I was born and raised in Vietnam and was trained as a psychotherapist and expressive arts therapist at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. I am well-versed in different schools of Eastern, Western, and African philosophies as well as cultural anthropology. With my background, training and philosophical lens on the world, I integrate and offer rich experiences and a multi-cultural perspective and sensitivity in my psychotherapy sessions.
English: In life there is pain and there is suffering. Pain is inevitable, suffering is what we can stop. The moment you experience a loss there is the inevitable pain of feeling the absence and yearning for that which is no longer there. That pain is something to digest and learn from. So you leave […]
Do you find yourself feeling anxious, sad, isolated or misunderstood? Does your anger and frustration overwhelm you and others around you? Are your relationships falling apart? These feelings can be painful to manage, and asking for support can be difficult. Therapy is a meaningful way to cope with these feelings. As your therapist, I can […]
I see psychotherapy as a place to tend to our personal stories in a rich and textured way so as to understand where we have come from, where we are and where we are going; the process is a way to understand oneself and gradually work towards a freer, more vibrant and connected life. The […]
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Drama Therapist. I received my masters in clinical psychology with an emphasis in Drama Therapy form the California Institute of Integral Studies. My background in performance and directing supports my interest in helping clients reconnect with their innate creativity. I specialize in helping people who […]
Andriette is passionate about creating healing and nurturing spaces where people can begin to practice and embody the changes they want to create in their lives. She supports clients in obtaining clarity and forward momentum around life transitions, identity issues, relationships, addictions, trauma, anxiety and health related challenges. She has experience and training in using theatre arts and movement, expressive arts, guided imagery and mindfulness to provide a unique and customized approach in addition to traditional talk therapy.
Most of my clients are ambitious, bright, highly capable people who happen to feel stuck. Many of you are going through challenging times at work, in your personal relationships, or in other areas of your life. You may be struggling with anxiety, shyness, difficulty concentrating, lack of motivation, depression or family discord. Some of you seek to improve your communication, decision making skills or relationships. Or you might be in transition, or are considering making shifts in your career or life situation.
My academic and professional background is diverse. After conservatory theater training at the East 15 Acting School in London England I spent many years in New York City working as a performer, director, and teacher. Later I earned an interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Psychology and the Performing Arts with a focus on the Feminine Principle at SUNY/ Empire State College. I am a doctoral candidate in Expressive Arts Therapy at European Graduate School. This broad and rich background informs my analytical training at the CG Jung Institute in Zurich. Currently, a trainee at the Living Arts Counseling Center.
Kholoud is a Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee at Living Arts Counseling Center and MA candidate in Counseling Psychology specializing in Drama Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is seasoned in working with people who struggle with issues, such as, trauma (including developmental, relational, and trans-generational), Identity crisis, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem, immigration, acculturation, transitions, diversity and social justice.
Arianna Wheat is a Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee at Living Arts Counseling Center. She is an MA candidate for Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Drama Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Arianna has a BA in theatre arts, and she is passionate about expanding the dialogue between theatre, social justice, and healing
Are you satisfied with the role you’re playing in life? Or do you feel out of touch with what’s best in yourself? You’re just sure (and you’re right) that at heart you are a vibrant, creative person, full of love and passion—but something stops you from living the life you want. Are you tired of […]
Armand Volkas is a psychotherapist and Registered Drama Therapist in private practice and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Oakland, California, where he directs a training program for students, interns and therapists who want to integrate drama therapy into their practice.
Creating real change and healing in our lives can be difficult without support. Whether you’re struggling with social anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, or simply trying to find the next step on your path, the process of psychotherapy can help you move forward. I provide a patient, gentle partnership to assist you in delving deeper and […]
A diagnosis is an arrow pointing to how you can heal — not a label that pigeon-holes you. Opening yourself to receiving support requires an immense amount of courage. For this reason, I appreciate the willingness and trust of every client who comes into contact with me. I facilitate a process where people get to […]
MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern
I provide a warm and understanding atmosphere without judgment and pressure. Our work together is going to be about you and for you. I am not here to tell you what to do, but allow you to become the master of your life. You will be invited to explore through using traditional means of therapy(talk […]
James works with adults, teens, elders, couples, and families. He specializes in working with men who are wanting to live a better life but may be struggling with alcohol or drug use. James holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy, from California Institute of Integral Studies. He has trained in […]
Everyone deserves to have a healthy relationship with their body and sexuality–no matter their sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, education level, religious affiliation, STD status, or physical or mental capacity. Everyone, including you, deserves to have a positive body and genital self-image and an overall sense of sexual agency and self-esteem. Therapy […]
If you are looking for your lost voice, or simply the freedom to express it, I offer the space and tools to help you find it. If you have addictions, or are just beginning to question your relationship to drugs, alcohol, or painful partnering choices, I offer my many years of recovery work — leavened […]
No matter what your struggles are, you are not alone. Whatever issues you are dealing with, including: relationship problems, grief, depression, anxiety, blocked creativity, or a longing to feel more at peace with yourself, it can get better. I am committed to building a safe, supportive therapeutic relationship with you that will enable you to […]
Originally from Canada, Katrina has over 10 years of professional experience as a clinical counselor supporting children, youth, adults, and families. She offers goal-oriented counseling and coaching for people of all ages, through words as well as through art, play, somatic approaches, and movement. Katrina is passionate about crafting developmentally-attuned child and youth-oriented services, as […]
MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern
approach to psychotherapy is guided by my passion for art, culture and spirituality. I use a holistic, person-centered approach incorporating art, mind and body to search within for meaning, soul, and spirit. Using art to express and heal ourselves, we are able to access deeply buried emotions and heal the self to create a well-balanced […]
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and hold a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy, from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I believe in the effectiveness of drama therapy – a practice that moves beyond talk therapy toward embodied expression, profound insight and the freedom of playful […]
I received my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, with a specialization in expressive arts. Also a graduate of the Institute for Health and Healing’s Integrative Medicine Program and a registered physical therapist, I have specialized training in using guided imagery, expressive arts and psychotherapy to assist clients with a […]
I use my skills as a drama therapist to explore things creatively. I am a licensed Psychotherapist so I also do verbal therapy, but I prefer a more experiential approach. In my experience, when clients work creatively through drama or other arts modalities they begin to let go of intellectualizing and allow themselves to experience […]
Mireya is an expressive arts therapist as well as a certified Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. She certified from the Grof Transpersonal Training in 1993 and has facilitated groups and individuals in this approach locally and internationally. Her therapeutic work is informed by her work with traditional healers in her country Mexico as a social anthropologist, a […]
MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern
Congratulations! You have taken the first step toward change. Whether you are struggling with difficult emotions, going through a life change (by choice or not), exploring relationship patterns, or wanting to take the time to know yourself better, reaching out for help can be hard. So now that that is done, tell me your story This […]
I work with people who are yearning to live an authentic life -- a life that is real, instead of perfect. A life in which you learn to listen to your life-affirming inner wisdom, to express your thoughts and feelings, and to face challenges with courage and integrity.
I fully believe that the capacity to thrive lies in your hands, heart and imagination. As your therapist, I will work with you to uncover your own inherent wisdom. Together we can create a collaborative environment that supports your wise self in expressing more of itself. And, with your wise self in the room, we can explore the parts of you that may feel lost, unsure or left out in the cold.
I create a warm, nurturing environment that enables you to grow. Building safety and trust is the foundation of my work. We will explore what is confusing, painful, and/or anxiety provoking for you and work towards identifying your strengths and overcoming what is overwhelming or challenging for you. I offer you an empathic, gentle, encouraging, […]
I believe that everyone has the innate ability to heal and is always moving towards wholeness and resolution. I also believe everyone is capable of getting stuck in unhelpful patterns – holding onto beliefs and stories about themselves and others that perpetuate unhappiness. Life can bring both planned and unexpected changes and/or trauma that may jolt anyone […]
The Living Arts Counseling Center provides high quality psychotherapy services provided by interns, trainees and fully-licensed therapists on an affordable basis. We provide the highest standard of care under the supervision of our clinical director, Armand Volkas and co-founder/supervisor, Merry Ross. Our focus is on drama and expressive arts therapy.
The skillful use of drama and the expressive arts in individual, couples, and group therapy is an effective, empowering method for problem-solving. While playful and often fun, it sparks insight — promoting ease, growth and well-being. In addition, we are affiliated with Living Arts Playback Theatre and Healing the Wounds of History.