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Simrin Dhillon, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Hello and welcome! I have been working with individuals and couples for over a decade, helping them improve the way they feel about themselves and enhance the quality of their relationships. Common feedback from clients is that they can’t believe the details I remember from past sessions and how they feel listened to and understood in a way they haven’t experienced before. It’s with this close understanding that I’m able to help clients create solutions to problems they didn’t think were solvable.

Modern day life increasingly necessitates managing multiple roles and stressors, but it also has numerous ways to distract and numb ourselves. It’s easy to become disconnected from our relationships and ourselves, and lose sight of our values and goals. Engaging in therapy provides a unique opportunity to slow down, examine our emotional and behavioral patterns that may no longer be effective, and make more conscious choices about how to live. In a warm and respectful environment, I will help you define your goals and create a supportive and collaborative partnership that empowers you to achieve them.

I’m a doctoral level psychologist who trained at Stanford University. My previous career was in the business world, so I have a keen ability to connect with stressed out professionals who want to find a balance between the demands of one’s career and family. Some of my specialties include working with relationship and interpersonal concerns, feelings of anxiety and depression, self-doubt and insecurity, assertiveness training, parenting concerns, women’s issues, and life transitions. I use an integrative approach that incorporates cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and solution-focused techniques.

Keri Turner, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Welcome! I am a licensed psychologist with over a decade of private practice experience. My passion lies in working with individuals and couples to help them find their unique and authentic path in life that creates balance, understanding, and intentional living. In therapy with me, you will experience the warmth and understanding that is critical to successful growth. I will offer you a safe and non-judgmental environment that will allow you to explore your emotions and patterns of behavior as well as your personal history.

Life can become complicated with conflicting messages you receive throughout life from your environment. This can cause confusion about who you truly feel you are or how you want to live. Therapy provides you the time and space to sift through these messages to gain greater awareness about your authentic self and explore how to live in accordance with your values. You will also gain understanding about your emotions, behaviors, and patterns of relationships that cause distress. Together, you and I will find new ways for you to cope with your challenges while also creating the life story that you want to tell.

I have passion for working with individuals of all ages, sexuality, and gender struggling to find their voice and identity in the world and in relationships. I will help you find your unique voice and explore your identity so that you can feel more fulfilled with how you navigate your life and relationships. Some of my specialties include eating disorders, anxiety, life transitions such as launching into adulthood or becoming a parent, relationship concerns, unique challenges of single-parenting, and dealing with difficult familial relationships. My approach is integrative, utilizing psychodynamic and family systems theory while using behavioral techniques to help with more immediate needs.

Jean-Arellia Tolentino, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Hello! I have spent nearly two decades dedicated to empowerment and healing practices. I am a postdoctoral level therapist with a background serving as an educator, restorative justice facilitator, nonprofit leader, and community organizer. I use an integrative approach in helping individuals and couples navigate the, often difficult, nuances of building intimacy to oneself and others. I truly believe that resiliency may be achieved by building deeper connections to oneself and others.

I often relate the therapy-relationship as a road trip – you are the driver, and come into therapy with a map of where you have been or where you want to go. As a therapist, I am here with a flashlight or knowledge of options, tools, and resources to help you better navigate life’s highways (potholes, detours, and all).

I have a depth of experience working with women’s concerns, intergenerational trauma, oppression wounds, and identity empowerment. Some of my specialties include relationship difficulties, body image or insecurities, concerns about work-life balance, uncertainty about future goals, dealing with difficult family members, anxiety, depression, and microaggressions. Whether your concerns are focused on transitioning into a new phase in your life, dealing with grief and loss, or romantic complications, I’d love to provide a safe space with authentic conversations to help you figure things out.

Stacie Coveleski, Psy.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Hi there! I’m a postdoctoral level therapist who has worked with clients from varying backgrounds, experiences, and identities (gender, sexual orientation, religion, culture, socioeconomic status, etc.). By using an integrative approach, I individually tailor therapy to each client’s unique situation. I enjoy helping clients learn about themselves, their relationships, and their past experiences. Often, these aspects of one’s life may intertwine and influence present struggles and we address these collaboratively.

Therapy is viewed as a puzzle that is slowly put together to create a clearer understanding of self, others, and past/present relationships. Clients can speak freely regarding topics that they may have never felt comfortable sharing before due to the warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental atmosphere that is provided. The therapeutic relationship is prioritized, as well as a shared understanding of client goals.

I have extensive training working with males, females (cisgender), and transgender-identifying clients who struggle with mild body image concerns as well as those who have eating disorder diagnoses. Another area of passion is helping individuals who have had traumatic experiences such as sexual assault, domestic violence, and physical assault (whether in childhood or adulthood), among other forms of trauma. Additionally, my work is specialized for those who are grieving, experiencing depression, anxiety, and/or family of origin issues. I would love to talk with you further about how I may be of help.

Daniela Pallafacchina Psy.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Hello! I’m a postdoctoral level therapist with experience working with a variety of clients who have different backgrounds, interests, and concerns. I work with couples and individuals, both adults and adolescents, in a safe, understanding, accepting, non-judgmental environment. My intent is to focus on you as an individual, honor your experience, and genuinely hear your truth. I foster an inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of sexuality and gender.

I use an integrative, psychodynamic approach, which means I combine different therapeutic interventions tailored to each client’s individual needs. My specialties include relationships, attachment trauma, gender identity, eating disorders, addictions, adolescence, infertility, postpartum depression, and aging.

I believe that all of the answers are already inside you. My role is to help you examine your past, your unconscious, and the archetypes that impact you as you grow on your journey and develop into your authentic, integrated self. Together, we will discover your inner truth. By acknowledging, accepting, and honoring that truth, we will cultivate change. No matter what trauma you have experienced, everyone has the ability to lead a happy, safe, meaningful life. As we work together, you will see that your most painful experiences can become the gateway to true growth and genuine happiness.

Mariya Wolff, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Hello! I am a postdoctoral therapist practicing compassionate, empowering, and transparent therapy with individuals of all walks of life. I am consistently humbled to be invited into the vulnerable emotional processes of others, and it is vital to me that I honor your true and lived experience. I utilize an integrative style of therapy that balances awareness of your unique individual experience in collaboration with the cultural and societal challenges that we all navigate on a daily basis. I consider transparency, humor, and humility to be core elements in the therapeutic relationship and it is imperative to me that you feel our work together mirrors your hopes and goals for a fulfilling future. 

Though there are times during which we feel uncertainty, fear, loss or even hopelessness, I believe we all possess an internal reservoir of strength and resiliency that never runs dry. The often-overwhelming challenge for many of us is accessing this sense of strength in self and trusting our ability to heal ourselves. I am dedicated to a strength-based, non-pathologizing process of empowering my clients to listen, honor, and validate their own internal experiences through a lens of self-compassion.

My therapeutic framework draws from feminist, humanist, internal family systems (IFS), and psychodynamic modalities. I have experience and am passionate about working particularly with women’s issues, disordered eating and body dysmorphia, healing from trauma and shame, formation of identity and self, and understanding roots of anxiety and depression. I am honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with you in the process of identifying and actualizing your internal sense of power and resilience to find a content, peaceful, and intentional way of living.

Rehana Raheem, Psy. D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Welcome! I am a postdoctoral therapist experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults with diverse identities and histories. The fundamental core of my practice is to foster a safe and nurturing environment with authenticity, spontaneity, and humor. As your therapist, I will listen closely, ask questions, share my observations, and offer insights and tools for us to consider together. My aim is to help you understand the roots of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. I pay close attention to the ways in which culture and society influence your sense of self and understanding of the world.

Even when you’re doing your best to survive an unpredictable world, you may feel frustration, pain, worry, or a sense of hopelessness. As a relational therapist, it is my goal for us to have a trusting relationship in which you feel comfortable disclosing these intimate experiences. I utilize a strength-based approach, using what matters to you most as a guide towards making positive changes in your life. In my practice, change usually happens when parts of my clients that have been previously unacknowledged become finally articulated: symptoms lessen, self-relationship strengthens, and repetitive ways of behaving and relating shift. The result is a process that is challenging, yet exciting and transformative.

Each individual is unique as is their process of self-discovery. Depending on your needs, I draw from psychodynamic, emotion-focused, existential, and trauma/attachment-based psychologies. I also utilize cognitive behavioral techniques to help manage acute symptoms. Clients come to see me for a variety of reasons, including chronic and acute trauma and/or stress, grief, anxiety, depression, relationship/familial concerns, major life transitions, or identity related concerns. In addition to individuals, I also work with families and parent-child dyads to help untangle complicated or stressful interpersonal dynamics.


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