The Liberation Institute Mental Health in San Francisco Tue, 03 May 2022 15:55:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Liberation Institute 32 32 Mindful Relational Couples Group Sat, 23 Apr 2022 14:28:49 +0000 Every Thursday evenings starting May12, 6:30-8:30 pm for 8 weeks

Bring awareness to your relational patterns with an experiential and somatic approach. Build tools to connect, listen, and communicate. – The group will begin 5/12/22 open to accepting couples for first 2 weeks, after that we will close the group for the remaining 6 sessions. – maximum people 12 ( 5 couples) – all kinds of couples welcome Using Mindfulness and Somatic exercises.

Facilitators: Co-led by Aimee McConneloug MFT Trainee and Jen Antill MFT trainee
Supervisor Name: Lynndal Daniels
Bio: Aimee is an MFT grad student at the WISR Institute. She has 20 years of experience in somatic healing and body-based awareness in groups. Aimee has been married and working in a deep relationship with her partner for 24 years. Jen is a grad student getting her master’s in Counseling Psychology. She spends much of my time reading and practicing the art of depth psychology and integrating it into her Archetypal Astrology practice. She has spent the past two years studying Jungian psychology. Jen has been partnered for ten years and recently just got married to her now wife. Jen has fluency in queer and heterosexual relationships, brining a diverse array of experience to the table.
Location: California
Who this group is for: People joining the group must be able to contain and hold their process. They also must be be able to self-regulate in a group setting.

S.A.M.E (Sexual Assault My Empowerment) Sat, 23 Apr 2022 13:31:17 +0000 Time: Sundays 11AM – 12:30pm

A psychotherapy and psychoeducational closed support group that will use drama therapy tools enabling participants to build, maintain, reclaim and/or repair their autonomy and sense of self. Participants will also discover, establish and learn more about their strengths and inner resources.

Facilitators: Kristen El Yaouti & Champagne Hughes
Supervisor Name: James Bosch LMFT (#86491), Max Littman LCSW (#87313)
RVSP/ and
Bio: Kristen El Yaouti is a MFT Trainee and PCC Trainee at Liberation Institute finishing her Masters in Counseling Psychology and Drama Therapy at California Institute of Integral Studies. Focuses on bringing trauma-informed somatic practices to drama therapy. Champagne Hughes is a counseling psychology Masters student at California Institute of Integral Students and MFT Trainee at Liberation Institute. with a background in storytelling, education and pleasure activism. Hughes specializes in drama and sex therapy with a misson to transform toxic societal attitudes towards human sexuality and using the arts for self expressive, healing purposes. 
Location: California
Who this group is for: This is currently a group for women identified adults only. If you feel this descriptor does not include you, especially men identified adults please still reach out to us anyway. We hope to create a group around masculinity and sexual assault, as well as a non binary group in the near future. We intend for this to allow groups to explore among peers; how their experience of gender is affected by and affects their experience of sexual assault.

We Keep Going in Circles Sat, 23 Apr 2022 13:23:55 +0000 Wednesdays (Weekly) 730-930pm PST

Feeling like your conversations are going in circles? Holding grudges? A lull in sex life? Feeling unseen, unheard, and like you are planets away at times? We gotchu. We Keep Going in Circles (WKGIC) is a closed, 12-week skill building group addressing these issues and more. Being a closed group, participants will experience an intake interview with the group’s co-facilitators, Brittany or Grayson, so that we can do our best to ensure that the couples present are ready, willing, and able to build connections and put in the work to reignite the energy needed to meet your goals.

Facilitators: Brittany Braxton, AMFT & Grayson Thompson, MFT Trainee 
Bio: Brittany – CIIS, Experience participating in groups and leading groups in corporate settings. Grayson – Alliant Univ, Experienced group facilitator for children, adults and families.
Supervisor Name: James Bosch, Lynndal Daniels, LMFT #78183
RVSP/ and
Location: California
Who this group is for: Adult couples without children.

Art, Creativity and Process Group Tue, 08 Feb 2022 21:13:16 +0000 Time: TBD

Let’s connect and make art together as a weekly practice. We will set aside 1.5 hours every week to explore ourselves within a project and then share what we created and experienced. Prompts are provided, but you are always welcome to free-form create in community with us if you have something in mind for that particular week. Let’s make some time and space for our artistic, poetic way of seeing the world. All are welcome.

Supervisor Name: Lynndal Daniels MA, BC-TMH, BCC, LMFT #78183

Weekly Support Group Tue, 30 Nov 2021 01:07:10 +0000 Every Wednesday at 6:00pm-7:00pm PST

For anyone looking for a safe space for general support.
Weekly group therapy focused on offering a safe, collaborative space for general support.

Facilitators: Joclyn Krevat, MFT Trainee, Supervised by Adina Morguelan, LCSW #28900,
Erma Kyriakos, MFT Trainee, Supervised by Adina M Ascher, LCSW #28900

Jungian Dream Inquiry and Analysis Group Tue, 30 Nov 2021 00:24:42 +0000 Time: Tuesdays 11am-12:30pm

We will explore one or two participants’ dream in a confidential setting every week. I will use a Jungian orientation approaching archetypes, symbols and active imagination to guide participants to understanding the meaning of the dream to them, as a message from psyche. We will respect the metaphorical language of psyche to come to a personal conversation rather than translate the dream into reductive and logical interpretations.

Facilitators: Agnes Cartry-Jacobsen, MFT Trainee
Supervisors: Adina Ascher, LCSW, PhD, LCSW 28900
Bio: Agnès has facilitated dream exploration groups for over 15 years and learned from several experts in the field. Conversation with Depth is her passion. She is currently pursuing a Master in Counseling with a Depth orientation at Pacifica Graduate Institute and has been practicing and training Alchemical hypnotherapy for 18 years.
Location: California
Who this group is for: Clients interested in Dream exploration. Please email Agnès to make sure this is a good fit for you and to receive relevant paperwork.

Building Grit & Resilience Support Group Tue, 30 Nov 2021 00:23:28 +0000 Every Thursday at 11am-12:30pm PST

In this group, we will address challenges that we long to accomplish and explore how we embrace and walk towards or away from accomplishing those challenges each week. Together, we can create a community that aids in our personal growth and environment. Here we can share our personal goals, at the same time identify what our challenges, roadblocks, even triggers that may or have caused us setbacks from reaching those personal goals. Drawing from expressive arts practice, positive affirmation or inspirational quotes, we will be holding space for accountability as well as exploring the internal dialogue or blocks that seem to get in the way of what we strive for. Bring to the group whatever it is that you long to accomplish and we will attempt to explore the possibilities and our internal relationship with it.

Facilitators: Erik Ontiveros, MFT Trainee & Halie Anderson, MFT Trainee
RVSP/ or

Grief Support Group Tue, 30 Nov 2021 00:19:09 +0000 Join us to be with Grief in a community of support

Grief is a part of being human, and can feel isolating. But, you don’t have to grieve alone. We will create a safe space together, to authentically explore the grief within us, however it looks today. We may be grieving loved ones we have lost, a now impossible dream or future, parts of ourselves, or the losses and sorrows of the world. Allowing our grief to be heard and held in community provides space for these deep human feelings. We will support the true expression of each individual’s grieving process. What unfolds within this group will be determined by the needs of this specific community. We will provide a space to feel, to heal, to acknowledge, to process, to be present, and to be held. As we journey, we may use prompts, journaling, raw authentic expression, story telling, rituals, somatic processing, processing through art, simply being with others, and more.

Let’s explore our grief and the threshold of our sorrows; together seeking guidance toward the rest of our lives.

Facilitators: TBD
Time: TBD

Kids Meditation Tue, 30 Nov 2021 00:14:20 +0000 Every Wednesday at 9:00am-9:30am PST

For Kids! Mommy’s and Daddy’s are welcome!

Offering short meditations for our littles. Mediation will focus on gratitude, connecting with feelings. exploring the present moment, love meditations, empowerment meditations ect. Feel free to email us for specific requests on meditation topics. 

Facilitator: Halie Anderson, MFT Trainee

Couples and NonViolent Communication – 10 Week Crash Course Tue, 30 Nov 2021 00:11:47 +0000
WHO: For couples and partners
WHAT: Learning non violent communication techniques
WHEN: Rolling admission
TIME: TBD on couple’s and therapist’s availability
COST: Sliding Scale

Let’s explore ways to communicate and share our truths with one another. Learn Non violent communication techniques, how to listen and deeper ways to connect. This group will give us spaciousness to share our truths and learn how we are being heard


Barbara Lowenstein-Weglein, MBA, MFT Trainee

Barbara is a therapist in training at Liberation Institute, and completing her second master’s in Child and Family Therapy at Alliant International University. Barbara has had extensive experience running peer-led support groups for over a decade and is grateful to be able to create a loving and kind space for supporting your inner journey. Barbara is a Bay Area native, mom, lifelong student, and would love to own a big farm full of rescue dogs.
Supervised by Adina Ascher, LCSW #28900 & Crystal Haviland, LPCC #7633

Halie Anderson, AMFT
Halie is an Integrative Holistic Therapist intern. Her favorite modalities currently are Humanistic, Gestalt, Jungian Dream work, Expressive arts therapy, and Sex
Therapy. Her approach is informed by a fascination with the interplay between self and other; how inner and external connection is interwoven into the blooming evolution of human authenticity. Her strong belief is that we can learn from the patterns, constellations, phenomenology crafted within language and effects within nature and relationships to actively shift our perceptions, helping us to rest in and embrace life. She’s excited to be both a presence and a mirror as she works with you.
Supervised by Lynndal Daniels, LMFT #78183