Axis Mundi Center for Mental Health
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LAUREN COHN-FRANKEL, AMFT #100702.   Supervised by Raia Kogan, LMFT.    SPECIALTIES: Gender competent therapy, socially just counseling, and somatic psychotherapy.   2nd Year Associate. Oakland, CA.

LAUREN COHN-FRANKEL, AMFT #100702. Supervised by Raia Kogan, LMFT.

SPECIALTIES: Gender competent therapy, socially just counseling, and somatic psychotherapy.

2nd Year Associate. Oakland, CA.

JEAN DONALD, AMFT #96567.   Supervised by Matt Podkomorski, LMFT.    SPECIALTIES: Telehealth, increasing access to therapy beyond the office, and transpersonal psychotherapy.   2nd Year Associate. Alameda, CA.

JEAN DONALD, AMFT #96567. Supervised by Matt Podkomorski, LMFT.

SPECIALTIES: Telehealth, increasing access to therapy beyond the office, and transpersonal psychotherapy.

2nd Year Associate. Alameda, CA.

LEYLA ERASLAN, AMFT #89285 .  Supervised by Eleanor Ruckman, LMFT.    SPECIALTIES: Expressive arts therapy, socially just counseling, and body positive therapy.   3rd Year Associate. Oakland, CA.

LEYLA ERASLAN, AMFT #89285. Supervised by Eleanor Ruckman, LMFT.

SPECIALTIES: Expressive arts therapy, socially just counseling, and body positive therapy.

3rd Year Associate. Oakland, CA.

LACY MARTINEZ, LMFT #93493 .  Licensed Clinician.    SPECIALTIES: Depth psychotherapy, cross-cultural issues in relationships, and individuation.   Executive Director. Oakland, CA.

LACY MARTINEZ, LMFT #93493. Licensed Clinician.

SPECIALTIES: Depth psychotherapy, cross-cultural issues in relationships, and individuation.

Executive Director. Oakland, CA.

PABLO MARTINEZ, AMFT# 97108 .  Supervised by Robert Shelby, LMFT.    SPECIALTIES: Immigration and acculturation, tranpsersonal psychology, Spanish-Speaking services.   3rd Year Associate, STAFF. Oakland and Alameda, CA.

PABLO MARTINEZ, AMFT# 97108. Supervised by Robert Shelby, LMFT.

SPECIALTIES: Immigration and acculturation, tranpsersonal psychology, Spanish-Speaking services.

3rd Year Associate, STAFF. Oakland and Alameda, CA.

VINCE BUHAGIAR, TRAINEE IN PRACTICUM.   Supervised by Gary Hoeber, LMFT.    SPECIALTIES: Men’s Issues - Anger management and self-esteem. Transpersonal and holistic specialization. Also works with teens and children.   Lafayette and Walnut Creek, CA .

VINCE BUHAGIAR, TRAINEE IN PRACTICUM. Supervised by Gary Hoeber, LMFT.

SPECIALTIES: Men’s Issues - Anger management and self-esteem. Transpersonal and holistic specialization. Also works with teens and children.

Lafayette and Walnut Creek, CA.

PAULO REBELLO, LMFT# 109994.    SPECIALTIES: Integral psychotherapy, gender-competent therapy, acculturation, non-violent communication, Spanish/French/Portuguese speaking services. Multiple office locations available.   Licensed Clinician. Oakland and SF, CA

PAULO REBELLO, LMFT# 109994.

SPECIALTIES: Integral psychotherapy, gender-competent therapy, acculturation, non-violent communication, Spanish/French/Portuguese speaking services. Multiple office locations available.

Licensed Clinician. Oakland and SF, CA

NAOMI YU, LMFT #110092 .   SPECIALTIES: Expressive Arts therapist, issues of culture and acculturation, fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and offers both holistic and traditional treatment approaches.   Licensed Clinician. Office in Alameda, CA.

NAOMI YU, LMFT #110092.

SPECIALTIES: Expressive Arts therapist, issues of culture and acculturation, fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and offers both holistic and traditional treatment approaches.

Licensed Clinician. Office in Alameda, CA.

NICOLE RENNIX, AMFT# 90527 .  Supervised by Robert Shelby, LMFT.    SPECIALTIES: Gender-expansive focus, adolescent and young-adult clients, somatic approaches to trauma. Nicole also has specialized in working with trans clients.   Senior Associate. Napa, CA

NICOLE RENNIX, AMFT# 90527. Supervised by Robert Shelby, LMFT.

SPECIALTIES: Gender-expansive focus, adolescent and young-adult clients, somatic approaches to trauma. Nicole also has specialized in working with trans clients.

Senior Associate. Napa, CA

KORIE VANNERUS, TRAINEE IN PRACTICUM.   Supervised by Elysha Martinez, LMFT.    SPECIALTIES: Ecopsychology specialization. Extensive experience with children, teens, and issues of families in crisis. Also specializes in women’s relationship to their body, spiritual development, and identity & purpose.   Oakland, CA.

KORIE VANNERUS, TRAINEE IN PRACTICUM. Supervised by Elysha Martinez, LMFT.

SPECIALTIES: Ecopsychology specialization. Extensive experience with children, teens, and issues of families in crisis. Also specializes in women’s relationship to their body, spiritual development, and identity & purpose.

Oakland, CA.

TRACI UCHIDA, LMFT# 104474 .  Licensed Clinician.    SPECIALTIES: Transpersonal psychotherapy, expressive art therapy, groups, Asian-American issues, young adult clients. Specializes in the use of intuitive therapy.   Board President, STAFF. Oakland, CA,

TRACI UCHIDA, LMFT# 104474. Licensed Clinician.

SPECIALTIES: Transpersonal psychotherapy, expressive art therapy, groups, Asian-American issues, young adult clients. Specializes in the use of intuitive therapy.

Board President, STAFF. Oakland, CA,

LINDSAY FOCHT, AMFT #110425.  Supervised by Elysha Martinez, LMFT.   SPECIALTIES: Depth and Expressive Arts orientation. Specializes in gender-competent therapy and issues of identity. Substance abuse issues, trauma, and self-harm are also specializations.   Oakland, CA.

LINDSAY FOCHT, AMFT #110425. Supervised by Elysha Martinez, LMFT.

SPECIALTIES: Depth and Expressive Arts orientation. Specializes in gender-competent therapy and issues of identity. Substance abuse issues, trauma, and self-harm are also specializations.

Oakland, CA.

LU JOHNSON, TRAINEE IN PRACTICUM.   Supervised by Shirley Bar-Dvir, LMFT.    SPECIALTIES: Somatic approaches to healing, student of Hakomi, focusing on anxiety, depression, and issues of self-esteem.   Oakland, CA.

LU JOHNSON, TRAINEE IN PRACTICUM. Supervised by Shirley Bar-Dvir, LMFT.

SPECIALTIES: Somatic approaches to healing, student of Hakomi, focusing on anxiety, depression, and issues of self-esteem.

Oakland, CA.

CONNIE HART, AMFT #110929.   Supervised by Gary Hoeber, LMFT.    SPECIALTIES: Couples work is a specialization and passion, and I pull from holistic, somatic, and EFT approaches to communication improvement and conflict resolution.     Oakland, CA.

CONNIE HART, AMFT #110929. Supervised by Gary Hoeber, LMFT.

SPECIALTIES: Couples work is a specialization and passion, and I pull from holistic, somatic, and EFT approaches to communication improvement and conflict resolution.

Oakland, CA.

CHRISTIE LEE, AMFT #96530.   Supervised by Elysha Martinez, LMFT.    SPECIALTIES: Experience with both holistic and traditional therapy strategies. A mindfulness practitioner who specializes in issues of acculturation, Asian American racial identity, stress, trauma, perfectionism, and self-esteem.   Berkeley, CA.

CHRISTIE LEE, AMFT #96530. Supervised by Elysha Martinez, LMFT.

SPECIALTIES: Experience with both holistic and traditional therapy strategies. A mindfulness practitioner who specializes in issues of acculturation, Asian American racial identity, stress, trauma, perfectionism, and self-esteem.

Berkeley, CA.

KARLA PAPULA, ASSOCIATE MFT REGISTRATION APPLICANT.   Supervised by Shirley Bar-Dvir, LMFT .   SPECIALTIES: A relational therapist who draws from both traditional and holistic modalities to co-create the therapeutic relationship. Maintains a liberation psychology framework and works well with: highly sensitive, creative/artistic people, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, end of life issues, and matters of belonging. Does individual, group & couples work.   Community Outreach Coordinator. Oakland, CA.

KARLA PAPULA, ASSOCIATE MFT REGISTRATION APPLICANT. Supervised by Shirley Bar-Dvir, LMFT.

SPECIALTIES: A relational therapist who draws from both traditional and holistic modalities to co-create the therapeutic relationship. Maintains a liberation psychology framework and works well with: highly sensitive, creative/artistic people, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, end of life issues, and matters of belonging. Does individual, group & couples work.

Community Outreach Coordinator. Oakland, CA.

ERICA BERMAN, AMFT #110551 .  Supervised by Shirley Bar-Dvir, LMFT.    SPECIALIZATIONS: A queer somatic, eco-therapist, specializing in anxiety, break-ups and grief/loss. Student of Hakomi and Embodied Touch. Harm reduction, anti-oppression and attachment oriented. Focused on sex workers, LGBTQI and other gender/sexual minorities.   Oakland, CA.

ERICA BERMAN, AMFT #110551. Supervised by Shirley Bar-Dvir, LMFT.

SPECIALIZATIONS: A queer somatic, eco-therapist, specializing in anxiety, break-ups and grief/loss. Student of Hakomi and Embodied Touch. Harm reduction, anti-oppression and attachment oriented. Focused on sex workers, LGBTQI and other gender/sexual minorities.

Oakland, CA.

MISSY SOUTHWOOD, AMFT #110601 .  Supervised by Eugene Porter , LMFT.   SPECIALIZATIONS: A holistic, relational, and transpersonal orientation on healing. Specializing in LGBT identity work, couples work, alternative ways of intimate relationship, and feminist perspectives.   Oakland, CA.

MISSY SOUTHWOOD, AMFT #110601. Supervised by Eugene Porter, LMFT.

SPECIALIZATIONS: A holistic, relational, and transpersonal orientation on healing. Specializing in LGBT identity work, couples work, alternative ways of intimate relationship, and feminist perspectives.

Oakland, CA.

AMANDA PIASECKI, AMFT #102732 .  Supervised by Elysha Martinez, LMFT.    SPECIALIZATIONS: A feminist, collective, somatic, and anti-oppressive therapist who focuses on depth psychotherapy, narrative therapy, trauma, as well as more traditional strategies like CBT and DBT.   Oakland and San Francisco, CA.

AMANDA PIASECKI, AMFT #102732. Supervised by Elysha Martinez, LMFT.

SPECIALIZATIONS: A feminist, collective, somatic, and anti-oppressive therapist who focuses on depth psychotherapy, narrative therapy, trauma, as well as more traditional strategies like CBT and DBT.

Oakland and San Francisco, CA.

JAMIE ZUROMSKI, TRAINEE IN PRACTICUM .  Supervised by Gary Hoeber, LMFT.    SPECIALIZATIONS :  Work with both long-term and short term therapy models. Supportive depth perspective, with emphasis on crisis issues, substance abuse, and trauma.   Berkeley and Oakland, CA.

JAMIE ZUROMSKI, TRAINEE IN PRACTICUM. Supervised by Gary Hoeber, LMFT.

SPECIALIZATIONS: Work with both long-term and short term therapy models. Supportive depth perspective, with emphasis on crisis issues, substance abuse, and trauma.

Berkeley and Oakland, CA.