Brendan HalL, Clinical Director, MFT #92404
I VALUE RELATIONSHIPS AND SERVICE.
I was raised in a family that stressed the importance of giving back to the community. Since I was 15, I’ve worked and volunteered in non-profits, schools and agencies that I believed in.
In 2009, I left teaching to create my own company so I’d have the freedom to do the work of coaching, counseling and healing. Today, I couldn’t be more enthusiastic with what I do and with who I get the honor of working with – amazing individuals like yourself.
Navigating the world around us can be difficult. I am privileged to journey with clients through life and facilitate change. I believe that deep within our minds and hearts, we are fundamentally hard wired for growth and healing. Having the right support and guidance is critical so that we can break through and re-wire our core beliefs, emotions and negative patterns. Together, we can look at past and current relationships, develop your support network and build more awareness to improve your overall well-being.
- Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) Training I & II with Hans Stahlschmidt, Berkeley, CA 2016 - 2017
- Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Training with Chip Cooper, San Francisco, CA 2016
- AEDP Essential Skills with Karen Pando-Mars, San Francisco, CA 2015-2016
- Couples Consultation Group with Dr. Michael Klein, San Francisco, CA 2014 Ongoing
- Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Immersion Course with Diana Fosha, Vancouver, BC 2014
- EFT Advanced Core Skills Trainings with Rebecca Jorgensen, San Francisco, CA 2014
- The Developmental Model for Couples with Ellen Bader, San Francisco, CA 2013
- Community Mental Health Program: Masters in Counseling Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA 2011-2013
- Multiple Subject Credential & Masters in Teaching at University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 2004-2006
- Bachelors of Arts at Eugene Lang College, New School University, Major: Education, San Francisco, CA 2000-2004
ASSOCIATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST#79809
Supervised by Sheila Addison LMFT #49616
IT IS AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE TO WALK WITH YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY.
As a queer woman of color, born and raised San Franciscan, of mixed Mexican and filipino heritage, identity plays a huge role in how I view the world. This has informed my love and understanding of intersections of identities, my passion for community healing, the necessity for social justice and equity, and the value of wellness and healing to promote growth and connection.
As a former preschool teacher, I witnessed the positive impact I had on the children's development, the ability to form a healthy sense of self, and engage in the word around them. I bring this experience and sense of responsibility with me to my therapy practice. I truly believe that together, with guidance and support, we can begin to explore and understand places you feel "stuck," make positive changes to your everyday experience, and building healthy loving relationships. It is my mission to always provide quality, culturally-humble, trauma-informed, collaborative, and client-centered psychotherapy.
I have advanced training supporting clients that identify with the LGBTQI community, the addiction and recovery communities, women of color communities, and activist communities. I specialize in supporting those who have experienced vicarious trauma, oppression in many forms and with sexual trauma, including childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation.
- Supporting Marginalized Communities in Community Mental Health Consultation Group with Satwinder Mahabir, Hayward, CA 2016
- Queer & Transgender Support Consultation Group with Tracy Davis, Hayward, CA 2016
- Harm Reduction and Recovery within Opiate treatment with Isaac Burns, San Francisco, CA 2013
- Somatics and Social Justice Training: Generative Somatics with Staci Haines, Oakland, CA 2011
- Sexual Assault Survivors Support Training & Crisis Counseling with San Francisco Women Against Rape 2010 Ongoin
- Masters in Counseling Psychology, Community Mental Health at California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA 2013
- Bachelors of Arts at San Francisco State University Major: Psychology, Minor: Human Sexuality, San Francisco, CA 2011
John hanig, mft #97209
I have witnessed people re-engage their relationships with fun and curiosity.
My background as a musician and performance artist became a way for me to emotionally express my own personal struggles with LGBTQ identity, gender expression, depression, PTSD, substance use, and relationship issues, and this deeply inspired me to become a psychotherapist and expressive arts therapist to offer support for couples and individuals in the LGBTQ community. After first learning of the expressive arts’ ability to deeply invoke people’s emotions and release pain and stress at age 7 when I began performing solo piano music in front of large audiences, I began collecting experiences in which the expressive arts had saved my life time after time, including an incident in which I came out to my father as queer through a poem I wrote for him at age 16. I decided to learn how to use my artistic experiences as tools to help strengthen other queer men and LGBTQ people by studying expressive arts therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco.
Today, I specialize in providing psychotherapy & expressive arts therapy to couples & individuals on the LGBTQ spectrum from a wide diversity of cultures and backgrounds, in English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese, in both private practice and at the San Francisco LGBT Center. By providing a safe, nonjudgmental space to explore trauma and set concrete goals, I have witnessed people pull through immense emotional turmoil and re-engage in life and their various relationships with a fresh sense of fun and curiosity.
- Reiki Level I & II with Shekhina Von Recklinghausen, San Francisco, CA 2016
- Immigration & Trauma with Latino Gay Men Asylum Seekers with Luis Perez-Ramirez, PsyD, San Francisco, CA 2016
- Assessment for Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS) for Transgender Clients with Julie Graham, LMFT, San Francisco, CA 2015
- Non-Violent Communication (NVC) Training with Roxy Manning, PhD, San Francisco, CA 2015
- Ntu Afro-Centric Approach to Psychotherapy with Denise Boston, PhD, San Francisco, CA 2015
- Stages of Change & Motivational Interviewing Training with Anibal Mejia, LMFT, San Francisco, CA 2014
- Master's in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA 2010-2013
- Bachelor's in Music Composition, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL 2002-2006
ASSOCIATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST#91792
Supervised by Adina Ascher, PhD, LCSW #28900
I believe anything can be healed.
I feel learning to express the full textured version of ourselves is a path to freedom, well being, and inspiration to others to love and breathe the entire spectrum of experience. To hold the ecstasy and the brutality of life takes a village and I am honored to witness this journey of reflection, rising, and release with you. I view personal and relationship healing as a fundamental and poetic act of social revolution.
I am a queer native of San Francisco raised in a queer household centered on social justice. I was called to this work as a lonely painter concerned with questions about the creation of healing spaces and the soul alchemy of transmutation through art and ritual. I have experience in community mental health, and in particular with individuals in psychosis. I often draw on a framework of expressive arts, natural ceremony, and an acknowledgment of living within a heteronormative, patriarchal, and capitalist society, to expand the process outside the walls of the consulting room.
While I work from a background of Jungian and somatic approaches, I tend to favor the present-centered, person-centered, and heart-centered, and strive to incorporate both the latest neurobiological research on love and healing and ancient wisdom practices with world mythology. My own transformation through therapy, as well as exploration in non-ordinary states of consciousness, and experience living with chronic illness, deeply informs my dedication to this offering. I believe in you and it is a gift to behold. I am especially keen on working with queer, kinky, creative, and spiritual humans. All are welcome. She/her used.
- Hakomi Professional Skills Training with Rob Fisher, LMFT, Berkeley, CA, 2016-ongoing
- Somatic Experiencing and Yoga workshop with Peter Levine, PhD, and Mariana Caplan, PhD, San Francisco, CA, 2016
- Introduction of Wilhelm Reich’s Orgonomy workshop with Patricia Frisch, PhD, Marin, CA, 2016
- Domestic Violence 40 Hour Training, Sojourn Services for Battered Women and their Children, Santa Monica, CA, 2009
- Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA, 2013
- Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, UCLA School of Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
MARNI LEVY, MFT#99850
Our society as a whole is in need of healing.
In the transition from thinking– trying to figure it all out–to fully experiencing and expressing our emotional life and body-wisdom, I watch clients create more meaningful, fulfilling intimate relationships, and transform with newfound energy, aliveness, and direction.
As a Zen Buddhist practitioner I use a mindful, body awareness approach for clients to give voice to deep longings. I provide a safe, warm space to focus inside and find the answers you seek. In couples therapy we work to understand what de-rails caring, sensitive communication. I offer an exploration of the couple's tender longings for intimacy and a learning container to grow as emotionally available, sexually connected lovers.
At an early age I found a love for volunteering locally and globally, and was revealed the illusion of separateness. At the same time, I identify as a queer Israeli/American person. I work with intersections of identity and how these inform how we relate to others and ourselves. I honor differences and behold universal human experience and desire. I’m trained in working with inter-generational trauma and healing ancestral pain. I enjoy working with couples on power dynamics, conscious communication, and healing conflict cycles.
- Hakomi Mindfulness/Somatic Psychotherapy Training with Rob Fisher, LMFT, Berkeley, CA, 2017
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples, Core Skills Trainings with Dr. Michelle Gannon, San Francisco, 2017
- Treating Sexual Addiction with R.E. Roberts, M.S., San Francisco, CA 2015
- Substance Abuse and Harm Reduction Treatment with Mardell Gavriel, PhyD, San Francisco, CA 2013
- Queer and Transgender Cultural Competency with Willy Wilkinson, San Francisco, CA 2014
- Healing the Soul Wound: Indigenous People and the Colonial Template with Eduardo Duran, PhD, San Francisco, CA 2014
- Masters in Counseling Psychology, Community Mental Health at California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA 2014
- Bachelor's in Communications, Boston University, Boston, MA 2008
H. R. Bremner, MSW, CSB, Certified Somatica Practitioner
Power and creativity come from being seen and loved in our most passionate, vulnerable places
I come to this work through my own journey of accepting myself and my sexuality as a queer, white, cis-gendered man amidst the currents of North American culture and tradition.
I realize that mentorship, in the areas sexuality, intimacy and relationship, was something missing for me growing up. While wrestling with the question of who I was and finding myself in continuous addictive patterns, diving into the shadows of my self I learned about the human condition. My journey taught me the importance of such skills as mindfulness, embodied awareness, emotional literacy and open-hearted communication and the attitudes of curiosity, compassion, patience, and acceptance. I saw that above all else, connection and presence with others could bring me out of the darkness and into the light of my powerful creativity and passion for life. I realized that my most primal, vulnerable embodied connection to myself, my sexuality, was a key to the creative joy that life could bring… and the answers were inside me all along.
I now have the honor of bringing the wisdom that I have gathered through the experience of my life to the people with whom I work. I offer the mentorship that was missing for me to others, helping individuals, couples and groups come to an understanding of who they are in intimacy, sex and relationships. I aim to accompany people in a human-to-human connection where we can assist each other in finding our own answers with a loving presence that allows us to be seen and uncover what lies within us: the keys that unlock the binds of trauma and conditioning that keep us from the power, creativity and intimacy that our hearts desire.
Because some of the modalities I use are outside the bounds of the Board of Behavioral Sciences, I am not licensed as a psychotherapist.
- Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitator Training Program, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, Stanford, CA – Nov 2017 and Ongoing
- PsychoEnergetics: A body-mind approach to depth and process facilitation, PsychoEnergetics: Michael Mervosh and Irene Tobler, Madison, VA – Sept 2017 and Ongoing
- Energy Class: Somatic Self and Interpersonal Awareness based in Reichian Character Structures, Lynda Caesara, Berkeley – Sept 2008 – Aug 2017
- Addictive Personality Paradigm, Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society, Debra Laughlin, Phoenix, AZ – Sept 2013 – June 2017
- Somatica Method Training, Supervision and Assistant Teaching (Certified SomaticaÒ Practitioner), Somatica, LLC: Celeste Hirschmann and Danielle Harel, San Francisco, CA – Sept 2011 – Nov 2015
- Men’s Inner Journey: Process/Spiritual Retreat for Gay Men, Participation, Facilitation, Program Coord. and Training, The Gateway, Michael Sigmann, San Francisco, CA – Sept 2008 – April 2014
- Sexological Bodyworker Training (Certified Sexological Bodyworker), Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, San Francisco, CA – Jan – Mar, 2010
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training, EMDR-HAP and The Sage Project, San Francisco, CA – Oct 2009; Feb 2010
- Interpersonal Mediation and Advanced Interpersonal Mediation, St. Stephen’s Community
- House, Toronto, ON, Canada – Dec 2006, Jan 2008
- Train the Trainer: Crisis Intervention with Hostile and Aggressive Individuals, Training and
- Facilitation, Canadian Training Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada – Aug 2003 – Aug 2008
- Master of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada – 2000-2003
- Master of Science, Molecular Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada – 1997-2000
- Bachelor of Science, Honours, Life Sciences, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada – 1992-1996
Pamela Rosin Kaplan, ma
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #100776
Supervised by Suraya Keating LMFT #43996
Let more love in.
There is a lot of pain in the world. Unprocessed trauma lurks everywhere, including in our intimate relationships. Often, we are playing out unconscious patterns. When a couple finds a trusted guide who can shine light on what lies outside of their awareness, they can begin to unwind stuck patterns, find new pathways, and become allies in each other’s healing.
I’ll bring creativity, warmth, humor, and a wealth of tools to support you to end cycles of conflict, remove obstacles to intimacy and build new patterns of interaction. You can count on me to be patient, direct, enthusiastic, gentle yet fiercely committed to both of your goals. Your relationship can be a place of safety and nourishment, which allows you to let more love in.
My history includes professional acting, street theater, puppetry as well as a decade as a bodyworker, all of which I bring to therapy. I hold a weekly drama therapy group in prison with Marin Shakespeare.
I am a cis-gendered queer married Jewish white femme, with experience in butch-femme dynamics. I am committed to social justice and bring an awareness of systems of oppression to my work. I enjoy supporting couples of all orientations and gender identities.
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples, Core Skills Trainings with Dr. Michelle Gannon, San Francisco, 2017-ongoing
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples, Externship with Rebecca Jorgensen, Oakland, CA 2017
- Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapy Comprehensive Training 2012
- Re-Creation of Self with Jon Eisman 2013 and 2018
- From Trauma to Dharma-A Mindfulness-based Trauma Therapy Training with Manuela Mischke-Reeds
- Trainings on restorative justice, white privilege and unlearning racism
- Teacher Training for Social Justice with Marin Shakespeare
- Masters in Integral Counseling Psychology California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA 2017
- Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Connecticut College, New London, CT 199
ASSOCIATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST#87898
Supervised by Dossie Easton MFT # 27782
Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.
As a consumer of therapy in my adolescence and early adulthood, it dawned on me how rare it was to encounter a therapist who was specifically trained to work with the issues affecting the LGBTQ community. It was at this point in my life that I was inspired to change careers, go back to graduate school, and become the type of therapist I wished I'd had.
In 2014, I received my Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles, with an emphasis in LGBTQ mental health. Since then I have worked with individuals, couples, and groups; utilizing a sex-positive and queer-affirmative approach that also recognizes multicultural issues and intersectionality.
I trained as a young therapist at Being Alive, a community clinic in West Hollywood providing health and wellness services to HIV-positive gay and queer men. After relocating to San Francisco, I spent two years working at the SF Therapy Collective in the Castro neighborhood, which provides low-cost therapy services to the LGBTQ community.
Now fully dedicated to private practice, my caseload is overseen by Dossie Easton, licensed MFT, life-long queer advocate, and co-author of the book "The Ethical Slut," a text that would forever change my life and how I think about relationships.
My mission as a therapist is to provide a safe space in which you can explore yourself or your relationship with your partner, partners, or family.
I work in a dynamic and engaging way, collaborating with my clients to create therapeutic goals and examine patterns and behaviors, improve communication, and emphasize self-expression. I specialize in working with clients who grapple with issues like sexuality, gender expression, transgender identity, and dealing with the effects of societal homophobia, sex-negativity, and heterosexism.
I strive to maintain a multicultural awareness in my work, and welcome humans from all walks of life who want to dedicate the time every week to their mental health and/or improving their relationships. I believe self-awareness and inner work can yield powerful results; all that is required on your part is openness, introspection, and a willingness to change.
AMBER LESHAN, MFT #84534
My style is warm, engaged, direct and yet, empathetic.
I offer caring and intuitive support, helping couples to identify difficult underlying relational dynamics and patterns. In our therapeutic work together, you will learn ways to diffuse these challenging patterns and cultivate mutual understanding and deepen intimacy.
I utilize an attachment oriented developmental model which focuses on helping you harness your healthy individual development. Your individual development will in turn spark health and growth within your relationship and, ultimately, lead to more satisfying and sustainable experiences of closeness and intimacy.
My theoretical orientations are primarily psychodynamic, relational, attachment oriented, somatic, and trauma informed. I hold an MA from CIIS in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Somatics. I have completed Level I training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR. Both EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy are modalities that specialize in the treatment of trauma. I find that these modalities are very helpful in my work with couples as past trauma is frequently re-evoked in relationships. In addition, I am receiving ongoing training in, The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Training Program from The Couples Institute.
I work with a wide range of clients and therapeutic issues. I am very dedicated towards culturally sensitive care and I am aware of the impacts of intersecting axis of oppression on both systemic and individual levels. I am poly friendly and have significant clinical experience working with queer and transgender clients. This includes, trans feminine, trans masculine, and GNC clients, as well as queer/gay men and lesbians. I affirm sexual and gender diversity in my practice.
ASSOCIATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST#80283
Supervised by Inge Dean MFC #33666
My path to both coming out and becoming a therapist wound through my experience in theatre. The stage is where I first learned:
- Sexualities, genders, and relationships come in a near-infinite variety.
- Communication depends on not just on the words said but what’s under them. Bodies speak. Historical context matters.
- We all can play multiple roles, with each other and with ourselves.
- We are all shaped by story, and we each have a rich and important story to tell
- It is always possible to change the script.
I relate to clients with a mix of compassionate listening and down-to-earth dialogue. My toolbox includes body awareness, mindfulness, and expressive arts. I’ve worked with a broad diversity of individuals, couples and families. I particularly resonate with people and/or relationships with a foot in two (or more) worlds. This includes, but is not limited to: first and second generation immigrants; cross-cultural couples; genders, sexualities, and/or relationships that fall outside common definitions; and major life transitions.
- Hakomi Institute of California Comprehensive Training levels 1 and 2, 2012-2013
- Healing Shame-Lyon-Rubin Method
- Certified practioner, Berkeley, 2016
- Principles of Drama Therapy with Armand Volkas, Berkeley, ongoing
- MA Counseling Psychology California Institute of Integral Education, 2014
- MFA Playwriting Yale School of Drama, 1999
- BA in Theatre University of California, San Diego, 1995
S.N. Cha, INTAKE COORDINATOR
S.N. Cha is an Intake Coordinator with the Queer Couples Center. In addition, she is a freelance writer and copyeditor, with authored work appearing at Autostraddle, The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, and The Butter. A former Fulbright grantee and VONA/Voices Fellow, she earned her BA at Hampshire College
DIane Taylor, Intake Coordinator
Diane Taylor is an Intake Coordinator at the Queer Couples Center as well as a sex coach. She studied Clinical Sexology with Sex Coach University and has completed the core curriculum of the Somatica Method at the Somatica Institute. She has a bachelor’s degree from UCSB and a Master’s from Cornell University.
To reach Diane with any questions please email her at Diane@QueerCouplesCenter.com