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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

  • Expressive/Creative Arts

  • Client-Centered

Specialization:  

  • Trauma & PTSD

  • Low Self-Esteem

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Grief

  • Addiction

  • 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

Amy Hartman,
Associate Clinical Social Worker 

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Style:

  • Attachment Theory

  • Emotionally-Focused Therapy

  • Psychodynamic

  • Trauma-Informed

  • Somatic Body-Centered Therapy

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Couples Therapy

Specialization:  

  • Anxiety

  • Burnout 

  • Depression

  • Highly Sensitive People

  • Grief

  • Political Climate

  • PTSD/Trauma

  • Life Transitions

  • Relationship Issues

  • ADHD / Neurodivergence 

Amy works with individuals, couples, children, and teens, and provides a supportive and grounded space to help you navigate challenging life transitions or past life events that are impacting your day-to-day quality of your life. 

 

Amy believes we all have a natural blueprint of health that continually directs us back to our own ability to heal, and to our own vitality and alignment. The more we explore and resolve internal struggles and stay in dialogue with the unconscious parts of ourselves, the more we return to that natural blueprint of health and the more space, clarity, and vitality we have to fulfill our visions.  

 

In sessions, Amy draws upon attachment theory, emotionally-focused therapy, Internal Family Systems, and a variety of somatic (body)-based therapies to support you in returning your own intuition and inner knowing. She also utilizes dreamwork, journaling, and self-regulation practices in sessions. 

 

After receiving her graduate degree in social work, Amy spent a decade working in various government and non-profit roles before becoming an associate therapist. Amy is also a yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner, and currently studies energy awareness as well as tantra and sacred sexuality. Amy would be honored to support you on your healing journey.

 

Supervised by Michele Bachmeier, LMFT, MFC 35491 

Amy's Services:

Individual Therapy

Couples Therapy

Pre-Teen & 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:

  • Relational

  • Humanistic

  • Person-Centered

  • Holistic

  • Mindfulness

  • Existential

  • Psychodynamic

  • Attachment-Based

  • Emotionally Focused

  • Strengths-Based

Specialization:  

  • Trauma & PTSD

  • Relationships

  • Sexuality & Empowerment

  • Navigating Major Change & Transitions

  • Grief & Loss

  • Spirituality

  • Anxiety & Stress

  • Perfectionism

  • Self-Esteem

Darrah works with individuals and couples who are looking for support and guidance as they navigate the process of self exploration and healing. Darrah enjoys working with a diverse array of folks on specific issues of trauma, anxiety, sexuality, spirituality, and relationships. Working with specific issues has allowed Darrah to more deeply understand the importance of how the unique parts we are all made up of impact our overall experience.

Darrah’s roots as a social worker are in the field of interpersonal violence (IPV) response and prevention. Since 2013, she has worked with individuals ages 5+ who have experienced or witnessed IPV. Darrah has worked across many settings and in many roles, including victim-survivor advocacy and clinical case management, psychotherapist, healthy relationships and consent educator, and group therapist. Darrah considers it a great privilege to have had the opportunity to work in the field of IPV response & prevention. The experiences she had throughout that time in her career continue to inform her therapy practice by providing information about the complex impacts of relational trauma.

In Darrah’s work, the development of an effective therapeutic relationship relies on building trust between the therapist and client. She aims to create an environment where your whole, authentic self can be present and accepted. Darrah respects the sovereignty and wisdom of each client in discovering their own answers. She believes that you are the healer of yourself and sees her role as a trained supporter to assist you in navigating your own unique process.

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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