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Chris Holleran, MFT

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Christopher received his BA from New College of Florida with a concentration in psychology and a focus on developmental research. He completed his graduate degree, a MS in Clinical Psychology, at San Francisco State University in 2005. Chris worked with low-income families and provided school counseling services through Family Service Agency’s Tenderlion Family Program.

Following that experience, Chris spent the next four years at New Leaf Services providing direct service to the LGBTQQI communities in San Francisco. At New Leaf he worked in the Youth Substance Abuse, Adult Substance Abuse, and Adult Mental Health Programs. Chris uses cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic techniques to help clients cope with trauma, mood disturbances, social challenges, and life transitions.

Stacey Rodgers, MFT

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I received my BA in Psychology/Communications from University of Evansville, Evansville, IN, and my master’s in Clinical Psychology at New College of California in 2005. Since then, I have worked providing mental health and substance abuse therapy to the LGBTQQI community in both private practice and at New Leaf Services in San Francisco, CA. I am currently practicing at the SF Therapy Collective, which I helped co-found in 2010, and am Director of Communications at Queer LifeSpace which I co-founded in May 2011.

My style is warm, interactive, and non-judgemental and I borrow from a variety of therapeutic traditions depending on your individual needs. I also bring years of experience working with LGBTQQI clients and have a deep understanding and appreciation for the particular issues our community faces. My approach includes listening, fostering self-acceptance, and humor as some of the tools to help you discover, gain understanding, and eventually minimize counterproductive patterns in your life that are standing in the way of reaching your goals.

Joe Voors, MFT

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My experience as a therapist has allowed me the opportunity to work with individuals around anxiety, depression, trauma, HIV status, substance use, relationship concerns, social anxiety, couples, children and families, and the end-of-life experience, within the context of the LGBTQQI community. As a queer therapist, I understand the unique challenges that face us as individuals and as members of a far too often shaming and abandoning society.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Francisco State University with a focus in Cognitive Theory and life span developmental theory. In addition to my focus on Cognitive Theory, I also focused on child development, and worked at the University’s child research center with 4 and 5 year olds.

I then went on to receive my Masters in Clinical Social Psychology from New College of California. Here I focused on psychodynamic and analytic therapy with a focus on the effects our society has on each of us and how we can affect our environment as well, especially as queer individuals.

Artashes Mirzatuny L.Ac., CMT

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Artashes Mirzatuny is a licensed acupuncturist within the state of California. He attended the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), where he earned his Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He also is a certified massage therapist, specializing in Shiatsu-style massage.
His clinical experience includes interning at the ACTCM Community Clinic and at the ACTCM Auricular Clinic, as well as externships at the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic. Artashes also completed an advanced program of study in Traditional Chinese Medicine, focusing on acupuncture and herbal medicine, at the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China.

Artashes is a general practitioner with a specialized interest in psycho-emotional issues, pain management, men’s health, women’s health, and transgender health issues. The modalities of TCM he utilizes are acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, electrical-stimulation, gua sha, moxabustion, nutritional counseling and bodywork.

He holds two Bachelors degrees (B.S. in Pharmacology and B.A. in Environmental studies) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Upon graduating he worked in drug discovery research, specializing in oncology and metabolic disease. He worked in this research for five years before deciding to move onto studying Chinese Medicine.

Brad Akin, MFTI
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern, IMF 86471

Supervised by Joe Voors, MFT (MFC 77534)

After enjoying a long career in technology, my passion for psychotherapy led me to apply to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in counseling psychology at JFK University in Berkeley. Having been a crisis line operator at the Pacific Center for Human Growth in Berkeley, a Shanti Project emotional support volunteer in San Francisco, and an advocate for mental health, my education, professional and personal experience are more fully integrated as I work towards becoming a licensed MFT.

As a MFT intern, I have worked with straight and LGBTQQ! high school students, graduate students, and other adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, relationship issues and different types of trauma. My therapeutic approach is rooted in unconditional, positive regard for the client(s), infused with an integrative use of psychodynamic exploration, cognitive behavior modification, and narrative insight. As a gay man, I am pleased to be on board at SF Therapy Collective and honored to be working with my LGBTQQI community.

 

Andrea Crapanzano, Ph.D
Clinical Psychologist (PSY27813)

I moved to the United States from Italy in 2011 to work as an intern for Queer LifeSpace treating the LGBTQQI population. During which time I received my California Board Psychology License.

In Italy I worked as a teacher, mentor, supervisor, and psychotherapist in both public and private settings. I also worked in counseling services in schools, psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation services for substance users, personality disorders inpatient programs, and my own private practice. I enthusiastically bring these skills to my current position where I provide mental health services that specialize in the assessment and treatment of forensic populations and to my private practice here in San Francisco.

As an insight-oriented psychotherapist, I believe that the better you know yourself, the better life you will have. This approach can be useful for helping people get rid of internal blockages that prevent them from achieving their goals in life. My style is flexible, collaborative, and interactive.

I received my BA and MS in Clinical Psychology and Community Psychology from the University of Padua, Italy. I then completed a Ph.D. program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the European Institute for research in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Padua, Italy.

 

Sarah Soul, LMFT
Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC 80874

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My passion in life is working with folks overcoming Problematic Eating/Eating Disorders and working with LGBTQQI couples. I help people recover from Problematic Eating patterns and learn to love and enjoy food and their bodies using the Health At Every Size Model. I also support LGBTQQI couples to learn to feel more connected and enjoy fulfilling, long relationships. I also help couples address and negotiate unique issues in Polyamorous relationships. I began this work as an intern at SFTC in 2011 and I am delighted to continue on as a staff member now.

My education began with a BA in Liberal Studies with a focus in Ethnic and Women’s studies and a Minor in Black Psychology from San Francisco State University. I then received an Elementary Education Credential from Chapman University. I went back to school after being an elementary school teacher for ten years and received a Counseling Psychology degree from University of San Francisco. At that time, I began my journey at SF Therapy Collective and have proudly been involved with them for five years.

 

Abigail Edber, MFTI
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (IMF 90507)

Supervised by Christopher Holleran, MFT (MFC 46669)

I received my MA in Marriage & Family Therapy from Golden Gate University in 2015, where I focused my training on Community Mental Health and Social Justice. While in school, I advocated for people in California women’s prisons who are survivors of female-perpetrated child sexual abuse to receive specialized therapeutic intervention. I spent my traineeship at Compass Family Services in SoMa and the Tenderloin, where I provided therapy for homeless and low-income adults, children, and families.

As a clinician, I have extensive experience working with people who live with depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, LGBTQQIA issues, as well as many other challenges that deserve exploration in a warm, inviting, and safe therapeutic dialogue. I utilize a psychodynamic perspective, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and art therapy, to focus on identifying themes that may be hindering clients’ abilities to live fully self-actualized lives.

Sofia Collins, MFTI
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (IMF 93918)

Supervised by Stacey Rodgers, MFT (MFC 47227)

My mission is to provide quality and affordable therapy for individuals, couples, and families of all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and spiritual backgrounds.

My background is primarily in working with the LGBTQQI community and I aim to provide the necessary tools to address, heal, and create healthier life patterns, as well as fostering healthy and fulfilling relationships.

I received my BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, where I worked to provide HIV Test Counseling and later facilitated support groups for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Since moving to San Francisco I have attained my MS in Counseling from SF State University and spent my time accumulating hours toward my licensure. Over the course of the past three years I have worked passionately to provide quality mental healthcare to the Queer community

I specialize in, but am not limited to, issues around: depression, anxiety, work and career stressors, trauma, sexual and/or emotional abuse, transgender issues, life transitions, grief, substance use, sex, and relationship difficulties.

 

Fidi Mwero, MFTI
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (IMF 94458)

Supervised by Christopher Holleran, MFT (MFC 46669)

My background includes 10 years working with youth and families in spiritual communities. While working as a case manager for foster youth in San Diego, I earned an MS in Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from San Diego State University. I explored and studied Narrative Therapy practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

Since then I have focused on working with LGBTQQI populations and issues around anxiety, depression, relationships, sexuality, and kink. As I work towards licensure as an MFT, I enjoy working with individuals to discover personal strengths, social strengths, and life satisfaction while making preferred changes to their lives. I enjoy working with relationship partners to enhance joy, satisfaction, intimacy (sexual and otherwise), and communication while decreasing relationship stress. It is my passion to empower my clients to live a story they prefer with compassion and awareness both for self and community.

 

Kelsey Urauchi, MFTI
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (IMF 94458)

Supervised by Sarah Soul, MFT (MFC 80874)

I am a dedicated and compassionate therapist intern that believes in everyone’s capacity to be whole and well – to feel secure and confident in your identity and how you choose to be in the world.  I’ve been fortunate to practice clinical work for the past 5 years in various capacities, ranging from serving foster care and juvenile justice populations to working in family community clinics. 

As a queer femme, I feel fortunate to be able to give back to my gorgeous LGBTQQI community, and understand the impact that intersections of QTPoC, access, and poverty issues can have on wellness.  I am particularly passionate about working with substance use and complex trauma.
 
My style is authentic and down-to-earth, and clients have shared that they appreciate that I challenge folks toward growth with compassion and kindness.  I am committed to providing a safe space to explore the ways in which clients can find greater fulfillment and meaning in their lives and relationships. 

I pull from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems & various couple’s theorists to inform treatment specifically tailored to your individualized needs and strengths.  

Dario Martinez
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (IMF 94458)

Supervised by Sarah Soul, MFT (MFC 80874)

As a therapist, I have the privilege and honor of supporting people through deeply transformative moments in their lives. My training and experience is grounded in “Somatics;”  a holistic approach to psychology that promotes transformation by combining the latest in neuroscience with action-oriented practices and mindfulness.

I was drawn to Somatics because it provides highly-effective strategies for accessing forms of intelligence that are commonly overlooked in traditional “talk therapy.” My version of Somatics is particularly focused on working with non-verbal, body-based intelligence.

I’ve found that helping my clients access these different levels of intelligence provides them with powerful opportunities to develop a much deeper understanding of their experience and the “issues” that bring them into therapy.

I received a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Somatics from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In addition to graduate school, I’ve also been trained in two modalities that specifically address trauma:

• EMDR 
• Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

I’ve also received extensive training in trauma-informed care at organizations such as:
• Kaiser’s Chemical Dependency Recovery Program
• Tenderloin Health
• Queer LifeSpace
• The Stop Aids Project
 

 

Jeremy Sanders, MFTI
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (IMF 94458)

Supervised by Joe Voors, MFT (MFC 77534)

As a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern I work with a narrative therapy modality, grounded in a psychodynamic, Jungian theoretical framework; I use a client centered, collaborative approach with individuals, couples, and families of all types. I believe that a strong therapeutic alliance and compassionate witnessing allows those I serve to gain insight into their lives and access their innate wisdom. I use expressive arts and somatic approaches in addition to talk therapy, to integrate a full range of both verbal and non-verbal expression.

I moved to San Francisco in 1998 where I received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. I spent 16 years working with clients as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master before obtaining my MA in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in 2016. At CIIS I majored in Expressive Arts Therapy, to join my love of the arts with my passion for working with people.

I completed my clinical practicum at The Pacific Center for Human Growth in Berkeley, the oldest LGBT center in California, where I received specialized training in HIV/AIDS counseling, kink/BDSM aware therapy, polyamorous and non-monogamous relationship support, Transgender and non-binary identities, and socio-cultural issues specific to sexual minority communities.

Currently I also work in the community as a Clinical Case Manager with homeless and previously homeless individuals, many of whom live with serious mental illness and post-traumatic stress. I have extensive experience working with individuals who experience both mental health distress and addiction; I maintain a non-judgmental, harm reduction approach to substance use.
 

 

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