Maureen Fiorelli, MFT LIC. #MFC43980
I have a varied background including creating and exhibiting artwork, writing/editing and bodywork. I believe that my varied life experiences and many years of interest in Buddhist/Hindu philosophies and practice of meditation all come together to contribute to a unique experience in the therapy room. I also believe that the knowledge gained through these modalities help serve to inform a mind-body perspective of each client’s unique situation and life journey.
I received my clinical internship training at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and further training at Choices Mental Health Clinic and the Mental Health Association of New York City as well as private practice offices. I am a clinical life member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
In addition to over 17 years of clinical work, I have taught Graduate courses in Marriage & Family Therapy to students in a Masters program. I have worked for UCSF as a Mental Health Assessor on two research studies involving individuals dealing with homelessness, mental health issues and HIV/AIDS. Additionally, for several years I facilitated a free drop in support group for Transgender, gender variant or gender queer individuals.
Danielle Kassouf, Psy.D. LIC. #PSY28958
Dr. Kassouf’s philosophy is to provide effective and supportive therapy to help individuals improve their lives and live more authentically. She values her relationships with clients and offers a warm, engaging, and genuine style that facilitates growth. Dr. Kassouf works hard to build trust and attune to her clients’ emotions and experiences in the moment to promote understanding. She trusts that her clients have many unique strengths and have the capacity to work together as equals to find the root of suffering and correct patterns that once worked but are now holding them back.
Dr. Kassouf completed comprehensive clinical training at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), and with the counties of Alameda and San Francisco, and is licensed in California. She has experience providing individual, family, and group therapy. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in psychology and communication studies from Ohio University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and her post-doctoral fellowship at Alliant International University. Dr. Kassouf earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco.
Yatra (Maria) Pesantez, MFT LIC. #MFC28958
Yatra Pesantez received her Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology at John F. Kennedy University. She furthered her skills by attending The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, which is a training that specializes in the treatment of developmental issues, attachment and trauma by using the felt sense of the body as a source of information and an intervention tool.
Arising from a mixture of her training and applying the principles and practices to her life experience, Yatra has cultivated a sense of devotion to the healing and growth process. In this, she has come to believe in the possibility of experiencing greater authenticity, self love, acceptance, compassion and curiosity in our lives.
Through dedicated practice and bringing what she has learned into her daily life, she has cultivated a unique, heart centered, compassionate approach to the counseling setting. Working with Yatra involves gently moving closer to one’s experience, discovering and strengthening inherent capacities, turning towards our edges with compassion, openness, and curiosity, and reconciling with the various aspects of oneself.
Yatra’ approach to therapy is client centered. She brings the qualities of compassion and curiosity to meet each client where they are at in the healing process. She believes that this attunement and sensitivity supports an intrinsic healing process that develops of its own accord.
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