Anum is a first-generation South Asian American. As a first-generation American, she sees the value in breaking down the stigma surrounding seeking help and the importance of eliminating the negative connotations or assumptions that are attached to therapy. She wishes to be a voice for those that have not found theirs yet. She speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi fluently and is currently learning Arabic. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and couples. Anum believes therapy is about creating a safe space for the patient to open up about what they want to address with no judgment. She is driven to make sure her patients feel comfortable, respected, and validated. Through the use of various evidence-based practices, Anum enjoys working with patients to cater to their emotional needs through the use of. She has experience working with people who have experienced trauma, anxiety, and depression as well as with people who engage in substance use and risk behaviors. She feels lucky to have worked with individuals from various sexual orientations, religious, and cultural backgrounds. She wishes for her patients to graduate from therapy feeling liberated and empowered to take on the world and to be able to process their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a healthy way.
The Holding Space: A Group for Moms to Build Emotional Resilience
The Holding Space is a 12-week group therapy for moms with postpartum anxiety and depression. We strive to offer a space of hope and healing where mothers’ feelings can be held with compassion, acceptance, and non-judgment. Designed by a psychiatrist and a psychologist with decades of experience treating mothers with anxiety and depression, the group helps participants learn to:
Manage emotional triggers
Be more present with themselves and their kids
2021 – 2022 groups will be held online via zoom with two group leaders (either Dr. Pollack or Dr. Broudy and a therapist co-leader). Group sessions will be once a week for 90 minutes for 12 weeks.
Participants will be asked to complete several brief interviews and questionnaires, all online, so that we can study the effectiveness of the group.
To participate in the group you must:
Be 18+ years old
Have current symptoms of anxiety and/or depression that started or worsened within one year postpartum
Have one or more children under 5 years old
Have internet access to participate in online group sessions
Further eligibility will be determined over a screening interview
Raising children can be one of the most joyous parts of life, but it’s also filled with many challenges. Our kids evoke complex and powerful feelings in us, often right in the moment when we need to act fast to figure out how to respond. Parenting books and classes give helpful strategies, but strong emotions can cloud our judgment and our abilities to put those strategies into practice. This is why we believe that many parents can benefit from therapy designed to help them work through and better manage their feelings.
Our program offers both individual and group therapy for parents who are struggling with feelings towards their children and in their role as parents.
As a therapist I aim to provide a space that is beautiful, safe, and healing for folks who have few said spaces in the world. I aim to challenge the status quo, -isms, and White Supremacy. I have spent many of my years living and surviving in these oppressive systems that were not created for me or my people. In learning to adapt and “succeed” in these systems that do not appreciate nor nourish my spirit I have transitioned to unapologetically making space for myself and thriving. I found that in being unapologetically me I have no limits to my abilities, dreams, or connections. In my work with clients, I invite them to take the leap of letting go of socially constructed views of how they should be or exist and rather settle into what they desire and what works for them. I believe life can be easy and liberating when we step outside of these oppressive and limiting systems.
I encourage clients to live their best lives unapologetically and ruthlessly. I support clients with addressing trauma, emotional hang-ups, anxiety, depression, as well as celebrating the journey to self-discovery and re-centering.
Since 2017, I have provided a number of specialized therapeutic services to those who identify as BIPOC, Queer, Gender Non Conforming, or Trans dealing with challenging life experiences. My client’s well-being is a priority, and I go above and beyond to support them through their obstacles.
I work with individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations. I help to restore relational balance and authenticity. I provide a healing space that is welcoming to those who hold marginalized identities. My style is direct, collaborative, conversational and affirming. I use a decolonized, social justice oriented lens and focus on race-based trauma and historical trauma. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy.
I am honored to support your healing and growth in the next phase of your personal development. No matter where you are in your life journey and what challenges have brought you to therapy, I believe that you have the inner resources and wisdom to move forward and realize your goals and potential. I am here to provide a safe and nurturing place for you to explore your internal world, relationships and whole self as you move forward.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee currently completing the Master of Arts in Psychology – Holistic program at JFK University. I chose this program because I believe that growth depends on bringing together all aspects of who we are. We carry past wounds in our bodies and in the younger parts of ourselves that often did not have the words yet to make sense of our story. We can heal these parts of ourselves by paying attention to and accepting ourselves exactly where we are, and by using our creativity, imagination and higher selves to help navigate our inner world and change our everyday lives.
I offer a variety of tools and approaches based on what works for you and what fits you best. Some of the tools I’ve learned and have benefitted from personally include Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, narrative and writing, mindfulness, developmental trauma and attachment informed therapy, expressive arts therapy, movement, and ecopsychology. I work mainly with adults and young adults in life transition, bringing to my work over 20 years of experience in the field of corporate adult learning and development.
Congratulations on taking this next important step and may your journey bring you everything you need and want from life.
I have been a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 1994 and for over 25 years, I have had a clinical practice and served hundreds of couples and individuals of all ages, and from many different backgrounds, lifestyles, cultures. I have led groups that have helped people find the balance between their own fulfillment and connection to each other.
As a trained mediator, I also provide co-parenting counseling and mediation with couples and parents, who are in the process of separating. I facilitate groups in both Berkeley and San Francisco in the areas of separation and divorce and couples, family and relationship therapy.
Understanding that people are often blocked in life, due to trauma, I also help these clients by using the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) technique, and other somatic-based therapies. In addition, I have in-depth training in Narrative, Family Systems, Attachment-Based Therapy and Enneagram.
Enneagram tests are an excellent way to discover more of what your personality type does and how you connect with another person’s strengths and weaknesses whether it be work, friendships, home, or intimate relationships.
I specialize in many creative methods to work with a variety of clients.
Co-Parenting Support Group
Co-Parenting can be very isolating and challenging as you navigate the new world of household transitions and seemingly bigger compromises.
Are you struggling with your co-parent?
- Have you been trying to parent your kids separately in two separate homes?
- Do you have different parenting styles that really create stress and conflictual conversations every time you talk?
- Is your child feeling the tension?
- Are you in a living nightmare where you feel like you’re never going to get away from your ex because you have to parent together?
Perhaps it’s time to join a group where you can learn different strategies to overcome these challenges — with others, who are going through them as well.
Who is it for?
This is an online ongoing group for people who are going through a separation, while learning how to co-parent where there may be huge parenting-style differences.
Discussions in the Group are topic-oriented and topic-suggested. I will be presenting both psychological themes and strategies to deal with difficult co-parenting situations (e.g., Are/were you married to a narcissist? What if you hate your ex’s extended family? Is your parenting style different and are you seeing those differences making your kids feel insecure? How do you deal with your kid not wanting to go to your ex’s home?).
Requirements & Fees
- 15-minute Inquiry Call: to answer questions and schedule your intake meeting
- First Session/Intake Appointment: $200
- Monthly Fee:
- Option (1): $590
- One private coaching session per month
- Four 90-minute, weekly sessions
- Option (2): $340
- Four 90-minute, weekly sessions
- Option (1): $590
Payment: All clients have an active credit card on file to reserve their appointments and to hold their place in the group.
The goals of therapy
In order for therapy to be effective, you’ll need to have a strong desire to improve your life and be as open as you can be in sharing your hurt and struggles.
Therapy helps you overcome your problems and move forward in your life. It enables you to get in touch with the deeper parts of yourself so that you trust yourself and others more.
Therapy empowers you to be better able to recognize your strengths and build upon them.
As you progress in therapy, you’ll be more accepting of life’s challenges and become more resilient to future stresses.
Working with me makes it possible for you to have more enjoyment and fun in your life and be kinder to yourself and others.
Life will never be perfect, but you can overcome the past and build the strength to tackle problems in the future.
My counseling style
In my therapy room, I offer a safe place where you’ll be accepted for who you are. You will never be judged. I am compassionate and truly care about your wellbeing.
You’ll feel understood and supported as you strive to overcome your problems to create a more rewarding life.
I trust that there is a deep part of you that knows what you need. I’ll help you get more in touch with that part so that you have more clarity in moving forward.
With my input, you’ll ultimately determine the direction of therapy and the goals you want to achieve.
I will always respect you, your problems, and your process in therapy. My ultimate goal is to help you develop the inner and outer resources to help yourself.
6 UNIQUE Black-Indigenous-People-Of-Color (BIPOC) Telehealth Groups [times in description]
6 UNIQUE Black, Indigenous, and/or People-Of-Color (BIPOC) Online Therapy Groups in California Opening This Week
- Clients who may be served
- Those who can share this message to support their communities
- Those down to 1:1 or connect me to community folx to share this with
🏾 BIPOC Law Enforcement Group – 8-10 members, co-facilitated**, centering being BIPOC while working pandemic & protests
About Christhmus (pronoun them at your pleasure):
Christhmus Presence will be facilitating all groups above. They are a 3.5-generation Muwekma Ohlone (San Francisco) land-settler and Chinese-American Queer. Pillars that guide them are liberation psychology, narrative psychology, somatic psychology, spirituality, and expressive arts. Tools held in support of self-resourcing, clarity, and ancestral connectivity include meditation, Tapping, and Brainspotting. They enjoy plants, creative expression, the power of community, and being in water. MFTI/PCCI supervised by Josie Valderrama, License# Psy27913.
*About Lai (pronouns she/her/hers):
Lai Chien is a 0-generation Hong Kong born cisgender Chinese-Vietnamese American by way of North Carolina, Georgia, and finally landing in the east bay of Oakland/Alameda.
She is a harm-reduction focused, strength-based, and change-oriented therapist utilizing narrative psychology, motivational interviewing and DBT concepts such as radical acceptance to empower growth and promote well-being. She can be found tending to her aquariums, cooking and/or eating, days at the beach and planning the next camping trip.
AMFT #98435 supervised by Sandra Stultz, LMFT #43047 of Sankofa Holistic Counseling Services www.sankofatherapy.com
**About Annie (she/her pronouns):
Annie Chen is a marriage family therapist who has been helping people have better relationships with one another and themselves for over ten years. She is the author of a book on attachment theory and uses tools that are informed by neuroscience, trauma, and somatic psychology. She worked as a therapist for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Youth and Family Services Bureau from 2011-2014 and is interested in supporting those at the forefront of reforming law enforcement culture for the benefit of all. CA License# 80025