ADDICTIONS INSTITUTE THERAPISTS
ARIELLA GOODWINE FISHER, MFT, has a psychotherapy practice in San Mateo working with individuals and families struggling with issues of addiction themselves or within the family. In addition to a specialty in treating addiction, Ariella maintains a general practice. She has also served as the Clinical Director for the Women’s Recovery Association.
EMILY HARRIS, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with offices in Palo Alto and Oakland. She has more than 12 years working with adolescents, adults and couples in early and long-term recovery. She also works with adult children of alcoholics/addicts and parents and spouses who are concerned about family members. She has a special interest in helping people explore issues related to relationships, life transitions and identity.
RHONA KASTLE, MFT, has been in practice in the South Bay since 1985. She has assisted patients in recovery from chemical dependency, codependency, sexual trauma, and emotional and physical abuse. She also works with clients with couple concerns, adoptive families and their adopted children, veterans of war with depression/anxiety and PTSD, and people with a general desire to improve the quality of their lives.
MARY KENNEDY, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a practice in San Francisco. Mary’s work has focused on bringing healing strategies and practices to individuals, families, organizations and communities through prevention, treatment and recovery. She has over 20 years’ experience in the addictions field and has served as a Board of Directors member for non-profit organizations that support recovery. In her practice, Mary specializes in parents, children, teens and families in any stage of addiction or recovery. She also works with families and individuals with learning differences.
JOAN L. MENDELSON, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in Palo Alto, in practice on the Peninsula for over 25 years. She works with individuals and couples in all phases of addiction and has expertise in both pre/early recovery and long term recovery issues. She specializes in helping families, couples, older adolescents and young adults struggling with their own addictions or with addictions of those they love. Other interests include couples work, life transitions, resilience, and parenting.
COLLEEN KING NEY, LCSW, is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in private practice as a clinician working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, and as a professional supervisor, for the last 25 years. During this time she has helped others explore and reflect on how early experiences effect identity, relationships and one’s sense of purpose as well as helping people in transitions in a way that creates meaningful change in their lives. Areas of focus have included depression, anxiety, children and divorce, relationships and identity issues. During the past 8 years she has developed a passionate specialty in working with individuals around addiction and recovery, aiding them in the process of radical transformation that so often can accompany this work.
JULIA SMITH, MA, MFT, is a marriage and family therapist in private practice in Menlo Park. She sees individuals, couples and families with a wide range of concerns, including issues related to addiction, parenting and marriage, workplace, spirituality, life transitions, depression and anxiety. She has a special love of working with family members affected by the disease of addiction.
CONNIE SWANSON, MFT, is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist with an office in Redwood City. She specializes in treatment of addiction. Work with her may begin in the context of an active addiction or at any point in recovery. She is adept with individuals, couples and families as they make sense of family histories shaped by trauma or addictive patterns.
GLORIA VAN BREE, Ph.D., brings 30 years of clinical experience to her professional and personal passion of facilitating the life-long change process necessary for recovery, personal growth and spiritual transformation. She works with adults, individuals, couples and families in her Menlo Park office. In addition to her affiliation with the Addictions Institute, she is a member of the Leadership Group of the Marion Woodman Foundation.