Dr. Ellen Hammerle is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #32398) who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Hammerle is a therapist who uses a psychodynamic framework informed by object relations, self psychology and family systems theory. She has extensive experience working with stress management, group dynamics, and communication skill development within relationships, mediation, meditation, parent-infant work and chronic illness. Dr. Hammerle specializes in working with individuals and couples to cultivate communication, healing and transformation.
Dr. Hammerle has written books and many articles on related subjects and is frequently called upon to give lectures and lead workshops. Dr. Hammerle has conducted trainings and education programs in Stress Management, Meditation, Western Psychology, Spirituality, and Consciousness.
Amelia Pryor, Ph.D. is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #34681) who works with individuals on issues including overcoming pain from the past, creating and maintaining integrity in relationships, increasing self-esteem, overcoming addictions, and with individuals in many kinds of life transitions. Dr. Pryor enjoys working with adult siblings who would like to unlock themselves from family patterns of interaction and communication.
Dr. Pryor teaches stress reduction and stress-management to businesses and community agencies. She worked in the business world before becoming a psychotherapist and is interested in helping people bring balance and connection between life and career. She holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and a Ph.D. in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Pryor presents at local and international conferences and is a published author who has done research and written in the fields of psychology, consciousness, and science.
Matchette is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT #33239) with many
years of experience working with individuals and couples. Mr. Matchette
specializes in trauma reduction and core belief transformation using
a variety of techniques, including active imagination, energy psychology,
and close process work with body, mind, and spirit. Mr. Matchette is
a certified master practitioner of Advance Integrative Therapy (formerly
Seemorg Matrix) and a student of Sufism psychology. In addition,
Mr. Matchette has a background in object-relations, communications skills,
and how couples develop greater intimacy.
Pamela Ashkenazy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFCC #52512) who offers individual, couple, and group counseling. She has been a member of our staff at Healing Centers since 2006. Her training and ongoing inquiry focuses on transitions, death, dying and loss, and aging. Pamela's therapeutic approach is rooted in client-centered psychotherapy. She believes that all individuals, couples, and families are inherently capable of accessing self-healing when offered the support that may be needed. Pamela concentrates her expertise to support clients with the following issues:
Pamela has participated as a volunteer with Marin CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Trips For Kids, The Youth Leadership Institute, and teen programs focused on addiction in the family, Marin Services for Women, and Suicide Prevention of Marin County. She is an active serving member of The Compassionate Friends of Marin a nonprofit bereavement support group for individuals and families.
Pamela is currently enrolled in doctoral level research at California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA. Her doctoral dissertation research is focused on Parental Bereavement.
The Community Healing Centers supervise a staff of Marriage and Family Therapy Interns who offer services on a sliding scale at all three of our locations. Call for information and availability.
Lyndsie Baker earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 2008 from the American School of Professional Psychology. She has over 15 years of experience working with children and families in educational and therapeutic settings. She offers individual, couples and family counseling in English and Spanish. Lyndsie specializes in the following areas:
Lyndsie has interned at Health and Human Services for several years, facilitating Pregnancy support groups for English and Spanish speaking women. She has worked extensively in partnership with the Marin Community Clinics and Kaiser, implementing the county-wide Ages and Stages Program and performing developmental and behavioral assessments with children ages 0-5.
Lyndsie uses an integrative, family systems approach when working with children and families, guiding each person toward deeper self-reflection and understanding of their current life situations and helping them move toward a more fully functioning place in their lives.
Working therapeutically with young children, Lyndsie utilizes play therapy, sand and art therapy to build autonomy and self-directed expression with each child. She believes strongly in taking a child-centered approach when working with children.
Supervised by Ellen Hammerle, Ph.D. LMFT #32398
Senya Hawkins earned his M.A. in counseling psychology in 2011 from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Senya has experience working as a middle and high school teacher, and as a counselor to families and adults. He offers individual counseling, non-traditional and traditional relationship counseling, and counseling to people living with a disability. Senya specializes in the following areas:
As a part-time actor and musician, Senya is passionate about working with all types of artists who may be experiencing anxiety, procrastination, block, or fear of judgment. Senya combines his experience as an artist and his knowledge as a therapist to support the client on their journey toward managing barriers to production of their art, and becoming more comfortable with the artistic process.
Senya has worked as a counselor for several non-profit organizations in San Francisco. He has worked with diverse populations, and identifies as an ally to populations that have been historically under-served. These groups include but are not limited to ethnic and gender minorities, members of the LGBTQ populations, and individuals living with a disability. Senya has developed and facilitated relationship workshops for the Lighthouse for the Blind. He has also conducted disability education trainings for several businesses in the Bay Area.
Senya employs an eclectic approach to therapy. He combines psychodynamic, cognitive, and depth psychological methods. He feels that it is important for each client’s therapeutic experience to be individualized and collaborative.
Supervised by Amelia Pryor, Ph.D. LMFT #34681
Boe Elizabeth Roberts is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who specializes in counseling children and young adults. She works with an integrative theoretical approach, which culminates in the clients Personal Awareness. Ms. Roberts studied Professional Psychology at John F. Kennedy University where she earned a Masters Degree emphasizing Expressive Art Therapy. She completed her undergraduate degree at UCSC, where she focused on 'at risk' children and youth and their relationship within their community.
Ms. Roberts has extensive experience with young children, teens and their families. She has specific experience working with children who have divorced parents, been adopted, or are in foster care. She has also spent many years working with children of addicted parents, children with special needs, eating disorders, body image, and youth struggling with learning disabilities. Ms. Roberts is exceptional at Play Therapy, conducting sessions using a non-directive, internally focused, child centered approach. She uses her creative background in visual arts to support greater connectivity between children and their parents. Ms. Roberts also offers regular support groups for youth and children in the community.
Ms. Roberts is passionate about helping others find their joy in life and helping them realize their Dreams. She is realistic in her work and outlook on life, and uses her grounding nature to support people in achieving greater self knowledge and thus reaching their full potential.
Supervised by Ellen Hammerle, Ph.D., LMFT #32398
Natalie Spautz is an MFT Registered Intern. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education and Applied Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. She attended California Institute of Integral Studies and earned an M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology. She currently works with adult individuals and couples.
Using knowledge and training in Relational Psychotherapy, Natalie combines a balanced practical approach with depth analysis. She offers a holistic, intuitive style of working that evokes a collaborative personal healing relationship. She believes in the power of faith in the process, and practices patience and acceptance of stuck places. She also seeks to find what each client truly wants in their lives and works together to discover ways to actively promote work toward such goals.
Natalie works with anxiety, depression, grief work, life transition, women's issues, trauma and PTSD, sexual abuse, eating disorders and spiritual emergence. She is happy to offer a free phone consultation before beginning treatment.
Supervised by Amelia Pryor, Ph.D. LMFT #34681
Elizabeth earned her M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She works with individuals, couples, families and kids to heal and transform suffering and to better-understand ourselves.
Elizabeth has also studied Intuitive Listening with Kim Chernin, Ph.D., and sand tray play therapy for children. She consults with the SEIU's Institute for Change, Community Grows, and other social change organizations on leadership and management issues.
Of her practice, she says, "We all feel sad, anxious, depressed and overwhelmed and need help figuring things out sometimes. I work with people who want more meaning in their lives and more freedom for themselves. We will use talk, dreams, stories, and play to work creatively on the project of your life."
Supervised by Ellen Hammerle, Ph.D., LMFT #32398