Meet Our Facilitators
Pace Groups are led by world-class facilitators chosen for their extensive experience leading deep, cohesive groups.
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Adiasha Richards-Thornhill (She/Her/Hers)

Adiasha Richards-Thornhill, LMHC is a proud Trinidadian, owner of Growth and Transitions Counseling located in Queens NY. Adiasha is passionate about therapy that is deep and heals the wounds beneath the surface. She works individually with women to help them work through their trauma, heal from past wounds, and grow the skills needed to move out of surviving and into a life of full living.

Adiasha is a Stony Brook University Alumni and received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University Brooklyn.

Outside of work, Adiasha is a true Caribbean woman who enjoys beaches and soca music. She is dedicated to thriving in her own life and spends her time enjoying the other side of her own healing.

Adrienne Heinz (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Heinz is a licensed psychologist who conducts research and clinical practice in the areas of resilience, trauma, anxiety, and substance use. She also works as a consultant advising on (1) development, evaluation, and implementation of mobile mental health interventions; (2) entrepreneur wellbeing and mental health strategy in the workplace; and (3) intersections of climate change and mental heath. 

Alan Cyr (He/Him/His)

Alan Cyr (He/Him/His) is a dedicated, creative, and compassionate professional. One of his greatest joys is being able to hold space and accompany groups and individuals on their journeys to greater healing, wholeness, and happiness. He often works from a holistic perspective, weaving empirical research, humor, and ancient wisdom from around the world, to promote self-exploration, curiosity, and transcending self-imposed boundaries.

Before becoming a licensed mental health counselor, Alan worked as a middle and high school teacher. While he greatly enjoyed this career path, he found his true passion was working with individuals and groups to help facilitate personal growth, healing, and positive change. Alan continued his education and received his M.A. in Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in Marriage and Family Counseling, from National University in California. Alan is excited to bring his education and experience as an educator and counselor to Pace!

In his free time, Alan enjoys being in nature, gardening, traveling, and learning. He likes contributing to groups and movements promoting human and animal rights, as wells environmentalism. All of these are topics he enjoys depicting and exploring in his artwork and creative writing as well.

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Alex Hattick (She/Her/Hers)

Alex Hattick (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist situated in Long Beach, CA. She is passionate about mindfulness education and creating a safe atmosphere where any emotion is welcomed and met with a sense of care and curiosity.

Alex received her Master of Social Work and BA in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She has spent several years working in a variety of settings with children, adolescents, and young adults and has found her niche in the relationship between true self care and anxiety reduction.

Passions outside of her work include practicing mindfulness, cycling, taking care of her pup and plants, and making music.

Alexa Yarnell (She/Her/Hers)

Alexa Yarnell, LCPC, is a therapist in private practice and approaches her therapeutic work from a mindful, spiritual, and psychodynamic foundation. She invites and holds space to reconcile with the complex experiences of our internal worlds.

Alexa received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University in Bozeman. The majority of her post-master's clinical training and experience took place at an eating disorder treatment center, where she was a primary and group therapist, and later the IOP Program Manager.

Outside of Pace, Alexa is a mama to her 1 year old son and enjoys spending time camping in the mountains or reading a good book with a piping hot cup of coffee.

Ali DeCamillis (She/Her/Hers)

Allison 'Ali' DeCamillis (she/her/hers) values creating opportunities for authentic and meaningful connection. As a life-long learner, she approaches group-work with curiosity and creates a safe space for diverse perspectives within an environment of compassion, creativity and playfulness. She welcomes both laughter and tears.

Currently, Ali is the counseling manager at Jewish Family and Children's Service, an adjunct faculty member at Adler Graduate School and specializes in grief/loss, cancer support, end-of-life, caregiving, and being an imperfect human. As a board certified art therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor, she has worked with people across the age spectrum in healthcare, community and studio-based settings .

As a military brat, Ali grew up with a love for travel and adventuring; she has moved over 27 times and has lived in 9 different states/countries. She and her family permanently landed in Minneapolis, MN where she can be found enjoying yoga, jumping in lakes, sketching in a hammock, taking her cat on walks, cultivating community, laughing with friends, and exploring with her two awesome kids, creative husband, and their road-tripping cat.

Allison He (She/Her/Hers)

My name is Dr. Allison He and I am a clinical psychologist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In my career, I have assessed and treated children, adolescents, and adults across a wide variety of settings, including inpatient facilities, pediatric and adult ADHD clinics, university counseling centers, academic medical centers, and the VA hospital system. I used an evidence-based approach to help my patients manage uncomfortable symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Amanda N'zi (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Amanda N'zi (In-Zee; she/her) is a white, cisgendered psychologist who believes emotions are an essential ingredient in the human experience and in normalizing mental health throughout the lifespan. She values multiple sources of knowledge including science, historical insights, intuition, and lived experience as well as cultural humility and vulnerability. She is passionate about helping individuals understand the function of emotions in a compassionate framework and exploring internal, relational, contextual, and systemic factors that shape the way we interpret and interact with ourselves and the world. 

Dr. N'zi received her Ph.D. in Clinical and Health Psychology with a subspecialty in child psychology from the University of Florida and completed her residency at the University of Oklahoma, specializing in anxiety, behavioral challenges, social emotional development, and trauma informed care. She has held research and clinical positions at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Children's Hospital Colorado that have focused on healing from trauma and brain injuries. 

Dr. N'zi enjoys relaxing outdoors, reading, and exercising. She loves spending time sharing meals with friends and enjoying daily life with her partner and son. Dr. N'zi is growing in her efforts as an advocate for social justice and mental health care access.

Amber Nutter (She/Her/Hers)

Amber Nutter, LCSW (she/her/hers) is a lover of people with a fascination about the human experience. Amber is compassionate and believes all lives have inherent worth and value and everyone should be treated as such.

Amber attended Bowie State University, an HBCU in her home state of Maryland and then moved on to receive her Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan.

After a lifetime in the cold and snow, Amber decided to begin her new life and professional career in the Bay Area and has been here for almost a decade. Outside of Pace, Amber enjoys reading, playing video games and watching professional gamers play video games on YouTube.

Amelia Borofsky (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Amelia Rachel Hokuleʻa Borofsky (She/Her/Hers) focuses on how the intersection of race, gender, class, and power, impact our stories. She provides a safe container for compassion and connection. Dr. Borofsky is fluent in English and Spanish.

Dr. Borofsky received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University/Hawaiʻi with a focus on diverse and marginalized populations. She is an APA-Minority Fellowship Program recipient and trained at the Center for Multicultural Psychology at Boston Medical Center. She is trained in play and trauma-informed therapies.

As a solo mother of two young daughters, she is passionate about parenting and the postpartum journey. She is a founding member of the non-profit Surfing Moms and surfs as much as possible. "The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea."

Andra Brosh (She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist Dr. Andra Brosh is the founder of Psyche & Salt and the creator of the Liberation Journey. Dr. Brosh believes in the power of self-healing, and that any therapeutic process should be collaborative and personally empowering. With a focus on the mind-body-soul connection, she combines her varied degrees and certifications with her personal experience to offer a multi-faceted approach to personal growth. Her work incorporates holistic nutrition, nature therapy, Buddhist psychology, and mysticism. Dr. Brosh brings her curious mind and compassionate heart to help others transcend the mundane and ordinary to uncover their highest self, true nature, and authentic life. In her free time, Dr. Brosh enjoys cooking, being in nature, and taking long walks with her dog Clementine.

Andrea Cook (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Andrea Cook (She/Her/Hers) enjoys working with people to grow and change at their own pace in a safe and supportive environment. She helps people to better understand their past, to recognize their strengths, and to creatively face challenges and find solutions.

Dr. Cook received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. The focus of her early research and clinical work was on integrating mental health clinicians into primary care medical settings in order to better provide holistic care for patients. Currently, in addition to seeing clients in her private practice, she teaches clinical courses in the Psychology Department at University of California Santa Cruz.

When not working, Dr. Cook loves riding her horse in dressage, working equitation, and trail rides. She also loves reading, spending time with her family, playing with her dogs, and practicing yoga. On occasion, she and her husband still like to kick up their heels and go out ballroom dancing.

Andy Matzner (He/Him/His)

Andy is a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct professor of psychology at Virginia Western Community College. He has been practicing as a psychotherapist since 2005, specializing in gender identity. Andy has two master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii (classical studies and anthropology) and one from Radford University (social work).

In his free time, Andy loves traveling, reading tarot cards, writing books, drumming, and hanging out with his three cats.

Angela Priester (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Angela Priester has worked as a psychologist with all ages in a variety of settings from coast to coast. She loves working with children and their parents and learned to love working with groups through her work with Active-Duty service members and their families.

Dr. Priester received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and has received specialized training in trauma treatment. She has enjoyed doing Biblical research for almost 40 years and serves on the Board of Directors of a non-profit Christian ministry.

Angelyna Lowe (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Angelyna Lowe (She/Her/Hers) is a compassionate psychologist who seeks to show up genuinely, and provide a non-judgmental, direct, and hopefully fun space to foster growth and change. She seeks to create an environment that allows individuals to get to know themselves better and learn to show up in life in the most meaningful way.

Dr. Lowe received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loma Linda University in California, with a fellowship in health psychology with the Veteran Administration Healthcare System. She has worked for the Naval Medical Center, where she specialized in providing therapy to service members coping with chronic illness, mind-body medicine program design, as well as leading efforts in diversity and inclusion.

Outside of Pace, Dr. Lowe enjoys time with her family, traveling to new places, learning about different cultures, and any time spent at the beach. She is also an avid baker and lover of all things carbs.

Ani Vidrine (She/Her/Hers)

Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine serves as an interfaith minister, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, spiritual director, and continuing education workshop facilitator for licensed professional counselors and social workers. In whatever service modality she is offering, Ani incorporates her 25 years of experience teaching yoga and her in-depth study of the enneagram personality typology system to empower people to overcome obstacles to vibrant living, increase somatic awareness, and find inner peace.

 

Rev. Ani received her M.S.W. from Louisiana State University, graduated from The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation’s programs, Spiritual Guidance and Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats, and subsequently graduated from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, receiving her ordination as an interfaith minister. Rev. Ani joined Shalem's staff in 2019 and is currently in the dissertation phase of her Ph.D. studies in Integral & Transpersonal Psychology at The California Institute of Integral Studies, researching the enneagram personality typology system as a tool for personal growth.

 

Rev. Ani has been married to Aaron Hebert since 1998 and has two grown sons, Zack and Joshua.  Hiking at Louisiana’s Chicot State Park Arboretum, camping, singing, playing Spades, and sitting on her porch are some of her favorite pastimes.

Aseem Garg (He/Him/His)

Aseem N. Garg (he/him/his) specializes in fostering a safe and empathic space for sharing deep and difficult thoughts and feelings. His passion is in helping others reach their truly limitless potential by uncovering the stories that have been problematic previously and in helping to re-author them.

Aseem earned his Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Akron in sunny Akron, OH (LeBron's town!). He has worked previously with adolescents experiencing mental health and addiction issues as well as with oncology patients and their families. Currently, he works as a private practitioner in the areas of sexuality, relationships/couples work, and gender identity/dysphoria.

Outside of Pace, Aseem loves to spend time with his growing family either outdoors or playing board games. He also loves reading mystery novels and is always looking for a new author/title to check out.

Asha Bauer (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Asha Bauer is a multi-passionate ampersand: psychologist, user experience researcher, business consultant, success coach, yoga and meditation instructor. In her work she helps innovative professionals and entrepreneurs to lead with intention and grit, develop resilience and creativity, and cultivate mindful and values-driven lives and careers.

 

Dr. Bauer received her B.A from Barnard College and her M.S. and Psy.D. from Indiana State University and completed pre- and post-doctoral training through the VA Healthcare System. Her research has focused on mindfulness, trauma, resilience, and the utilization of technology as a force for social good. She has advanced training in a number of evidence-based interventions, including acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

 

In addition to being a project director at the National Center for PTSD where she conducts research on digital healthcare, Dr. Bauer also owns a small private psychotherapy practice, and is the founder of The Consistent Creative, which provides coaching and consulting services to entrepreneurs and founders, and resources on burnout prevention, flow psychology, and fostering a growth mindset. Asha currently lives in the bay area with her partner and chubby tabby cat, Sati. She enjoys travel, running, yoga, and extra spicy chai tea.

Beth Warsof (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Beth Warsof (she/her) is a developmental psychologist, transformational coach, and experiential educator. In her work, she cultivates spaces of curiosity, compassion, and courage to explore and grow in the magic, mystery, and messiness of human being.

Dr. Warsof received her Ph.D. from George Mason University, specializing in autism spectrum disorders. She has taught and led intentional community and personal exploration around the world, most recently at Naropa University, in Boulder, CO.

Outside of Pace, Dr. Warsof involves herself in social, restorative, environmental, and health justice efforts, while acknowledging the privileges of her own social location. After traveling the world for five years, Beth currently creates adventure and awe by the beach, through family, nature, body wisdom, and the spiritual practice of human connection.

Breanna Herock (She/Her/Hers)

Breanna Herock (She/Her) is an empathic professional counselor who strives to create a comforting and safe space to grow. She understands the importance of developing a human connection with others to influence deep change.

Bre received her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Ohio and has since worked in a variety of settings helping people overcome anxiety, depression, trauma. She specializes in adolescent issues and parenting, LGBTQ and sexuality, and emotional regulation.

When not working you can find Bre enjoying the outdoors, specifically in or near water kayaking, waterskiing, and swimming. She also enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.

Brian Cohn (He/Him/His)

Brian Cohn is a passionate behavioral therapist who aims to help his child, adolescent and adult clients live a rewarding and meaningful life, full of rich experiences. He utilizes applied behavioral analysis and other evidenced based practices to help clients increase prosocial behaviors that move them closer to their values and goals.

Brian Cohn received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas with a Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2009. In 2014, Brian received his Masters in Education with an emphasis in Autism from the University of Massachusetts.

Brian has been a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2014.When he is not working you can find him exploring the wonders of Colorado with his wife, two children, and two pups. Brian also loves to play and listen to music.

Camila Williams (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Camila Williams is a board certified psychologist and high performance life coach and has specialized in the field of perfectionism, anxiety and stress management for over 10 years. Working with professionals, small business owners and entrepreneurs, Dr. Williams helps high achievers break the shackles of self-doubt, limiting beliefs, and procrastination to live into their gifts without sacrificing their well being. As a “Perfectionist in Recovery,” and mother-of-three she understands only too well the delicate balance between the strive for excellence and crippling self-doubt, and she has dedicated her work to tackling the ever-growing “not good enough” mindset among the nation’s most talented. Dr. Williams has also lectured for years in front of hundreds of university students, led wellness groups for underserved communities, and held numerous leadership positions in a variety of organizations, and she knows how to effectively communicate and teach others how to make lasting changes in their lives. 

Chaka Holley (She/Her/Hers)

Chaka Holley, MDIV LCSW is the CEO of A New Day mental Wellness Center. As a psychotherapist, her services are tailored to youth and adults that are in the midst of many different journeys; including finding their way through the challenges of homelessness, incarceration, chronic illnesses, and poverty, as well as people navigating college and the professional work world. She strongly believes in holistic care and incorporates all aspects of the person into her clinical work.

Ms. Holley received her MSW from Western Michigan University and her MDIV from Chicago Theological Seminary. In addition to being the CEO of A New Day Mental Wellness Center, Holley is the President of Coloring Mental Health Collective, an organization that advocates and organizes for the mental wellness of Black and Brown people, while seeking to dismantle oppressive ideologies and behaviors that cause emotional suffering.

Outside of work, Chaka enjoys tea tasting and audio books.

Colleen Ehrnstrom (She/Her/Hers)

Colleen Ehrnstrom is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001. She spends her time working at the University of Colorado at Boulder and in private practice. She is the co-author of the book “End the Insomnia Struggle” and is an avid advocate of wellness that addresses both the mind and the body.

When not working, she spends time with her family which includes her husband, two teenagers, and a golden retriever. She enjoys reading, skiing, yoga, running, and being in the outdoors whenever possible.

Connie Habash (She/Her/Hers)

Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, yoga & meditation teacher, ecotherapist, interfaith minister, and author. Her passion is helping clients release stress, discover their authentic and empowered selves and cultivate a happy and meaningful life.

Connie received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from JFK University in 1994, became licensed in 1999, and additionally has received certifications in yoga teaching, yoga therapy, ecotherapy, and an ordination as an Interfaith minister. She has taught in 3 yoga teacher trainings in the San Francisco Bay Area and offers online and in-person workshops, classes, and retreats.

When she’s not leading heart-centered groups, she loves exploring nature and hiking, gardening (imperfectly!), dancing, cuddling with her cat, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Connie Kramer (She/Her/Hers)

Connie Kramer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Gestalt Therapist, and National Board Certified Counselor. Her advanced training includes Gestalt, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Addiction/Recovery, and Dual Diagnosis. She has supported clients at the agency level, leading a Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program. 

Presently, she works as a Private Practice Clinician supporting clients in broadening self-awareness to more fully experience their lives.  In 2019 she co-created Gestalt by the Sea, a workshop/retreat specifically designed for women to connect and to engage in therapy work at the ocean.  More recently, she has expanded her clinical practice to include psychological evaluations for clients facing immigration challenges. 

Connie Kramer lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two dogs, and enjoys spending time with her three children, taking walks in the woods or on the beach, practicing yoga, playing Scrabble, and traveling. 

 

 

Cydney Shindel (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Cydney Shindel is a licensed clinical psychologist who strives to create a caring and supportive environment that promotes vulnerability, connection to current values to drive behavior change, and the acquisition of skills to enhance people’s quality of life. She integrates evidenced-based approaches to tailor treatment, and she is passionate about the areas of aging and coping with chronic and terminal illness. 

Dr. Shindel earned her PsyD from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. Over the course of her training, she provided clinical services at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Stanford University, Institute on Aging, and San Francisco VA Health Care System. 

Outside of work, Dr. Shindel enjoys outdoor adventures with her family, friends, and dog as well as crafting, painting, and attending performing arts events. 

Darcy Scott (She/Her/Hers)

Darcy Scott is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in Austin, Texas. As a clinician, Darcy sees many clients who feel stuck in their lives or daunted by the amount of decisions they must make each day, to help break the patterns that hold us back. Mrs. Scott helps clients manage their anxieties, whether that’s anxiety over entering adulthood, after the birth of a child, in a relationship, or associated with major life changes.

Darcy began her career in education as a middle school teacher. That probably means she is going to laugh with you, make bad puns, and give you homework. She deeply values education and often teaches psychoeducation in groups and sessions. Mrs. Scott completed her masters at St. Edwards University and worked for 8 years in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation before opening her private practice.

Darcy Scott’s love language is quality time. That is evident in how she approaches counseling and the love for her community. She Keeps Austin Weird by decorating cakes for Bake-A-Wish Austin, cross-stitching portraits of her friends, and is a proud member of the Citizen Police Academy Class 102.

Debbie Sorensen (She/Her/Hers)

I’m a psychologist in private practice in Denver, Colorado. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University. My private practice is part of the ImpACT Psychology Colorado and Healthcare Wellbeing collectives. In addition to private practice, I work part-time as a clinical research psychologist at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. I am nationally-recognized VA trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I have been a lecturer at Harvard University in the Department of Psychology, and am passionate about teaching and training mental health professionals in ACT and supervising psychology students.

I love living in Colorado, my home state, with my husband, two daughters, and dog. When I’m not busy working or podcasting, I enjoy reading fiction, cooking, travel, and getting outdoors in the beautiful Rocky Mountains!

Denise Gilstrap (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Denise Gilstrap (she/her/hers) is a passionate helping professional and college professor who values forming deep, supportive connections with others. In her clinical work, she uses an integrated cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and family systems approach to facilitate clients’ interpersonal wellness and self-awareness.

Dr. Gilstrap is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and National Certified Counselor with advanced training in child counseling, family therapy, and trauma-focused practices. Her degrees include a Master of Science in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).

In her spare time, Dr. Gilstrap loves going on adventures with her fur baby Bella. She also enjoys jogging, being in nature, practicing hot yoga, and spending time with friends and family.

Elnur Gajiev (He/Him/His)

Dr. Elnur "El" Gajiev is a clinical psychologist, poet, and educator passionate about the vision of Pace. He specializes in bringing together empirically-based, creative therapies to foster greater connection, purpose, understanding, and growth for individuals, groups, and organizations.

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Dr. El earned his Doctorate degree from the University of Denver and has held positions at various distinguished clinical settings throughout the United States. He currently serves on the faculty at the University of Hawai'i, as well as the Board of the Hawai'i Psychological Association.

When he's not in "work mode," you can find him traveling to parts unknown, falling off a surfboard, reveling in jazz and spoken word poetry, and providing mentorship to youth engaged in social entrepreneurship.

Erica Reschly (She/Hers/They/Them)

Erica Reschly, LISW, PhD, is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for clients to compassionately explore their internal experiences and authentically connect with their true Self. Building on a foundation of self-awareness clients enter into a more empowered, conscious relationship with their inner Self, others, and the world.

Erica is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with advanced training in somatic, LGBT+, and trauma-informed practices. Her degrees include an MSW from the University of Iowa and a PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Chicago.

In her personal life Erica attunes to her highest Self by regularly spending time in nature, practicing yoga, and meditating. She also loves building community, cooking for others, going on motorcycle rides with her girlfriend, traveling, foraging, hiking, and playing board games.

Genee Ramsay (She/Her/Hers)

Genee Ramsay has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area where she focuses on helping individuals and couples make positive changes in their relationships and their lives. She sees her job as creating authentic connections and a safe space for people to be able to explore and grow emotionally.

Genee received her BS in Psychology with a minor in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University and went on to get her MS in Counseling from Cal State East Bay. She spent several years working for various family service agencies in the community before settling into private practice in 2014.

When Genee is not working she likes to get out of her head and into her body through activities like dancing, hiking and doing yoga. She also loves doing anything or nothing with her family and her very emotionally needy dog.

Hana Shin (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Hana Shin is a licensed clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (APA-accredited). She completed her predoctoral and postdoctoral training at VA Palo Alto and has published research with the National Center for PTSD.

Born and raised in San Francisco by immigrant parents, she is now an east coast transplant and working mother, exploring and learning to live in a place with four seasons.

Helen Liang (She/Her/Hers)

Helen Liang (pronouns: she/her) is endlessly curious and strives to foster a sense of wonderment in others. She aims to create an environment in which group members can feel seen, heard and valued. Aligned with Pace's mission, she passionately believes self-introspection and human connection can change the world.

Helen received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco with dual concentration in School Counseling and Professional Clinical Counseling. She is also a fully trained EMDR therapist. She has worked clinically across many settings, including schools, hospitals, non-profits, companies and in private practice.

When she's "off the clock", you can find her writing, making art or pottery, reveling in live music, and sending snail mail to loved ones. She's also constantly following urges to learn something new or deep dive into random topics, whether it's Egyptian hieroglyphs, deepening her research skills, architecture, biographies, or taking French at a local community college.

Jamie Star de Anda (She/Her/Hers)

Jamie Star de Anda (she/her) is an empathic old soul, bringing loving compassion to her work. As a therapist, she creates a space for deep self-reflection, practical skill application, and real transformation—all with a warm sense of humor.

Jamie has a masters degree in professional counseling, with an emphasis in trauma. She specialized in clinical hypnotherapy: a gentle, non-judgmental process of change on the deepest level. An ordained minister, she acts as “guide on the side” to help others connect with their personal spiritual connection (without the constraint of any religious dogma). Jamie has been bridging spirituality and psychological growth for over 20 years.

Outside of facilitating groups, Jamie has a passion for Greek mythology and re-enacts psychodrama based on the Hero/Heroines Journey. She runs a social media ads company helping women in heart-centered coaching grow their businesses. She also enjoys Harry Potter, studying herbalism, reading Jane Austen, and drinking ceremonial cacao. She lives in the woods of the Pacific Northwest with her partner and young son.

Jason Gruhl (He/Him/His)

Jason Gruhl is committed to making a difference in people’s lives and to helping them realize their power and potential. As a psychotherapist, Jason believes that each of us has the ability to create the life we want by shining a light on the barriers that we or others have constructed, and by curiously examining our views, behaviors, and values.

Jason received his MA in Counseling Psychology from Regis University in Denver, and his undergraduate degree (Psychology and English emphasis)from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He also has a degree in Special Education and was the Founder and former Executive Director of The Joshua School in Denver and Boulder, CO, a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities.

Jason lives in Boulder, Colorado with his cattle dog, Coby, and enjoys hiking, meditation, travel, foreign languages, sci-fi movies and baking scones.

Jeanine Baillie (She/They)

Dr. Jeanine Baillie (she/they) is a clinical psychologist and innovative leader who serves by example to foster healthy partnerships and teamwork within an organization. Jeanine is passionate about the healing power of groups, enjoys creating opportunities for growth and is an effective agent of change. Jeanine uses her clinical skills to support the development of a whole system centered on values and sustainable structures for individual and collective realization.

Dr. Jeanine Baillie received her PsyD. in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Massachusetts. Jeanine has over 12 years of clinical experience and specializes in providing culturally informed counseling that utilizes a holistic and decolonized lens to support individuals and groups. Jeanine's areas of interest include: multicultural counseling, multidimensional levels of healing, justice and peace building work to support the creation of more equitable and inclusive systems.

Outside of Pace, Jeanine enjoys being surrounded by nature and family, swimming, gardening and dancing.

Jessica McBride (She/Her/Hers)

Jessica McBride MPS, LPCC, LADC (she/her/hers) creates a space that is is safe, respectful, culturally responsive, and empowering. She is highly empathic and in-tune with other people’s emotions and energies.

Jessica received her Masters in Professional Studies, a graduate certification in Addiction Studies, and a BA in Psychology, all from the University of Minnesota. She has worked in the field of addiction, has built outpatient programs, and currently has her own therapy practice. She also worked in Hong Kong, SAR for two years as a therapist and has seen that across the world people are yearning for the same thing: connection.

In her free time, Jessica loves to see live music, is an animal lover, and enjoys reading, running, travel, and connecting with her friends and family.

Joanna Trevino (She/Her/Hers)

Joanna Trevino (She/Her/Hers) is a compassionate, creative human being and professional. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and has extensive training in mind-body-energy therapies. She creates a sacred space to help other human beings become more self-aware and curious. She provides an atmosphere of warmth and loving-kindness that fosters connection, embodiment and flow.

Joanna has a Master’s in Community Counseling from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. She also has a Bachelor’s in Art. She has certification, training and experience in a variety of meditation techniques, hypnotherapy, breath work, Reiki, art therapies, sound meditation, EMDR, EFT, sand tray therapy and virtual reality wellness. She’s worked in her private practice Mind-Body Counseling & Training Center for the last 12 years.

Outside of Pace, Joanna loves spending time with her family and pets; meditating; lingering in sweet solitude; and is eternally curious about being a traveler in this energetic matrix in which we all reside.

Joe Fineman (He/Him/His)

Dr. Joe Fineman centers his work on creating a safe, authentic and warm space that is free of judgment. As a psychologist, Dr. Fineman helps individuals experience a more fulfilling life by helping them move closer to their values. He is also actively involved in various diversity initiatives that aim to reduce inequalities for all groups.

Dr. Fineman receives his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Fineman has an established career working as Clinical Psychologist in the Veteran’s Administration, specializing in trauma services and spearheading many diversity, equity and inclusion training initiatives.

Outside of his professional roles, Dr. Fineman likes to travel, listen to music, read and play sports with his son. To replenish his spirit, Dr. Fineman engages in outdoor activities like kayaking, camping and biking.

Jude Austin (He/Him/His)

Dr. Jude Austin (he/him/his) is a warmly confrontational professional who cares about helping others gain insight, build genuineness, and gain a sense of control. He facilitates a space filled with wisdom-based tension in which others feel safe and supported throughout the growth process.

Dr. Austin received his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming before completing a residency in Norfolk State University's counseling center. He is now a Professor in the Professional Counseling Program at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and a private practitioner. He is also a book author for the American Counseling Association and Springer Publishing Company.

Outside of Pace, Dr. Austin loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, biking, running, rowing, golfing, listening to Brandon Sanderson books, and watching Arsenal Football Club.

Julia Stone (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Julia Stone's (she/her/hers) has special interest in the treatment of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. Her compassionate and nonjudgmental style easily fosters an environment of safety and openness. Authenticity and acceptance are core components of her approach to enhancing emotional growth and connection.

Dr. Stone received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Immaculata University.

In her free time, you can find Dr. Stone refueling in the great outdoors, riding horses, mountain bikes, or surfboards, admiring a sunrise, taking walks with her rescue dog, or spending time with loved ones.

Julie Shepardson (She/Her/Hers)

Julie Shepardson has been a clinician in private practice for over 15 years.  As a therapist, she empowers people to clarify what matters most, while revealing ways of thinking and behaving that are impeding their progress towards a more joyful and fulfilling life.  She also helps individuals challenge their fears and learn to communicate more effectively.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration from Florida State University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.  She is living proof that Life allows us to change direction at any point in our lives!

In her free time she likes to explore the world with her husband.

Julius Austin (He/Him/His)

Dr. Julius A. Austin is a former collegiate and professional soccer player. As a psychotherapist, he helps people gain freedom of and responsibility for their choices by empowering them to become aware of the self, the environment, and the relationship between the two. He enjoys creating an environment of genuineness, trust, humor, respect, and spontaneity.

Dr. Julius A. Austin earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Wyoming and currently serves as a Clinical Director of a community based private practice and as a full-time Faculty member in the Counseling Program at Grand Canyon University.

When he is not working, he spends his time in CrossFit, enjoying family road trips, and listening to science fiction & fantasy audiobooks.

Karli Meredith (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Karli Meredith is a compassionate and non-judgmental psychologist whose career has focused on cultivating resilience in the lives of children, adults, and families. Her expertise is in flexibly applying evidence based treatment approaches to meet the individual needs and goals of her clients. As a therapist she is adept at creating a space where people quickly feel comfortable and understood.

Dr. Meredith received her PhD from Columbia University focusing broadly on the treatment and assessment of childhood disorders across development. A life long learner, Dr. Meredith's clinical interests and acumen have continued to widen as she's received training in gold standard treatment targeting emotion dysregulation, increasing psychological flexibility, and mindfulness and compassion focused therapies. 

Outside of work you can find Dr. Meredith somehow immersed in nature, whether that's through hiking, mountain biking, or skiing. She is a big proponent of maintaining and cultivating her own meaningful relationships which means she's usually spending time with her young family and friends. 

Katherine Perez-Rivera (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Perez-Rivera (she/her/hers) has 20 years of experience working with people who are motivated to work on their well-being and mental health. Her style inspires you to discover your character strengths and gain traction in this journey of life.

Dr. Perez-Rivera received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Her education centered around the principles of positive psychology and a humanistic approach.

Dr. Perez-Rivera is an avid indoor cycler (including being an instructor!), PLYOGA and House Party Fitness goer. She has a certified therapy dog, Athena, who is an integral part of her life and regularly adds benefit to her therapy sessions. Dr. Perez-Rivera is also a professionally-trained voice over actor!! She enjoys using her spare time to voice over books in her native tongue, Spanish.

Kerry Makin-Byrd (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Kerry Makin-Byrd is a fourth generation business owner. As a psychologist, she helps entrepreneurs and professionals create deep, meaningful lives by applying expertise in evidence-based therapy and coaching to foster resilience, mindfulness, and purpose-driven work.

Dr. Makin-Byrd received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, and subsequently received advanced training at the University of California San Francisco and Stanford University. She has held professional appointments at the National Center for PTSD and at New York University. She has served as a researcher and national subject matter expert on trauma and PTSD, and has authored over 30 peer-reviewed studies, Congressional reports, and clinical chapters on trauma and resilience. She received the Special Contribution Award from the Veterans Health Administration in recognition of the national impact of her policy contributions and clinical teaching on VA mental health services.

After a decade in academia and government, she followed her entrepreneurial dream (and heritage) to establish her own business. She now enjoys building out her vision and the long hours that rarely feel like work. In addition to being a psychologist and executive coach, Kerry is founding board member of the Kids Compassion Project, volunteers with Dumb Friends League, and enjoys hiking with her husband and daughter.

Kimberly Kingsley (She/Her/Hers)

Kimberly Kingsley is passionate about wellness and supporting others to live their highest and happiest life. As a counselor, she strives to be open and present, seeking to create a safe space where transformation can occur.  

Kimberly obtained her master’s in counseling from Northern Arizona University, and soon after, began her tenure as communication and counseling faculty at Maricopa Community Colleges. Kimberly is the author of four books, including her most recent, Modern Hippie: An Intuitive Journey toward a Free-Spirited Life. 

In addition to writing and tending to her own growth, Kimberly loves nature, concerts in the park, good food, coffee, and spending time with family and friends.

Kristen Dillon (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Kristen Dillon is a clinical psychologist specializing in older adults, caregivers, terminal illness, end of life, bereavement and meaning centered work. She currently works in Hospice and Palliative Care (H&PC) at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital and facilitates the H&PC rotation within the Geropsychology Training Program.

Dr. Dillon received her PsyD from Williams James College and completed her advanced training at Roger Williams University and ENRM Veterans Hospital. She is board certified in Geropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychologists.

Outside of work, Dr. Dillon enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, hiking, singing and playing the guitar. 

Kristin Cavuto (She/Her/Hers)

Kristin Cavuto (She/Her) loves helping others to uncover their truest selves. As a therapist and group facilitator, she is warm, welcoming, and competent. She works to provide a safe and open space for clients to look inside and find their authentic voices to then make the changes they need to live their best lives.

Kristin received her Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University with a specialty in women’s issues. She has post graduate training in addictions, infant and parental mental health, and LGBT+ issues, and is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a regular speaker on issues of parenting and mental health, body image, and bias in healthcare.

Outside of her professional life, Kristin enjoys her spouse and teenage children, participation in transformative works fandom, and working towards social justice.

Lacey Dabelow (She/Her/Hers)

Lacey Dabelow (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker focusing her work in Leadership Roles within Health Care settings. She's the owner of a consulting company which focuses on Mind Body Medicine, Meditation, Health, and Supervision. Lacey is also passionate about social, racial and environmental justice.

Lacey Dabelow received her Bachelor's in Science - Psychology from Indiana State University and her Master's of Social Work from Indiana University.

Outside of Pace, Lacey enjoys time spent with family and friends, loves to be in nature, taking walks. She enjoys days at the beach, traveling to as many countries as possible, swimming laps in the pool, and going to museums. She enjoys meditation and yoga along with many other activities that encompass seeking joy, awe and wonder in life.

Lenda Faye Matthews (She/Her/Hers)

Lenda Faye Matthews is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Spiritual Guide. Lenda Faye partners with individuals to create safe encounters which promote justice, provide support, and facilitate transformation throughout the life cycle. As Counselor and Guide, Lenda Faye navigates the margins inviting questions, relationship. reflection, health, and growth in individual and small group opportunities.

Lenda Faye received a Master of Education in Counselor Education from University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Lenda Faye is certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Currently, Lenda Faye coordinates and provides services to a Specialty Court Initiative in Jefferson Parish Louisiana. Lenda Faye enjoys quiet moments, reading, music, scrabble, traveling, relaxing, and jigsaw puzzles.

Lori Rolf (She/Her/Hers)

Lori Rolf (pronouns: she/her) is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about creating a safe and healing space that embraces connection, empathy, exploration, and creativity. She believes in the power of mutual empathy within the group process to foster personal growth through connection with others.

Lori received her Masters in Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. She also has a Certificate in Addiction Studies and for the past 13 years has provided counseling to individuals experiencing mental health and substance use disorders. She specializes in providing treatment services that are strengths based and trauma informed.

In her personal life, Lori enjoys cooking, reading, and being outdoors. She is an adventurer at heart and excited to travel the country in her Airstream while exploring new mountain bike trails and rock climbing routes with her Boyfriend.

Maddy Wingerath (She/Her/Hers)

Maddy Wingerath, LMSW, utilizes a cultural humility framework, which places emphasis on co-learning, and the mutually beneficial relationship she cultivates with her psychotherapy clients. She has a B.S. in Outdoor Education from Ithaca College, a M.Ed with the NYC teaching fellows at Brooklyn College, and an MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter college.

Along with her passion for social work, Maddy is also a certified personal trainer. In order to support her clients, she facilitates healing through inner awareness of the physical and emotional bodies.

When Maddy isn’t working, you can find her outside basking in beautiful nature, playing capoeira, or playing her ukulele.

Malkema Martin (She/Her/Hers)

As a licensed professional counselor, Dr. Malkema Martin seeks to effectively guide her clients to positive life decisions. She focuses on building a trusting therapeutic relationship with clients and creating a judgment free environment in which individuals can freely discuss their needs, concerns, and overall wellbeing. Dr. Martin has been advocating and promoting mental health within urban communities for the last 5 years.

Dr. Martin received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Spelman College and her Master’s in Clinical Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Dr. Martin received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision at the Chicago School for Professional Psychology.

In her spare time, Dr. Martin enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and living an active to help promote her own wellness and growth efforts.

Marci Flores (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Marci Flores (pronouns: she/her) is a passionate and caring professional. As a psychologist she strives to create a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space that fosters reflection and emotional growth. She provides an atmosphere of warmth and compassion with a focus on embodying and empowering the human experience.

 

Dr. Flores received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford in Connecticut with affiliations at Yale University and the Institute of Living. The first act of her career was with the Veterans Administration (VA) where she specialized in providing trauma recovery services and played an integral role in system design and program management.  

 

Outside of Pace,  Dr. Flores loves being outdoors in the sun, playing sports (currently golf), traveling, and going to live music events. She is a huge animal lover and is often guilty of rescuing stray animals on top of her mini "zoo" of pets. She is naturally curious and loves learning about the world and people around her, she especially values time connecting with her Girlfriend, family and friends.

Marci (QA) Flores

Maria Rocchio (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Maria Rocchio is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in trauma focused and mindfulness based interventions to veterans within the Department of Veteran Affairs. She is warm and passionate about empowering those she works with by providing a safe and collaborative environment that promotes growth and values based living. She enjoys training future psychologists in the area of cultural competency and sensitivity.

Dr. Rocchio received her PsyD. from Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies and has worked with individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

In her free time, her personal interests include parenting two amazing and energetic little humans, enhancing her amateur chef skills, yoga and a new found love for gardening.

Marika Dillon (She/Her/Hers)

Marika Dillon, MA, LPC, LPCC, LMHC, ATR-BC is a warm, caring, and insightful professional who loves transformational work with others. She is dedicated to creating safe, supportive, and creative spaces that encourage deep shifts and growth for the people she works with.

Marika received her MA at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM and has a background in Art Therapy, Wilderness Therapy, Somatic Therapy; and is a 500 hr Yoga Instructor, and Certified NFT Practitioner. She has nearly two decades of professional experience in a variety of settings both in the US and overseas, which only adds to her skillset as a therapist and coach.

During her downtime, Marika is active in her own personal and spiritual growth, and is involved in regular classes, retreats, and group offerings. She enjoys working on her 111 year old home near the mountains, making art, perennial gardening, hiking, and finding beautiful spots to relax with her husband, toddler, and very old dog.

Maruka Rivers (She/Her/Hers)

Maruka J. Rivers, MSW, LCSW, CCTP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She owns MRiversAwakenings, a private practice that offers therapy and clinical supervision. Maruka’s passion is helping people heal from trauma and awaken their best life. Maruka also uses her skills and knowledge to teach graduate level social work students.

Maruka was trained at Simmons University School of Social Work in Boston, MA. She has gone on to take several continuing education courses to enhance her knowledge and skills. She is trained in Phase I of Brainspotting and also has received training in Internal Family Systems and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

When Maruka is away from the office she is a foster mom, partner, a budding yogi, a foodie, and loves to watch spy and heist movies. Maruka is lucky to live 3 hours away from the beach and the mountains, and loves an outdoor getaway.

Matthew Stimmel (He/Him/His)

Matthew is a Facilitator and Clinician at Pace. He is passionate about providing member-centered, values-based groups, helping people:

  1. Gain insight into their emotional and behavioral experiences; and,

  2. Guiding people as they develop meaningful emotional connections in their lives.

He’s become a huge advocate for group work at the VA and for his own self-care. What you can expect from him as a group facilitator is authenticity, connection, and humility.

In his free time, Matthew enjoys spending time by the ocean, hanging out with his two dogs and watching the sunset. Born and raised in New York City, he currently spends time living in New York and San Francisco.

Megan Carnahan (She/Her/Hers)

Megan Carnahan (She/Her) is a relationship therapist. She specializes in helping people deepen their relationship with themselves first. Once you know yourself, you can deepen your relationship with your partner, child, or whoever is in your life. She believes that each individual has the innate wisdom already inside them to grow and evolve.

Megan received her MSW from Saint Ambrose University in 2009. She has worked with children, adults, and couples in private practice for the past nine years. She recently has begun supervising new counselors and started conscious parenting coaching.

Outside of Pace, Megan enjoys time outdoors, reading, exploring, and nurturing her love of lifelong learning. Megan works on her own growth so that she can be a clear channel for the people she works with.

Melissa Kachapis (She/Her/Hers)

Melissa Kachapis is a compassionate and genuine professional. As a licensed mental health clinician, she brings creativity to her work space creating an atmosphere that promotes sharing and self reflection in a safe and caring environment.

Melissa received her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Melissa has been working in the field of mental health and substance use for approximately 20 years. She has worked with children, families and adults providing a variety of services.

During her down time, Melissa enjoys time with her husband and her 3 sons. She enjoys traveling, food, painting and baking.

Michele Cooper

Michele Cooper is the owner of CORtherapy, a private counseling practice, and co-owner of Elevate Counseling and Community Center in Denver, CO. Michele specializes in helping men and women develop a more positive relationship to food and their bodies and break free from the constraints of anxiety. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of connection- to oneself and others, and that community is a vital part of our well-being.

Michele received her BA in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her MSW from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. She is trained in both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and EMDR and utilizes both of these modalities in her practice.

Michele is also a certified personal trainer and loves helping people feel strong and powerful in their physical bodies. When she isn’t working you can most likely find her chasing sunrises and sunsets in the mountains on her bike or ski’s.

Mikyong Wessel (She/Her/Hers)

Mikyong Wessel is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over twenty years’ experience working with diverse populations as a psychotherapist. Ms. Wessel enjoyed a long career at the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente’s San Francisco facility, first as a staff clinician, then as a clinical supervisor and department manager. Her area of expertise is helping people cope with anxiety, depression, work stress, life transition, and relationship challenges.

Ms. Wessel received her master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy and Art Therapy at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. Additionally, Ms. Wessel received her Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher’s training at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. She currently has a private practice in San Francisco providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples.

During her free time, Ms. Wessel enjoys cooking, taking long walks, hiking, and traveling with her husband.

Moani Silva (She/Her/Hers)

Moani Silva is an empathic and supportive therapist who empowers you to be the best version of yourself. She believes in the power of treating the whole person and seeing and accepting everyone as they are. She is a wonderful listener and provides a safe and non judgmental space where you have the freedom to express your authenticity and originality.

Moani received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and is currently working on her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology.

Outside of Pace and running her own Private Practice, she loves surfing, diving, painting and collecting shells to make jewelry as well as spending time with her family.

Mona Kumar (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Mona Kumar is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in individual and couples therapy. She believes that emotional connection is the way we come closest to ourselves and others and live our fullest lives. She is both insightful and empathic and respects the intuitive knowledge clients bring to each encounter.

Dr. Kumar obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University - Los Angeles. She also has advanced training in psychodynamic models of treatment. She maintains an active private practice in Pasadena, CA.

When she is not in the office, Dr. Kumar can be found spending time with her children, exploring nearby walking trails, and cultivating friendships over a cup of coffee.

Monica Stevens

Naomi Yu (She/Her/Hers)

Naomi Yu (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice, a psychedelic therapist facilitating Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, and a corporate trainer. Working from a social justice lens, she helps people build a stronger sense of self, practice self-compassion, and develop skills to create a meaningful life.

Naomi attended Boston College for her Bachelors in Psychology. She received her Masters in Marital & Family Therapy with a specialization in Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Outside of work, you can find Naomi trail-running in the mountains, reading, and making or enjoying live music. She is devoted to the pursuit of self-growth and things that set you free.

Natalia El-Sheikh (She/Her/Hers)

Natalia El-Sheikh (pronouns she/her) is a psychotherapist, mom, cyclist and student who loves to see people find their voice, and become unapologetically themselves.

Natalia got her Masters degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in the Bay Area. She is currently pursuing the Analyst program at the C.G Jung Institute of San Francisco.

Natalia spends her free time with with her two teenage children, her husband and her dog Puff. She is originally from Colombia and is very interested in the trials, tribulations and wonders of multicultural families.

Randy Wilson (He/Him/His)

Dr. Randall Wilson is a clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma, anxiety, and mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Wilson partners with clients to help them create more psychological flexibility and balance, and to deepen their sense of their values and direction in life.

Dr. Wilson received his Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA. He trained clinically in numerous VA Healthcare Systems across the United States where he specialized in working with PTSD, anxiety, and other general psychological issues.

Dr. Wilson is a father of 2 small, wise, and beautiful human beings, is a life-long surfer, runner, hiker, camper, gardener, and has a deep connection with and appreciate for nature and wild things.

Renee Taylor (She/Her/Hers)

Renee is a licensed clinical social worker and certified sex therapist in Central Florida. In counseling, Renee creates a warm and inviting space where she focuses on self-love, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence. She enjoys being a part of her clients' growth and self-exploration in their journey. Renee is a firm believer that we all have a right to live a full life, one that is built on being your authentic self.

Renee attended the University of Central Florida, where she received her master's in social work and a graduate certification in Marriage and Family Therapy. Renee also received a certification from the International Institute of Clinical Sexology, which provides additional training on sex and relationship issues, research, and interventions.

When Renee is not working, she enjoys walking, sitting by the water, earthing, and relaxing under a tree in Florida sunshine.

Rikki Rogers (She/Her/Hers)

Rikki L. Rogers, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker experienced in supporting children, adults and families. She has a passion for promoting meaningful, collaborative, and healthy relationships among those she works with and uses evidence-based strategies to foster new and creative ways of overcoming challenges.

Rikki received her Master’s in Social Work from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She has been clinically trained in trauma-centered and play therapy approaches and continues to participate in leading research-based training. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

To maintain work/life balance, Rikki enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, three children and two dogs. She loves to run, read, practice yoga, and listen to the latest podcasts

Ruth Parsons (She/Her/Hers)

Ruth Parsons is passionate about helping others find acceptance and kindness for themselves in a safe, caring group environment. She believes in everyone's potential to release limiting beliefs and to embrace life as it is, which may lead to a deeper awareness of one's vast possibilities.

Ruth earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a licensed clinician and corporate wellness presenter. She completed teacher training in Mindfulness and Self-Compassion through the Center for Mindfulness, UC-San Diego, and with Mindfulness Northwest in Bellingham, WA.

Outside of work, Ruth loves to grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers with her husband. She enjoys cultivating biodiversity in the backyard – a home to birds, pollinators, worms, mushrooms and more! She enjoys regional food tourism, exploring the bountiful Pacific Northwest through visits to local food producers, supporting both the vision and reality of a sustainable, life-giving food system for all.

Sahar Dorani (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Sahar Dorani is a second-generation, Iranian-American psychologist. She specializes in working with people experiencing mood and/or anxiety symptoms; both are also areas of great interest (clinically and in research). She aims to help people develop insight into what may be contributing to their struggles in an effort to empower others, and to support them in building on their strengths. She is also interested in concerns around identity development and exploration, particularly the intersection of multiple identities.

Dr. Dorani earned her Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California in 2015. Most recently, she worked at UC Berkeley providing brief psychotherapy to students in the university’s primary care clinic. This service is part of a new collaborative care model that will likely be implemented across the other UC’s; the goal of this program is to provide mental health support in medical settings that usually do not have therapists on staff (i.e., primary care). She highly values reducing the barriers (and challenging the stigma) around seeking mental health services.

Sahar enjoys painting with acrylic paints and exploring new creative endeavors when not working. She has participated in community art shows with local artists. She also continues to learn more about Middle Eastern languages and poetry.  

Samantha Silverberg (She/Her/Hers)

Samantha Silverberg, M.A., L.P.C. (She/Her/Hers) is an empathic and supportive professional. As a therapist and doctoral candidate, she is passionate about creating space for individuals to explore and grow. Samantha has a friendly, warm presence and deep dedication to the people she works with. This builds a collaborative and thoughtful approach to emotional well-being and genuine connection.

Sam received her M.A. in Psychology through the New School and La Salle University and is a current doctoral candidate at Fielding Graduate University. Sam has worked in various mental health settings focused on supporting individuals through trauma-based interventions while also developing programming to implement trauma-informed care throughout clinics and hospital settings.

Outside of Pace, Sam enjoys traveling and trying new activities with her husband and toddler. Her first career as a musician keeps her busy playing with a band and having any chance to see and experience all forms of live music.

Sasha Scott (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Sasha Scott (She/Her/Hers) is passionate about helping individuals explore the mind-body connection and deepen their understanding of themselves while building inner strength. She strives to create an environment that is open, interactive, and allows individuals to express themselves freely.

Dr. Scott received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University. She has had extensive training within the VA Healthcare system specializing in Clinical Health Psychology as a Primary Care Mental Health Integrated (PCMHI) Psychologist. She is also an active member on the Diversity Committee helping to grow the VA system.

In her free time, Dr. Scott enjoys engaging in a variety of activities both outdoors and indoors, especially those that her dog can attend. She seeks out opportunities that allow her to grow both physically and emotionally.

Saveen Sundrani (She/Her/Hers)

Saveen Sundrani (She/Her/Hers) is a compassionate and wholehearted professional. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Neuroscience Coach, she strives to create a society where every person is valued, empowered with knowledge, and provided with the resources they need to thrive. She provides a space where others can be their true authentic selves without judgment, fear, or shame so that they can experience true connection and growth from within.

Saveen received her Masters in Social Work from Simmons School Of Social Work in Boston, MA. She has utilized her skill set in both inpatient and outpatient adult mental health treatment. She also holds a Coaching Certification in Applied Neuroscience from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) designed to effectively utilize the principles of neuroscience to help clients access the most advanced brain based strategies for personal and professional well-being.

Outside of Pace, Saveen is also involved in creating fun & engaging mental well-being content for summer camps that are organized for South Asian youth. She enjoys traveling, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and actively works to maintain a healthy work-life balance herself.

Shana Galbraith (She/Her/Hers)

Shana Galbraith is an inquisitive, intuitive, and empathetic professional, dedicated to creating an atmosphere that invites exploration, freedom, and empowerment for her clients. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she believes that the quality of our lives are largely affected by the quality of our relationships. She has a passion for diving deep into relationship dynamics and enhancing connections with ourselves and with others.

Shana received her M.Coun in Marriage and Family Therapy from Idaho State University. Her early work was with those overcoming addictions and past trauma, specializing in group therapy and EMDR for those in addiction, and their loved ones. She now continues crisis work in ERs, for those needing inpatient psychiatric treatment.

Outside of work, Shana can be found playing her guitar, reading voraciously, or studying poker plays to up-level her Texas Hold'em skills.

Sharika House (She/Her/Hers)

Sharika House is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As a professional, she owns and operates a therapy practice that provides counseling, coaching, and consultation services within an individual and group setting.

Sharika received her Bachelor of Science from Bradley University and her Masters of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She spent half her career working in the non-profit sector to support children and families, then transitioned into management within a corporate healthcare setting providing behavioral health services.

When Sharika is not working, she enjoys traveling with her family, reading empowerment books, and volunteering with non-profits to support her community.

Shterna Blumes (She/Her/Hers)

Shterna received her Bachelors in Social Sciences from Bar Ilan University and her Masters from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. As the Co-Founder and Executive Director of RoleCall, Shterna oversees the mentorship program catering to middle school girls living in remote communities.

Shterna is passionate about helping others tap into their full potential and inherent worth. Outside of work you can find her enjoying the West Coast with her husband and toddler.

Sita Sawyer (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Sita Sawyer (She/Her/Hers) is a warm and curious clinical psychologist. She is an astute listener and creates a supportive space to be gently challenged, stretched, and courageously explore. She is a second generation Indonesian-American, first-generation college student, and deeply values understanding our identities from an intersectional lens.

Dr. Sawyer received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona and BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. She completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University School of Medicine specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and predoctoral training at VA Puget Sound-American Lake. She is passionate about the interplay between physical and emotional wellness, and strengthening both sides of this coin.

Outside of work Sita can often be found looking for exercise that’s fun, exploring delicious food at home and abroad, traveling, and watching sports (especially football).

Sophia Ben-Hamoo (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Sophia Ben-Hamoo is a health psychologist who focuses on bringing more vitality, meaning, and inspiration to everyday life. She approaches therapy from a lens that is both intellectual and creative, to catalyze intentional change and foster optimal well-being.

Following her doctoral training at the University of Denver, Dr. Sophia completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Health Psychology at Primary Children’s Hospital. She also studied Creative Arts Therapies, with a focus on therapeutic yoga for chronically ill children.

Dr. Sophia’s passion for healthy living extends beyond her time at work. In her free hours, she enjoys surfing, hiking, cooking for her friends, or searching for the next best live music to boogie down to.

Spencer Cruz-Katz (He/Him/His)

Dr. Spencer Cruz-Katz (He/Him/His) comes to Pace having facilitated groups for over 20 years. His experiences and training allow him to create safe, supportive, and non-judgmental group spaces in which meaningful connections and emotional growth can flourish. Together, members collaborate and evolve while expanding their minds, ultimately allowing for a better understanding of themselves.

Dr. Cruz-Katz received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University in New York. He began his work co-facilitating support groups for foster parents, which led to facilitating mindfulness based treatment groups before leading a rehabilitation group center in New York City. Currently, Dr. Cruz-Katz is the founder and lead clinician of Beacon Psychology, a private practice in Charlottesville, VA.

While Dr. Cruz-Katz is passionate about his work, he also values his personal well-being. To maintain balance, his off hours are spent having a blast with his two young children who keep him active and smiling.

Summer Myers (She/Her/Hers)

Summer Myers (she/her) is warm, caring, and real. She laughs a bunch and isn't afraid of tears. Summer does her best work when she is empowering and connecting with folks who are creative and sensitive. She is particularly skilled in working with people who are anxious and who can be pretty hard on themselves.

Summer attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, earning her MA in Marital and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Clinical Art Therapy. Outside of Pace groups, she offers clinical services online across the state of California, helping folks to overcome anxiety, perfectionism, and insomnia.

When she's not on the clock, Summer loves to paint in her basement studio or walk through the woods with her family and their dog, Bear. She does surprisingly well at pub trivia and tolerably well at plucking the banjo.

Tiffany Huggins (She/Her/Hers)

Tiffany Huggins is a dedicated and driven mental health professional. As a licensed mental health counselor, she helps children and adults navigate their way through challenging life situations with compassion while helping to foster hope for the future.

Tiffany received her MEd from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC,. Tiffany has been trained in Mental Health 1st Aid, certified as a Disaster Mental Health Crisis Response Specialist, and is the final steps of being a certified Emergency Responder and Public Safety Clinician.

In addition to working as a Pace Facilitator, Tiffany enjoys crafting, exploring restaurants and food trucks in the Charlotte area, and is active in the local chapter of her sorority.

Tiffany Loggins (She/Her/Hers)

Tiffany Loggins, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and mental health wellness speaker. She helps organizations with social responsibility and DEI diversity efforts, as well as, intertwines both a multicultural framework and evidenced-based approaches to cultivate a safe space of active learning to help individuals illuminate new insights that accompany feelings of direction and purpose.

Dr. Loggins received her Psy.D from Our Lady of the Lake University, and completed specialized clinical training at University of San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Oakland Enhanced Eating Disorder Program.

Beyond her clinical efforts, Dr. Loggins provides psycho-educational workshops to underprivileged BIPoC high school students seeking careers in STEM. She also enjoys spending time with friends at brunch, hiking, and workout classes.

Tina Kocol (She/Her/Hers)

Tina Kocol is a Philly-based licensed professional counselor and certified group psychotherapist with a deep passion for group dialogue and facilitation. As a facilitator, she helps group members build strong connections through a combination of restorative justice practices and conflict transformation principles so that all members can gain insight, learn new skills, and experience genuine community.

Tina received a dual Masters’ of Arts in International Peace & Conflict Resolution and Counseling from Arcadia University. Her clinical specialties include trauma therapy, addiction recovery, and horticultural therapy, and she facilitates groups domestically and internationally as a professional trainer and workshop facilitator.

When she's not facilitating Tina loves to tend her houseplants and garden, spend time with loved-ones, and is on the hunt to find the best cold brew coffee in Philadelphia.

Vallon Jackson (She/Her/Hers)

Vallon Jackson M.A., LPC, CCTP (She/Her/Hers) is the proud owner of Emerge Counseling LLC in the state of Texas. As a therapist she supports people as they are walking through their healing journey and guides them to the tools needed to make positive changes. She offers a non-judgmental safe space for people who are dealing with trauma and the stresses of everyday life to become their authentic selves.

Vallon received her M.A. in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. She interned at a private practice, addiction facility and a church counseling center, which allowed her to experience working with children, adolescents and adults.

Outside of work, Vallon enjoys watching horror movies, spending time with her dog, listening to music, hanging with friends and reading books. Vallon also loves watching and playing sports to help her stay active.

Vivian Oberling (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Vivian Oberling is a licensed clinical psychologist who has dedicated her career to improving the lives of clients across the lifespan. She is experienced in providing evidence-based therapeutic treatments, and is extensively trained in psychological and developmental assessment. Dr. Oberling works collaboratively with her clients and their families to create a treatment plan that is tailored to meet their needs, while emphasizing the unique strengths and abilities of each individual as opposed to focusing solely on symptom reduction. Uniquely, Dr. Oberling is a strong proponent that assessments are also a therapeutic process and thus strives to aid her clients in achieving traditional assessment while also facilitating positive changes in their lives. Dr. Oberling has extensive experience in the hospital setting, providing individual therapeutic and assessment services at Stanford Children’s Hospital, California Pacific Medical Center Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente Oakland, and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Oberling has a passion for research and has been involved in several projects at UCLA and Stanford. She carries this evidenced-based focus into the therapy room to ensure that her patients receive individualized care that is tailored to their specific needs. Dr. Oberling also has experience and enjoys supervising graduate-level interns. In her free time you will find Dr. Oberling spending time with her family, attempting various baking challenges, and exploring coffeehouses.

William Thiele (He/Him/His)

William Thiele, PhD, serves as founding director of the School for Contemplative Living, adjunct professor at Loyola University New Orleans, certified Compassion Cultivation Training teacher, spiritual director, and licensed professional counselor in private practice. He is author of Monks in the World, (Wipf & Stock, 2014). He has an adult son and three grandkids after 42 years of marriage, and loves walking meditation in nature and authentic sharing in groups.

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