Spencer Campbell, MFT - Director
I offer medicinal and transformational forms of therapy. Medicinal therapy aims at symptom management and neurological and emotional reprogramming. I use trauma-focused treatments, such as EMDR, Gestalt, and Somatic Processing to help my clients process acute and complex traumatic experiences in order to minimize and integrate difficult emotions and create space for deeper transformative work. Transformational therapy involves helping clients establish access to awareness itself and then cultivate a bodily-emotional relationship with it. The transformational work is based on the principle that to heal and integrate the core limiting feelings and beliefs which underlie the ego it is essential to establish a relationship with what is beyond or prior to it. I have found for many of my clients the deepening of the relationship with awareness leads to a growing and life-changing experience of happiness and freedom.
Relationship counseling: I help couples heal the core issues which relationship invariably triggers, by supporting them in establishing a harmonious relationship with awareness, and the essential masculine and feminine aspects of Being. I assist couples in realizing that relationship with the 'other' is an externalization and reflection of their essential relationship with themselves. This deepening understanding transforms communication with the other and allows for growing emotional capacity and an increasingly happy, stable, and mature relationship.
I have practiced intensively in a number of meditative and spiritual traditions, such as Vipassana, Zen, Christian mysticism, guru bhakti yoga, and the non-dual and tantric traditions of India, and my psychotherapy practice embodies a longstanding commitment to spirituality and growth.
Bachelor's of Arts, Cornell University, Master's degree in Integral Counseling Psychology (2004), the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Mihai Algiu, AMFT - Associate MFT
I view psychotherapy as a useful tool and support towards our innate pursuit of happiness, contentment and harmony. Whether recovering from years of addiction, healing from the aftermath of past wounds, navigating difficult relationship dynamics, dealing with trauma, loss, transition, uncovering old programmed limiting beliefs....our innate authentic self/spirit strives towards wholeness and being in harmony with all things. Beyond the healing of the past, there is yet another effective application of somatic psychotherapy, whereby working with a therapist can serve as an aid in an evolutionary journey of the spirit towards discovering causeless happiness, freedom and harmony.
My approach is experiential, effective and practical -influenced by Hakomi ~Mindfulness based Somatic Psychotherapy, Shadow Work, Gestalt, Psychodrama, Attachment Theory, CBT, as well as a variety of Eastern spiritual teachings (Advaita, 4th Way). I have extensive experience working with men, women and youth in crisis, as well as incarcerated men. I have a client-centered approach guiding the client back to their own innate inner wisdom, strengths and authentic self. I consider mindfulness and self-inquiry as an important ingredient in the process of healing, freedom from unnecessary suffering, and being happy celebrating life.
Vesna L. Westbrook, AMFT - Associate MFT
There are many reasons to begin therapy. At times, we arrive here because life challenges us to heal and to grow. At other times, we challenge ourselves to a deeper understanding of who we are and where we belong.
Psychotherapy is an inquiry into how to live, and how to be with difficulty. My approach is depth-oriented, transpersonal, relational, and existential-humanistic. My focus lies on the integration of complex trauma, which can manifest in various ways.
I hold a Master's degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I also earned a Dual Master's in Philosophy and Religious Studies, and an additional three-year Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Tübingen in Germany. I am certified as a Philosophical Counselor through the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. My lifelong spiritual practice has been essential in my understanding of healing and wellbeing.
I have experience working with adults as well as with adolescents. My own international background enables me to understand and work within different cultural contexts. I offer sessions in English and in German.
Dedzin Kriteman, LMFT - Psychotherapist
As a somatically trained psychotherapist, I value what is happening in the body as equally as I value thoughts, ideas and emotions. Much of how we operate in the world comes from the patterning of the subconscious mind and body, below the surface of conscious awareness. My work includes safely navigating the potent world of the unseen to bring light and consciousness to the obscured drivers of our painful karmic patterning.
Everything makes sense within a context. When we are able to understand the reasons why we act out, say, feel and express things the way we do, we have much more power to re-pattern our thoughts, actions, and behaviors to create a life that is nourishing and satisfying at the core. By developing a practice of being with the Presence of Awareness, we are able to better self-regulate, make choices instead of react, and speak authentically to whatever situation arises.
The therapeutic use of touch in psychotherapy is a newly burgeoning gift we are able to utilize as somatic therapists that conveniently bridges my long time career as a successful, licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki healer, work I still do today. Going far beyond talk therapy, my specialization in somatic work includes various certifications in trauma-informed modalities including: Vajrayana Buddhist practices of body and breath-centered meditation, Hakomi Mindfulness Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Bill Bowen’s Psycho Physical Therapy, and Hatha and Vinyasa yoga practices.
My background also includes direct, personal experience with a variety of venerable plant medicines, which will soon bridge my therapeutic work into Ketamine-Assisted Therapy as well as other medicines for deep transformation of mind and body.
I offer a caring, highly-attuned, safe environment where together we will explore the unconscious drivers of patterns that keep you from living the life you dream of living and/or help you integrate the potent medicine work you have done on your own. Please let me know how I might be of service to you.
Jennifer Hartmann, AMFT, APCC
I know it takes courage to examine your life with another person, and I will humbly and carefully join you on the journey. I respect the sacredness of vulnerability and hold space for all emotions and experiences. I will honor your traditional and nontraditional spiritual beliefs. I feel called to help people challenged by stress, trauma, or life transitions with an integrated therapeutic approach grounded in non-judgmental awareness.
I have nearly twenty years’ experience with a variety of body- and unconscious-based modalities including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Brainspotting (a focusing meditation that helps heal acute and chronic trauma symptoms). I work with adults of all ages, couples, children 10 to 18, and families.
Robin Van Cleave, LPCC
I approach therapy with the basic belief that we are born with a great deal of wisdom for navigating life, but this gets muddled and obstructed as we live our lives. My job as your therapist is to help you gain clarity and cultivate a life realistically centered on your deepest values by training yourself to listen to your own wisdom. What I bring to this work is over 10 years of experience in mental health, working with people experiencing trouble with anxiety, depression, grief, anger management, substance use, relationship problems, spiritual crises, psychosis and more. My approach is eclectic, influenced by scientifically evidence-based practices and my own 14+ years as a meditator, and includes mindfulness strategies, CBT, ACT, bodily awareness, and more depending on the needs of my client. Whether you are looking for brief support getting through a difficult time, healing from a lifetime of trauma, or help reviving your spiritual development, I will work to help you find the right practices, thinking patterns and personal changes to help clear your path forward.
I have 5+ years’ ongoing formal training in Vipassana meditation out of Mountain Stream meditation center here in Nevada City, and a summa cum laude BS in Psychology and MS in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University.
Susan Schreier Williams, MA
With joy, humor, compassion and grace, I will guide you to release tensions, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. As you unwind, tension and anxiety dissolve and give way to free flowing energy and an overall sense of happiness and well-being. Learn to breathe more fully and freely and discover ease, comfort and balance in your body, mind and spirit. As you deeply relax on all levels, a simple, intimate, conscious relationship of trust in your body/mind continues to be revealed.
Natural healing of body, mind, and spirit are sourced from this conscious relationship with the breath. Using the Alexander Technique, and incorporating deep tissue work with more subtle, yet powerful, energy work, I help you relax into a deep stillness. Create a positive, effective relationship with your own natural healing.