Annina L. Altomari
Annina is a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, supervised by Suzanne Hughes. She is a San Francisco native who graduated in 2014 with dual Master of Arts degrees in Counseling and Forensic Psychology. Annina has provided bilingual mental health counseling to elementary school students, teens, families, and adults in the Bay Area over the past 4 years.
Annina focuses her practice on guiding others in exploring and overcoming barriers that restrict personal growth and impede fulfillment and happiness. She believes that each individual has control of his or her individual well-being, and with supportive guidance and motivation we can all find the strength to accomplish our goals. Annina is experienced and effective in counseling others through a wide range of personal challenges, including struggles with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationships, life transitions, parenting challenges and family conflicts.
“Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember.
To me they are proof of the fact that there is healing.”– Linda Hogan
Angie feels it is a privilege to listen and support individuals, couples, and families by creating strong relationships with them. She has successfully worked with grief, anxiety, depression, trauma, hopelessness, anger, interpersonal conflicts, stress and parenting frustrations. Angie is sensitive and supportive of your religious and cultural heritage. She is passionate about building your strengths and helping foster insight and personal understanding and acceptance.
Angie received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and is currently a Marriage & Family Therapist Associate and a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern. Angie also works in the Palo Alto School District supporting teachers and students.
Angie enjoys the Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning with family and a weekday Warriors game.
Diana is a bilingual (Spanish) pre-licensed marriage and family therapist who relocated from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Peninsula after getting married. She has over 5 years of combined education, training and work experience in various settings, including community mental health agency, medical clinic and private practice. Diana is also enrolled in her 2nd year in a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University at Irvine, CA.
Diana’s specialties include but are not limited to working with a culturally diverse group of children, adolescents, individual adults and couples in both English and Spanish; assessing diagnosing, coordinating treatment planning and case management services and resources as needed to victims of abuse, crime and trauma; providing counseling in private practice with a clinical focus on managing stress, anxiety, relationship & marital issues, self-harm, suicidal & self-destructive behaviors, trauma, grief & loss, depression and bipolar disorders, and LGBTQ issues (gay men and transgender).
With Diana you feel completely safe and supported in reaching your goals and your fullest potential. She is of European descent, speaks four languages fluently (English, Spanish, German & Romanian) and has a background in business and finance. She’s trained and comfortable working with diverse clients of various ages, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and racial backgrounds.
Fennie is an MFT trainee and earning her master degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Western Seminary, Milpitas, CA. She is multilingual (Cantonese/Mandarin/English), culturally sensitive, and values each individual’s story and diversity. She is a certified facilitator of SYMBIS (Save Your Marriage Before It Starts), a pre-marital assessment.
Fennie believes that therapy is a safe place for you to discuss your life experiences – the past hurts, the current challenges, and the fear and helplessness for the future. She is dedicated to help you to overcome those difficulties and feelings, to empower you to move forward towards positive change. She uses a relational approach to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment to support your healing and growth. She had been working in the auditing/accounting field for 10 years prior to returning to school to accomplish her goal of becoming an MFT.
In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors and running different races.
In therapy, you have the opportunity to be vulnerable and open with your emotions. My hope is to create a safe, nonjudgmental, supportive and nurturing space for you to do so. I value the trusting relationship that is built between therapist and client and strive to work collaboratively with you in finding solutions that are unique to your situation. In my work, I trust that you are the expert of your own experience and want to aid in strengthening your own confidence and security. I come from a compassionate, strength-based approach. I aim to work from a psychodynamic perspective, working in-depth with you to help overcome conflict or trauma. I may utilize different techniques to help foster healing such as art, music, or play.
I have a passion for continuing my work with underrepresented, under-served, and marginalized communities. I have a special interest in working with those who are survivors of trauma, and have previous experience in grief, loss, and crisis intervention. In our work together, I am mindful of cultural and spiritual differences and strive to maintain cultural humility. I work with youth, adults, families, and couples.
I earned my Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, finding balance through yoga, adventures in the outdoors, learning languages, and time spent alone.
As a Bay Area native, Jenisa is well attuned to the unique needs of local populations. She is experienced with grief, trauma, adoption, school-based issues, LGBT, anxiety, and depression. Jenisa has worked extensively with children and adolescents in and out of the school environment, as well as with individuals, couples and families in bridging the communication gaps that cause stress in relationships. In addition, she is comfortable and skilled working with issues around anxiety and depression.
Jenisa is a strong advocate in helping other’s help themselves, and believes that finding an element inner peace can lead to healing in all areas of a person’s life. She has a heart for helping others and believes that everyone has the power to overcome life’s challenges.
When not on the clock, Jenisa enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her cats. She enjoys staying active, and soaking in culture through local theater productions and museum or art exhibits.
Jill enjoys walking with people on the path of their life. From early on, she found people often felt free to open up and share their life. She decided to seek training to be able to support others to the best of her ability.
She has a background in child development and an interest in how the human minds works at all ages. Jill enjoys working with individuals, couples, families and children in whatever may come. Her work includes helping others sift through the past, wade through loss, gain traction after being stuck, overcome struggles and crises that arise. She counts it a distinct honor to be invited to support others on this journey of life.
Jill enjoys learning about other cultures especially through traveling. Spending quality time with family, friends, and community are important part of her life.
At One Life, Kristy works with individual adults, adolescents, and families. Her approach is strengths based and she incorporates mindfulness, art making, and writing into therapy where relevant to clients. She also works at Deborah’s Palm, a women’s enrichment center in Palo Alto, and counsels younger children and families at Selby Lane Elementary School in Redwood City. She runs the Happiness Group, which motivates women to choose happiness in their lives by making small, but significant, changes in habit.
Kristy also leads a transitions group for teenage girls who have just finished high school and are getting ready for the next chapter of their lives.
“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” – Tori Amos
Miriam’s approach to psychotherapy is empathetic and compassionate. She strives to create an environment where individuals can feel safe to explore their emotions and experiences. She starts from a place of identifying an individual’s strength. Miriam believes that each individual’s experience in therapy should be unique to their needs.
Miriam has a special passion for working with survivors of trauma. She has experience working with adults and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, anger management, substance abuse, and life threatening illnesses as well as survivors of sexual assault.
Miriam is a Marriage and Family Associate and a Practitioner of Clinical Counseling Intern supervised by Suzanne Hughes. Miriam earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA.
Nanette is a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate with a specialization in drama therapy. Drama therapy is a creative arts-based approach that offers a variety of tools and may be used in an embodied form or through the intentional use of metaphor. Alongside more traditional talk therapy, it often helps clients to experience self-exploration from new and varied perspectives. Nanette works with adults and children in a compassionate, strength-based approach informed by attachment theory, family systems, and mindfulness.
In addition to her MA in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, Nanette holds an MA in Women’s Spirituality from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Nanette is interested in women’s experiences in relation to cultural and spiritual traditions in our contemporary times and throughout history, which further informs the way she conceptualizes and approaches her therapeutic work.
Prior to her clinical degree and experience, Nanette worked as a teacher of ESL both in the US and abroad, ran a children’s program at a homeless shelter, and worked privately with families providing organizational, administrative, and emotional support. Nanette finds personal joy in theater, dance, music, literature, and time spent in nature.
Roy has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area all of his life. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Francisco State University. His background includes serving the community at the Evergreen School District, The Wisdom Training Center, and the Seeds of Awareness program as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee. He served students from Elementary to High School ages. He recently graduated from Western Seminary receiving his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Roy enjoys serving all ages, but particularly enjoys working with children and youth. Also, he intends to specialize in anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, as well as addictions in general. In his free time, Roy likes watching sports and movies, exercising, vacationing, and spending time with family and friends.
Sonia’s work experience includes individual counseling for adults, children and adolescents, parenting support, couples therapy and family therapy. Sonia is experienced in working with issues related to acculturation or culture differences, life-stage transitions including reproductive mental health, issues with grief, loss, depression and anxiety.
In providing support, Sonia’s goal is to help you identify the obstacles that limit fulfillment in your life. She feels that most people already know the solution which may be buried beneath the complexities of the day to day. She will help you sift through your issues, gain insight and self-discover the solution that will alleviate your distress.
Sonia is very thoughtful about cultural identifications, given that she is a first generation immigrant herself. She will pick an approach that will adhere to your personality, needs, values and cultural framework and will meet you where you are at and will move at the pace you desire.
In addition to doing the work Sonia is passionate about, She loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys nature walks, music, art in its many forms and cooking.
Stephanie is a Marriage & Family Therapist Associate who received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. Stephanie has had a successful 20-year career coaching individuals and leaders at tech giants such as Google, Yahoo! and Visa, and is thrilled to follow her calling to provide hope and healing to individuals, couples and families in her community.
Stephanie naturally creates a warm, safe and calm environment where you can reflect on your life and relationships. She believes that every obstacle is an opportunity for growth, and that therapy is one of the most precious gifts we can give ourselves. She specializes in helping those who are overwhelmed with anxiety, life transitions, work stress, relationship conflicts, grief and depression. Her passion is helping her clients nurture their unique strengths and find peace and comfort in the present moment through mindfulness practices.
Stephanie enjoys traveling, nature, checking out new restaurants, reading a great novel and spending time with loved ones (of the human and furry variety!)
Tom is a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate who received his Master’s Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, Santa Clara, CA. Tom has had the pleasure of working with many people from all walks of life. With clinical aptitude and integrity, he’s able to journey alongside your deepest struggle, pain or failure, with genuine care and compassion. Tom is a warm and thoughtful therapist, who has the natural ability to create a calm and accepting environment where individuals feel safe and valued. He can relate to families who have loved ones struggling with sex and pornography addiction, drug and alcohol addiction, a serious mental illness, or emotional difficulties such as, grief, trauma, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. He also has a sincere understanding for families with special needs children and individuals who have been or are currently affected by cancer. Tom’s desire is for his clients to thrive in all aspects of their lives: in their jobs, communities, and marriages. He works with couples, families, individuals, children and teens.
Tom is committed to lifelong learning and enjoys an occasional motorcycle ride along the coast. Tom is married and has two sons. He has a passion for music, travel, and the outdoors.