Our Therapists

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Choosing to do your own inner-work is an act of great importance & kindness for yourself, and we take our role as your therapist to heart.

 
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Liz Tong, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (License #49742)
Individual & Couples Therapist

I am a licensed psychotherapist and have been practicing in the Bay area for over ten years working with adolescents, adults, and couples. My interest in health & wellness began as a young adult and helping people & community has always been a passion of mine. I truly believe that when an individual finds peace and happiness within, their presence not only positively impacts themselves, but all those around them. In those moments, the world becomes more at peace as well.

I enjoy working with people who are in transitional points in life and want to develop better self-esteem, relate better to others, and have more confidence in their life path and purpose. I am also particularly skilled at helping people resolve old trauma that may be holding them back from living a happy and healthy life. 

This may include working with:

  • Exploring life purpose & direction

  • New partnerships/marriages including premarital counseling

  • Transitioning careers

  • Loss of a loved-one

  • Breakups/divorce

  • New mothers/fathers including pregnancy and postpartum support

  • Cultural and identity issues

I welcome people of all ages & life circumstances and look forward to speaking with you and hearing more about how I might be able to help. If for some reason, I do not end up being the best fit for you or your situation, I could assist you with an appropriate referral. 

My theoretical orientation is based in integral psychology (integrating your whole being - mind, body, heart, spirit, & cultural context), psychodynamic therapy (paying attention to the dynamics between therapist & client as well your personal history), and AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy which utilizes the connection of our emotions, thoughts, & bodily sensations). What this means is that I will encourage you to talk about whatever is on your mind or troubling you and will help you  by listening closely to what may be happening for you internally and providing my reflection and feedback on what I see and hear. I will also help you make sense of your experience  when emotions become overwhelming and "thinking" becomes harder. Sometimes, I may ask you about your thoughts on the origins of certain beliefs or ways of coping and help you consider how it may or may not be serving you. At other times, we may reflect together on how the therapeutic relationship may inform us of how it might be for you in other relationships and begin to work through this together.

I am also trained and skilled in EMDR, an effective modality for working with trauma (and other stuck emotions) which can sometimes be a helpful supplement with talk-therapy.

To provide my clients with the best possible therapy, I am continuously engaged with trainings & the latest research on psychology, trauma, & attachment theories as well as weekly consultations with senior clinicians in the field. 


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Sophie Jani, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (License #106468)
Individual & Couples Therapist

I work with both individuals and couples. I am drawn to working with clients in the here and now, discovering how trauma gets stored not just in our minds but our bodies as well, defining how we love and relate to each other and our own selves based upon our upbringing, and how buried cultural and familial stories can give us context to our own experiences. Although I see a wide rage of people, I specialize in working with people of color and LGBTQ individuals in tech, non-profit, as well as first and second immigrants. I enjoy making therapy a collaborative process in which we work together to unpack your self-defeating patterns.  What psychotherapy offers you is time - time to unfold and unravel your story, time to reflect on why you define yourself the way that you do, and time to envision a better version of yourself. 

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and attended California Institute of Integral Studies, where I received a Masters in Counseling Psychology. I am trained in Hakomi- a Buddhist-based approach where you get to slow down and notice the images, sensations, and memories that arise as you are talking.  By doing that, we work on getting to the underlying story. This may be a recent or past experience that may have had a profound impact on how you define yourself and the world. I am also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  This is particularly effective for trauma.  In EMDR, we target a traumatic event and reprocess it by inducing rapid eye movements. 


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Ana Erami, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (License #83324)
Child and Family Therapist

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of professional child and family therapy experience. My specialty is working with youth who have special needs, have been labeled severely emotionally disturbed, and/or have experienced trauma, neglect and abuse. I use an object-relations approach as well as family systems and my treatment modalities include trauma focused CBT, and psychodynamic play therapy.

I have a passion for working with marginalized populations and value the importance of not only being aware of social/economic inequities but also attending trainings, lectures and networking with others to further improve ourselves as professionals as well as strengthen our ties in the community and ability to implement changes towards a more socially, racially and economically just society.


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Angela Shaiman, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (License #83991)
Individual Therapist

Coming soon.


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Tuyet-Lyn Christensen, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (License #52494)
Group Therapist

Holistically oriented, I believe that we each have wisdom inside waiting to be tapped into, utilized and developed. I provide a supportive and nurturing space where you can discover your capacity to feel alive and whole. I help people develop and enhance their relational skills. I bring a sensitivity and knowledge to the effects of inter generational trauma, societal and cultural realities that may impact one's sense of self and connection to others. I help with self-esteem, co-dependency, surviving/thriving, sexuality, relationships & developing one's intuition. I help and support individuals, couples, families & facilitate groups.

I integrate expressive arts with relational, trauma-informed modalities. My approach is based in humanistic psychology which believes that we each have the potential to grow and empower ourselves. In addition I integrate psycho-dynamic therapy, somatic psychology, EMDR, Addiction/Recovery, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Attachment theory.

I specialize in using the Expressive Arts and Intuition. Expressive Art Therapy is a multi-arts approach: body-based inquiry, meditation/visioning, painting, drawing, storytelling, psychodrama, movement, sound, writing and ritual. The arts can help express and heal what can otherwise be challenging to do with words alone.


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Alice Tong Dote, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Intake Coordinator

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has training and experience conducting individual and group therapy at UCSF’s award-winning Trauma Recovery Center in San Francisco. I also have my Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University School of Social Work in NYC. My specific fields of interest include Music Therapy and Animal Assisted Play Therapy.

As DOT Center’s Intake Coordinator, I look forward to connecting with you and matching you with the therapist that best meets your needs.