February 9, 2013

Therapists

Connect2 Therapists

Please read a little bit about each of our Connect2 Marriage Counseling therapists. Each one is experienced and compassionate, and here to help you both.

Saturday and evening appointments are now available.

Therapists

Howard Scott Warshaw, MFT is a lifelong student who believes the value of knowledge is in its application.

Howard loves practicing psychotherapy because it employs every aspect of his eclectic skill set in the service of others. He specializes in helping hi-tech professionals and couples deal with the unique stresses and challenges of life in Silicon Valley, and with cancer patients and their care-givers. He also works with clients on sexuality issues.

He holds degrees in Counseling Psychology, Computer Engineering, Economics, Video Production, and Mathematics. Howard’s work has been inducted to The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). A documentary on Netflix called, Atari: Game Over #1 and #2 recently came out and covers Howard’s work as a game designer, and he is the “Urban Legend” of the game ET. He has published books, articles and documentary films, and has been interviewed recently by publications such as The New York Times, BBC World, and others. He has developed all manner of technology, from video games to industrial robots. Howard enjoys teaching as well, which is his way of paying forward the gifts of growth and learning he has so richly enjoyed. (Offices in Los Altos and Dublin.)

Dr. Ann Langley, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been specializing in couples therapy, sexuality issues and recovery issues for over 25 years.

She also offers premarital counseling. More recently she has specialized in offering “Discernment Counseling,” a structured 5-session series of meetings for couples deciding whether to separate/divorce or to commit to 6 months of intensive couples therapy to determine if their marriage can be saved.

Dr. Langley has taught classes on couples therapy to graduate students and licensed therapists at JFK University. Dr. Langley has also taught ‘The Treatment of Addictions’ at Santa Clara University, Sofia University, and Access Institute in San Francisco. (Office in Redwood City.)

Mabel Yiu, MFT

As a therapist for nearly a decade, Mabel devotes her life to helping women, men, and teens who suffer from depression, anxiety, grief and loss, experience major life changes, have career and school issues, and struggle with relationship problems. She helps you make the positive changes and create the lower-stress life you want.

In addition to her work as a therapist, she is also adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco and a clinical supervisor at a community mental health clinic in San Jose, so she has a breadth of experience working and solving different problems with different people.

While life is never “perfect,” Mabel believes with all her heart and soul that it can always be better. To her, being a psychotherapist is not just a job, but a calling. There is nothing better than seeing someone who has so much potential, yet so much suffering, regain control and happiness in your lives and experience joy. Mabel is from Hong Kong and speaks English and fluent Cantonese. (Office in Palo Alto.)

Wendy Yeh, MFT

Wendy uses her 15-year experience in a high tech career, raising children, and establishing a career in psychotherapy to help you find your way with compassion and understanding with the reality of living and working in Silicon Valley. She works with clients to find solutions while honoring their own cultural values. In addition to English, she also speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and some Cantonese.

Wendy specializes in working with adults experiencing depression and anxiety due to past trauma, challenging relationships, and a history of a difficult childhood.  One of Wendy’s specializations is working with parents to create warmer and easier relationships with their adolescents. She also provides career counseling to help you achieve peak performance and maintain work-life balance. (Office in Palo Alto.)

TherapistsSangita Biswas, MFT

Sangita counsels and supports families from diverse cultural backgrounds and communities; including those from South Asia. She helps you navigate through the dynamic challenges of acculturation in a new country, and specializes in resolving conflicting cultural influences on parenting approaches.

Sangita works with families and individuals, supporting you as you process and overcome challenges like depression, anxiety, grief and trauma. She has worked extensively with teens, helping them, and their parents, understand and improve their relationships based on effective communication.

Sangita speaks English, Hindi and Bengali. (Offices in Fremont and Pleasanton.)

Therapists

Dr. Hila Maoz-Mezer

Hila has more than 15 years of experience as a licensed psychologist in Israel. Hila is highly trained in helping couples, adults, children, and families to successfully navigate a wide range of issues. She does so by attending closely to each person’s needs and by creating a safe and collaborative environment. Hila deeply respects the unique qualities of each individual.

Hila’s areas of expertise include long and short term therapy, psycho-diagnostic testing, counseling for parents and families, as well as leading workshops on psychological and developmental topics. Hila has a certification in family therapy and is currently attending the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.

Hila speaks English and Hebrew. (Offices in Palo Alto and Campbell.)

Debra Pope, LMFT

Debra is passionate about working with couples and families. She understands the importance of a couple’s relationship, how childhood experiences can spill Therapistsover into adult intimate relationships and how couples can feel overwhelmingly stuck and confused. Debra has extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, the effects of trauma, explosive anger, grief and loss, parenting struggles and navigating major life changes.

Debra works with couples to understand where they are getting stuck, where it comes from and what can be done differently to get out of frustrating and repeating patterns within the relationship.

Debra earned a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. She supports marriage equality. Debra is trained in Functional Family Therapy and Bowen Family Systems therapy. Debra also is a Clinical Supervisor at a non-profit counseling center in San Jose.

Debra has training and experience working with people of all cultural backgrounds and ethnicities. She has a passion for working with LGBTQ individuals and families. She is able to integrate individual’s spiritual or religious practices into their therapy, when appropriate. (Office in Palo Alto.)

Cristina Sorrentino Smalisch, Ph.D., LCSW

Cristina seeks to meet each couple, individual, and adolescent where you are—mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Cristina focuses on your strengths to help Therapistsyou get where you want to be. Non-judgment and acceptance are the cornerstones of her work. Cristina brings compassion to her work with couples who want to achieve work-life balance, to experience more closeness and intimacy, manage the demands of raising children, plus relationships with your family of origin and in-laws.

Cristina specializes in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and ADHD. She also has experience treating addictions.

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Cristina was a researcher in cognitive science. Her experiences as a graduate student at MIT and her roles as a post-doc at New York University and a research associate at Stanford give her an up-close, intimate look at demanding, high-achievement environments.

Cristina has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness practice. Her work is also grounded in psychodynamic approaches, particularly attachment theory. She is the co-author of three clinical research articles on hoarding disorder and also co-author of The Hoarding Handbook: A Guide for Human Service Professionals, published by Oxford University Press.

Cristina speaks English, Italian, and French fluently, and she is conversant in German. (Office in San Mateo.)

Dr. Valerie Sher, Ph.D. marriage counseling couples counseling premarital counseling grief trauma asbergers stress

Valerie’s training in clinical psychology, business, education, and coaching come together to help people move toward their dreams and goals, allow for greater self expression, find balance, and great health and well-being. Difficult life experiences are used as an opportunity for learning and growth. Valerie builds on personal strengths and helps to develop or improve skills for communication, assertiveness, and problem solving.

Her philosophy is based on the idea that fulfillment comes from engagement in intellectual, emotional, creative, emotional, physical, and spiritual realms while being in healthy relationship with self, others, and community.

Valerie specializes in relationships, sexual issues, trauma, attachment, eating and body Image, grief, chronic pain, and somatic complaints (headaches, gastrointestinal issues), stress, and Asperger’s. (Office in Redwood City.)

Chandrama Anderson, MA, MFT, President of Connect2 Marriage CounselingTherapists

Do you want more intimacy in your life? Do you want to further develop a sense of wonder at this journey of life? Do you want to connect more deeply with meaning and purpose? Are you called to a spiritual path to which you want to listen? Are you interested in premarital counseling to set your selves up for a loving, secure marriage? If you would like to enrich yourself and your relationships, have more beauty, be of service, listen to your soul, overcome obstacles, and soak in the love available around you, please seek me out for counseling.

Chandrama’s experience of having eight family members die in five years led her to become a therapist specializing in couples and grief counseling. In addition to maintaining an active practice, she speaks at conferences throughout the country. She also maintains a blog, Couple’s Net, for The Palo Alto Weekly, Menlo Park Almanac, and Mountain View Voice. Prior to becoming a therapist, Chandrama worked in high tech at Apple, Stanford University and in Silicon Valley. Chandrama is the author of Building an eCommerce Website (1998), No U-Turn at Mercy Street: A Memoir and Resource Guide for Grieving Parents (2010) and Personality Mapping (2012).

Read further about Chandrama. (Office in Palo Alto.)

 

Now Retired

Julia McLean, MFT was a  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist between 2000 and 2016.

She is an experienced couples counselor with training from the Gottman Institute, one of the premier couples therapy institutes in the United States. She has experience with communication skills, conflict resolution, parenting, blended-families, infertility, grief, sexuality and affairs. Her style is warm, caring and interactive. Additionally, her former career as an attorney gives her a unique perspective on what is at stake when couples seek counseling. Her office was in Mountain View.

Contact us now at 650-847-0030 or canderson.connect2@gmail.com