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Meet Our Team

Sacred Path is a non-profit organization that was developed to provide holistic, professional, effective, and affordable therapeutic support for individuals, families, and communities. Our counseling center is founded on the basis that each of us has a purpose and the notion that this purpose is what makes each of our paths Sacred. We believe in wellness for the mind, body, and soul and we believe that each individual has everything they need to heal within themselves. 

Our purpose, as the therapists of Sacred Path, is to help you uncover or recover your true self as you heal through current and past challenges. We remain open to the idea that in doing this inner work, you may discover your own unique spirituality.  

At Sacred Path Holistic Therapy, we provide professional and affordable counseling. Our intention is to eventually provide adjunct services as well such as hypnotherapy, meditation, yoga, and body work. Whatever you are going through, whatever path you have traveled, we are here to assist you on your journey.

We are here to assist you on your journey of healing

As we gain clarity about our soul's purposes and intentions, we next become curious about how it is that we can deliver our gifts to the world.

We help our clients with

  • Couples counseling
  • Work and career issues
  • Family counseling
  • Children & teens
  • Neurodiversity
  • Motherhood and fatherhood
  • And more

Directory

Meet our team

Dr. Nicole Dolan, PhD, LMFT – Founder & Clinical Supervisor

As a clinical practitioner, my background and work is holistic in that I work with and integrate mind, body, and soul. I follow a medical model when necessary and yet, once we get to the heart of the matter, the question becomes: What does the Soul want? I am passionate about the work of discovering the Self. I believe that trauma is often our greatest catalyst for transformation. I see meaning in every aspect of life and I value all relationships as vehicles for spiritual growth.

While I hold this meaningful perspective, it does not escape me that as trauma survivors and people suffering in the state of today, we do not always start there. The process of one finding who they truly are and stepping into their own light and spiritual growth really only begins after the crises have been stabilized and the traumas have begun their release from the body.

My ultimate goal with my clients is to get far past surviving. I want them to thrive. Mentally. Emotionally. Spiritually.

Issues treated:

  • Attachment & Abandonment Trauma – Couples Work and or Individual work based on previous attachment histories.
  • PTSD – I work a lot with PTSD after sexual trauma and have experience with veterans as well.
  • Trauma (specifically) – Mental, Physical, and or Sexual abuse.
  • Neurodiversity in Children – Adhd, OCD, ASD, SPD
  • Narcissistic Abuse – Guiding the Empath on the Journey of Healing and Reclaiming.
  • Relational Conflict – Couples Issues, Heartbreak, Divorce, Endings & New Beginnings.
  • Motherhood – Crossing the Threshold from Postpartum to Mother and Everything in Between.
  • Spiritual Growth – Reintegration, Transformation, Individuation.
  • Grief & Loss – Actual physical loss and or losses experienced in life along the way.
  • Energy Medicine – Light and Somatic Healing Work

Melinda Marcellus Kincaid, MA, LMFT – Supervisor

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) working with individuals, couples, families, children, and teens.

Do you seek more balance, understanding, and freedom in your life and relationships? I provide a safe and supportive environment to help you through difficulties to find a more positive place. Whether we work to develop boundaries, increase self-esteem, decrease destructive patterns, or move past painful life experiences, together we will process what you are going through in order to obtain clarity, solutions, and personal growth. We can create contentment in our present moment and live fully in that moment each day.

I believe in the importance of establishing a therapeutic bond in the working relationship between client and therapist. I work inter-personally in the here and now, combining principals and practices from object relations, family systems, cognitive behavioral, and experiential therapies. I also have over 13 years experience of in helping children and teens with their personal challenges.

Issues treated:

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Conflict and Communication
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Interrupting and Changing Negative Thought Processes
Melinda Marcellus Kincaid, LMFT

Associates

Dr. Lidar Shany, PH.D.

I gained MA/Ph.D. at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and my analytical training as a Jungian analyst in Kusnacht, Zurich. My best education though was mothering my four children, all grown up now.

I am experienced in working with adults and children and have helped clients make changes and transformations in their lives. Mainly patients who felt powerless, depressed, unsatisfied, or unfulfilled in life and in relationships. My strength is in the realm of relationships, and I deeply understand the complexity and difficulties in the relationship with parents, spouses, children, also at work, and with friends. I believe that the relationships in our lives, past and present, are a central source of both the greatest joy and the harsher pain, and in therapy, I aim to help my client master the navigation between the poles.

As a Jungian analyst, I work with all kinds of human contemplation and sufferings, by “meeting” my clients where they are on their journey, by using their dreams and memories, and by cultivating a secure and peaceful space in which we let psyche talk using her unique language.

In addition to my analytical work with adult patients and children, I am also certified in Infant Observation and love the work with young women prior to giving birth, during pregnancy, and in the dyad of mother and infant right after birth.

If what I wrote here feels right to your point and resonates, I invite you to approach me and embark on a journey.

Dr. Lidar Shany’s Groups:

Dr. Lidar Shany, Ph.D.

Matthew Dean, MA, AMFT

Are you or your loved one going through a major life transition? Are you feeling overwhelmed and need support? As your therapist, I feel much compassion for my clients on their healing journey. I work intuitively and energetically guiding you to the core. I aim to collaborate together to create the life your heart desires.

The foundation of what I offer comes from my own healing journey. I primarily work with Teenagers, Young Adults (18-29), Adults, Couples, and Families.

Whatever your experience, you can heal your life. My intention is to assist you to create that very real possibility. Please reach out now for help on your path.

Issues treated:

  • Life Transitions
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Spirituality
  • Relationship Issues
  • Family Conflict
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Sexual Abuse
  • ADHD
  • Anger

Robin London, MA, AMFT

No matter the person, we all have challenges in this life to varying degrees. It is my heartfelt desire to be there to walk alongside my clients as they use their strengths and resources to move beyond these troubling times. I believe it is through our darkest times that we may use our pain to begin a transformation process to move into living our most authentic selves. I am passionate about helping individuals and families in a calm, humble, honest, genuine, quiet, compassionate, and authentic way. I offer a safe, non-blaming, non-judgmental space for my clients. I act as a listener, guide, teacher, supporter, and encourager as my clients find purpose, meaning, and healing.

I have many years of experience as a psychotherapist and educator. I have been practicing as a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) for over a decade, now as an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT) and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC). Through the years, I have worked with young children to elderly adults. I have worked with people suffering from severe difficulties to those wanting simply to improve themselves.

Issues treated:

  • Children of divorced families
  • Teens
  • Women who have endured intimate
  • Partner abuse or divorce
  • Adults who are struggling with life
  • Transitions
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
Robin London, ATR, AMFT, APCC

Lindsey Geibel, MA, AMFT

I believe in the healing power of self, as well as the healing power of human connection. I have found that meaningful transformation can occur when working from a person-centered and relational approach with clients. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is vital in creating a safe environment to explore and find one’s authentic and integrated self.

I have a history of working with individuals, couples, and families and have extensive experience in working with children and youth. I have found my own journey through the healing arts to be beneficial to every aspect of my being and I am humbled and honored to support clients on their therapeutic journey.

Issues treated:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem
  • Trauma
  • Women’s challenges
  • Transitions
  • Behavior challenges
  • Child challenges
  • Youth challenges
  • Prenatal and post-partum
  • Premarital therapy (couples)
  • Relationship challenges (couples/family)

Nicole Dolan, PhD LMFT
As a clinical practitioner, my background and work is holistic in that I work with and integrate mind, body, and soul. I follow a medical model when necessary and yet, once we get to the heart of the matter, the question becomes: What does the Soul want? I am passionate about the work of discovering the Self. I believe that trauma is often our greatest catalyst for transformation. I see meaning in every aspect of life and I value all relationships as vehicles for spiritual growth.

While I hold this meaningful perspective, it does not escape me that as trauma survivors and people suffering in the state of today, we do not always start there. The process of one finding who they truly are and stepping into their own light and spiritual growth really only begins after the crises have been stabilized and the traumas have begun their release from the body.

My ultimate goal with my clients is to get far past surviving. I want them to thrive. Mentally. Emotionally. Spiritually.

Issues treated:

  • Attachment & Abandonment Trauma – Couples Work and or Individual work based on previous attachment histories.
  • PTSD – I work a lot with PTSD after sexual trauma and have experience with veterans as well.
  • Trauma (specifically) – Mental, Physical, and or Sexual abuse.
  • Neurodiversity in Children – Adhd, OCD, ASD, SPD
  • Narcissistic Abuse – Guiding the Empath on the Journey of Healing and Reclaiming.
  • Relational Conflict – Couples Issues, Heartbreak, Divorce, Endings & New Beginnings.
  • Motherhood – Crossing the Threshold from Postpartum to Mother and Everything in Between.
  • Spiritual Growth – Reintegration, Transformation, Individuation.
  • Grief & Loss – Actual physical loss and or losses experienced in life along the way.
  • Energy Medicine – Light and Somatic Healing Work

Melinda Marcellus Kincaid, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) working with individuals, couples, families, children, and teens.

Do you seek more balance, understanding, and freedom in your life and relationships? I provide a safe and supportive environment to help you through difficulties to find a more positive place. Whether we work to develop boundaries, increase self-esteem, decrease destructive patterns, or move past painful life experiences, together we will process what you are going through in order to obtain clarity, solutions, and personal growth. We can create contentment in our present moment and live fully in that moment each day.

I believe in the importance of establishing a therapeutic bond in the working relationship between client and therapist. I work inter-personally in the here and now, combining principals and practices from object relations, family systems, cognitive behavioral, and experiential therapies. I also have over 13 years experience of in helping children and teens with their personal challenges.

Issues treated:

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Conflict and Communication
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Interrupting and Changing Negative Thought Processes

I am Gary Henderson, a licensed mental health counselor with over 40 years of experience working directly with clients and supervising pre-licensed therapists. As the founder and director of The Place Within, a non-profit counseling organization, I am dedicated to providing compassionate and effective mental health support.

In addition to my clinical work, I am a CE accredited instructor and a CAMFT certified supervisor. I have had the privilege of serving as a subject matter expert on the Board of Behavioral Science (BBS), where I contributed to the occupational analysis, item writing, and item review for the California state boards exam. My involvement included constructing the exam and participating in the Passing Score Workshops.

Issues Treated: 

  • Child Development
  • Forgiveness
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Anger
  • On the Road Less Traveled Discipline
  • Value, Purpose, and Meaning 
  • Communication Skills
  • Divorce and Recovery
  • Supervision concepts and Methods
  • Human Sexuality
  • Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting

I am passionate about helping individuals navigate their challenges and achieve personal growth.

Associates

Dr. Lidar Shany, Ph.D, Jungian Analyst (IAAP)

Dr. Lidar Shany, Ph.D.

I gained MA/Ph.D. at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and my analytical training as a Jungian analyst in Kusnacht, Zurich. My best education though was mothering my four children, all grown up now.

I am experienced in working with adults and children and have helped clients make changes and transformations in their lives. Mainly patients who felt powerless, depressed, unsatisfied, or unfulfilled in life and in relationships. My strength is in the realm of relationships, and I deeply understand the complexity and difficulties in the relationship with parents, spouses, children, also at work, and with friends. I believe that the relationships in our lives, past and present, are a central source of both the greatest joy and the harsher pain, and in therapy, I aim to help my client master the navigation between the poles.

As a Jungian analyst, I work with all kinds of human contemplation and sufferings, by “meeting” my clients where they are on their journey, by using their dreams and memories, and by cultivating a secure and peaceful space in which we let psyche talk using her unique language.

In addition to my analytical work with adult patients and children, I am also certified in Infant Observation and love the work with young women prior to giving birth, during pregnancy, and in the dyad of mother and infant right after birth.

If what I wrote here feels right to your point and resonates, I invite you to approach me and embark on a journey.

Dr. Lidar Shany’s Groups:

Marissa Giblin, MA, AMFT

Marissa Giblin

I believe the challenges we face in life are catalysts for change and opportunities for growth. Struggling through problems alone is painful and can keep you feeling stuck in old patterns and beliefs. Therapy offers a safe space for healing through the power of human connection and the feeling of being understood. I utilize a holistic approach to therapy and believe that our environment, relationships, physical health, and spiritual health play an integrative role in our mental and emotional wellbeing.

I graduated from Pacifica in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology.  I also earned a certificate in Addiction Counseling from Saddleback College in 2011.  I have over two years of experience working with clients across a variety of settings; at a community counseling center, an intermediate school, a recovery center, a trauma-focused women’s recovery facility, and a women’s shelter.

After taking time off from my counseling career to focus on raising my son, I am so excited to get back to this work and continue on this journey as a therapist.

Issues treated:

  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Traum

Will Cohn, MA, APCC, AMFT

Will Cohn

During our time together, I will add my expertise to your quest towards a more peaceful and fulfilling life. As a team, we can untangle the limiting beliefs that keep you trapped in suffering.

I believe in the power of empathic, heart-centered therapy, and in the transformative abilities of holistic healing. I know from personal experience, it is not only possible to withstand hardship and trauma, but to thrive in a joyful and meaningful life.

My passion is to lighten the suffering that weighs down on all of us. I’m confident that with dedication and an open mind and heart, we can each heal ourselves. It is my hope to champion you as we walk along a path of compassion, acceptance, and freedom.

If you’re interested in a consultation, please email will.cohn@icloud.com

Shelly Lopeman, MA, AMFT

Shelly LopemanHi, my name is Shelly Lopeman. I hold a Master’s degree in Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. I have a passion for therapy and what it can do for a person and their healing. I believe that each one of us has a purpose and we are striving to achieve many of the same basic needs which are to be loved, understood, and accepted. 

I offer a safe space for my clients to share their experiences, with the understanding that they are the expert in their own lives. I offer unconditional positive regard as I believe that this is essential for healing to take place. I assist children, teens, adults, and couples to develop the capacity to live full and healthy lives.

I use a creative approach combining mindfulness, body-centered awareness, cognitive behavioral tools, compassion, and humor while working to promote healing. I believe that a healthier, more optimistic outlook for your future is entirely possible. I look forward to meeting with you.

Crystal Carson, AMFT

Crystal Carson, Pre-licensed Therapist MA, AMFT Collaboratively, I work with individuals and couples to create shared goals, such as: to make meaning from pain, to show up to the world from an authentically connected place, and to enhance intimacy with self and others. I work from experiential and relational approaches grounded in attachment theory & the depth of psychological perspective. This means deepening into the felt sense of what it is to know, to not know, and to be known. Issues treated:
  • Grief & Loss
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Low self esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling lost
  • Existential issues
  • Life transitions
  • Premarital Therapy (Couples)
  • Relationship issues (Couples)
 

Morgan Fleming, MFT Intern

Morgan Fleming, MFT InternI am currently completing my Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute My goal is to provide clients with a safe space to be heard and explore their depths during life’s challenging moments. I believe by slowing down to explore our symptoms and difficulties we can change our relationship to these challenges, to ourselves, and to others. My hope is that this work helps clients access meaning, self-trust, and connection. I also think that culture has a profound impact on the individual and am open to exploring the ways culture can hinder mental wellness. My work is grounded in depth orientation. I am a trained meditation teacher and functional nutrition practitioner. In my sessions, I love to use movement, dance, and other somatic tools for inner work. I am also currently conducting research on how beauty norms and social media impact young women’s mental health.
Issues treated:
  • Toxic shame
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Grief
  • Trauma
  • OCD
  • Pure O
  • Relational issues
  • Couples on sex and intimacy

Lucy Huffman, MFT Intern

Lucy Huffman, MFT InternWhile completing my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) and Professional Clinical Counseling at the University of Massachusetts Global I provide therapeutic services under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Dolan-LMFT of Sacred Path.

My passion for the therapeutic process originated from observing the transformative effects people can have after seeking mental health care. The impact not receiving needed help can have on individuals and their families strengthened this passion. These observations combined with my genuine motivation to help others influenced me to become a Marriage and Family Therapist.

My approach to the therapeutic process stems from a genuine, compassionate, non-judgmental, and inquisitive stance. I believe this provides the necessary space to collaborate with clients and help them identify and meet their goals.

Issues treated:

  • Collaborating and identifying personal values to match life goals
  • Improving relational communication and interactions
  • Acknowledging and healing trauma
  • Preparation for future life experiences
  • Anxiety and depression management

Julio Chavez, AMFT

Hello, my name is Julio Chavez. I am a current Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s student at Sofia University. I have years of experience as a spiritual coach and counselor, and through this experience, I’ve developed a therapeutic approach that centers around deepening our understanding of the self, and how we relate to the world. My approach incorporates both holistic and evidenced-based practices to help unravel our relationships with ourselves and others. By building a trusting and safe therapeutic relationship, I hope to provide an empathic environment that allows for transformational work to occur through our sessions together. I view therapy as a collaborative venture that allows for increased awareness, skills, and understanding to help manage the stressors and hardships of life. My balanced integrative model of therapy might include DBT, CBT, Family Systems Theory, Harm Reduction Model, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Emotion Focused Therapy.

Tiffany Rudashevsky, MFT Intern

Tiffany Rudashevsky- MFT InternMy name is Tiffany Rudashevsky and I’m a Masters level therapy student at Pacifica Graduate Institute. I graduate in the Spring of 2024. I’m a first-generation American who was born to post-Soviet parents and exposed to the world of mental health at a young age as my older sister lives with ASD. My passion as a therapist is to help people feel less misunderstood and more empowered, less stifled, and more fully themselves. I use a mindfulness-focused, strengths-based approach to help people get to the root of their problems and untangle subconscious conditioning that no longer serves them. I currently treat clients experiencing PTSD symptoms, anxiety, grief, and/or depression, as well as women, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and neurodivergent individuals. In my free time, I enjoy gardening, dance, yoga, art, traveling to experience different cultures, and spending time in nature.

In order to heal, I believe the mind, body, and spirit need to be addressed as a whole. Healing is an ongoing journey of becoming conscious of the parts of ourselves we often resist meeting. I am passionate about helping my clients feel empowered and more connected to themselves. Together we will dive deep to address the symptoms and patterns that arose as coping mechanisms formed in early childhood development that may be preventing you from experiencing life to your fullest potential. I teach my clients how to manage and cope with their symptoms by helping them foster more love and acceptance toward themselves. Meditation, breathwork, expressive arts, and journaling are tools I often teach and prescribe to my clients to take home in order to integrate the work we do together. If you are feeling inclined to work with me, please don’t hesitate to reach out. It would be an honor and privilege to be a part of your healing journey.

Issues treated:

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Women’s issues
  • Autism
  • Coping skills

Types of Therapy: Compassion-focused, culturally sensitive, Existential, Humanistic, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Jungian, Sand Play, Strength-based, Transpersonal, Trauma-focused

Jenny Emblom, MA, AMFT

Jenny Emblom, MA, Intern

Jenny Emblom holds a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology with a concentration in Consciousness, Health & Healing from the University of Santa Monica. She is a KRI certified Kundalini teacher. She is currently in graduate school at Pacifica Graduate Institute obtaining her license in Marriage and Family therapy with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. Most recently, Jenny worked as a Grief Counselor with Livingston Memorial in their Grief & Bereavement program. She integrates elements of intuition, transpersonal, mindfulness, neuroscience, depth psychology, attunement, attachment and trauma-informed care into her work. Her intention is to support the client to remember their innate wisdom and get to the root of their suffering.

Based on her personal experience, training and extensive studies, Jenny believes there is medicine underneath every issue that can open up great healing and shifts in one’s life when approached from a conscious, loving place. After being diagnosed with a ‘borderline’ ovarian tumor in 2012 at the age of 33, this defining moment changed the trajectory of her life 180º. She sought support and guidance through a reflective, holistic, and raw/vegan lifestyle. Since then, she has been supporting clients with an integrative approach and wholeheartedly believes in the power of attuning the body, mind, and soul.

Issues treated:

  • Physical ailments & disease
  • Loss & Grief
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Relational Issues
  • ADHD
  • Spirituality
  • Life Transitions
  • Women’s Issues

Agnès Cartry-Jacobsen, CCHT, MA, AMFT

Agnès Cartry-Jacobsen, CCHT, M.A.Agnès Cartry-Jacobsen, CCHT, M.A. candidate in Counseling Psychology, Depth Orientation, will graduate from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, in the Spring of 2023.

Hi, my name is Agnès. I have long-term experience working with children and adults alike, with an emphasis on somatic and mindful modalities to address trauma, loss and grief.

I have practiced in the healing field for over 19 years as a Somatic Healer and Clinical Certified Hypnotherapist and I cherish every person’s longing for growth, fulfillment, and meaning. I am passionate about contributing to clients’ sense of worth, hope, and balance where the human factor is the most important element in the therapeutic encounter, beyond symptoms and diagnoses.

I bring years of creative expression as a singer and poet to the field of therapy and I am passionate about facilitating a conversation free from judgment and labels, where deep listening, empathy, and regard is seen as the essential component that results in progress.

My clients have reflected on my empathy, patience, and genuine progress after having previously lost hope in experiencing changes. They have expressed how working in the here-and-now of each session has helped them become aware of detrimental strategies they had never noticed before, and consequently, have developed alternatives in their daily lives. I am passionate about the dialogue between body, mind, and soul. I offer therapy in English, French, and Spanish.

I am currently under supervision and am accepting clients via telehealth in the whole state of California. Check with me on which insurance is currently accepted, depending on your location.

Issues treated:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relational problems
  • Bereavement and grief
  • Eating disorders
  • ADHD
  • BPD
  • Sexual trauma
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Mood and personality disorders
  • Motivation and self-esteem
  • Multicultural issues
  • And more

Galia Nitzan, MA, MFT Intern

Galia Nitzan, MA, MFT InternGreetings, and welcome. My name is Galia Nitzan. I hold a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology and
am currently working towards a master’s in counseling psychology at the Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Every healing journey is uniquely one’s own. My passion lies in exploring the ways that inner awareness
and self-attunement informs our personal paths of healing and transformation. With great tenderness
and compassion, individuals are invited to explore and discover anew the places they experience as
being broken, frozen, or stuck. Drawing on my lifetime of experience in the field of complex and
relational trauma, depression, anxiety, and addiction, our work together will cultivate the skills and
resources you need to create a life that feels meaningful and fulfilled. We will utilize body-oriented,
somatic, and talk therapies together with expressive arts, journaling, visioning, and dreamwork. My
approach draws on the wisdom to be found in relational and depth psychologies, and in soul-centered,
psychodynamic traditions that explore the unconscious and messages from the psyche. I look forward
to making this journey with you and supporting you in embracing your unique path, one that ignites
your passion and fuels your purpose.

Issues treated:

  • PTSD
  • Complex, developmental and relational trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Awakenings and spirituality
  • Relational conflicts
  • Life changes and transitions

Angela Bothwell, MA, MFT Intern

Angela Bothwell, MFT Intern

My background includes 24 years as a massage therapist, qigong and reiki practitioner, meditation instructor, and functional nutritionist. I have a deep interest in lifestyle optimization and the mind-body connection. This has carried over into my psychotherapy approach. I consider the body as an elegant, wise, integrated system that interfaces profoundly with mental health.  I hold compassion for the rippling effects of grief, anxiety, depression, and trauma on people’s lives, and I am in awe of the human capacity for resilience, transcendence, and growth.

I respect emotions as a form of innate intelligence.  In therapy, emotions can serve as a map and compass to locate core needs and navigate communication struggles.  Each person is fully unique, and I understand the importance of drawing on an integrative approach.  In addition to emotion focused therapy, I incorporate mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, somatic therapy, and brainspotting therapy.  Specific grief and bereavement counseling is also available.  Additionally, I can work with you to help you expand on your own internal strengths, resources, and goals. I consider it an honor to witness your story, and to collaborate with you in support of your healing journey. 

Alexander Widas, MFT Intern

Alexander WidasI am a sensitive and compassionate person devoted to embodying wise love in relationships and helping others do the same. I help individuals, couples, and groups move through stuck patterns and develop capacities to experience more freedom. I mostly draw from somatic psychotherapy,
relational psychoanalysis, and Buddhist psychology.

Kristen Yogi, MA, AMFT

Kristen YogiI believe all pain stems from disconnection. Disconnection from self, others, and a greater belonging to the natural world. As a social species, we need love and support from one another to thrive and co-create a felt sense of safety. I view trauma as the fragmentation of painful experiences that get stuck within the body. Utilizing talk therapy, somatic, and mindfulness-based practices we will gently untangle what is keeping you stuck to create a more integrated sense of wholeness. Whether you are struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief and loss, relationship problems, or a life transition, I am honored to assist you in making meaningful internal and external change to co-create a life of fulfillment, connection, ease, and purpose. I value collaboration and use an integrative approach to tailor the style of therapy to fit your needs and goals. Together we will move through and learn from life’s difficulties to engender more harmony within yourself, your relationships, and your environment.

Issues Treated:

  • Anxiety
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief and loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Women’s issues

Naomi Bemis, MFT Intern

Naomi Bemis is an empathetic, compassionate, and inquisitive clinician-in-training. She is currently working towards her master’s in clinical psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute with the ultimate goal of obtaining her license in Marriage and Family therapy with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. She is a certified Yoga instructor and trauma informed breathwork facilitator. Working for the past 12 years as a corrective exercise specialist, integrative nutrition practitioner, and personal trainer she brings a diverse array of somatic knowledge to her therapeutic work. Her intent is to support clients in remembering their connection to themselves by listening to their innate inner wisdom through compassionate self-discovery.  

“Your boundaries are your quest, I could explain this, but it will break the glass cover on your heart, and there’s no fixing that. You must have shadow and light source both. Listen and lay your head under the tree of awe” – Rumi

She believes in connection, and the wholeness of an imperfect being. Believing that each soul can discover their boundaries and honor both the light and shadow within. She believes that to find connection to the self is to find wholeness and ultimately relief and compassionate understanding. The journey of compassionate self-discovery is led by the client’s gentle inquisition, discovering light and shadow, diving into the unconscious. There is a universe inside all of us ripe for discovery, we need only lay our head under the tree of awe. 

Issues treated:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief & loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Peer Relationships
  • Romantic Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Childhood Trauma
  • And More

Jessica Forbes, MFT Intern

Jessica Forbes, MFT InternJessica Forbes is an empathetic, intuitive, and compassionate therapist-in-training. She is currently obtaining her Master’s degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Jessica has worked in the healing profession as a yoga teacher for the past eight years, supporting clients to find a sense of wholeness and well-being within body, mind, and soul. Her integrative approach helps to support you in dealing with the many challenges of life while empowering you to create a life you love on your path to finding purpose and meaning. She creates a safe, nonjudgmental space for her clients so they can get unstuck and begin to listen to their own inner wisdom, which she believes is the hidden gem that resides at the center of us all. 

Issues treated:

  • Codependents
  • Difficult life transitions
  • Eating disorders and disordered eating
  • Motherhood and postpartum
  • Addiction
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Children with borderline personality disorder
  • Family conflict
  • Self-esteem
  • Romantic relationships
  • Chronic illness

Catherine Wright (Catiflor), MA, AMFT

Catherine Wright (Catiflor), MA, AMFT

Often our greatest struggles amount to our greatest strengths, and everyone has their own timing. The journey of healing is an integrative one, where the lost and hidden parts of the self become known through the exploration of mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical processes. As a somatic and depth-oriented clinical practitioner, I am here to support you find your way through the past to the present and return to your true self. The Self that is whole and safe.

My orientation to the psyche is based on philosophies of psychodynamic, transpersonal, attachment theory, Jungian, existential, mindfulness, and somatic approaches to name a few. Relationship and building trust with my clients is essential to our ability to access what wants to be known and healed. I believe inner work and feeling can transform our external lives bringing deeper acceptance, satisfaction, understanding, and the experience of joy into our lives. I work primarily with adults and teenagers.

Issues treated:

  • Life transitions
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Deep grief and loss
  • Attachment, relationships, and intimacy
  • Conflict and Communication 
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Spirituality- growth and development
  • Psychedelic therapy integration 

 

Scott Marlin, MFT Intern

Scott Marlin, PCC InternI am currently pursuing an M.S. in Counseling through Prescott College with an emphasis on Nature-Based Counseling. I see building a deep relationship with the natural world as having a strong therapeutic value. Rekindling and fostering a connection with nature can also help heal our relationship with ourselves and those around us. I believe that therapeutic goals can be reached through a synergistic process involving collaboration between the therapist, the client, and the environment.

Before pursuing a career in mental health counseling, I worked as a naturalist mentor with children and teens, teaching ancestral skills and facilitating activities that promote awareness and creativity. I have experienced how many of these skills that increase awareness and connection have powerful therapeutic applications. I also see mindfulness-based models as blending well into my approach to therapy.

Issues treated:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Relationship issues
  • Existential issues
  • Life transitions
  • Children and adolescents

Renée Kimmel, MFT Intern

Hi, my name is Renée Kimmel and I am currently working towards a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. I believe that each of us is on a unique journey of self-discovery, and that therapy can be a powerful tool to support our individual healing and growth. As a therapist trainee it is a great honor to accompany you on your path, and to offer you compassionate guidance and support. My style is warm, eclectic and strengths-based, and I am interested in incorporating mindfulness, somatic and expressive-arts based practices into my work with clients as desired. 
 
Issues Treated:
 
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions 
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship issues
  • Spirituality 

Rachael Henze, MFT Intern

I am a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Capella University. As a compassionate and empathetic human, I am interested in supporting individuals, couples, and families facing diverse challenges. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking greater self-awareness, I am here to listen without judgment and support you every step of the way. My priority is to create a safe and supportive environment where clients feel seen, heard, and empowered to explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. 

Every individual journey toward healing, personal growth, and overall well-being is unique. Grounded in evidence-based practices such as Narrative Therapy, Collaborative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy, I utilize a client-centered and integrative approach, drawing from these modalities to tailor interventions to meet each client’s needs and support them in living more fulfilling and authentic lives. 

It would be an honor to embark on this journey with you and to witness the transformation and growth that is possible through the therapeutic process. Whatever challenges you may be facing, know that you are not alone, and I am here to support you every step of the way. 

Issues Treated: 

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Feeling Stuck
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Health Challenges
  • Life Transitions
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Women’s Issues

Chiara Cabiglio, MA, AMFT

“Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.” -Thích Nhất Hạnh

Are you an adolescent who feels crippled by anxiety and depression? Or a couple who feels trapped in a cycle of distrust, blame, and feeling unheard, unseen, or misunderstood by your partner? Or maybe you are an individual living with chronic illness and trauma and feel hopeless that you’ll ever truly heal and live your life free of invisible disability? 

I’ve been where you are and know what it’s like to feel stuck, afraid, lost, and alone. Life brings us countless challenges and obstacles and sometimes we need support from others to help us get through difficult times. Seeking therapy is the beginning of you blooming into a lotus flower and rising from the ashes. You have the answers within you and the capacity to heal. I’m a transpersonal therapist here to walk alongside you on your journey to reclaim inner peace, self-compassion, and love. I approach therapy by recognizing the complex and unique being you are and honoring your resilience that has brought you here. 

In my work with clients, I treat the whole person by using a blend of breathwork, shamanic journeying and guided imagery, inner child healing, mindfulness, compassion, and meditation. Specifically, I use the somatic trauma treatment models called the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Additionally, by September, I will be fully IFS-informed and have already begun using aspects of Internal Family Systems with clients. With couples, I use Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

Together, we can explore and process your deeper emotions and feelings, allow what is arising to be there, and identify what is holding you back from living as your empowered Higher Self. It would be my absolute honor to work with you. Please contact me if you are interested 🙂

chiara.cabiglio.therapy@gmail.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/bloomwithchiara/home 

Issues treated: 

*Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Invisible Disability and Auto-Immune Disorders

*Trauma, Stress and PTSD

*Panic and Anxiety (including Climate and Eco-Anxiety)

*Depression and Suicidal Ideation

*Addiction and substance abuse

*Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

*Career Counseling

*Coping Skills

*Grief and loss

*Life Transitions

*Racial Identity

*Relationship Issues

*School Issues

*Self Esteem

*Self-Harming

*Sleep or Insomnia

*Spirituality

*Transgender and Gender dysphoria

*Women’s Issues

*Life Coaching

*Mood Disorders (including Bipolar and Cyclothymia)

*Psychedelic therapy integration

*And more