This group provides a safe space for guided and facilitated creative exploration and is ideal for people who are seeking guidance or a group setting to kindle an expressive practice. No art experience is needed. This is not a place for critique, but personal and therapeutic growth.
For inquiries, please consult the URL in the flyer, above.
Nicholas Seibel is one of our amazing therapist trainees. He has had a wide variety of therapeutic experience ranging from being a text message peer counselor, to a residential counselor for kids, teenagers and adults with severe emotional disorders, to a group facilitator at a dual diagnosis facility, to working as a phone-line counselor for the elderly. Nicholas decided to become a therapist after healing from his own trauma. He realized that helping others, who have been through similar experiences, was rewarding and transformative. He explains “nothing makes me happier than when a client says that what we have been doing has helped them become a stronger individual.”
Nicholas specializes in working with the LGBTQ community, especially people in the age range of 15-35. He believes that the transitional age from teen to adult is such a crucial time for life-skills building and he wants to be there to support them. Nicholas says “I want to know that my own lived experience has helped me connect with individuals who are still facing traumatic experiences, so that I can help them see that they do have the strength to move past the pain and build a life all on their own. I pride myself in being a therapist who people look forward to seeing because the sessions are sometimes fun and provide transformation and growth. Liberation has offered me the chance to learn and practice my calling as a therapist and it has been the most fulfilling job I have had so far in my life.”
Shannon Frank-Richter, MA, AMFT, APCC began with Liberation Institute in March 2019 and became the agency’s first full-time associate teletherapist in July 2019. Before joining Liberation Institute, she gained experience working with clients at the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara.
Shannon believes that therapy accesses a fundamental need everyone has as humans: a desire to be understood. She helps clients understand that their strengths are their road map to wellness, and their therapeutic journey is most successful once they can access and believe in their own personal talents. She believes all individuals’ path to vitality and happiness are unique and feels blessed for the opportunity to work with clients. Shannon has been a vital part of Liberation Institute, helping us continue our mission in providing affordable access to mental health services.
Although she recently moved to Portland, Oregon, she says her heart belongs to the Bay Area where she was married and raised her family. Any chance she gets, she ventures to the Pacific coastline to indulge in the crisp sea air, or hikes among the redwoods that beautifully grace the West Coast. Connecting with nature is Shannon’s most treasured way to regain balance and restore energy so she can be the best therapist she can be.
Shannon is supervised by Lynndal Daniels, LMFT.
When I first opened the doors of Liberation Institute in 2008 the country was in a financial crisis and, worse, many of the people I met on the street were in mental and emotional crisis. But little did I imagine the global situation we face today.
When the external structure and support in our lives get’s weird and wobbly, our internal self – mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual – can be thrown way off balance. I am so grateful that the organization, we as a community have created over the last 12 years, is here today to effectively and compassionately help those who need it.
As soon as the virus crisis began to emerge, our management team and huge volunteer staff sprung into action. We were one of the first grassroots community mental health clinics to get all our therapists and clients online. While many public and government mental health services closed down or floundered, we continued to serve people non-stop.
I am writing today to say Thank You.
Thank You to the amazing staff at Liberation for being so caring, dedicated and determined to serve.
Thank You to the amazing community that has supported us all these years, and especially now.
And above all, Thank You to each and every client we serve for their inspiring courage to be vulnerable and share themselves.
It is clear to me, now more than ever, that when we each endeavor to nurture our own individual Healing, Growth and Freedom, we create a rippling effect of change that vibrates through our loved ones, families, communities, and the planet.
In these times of deep global and personal challenge, we can all tap into that positive current and strive to Love – as much as we can, from where we are, with what we’ve got.
We are, indeed, in this together.
With deep gratitude,
Stever Dallmann. PhD
Founding Director, Liberation Institute
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 411502,
San Francisco, CA 94141-1502