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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Ali Swan is a PCC ICF certified Executive & Life Coach, owner of Hi Kindness: A Leadership Company, entrepreneur, artist, and facilitator. She is known for her warm, caring, and empathic, body-based coaching style and has an uncanny ability to help clients feel safe and uncover what is beneath the surface. She is passionate about helping people find their joy, nurture their souls, and create a life and career they love.
Ali is originally from a tiny town in the Midwest, has an MBA, and has continued her studies which include formal certifications on body-based, team, and neuroscience-based coaching techniques. She has over 14 years of experience helping leaders, teams, and organizations as an executive and team coach, organizational effectiveness consultant, and facilitator. She believes life is better shared through meaningful connections and that we all deserve to have, live, and create a “full cup” life.
When not coaching or facilitating, you can find Ali at the beach, singing or writing a song somewhere, or laughing with a good friend or family. 🤍
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.
Hi there! I am so glad you are here. I'm here at Pace to help others experience the many benefits that come with authenticity and connection!
Connection is such an integral part of living a well-balanced, healthy, and happy life. One of the most important things to know about me is that I am far from perfect...in fact, I am a mess and I actually believe that we all are. So, if I happen to be gifted with your presence in my group, know that you will be greeted with compassion, openness, honesty, and authenticity. I can't wait to connect with you.
Amy Evans (she/her/hers) is a mental health professional who is passionate about empowering others. She works to provide a warm, compassionate, and sensitive space to support people as they develop a self-identify that reflects their most positive attributes and strengths.
Before starting her career in mental health, Amy was an elementary school teacher. While teaching, a student in her class dealing with difficult life circumstances had a profound impact on her, ultimately leading her to change paths and become a therapist. Amy received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including residential clinics, groups homes, and out-patient facilities.
Outside of work, Amy loves spending time at the beach, doing Pilates, and traveling. She also enjoys a good Americano and watching documentaries.
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 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.
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.
Ann DoQui, LCSW (pronouns she/her) is a friendly and caring professional. As a group therapist she is passionate about creating an emotional space that allows participants to feel supported, while also having fun and working on personal goals. Ann DoQui received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Boston University. She specializes in both trauma recovery and addiction medicine. In her personal time, Ann tends to her garden to create both beauty and fresh food, and she loves spending time with her pets, husband, and kids.
Anne Barber (they/them/theirs) is a licensed therapist who loves to connect with people to encourage healing and guide authentic growth. Anne guides clients to connect to their wisdom within, and encourages healing to release burdens from the past to foster future growth.
Anne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. Currently, Anne practices privately, and has worked in many environments including healthcare, corrections, hospice, and community mental health programs. Training includes EMDR, DBT, CBT, Compassionate Mediation/Couples Therapy, ACT and IFS (Internal Family Systems) and Anne is a culturally-sensitive, identity-supportive therapist.
Outside of the therapy space, Anne enjoys spending time with their family and pets, is an avid reader, enjoys pilates and yoga as well as connecting to the outdoors.
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.
Hi, my name is Becky Eason and I’m a facilitator for Pace. I have my Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Kansas, along with a Bachelor’s and Master's in English. And I’m a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation. Which is all wonderful, of course, but what you want to know is—why me? And why Pace?
I joined Pace because I fully believe in its mission to bring the power of group coaching and support to anyone who wants to experience it. I love how the Pace experience is designed for everyone--everyone who wants to form deeper emotional connections, who wants to work on the challenges in their lives with people who are willing to lean in and offer support. I’m here to go on that journey with you, as both a guide and a fellow traveler. My friends would tell you that I’m a very warm, empathetic person who leans in with my heart first. This means that my groups tend to make quick and strong connections and are willing to laugh and maybe cry a little with each other. I’m going to care about you, and with the support that Pace has in place, the rest of the group is going to care as well.
What else might you want to know about me? I’m a Midwesterner, living in a University town in the heart of the country. I have a wonderful, patient husband and two young adult children. I care about fitness, and I teach multiple classes of Jazzercise and POP Pilates each week. And we are a foster family for rescued Corgis, so I live in a house full of music, Corgi butts, and laughter. I can’t wait to get to know you!
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.
Dr. Johnston (she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical social worker who has spent her professional career in capacity building (individuals, groups, organizations) through facilitation, training, and education. She earned a Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver and a Doctor of Education at Montana State University. The Pace qualities of presence, authenticity, and warm curiosity resonate with her enthusiasm for meeting new people. Connecting with others forges a spirit of common humanity and a curiosity about our shared experiences. Betsy has worked as a clinical social worker, Outward Bound instructor, adjunct university faculty, and international facilitator/trainer.
Betsy thrives on exploring new places and cultures and tasting (spicy) foods. In her free time, she loves wilderness, travel, and live music. Bicycling across the USA at age 20 set the stage for many future adventures including climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and walking El Camino de Santiago Frances. She is envisioning many more adventures to come. Betsy is the mother of three adult children who are each making beautiful contributions to our world.
Bre (pronounced Bree) (she/her) believes that connection to self and others requires the collaboration of self and others in spaces that are empathic, culturally responsive, and curious. Humor and tears are cool, too. She has a knack for connecting dots in places that are not-so-obvious and is a natural educator.
Bre earned her Master of Arts from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School for Addiction Studies in Minnesota. The first season of her career was spent specializing in women’s experiences with substance use, dual diagnosis, and trauma. Her proudest achievement has been the curriculum development and facilitation of a 12-week program based on the research and wisdom of Brené Brown™. She now works in private practice collaborating with individuals across the lifespan and identity spectrums.
Bre is based in the Minneapolis metro area. Her favorite activity is spending time with her daughter. Bre is a writer, avid reader, photographer, wanna-be-basketballer, lifelong learner/unlearner, and practicing clinician. Her latest endeavor is learning to befriend her imposter syndrome (who simply cannot believe that second paragraph is real).
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 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.
As a certified mindset coach, I've seen how a community can propel an individual to joy, achievement, and lasting transformation. This is the biggest reason why I've joined Pace as a facilitator. I get to be part of a team that creates safe, empowering, and highly relevant support communities for those who seek it.
What I cherish the most from leading meaningful group experiences are the “Aha!” moments that I inevitably get to see participants have. I’ve been doing this for 15 years and these moments are still what gets me out of bed each day.
More about me: I absolutely love the beach and eating ice cream with my 5-year-old. I enjoy planting stuff I can eat and raising butterflies in my garden. Before I was a coach, I was in tech startups designing better ops and more empowering workplaces. My groups have dynamic and engaging discussions. Expect to be seen, be heard, and feel less alone. Expect to be stretched and celebrated. Expect to (re)discover and embrace your own higher wisdom.
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.
Claudia Clark (she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical counselor experienced in working with adults and young adults with a variety of mental health issues. Claudia also utilizes Nature Informed Therapy and Equine Assisted Therapy. She believes that an experiential approach can be extremely beneficial for individuals to gain self awareness and to move out of their comfort zone. Her goal is to create a comfortable and nonjudgmental space in which individuals can feel safe to explore ingrained thought patterns, beliefs and behaviors that no longer serve them.
Claudia received her master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southern New Hampshire University. The majority of her early clinical training and experience involved working in crisis units and inpatient settings with individuals with chronic mental health issues. It was there that she learned how powerful and beneficial bringing people together in therapeutic groups could be.
In her spare time, Claudia enjoys walking with her dog in the woods, riding her horse, traveling, looking for antiques, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying the simple things in life.
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 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.
Crystal is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Oregon. In her private practice, she specializes in trauma, anxiety and substance use. While she incorporates evidence based practices, her number one priority is providing a safe, supportive space for exploration, expression, curiosity, creativity and healing.
Outside of the therapy space, Crystal can be found spending time with her partner, children, and two goofy Goldendoodles. She also enjoys reading, sewing, swimming, and adventures with friends.
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 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.
Dave Trachtenberg is a mindfulness teacher and mentor, cross cultural dialog facilitator, and inclusive leadership coach with over 20 years of experience with mindfulness practice. An advocate for racial justice, gender equality, LGBTQ & immigrant rights, Dave consults with organizations to design inclusive systems that create cultures of belonging and empower diverse perspectives.
Currently Dave teaches mindfulness at American University's school of Public Health, co-designs and co-facilitates Peace of Mind's "Virtual Community Circles" program, facilitates international cross-cultural dialog with Soliya, facilitates community circles & restorative justice, and has run a private practice for 12 years as a mindfulness & wellness coach welcoming people to share and grow.
In his free time, Dave can be found exploring his artistic passions of film, music, and storytelling, listening to way too many podcasts, taking nature walks, playing basketball, and nerding out on fantasy and science fiction.
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!
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.
My name is Desiree Matloob, and I'm a NBC-HWC and ICF national board certified coach who has worked in mental health & mindfulness for almost 10 years, leading workshops and meditations for companies like Amazon, Workday, Cisco, Humana, and UCSF. What's most important to me in all of my work is creating a warm and non-judgmental environment for self-reflection, authentic connection, and insights that lead to growth. When not seeing private clients, I'm a coach for One Medical and The Grand, lead meditation for Within and corporate clients, and host regular women's circles and mindful communication groups in San Francisco.
Hello! My name is Desiree Musselman, and I am an ICF nationally certified coach who thrives in creating space for deep and meaningful human connections. I have been a certified coach since 2016 focusing on helping people to better understand themselves and others. I adore facilitating group connections that allow for exploration, self-awareness, empathy, and growth in a non-judgmental space. I spend my days supporting new and mid-level leaders in my private practice and my nights connecting with my family and friends while sprinkling in self-care and creating weekend experiences for socially conscious thought leaders to increase their impact on the world around them.
Elaine Skoulas LMFT (she/hers) strongly believes in the power of human connection through empathy and compassion. She views relationships as being instrumental in the process of healing and growth. In her work as a therapist, she brings a collaborative, warm, and authentic approach to help provide nurture and hope to ongoing positive change. Elaine received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Psychological Trauma Studies from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She also completed a dual concentration in Psychology and Addiction Studies in her undergraduate work. Her training and clinical expertise has included working with trauma, substance use, and grief and loss with non-profits, addiction treatment centers, and in private practice. Elaine adores all animals and especially enjoys spending leisure time with her dog, Frog. She can be found engaging creatively with cooking, painting, and photography. Elaine is passionate about travel (when she is able to plan the next vacation), learning about different cultures, and going on adventures in new places.
Elisabeth Purkis (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who is honored to have been in the field for more than 20 years. Throughout her career, Elisabeth has fine-tuned her empathic ear and is focused on helping folks feel seen, heard, and understood. She has worked with families across the lifespan, both in therapeutic and supportive roles. Her work experience began with training in child and family therapy. She has also worked in private practice, though her longest season in social work was in hospice and palliative care. Prior to coming to Pace, she created a pediatric oral health social work program at a large public university, addressing barriers to care and social determinants of health.
After graduating with a degree in Modern Languages from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, she went on to get her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Loyola University Chicago. She enjoys mentoring new social workers, especially first-generation college graduates and served as a field instructor for many years.
Elisabeth embraces being a work in progress and uses mindfulness practice, and yoga to help get her up in the morning. Once up, she looks for pockets in her day to explore creativity - writing haiku and other forms of poetry. When she can escape further afield, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and cycling. She aspires to practice her mandolin more often.
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.
Hi! I'm Erica, and I really love to connect with others.
Becoming a Pace facilitator allows me to meet incredible people and connect in a really special way. Being able to connect in a group feels pretty magical, I always realize that I'm not alone in my thinking, and that others are often going through something really similar. PLUS! They are also great at helping me get through it, so I don't have to feel by myself. Just so you know, I love to laugh, I'm super curious, and I love a good dance party. Groups are super meaningful together, with probably a bit of humor added in.
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.
Gennifer (She/Her/Hers) is a warm and welcoming Trauma-Informed Coach who creates a safe space for authentic conversations and real connections. She comes to Pace after 27 years in the healthcare field serving patients from all walks of life who are involved in acute trauma. In her free time, Gennifer is busy living a full life of travel, hiking, and laughing with her 4 sons.
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 (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.
JD Barton, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist and graduate from Pepperdine University. He completed his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA. As a therapist, he specializes in techniques for implementing LGBTQIA+ and culturally-affirming practices within therapy and institutional settings and has developed expertise in trauma, and identity-affirming cognitive behavioral theory. He has worked in a diverse number of settings including university counseling centers, hospitals, neuropsychology clinics, and community mental health.
Jamie Elzea, MSW, MPH, LICSW, IMH-E (she/her/hers) is warm, compassionate therapist at Nurtureways. As a group facilitator, she aims to create a safe space for authenticity, curiosity, reflection and growth. She loves the power of groups to learn from others' perspectives and explore our shared humanity.
Jamie received her Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Health from University of Michigan, and has post-graduate training from University of Washington in early childhood mental health. Her career has included support of a wide variety of clients: college students; adults living with chronic health conditions; parents in the perinatal, early childhood and teen years; and supporting helping professionals in their own wellbeing.
Outside of Pace, Jamie loves listening to podcasts, going to the theater, being a fierce board game competitor, and adventuring in the Pacific Northwest with her boyfriend & kids.
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 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.
Dr. Jean Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado, a Nationally Certified Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, an educator, and a researcher. She utilizes a person-centered, strengths-based approach, focusing on the holistic wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Life is a journey of self-discovery, learning, and developing into our truest selves, and she truly feels that it is an honor to walk alongside others on their journey.
Her background includes working with clients in private practice, community mental health, and higher education settings. In private practice, she provides counseling, coaching, and consulting services to individuals, couples, groups, and organizations. As an experienced educator and researcher, she also facilitates webinars, training, and professional development workshops. Her research focuses on the areas of counseling, mindfulness, holistic wellness, and transformational healing in grief and loss. She is actively involved in mental health advocacy in her role as VP of the Board of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and women's advocacy work in her roles as Research Director and Community Advocate for MWC (Modern Widows Club).
Jean is passionate about music, spirituality, yoga, travel, lifelong learning, and most importantly, spending time with her loving support network of family and friends. Her biggest pride and joy is her family and her two incredible kids who are both changing the world through their creative talents and social justice advocacy work.
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 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 (she/they) is an artist, budding herbalist, social worker, and facilitator who treasures holding brave space for connection and transformation. She lives on Yuchi, Shawnee, and Cherokee land otherwise known as Tennessee, with her black cat Calendula and a pack of beloved, mischievous friends. She is a Jewitch practicing ancestral healing, committed to undoing racism and occupation. She writes therapeutic punk songs, eats yellow wood sorrel out of the ground, plays DND, and religiously attends a weekly online dance+costume party.
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.
My name is Jory and I am a Life, Mental Health, and Executive Coach and trainer. I have chosen to become a Pace Facilitator because one of my highest values is meaningful connection and facilitating others to connect deeply with themselves and others. Through presence, curiosity, compassion, and humor I strive to find the hidden spark in everyone I encounter and to create the conditions for others to feel connected in a fulfilling way. I cherish diversity in group work and that in “circling up” we can experience that what connects us and our shared humanity is far more profound than our differences.
I have been facilitating personal growth and learning experiences in different capacities for close to twenty years with a background in coaching, group coaching, coach training, and yoga and mindfulness education for ages 5-85! I want my group to know that I come as a learner and group participant as much as a facilitator and that I intend to bring my whole self to this experience. You can expect a balance between humor, playfulness, and contemplative reflection. I will create a supportive, nurturing, but potentially challenging environment that will help the group grow in self-awareness and nourish connection.
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.
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 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.
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.
Kai Stowers (he/him) is a former chemist who became fascinated with the human side of organizations. He is a certified Integral Coach, a mindfulness practitioner, and has a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently a consultant in Organization Development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, partnering with leaders who seek to transform their organizations.
He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys hiking, yoga, hockey, and playing the cello.
Dr. Karli Meredith (She/Her/Hers) 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.
Kathryn is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, meaning that she understands people based on the people and environment around them. After earning a BFA in Dance from Webster University in St. Louis, Kathryn taught dance and group exercise, eventually becoming certified as a personal trainer in Los Angeles. Noticing how emotional, mental, and social factors impacted how fitness clients felt about their bodies, as well as the emotional, mental, and social limitations that kept clients from achieving their goals, Kathryn decided that a Masters in Clinical Psychology was the necessary next step to guiding her clients towards health. Kathryn earned her M.A. from Pepperdine University and is certified by the American Council on Exercise. When she’s not helping people feel better about themselves and their relationships, she loves blues dancing, writing, and laughing with her husband.
Kerri (she/her/hers) is all about facilitating deep and meaningful connections with yourself, each other, teams, and organizations in order to bring more compassion into our work and lives.
She has her PhD in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies and she is an IAC certified master coach. She has over 15 years of experience as a group facilitator, executive coach, and human capital consultant.
Kerri likes to geek out on topics such as somatic experiencing, social and emotional learning, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and deep listening.
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) 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.
Krystal Ashling (she/her/hers), LCSW, is an empathic therapist in private practice. She works with a wide range of people seeking to improve their lives in many different ways. She is particularly interested in helping others trust themselves and become more self sufficient. In her work, Krystal utilizes modalities of meditation, breath work, Reiki, EMDR, EFT, hypnotherapy, lucid dreaming, as well as current books and worksheets.
Krystal received her Master’s degree from Portland State University. She has additional certificates in geriatrics and ethics.
Krystal is a licensed minister and board chair of her local church. She enjoys exploring all aspects of spirituality and ethics.
Krystal is a member of the LGTBQ+ community and enjoys working with anyone who is exploring aspects of self discovery and acceptance.
Outside of work, Krystal enjoys spending time with family, friends and nature. She also enjoys poetry and songwriting and sharing it with others. She enjoys learning and exploring new ideas and interests.
La’Wanda Maxwell (She, Her, Hers) is PLC ICF certified Life Coach, and owner of Career Destination Coaching. She is a facilitator, career coach, entrepreneur, and Marriage and Family Therapist. She was born in St Thomas the U.S Virgin Islands but considers Texas home. She was raised with a military background and has traveled to various parts of the world. She has chosen to become a pace facilitator because she is passionate about helping people along their healing journey. She does this through intentional relationship building and creating a safe space for all members to be their authentic selves. Utilizing solution-focused therapy, compassion, playfulness, and creativity. She welcomes laughter and tears.
Outside of Pace, you will find La’Wanda traveling outside the country, hanging out with family and friends, playing tennis, and volunteering at her church.
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.
Laura Mauroy LiCSW (she/her/hers) offers a warm, inviting, and compassionate approach to working with individuals throughout life. Personal transformation and life transitions can be opportunities for reflection, healing, insight, awareness, and newness; a journey toward health and happiness. Laura holds the space for individuals to be present with their experience, whether tears of pain and suffering, anxiety, fear, laughter, joy, or happiness.
Laura Mauroy is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a therapist at Laurel River Counseling llc in Massachusetts. She received her master's degree from the University of Georgia. Laura has spent over a decade working as a hospice social worker and bereavement counselor. Prior to her master's degree, she worked as a naturalist providing environmental education and backpacking trips to inner city youth in California and Colorado.
Laura moved back to New England, where she was originally raised, to assist in the care for her aging mother. Laura's personal time is spent enjoying the outdoors, hiking, paddle boarding, bicycling and gardening. Laura also enjoys making music with others. She plays guitar and sings, and recently started to learn both the mandolin and banjo. Evening time is one of her favorite times, when her family comes together to play board games.
Lauren Spinella (she/her/hers) is a warm, down-to-earth helping professional who strives to be wholeheartedly present, real, and attuned with those she serves. She works with compassion and relatability to create an experience of healing and empowerment.
Lauren's background includes receiving a Master's Degree in Counseling from Montclair State University and holding licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. Lauren has focused much of her career on helping others build insight into the ways stress, anxiety, and self-doubt impact them, and learning to cope and tap into their strengths and deeper fulfillment.
When she's not working, you can find Lauren going out of her way to pet every passing dog on the street, writing, and enjoying special moments with her loved ones.
Leigh-Ann Larson (pronouns: she/her) is an empathic and creative professional helper. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, she enjoys creating a safe and inviting space that allows her clients to "emotionally scuba dive" and discover the buried treasures, otherwise hidden, that often become the best part of life. Much of Leigh-Ann's work is in the field of energy psychology, mindfulness meditation, living with grief and loss, overcoming alcohol abuse and retreating into greater self-love.
Leigh-Ann received her Master's Degree in Education, specializing in Mental Health Counseling, from Bridgewater State College, (now University). Leigh-Ann is also a certified Mindful Leader and a certified Grief Educator. Leigh-Ann is the Founder and CEO of Elevate Counseling Services, a multi-location, private group practice in Southeastern Massachusetts. She s passionate about helping others, building her practice and leading her team of 35+ employees. It was an unexpected delight for Leigh-Ann to discover the joy in serving a team as well as helping others in multiple communities through the practice.
For life/work balance Leigh-Ann enjoys boating, writing, nature photography, hikes in the woods, meditation, cooking Hello Fresh and her Peloton classes. Her latest daily "go to" is journaling with her Remarkable2 paper tablet. Leigh-Ann's favorite blessings include her husband of 32 years, her three sweet and kind adult children, and her precious, albeit spoiled, Pomchi: Princess Owego.
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.
First and foremost, Lo is a lover of life and wants to support others in (re-)discovering the passion and joy in their lives! By being comfortable and confident with herself, she hopes to inspire others to do the same. She believes that in order to change the world, we each need to take responsibility for our own healing and growth.Lo loves small group settings because the power of connection, compassion, and perspectives is both incredible and transformative.
In her groups, you can expect reflective questions, support, energy, and playfulness! Lo is a formally trained Life Coach (through the Co-Active Institute), Advanced Energy Psychology Facilitator (PSYCH-K®), and trauma-informed (CCTS-I) professional. In addition to helping her clients, she has transformed her own life, overcoming anxiety and depression, body dysmorphia, and limiting beliefs about life, love, work, and money.
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, 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.
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.
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.
María Cristina Borges (pronouns: she/her/hers/ella) is a Puerto Rican somatic psychotherapist living in Oakland, CA. Daring and curious, she is passionate about being a companion to others in their healing journey towards radical self acceptance, more aliveness, and a purposeful joyful life.
María Cristina got her Masters degree from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA with a specialization in Somatic Psychology. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a virtual private practice in California where she specializes in supporting folks in accessing the body-mind connection as a resource to heal from burnout, stress, anxiety, and trauma.
María Cristina loves to go for walks in the redwood forests of the Bay Area, listen to live music, cultivate her passion for art by drawing, painting, collaging, and to spend time with her partner, friends, and family.
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.
I’m Marnette Falley, and I’m a team and executive coach and a group facilitator. I’m part of Pace because I believe in the magic of groups.
In workplaces, I believe a great group means a happier work-life and outcomes where 1 + 1 = 100. In non-work groups, I find that genuine connection makes the high moments more rewarding and the low moments more manageable.
It’s so important that none of us feels alone. I want each of us to have a place we can go and be our real selves, say the difficult thing out loud, and find support from others. In my Pace groups, that’s what we’re working to create together. Authentic, meaningful connection and a place where we all feel recognized and accepted. Looking forward to welcoming you in!
Matthew is a Facilitator and Clinician at Pace. He is passionate about providing member-centered, values-based groups, helping people:
Gain insight into their emotional and behavioral experiences; and,
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) 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.
Meghan Ashley (She/Her/Hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. She prides herself on providing a space where people can be their full selves and explore who they are destined to become. Meghan focuses on empowering people to understand their own beliefs, thoughts, and actions to help them to learn to better understand themselves.
Meghan Ashley received her Masters of Science in Counseling psychology from Louisiana State University at Shreveport. Throughout her career Meghan has worked with clients realizing their full potential in settings like prisons, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and outpatient mental health clinics.
Outside of therapy, Meghan loves photography, reading historical fiction, designing t-shirts and exploring cities with her family. If you catch her at a stoplight she is most likely rocking out to a Disney movie soundtrack. Meghan values the psychology of different cultures and studies life like as the forever student she hopes to always be.
Melody Brooke (she/her/hers) is an open hearted present professional dedicated to growth and human potential. Her clients describe her as energetic, creative, insightful and caring. Melody is passionate about helping people discover more parts of themselves and inviting all of their parts to more actively participate in a creative and empowered life.
Melody graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 1987 and has experience working with adults, adolescents and children in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Initially she worked with adolescents and their families in an inpatient setting at Arbor Creek Hospital in Sherman, Texas. She then developed and ran a Dissociative and Traumatic Stress Unit at the famous Timberlawn Mental Health Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Since that time she has been in private practice in the Dallas, Texas area. Her book, Oh Wow this changes everything, published in 2012, presents the model she developed after working with these populations.
Moving to Denver, Colorado in September 2020 allowed Melody to spend more time with two of her adult daughters and their families in the area. She enjoys the beautiful landscape of Colorado where she skis, enjoys hiking, and a regular yoga practice. In addition to her extensive background in counseling, she is an award winning professional actor, director, and screenwriter.
Michael Wright, PCC, JD is a certified coach, meditation teacher, and former social worker and international human rights attorney. He is passionate about supporting individual healing and transformation, and that’s what pulled him like a magnet to Pace!
One of Michael’s great loves is seeing individuals find and live out their hearts' desires and, in the process, have an impact far greater than they thought possible in the world. He’s found that possibility magnified in groups because each member gets to know more of themselves by seeing more in others. It’s an impactful and efficient route to change, and one of the things Michael loves about facilitating at Pace.
What else should you know about Michael?
He’s a gay first-generation college student, grew up in a single-parent household below the poverty line, and is part of the Nanticoke Indian Tribe of Delaware. He presently lives in Los Angeles with his husband, is a stepparent to two teenage girls, and loves graphic arts and interior design. Professionally – Michael has 20 years of experience and has worked with organizations like the American Psychological Association, Harvard University, and the United Nations. He has also been a trusted advisor to senior government officials, Fortune 500 executives, and nonprofit leaders.
At Pace, Michael hopes to create a feeling of home for members with a balance of fun and heart. A place where you can just be you and in the process discover that “you” are everything and all that the world needs.
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.
I'm a mom of two young, active boys. When I'm not running around after them, I love to work with people to help them get to know and feel comfortable with themselves as they are--this is what drew me to Pace! Formerly I taught special education and it was my goal to have my students feel confident in their abilities and comfortable with themselves. In my groups, expect to be challenged to grow but always supported. Also, there will be laughter because life is funny.
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 (she/her/hers) brings energy, humor, and compassion into counseling. She describes her work as a trauma therapist as “joyful” because she loves helping others find their voice and celebrate their right to take up space authentically and safely. Listening, questioning, exploring, supporting are the foundation of her practice.
Monica earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She has worked with both adolescents and adults, has served as the Trauma Program Coordinator for a psychiatric hospital in the Midwest and has worked extensively with body based trauma therapies and communication skills in her private practice. Monica spends a good deal of time doing research on mental health topics and treatment strategies and provides trainings for clinicians working in non-profit agencies.
Art and nature are her other loves. When she isn’t working, chances are she is creating something in her studio, planting something on her land, playing with her dog or cooking something tasty for her wife.
Monique Wischusen, LMFT, (she/her) owner of Aspire Counseling, LLC, is a therapist in private practice who approaches her therapeutic work from a strengths-based and mindful perspective with an emphasis on embracing your human-ness. Monique is constantly evolving and working on her own self-growth and is passionate about staying curious and fostering that in others.
Monique received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her post-master's clinical training and experience have taken place in many different settings such as in-home therapy, head start schools, churches, IOP, in-patient facilities, and group practices. She has run groups with a variety of populations and ages in these locations with a range of topics such as stress management, boundaries, parenting and couple support, and spirituality. Outside of Pace, Monique is married to her husband and mama to her 3-year-old daughter and 2 dogs. She enjoys spending time hiking, canoeing, reading comics, and thinking about what tattoo she is going to get next.
Nabilah Khan (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who strives to create a safe, thoughtful, and warm therapy environment. She tailors therapy approaches to fit the needs of members’ unique identities and life experiences. Her practice is social justice oriented, trauma informed, person centered and strength based.
Nabilah received her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in the City of New York, and has post graduate training from University of California at Berkeley. She has practiced for six years in a variety of settings, including underserved communities, hospitals, and university campuses. Currently, Nabilah works at Life@Wellness for Meta in Menlo Park, CA.
Outside of Pace, Nabilah loves being surrounded by nature, traveling, and spending time connecting with friends and family. Some of her favorite activities include cooking, watching movies, dancing, practicing yoga and meditation.
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 (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.
I've spent the last 25 years in the yoga/wellness world. I've been a yoga instructor, business consultant, and practitioner. It's played a starring role in my life because of its transformative quality. But to be honest, mind/body practices have always been my passion! I have unlimited curiosity about human potential, so I'm always learning, teaching, and exploring. Building community through authentic connection is very important to my wellness, whether I'm facilitating or joining a group. Pace is providing a thoughtful space for vulnerable and supportive conversation, which leads to growth, insights, and empathy. I'm elated to join Pace as a facilitator and get to know all of you!
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 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.
Dr. Rick Auger (he/his/him) is an authentic, compassionate professional with a wealth of group experience. He strives to foster a supportive, inclusive, and fun group environment that also challenges members to deeply explore who that are and what they can be.
Rick earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, which included extensive internship experiences in outpatient mental health settings. More recently he has served as a tenured professor in a counselor education department, during which time he taught numerous group courses.
Away from PACE Rick is a committed father--both to his 20-something twin sons and to his spoiled rotten dog, Spencer. He enjoys biking, walking in nature, reading, seeing movies, and spending time with immediate and extended family.
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
Robin Joy (she, her, hers) is a passionate certified coach and facilitator who helps you uncover your whole story and speak your truth unapologetically. She has discovered what a joyful lifestyle truly means and is a believer that everyone deserves to create a life that they love and deserve! She loves connecting and inspiring people which is why being a Pace facilitator is important to her.
As a Pace facilitator, she is dedicated to creating a respectful, safe, non-judgmental environment that promotes space for self-reflection, authentic connection, and a place to grow emotionally. In my groups, you can expect real and raw conversations as we support each other through listening, curious questioning, and science-based strategies that help increase self-awareness, self-worth, and self-acceptance. As we get vulnerable together and build strong connections, we will move through whatever is getting you stuck by uncovering past patterns, creating new habits for you to thrive finding balance, and establishing healthy boundaries.
When she is not working with clients, Robin Joy enjoys spending time with family, cooking, traveling, hiking, biking, and good weather. She also loves her Bernadoodle Molly.
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.
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, 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.
Sarah Barnes (pronouns: she/her) finds great joy in building meaningful, supportive relationships with others. She is a former teacher turned counselor, and in recent years, has combined those experiences into efforts to support the wellbeing of educators. Sarah is a graduate of Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana and received her Master's of Education in Counseling from the University of New Orleans. Sarah loves to take walks, travel to visit friends, and hang at home with her pet cat, Vanna.
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.
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 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.
Sharon Burgamy (she/her) is an LPC in private practice in Denver, CO who specializes in working with adults with trauma. Sharon guides individuals along their journey to heal old wounds and embrace their authentic selves. She is a warm, compassionate space-holder who loves to connect with other humans.Sharon graduated from The University of New Orleans with a Master's in Counselor Education, Clinical Mental Health. She primarily has worked in IOP and residential substance abuse treatment centers before launching her private practice.Outside of Pace, Sharon enjoys hiking and exploring the beauty of Colorado with her husband and two children. She also likes to read, exercise, and learn about crystals, reiki, and astrology.
Hi there! I’m Shereen Thor, a comedian turned coach who loves to bring hope and humor everywhere I go. I am the founder of Awaken the Rebel which is a movement that helps people to be their authentic selves rather than being who others expect them to be so that they can fulfill their life’s greater purpose.
A year ago I opted out of social media so that I could ditch ego-driven connections, and have loved joining forces with Pace to unlock true emotional connections instead. I am the bestselling author of a book called Revolutionary Woman and am writing my signature TEDx talk on how following your heart is the most genius way to live. I have been an executive coach for over fifteen years, and have worked with companies like Google, Facebook, Chevron, Yale, and The Social Justice Learning Institute. If you join a group with me you can expect to have fun, feel safe, be empowered, and come alive in your life.
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.
Sigrid Rapp is a warm and empathetic professional who navigates life with a sense of curiosity and optimism. As a transformation coach and facilitator, she is passionate about helping others live life authentically. She strives to create a supportive environment that promotes self-reflection, compassion, and growth.
Sigrid is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from Texas Tech University. She is a TRACOM® Certified Social Style & Versatility Instructor, facilitating workshops on topics like growth mindset, resilience, and mindful leadership. As a coach, she works primarily with corporate professionals, graduate students, aspiring leaders, and working parents.
Sigrid lives in Dallas with her two teenage boys and labrador, Chewy. In her free time, she enjoys nature walks, connecting with friends, and traveling to beach or hiking destinations.
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).
Sonya (she/her) is a lifelong learner, community builder, and facilitator. As an LMHC Sonya provides therapy to clients in the state of Washington where she uses somatic, narrative, and existential modalities to support her clients in their journey of self-actualization. Sonya brings her experience as a therapist to her non-clinical facilitator role at Pace. Her facilitator approach is rooted in empowering clients to build lives that are meaningful to them.
Sonya grew up in a multicultural environment, is a native French speaker, and is a member of the BIPOC community. She integrates a social justice lens in her work and explores the ways in which identity impacts the way we move through the world. She leads groups with the intention of cultivating community, compassion, and curiosity.
Sonya is based in San Francisco and enjoys reading about history and physics, cooking up a storm, and analyzing reality TV shows. She also enjoys going to the beach with her Labradoodle, Orion.
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.
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.
Dr. Stephanie Scott (she/her) is a licensed mental health counselor with experience working with adolescents and adults in a variety of practice settings. She utilizes a holistic and integrative approach to her work, drawing from multiple theoretical foundations to support self-awareness, connection, and authenticity. Dr. Scott’s style is supportive and encouraging, as she strives to facilitate each individual’s efforts to become the best version of themselves. She believes that self-actualization and growth are best achieved together, as we foster mutual insight and understanding through connection.
Dr. Scott earned her MS in Professional Counseling and PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has also earned credentials in EMDR, critical incident stress management, and trauma recovery. Dr. Scott has been a licensed counselor for over 20 years and has been a faculty member in counselor education for 15 years. Her love for group work was born out of her experiences in witnessing and facilitating the transformative power of groups in clinical, educational, and community settings.
In her down time Dr. Scott can be found somewhere in or around water -- swimming, paddling, or just relaxing on the beach. She also enjoys reading, nurturing her creative drive, and snuggling her needy-but-lovable rescue dogs.
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.
Susan is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who is genuine, warm, and curious. Most recently Susan served as Director of Post Adoption Services supporting adoptees of all ages (and birth and adoptive parents) to build strong identities and carve new relationships while navigating themes of ambiguous loss, attachment, and trauma, often through a lens of trans-racial and/or trans-cultural family systems. Prior to her work in adoption, Susan worked with adolescents struggling with substance abuse, and collaborated with families in an urban school district supporting the needs of children – both neurotypical and neurodivergent.
As a Pace Facilitator, Susan is dedicated to creating a safe and compassionate space that promotes self-reflection, values clarification, and personal development through connections with others.
In her groups, you can expect to carve out time to breathe deeply, share honestly, take some risks, go deeper and gain insights. You will be able to take what is helpful and leave what is not. Susan is married with 2 grown children, who are each married. When not in the office you will find Susan enjoying time with family and relaxing outside while hiking, boating, skiing, traveling, and hanging out with horses.
Teresa (she/her/hers) is a compassionate and enthusiastic professional. As a clinical social worker, it's her deep intention to facilitate open, warm, reflective (and adventurous!) spaces for people to connect to themselves and others more fully. She finds it such an honor to come alongside folks as they share their stories, gain insights, move toward growth and begin to feel more alive and at home in their own lives.
Teresa obtained both her bachelors and masters degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She's currently in private practice. Through the years she has worked as a sexual assault coordinator, director of children's day treatment program, therapist for folks transitioning out of federal prison and in various roles with active duty military members and their families.
When not working, Teresa can be found in her kitchen, garden or sewing room. The act of creating moves her, whether a quilt, quiche or poem. She's a life-long learner and a lover of words and her current favorite quote is, 'There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.' -Emerson
Thane Marcus Ringler is a former professional golfer now dedicated to unlocking the potential in others. As a Development Coach and Leadership Guide, he works with individuals, teams, and organizations on improving performance and becoming leaders worth following. He is the co-founder and podcast host of The Up & Comers Show, as well as a speaker and the author of two books: From Here To There: A Quarter-Life Perspective On The Path To Mastery, and Catalysts For Hope: Unlocking Energy, Optimism, And Your Full Potential.
Thane's mission is to help others live and work better. He is passionate about speaking about the journey from the journey and is striving to empower this generation to take ownership of their lives and never settle for less than they are capable of.
Thane lives in Denver, CO with his wife Evan. If he's not golfing, snowboarding, or doing other sports, outdoor activities, or fitness challenges, then you will probably find him making a beautiful cup of coffee, enjoying a riveting book, or having intentional and meaningful conversations with humans he loves.
Living authentically as yourself is a huge value for Thane, and creating spaces where others can do the same is necessary. You can expect a group and an experience that encourages you to be fully yourself and accepts you as you are, while also calling you to what you can be. At the end of the day, we are all human, and each one of us is just trying to figure it out.
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, 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.
Tiffany is a transformation coach who is passionate about helping her clients recognize the power and choice they have to move toward the lives they want. Her coaching approach includes working with clients to identify and challenge limiting beliefs, clarify values and reconnect with their emotions and bodies as vital sources of information. To do this, she engages in active listening, powerful questioning and evidence-based practices that help clients increase self-awareness, self-compassion and self-acceptance. Tiffany operates out of a firm belief that her clients are whole, resilient people with unique, powerful stories to tell. Tiffany is honored to partner with them as they consider what they want the next chapter of their stories to be.
Tiffany completed her coach training at the University of San Diego, where she also earned her master's in Leadership Studies. Tiffany is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and a Board Certified Coach with the Center for Credentialing and Education. She has coached individuals, groups and teams; and her clients include female leaders, graduate students, professional athletes, early-mid career professionals, mid-senior level management, and clients experiencing life transitions.
Tiffany grew up in the Southeast and now lives in San Diego with her partner. When not coaching or facilitating, she enjoys soaking up the beautiful Southern California sunshine and connecting with friends. She also loves live music, travel, hiking and curling up at home with a good movie or book.
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, 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.
I am a professional who has a heart for motivating and encouraging other women. I have a background in customer service and professional development training. I've facilitated groups of people from various backgrounds and ethnicities while working in the major airports on the East coast. For the past six years, I facilitated professional administrative assistant training for groups of young women and men. I value trust when connecting to groups. I speak from the heart, and I believe that those I interact with, feel that. When you are in my group, you will experience a multitude of emotions. We will cry, laugh, encourage and support one another. In the end, you will experience a sense of true belonging.