma and attachment.  To varying degrees, they begin to find their way into more embodied self expression and generative engagement in a world that is alive, intelligent, and full of meaning.”

see more of Laura at

Administrative Director 

Administrative Director

Sara (Shmee) is our new adminstrative director. She is the “go-to” person for internship applicants, staff and all things related to the operation of Holos.

shmee-headshot1In addition to the role of Administrative Director with the Holos Institute, Shmee is a mixed-media artist and student of Depth Psychology at Sonoma State University, with interests in public/street art, permaculture design, and sustainable systems. An experienced program administrator and event coordinator, Shmee is keen to support both the counseling and educational branches of the Holos Institute.

Please contact Shmee with any inquiries regarding Holos Institute.

A selection of Shmee’s artwork can be viewed online at:




Laurie Dievendorf
MFT Intern

San Francisco office


I believe in the power therapy has to transform our lives. It can help us realize what we want from life and how to move toward making positive changes. Curiosity guides our work together, as we explore the places you may feel stuck or seek movement.

I use different modalities for inquiry, including art therapy, dream work, Gestalt, eco-therapy and ritual.  I work with individuals and couples looking to better understand their relationship to themselves and others.

I work with people experiencing:



-stress management

-panic attacks

-fertility support

-self esteem

-initimacy issues

-work issues

-relationship issues

I have seen people make powerful life changes to help them feel better and succeed. I work with people of all ages, gender orientations and LGBTQIA folks. I look forward to hearing from you!

Marianne Shine, MFT
MFT Intern

Marin Satellite Office


So you are searching for someone to work with. Welcome. Basically, I see the potential in others and this excites me. My approach is collaborative. Together we will investigate what is working in your life and what is no longer serving you.

Holos Intern Marianne ShineI use traditional talk therapy that moves beyond the couch by using theatre and expressive arts, guided imagery, metaphors, mindfulness, nature and body wisdom. I work with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship challenges and self-esteem and more.

My strong background in the arts promotes play and creativity as a vehicle for change. I integrate DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) techniques with the creativity of Drama Therapy. I use Hakomi as well. This mindful somatic approach, unpacks fears and blocks. I do all this in a nurturing, contained environment. My hope is that you will feel seen and heard and learn more about yourself.

I have experience working with various populations that include the bereaved, co-dependents, inmates, and actors. I also like working with teens. I bring my compassion, love and skills from 25 years of raising three sons.

I am grateful to be able to do this work. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you should you so desire. I am happy to provide a free 20 minute phone consultation. I wish you well on your journey to find relief. I celebrate that by researching therapists, you have already put in motion the action toward personal change.
Areas of Specialization:

• Artists, Performers
• Teen and emerging teen Issues and Social Concerns
• Adjustment Disorders
• Anxiety and Depression
• Parenting
• Grief and Loss, Bereavement
• Transitions
• Empty Nest
• Life Purpose
• 12 Step Recovery

I have a Masters in Counseling Psychology from CIIS and I am a Registered Drama Therapist –RDT. My previous clinical training includes working at Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital at UCSF, San Quentin Prison doing Shakespeare Behind Bars and Elementary and Middle School Counselor with Seeds of Awareness. In addition to my private practice, I work as a grief counselor at Hospice By the Bay.

I had a career as a copywriter in advertising, an archaeologist and an actress. All these involve being curious about how people choose to live their lives. The move into psychotherapy was a natural one. Together we will find a way to let your joy and delight shine through.

MFT Intern

San Francisco


I approach therapy from a holistic perspective, where I strive to understand and bring into the therapeutic space the many facets of the individual. Within a talk therapy model, I engage techniques such as the exploration of movement, mindfulness, and expressive arts. My style is collaborative and direct, and I work carefully with clients to build a container of trust and safety. My practice includes work with adults, children, and families, and people of varying age, race, gender, and sexual orientation. People I work with often are struggling with life transitions, depression/anxiety, sexuality, trauma, feelings of fragmentation and disembodiment, and identity development.

My approach is grounded in both analytic and experiential practices. I assist clients in bringing awareness to their present experience. This includes work with thought patterns, emotions, sensations, and behaviors while exploring how these experiences connect to the latticework of their relationships, history, culture, memories, and to the world around them. This process of exploration and reflection can re-engage vitality, creativity, and one’s potential for growth and expansion. My practice is informed by psychodynamic theory, somatic (body-based) therapy, drama therapy, and trauma intervention.

I have experience working with children in group homes, schools, and mental health clinics. I work with children dealing with challenges related to Autism, parental separations or death of a loved one, and children dealing with everyday stresses of school, friends, family, and growing up. I am currently a second-year trainee at UCSF’s Infant-Parent program, which specializes in child-parent psychotherapy as well as preschool and daycare mental health consultation. I am trained in play therapy, Sand Tray, attachment theory, and trauma-informed practices.

I studied psychology at the University of San Francisco where, as an undergraduate, I assisted in research on human lie detection and deception. I received my Masters in counseling with an emphasis on somatic’s from the California Institute of Integral studies. Prior to joining Holos, I completed a traineeship at The Center for Somatic Psychotherapy.

San Francisco


Michael Rochette
MFT Intern

Oakland Office

Michael has a lifelong commitment to understanding the interconnections between the human psyche and our natural environment.

As a professional environmental geologist for over 25 years, Michael has worked to bridge the gaps between human health and the health of the environment.

Michael RochetteMichael believes that many of our personal and interpersonal disconnections directly correspond with disconnections with our planet. As a therapist in training he works with people to deepen and expand their own cognitive, emotional, somatic, and spiritual relationships with the natural world as a key to the integral healing of both the person and the planet. Following an ecopsychology orientation, the traditional paradigm of psychotherapy can expand beyond the artificial boundaries of the therapy office to integrate the multi-dimensional reality of health. This approach recognizes the fuller spectrum of health that connects our inner and outer worlds and generates an emerging sense of attuned aliveness that radiates back and forth between the individual and the world. Embodying this aliveness provides a tangible connection with nature that can be called upon to support and guide us throughout our life. Areas of interest include somatic psychology, attachment theory, Jungian dream work, mindfulness practices, Gestalt psychology, transpersonal psychology, developmental psychology, family systems theory, neuroscience, bioregionalism, hydrogeology, Gaia theory, drumming and qi gong. Michael’s path to psychotherapy is one of personal evolution. He journeyed from his native coastal New England to the desert southwest and onto the redwood groves of northern California. He has worked as a ship builder, a land surveyor, and, for the past 25 years, an environmental geologist focused on groundwater protection and cleanup in the San Francisco Bay area. Michael is well versed in family dynamics as he is the third child in a family of five, the father of twin teen-age boys, and in a long-term relationship with his partner who also has twin-teen age boys. Michael received an M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies in December 2014  He is currently a registered marriage and family intern at Holos Institute.

Caroline Lewis, MFT intern
MFT Intern
Phone Number: (510)-556-1282

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ~ C.S. Jung

Caroline LewisNo matter why you have decided to enter therapy, the decision to ask for support on your path is a courageous and powerful choice.  Therapy can be a safe space to heal and grow into your best self.​

Together I hope we can create an environment where you can feel safe to bring any part of your experience that is important to you. I can support you in discovering the ways your intuition can offer guidance to know yourself more deeply as we attend to the wisdom of your heart, body, spirit, and mind.

As a psychotherapist, my approach is compassionate, authentic, and honest, which can help you to understand more fully your life’s challenges. I have in-depth experience working with adolescents and adults suffering from trauma, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and relationship issues. I am a holistic therapist, integrating knowledge gained in psychodynamic and somatic psychotherapy, eco-psychology, and energy medicine.

My journey in becoming a therapist includes working with adolescents and adults in nature-based therapeutic programs and as a mentor in the United States, Brazil, and Nepal. This led me to pursue and complete a Masters Degree in Integral Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).  In addition to my private practice, I provide counseling services to adolescents and families at Coyote Coast, and I am studying energy medicine at the Academy of Intuition in Sausalito, California.

When I am not working with others, I enjoy adventuring in nature, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends and family in the Bay Area.

Aaron Wilson MFT
MFT Intern

Seeing clients in San Francisco & Oakland


AUTHENTICITY, ALIVENESS, and CONNECTION are vital ingredients to living a healthy and meaningful life. Unfortunately these qualities do not often receive the proper attention needed to flourish. This can result in feeling: anxious, depressed, angry, conflicted, and numb amongst other things. Therapy provides a unique opportunity to explore the cut off parts of yourself and to meet life’s twists and turns with creativity and authenticity.

I specialize in therapy with adults, couples, and adolescents and families. I practice through a relational, integrative, mind-body approach. Each session is customized for the unique moment that arises when we sit together. I hold the client-therapist relationship as a focal point of the work. My work is also informed by the most current research in attachment theory and neuroscience. Researchers tells us that the quality of the relationship between client and therapist is one of the biggest markers for effective therapy. Neuroscience and attachment theory have also tell us that our brains literally develop through relationships with others. We are wounded in relationship and we heal in relationship. By building a safe, compassionate, and attuned relationship with you I aspire to support your own self exploration into an authentic expression of who you are. Together we can explore how to meet the challenges that life brings your way with creativity and integrity.


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem
  • Communication Skills
  • Life Transitions
  • Developing Boundaries
  • Relationship Issues
  • Trauma (current/historical)
  • Grief
  • Addiction
  • Shame
  • Self Exploration


I have been in the healing arts profession for over a decade working in many different roles and settings. I have been a massage therapist and body-worker for over nine years helping clients tune into their bodies, discover self-care, and rehabilitate from chronic and acute injuries. I have worked as an instructor helping massage students learn science and develop technique. I spent time working as a wilderness therapist with adolescents in the outdoors. I have also worked in treatment centers focusing on helping patients ween off of prescription medication and help patients with substance abuse.

When I am not working, I like to hike, surf, run, travel, and . Through my own personal and familial experience I have felt compelled to work in the counseling field. I feel lucky, passionate, and dedicated to this work.

Carolee Carlson
MFT Intern

San Francisco Office

Small steps can lead to meaningful change.

Your potential to live the life you most want may be supported by a therapist who focuses on helping you fortify your own internal resources. While therapy can expand one’s understanding of the past, I ultimately help clients find freedom, fulfillment, and ease in the present.  Many clients who come to see me are seeking to change undesired patterns in their life, improve their relationships, or cope with challenging life circumstances.

Carolee CarlsonI welcome clients in my practice who struggle with various life stressors, such as: major life transitions, family or partner issues, loneliness, anxiety, depression, or difficulty conceiving. I also see families whose children who are adjusting to stressors in the family and may exhibit challenging behaviours, as well as children who struggle with sensory processing differences.

I feel that that the most helpful approach is collaborative, genuine, and process-oriented, in which the client feels heard, seen and understood. Clients can trust that whatever they may share with me will be met with respect, empathy, and curiosity.

I earned my Masters degree from The Wright Institute in Berkley, California. I also hold an additional Masters and training in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University. The style of psychotherapy I practice calls upon the strengths of various evidence-based and experiential modalities to support clients in the changes they seek. This includes eco-therapeutic practices, mindfulness-based techniques, somatics, attachment and psychodynamic theories, as well as EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples), and play therapy for children.

I welcome clients from all walks of life, including LGBTQIA clients, as well as clients from diverse cultural backgrounds, and those in traditional or non-traditional relationships.

I am currently accepting new clients and look forward to setting up an initial consult with you to help you determine if we can work together to meet your unique needs.

I help my clients:

  • Cultivate hope in the face of difficult life circumstances
  • Improve their relationships
  • Improve social and emotional skills
  • Discover fun and effective parenting skills
  • Develop closer friendships
  • Choose supportive romantic partners
  • Come to terms with the past
  • Find greater acceptance and well-being in the present
  • Take healthy risks
  • Decrease their sense of isolation
  • Find more meaning and purpose in life

Special Areas of Focus :

Individual and Couples:

– Major life transitions (divorce, unemployment, entering adulthood, loss, diagnosis, etc…)

– Anxiety and generalized stress

– Depression or long-term unhappiness

– Career counseling + coaching

– Singles seeking long-term partnership

– Couples and Partners Counseling, for traditional and non-traditional relationships

– Couples and Partners Counseling: Restoring or Augmenting Intimacy

– (In)Fertility Support, for couples and individuals looking to conceive

– Navigating Ambivalence (considering whether to have children, whether to change careers, etc…)

– Chronic illness and stress management

– Navigating Life Purpose in Quarter-Life, for people in their 20’s and early thirties.

– Therapy for caregivers of the elderly population

Family an Child Therapy:

– Child and Family Therapy for families affected by divorce, addiction, illness, or financial / other life stressors.

– Family and child therapy for “spirited” children or those with sensory processing challenges

– Family therapy for Co-parenting

– Family therapy for parents diagnosed with chronic illness

– Adolescent Therapy for Teens struggling with life transitions, peer relationships, family issues, and trauma.

Start feeling better and more hopeful today, call: (415) 692-0205

Carolee Carlson

Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern #91506

Tatiana Diakoff, intern at Holos Institute
MFT Intern

Shasta County Satellite Office

As a holistically minded therapist, I begin by seeing all of my clients in their inherent wholeness, already containing what is necessary inside of themselves to heal and uncover solutions to life problems instead of focusing completely on the problem and the elimination of unwanted symptoms, I look at the whole system of a person, seeing “negative” symptoms as the result of undiscovered and underdeveloped parts of the self.

Tatiana Diakoff, intern at Holos InstituteIn therapy I provide a safe and non-judgemental environment for exploration and healing to take place, continuously meeting my client wherever they are and helping them to access their own motivations for change. I carry an authentic and direct presence that allows for honest and open communication to unfold and the client’s own self-awareness to develop.

I use an integral approach that emphasizes a person’s inherent wisdom and works to broaden the expression of their unique qualities and strengths. From this collaborative and connected place, we work together to bring awareness and active solutions to unwanted behaviors and life problems.

As we begin to understand you from a holistic perspective by bringing present-moment awareness (mindfulness) to your past and present experiences, your self-understanding can begin to expand and deepen and old ways of feeling and behaving can more naturally shift and release. Simultaneously, we can explore and develop new ways of approaching your current situation with understanding and clarity, from a more resourced place inside yourself.

I believe that it’s from this centered and present place of self-understanding and authentic expression that we are better able to consciously navigate our lives, bounce back from difficulties and experience deeper feelings of satisfaction, self-acceptance, intimacy and connectedness in our lives.

Eco-therapy and The Expressive Arts

In my work I hold a strong foundational understanding in the healing capacities of nature and creativity. Both these modalities have the potential to assist people in becoming more attuned and connected to themselves and their surrounding environment.

The themes, images and metaphors that naturally emerge during expressive art experiences are inherently alive and rich with meaning, allowing people to explore their situation from a different vantage point, gain insight and express themselves from a less linear or cognitive place.

In working with individuals, youth and families, the expressive arts are an incredibly useful tool to externalize and create distance from “the problem”. Creating a certain amount of distance from a life problem can provide a new vantage point from which to explore possible solutions and opportunities to understand behavior. In addition, play therapy and the expressive arts are especially useful for young people, helping them to express and discuss topics that they’re unable to approach using talk therapy techniques alone.

Whenever possible, I love to take young people into the outdoors, providing them with opportunities to truly encounter themselves. Encounters in nature can assist young people in building self-confidence and developing a sense of responsibility by overcoming different challenges that activities in the outdoors can provide.

Some of the specific issues that I work with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life-cycle transitions (for youth and adults)
  • Career related growth and development
  • Difficulties with the menstrual cycle – PMS, depression, irritability, low-energy
  • Stress management
  • Family or relational discord
  • Positive parenting
  • Youth mentorship and counseling
  • Processing grief and bereavement
  • Guidance for spiritual and personal growth

Some Approaches I draw from:

  • Attachment theory
  • Humanistic/person-centered therapy
  • Expressive art therapy
  • Eco-therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Somatic awareness
  • Interpersonal neurobiology
  • Solution-focused techniques
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Systems theory

Education and Experience

I earned my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Expressive Art Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. My therapeutic experience encompasses work with individuals, families and couples as well as providing mentorship and youth counseling for adolescents and teens. I have received specialized training in eco-therapy methods and have been an active participant in Indigenous and Earth-based spiritual practices for almost ten years. Previous to my counseling training and experience, I was a working artist. During this time I also co-directed Art Matters, a program for adults with developmental disabilities, helping to facilitate experiences of self-empowerment, personal expression and professionalism through the artistic process. I have a deep love for nature and the outdoors and feel most content while hiking, gardening, dancing, making art or spending time with loved ones.

For more information about how I work with Individuals, Couples, Families and Youth, please

Roxana Ortiz
MFT Intern

(415) 817-9947

Life’s journey often provides us with many opportunities that help us both grow and succeed. However, there are often bumps in those roads that can mentally hinder our progress. Some of these bumps can severely damage an individual in many ways beyond physical aspects. It is during these moments when one should seek aid, and with that being said, I believe that finding the right therapist to help guide and provide support during these times is crucial.

Roxana OrtizIn my practice, I provide holistic psychotherapy by incorporating the mind, body, and spirit. I am equipped to work with individuals of all ages who are in different stages in life, as well as couples and families looking for support. My goal in working with clients is to create a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment in order for them to work through their struggles.

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Francisco. My previous clinical training includes working at California Pacific Medical Center where I gained experience working with individuals living with dementia and their families. In addition to my private practice, I currently work at St. Mary’s Medical Center in the McAuley Institute’s Adolescent Psychiatric Unit.

My approach to therapy is integrative and involves using a combination of techniques from expressive arts therapy, psychodynamic theory, somatic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), transpersonal and attachment based practices in order to provide an experience that is unique to each client.
My practice welcomes people of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations. The following list is an example of some of the issues that I have experience working with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Addiction
  • Transitions
  • Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Loneliness
  • End of life issues
  • Dementia: I provide support for individuals dealing with Dementia and their loved ones
  • Identity issues

Change is a process that demands a person to face the unknown. Going into this transition is often filled with fear and uncertainty, but with the proper support the experience can be fulfilling, eye opening, and worthwhile.

If you feel that I may be the right fit for you, please contact me to schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

To learn more, visit my website at

MFT Intern

San Francisco Office

I view therapy as the process of restoring our natural drive towards growth and well-being, a way of freeing oneself from the conflicts, wounds and disconnection that impedes these drives.

roger1Therapy exists to help unlock a person’s capacity for change as we confront the usual and unusual problems of life. I draw on a range of approaches as we collaborate on what works in therapy and in life itself.   I believe everyone has the capacity to understand his or her own situation, even in the face of unconscious forces, or unwanted thoughts and emotions.

My training includes a full-time internship working with Veterans in the PTSD/Substance Use Clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, comprised of individual and group psychotherapy. At the VA, I conducted numerous sessions with clients outdoors, utilizing the hospital’s beautiful natural setting to promote an atmosphere of safety and non-judgement, and to tune awareness into the present moment, thereby deepening the therapeutic process.  I led groups including Anger Management and Seeking Safety, a cognitive-behavioral program for treating co-occurring PTSD and substance abuse. Previous training includes work at Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, a clinic serving men, women, and transgender clients with HIV/AIDS; and San Francisco Suicide Prevention.   Over the past decade I have participated in numerous conferences and workshops exploring the relationship between nature and psyche, including several programs with my mentor, psychologist Robert Greenway.  I received my Master’s in Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work.

Aaron Rasor
MFT Intern

San Francisco Office


Whatever life circumstances brought you to taking this courageous action toward change, welcome….

Cultivating Awareness + Connection to Authentic Self -> Freedom of Choice -> Transformation

Aaron RasorLife has a way of presenting us with intense challenges. Often, these experiences and feelings are recurring and rooted in the ways we were wounded in the past. And while as a culture we tend to be averse to discomfort, embedded within these very struggles is a tremendous opportunity for deep healing, freedom, and transformation.

As your therapist, my intention is to offer a safe and supportive space to intimately explore and make sense of your internal experience, such that your own unique truth is revealed. Integral to this process is developing a curious and compassionate relationship to your emotions and body as a gateway to developing a rich resource of emotional intelligence skills – an invaluable asset in helping to navigate life with greater ease and heal on a visceral level.

In this capacity, I privilege working creatively and experientially, utilizing mindfulness and other exercises, as an enlivening way of facilitating this inquiry. As a result, you will begin to see with more clarity and disentangle from the stories, negative thinking, and conditioned behavior that are causing you suffering. Along the way, you will be empowered to choose and integrate more satisfying and self-actualizing ways of being, thereby transforming your experience in the world.

In addition to my work with adults, it brings me great joy and purpose to work with children and their families. My approach is best described as creative and intuitive, following and immersing myself into their world. My experience is that what the child is struggling with will naturally emerge into the play so long as the right conditions are met. In this light, I offer a warm, empathic, attuned, and playful space where the child feels seen and safe to fully express him/herself. When the work surfaces, I creatively respond drawing upon an array of modalities and interventions to meet the child. In these moments, I will utilize expressive arts, mindfulness, gestalt, role-play, and sandplay as a vehicle to helping the child come into contact with, metabolize, process, and resolve the experiences, affect, and/or beliefs underpinning their struggles. Furthermore, I contextualize the work through a family systems lens, working closely with the parents in parallel. I see this time together as a two way pathway to bridging the work from the office into the home, while discovering how we can all be an integral part of the healing process.

A Little About Me

After a successful 15 years in the business world, I made a radical decision to pursue a career that was more aligned with my authentic self. This path has led to obtaining a masters degree in Integral Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and becoming an AEDP practitioner (

I feel truly grateful to have discovered my calling, and am deeply inspired and fulfilled by the intimate connections and transformation I have been a part of on this journey. My work is rooted in an ongoing commitment to personal growth, richly influenced by a daily mindfulness practice for many years. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you, and am happy to offer a free 20 minute phone consultation should you have any questions or are curious as to whether we might be a good fit. I wish you all the best.

Katie Cooper, M.A.
MFT Intern
Therapy is an opportunity to come home to yourself.

Oakland Office

Therapy is an opportunity to come home to yourself.  It is an invitation to move through old blockages and embrace your most honest, authentic, and alive self.

Katie Cooper, M.A.As your therapist, I believe it is my job to support you in remembering and expressing who you are.  Through our work together, you can learn to connect with yourself more fully, feeling more alive, engaged, and empowered to make choices in your life which are closer to your heart. Our work will support you in reconnecting with your authentic self, cultivating a solid inner sense of what you need and what you want in your life, and how to navigate through your thoughts and feelings as you grow and develop. I believe that therapy can help you learn how to listen to yourself in new ways, how to honor your feelings and experiences, and to allow yourself to feel valued and loved for who you are, even in times when you are feeling overwhelmed, scared, or angry. I trust that you know the truth of your experience better than anybody, and as your support, I can offer ways to engage with your mind, body, and spirit that will help you to come into contact with your truth more clearly, and find ways to express what you genuinely think and feel. As a therapist, my style is warm, collaborative, and intuitive.  I believe deeply in the healing power of the relationship between therapist and client, and will work to create a space where you feel supported and understood. While I will often encourage you to lead the direction and pace of the session, I will always be there for you in our explorations, and at times may ask us to slow down, and get curious about what you are thinking, feeling, or experiencing. We will reflect on the stories and beliefs influencing your life, exploring which stories are old and outdated, and what new narratives are ready to emerge.  In session, we will often be focusing on learning how to recognize feelings, linking thoughts and memories to bodily sensations, noticing when and where you feel different sensations in your body. As we explore your inner world together, I will always be checking in with you as we go, respectfully honoring your pace, and offering ways to ground yourself through the process. As your emotional awareness builds, we will explore the places where you feel anxious, or fearful, and work to identify ‘triggers’ and beliefs which keep you stuck in unwanted patterns. We will also experiment with different coping strategies and ways of resourcing when you are feeling overwhelmed.  In our therapy sessions, I will lovingly support you in taking safe and enlivening risks for the sake of waking your deepest joy and expanding your sense of trust in yourself and your life. If you are interested in finding out more, please feel free to contact me via phone or email at the top of this page. You can also find out a bit more about me, and how I work by visiting my webpage:


Mary Good, MFT
MFT Associate



Whoever you are, particularly if you sometimes find yourself lonely in the world, if you are a person of color, part of the LGBTQ community, if you wonder if you are too different, too difficult or Mary-Good-200just too much…You are welcome here. Here are some of the reasons folks find their way into my office:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Overwhelm
  • Low Self-Esteem / Self Hatred
  • Feeling lost and / or stuck
  • Sorrow or fear about Climate Change / Degradation of the natural world

I create a safe space for us with empathy for the challenges you face and respect for the path you have already walked. I approach our work together with a compassionate heart and a wise mind, combining 20 years of work and study as well as my own experience of the journey towards wholeness. Along with my professional training (see below), this also includes the arenas of personal growth, spiritual discipline, earth based healing methods, and natural history. While the journey that we take together will be unique to your needs, my hope is that your experience will be three-fold:

  • The quieting of thoughts, having found peace through new intellectual understanding and the employment of mindfulness techniques.
  • A heart put at ease through the process of contacting emotions in the body and giving them the attention they need to finish releasing.
  • A sense of wholeness, vitality and clarity through the gentle integration of all parts of the self (even the ones that seem unacceptable).

Ecotherapy (90 minute and daylong sessions in the wild spaces of Sonoma County) includes the added dimensions of:

  • Deeper understanding of personal cycles by experiencing their correlation with seasonal ones.
  • An increased sense of belonging through connection with the natural world and all its inhabitants.
  • A decrease of anxiety, depression and fear through greater intimacy with your internal sources of support, as well as the resources available through a reciprocal relationship with nature.
  • Rejuvenated inspiration for giving back…to loved ones, your community and the environment.

When not in session I enjoy motherhood, studying herbalism, and hanging out with our flock of 8 chickens.

I received an M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies in 2008. After my initial training in Gestalt therapy at the Church Street Counseling Center, I interned with  Holos Institute, and am now part of the Holos Institute Ecopsychology Certificate Program. I currently see clients in my private practice in Sebastopol, CA. Prior to graduate school I worked extensively for 10 years with children (infant – 18yrs) as a teacher in theater arts (including drama therapy) and environmental education.




Shane David

MFT Associate


Shane offers integrative counseling services to adult individuals and teens in Pacifica and Berkeley. He enjoys providing depth-oriented, long-term therapy as well as short-term work and crisis intervention. He is direct, engaged, and invites an authentic relationship with his clients to help them heal from difficult past experiences, to skillfully navigate the challenges of daily life, and to deepen personal growth.  For those interested, Shane offers outdoor therapy in natural settings as an adjunct to sessions held in the office. In addition to private pay, Shane accepts Medi-Cal in San Mateo County and is a provider on the Cigna and MHN health insurance panels.

Shane completed his graduate training at the California Institute of Integral Studies and received post-graduate training with the Hakomi Institute of California, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and the AEDP Institute. His work with clients is deeply informed by systems theory, in particular, Ecopsychology. He has worked in both private practice and in community mental health.

Shane is also the former administrative director of Holos and still very actively involved as an advisor and volunteer.

When not working, Shane spends as much time as possible in wild places with the people and animals he calls family.

What holds you back from living the life you want to live?

San Francisco Office

What holds you back from living the life you want to live?

Each of us has the capacity to live fully from a place of inner clarity and joy, yet all too often we get stuck in patterns that separate us from others and cut us off from our inner wisdom.

emily-(1)bWhen we suffer from experiences like depression, anxiety, self-criticism, failed relationships, or addiction it can be hard to see another way. We feel hopeless and helpless. Psychotherapy offers a pathway home to our deepest nature, where we can find freedom from the patterns that hold us back.

I seek to provide guidance and support along the path. Grounded in the belief that even our most painful patterns are rooted in a desire for healing and wholeness, my work honors this deep longing as it is uniquely expressed by each client.
I work holistically, attending to the wisdom of the mind, body, soul and spirit and drawing on the strengths of each to support the whole person. To this end I weave together psychodynamic, somatic, storytelling, mindfulness and ecopsychological methods, adapted to each person’s needs at any particular time.

I have an M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Before becoming a psychotherapist I spent 15 years in public relations for technology companies in San Francisco. I bring to my work a personal understanding of the pressures of seeking balance in an urban environment within a high pressure career. As a mother and stepmother, I have a deep compassion for the unique challenges of parenting and partnering in a blended family.

When I’m out of the office I enjoy being in wild nature, spending time with my family, and experimenting in my kitchen.


San Francisco Office

In my practice with individual adults and couples, I integrate my training in Gestalt psychology techniques, body-based modalities, and shamanic counseling techniques, as well as a long- standing personal investigation into holistic approaches to health.

jessica-kluess-200-thumbnailHaving trained for over 15 years in earth based healing traditions, I feel a deep reverence for the healing power of nature, and gently weave into my client work an awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings. I strive to be a trusted ally in my clients’ journeys of healing and transformation. I hold a gentle and supportive space, yet I am also very comfortable being direct and honest in my observations. In my work I am particularly focused on:

  • cultivating presence
  • deepening self-acceptance and self-esteem
  • recognizing and transforming limiting mental patterns
  • empowering clients through recognition of how we participate in creating our experiences in life
  • supporting the integration of mind, body and spirit

In addition to my training as a therapist, I have also worked as a birth and postpartum doula. This experience, along with my experience as a mother, enables me to offer unique support and counseling services for individuals and couples in all phases of family building.
This includes:

  • Pre-marital counseling
  • Pre-parenting counseling
  • Support before, during, and after pregnancy
  • Assisting individuals and couples in facing related challenges, such as infertility, parenting decision processes, and postpartum depression.

My educational background includes:

  • MA  in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies
  • BA  in Gender Studies from Eugene Lang College of the New School for Social Research
  • MFT License #52907


Craig Chalquist, PhD

Cathy Coleman, PhD

Inge Dean, MFT

Ron Fouts

Karen Palamos, MFT

Janis Phelps, PhD

Sophia Reinders, PhD, MFT, REAT


Alan Levin  & Tracy Johansing