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.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

  • 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

EDUCATION

  • 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

 

AMBER MERCADER

ASSOCIATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST#79809

Supervised by Sheila Addison LMFT #49616

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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.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

  • 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

EDUCATION

  • 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

 

     

    H. R. BREMNER

    MSW, CSB, Certified Somatica Practitioner

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    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.

    Professional Training

    • 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

    Education

    • 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

     

    COLIN STACK-TROOST

    ASSOCIATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST #87898

    Supervised by Dossie Easton MFT # 27782

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    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.

    BARBARA LABINGER

    ASSOCIATE MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST#80283

    Supervised by Inge Dean MFC #33666

     

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    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.

    PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

    • 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

    EDUCATION

    • 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

     

    YURIKO DOMYO

    INTAKE COORDINATOR

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    Yuriko Domyo is an Intake Coordinator with the Queer Couples Center as well as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She studied Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She hold a B.A in Drama from the University of Washington.

    To reach Yuriko with any questions please email her at Yuriko@QueerCouplesCenter.com

    DLANE TAYLOR

    INTAKE COORDINATOR

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    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.