MEET OUR PRACTITIONERS
Patt Denning, PhD
I have been a therapist for over 45 years and am one of the primary developers of Harm Reduction Therapy. I have expertise in psychopharmacology and dual disorders as well as working with people with personality disorders and medical conditions. I also provide short term consultations for friends and family members who want guidance to relate to a loved one who is misusing alcohol or other drugs. I am not taking new patients for ongoing treatment, only for short term consultations. I provide trainings in many areas to both clinicians and non clinical staff in treatment, housing, and other social services programs.
Individual and Family Consultations
Professional Clinical Consultation and Training
Cynthia Hoffman, LMFT
I have been practicing and providing training in Harm Reduction Therapy (HRT) for over 21 years in both agency and private practice settings. I work from Psychodynamic and Relational perspectives and I incorporate mindfulness, DBT and CBT interventions in my work.
I specialize in:
Harm Reduction Group Therapy for People that use substances
Sex/Drug linked Behavior
HRT for individuals and couples
Provider Consultation and Training
Dee-Dee Stout, MA
Consultant, Counselor, Coach, Trainer. In private practice for individuals and other family members since 1988; HRT since 2000. Greater Bay Area educator & National trainer/consultant since 1989. Currently Adjunct Faculty, Holy Names University (Oakland). Expert in HRP/Harm Reduction Recovery (HRRTM), Motivational Interviewing (Member of MINT), & Trauma-Informed Care with more than 1000 hours of added training in various subjects including Brainspotting, Energy Tapping, Nutrition & Exercise, iRest, CRAFT, Feedback/Outcome Informed Practice, Relapse Prevention, and much more (many evidence-based). Author & writer. Former problematic drug user/person with lived experience with mental health, addictions, & 12-Step.
Invitation to Change Interventions (based on CRAFT & CMC’s work)
Randy Daron, PhD
(CA Licensed Psychologist #---)
Dr. Daron is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintains a private practice in Mill Valley where he sees adults, teens, couples and families. He has a wide range of experience working with diverse clientele with multiple diagnosis and a broad range of challenges in psychiatric inpatient and outpatient clinics, employee assistance programs, and emergency psychiatric clinics. For individuals seeking help to address substance use, his practice is client focused, non-judgmental, non-coercive, understands substance misuse as a as a complex biopsychosocial phenomenon, and is guided by principles of Harm-Reduction. For some client’s particular concerns, his approach is enhanced by his several years’ experience working at the University of California, San Francisco where he held a variety of leadership roles.
Phone: (415) 935-4407
Darcy Dittrich, MA
Registered Associate MFT #122771
Supervised by Cynthia Hoffman, LMFT #40736
I’m a Registered Associate MFT practicing under the supervision of Cynthia Hoffman, LMFT at You Rule Therapy. I support teens, adults, and couples individually and in groups, and I’m currently accepting new clients. I have experience providing Harm Reduction-based support for clients working on substance use-related goals in both community mental health and private practice. I emphasize self-compassion, mindfulness, and relational healing in my practice, often utilizing creative approaches and humor (when appropriate). I pursue anti-racism, feminism, Health at Every Size (HAES), LGBTQIA+ allyship and disability justice, and work to incorporate intersectional identities in my clinical work. I am trauma-informed.
Along with helping clients develop deeper awareness and goal-setting around their current substance use (no matter their drug of choice or goals), I have specific experience supporting clients with co-occuring mental health diagnoses (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.), chronic pain, sexual concerns and sex-drug linked behaviors, identity exploration, relationships, LGBTQAI+ experiences, life transitions, disordered eating, trauma, and work stress. I have a decade of corporate and startup experience and enjoy supporting clients across a variety of careers and professional experiences, though I also enjoy working with artists, students, and those supporting families full-time.
Tel: (415) 741-0565
Perri Franskoviak, PhD.
Licensed Psychologist (#20925)
I am a part-time staff psychologist at Vacaville Medical Prison and maintain a private practice in San Francisco and the East Bay. Trained in harm reduction psychotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Systems-Centered Training, my practice focuses on working with individuals and couples who are experiencing difficulty managing their relationship to drugs and alcohol, as well as the co-occurring development of depression, anxiety and lack of meaning in one’s life that often accompanies such contexts. I am particularly interested in helping those with a history of overwhelming life experiences find greater balance and joy in their lives. I also provide clinical supervision and training at several community-based agencies in the Bay Area.
Claudia Figallo, MPH, LAADC (CAADAC LCi11440518)
She/Her Bilingual/Bicultural Spanish-English
I am a substance use counselor who provides treatment within the principles of Harm Reduction Therapy.
I understand the value of personalized care when addressing drug or alcohol use concerns. I approach my work with compassion and creativity, allowing for a variety of interventions in order to build sustainable change around behaviors which impact relationships, finances and achieving life goals.
My aim is to help you build awareness around your choices and motivation for change in a safe, non-judgmental space. I will work alongside you and support you to explore your relationship with substances, identify tools to address challenges and create goals which help you manage your life successfully, through controlled use or abstinence.
I incorporate Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention and Creative Arts within my practice.
I provide individual counseling, groups, training and consultation around the SF Bay Area.
Randy Daron, PhD
Joey Hess, LCSW
I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I provide therapy to teens, transition aged youth, and adults, as well as couples and families. I currently have openings for new clients and offer free initial consultations. My experience includes 10+ years working in harm reduction and community mental health. I’m passionate about providing care to people who use drugs and also experience issues such as co-occurring mental health disorders, sex-drug linked behaviors, HIV+/AIDS, difficult life transitions, chronic illness, end of life, and trauma.
My clinical approach is grounded in harm reduction psychotherapy. I have a compassionate, reliable, and non-judgmental style. I utilize several therapeutic models (humanistic/relational, person-centered, trauma-informed, motivational interviewing) to help people explore how their relationship with substances interacts with the rest of their life. I strive to create a space where each client feels empowered to make decisions based on their own individual experience, needs, values, goals, well-being, and autonomy.
Contact me to schedule a free initial consultation!
Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC)
I have worked as a harm reduction-based counselor for the past ten years, helping people make changes in their substance use.
Harm Reduction Psychotherapy is the holistic treatment philosophy I have embraced throughout my career, mentored by Dee-Dee Stout.
My eclectic approach incorporates ancient Buddhist teachings, Motivational Interviewing, Attachment Theory and a wide range of psychoanalytic theory and technique.
If you are working with me, you are the expert on your life, and we are partners in finding what works best for you.
I was born and raised in Northern California, now based in Sacramento after working as a harm reduction-based substance use counselor for ten years at The Stonewall Project in San Francisco.
I practice meditation, and consider spirituality and compassionate action to be the heart of my existence.
Erica Saini, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist (#33034)
I am a licensed clinical psychologist working out of the San Francisco Bay Area. I provide harm reduction based psychodynamic psychotherapy to individuals and couples affected by substance misuse. I offer long term and time limited treatment, as well one-time consultations. My work is trauma-informed, grounded in principles of self-determination, and sensitive to the intersecting dynamics surrounding peoples use of substances.
- Harm Reduction based psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Consultation for family members and loved ones
- Provider consultation and supervision
My fee for individual and couples therapy is $180. The fee for one-time consultations is $250. I do not accept insurance but can provide you with a monthly invoice for submission to yourinsurance. Please contact me regarding sliding-scale openings.
All services are currently offered via Telehealth.
Karla Amanda Brown
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in CA, NV, FL, AZ, UT
All services are via telehealth
Karla is a Silicon Valley located psychotherapist. She is the Founder & CEO of Soul Centric Counseling Center as well as Soul Centric Collective, an organization dedicated to promoting group psychotherapy.
As a clinician, Karla works with people to find steadiness in their lives after early childhood trauma, toxic relationships, problematic substance use and harmful or unfavorable behaviors. She does her best to meet clients where they are, in order to turn intensity down a few percentage points at a time. She finds that working slowly, yields working smoothly, and that tends to create sustainable living and an increased quality of life.
Karla is also passionate about leading adult relational growth groups and working with couples or family members who find it difficult to connect due to interpersonal and ideological differences, as well as marginalization and social location complexities.
She embodies an understanding of treatment options within and beyond the field of counseling. She believes it is best to make use of both head and heart while supporting clients with learning to live this way as well. Karla serves on the boards of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS), the Council for the Advancement of Self Leadership in Indigenous Communities, and the AEDP & Racialized Trauma Vision Collective.
Allison Horky, LCSW
I have been providing psychotherapy as a licensed clinician since 2016. I received my Master's in Social Work from the University of Michigan. I am currently accepting new clients.
I combine intellectual, thoughtful and non-judgmental perspectives on issues brought to session, such as depression, anxiety, relational conflicts, grief and stress. I have specialized experience helping folks with:
- historical/current trauma
- substance use
- sexuality/gender issues
- chronic pain/disabilities
Overall, my goal is to reduce suffering and increase happiness. We will do that together by identifying patterns, increasing self-acceptance, and illuminating strengths. My style is active, caring, personal, and joyful.
My experience lends me to best support those from a variety of experiences and identities - LGBTQA+, leather/BDSM/kink, sex workers, non-monogamous relationships, non-binary and gender fluid folks. I also have experience supporting people living with HIV/AIDS.
Veronica Peregrino Foster, MA, LMFT
(she, her, ella)
Veronica is a Marriage and Family Therapist with over 14 years of clinical experience providing individual, family, couples and group therapy. All services are via telehealth.
Throughout her career, Veronica has provided treatment and counseling to adolescents, young adults, adults and their families –specializing in dual-diagnosis for the treatment of trauma, substance mis-use, self-harming behaviors, depression, anxiety and attachment wounds. Veronica leans on the theories and practices of Harm Reduction Psychology, Nutritional Psychology, Neurospychotherapy and a blend of Buddhist philosophy and Cognitive Therapy (Mindfulness Based -CBT, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention) all conceptualized through the framework of Decolonizing Trauma Work, Multicultural Theory and Bowen Family Systems Theory.
Her practice philosophy focuses on assisting every client find balance, peace, and happiness as it is defined by you. When we live in balance, we are better equipped to handle the storms of life, which can include relationship issues, being stuck in the past, worrying about the future, or struggling with traumatic life experiences. I begin by working with the client to establish an honest and open relationship characterized by mutual trust and support. I believe in an integrative approach, which cultivates mindfulness, emotional resilience, and courage.
A lifestyle of nutritional health, movement, time spent in nature, and mindfulness-based practices has shaped me personally and professionally. These practices of mind, body, and spirit serve me daily, consistently guiding me back to the essence of who I am. As your partner and guide, I will help introduce you to practices that may serve you in a similar way.