Bay Area Community Counseling was started by the founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, Dr. Keith Sutton, in order to provide services to the community and provide training for student and new clinicians developing their skills. Our mission is to provide culturally competent therapy to children, adults, families, and couples in the community. We have a number of clinicians at various levels of ability to serve the needs of our clients. We hope to provide therapy to all those in the community in need
Lianne Warren, mft
Lianne Warren is a Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Oregon. Her experiences as a school based therapist have provided her opportunities to work with children, families, couples, and adults. During her clinical experiences, she has addressed a wide variety of concerns, including troubled relationships, parenting, behavioral modification, anxiety, depression, loss and life transitions. Lianne’s own life experiences have provided her with an understanding that life at times can be challenging, and that having support during difficult times can be helpful. As a result, she strives to develop therapeutic relationships that are based on trust and empathy in order to assist clients to identify solutions and to make positive change in a collaborative manner. In recognition that clients enter therapy with their own unique set of experiences, strengths and goals for therapy, she utilizes an integrative approach that includes evidence based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Structural-Strategic Family Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman’s Couple Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and Mindfulness based psychotherapies.
MARK PERLMUTTER, MA, JD, MFT
Mark Perlmutter joined BACC following a successful career as a Texas Civil Trial (“Super”)Lawyer, Bar Association president, and faculty member of the University of Texas. In UT’s law school, he taught the highly acclaimed Trialmasters course and in UT’s undergraduate honors program, Plan II, he taught Managing Human Differences for which he received a student-sponsored teaching award. Both courses were life-changing, psychologically based personal development courses. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Northwestern University, a law degree from the University of Texas, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area. He’s completed a practicum in substance abuse counseling at San Francisco’s Drug Court Treatment Center, was certified as a group facilitator by M. Scott Peck’s Foundation for Community
Encouragement, has trained in excess of seven years in Systems Centered Therapy,® and has mentored and counseled students and young professionals for more than 10 years. He has many publications including his book, Why Lawyers (and the rest of us) Lie and Engage in Other RepugnantBehavior. Mark’s primary therapy interests are enhancing couple connections, and empowering individuals and groups. He is jubilantly married to Alexis Perlmutter and they have four children and three grandchildren.
JOSHUA WESTHOELTEr, MFT
Joshua Westhoelter is a Marriage and Family Therapist therapist. He completed his M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling at Argosy University and his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL). He has worked with survivors of domestic violence, substance abuse, homelessness, anxiety, depression, trauma, and a variety of other therapeutic concerns such as parenting skill, relationships, and major life adjustments. Joshua works from a collective of evidence based therapeutic orientations including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness meditation.
Our Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Interns:
Fabrizio Dellabernarda, MFT I
Fabrizio is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate who obtained his M.A. in Counseling Psychology at the University of San Francisco. During his pre-graduate training, he enjoyed helping children and their families, using expressive art therapy, play therapy, and behavioral interventions.
He is a passionate learner that loves working with a diverse population from adolescents, to adults, couples, and families. He strongly believes in the importance of looking at each person in his or her own context. He also incorporates elements of mindfulness and acceptance in his interventions, providing space for the healing of anxiety, depression, shame, and the inner critic. He is drawn to and obtained training in Structural-Strategic Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) and he integrates those approaches to respond to the unique needs of each client. Fabrizio also co-facilitates groups of adults where he experiences the healing power of human connections, mutual acceptance, and empathic understanding.
Before entering the field of Clinical Psychology, Fabrizio worked for fifteen years as a software engineer and now uses his learned organizational, problem solving, and conflict management skills in his new endeavor.
Justin Lee, MFTi
Justin is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate who obtained both of his Masters, as well as a Certificate of Conflict Resolution at Golden Gate University, located in the city of San Francisco. Justin has ten years of experience providing intensive case management services to current and former foster care youth at different developmental milestones in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and San Francisco counties.
Justin has enjoyed incorporating the practice of mindfulness meditation to help young adults reduce anxiety levels that often lead to challenges with obsessive or paranoid thinking and insomnia. Justin also enjoys working with adolescents and young adults suffering from complex trauma that may result in challenges with depression, lifestyle adjustment, PTSD, issues with relationship attachment and aggressive behaviors.
Justin has obtained training in Structural-Strategic Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). He aspires to use his training to help clients identify their strengths and empower adult clients to make meaningful change in their lives.
Nicole Ohebshalom, MFTI
Nicole Ohebshalom is a Clinical Counselor who received her Master degree from New York University. Additionally, she gained a certification in Interdisciplinary Studies in Trauma and Violence program at NYU. She trained at Trauma Study Center at Institute of Contemporary Psychology in NYC, where she trained in trauma and focused her work in women's trauma, complex and developmental PTSD, acculturation, identity development and family systems. She is certified in maternal mental health and currently working towards her doctorate in Human Sexuality at California Institute of Integral Studies, which includes training as a sex therapist. Nicole began her career as a Registered Nurse in Infertility and Endocrinology, which had led her to open a healing space for women using yoga/meditation, food and other healing modalities. Nicole is proficient in Relational Therapy, Mindfulness Self-Compassion, EMDR, Attachment-Based Cognitive Behavioral Systemic Therapy, Somatic Practices, and Internal Family Systems. For Couples therapy, she completed training in Gottman Couples Therapy (level 1&2) and proficient in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Structural-Strategic Family Therapy.