"The most common form of despair is not being who you are."

– Søren Kierkegaard

Connie Micale, LCSW 20597


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San Francisco

3216 Fillmore Street

San Francisco, CA 94123

North Bay

1420 Third St., Suite 8

Napa, CA 94559

More About Connie Micale, LCSW

Connie's Resumé

Private Practice
9/00 to present
Marin, San Francisco, Napa, CA
Psychotherapist (Began as intern at North Berkeley Counseling Center)
  • Provide therapy with diverse clientele from various economic levels and cultures by utilizing a range of evidenced based therapeutic approaches, such as, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction-Meditation, Family Systems, and Accelerated Experiential Depth Psychotherapy.
  • Provide therapy relating to a wide range of psychiatric issues and psychosocial stressors causing impairment in functioning, such as, grief/loss, trauma, addictions, mood disorders, eating disorders, co-dependency, family of origin issues, attention deficit disorder, and health issues, etc.

Program Director
9/10 to 2/13
Aldea Children and Family Services | Napa, CA
  • Directed the clinical and programmatic services for for children 0-21 and their caretakers.
  • Provided clinical leadership for mental health program with a focus on family systems, trauma, attention deficit disorder, adjustment/life transitions issues, grief/loss, behavioral issues, parenting, and family of origin issues.

Clinical Supervisor/Therapist
1/06 to 1/10
Children’s Nurturing Project /Part Time | Fairfield, CA
  • Provided supervision and program development for mental health programs for children 0-5 and their caretakers with a focus on mood disorders, parenting, child development, trauma, postnatal issues, family system therapy.
  • Provided both direct clinical services, as well as, supervision of staff regarding a variety of complex issues and psychiatric disorders through assessment, treatment planning, diagnosis, triage/case management, and crises management (e.g., 5150), and therapy/counseling.

Clinical Supervisor/Program Manager/Therapist
5/07 to 10/08
YWCA-Come Into the Sun/Part Time | San Francisco, CA
  • Provided both direct services, as well as, supervision of interns for clinical services supporting the empowerment of youth through individual and family counseling, psycho-education, resource collaboration, leadership workshops and life skills classes.
  • Provided both therapy and supervision of staff focusing on providing client services with youth to support improvement in coping skills, health /sex education awareness, relapse prevention, decreasing stress/trauma and violence and developing healthy relationships.

Clinical Supervisor-Contract
10/06 to 5/07
Seneca Center | Fairfield, CA
  • Provided individual and group supervision for MFTi & ACSW interns for mental health programs that serve children, youth, and families within County Mental Health, Child Protective Services, and Juvenile Probation systems of care (with most clients meeting medical necessity in having psychiatric disability.)
  • Provide bi-weekly training/group supervisory support for clinical staff covering a variety of clinical and behavioral topics, theory, and evidenced based practices.

Clinician/Clinical Supervisor
Fred Finch Youth Center | Oakland/San Mateo, CA
  • Provided both direct practice and clinical supervision for various programs serving clients through individual and family counseling, assessments, treatment planning, case management and crises intervention while adhering to comprehensive EPSDT/Medi-cal compliance standards.
    • TBS-Therapeutic Behavioral Services — Therapeutic behavioral intervention program which serves children and youth with psychiatric disorders and their caretaker system (family members, parents, daycare providers, and/or residential caretakers) focusing on reducing the client’s symptomatic behavior which puts them at risk of hospitalization, higher level of care, and/or out-of home placement.
    • In Home Crises Stabilization — Six to ten week short term intensive intervention program which provides individual/couple, family counseling, resource collaboration/brokerage, and on call/safety planning for children and youth and their family system.
    • Project Destiny — “Wraparound" services that support severely emotionally disturbed children better achieve permanency placement and/or reunification by decreasing their impairment in life functioning.

Social Worker III/Family Conference Program Coordinator
Solano County Health & Social Services (CPS) | Fairfield, CA
  • Provided program development, design and implementation of new Family Conferencing program by creating the structure and processes for individual, organizational, legal, and community systems to empower family change.
  • Coordinated and facilitated Family Conferences to enable families to partner in their decision making with each other and community resources to create safe and effective planning for their children.

Sr. Social Services Worker, Adoptions, Unit
Solano County Health & Social Services (CPS) | Fairfield, CA
  • Provided counseling, assessments, and treatment planning for families and children in the adoption process involving issues relating to attachment/bonding, parenting, addictions, developmental delays, abuse and neglect.
  • Prepared court reports/legal documents and testimony that included providing recommendations regarding attachment, adoption, and permanency planning for children and youth.

Crisis Intervention Social Worker//Mediator
Northern California Family Center | Martinez, CA
  • Provided mediation and short term residential placement to runaway, homeless and at-risk youth and their families through developing safety plans and mediation contracts
  • Provided counseling, assessment/treatment planning, and resource collaboration to children, families, and couples with such issues as homelessness, chemical dependency, domestic violence, poverty, and trauma/abuse.

Home-Based Family Preservation Worker
PACT-Parents and Children Together | Cleveland, OH
  • Provided intensive home-based family preservation services for complex family dynamics by attending to psychological, familial, individual, community, and concrete needs.
  • Co-facilitated group therapy for adolescents and their families involved in the juvenile court system with a focus on topics related to communication, parenting, substance abuse, violence and safety.
Professional Activities
Youth Yoga Dharma (YYD) /Board Member
10/06 to Present
San Francisco Bay Area
  • Participate in activities supporting organization, such as, fundraising, attendance of board meetings, participation in trainings, and assisting in facilitation of groups providing meditation, yoga, and stress reduction practices.

Wellness Institute
9/2001 to 9/2003
Issaquah/Seattle, WA
  • Assistant facilitator for mental health counselors participating in a year long Personal Transformation Intensive which trains on various holistic therapeutic approaches combining humanistic (Gestalt, TA) and developmental psychology (inner child), behavior modification, Neuro linguistic Programming, hypnotherapy, psychodrama and other psychotherapeutic techniques to rapidly transform symptomatic behavior into health and wellness.
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
  • MSSA-Master of Social Science Administration (Equivalent to Master in Social Work)

Catholic University of America
Washington, DC
  • BA-Major in Psychology/Minor Political Science

Connie's Training

Wellness Institute
Extensive transpersonal training built on a strong humanistic and transpersonal psychology foundation weaving in Gestalt therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA), Reichian body armoring, NLP, cognitive behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy, and a family systems perspective.

Personal Transformation Intensive
Personal Transformation Certification One Year Program: October 2000-2001 (CEU 128 hrs)

Grief and Loss: July 13-17, 2000
Relationships: April 13-17, 2000
Sex Addiction: January 13-17, 2000
Eating Disorders: October 28-November 1, 1999
Mind Body Connection: July 15-19, 1999
Sexual Abuse: April 22-26, 1999
Addictions: January 14-18, 1999
Codependency: October 29, 1998-November 2, 1998

Hypnotherapy Certification
Accelerated Hypnotherapy Six Day Certification Training (Assistant Facilitator): December 2000
Accelerated Hypnotherapy Six Day Certification Training: April 1998

Heart-Centered Birth with Hypnosis: Summer 2000
Internal Family Systems
Berkeley, CA: 2014/2015
15 days of extensive training over a 10-month period for this evidence-based practice. As a clinical treatment, IFS has been rated effective for improving general functioning and well-being. In addition, it has been rated promising for each of: improving phobia, panic, and generalized anxiety disorders and symptoms; physical health conditions and symptoms; personal resilience/self-concept; and depression and depressive symptoms.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Advanced Application in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intensive
Dr. David Burns
September 9-13, 2013
Parent, Children, Teachers
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
PCIT Training Center, Dept. of Pediatrics, UCD Children's Hospital
June 2009

Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) Certification Training
2009-2010 Infant-Parent Mental Health Series
February 2009

VOICES: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls
Stephanie Covington, PhD, LCSW
April 2008

Certificate of Completion Trauma and Treatment of Young Children
Child Trauma Training Institute
April 14, 2007; May 9, 2007; July 11, 2007

Girls’ Circle Facilitator Training: Promoting Resiliency and Self-Esteem in Adolescent Girls
Giovanna Taormina and Beth Hossfeld, MFCCv Fall, 2007

Video Intervention — Theory and Practical Techniques
Two Day Training
Napa County Mental Health Infant-Parent & Child Training Series
George Downey, PhD
July, 2006

DC 0-3 Two Day Training Infant Mental Health
Sponsored by the Children’s Nurturing Project
Spring, 2006

Reactive Attachment Disorder Seminar
Nancy Thomas
Nov 15-21, 1999

Child Welfare Institute on Protection Through Prevention and Intervention
University Extension, University of California Davis
June 21-25, 1999

Attachment, Bonding and Reciprocal Connectedness
David Arredondo, MD/Bay Area Academy
June 4, 1999

Love and Logic
Love and Logic Institute
Fall, 1995
Health and Drug
The Metabolic Plan
Stephen Cherniske, M.S.; Lacey, Washington and Reno, Nevada Winter 2010

Feldenkrais Method and Training
Spirit Rock
Winter, 2006

HIV/AIDS Module I and II
National Association of Social Workers

Human Sexuality
March 16-17, 2000

Alcohol and Drug Problems, Assessment, and Treatment
UC Berkley Extension: Public Health
15 hours of Classroom Training
Spring 2000
Family Therapy: working with the family system for change
Pamela Parkinson, LCSW
Two daylong trainings
Spring/Fall 2012

Functional Family Therapy Intensive
Functional Family Therapy Institute
Spring 2008

Family Conference/Group Decision Making
Paul Sivak, CSU Stanislaus
October 2001

Family Conferencing/Family Unity Model
Jim Nice
February 2000
Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder and the Test of Variable Attention
San Diego, October 2015
San Francisco, May 2014
EMDR, Somatic /Ecopsychology, AEDP, Meditation, Enneagram, Breathwork
EMDR: Sonoma Psychotherapy Institute
Dr Andrew Leeds, PHD
Fall 2012

Conscious Embodiment Level 1
Wendy Palmer
May 22 and 23, 2010

The Enneagram and the Odyssey Workshop
Peter O'Hanrahan
May 2010

Building Bridges: Collaborative Practice in Challenging Times
Collaborative Practice Statewide Conference: San Francisco
April 23-25, 2010

Soulcraft Intensive
Animas Institute
March 2010

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy — AEDP
Lifespan Learning Institute/Diana Fosha, PhD
January 23-27 2008

Meditation Teacher Training
Youth Yoga Dharma
Winter 2007

Meditation Intensive Training
Zen Hospice Center/BAYAS
Spring 2004

EMDR Part 1
EMDR Institute
August 15-17, 2003

Holotropic Breathwork Weekend Training/Intensive
Holotropic Institute: Stan Grof
Spring, 2002

The Enneagram in Psychodrama
North Berkeley Counseling Center
October 2000

Effective Teaching and Learning
Foster Care Education Program
May 1999

Mediation: Conflict Resolution with Families
Sponsored by Northern California Family Center
Spring 1999
  • Zen 7 Day Meditation /Plum Village/Thich Nhat Hahn: July 2009
  • Vipassana 7 day Retreat: A Year to Live/Against the Stream: Spirit Rock, Spring 2007
  • Women’s 7 Day Retreat: Feeding The Demons: Spirit Rock, Fall 2007
  • Vipassana 7 Day Women’s Retreat: Spirit Rock: Fall 2006
  • Vipassana Weekend Retreat: Mount Madonna Center: Spring 2005
  • Vipassana 7 day Retreat: Spirit Rock: November 2002
Trainer for . . .
Personal Transformation Certification
One-Year Program (Assistant Facilitator for Therapists)
2001-2002 (CEU 128 hrs)

Solano County Health and Social Services
Family Conferencing Coordinator
  • Family Conferencing Facilitator Training(s)
Lead groups/supervision/ trainings pertaining to a variety of topics, such as:
  • Positive Discipline
  • Non Violent Communication
  • Best Toddler on the Block
  • Conscious Discipline
  • Brain Development
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Gender Specific Programming Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls
  • Attachment
  • NLP/Ego Resource States/Hypnotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Like Skills Training

Solano Community College Early Childhood Education Class
  • Empathy/Communication/Healthy Coping
  • Brain Development/Impact of Trauma

Youth Yoga Dharma
  • Young Women’s Health Leadership Summit; UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, April 2010
  • Mediation, Yoga and Life Skills Groups for Adults Going Back to Work, Bay View Hunter’s Point Community Center, Spring 2007

Wilderness Reflections
Assistant Facilitator for Youth Participating in Rites of Pages and Vision Quest Retreat
Spring 2008