We believe in collaboration in community. Community Well is a center for individuals, families, holistic practitioners, educators and healers to connect with each other and create mutually supportive relationships. All our practitioners share resources at Community Well and agree to follow certain guidelines and also share common values.
If you are interested in working with one of our practitioners, please contact them directly. See contact information below or visit our Services & Classes page to find out more about what is offered.
Birth & Full Spectrum Doula | (415) 217-9885 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Alli Cuentos, Community Well founding partner, is a birth and full spectrum doula, family educator and early learning consultant. She has worked in schools, resource centers and community based programs across San Francisco for the last 15 years. Alli supports a wide range of families who chose to birth in hospitals and at home. She provides prenatal support through education, practice and connecting families with the resources they need to thrive. Alli also offers her doula/sisterhood services for people experiencing pregnancy loss or choosing termination. www.danzaclara.com
Brigitte Knight (LCSW, PPSC, Lic#27073)
Child & Family Therapy | (415) 857-5911 voicemail - please leave a message with your name & telephone number. Your call will be returned within 2 days (for new clients).
Brigitte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has provided therapeutic services to children and families in San Francisco for over 10yrs. Specializing in treatment for children ages birth through adolescence and their families, she uses a strengths based approach and believe the therapeutic relationship creates opportunities for change and healing.
Through assessment of the child and family’s needs and concerns, Brigitte provides the child and family with support in learning how to understand and support the child's needs. She specializes in treating educational and learning difficulties, ADHD, anger management, anxiety, depression, divorce/separation, grief, immigration issues, trauma (PTSD) and social skills. To address these needs she uses an array of modalities to engage children & teens, including art therapy, play therapy, sand tray, somatics (mind/body awareness) and cognitive behavioral strategies. In addition, she best supports her clients by providing information, referral and linkage to services in schools, medical providers, specific therapeutic specialist and other relevant services.
Brigitte is bilingual in English and Spanish and has served the Latino community in SF for the last 20yrs, having an extensive knowledge of resources and services in SF that serve children and families. She believes the therapeutic process can benefit people of all ages as it allows one the opportunity to get to know themselves in new ways and find ways to live with greater harmony and health.
Wellness Educator & Writer | email@example.com
Catherine is a San Francisco based writer and wellness educator from North Carolina. Her passion for writing began while in college studying journalism. She has led leadership development, storytelling and self-care workshops for female youth. Aside from facilitating workshops, Catherine works as a college counselor with high school students in SF. In her years in the education field to avoid burnout, she developed her own self-care and wellness plan and has inspired so many others, especially “helping professionals” to develop one as well.
Dawn (Aurora) Noelle Smith Beutler
Facilitadora de Lectura en Familia | (415) 260-5783 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Como facilitadora de lectura en familia, Aurora combina su formación en la antropolgía cultural con sus 20 años de experiencia como educador y sus 17 años como madre bi-cultural para empoderar a las familias con bebés y niños/niñas pequeños/as par que lean juntos. En los últimos 10 años Aurora ha colaborado con El Árbol de Lectura y varias organizaciones en San Francisco para fomentar un amor hacía los libros como estrategia principal al aprendizaje y alfabetización temprana. Aurora hace con pasión su trabajo para mostrarles a las familias como darle vida a los libros para que puedan experimentar la emoción y conexión de la lectura compartida en familia a diario. Adicionalmente, Aurora se unió al equipo de Pulsing Word en el 2016 para proveer oportunidades de aprendizaje por medio de la experiencia, programación y desarrollo de materiales, y entrenamiento que reconoce la conexión entre los dominios cognitivos, físicos, y socio-emocionales.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) | (415) 786-5401 | email@example.com
Emma is an LCSW (clinical social worker) and family therapist with over 20 years of experience in the field. She is passionate about social justice and loves her mental wellness work which includes child and family therapy and advocacy, community activism, training, and supervising interns. Emma has worked with populations and in contexts spanning residential treatment, foster and group home therapy, school-based counseling, and currently early intervention for families with young children. Emma’s practice includes a number of modalities rooted in Attachment and Systems Theory, Psychodynamics, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, and Child Parent Psychotherapy, among others. Emma is a Graduate Fellow in Infant Parent Mental Health and fluent in Spanish, dedicated to serving immigrant and marginalized communities.
Board Certified Lactation Consultant | firstname.lastname@example.org
Farrell Topham is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and native San Franciscan! Farrell has a private lactation consulting practice providing in home care to new families in the Bay Area.
Jazmín X. Barrera
Bi-lingual Child and Family Therapist, MFT Intern #79736, Supervised by: Emma Louis-Dreyfus, LCSW #26982 | (415) 741-5870 | email@example.com
Jazmín’s roots are in San Francisco’s Mission District and is the daughter of Central American parents. She is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with 20 years of experience as a social service provider to underserved and disenfranchised communities in San Francisco. She has extensive experience working with multi-cultural and multi-ethnic adults, children, and families with multiple and co-occurring disorders. Her work integrates a social justice approach to motivate people in their recovery from mental illness and become agents of change. She uses a person-centered approach along with other modalities to alleviate mental illness caused by community violence and intergenerational trauma. Mental health counseling services are provided in Spanish and English to adults, children ages 0-18, and families experiencing symptoms of trauma, anxiety, depression, and other emotional and psychological ailments due to immigration and forced displacement.
Birth Doula, Holistic Massage Therapist, Placenta Encapsulation | (415) 254-1141 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jen Reyes Moran, Community Well founding partner, is a holistic massage therapist and doula who completely loves what she does. Her studies of psychology at UC Santa Barbara, special education at San Francisco State, bodywork and energywork at The World School of Massage and Holisitc Healing Arts, prenatal massage at McKinnon Body Therapy Center, and doula training through Doulas Of North America have all contributed to the well-rounded approach she has in working with her clients. Jen also has strong spiritual practices that guide her healing path. She has worked as a teacher for Oakland Unified School District and has always been committed to working with families. Please visit her doula website to learn more about her work and to schedule a meeting: www.mamadoulajoy.net
Jennifer is proud to have a practice that integrates two of her passions- Financial Education and Holistic Healing. She is a financial professional who helps individuals, families, & business owners to secure their financial futures. She also has an extensive background in the healing arts including: massage, aromatherapy, energy work, breathwork, & meditation. She feels very fortunate to have found a way to weave together her financial background, and her holistic arts background, to provide a unique service right here at Community Well.
Laura Marina Perez
Laura Marina Perez, CPM, LM is a community midwife who is deeply honored to work with new and growing families. She is also a member of the Bay Area Homebirth Collective. Laura, an apprentice-trained midwife who trusts women and trusts birth, and is also studying traditional healing known as curanderismo. She lives in Crocker Amazon with her brilliant child and her loving partner. www.bayareamidwifery.org
Leah Chalofsky, MFT
Leah Chalofsky, MFT (LMFT83622) is a licensed psychotherapist who provides therapy for adolescents, adults, and couples. Leah has experience working with clients on many issues, and focuses on reproductive and maternal health, anxiety, recovery from trauma, domestic violence, and adolescent challenges. She provides a warm, supportive environment that allows clients to feel heard, while also challenging them to use their strengths to heal and grow. She believes that by supporting people therapeutically, she can impact the community one person at a time. Please see her website for more information about her practice and approach: www.leahchalofsky.com
Yoga Instructor | (415) 336-5654 | LH94112@fmail.com
Luis is a certified yoga instructor. He teaches classes of healing yoga and stress reduction for all populations, including underserved groups, homeless families, and people with arthritis. He applies yoga principles to help develop the healing inner power that everybody possesses. A native of Mexico, he teaches bilingual classes in English and Spanish. Luis lives and works in the Excelsior with his family.
Maria Cristina Ortega
Educadora de Desarrollo Infantil | (415) 573-6165 | email@example.com
Cristy es madre de dos y felizmente casada. Ha participado en el liderazgo organizacional en varios programas en San Francisco incluyendo al Homeless Prenatal Program, Glide, Compass, Buen Samaritano, La Linterna, y Nurse Family Partnership. Ha sido facilitadora del masaje infantil y los cursos de "Conocer a su Bebé" en el HPP y muchos grupos de "Mamá y Yo" en Glide. Tiene su certificación del Masaje Infantil de los EEUU, Puertas Abiertas, Doula y Cuidado Prenatal. Cristy tiene pasión para enseñar a las madres con bebés, compartiendo sus experiencias y el entrenamiento que le han sido de beneficio propio en su vida y el éxito como madre.
Marie Kyoko Morohoshi
Meditation Instructor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Kyoko Morohoshi is a second generation Japanese American whose life is steeped in zen tradition; from the time she was six years old she began training in Chado (The Way of Tea) in the Urasenke Tradition and Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangement), and later in zen meditation. Together, she brings over 30 years of zen-based practices to the cushion.
She is the co-founder of the Center for Transformative Change (formerly known as the New Dharma Meditation Center), a residential “transformative practice community” rooted in the practice of zen meditation, supporting primarily people and activists of color bridging their outer and inner worlds through meditation, yoga, and inner awareness practices.
Marie is also a Reiki Master and teacher who recently deepened her practice following a pilgrimage to Kurama Yama, Japan where Usui Sensei healed himself and founded the practice of Reiki. In Marie’s own practice, she incorporates sound healing, crystals, and the indigenous teachings of her Two-Spirit Lakota Sundance community for whom she serves as the fire chief.
Anat Baniel Method® of NeuroMovement® Practitioner | (509) 431-8035 | email@example.com
Mauricio is committed to helping others unlock uncharted possibility within themselves, leading to the discovery that dealing with pain and disability effectively lies inside the premises of what we haven't yet learned about ourselves.
Mauricio has worked in the field of Physical Rehabilitation, as Physical Therapist Assistant, for twenty years, more specifically with Acute/Chronic Pain, Orthopedic, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury and Amputee and Prosthetic Training rehab, being daily exposed to the needs, frustrations, confusion and at times shame that plague those he works with. For the last four years he has been adding new skills by training in the cutting edge and scientifically sound Anat Baniel Method® of NeuroMovement® (now his method of choice) becoming licensed to practice in June 2015, continued education by completing the Children with Special Needs Mastery in May 2016 and is now enrolled in the Vitality and Anti-Aging Mastery training at The ABM Center in San Rafael, CA.
Mauricio has recently chosen the San Francisco Bay Area as his home-base for his new practice in ABM® for many good reasons, but particularly because this is where his loving and supportive tribe of friends and family reside: "It felt like home since the first time I set foot here. It is a feeling that I've been craving my whole life" he admits as he adds that family fragmentation came early in his life, laying the ground for a solitary and bumpy journey, yet instrumental in his slow and labored to come appreciation of "community" as the basis for good health, vitality and love for life.
His vision is that to be an authentic and effective health provider of worth one must constantly be working on self-improvement needs and goals in order to effectively serve those who seek our professional guidance: "It is through the experience of our own personal process of growth that we can provide a sound and safe platform for engaging others in recognizing possibility within themselves". www.MotionInGravityRehab.com
Lactation Consultant & Postpartum Doula | (415) 586-8468 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Melitta Hoder is a certified Lactation Consultant, Postpartum Doula and Massage Therapist and has been supporting new families since 2002. Reflecting her broad knowledge and experience of the needs of the new family, she offers individualized non-judgmental in-home support as well as facilitating the breastfeeding circle at Community Well . Understanding the complex needs of a new nursing mom she will offer guidance to any issues you may be experiencing as well as creating a safe place for new moms to share their experiences. She is bilingual in English and German.
Holistic Music Educator | email@example.com
Noe Venable is a singer and holistic music educator. As a singer-songwriter, Noe has released six albums of original music, which have earned her a loyal following throughout the world. Noe’s songs have appeared in film, and Noe has toured nationally with some of the greats, including Ani DiFranco.
As a teacher, Noe’s approach is grounded in the belief that everyone is musical. Her classes provide a safe space for beginners and experienced singers alike to explore the joy of making music together. Noe teaches people of all ages. For families with young children, Noe leads a parent child music class, Hearth Song Music Circle. She also leads the parent-child program at Golden Bridges School, where she teaches indoor and outdoor child observation classes for families. For women and girls, she leads Mothersong Chorus, which brings an intergenerational tribe of women together weekly to sing.
Noe holds a masters degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Waldorf teaching certificate from Antioch, New England. Noe’s work is grounded in her spiritual practice, which she continues to deepen through ongoing study with Isa Gucciardi of The Sacred Stream. http://www.noevenable.com/singingcircles/teaching/
Doula & Birthing from Within | To register for a class: birthingfromwithincollective.com
Supporting families as they prepare for parenthood is the most fulfilling and awe-inspiring work Shannon has ever done! She's been serving families as a birth doula, Birthing From Within Mentor and placenta encapsulator since 2009. By nature, birth is a unique and deeply personal experience and each mom-to-be has her own set of hopes and expectations. Shannon strives to offer non-judgmental care and mentoring in preparation for this journey, so parents greet labor with knowledge, connection, confidence, and trust. www.empoweredmamas.com
Dr. Suellen Lee Ph.D. (PSY27801)
Child & Family Therapist | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Suellen is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has provided therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults and families in Oakland, San Francisco and Philadelphia for over 10 years. Her approach is relational, attachment-based, developmentally informed and yet collaborative, creative and flexible to each person’s and family’s background and context. Rooted in the belief that the therapeutic relationship creates space for the individual and/or family to tap into their capacities for deeper connections, growth and healing, her sessions involve not only deep listening, but may involve play, expressive arts, and working with the sandtray.
Mediator & Parenting Coach | email@example.com
Sharon Tom is the founder of 'Ohana Resource Group, a family mediation and parenting organization. She has been a practicing mediator for close to 20 years and has trained judges, police officers, attorneys, politicians, teachers, and parents the fine art of effective communications for 18 of those years. She teaches an alternative way of dealing with anger, frustration and conflict through mediation and restorative justice techniques.
Sharon’s love for 'ohana (family) has always been about the children. She has facilitated the “Becoming A Love And Logic” parenting program since 2004 and has helped hundreds of parents to raise strong, confident and responsible children. By facilitating clarity of understanding through communications between family members and providing positive and reliable parenting techniques, she has helped to create harmonious and loving family environments.
Sue Kuyper, LCSW
Somatic Therapist | (415) 580-2456 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue is a bilingual organizational consultant, somatic coach and social justice therapist who has been working in the crossroads of social movements, community-based organizations and social services for over 20 years. With extensive community organizing and progressive social work experience in San Francisco’s Mission District and nearly 8 years of human rights work with urban and rural communities in Guatemala; she offers an in-depth multicultural, international and multi-disciplinary perspective. She has been training in somatics with generative somatics (www.generativesomatics.org) since 2009.
Tereza Iniguez Flores
Curandera/ Holistic Life Coach/ Teacher/ Facilitator | (415) 469-0662 | email@example.com
For over 30 years, Tereza Iñiguez Flores has combined Mesoamerican (Curanderismo) traditional healing practices with contemporary healing arts. Integrative and intuitive, her work transforms the lives of individuals, couples families and communities seeking to find a healthier and meaningful life; they find the inner knowledge of their true essence they need and are given the tools to solve their pressing issues in their day to day lives as they invite transformation. Reviving the true essence of the whole person by alleviating conflict, Flores offers a unique style of life coaching that uses a holistic approach to healing trauma, physical discomfort, illness, disconnection, soul loss and depression. Giving them freedom to weave a colorful tapestry of self-acceptance, expression and connection with purpose. www.tierramorena.net
Yana Ibrahim is a certified personal trainer with American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is a certified Level 1 Prenatal Yoga Teacher with MamaTree. She is classically trained in Hatha Yoga and received her 200HR Yoga Instructor certification through SVYASA Yoga Institute. She has a Bachelor Degree in Exercise & Sports Science (Edith Cowan University). Yana draws on her many years of working with prenatal & postnatal women and also being a mother herself. She is also a certified birth and postpartum doula. Yana believes that birth is a sacred rite of passage; she feels immense joy and honor to play a supportive role in a women's life. Find out more about her services at www.yogawithyana.com or www.doulainSF.com