Our philosophy is that the quality of our therapists is of greater importance than the modality that they practice, whether it be CBT, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Somatic or any other therapy. We truly believe that it is the relationship that heals and there are many inroads to healing. Our organizational structure calls for a great deal of autonomy for our therapists to work with their own chosen modality and population. We are currently in the early phase of building our team and our ranks will continue to fill as the weeks unfold.
Nathan Villarante, MA (San Francisco, Oakland, Concord)
As a registered associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC 1574) in practice since 2011 Nathan has a background in crisis counseling, taking a balanced clinical and holistic approach to treatment. He has experience working with adults, adolescents, and families in inpatient psychiatric and partial hospitalization outpatient settings, as well as providing individual therapeutic services in the community. He employs an eclectic approach, gathering methods from CBT, DBT, psychodynamic, and Mindfulness modalities. In doing so, he procures different approach for the needs of each client. Nathan has built most of his practice around the areas of mood disorders, addiction, crisis intervention, psychosis, and couples therapy. In his own personal practice, Nathan is deeply involved with the indigenous spiritual practices of the Americas, primarily of North American Indian lineages. He earned his master’s degree in transpersonal counseling psychology in 2013 from John F. Kennedy University.
Specialties: Anxiety, stress, self-esteem, depression, couples counseling, sexuality, crisis intervention, bipolar disorder, psychosis, addiction, and families affected by chemical dependency with adults, adolescents, couples, and families
Jolie Ferguson, MA (Concord)
Jolie is a registered associate Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC13644). She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and families in various settings such as inpatient settings, intensive outpatient settings, as well as providing individual therapeutic services. She has worked in the substance abuse community for several years working with adults and adolescents. She has extensive experience with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self-harm, trauma, grief, and addiction using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Transpersonal therapy. As a Transpersonal counselor, she uses various depth psychologies and techniques to help clients such as analytical psychology based on archetypal psychology. Jolie’s counseling is concerned with the study of humanity’s highest potential, attempting to describe and to integrate spiritual experience within modern psychological theory.
Specialties: Spiritual healing, Crisis intervention, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self-harm, trauma, grief, and addiction with children, adolescents and adults.
Leigh Martin, MA MFT (Walnut Creek)
Leigh Martin serves as our clinical supervisor for BAIC registered interns. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the John F Kennedy University and is a California State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist under the Board of Behavioral Sciences. She has been working in private practice for 8 years and in an inpatient psych setting for 11 years. Her style can be described as very interactive - a sharp contrast from a "blank-slate" therapist. She works with teens and adults (individuals, couples and families) on a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, self-esteem, codependency, PTSD, gender + sexual identity, personality disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and effective communication. Her treatment modalities include CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused, Positive Psychology, Humanistic-Existential and Transpersonal. She adjusts based on the needs and preferences of each client. Leigh would say that she agrees philosophically with the theoretical premise of this organization: “it is the relationship that heals,” and it aligns with her own work with clients.
Specialties: Teens and adults (individuals, couples and families), depression, anxiety, grief, self-esteem, codependency, PTSD, gender + sexual identity, personality disorders, ADHD, Bipolar disorder and effective communication.