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Mena K. Zaminsky, MA, MFT, CATC
Psychotherapist/Expressive Arts Therapist
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist #41265
Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor #051146
55 New Montgomery Street, Suite #326
San Francisco, CA 94105
415 420-4464

I have a second location in Berkeley, CA.
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Profile Highlights

  • Twelve years clinical experience, including private practice, clinical supervision, outpatient and residential facilities, street-based therapy with the homeless, community based organizations and psychiatric facilities.
  • Providing Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision integrating Psychodynamic, Jungian, Expressive Arts Therapy, Sensorimotor and Psycho-Physical Psychotherapy, Cognitive and Dialectic Behavioral Therapies.
  • Nine years as a college instructor, teaching counseling classes.
  • Lifetime pursuing all things creative – music, songwriting, poetry, ceramic art, cooking and mixed media and bring this collective experience to my work as a Psychotherapist and Expressive Arts Therapist

Guest Presentations

  • Trauma and Addictions, Harm Reduction, Transference & Counter-Transference, Mandatory Reporting, Crisis De-escalation, Relapse Signatures, Walden House, San Francisco, CA 2006 – 2008
  • Multiple Diagnosis Guest Presenter for Bay Area Addiction Research & Treatment, Inc. (BAART), 2005
  • Expressive Arts Therapy in the Treatment of Addictions – Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) of the Bar Association of San Francisco, 2005
  • Expressive Arts Therapy in the Treatment of Addictions – Napa State Hospital, Napa, CA 1999 & 2004
  • Expressive Arts Therapy in the Treatment of Addictions – Sunset Mental Health Clinic, San Francisco, CA 2004
  • Suicide Anxiety & Depression in College Students, Mental Health Symposium (Promoting Mental Health in our Schools) sponsored by San Francisco State University and KQED, March, 2003
  • Expressive Arts Therapy in the Treatment of Addictions – Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, San Francisco, CA 1999

Professional Experience

4/2005 – present Private Practice

  • Psychotherapist/Expressive Arts Therapist. Providing Psychotherapy and Expressive Arts Therapy to adults.
  • Areas of specialization include trauma, addictions, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression.
  • Provide psychotherapy to Individuals, Couples, Groups.
  • Provide Clinical Supervision.
  • Approaches include Expressive Arts Therapy, Sensorimotor, Pyscho-physical (Somatic) Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Seeking Safety.
2000 – present Adjunct Faculty, City College of San Francisco
Health Education and Community Health Studies Department, San Francisco, CA
Classes taught include:

  • Multiple Diagnosis
  • Group Facilitation
  • Introduction to the Drug & Alcohol Counselor Certification Program
  • Addiction Treatment Skills
  • Beginning Internship and non-credit prep course for Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor Exam
10/2006 – 1/2009 Director, Outpatient Services Director
Treasure Island Residential Facility, Clinical Supervisor
Walden House, San Francisco, CA

  • Provided Leadership and oversaw all aspects of Outpatient Treatment, including directing a holistic approach to treatment that included substance abuse treatment, psychotherapy, psychiatry, housing, legal and vocational services.
  • Provided Leadership and oversaw all aspects of Residential Services for 24-bed Residential Dual Recovery Program for clients with Co-Occurring Disorders, including directing a holistic approach to treatment that included substance abuse treatment, psychotherapy, psychiatry, housing, legal and vocational services.
  • Responsible for all Clinical Processes, including providing individual and Group Clinical Supervision to MFT and MSW Interns and other staff.
  • Triaged Clinical crisis situations.
  • Facilitated groups including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Seeking Safety Groups.
2007 Adjunct Faculty
John F. Kennedy University, Continuing Education, Pleasant Hill, CA
Taught graduate students Chemical Dependency Course, required to complete graduate degrees.
11/2001 – 2006 Marriage Family Therapist/ Expressive Arts Therapist
Health Care for the Homeless Program, Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, San Francisco, CA

  • Provided Psychotherapy and Expressive Arts Therapy to homeless individuals and groups, in settings that included the street, soup kitchens, The Tenderloin, drop-in centers and office settings.
  • Provided Clinical supervision for case managers.
2/2000 – 10/2001 Associate Director, Drug & Alcohol Certificate
Community Health Works (a partnership of San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco), San Francisco, CA

  • Provided program planning and development; policy development, outreach material development, program manual, curriculum development.
  • Grant research, writing and attained successfully.
  • Grant management, including preparing budgets, renewals and reports.
  • Grant fulfillment Project Coordinator, leading a team in developing a Performance Based Exam for Drug & Alcohol Certificate students in order to increase and enhance counselor competencies.
  • Internship Coordinator. Coordinated, planned and developed substance abuse treatment fieldwork placement sites for students, including protocol development.
7/2000 – 2/2001 Volunteer Marriage, Family, Therapist Intern/Expressive Arts Therapist
SAGE (Standing Against Global Exploitation), San Francisco, CA

  • Provided individual and group psychotherapy and expressive arts psychotherapy to women recovering from trauma, addictions and prostitution.
  • Involved in San Francisco Arts Council for Cab Top Art Ads project that addressed violence prevention, sexual exploitation and human rights issues.
1998 – 2000 Marriage Family Therapist Intern/Expressive Arts Therapist, Substance Abuse Counselor
Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, San Francisco, CA

  • Provided individual and group psychotherapy and expressive arts psychotherapy to adults in treatment for addictions and mental health issues.
1997 – 2000 Assistant to the President & Founder
Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, San Francisco, CA

  • Provided all aspects of office management, including extensive public contact with local, state and national substance abuse treatment professionals and organizations.
  • Coordinated press interviews regarding all aspects of substance abuse topics from medical treatments to drug policy.
1999 – 2000 Assistant to the Editors
Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, San Francisco, CA

  • Assisted Editors in editing and publishing quarterly journal.
  • Provided peer reviews for journal submissions.

Education

2007 – 2009 Bill Bowen, Psycho-Physical Therapy (Somatic Psychotherapy and Trauma)
2007 – 2009 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Trauma
2008 Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (Alan Fruzetti)
1999 Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration. California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
1982 BA in Social Science, San Francisco State University
1981 Certificate of Applied Gerontology, San Francisco State University

Additional Training

  • Affect Regulation, Attachment and Trauma (Pat Ogden)
  • Making Trauma Therapy Safer: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and PTSD, San Francisco Hakomi Institute
  • Frontiers of Trauma Treatment (Bessel Van der Kolk)
  • Addressing the Consequences of Trauma, A Narrative Perspective
  • Effects of Trauma on the Developing Child: Implications for Adult Development
  • Disaster Mental Health, I & II
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Seeking Safety, a Cognitive Behavioral Approach for the treatment of Addictions and Trauma
  • Facilitator Training, Freedom From Smoking, American Lung Association
  • Introduction & Advanced Dual Diagnosis
  • Clinical Supervision: Beyond the Basics
  • Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change
  • Understanding Craving: Managing the Physiology and Psychology of Compulsive Behavior
  • Neurobiology of Psychotherapy
  • Counseling clients with severe depression
  • Physiology of Addiction
  • Counseling and Addition
  • Methamphetamine Treatment – Matrix Model
  • Eating Disorders
  • EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) for couples
  • Dual Diagnosis: The Combined Treatment of Substance Abuse, Mental Illness & Other Medical Conditions
  • Community Reinforcement Approach, Relapse Prevention Seminar
  • Group Art Therapy in the Treatment of Substance Abuse
  • Relapse Prevention Counseling
  • Youth and Harm Reduction Groups
  • Cultural Competency: African Americans and Substance Abuse
  • Working with Latino Clients, Issues and Treatment
  • Domestic Violence Issues and Treatment
  • Family Assessment: Seven Steps Model
  • Advances in Strategic Therapy

Board Memberships

  • Drug & Alcohol Counselor Certification Program, City College of San Francisco: Advisory Board Member
  • International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA): Newsletter Editor and Publications Committee Co-Chair, Artist Committee Co-Chair, Board of Directors (former)
  • Community Behavioral Health Services, City and County of San Francisco: Change Agents Planning Committee member (former)

Professional Affiliations

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • San Francisco Chapter, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE)
  • International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA)
Mena K. Zaminsky
MA, MFT, CATC
55 New Montgomery Street, Suite #326
San Francisco, CA 94105
415 420-4464
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My office is conveniently located in the Historic Sharon Building, 1/2 block from the Montgomery Street BART Station.

I have a second location in Berkeley.