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
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, MFT 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, 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 […]
Francesca Battaglia, AMFT
Francesca is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at IMT. She has a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College and a BA in English Literature from Pacific University. She enjoys working with individuals and athletes that need support in their lives. She has experience being a student-athlete and plays tennis. The […]
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
Emma uses she/her pronouns. She is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor at IMT and 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 orientations, culture, age, socioeconomic status, […]
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 Stevens is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 12 years of experience working with individuals and families in various settings. She has guided her clients through family and adolescent 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 […]
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, […]
Poppy Haines, AMFT, BCBA
Poppy received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Davis and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Bridgewater State University. She is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and Registered Yoga Teacher. Poppy has worked in mental and behavioral health for the last fifteen years and is passionate about utilizing a holistic approach […]
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/ […]
Jennifer J.D. Villena, MA, LMFT
Jennifer goes by the name Jen pronounces her last name “Vill- Yena” and uses she/ her pronouns. Jen describes herself as a mother, partner, artist, mover, forever student, yogi, grief, depression and anxiety survivor. She values connection, respect, inner reflection, playfulness, collaboration, and creating a life of honesty and purpose. Her style is down-to-earth, warm, […]
Galina Litvin, Co-Founder, COO, LMFT /Superviser
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 […]