Interns hold a Master of Arts degree from CIIS, have completed a year of trainee practice and are registered Marriage and Family Therapist interns with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). If you would like to speak to one of them about engaging in therapy, please call them directly at the number listed below their name.
Contact: 415 255 3206
Do you feel like there’s something holding you back from being who you truly are inside? Let’s do some digging to find out what is holding you back from being your true, authentic self. You do have the courage to heal. You’ve already made the first step in your own healing by deciding to come to therapy. Therapy is a chance to grow and reach a deeper understanding of yourself.Therapy is also very vulnerable, and that’s why I strive to create a safe and supportive space with my clients where they feel seen, heard, understood, and respected. I welcome you exactly as you are. Exploring your inner world can be a very powerful and healing, yet painful experience. My approach to therapy is client-centered, meaning I work with each client differently, while exploring your path towards healing. My work is grounded in transpersonal, relational, psychodynamic, somatic, and gestalt approaches to therapy.
I work with children, adolescents, adult individuals, and couples. My experience includes working with people struggling with life transitions, self-esteem, anxiety, body image, depression, alcohol misuse, stress, self-criticism, child sexual abuse, relationship challenges, and individuals experiencing loss.
I have a passion for helping couples navigate their relationship and find new ways to communicate with their partner.
If you and your partner are seeking support please ask yourselves the following:
-Are you struggling to communicate with your partner?
-Do you feel stuck in your relationship and aren’t sure where to go next?
-Do you want to be on the same team, supporting each other?
If you answered yes to any of these questions,
Let us find ways to deepen your love and connection. I provide a safe space for us to work through the challenges in your relationship so that you are on the same team supporting each other and finding ways to connect and communicate. It’s a beautiful feeling when one feels seen, heard, and understood by their partner.
Life is full of challenges and many times we find ourselves off-track and begin having trouble navigating relationships, experiencing feelings of anxiety, fear or depression. We all need someone to talk to who gets what we are going through. I believe you are the expert in your life. I am here to support and guide you while you navigate your life back into balance, manageability and closer to your true authentic self. I believe our true authentic self is where we find peace, comfort acceptance and love. Peace in feeling free from anxiety, comfort in feeling relaxed and at ease, acceptance in knowing you are in a place where you can be your authentic self, and love in feeling that warm inner strength and courage that creates a sense of safety and connection. I identify as a woman of color and can support you with the issues that arise through generational trauma.
I work relationally with a background in recovery and addiction, attachment and transpersonal theories. I look forward to getting to know you and supporting you through your life journey.
My goal is to create a safe, warm, and nurturing space in which you feel comfortable exploring your deeper self. I hope that you can begin to feel supported and connected as we do this meaningful work together. I use a holistic approach, and so at different times, we may address your concerns on multiple levels, including the mind, body, and spirit.
I am passionate about self-growth and believe in the power of human potential. As a Registered Nurse that has worked in community health, I have 10 years of experience working with chronic illness, mental health, substance abuse, and medication management. I have learned that emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual blocks can have a great impact on overall health. My hope is that together we can address these issues so that you can enjoy your life and achieve your personal goals.
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families on a variety of issues, including: anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, substance abuse and behavioral addictions, trauma, grief, chronic illness, stress, and life transitions.
I believe every person has access to intuitive knowledge which can help point direction toward their own path of healing. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, we might lose connection, even trust, with our own gut instincts. I see my role of a therapist as a supportive guide helping clients get back in touch with their true essence.
French composer Claude Debussy once said “Music is the silence between the notes.” In therapy, I believe healing happens in the silence between words. It is the felt sense of self, the warm connection with the therapist, and the integration of “all that is” which are perhaps most healing of all.
Penélope Mato Vilar
My work is based on relational, somatic and integral approaches that offer a space to explore and to go deeper into the different levels of the self including body, mind, heart, spirit and the context which the individual is experiencing.
I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish and I have experience in cultural and immigration issues as well as trauma.
I specialize in anxiety, depression intimacy, sex, sexual orientation, and problematic sexual behaviors (internet/porn, sexual compulsivity.) You determine what behaviors, or how much, are problematic for you. Within that framework, we work without judgment, focused on the change you want to create in your life. I also work with individuals who feel isolated, shame, and depressed…often as a result of earlier life experiences that created a sense of being different, “on the outside looking in,” or even “broken.” As part of this work I work frequently with men of all sexual orientations. As a gay male therapist, I am particularly attuned to LGBTQQI issues.
I work with Couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy, a structured, proven approach for couples wanting to move beyond destructive, repeating cycles fighting and arguing. This powerful way of working with couples can bring you closer, with a new, deeper understanding of how your partnership can be nurturing, safe, and intimate.
I am an experienced Group Psychotherapist, focusing on Men’s issues including intimacy, sexuality, sexual orientation, and hostility. Group therapy is a connecting and healing experience…especially when we feel isolated from ourselves and those around us. I run an on-going Men’s group, with new members accepted every 12-weeks.