Axis Mundi Center for Mental Health
Therapy and Counseling Services

1st Year Associates


"We can see in the acorn, the oak tree." ~ Maya Angelou

Developed, capable, and confident - Associates in their first year of practice after graduation have had time to settle into the transition out of school, as well as build relationships with other community organizations, colleagues, trainers, and mentors. They are well on their way to developing the established presence of licensed professionals.


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ERICA BERMAN, MA. Associate marriage and family therapist #110551

Office in oakland, Ca.                                                                            

510.459.4300 |

Supervised by Shirley Bar-Dvir, LMFT.

I offer somatically oriented therapy, a mind/body approach towards emotional and mental health. We hold a lot of unexpressed emotions and patterns in our body, and finding ways to notice and work with them can help us create shifts and cultivate tools for day-to-day life. Unlike traditional therapies, you will find the tools of connecting with your body, through safe touch, movement, and working in the present moment, can generate long term shifts in your entire constitution. My practice is trauma informed, which means I work with you to create safety and resiliency as tools for healing. I do not see your trauma as a problem to be fixed, but rather something that can be recovered from over time, with the potential for deep learning.

My practice is framed in the understanding that we live in a culture built on systemic injustice. One of my passions is working with people around understanding, addressing, and healing from it. These are exciting, scary and heartbreaking times. All of your process is welcome here; grief, anger, rage, numbness, or something else

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connie hart, ma. ASSOCIATE Marriage and family therapist #110929.

offices in oakland and walnut creek, ca. 


Supervised by Gary Hoeber, LMFT.

I believe that everyone deserves access to affordable mental health care, and approach every client from a stance of radical acceptance and love. In the room we work with whatever is comfortable for the client, including anything from established clinical tools to more holistic approaches, such as meditative grounding, somatic sensing, expressive arts, and energy work.

I particularly enjoy working with couples, parents, and gender non-conforming clients within those intersections.

"Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant." Paulo Coelho


karla papula, ma. ASSOCIATE Marriage and family Therapist #111495.

office in oakland, ca.

845.288.2895 |



Supervised by Shirley Bar-Dvir, LMFT.

Therapy with me is relational, empathic, humanistic, body-oriented, mindful and experiential.


Melissa Southwood, MA. ASSOCIATE Marriage and family therapist #110601

office in oakland, CA.

(510)394-2472 |

Supervised by Eugene Porter, LMFT.

Melissa is a relational, sex-positive therapist who tailors sessions to meet the specific needs of her clients. Lenses she works with include somatic, attachment/co-regulation, mindfulness, expressive arts, guided imagination, parts, attachment, and sound healing.


lindsay focht, MA. ASSOCIATE Marriage and family therapist #110425.

Office in Oakland, ca


Supervised by Elysha Martinez, LMFT.

Lindsay focusses on developing the relationship between what you are conscious of, and what is still outside of your awareness. Awareness is the gateway to liberation. It allows for more choice in our response rather than reacting out of old programming.





Supervised By: Elysha Martinez, LMFT #93493.

Specialties: I use Depth, Somatic, and Expressive Arts Therapy, focusing on identifying and liberating the emotion that is present in your body. My goal is to help give your emotions a voice, so that you can understand what your body is trying to communicate. I want to help you access the full potential of your soul’s truth, and let go of whatever might be holding you back. I use talk, movement, and writing based practices to help access the wisdom from your subconscious. I work with grief, death, trauma, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-esteem issues, sexual abuse, sexual “stuckness” And helping you access the joy that is available within you.