Mental Health Connector Team
Volunteer Clinical Director
Mental Health Advisor
Valerie Beltrán (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who integrates consciousness, technology, and spirituality in her Bay Area private practice, and a supervisor at the Sage Institute, a sliding scale clinic that offers psychotherapy and psychedelic-assisted therapy (as it becomes legal) to underserved communities in the Bay Area. Having grown up with two ethnic backgrounds while living on the border between two countries, Valerie is adept at metaphorically walking between worlds, seeing from multiple perspectives, and creating bridges between people and ideas. She strives to be a guide for those traversing the liminal spaces between dreaming & waking, psychedelic & mundane, ancient & modern, Indigenous & Western.
Nick Bognar (he/him) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Pasadena, California. Nick’s therapeutic passions include helping people learn how to set boundaries, working with codependence, and men’s issues. Nick works with a humanistic approach, starting from the belief that each of us is lovable and worthy, and that we bloom fully when we learn how to love and care for ourselves. Nick loves to incorporate humor (and sometimes profanity) in therapy, and has never met a cat that he didn’t love unconditionally.
Muriel Casamayor (she/her/ella) is a Latinx therapist in Southern California who is very passionate about her work with teens, young adults and adults. She provides services in English and Spanish to BIPOC individuals with a complex history of trauma and other mood disorders. Muriel has been trained in EMDR and CBT. She also provides immigration evaluations and facilitates support groups.
License #116554 | insightcounselingws.com
Dr. Chiang (she/her) specializes in working with teens and adults to reduce anxiety and stress and improve mood. Having worked closely with immigrants in her previous career, Dr. Chiang believes that people’s identities and difficulties must be understood in the context of their family, community, and larger culture and society. She is skilled in the use of CBT, DBT-informed, ACT, CPT and Time-limited Psychodynamic Therapy (TLDP). She offers individual therapy with adolescents and adults in English or Mandarin, and psychoeducational evaluations in English.
Irene Choi-Rapp (she/her) is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) who has been in practice for over 20 years. Her work is mostly with people of color and often involves helping clients find their own cultural identity and own who they are. Irene also works with clients to understand how childhood trauma can have an effect on all aspects of their lives even as adults. Together they work on managing and overcoming these effects so that clients can be all they are meant to be. Sometimes our struggles will show themselves in anxiety and depression, we will work on managing these symptoms so that life does not feel too overwhelming.
Adam Cohen, LMFT (he/him) is a psychotherapist practicing in San Francisco and Marin County. His practice focuses on supporting adolescents and young adults through experiences of shame, inner criticism, depression, and gender and sexual identity exploration. In addition to working with clients, he serves as the President of the Marin County Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Crystal D’Angora (she/her) is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Mar Vista, California who is currently conducting remote sessions during the pandemic. As a Somatically and EMDR trained trauma therapist, her work is steeped in 19 years as a yoga and meditation instructor, and integrates a mindful approach to the body and breath as essential tools for mental/emotional balance. Crystal’s focus is on helping individuals and couples struggling with depression, anxiety, and trauma. She especially likes to work with women, ages 25-55 and LGBTQ identifying populations through a sex positive, poly/kink friendly lens.
License #114360 | crystaldangora.com
Stephanie Del Chiaro (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District. She helps people find meaning, give language to experiences, develop deeper self-understanding, and create more peace in their lives and relationships. Stephanie provides therapy through a lens that embraces her client’s culture and lived experience. The work that she does with clients is led by the client and builds upon their strengths, values and personality. She infuses humor, creative and visual arts, and an eclectic mix of therapeutic modalities that best suit each client and their situation.
Lourdes Estrada (she/her) is an alum from California State University Dominguez Hills and Azusa Pacific University with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a wife and a mother to three boys and identifies as a Christian therapist. Lourdes believes in the integration of spirituality and mental health. A sole proprietor since August 2016, she has worked in community mental health since 2005. Lourdes has an integrative approach, pulling interventions from various models to find a unique treatment plan to suit her client’s needs. Lourdes believe therapy is not a “one size fits all” experience, but is very unique to each person’s needs. She believes in “Client-Centered Therapy” because you are the expert on your own life.
Tatyana Foltz (they/them) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who earned their master’s in social work (MSW) at Howard University. As a white Russian-American queer femme raised in New Jersey working with Black and Latinx (mostly LGBTQ+) femmes and women in Washington DC, being culturally humble and informed was paramount. After moving to the Bay Area, Tatyana continued to serve survivors of violence and our violent systems. They have founded and run Reclaim You, Inc. a justice-focused, psychotherapy practice that centers those who have experienced trauma that affirms and centers BIPOC, LGBTQ+, undocumented folks, and sex workers.
Dr. Guendelman (she/her) is a Chilean-American clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Berkeley, California. She is on the medical staff at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and a clinical faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley Psychology Clinic. Dr. Guendelman provides neuropsychological, psycho-educational, psychological, and autism evaluations in English and Spanish. She focuses primarily on children, adolescents, and young adults.
California Licensed Psychologist #29257 | bayareaneuropsych.com
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) specializing in trauma, sexual abuse and adoption. She has more than 30 years of experience treating children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families of various cultural backgrounds. Victoria combines her training as a psychoanalytic therapist and psychodynamic social worker to bring forth change and growth in a powerful and caring relational style. She is certified in EMDR and has had two years of training in Somatic Experiencing, a modality that facilitates healing by focusing on the sensory wisdom of the body. Victoria has also provided a multitude of trainings for mental health organizations locally and nationally, as well as for corporate organizations.victoriagk.com
Nancy A. Haug, PhD (she/her) earned a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She completed a clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital focusing on public service and minority mental health. Dr. Haug is a tenured Professor of Psychology at Palo Alto University and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is a licensed psychologist in California with a private practice in the South Bay and offers telehealth services. Dr. Haug delivers evidence-based treatments for substance use and addictive disorders, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based apporaches. She also specializes in treating eating disorders and body image dissatisfaction. Dr. Haug has some experience working with undocumented individuals and Latinx populations from her work with The Gronowski Center’s community clinic, La Clínica Latina.
Maira (she/her/ella) is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a history of providing individual, children, couple, and family counseling services in academic, nonprofit, and private practice settings. She has provided services in Spanish to families in rural communities, partnered with school districts and social service and government agencies, and provided psychoeducation for suicide and self-harming. Maira has experience working with mothers experiencing perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, trauma in families as a result of separation, as well as providing services to undocumented and mixed legal status families, sexual abuse, and more. She also has training facilitating anger management, co-parenting, and Nurturing Parenting classes in both English and Spanish.
Judye Hess (she/her) is a clinical psychologist who has been working in the field for 40 years, largely with couples and families. She has taught classes in these subjects for over 30 years at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and other Bay Area graduate programs.
Jin S. Kim, MA, LMFT, (he/him) is a licensed psychotherapist working in a private practice out of Los Angeles, California. Jin spent ten years working in the Silicon Valley tech industry and his own experience managing mental illness paired with the unique challenges of navigating the world as a gay, lifelong stutterer, and first generation Korean American, led him to find his next career calling as a therapist. Jin enjoys working to empower and uplift LGBTQ folks, people of color, and those who find themselves at the intersection of various identities. His experience as a person with intersecting identities has influenced his strength-centered and affirmative approach. He has clinical experience working with a diverse population, from LGBTQ youth and adults to single mothers experiencing homelessness and managing dual diagnosis mental health issues.
Amy Lajiness (she/her) is an ecotherapist and psychotherapist practicing in San Diego and online across the state of California. As a human and a therapist, she highly values authenticity, humor, and compassion for self and others. She believes that mental health, spiritual health, physical health, ecological health, and community health intersect, and organizes therapy around this belief. Amy holds certifications in Perinatal Mental Health and Ecotherapy (Nature-based therapy), and has also completed specialized training working with those who are Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs).
A transplant to California from North Carolina, Sarah Lauterbach (she/her) earned a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2013. She has two kids, two dogs, and one cat. She lovse learning languages and used to be fluent in French. Sarah loves family and couples work and is raising a bicultural family with her husband who is from Germany. She is a fierce social justice warrior and loves giving back to her community.
Dr. Lopez (she/her/ella) is a bilingual Clinical Health Psychologist with specialties in life transitions, psycho-oncology, trauma, insomnia, and grief. She is passionate about her work with Latinx and immigrant communities and runs a private practice in Los Angeles, CA.
As a bilingual (Spanish-English) and bicultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Carmen Luk (she/her) helps individuals who have experienced loss, grief, trauma, anxiety, and depression in their life. She uses various tools to help clients develop new ways to reach their personal goals.
Amanda (she/her) provides therapy for autistic adults and individuals coping with anxiety and other challenging life experiences. Her practice is grounded in the idea that we all deserve the opportunity to thrive authentically, on our own terms. She uses tools such as humor, mindfulness, and geeky metaphors to help people interact more flexibly with challenging situations and pursue the things that matter most to them.
Dr. Nedelisky (she/her) specializes in working with kids (age 8 and up), teens, and adults in therapy to reduce anxiety and stress, improve mood, and build a life worth living. Dr. Nedelisky uses tools from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Psychodynamic and Positive Psychology therapeutic approaches to teach her clients new skills for more effective living, and to help them to gain insight into their challenges and goals. The combination of new skills/tools and insights enables her clients to make desired change(s) in their lives that stick. In her free-time, she loves to spend time with her husband and three kids, cook, laugh, and be outside.
Olivia’s (she/her) interest in therapy began during her freshman year of college when she sought out services at her college’s counseling center. To this day, she continues to see the same therapist. The support that she received in this therapeutic relationship has been invaluable to her growth and emotional maturity. She hopes to be able to provide the same for her clients.
Barbara (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR) with over 30 years of experience working in a variety of settings, with people from diverse communities, cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds, and with a range of abilities and gender expressions. Barbara’s approach includes psychodynamic psychotherapy, art therapy and somatic awareness, and she works with individual adults of all ages. As a therapist she uses her experience, presence, and awareness to make her clients feel heard and seen, and to help them develop a fuller understanding of themselves and others, as well as to develop a greater sense of freedom, effectiveness, joy, and satisfaction. Visit her website for more information.
Jimena (she/her/ella) is a bicultural and bilingual psychotherapist, helping Hispanics/Latinxs live a more fulfilling life. Her work focuses on discovering and understanding the causes of her clients’ personal difficulties and reworking them together. She believes in taking a collaborative approach to helping clients reach their goals. Jimena has great interest in working with people who have experienced trauma, and she has always been motivated to listen, learn about the bonds that human beings establish, and explore how early experiences mark the concept we have of ourselves and others. Jimena believes that while we cannot alter the past, we can change the way we face our future.
Viridiana Rodriguez (she/her/ella) is a Latinx Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Growing up in Anaheim, Viridiana grappled with imbalances that she was unequipped to handle on her own. Although her family valued education deeply and supported her success, there was a lack of support for emotional needs. Viridiana’s mission for the past seven years has been to give back to her community, to provide the support that she was missing in her youth. She works with individuals who are willing to grow and challenge themselves and has experience with young adults and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, family issues, anger, relationship issues, trauma and grief/loss. Through these life challenges, Viridiana provides a safe space to be vulnerable and begin your healing journey.
Mara Sammartino (she/her/ella) is a Nicaraguan-American, First-Generation daughter who believes that healing is not linear but rather a journey of experiences. She is bilingual, using Español, English, and Spanglish to support those in session. Therapy is a sanctuary and should be used in whatever way is needed to find peace, healing, and confidence. Being a Social Worker is who Mara is, and she hopes to be of service and to learn from you and be able to guide you.
Sabeen Shaiq, LCSW (she/her) is a relational psychotherapist, somatic practioner, clinical supervisor, and trainer currently practicing in the Bay Area. She has been working in the field since 2005 and has worked for various for-profit and non-profit organizations including Doctors Without Borders, Sunny Hills Services, and First Place for Youth. She views healing from a holistic perspective including mind, body, and soul and utilizes alternative healing modalities as an important part of treatment. She incorporates an understanding of oppression and intergenerational trauma into the way she works.
Lucy Sladek, MA, LMFT, (she/her/ella) has worked with various populations as a community mental health therapist before transitioning to private practice. She is also an affiliate therapist with the LA Gender Center and Adjunct Faculty at AULA. Upon graduating in 2016, she moved to San Francisco and worked with survivors of sexual trauma and their families. Lucy has worked with multiple non-profit organizations in order to ensure marginalized communities have access to mental health support and other resources. Lucy is an all-inclusive therapist that specializes in trauma-informed, intersectional, and client-centered affirmative therapy. She applies a social justice and inclusive approach to all her clinical and teaching work. She holds an MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles.
Rebecca Stanwyck (she/her) has over 30 years of experience helping adults solve personal and work-related problems, break habits and addictions, and find clarity, self-acceptance, and peace. Her clinical style is supportive and present-focused, incorporating psychodynamic theory, cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness practices, and scientific research. Clients generally find her to be kind, thoughtful, and non-judgmental. Rebecca enjoys meeting and working with people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including BIPOC individuals, and respects her clients’ personal values, religious beliefs, and gender identities. She seeks to provide a safe and supportive space for her clients, and views counseling as a process of guiding people toward greater resiliency, self-awareness, and overall well-being. She speaks and understand Spanish, though she is not fully bilingual.
Dr. Elizabeth Torres (she/her) is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology and licensed to practice in both California and Massachusetts. She is the author of “Just This Moment: A Guide for Moms who want to enjoy Parenting, Raise Great Kids, and THRIVE!” (2019). A Mexican-American granddaughter of immigrants, Dr.Torres is passionate about supporting BIPOC and LGBTQ clients with the best evidence based practices. In private practice since 1996, Dr. Torres works collaboratively with clients to individualize care using trauma-informed mindfulness and acceptance-based cognitive behavioral therapy. Her specialties include maternal mental health, cross-cultural issues/internalized racism, and couples therapy. While helping to identify new pathways to change, she also helps clients learn how to accept and make peace with uncertainty and life’s unpredictability.
April Weir (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who has a private practice in Los Angeles, CA and provides services in both Spanish and English. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and is a first generation American, as her parents immigrated from South America. She brings her clients over a decade worth of experience helping individuals, children, parents, and adults strengthen relationships in various settings. Her current focus in her private practice is helping Latinx folks heal from childhood and present day traumas, adjust to life transitions, and improve overall self-worth.
License #97607 | AprilWeirTherapy.com