Be happy for this moment.
This moment is your life.
~ Omar Khayyam
What we think,
The best preparation for tomorrow
is doing your best today.
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Meet Our Staff
Kathryn Schroeder, AMFT
Kathryn has an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Somatic Therapy from Prescott College. She is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor and works with pre-teens, adolescents, adults, and couples from a variety of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. She specializes in helping individuals move through anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment issues, grief and loss, and any number of difficulties related to life transitions. Kathryn has been practicing and teaching meditation and yoga for nearly 20 years and is a registered 500 hour yoga teacher (RYT 500), weaving elements of mindfulness, yoga, and meditation into her practice. Kathryn is integrative in her therapeutic approach, utilizing both traditional talk and somatic therapies that recognize and preserve the mind-body connection. Practicing in a psychodynamic-informed approach, she helps bring unconscious patterns to awareness that allow for deeper self-insight and better decision-making capabilities. Using somatic techniques, she helps bring into focus experiences in the body that show up as hypervigilance, stress, anxiety, depression, or any intensification of emotions that tells us “something feels wrong.” As a trauma-informed therapist, Kathryn understands that stress and negative past experiences have an impact not only on the mind but also the body, and works to establish a sense of safety and releasing “stuck” emotions stored borne from trauma. Kathryn is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is currently training in Somatic Experiencing. Kathryn believes in each individual’s inherent capacity for healing and integration, and looks forward to working individually with each client to help remember their unique path back to wholeness. Email:[email protected] Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #11268Supervised by Galina Litvin LMFT #111344
Kristina Holloway, AMFT
Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted, and just plain not yourself? I get it and I am glad you are here. You don’t have to feel that way. Healing is possible when we can get out of our own way; when we can get out of our head and into our entire self, our whole […]
Juan Carlos Zepeda, AMFT
Juan Carlos is an integrative psychotherapist and is bilingual in Spanish. He received his B.A. in Music from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from The Wright Institute, and a Gestalt psychotherapy certification from the Gestalt Institute of San Francisco.Juan Carlos is deeply interested in joining individuals, couples, and families facing […]
Ashlee Frazier, AMFT
Ashlee received her MA in Counseling psychology from California Baptist University and is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Ashlee also has a background strong educational background in child development. Ashlee uses a wide range of modalities to fit the needs of her clients. Ashlee’s background and work history has given her opportunity to work with many people from a wide rage of culture and socioeconomic statuses. Ashlee is a down to earth, compassionate therapist that empathizes with clients without judgement that creates a welcoming energy to allow people to come as they are. Her commitment, education, and cognitive skills help guide her clients in a positive direction of clarity and growth in their journey of healing. Ashlee specializes in depression, anxiety, spectrum disorders, grieving, LGBQ+, gender identity, empty nest syndrome, PTSD, couples, divorce, socialization, life transition, stress, self- esteem, adjustments out of the system, family, trauma (psychological, emotional, economic, spiritual, physical, systematic, racial). Ashlee works with clients by helping them identify their strengths and weaknesses in order to identify areas to achieve growth. Together we can improve relationships, emotional intelligence, values, and self worth my improving the mind body and soul. The biggest step is deciding to get started. You can contact Ashlee at (951) 227-5070. E-mail: 1(951) 227-5070. BBS #130059 Supervised by Sorrenta Stuart
Anne Robert, AMFT
Anne received her MA in Counseling Psychology from JFK University and is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Anne uses a client-centered approach in her work, strongly supporting the client through the process of uncovering what is getting in the way of thriving. Anne loves working with many types of people; mature adults, young […]
Cyndi Lezcano, Certified Yoga Instructor
Cyndi believes that our yoga practice is a mirror to our everyday lives and can help us change our perspective if we can learn to surrender and trust the process. Her view aligns with our belief at The Institute of Mindful Therapy inc and she is an integral part of our mission on treating you as a “whole individual.” In her classes she emphasizes the importance of self-awareness, alignment, and personal growth. Her teachings are lighthearted, playful, and educational with creative sequences that are ever evolving and changing, just as we are. She looks forward to growing with you! In 2016 Cyndi began her journey to become a certified yoga teacher. The more she learned , the more she wanted to know; hence she completed an advanced 500 hour Yoga Teacher Certification program through Yoga Works. And she didn’t stop there! In 2019 she received an additional 150 plus hours of training in Specialized Yoga Therapies. She is certified in Oncology Yoga and Accessible Yoga in order to be of service to more people. She is trained in the following styles: Vinyasa, Foundations of Flow for beginners, Chair Yoga, Align and Flow (level 1 and 2), Restorative, Yin, 26+2 (bikram), Oncology, Accessible Yoga (those with injuries, chronic pain, comprised immune ,etc) and Yoga in Spanish. Cyndi teaches at several well known studios around the Bay Area and is a wonderful addition to IMT. For more information on class times and schedules, please reach out to the [email protected]
Celeste Cruz, MA, AMFT
Celeste is a somatic psychotherapist. She works with her clients alchemizing and integrating what is being presented in the current moment, how the past has informed the clients life circumstance while keeping future goals in mind. Creating safety to curiously explore ones inner landscape is where Celeste likes to gently work with her clients, inviting not only the thinking mind but the body of emotions and the intelligence of feelings of the body into the conversation. Celeste’s strengths are working with those wanting to explore how codependency is effecting their lives, exploring family of origin patterns and generational trauma. Relationship dynamics of all kinds and couples too. Supervised by Galina Litvin 11344.
Marie Whelan, Director of Wellness, PCC in training
“Be yourself – not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” – Henry David ThoreauMarie found her counseling calling in helping others reclaim their power after adversity and discover their true, authentic life. Together we can clear blocks to becoming fully you that has been lost and buried. We will process anger, frustration, resentment, anxiety, depression, stress, apathy, fear, that manifest to become problems in relationships, sexuality, communication, and work problems.Marie specializes in Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Her passion lies in helping clients work through anxiety, depression, panic, and commitment and/or relationship issues due to attachment disorders. She merges Humanistic, Short-Term and Positive Psychology to her therapeutic approach and utilizes a variety of techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Emotional Freedom Technique/Tapping.
Shelby Mckenna, ACSW
I love to laugh with my clients, I take a personal lighthearted approach and take pride in being transparent and straightforward. Our sessions are a safe place where judgement doesn’t exist and humor is invited. I want my clients to feel unfiltered and to be able to have a place where they can release pent […]
Eric Sherlock, MDiv, MFT in training
Eric Sherlock, MFT Trainee, MDiv Eric is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, supervised by Galina Litvin. He is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts in Counseling program at Palo Alto University, working to become a licensed marriage and family therapist. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Boston University. Eric has over […]
Jenn Torres PhDc, MS, MPH, AMFT
Jen Torres, PhDc, MS, MPH, AMFT Jennifer G. Torres (she/her/hers) is a PhD candidate in the Systems, Families, and Couples program (Couple and Family Therapy track) at Loma Linda University. She received her MS in Family Therapy at the University of Massachusetts Boston and her MPH in Population Medicine at Loma Linda University. Jen is […]
Brittany Sealey, AMFT
Brittany received her B.A. in Human Development from Sonoma State and M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. She is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, born and raised in the Bay Area and committed to using a holistic approach to integrate the mind, body and soul. Brittany understands the importance of human […]
Michael Keesey, AMFT
Michael is originally from the Bay Area and is focused on providing a holistic approach to psychotherapeutic care to the community in which he grew up. He is a husband, father and son who continually looks to integrate his learned experiences into his practice. Michael recently graduated from Saint Mary’s College of CA with a […]
Emma Stern, AMFT and APCC
Emma (she/her) is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor at IMT. Emma offers empowered and embodied therapy for folks seeking to transform challenges and distress into a catalyst for deep healing. Her approach is warm, real, relatable, and comes with a sense of humor. She specializes in work with complex trauma, anxiety, grief, codependency, radical self-love, and self-acceptance. Emma works from a psychodynamic and somatic lens that combines talk therapy with mind-body inquiry and education about how the brain, body, and nervous system affect our emotional experience. This work helps folks find tools to understand emotional processes and behavioral patterns in times of distress. It also provides strategies for folks to use outside of therapy to find capacity to be with discomfort and manage challenging feelings. As the body can be a source of pain and oppression, Emma holds this work with great care. Coming from a blended family that is White, Black, Latinx, and Jewish; Emma welcomes the opportunity to work with clients from different backgrounds. She seeks to maintain humility and sensitivity in work with clients who hold different identities such as race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, age, socioeconomic status, and ability status. Emma is committed to questioning identity dynamics, power, privilege, and positionality. She is dedicated to social justice and will support you in using your personal healing to work towards collective liberation and social change.
Monica Alcantara, LMFT
Monica uses she/her pronouns and welcomes her clients to share their preferred pronouns. Monica is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about supporting her clients throughout the ups and downs of life. Monica earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology, from the University of California, Davis and her Master […]
Lauren Stevens, LCSW /Supervisor
Lauren earned her MSW at New York University Silver School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience working with individuals and families in various settings. She has guided her clients through individual and family therapy, crisis management, relationship challenges and stress management/mindfulness practices. Lauren has worked in schools, drug rehabilitation settings, child development centers and non-profit wellness clinics thus bringing a diverse array of skills to her practice. She has extensive experience working with adolescents and thoroughly enjoys supporting them as they navigate the very challenging and exciting teen years. Lauren’s empathic, warmhearted and holistic approach provides a safe space for clients to be their authentic selves. Lauren will find joy and levity alongside you in the therapy room and most importantly, focus on developing a trustworthy, reliable relationship. Relationships are, after all, the most valuable assets we have in life. As a result of her own professional development and direct practice work, Lauren has come to firmly believe that therapy serves as a fundamental piece in becoming our best self. Emotional health and healing is absolutely possible and working with a therapist can help increase feelings of self-love, self-compassion and connection. Therapy can also assist in learning how to manage current life stressors or shed light on patterns of difficulty, both past and present. Lauren’s orientation is integrative and holistic. She also uses evidence-based mindfulness and stress management techniques, Cognitive-Behavioral interventions and Strengths-Based therapy, which honors all the good you have inside of you. Utilizing and building on those strengths can facilitate emotional health and healing. Taking the first step to seek support is the most difficult and it takes courage to do so. Lauren looks forward to meeting you where you are with the goal of moving you towards a happier and more fulfilling life. Phone: 925.289.8740Email: [email protected] (California #69284)
Anita Bardsley, MA, AMFT
Anita received her Master of Arts in Integral Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, California and is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She works with adults, young adults, and adolescents who are struggling with many of life’s challenges, such as depression, anxiety, relationships, grief/loss, cancer, emotional eating, […]
Ashley Rafal, LMFT
Ashley Rafal is an experienced Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a demonstrated history of working in the individual and family services industry. Skilled in American Sign Language, Developmental Psychology, Organizational Consulting, Coaching, and Crisis Intervention. Strong community and social services professional with a Combined Masters’ of Arts (M.A.) focused in Industrial and Organizational Psychology/ […]
Galina Litvin, Co-Founder, COO, LMFT /Supervisor
Galina Litvin is the Co-Founder and COO (Clinical Operating Officer) for Institute of Mindful Therapy. She holds an MA and is Licensed in marriage and family counseling. Galina is passionate about providing mental health support to everyone in the community and wants to help people along their journey in life. Galina brings with her years […]
Sorrenta Stuart, Founder, CEO, LMFT /Supervisor
Sorrenta founded the Institute of Mindful Therapy, Inc in order to provide our community with integrative, compassionate mental health care. Her style is unique; she is not a blank slate and will sit with you in times of pain and rejoice with you in times of success. She is passionate about guiding you through life’s […]