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 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 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 Intern 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.