Practitioners

Meet our lovely practitioners! At our space we all share the common purpose to help individuals in order to heal our community. Hours and services vary by practitioner. Please contact each individual independently. 

Marisa Abzug-Callender • co-founder

Marisa is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Business Coach. She works with kids 10 and up, families, couples, and individuals. She would call her style "eclectic," although she often utilizes Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, and Family Systems Therapy. She also specializes in working with addictions and LGBT clients. 

www.balancemft.com  831-704-6775

 

Amanda E. Fargo, PsyD • co-founder

Amanda E. Fargo is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her therapy practice focuses on providing individual adult therapy, college student therapy, as well as postpartum and parenting support focused on helping parents with postpartum depression and or anxiety and assisting families of young children meet their parenting goals.

www.drfargo.com PSY#21619  •  831-246-0456

Lisa Blevins, PhD • co-founder

Dr. Blevins is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner and has been working in the field for over 25 years. While she specializes in working with persons experiencing severe mental illness and has been the Clinical Director of a therapeutic day program for the past 15 years, in private practice she has developed an emphasis in working with adults experiencing difficult life transitions, whether it be going off to college, developing an increased level of independence, dealing with relationship difficulties and losses, facing the "empty nest", and defining one's true self and life's path separate from others.   She also has years of experience working with people with trauma, eating disorders and personality disorders. Her approach is humanistic and person-centered, focused on building a trusting relationship, while at the same time assessing which skills are most beneficial to impart and practice with her clients. Symptom management techniques, DBT, NLP and Hypnotherapy are used with clients so that they can overcome difficult obstacles or habits quickly and enhance the quality of their lives. Some examples include negative thought patterns, weight and pain management, self defeating behaviors, intimacy issues and health concerns.

Open-heart-therapy.com 408-655-6219

Catherine Cervantes, LMFT

Catherine is a licensed marriage and family therapist who provides therapy for adults, children, and families in both English and Spanish, and offers compassionate and concrete parenting support. Her holistic approach respectfully works with all aspects of a person: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, sexual, cultural.  As an advanced student of Hakomi, she uses mindfulness to facilitate experiential, body-centered therapy so that clients can experience a new relationship with themselves and with others. With children she also uses play therapy and expressive art therapy.

www.santacruzpsychotherapy.com   831-227-3412

David Schulkin, MA, LMFT

David is an experienced therapist who has the natural ability to make anybody feel comfortable. He has a compassionate and relaxed personal style, which makes him a good fit for therapeutic work with people of any age and background, including individuals, couples and families. As a young male therapist, he is in a position to connect particularly easily with guys.  He also works well with couples, because he is able to see multiple points of view and has a disarming presence, which makes him more approachable for those who may initially be hesitant about coming to therapy.

Davidschulkin.com 831-515-8489

Deborah Bates, MA, LMFT

Debbie received her Masters in Counseling Psychology fromSanta Clara University in 2001.  She retired as a Probation Officer in 2009, having worked in a mental health caseload for the last 12 years of her 33 year probation career. Needless to say she has familiarity working with anyone directly or collaterally involved with the criminal justice system. Her clinical focus in psychotherapy includes individuals, couples,children, families and adolescents, working primarily from a cognitive behavioral, solution focused approach. She has worked effectively with eating disorders, dual diagnosis, substance abuse issues,  autistic disorders, those with bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. She is passionate in joining with those in their effort to find balance and healing in their lives and relationships.

831-460-2550x16

Ellen O'Hanlon CHT. CMT

Ellen began her private practice in 1994 as a massage therapist, hypnotherapist, and an artist. Her twenty years in body/mind healing includes experience in medical, clinical and spa settings. She has over 2000 hours of combined training in massage, hypnotherapy, NLP, crystal healing, soft tissue therapy, anatomy, somatic healing, re-birthing, prenatal & postpartum massage, past life regression, psychic healing, Reiki, spiritual counseling and intuitive readings. Ellen trusts in the body's innate capacity to heal and that there is energy within us ~a life force energy~ that when open and unobstructed promotes vigor, well-being and inner balance. She integrates this deeper work with safety, ease and intuitive touch. Connecting you with your inner knowing and guidance, promoting personal empowerment and health is her passion. healingartmatters.com hand2heal@gmail.com

Shawna Ristic

Shawna Ristic is a body therapist and intuitive healer.  She began her path as a healer following a Near Death Experience in 1993 and has since trained in many healing modalities, including Deep Tissue and Relaxation Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Neuralmobilization, Pregnancy and Infant Massage, Lymphatic Drainage and many pscycho-somatic and spiritual techniques.  In addition, she has a Master’s degree in Communication from l’Université Paul Valèry, France and has been Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork since 1997.  Shawna uses acute awareness of postural alignment and knowledge of anatomy to assess your physical structure and indicate where to begin on the body.  Then, using her diverse knowledge of structural, psychological and spiritual techniques, along with intuitive perception and the assistance of a spiritual council, she addresses the underlying causes of dis-ease.  Shawna's goal is empowerment.  She strives to awaken you to your own innate ability to heal. 

www.shawnaristic.com  shawnaristic@gmail.com   •  785-691-6639

Linda Mastrangelo, MA, LMFT

Linda is an author, educator, artist and psychotherapist with private practices in San Jose and Santa Cruz specializing in grief, loss and dreamwork. Experiencing grief because of loss can make us turn away just when we need the most support. Linda provides a nonjudgmental and caring space to help clients express complicated emotions, manage anxiety/sleep issues, learn coping skills and practice self-care during these life changing transitions. Her passion is using dreamwork as a map for grief. Linda also brings holistic, mindful and transpersonal practices to the grieving process that includes working with ancestral wounding, archetypal & depth work and expressive arts; tools that empower clients to be the hero of their own story. www.lightningtreetherapy.com (408) 658-6757 • lhmastrangelo@gmail.com

 

Hannah Renee Tunkel, MA, LMFT, CMT

Hannah helps people recover and reclaim their intrinsic health and wholeness using holistic therapies that integrates body, mind, spirit holistic therapies. She works with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She uses mindfulness based stress reduction approaches including mindfulness meditation, neurofeedback and biofeedback, and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. Her background is in prenatal and perinatal psychology and somatic psychology, which gives her a unique perspective that is often missing in traditional talk therapies. She is also en route to being certified as a Life Purpose Coach, helping individuals to ignite their passions to discover their purpose. hannahtunkel.com

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