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About

Michele Bachmeier Clinical Director & Psychotherapist 

Style:

  • Expressive Arts Therapy

  • Humanistic

  • Existential Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Psychodynamic

  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

  • Somatic Awareness

  • Strength-based

Specialization:  

  • Trauma & PTSD

  • Somatic Processing

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Grief

  • Work Stress

  • Sexuality

  • Life Transitions

  • Relationship Issues

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With a degree in Clinical Psychology and a concentration in Somatic Studies, Michele has been a practicing licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1999. She began her clinical career in 1988, working as a case manager in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco in a residential program for people suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, and poverty. She became a highly skilled individual and group therapist, client advocate, and this training deepened her understanding of the complexity of human nature and the influence of genetics, trauma, and social conditions in the forming of symptoms, conflicts, and illness.

Michele's approach consists of assisting people in identifying and exploring the stressors, issues, or losses that are causing pain, in order to begin to address them. Michele has a warm, direct communication style and will support you in developing a practice of self-care and self-reflection, while also implementing practical solutions, and coping skills. Building a healthy curiosity about your behavior, thoughts, and feelings will be encouraged in order to achieve a better understanding of the conscious and unconscious influences that perpetuate difficulties and conflicts. Deepening a self-understanding strengthens an ability to build healthier, more satisfying relationships with others and with yourself.

Michele’s work as a psychotherapist has been all inclusive, as she has supported very young children, pre-teens, teens, adults, and has worked with elders coping with issues of aging. She has worked with people from many diverse cultural, ethnic, familial, and socio-economic backgrounds and is dedicated to supporting each person’s individual experiences within the complex, diverse world in which we live.​​

Michele's Services:

Individual Therapy

Couples Therapy

Pre-Teen & Teen Therapy

Family Therapy

EMDR

About 

Melissa Johnson
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist 

Style:

  • Psychodynamic

  • Jungian

  • Psychological Astrology

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Expressive/Creative Arts

  • Client-Centered

Specialization:  

  • Trauma & PTSD

  • Depression

  • Women's Healing

  • Finding Your Authentic Voice

  • Codependency

  • People Pleasing

  • Empowerment and Self-Esteem

  • Spirituality

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Melissa’s psychotherapeutic approach is rooted in Depth Psychology, with special attention to how unconscious thoughts, behaviors, and emotions can create symptoms such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, addiction, and relationship issues. Melissa provides compassionate containment and guidance on the journey inward to explore the depths of the psyche. Through this inner exploration, past traumas and dysfunctional patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior which are stored within the unconscious can be healed and cleared. It is Melissa’s aim through this process of deep healing to bring you into contact with the wisdom of your own intuition and to uncover your unique, authentic wholeness.

 

Supervised by Michele Bachmeier, LMFT, MFC 35491

Melissa's Services:

Individual Therapy

Couples Therapy

Child Therapy

Teen Therapy

About

 Juan Carlos Zepeda
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Style:

  • Humanistic-Existential Therapy

  • Gestalt Therapy

  • Somatic Awareness

  • Psychodynamic

  • Systemic Therapy

  • Mindfulness

Specialization:  

  • Childhood Trauma & PTSD

  • Depression & Anxiety 

  • Grief

  • Relationship Issues

  • Spirituality

  • Self-knowledge

  • Individuation 

  • Codependence & Boundaries 

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At the heart of his therapeutic approach, Juan Carlos sets his sight on essential aspects such as awareness, aliveness, and vital processes, highlighting the existential dynamic of the human experience. 

Juan Carlos approaches human conflict and health from a trauma-informed and humanistic-existential therapeutic perspective (Gestalt, somatic approaches, etc.), in which self-awareness, awareness of others and life as a whole become the foundation upon which we solidify our life purpose and growth potential. He also integrates a systemic view that recognizes the societal structures and maladies’ influence on our health and the relevance of attachment and relationships as social beings. 

Juan Carlos’ work is guided by confirming the person as an organism whose intrinsic wisdom is expressed through various means in search of being acknowledged and included. From this lens, he understands mental health and psychosomatic symptoms as the imprints of trauma and as the echoes of said wisdom, directing our attention toward vital needs that need to be integrated into our lives and Being. 

Juan Carlos collaborates with individuals, groups, and couples who feel ready to engage in a healing and self-knowledge process. He offers a nurturing and dynamic space where you can explore all of the dimensions of your Self, dive into your relationships and dynamics, and process past and current challenges to make space for new creative adjustments. He brings life experiences as a bilingual and bicultural person with a background in music and education, and offers therapy both in English and Spanish. Juan Carlos holds a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology, and has extensive training in Gestalt therapy and self-knowledge practices.

Supervised by Michele Bachmeier, LMFT, MFC 35491 

Juan Carlos' Services:

Individual Therapy

Couples Therapy

Pre-Teen & Teen Therapy

Group Therapy

About 

Darrah Jones
Associate Clinical Social Worker 

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Style:

  • Psychodynamic

  • Strengths-based

  • Relational

  • Internal Family Systems

  • Cognitive Behavioral

  • Transpersonal

  • Mindfulness-based

Specialization:  

  • Anxiety

  • Self esteem

  • Perfectionism

  • Body image

  • Trauma

  • Grief

  • Religious and/or spiritual concerns

  • Neurodiversity (Autism Spectrum and ADHD)

  • Major life transitions

  • Relationship concerns

Darrah is a dedicated therapist who prioritizes the development of a secure and trust-based therapeutic relationship. She creates a non-judgmental environment where individuals can feel accepted for their whole selves with newfound curiosity and compassion.


Throughout her career in social work, Darrah has gained valuable experience working across various settings and with diverse populations. She started as a case worker and educator in the field of interpersonal violence prevention and response in 2015 and transitioned into therapy in 2018.

Darrah is thought-trained and experienced in working across many settings with diverse populations. She specializes in understanding and integrating the subconscious, helping clients deepen their self-understanding and acceptance through insight. Additionally, Darrah provides practical tools to support day-to-day well-being, including coping skills, problem-solving, distress tolerance, and psychoeducation.

Currently, Darrah works with individuals, couples, and families. She takes an individualized approach, meeting each person on their terms and utilizing modalities that work best for them. Darrah supports clients in deepening their creative self-expression to access greater self-understanding and awareness, empowering them to live more peaceful and fulfilling lives.

Supervised by Michele Bachmeier, LMFT, MFC 35491

Darrah's Services:

Couples Therapy

Individual & Teen Therapy

Group Therapy

The Creative Healing Group
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