Ellen E. Hammerle, Ph.D., LMFT
Dr. Ellen Hammerle is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #32398) who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Hammerle is a therapist with extensive experience who uses a psychodynamic foundational framework in her clinical work as informed by object relations, self psychology, family systems theory and Sufi Psychology -- a transpersonal paradigm for psycho-spiritual growth and transformation. She has extensive experience working with stress management, group dynamics, and communication skill development within relationships. She has training and expertise in mediation, meditation 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, Sufi Psychology and Consciousness.
Amelia Pryor, Ph.D., LMFT
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.
In addition to our main offices in San Francisco (Pacific Heights), Mill Valley, and Novato, the Community Healing Centers has a team of clinicians who provide psychotherapeutic services in the East Bay, San Francisco (Noe Valley) and on the Peninsula.
Jamal Lawrence Granick, Ph.D., LMFT
Dr. Granick is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #38084) who practices in Albany and Palo Alto working with individual adults and adolescents. His approach to psychotherapy is holistic, regarding persons as whole beings (body, mind, and spirit), and integrative, drawing on a range of ways to facilitate psychological healing. He works with subjective distress in its many manifestations, including anxiety, depression, and trauma as well as a variety of “problems in living.” He particularly enjoys working with issues of individuation, performance anxiety, relational boundaries, and interpersonal communication.
In recent years, Dr. Granick has trained intensively in approaches to psychotherapy that integrate neuroscience with somatic awareness to focus on present-moment experiential shifts that support repair, resolution, and growth. His website is www.jamalgranick.com.
Mary Toth Granick, LMFT
Mary Toth Granick is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #37371) and maintains a private practice, with offices in San Francisco and Albany. Ms. Granick works mainly with adults and couples. She specializes in working with developmental and trauma issues, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and parenting issues. Ms. Granick has training in a variety of modalities, including hypnotherapy and other somatic therapies; she is a certified Sensorimotor psychotherapist and has been trained as a Level 2 practitioner in Stan Tatkin’s PACT training for couples therapy.
As a mental-health practitioner with over 20 years of experience, she also has extensive background in school-based counseling services.
Katherine Preston, LMFT
Katherine Preston a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #33096) with many years of experience working with individuals, children and families. She uses an integrative approach which includes transpersonal, narrative, family systems, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral perspectives. She is certified in the use of hypnosis which she utilizes with those interested in stress reduction as well as short term support for habit cessation, sleep issues, performance anxiety, and preparation for childbirth or a medical procedure.
Katherine specializes in working with those interested in exploring their creativity, and has worked with writers, musicians and artists. She also works with those in transition of all kinds - stage of life, beginning new relationships or loss, as well as change of career. She has extensive experience and interest in parent coaching as well as working individually with adolescents. Her office is in Noe Valley in San Francisco.
Tracy Sachs, MFT Trainee
The Buddha famously said that pain is an inevitable part of the human condition, but suffering is not -- with practice, insight, and compassion we can alleviate our suffering. However, in our modern, fast-paced world, we have lost the tools and skills to navigate our pain, and as a result, many of us experience feelings of debilitating depression and anxiety.
Therapy can help alleviate suffering. It helps us access our inner wisdom, find meaning in our lives, and empowers us to live authentically with a sense of wholeness. I am passionate about helping those who suffer from depression, anxiety, life-transitions, relationship issues, and feelings of being stuck. I am particularly interested in working with women and young adults.
My theoretical orientation reflects my interests in Eastern spirituality, Jungian Depth Psychology, and attachment theory. I have a Master of Arts degree in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University and I am currently training at Pacifica Graduate Institute where I will earn a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. I am currently fulfilling my traineeship hours at Community Healing Centers, Novato office, under the supervision of Dr. Amelia Pryor.