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Trust the Wisdom of Experience 



I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 41355) and I hold a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology with a certificate in Creative Expressions. I have extensive experience providing psychotherapy for clients dealing with a wide range of issues arising from substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, disability and chronic illness. In addressing these issues I use methods that allow for the exploration of underlying psychological difficulties drawing on my training in psychology and my eclectic mix of life experiences.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

As founder and team leader of the DBT Mid-Peninsula team I offer DBT skills training groups and individual DBT therapy for clients who want to reduce their emotional vulnerability and create a life worth living. I have been intensively trained as a DBT skills trainer and therapist by Behavioral Tech, LCC of Seattle, WA. I have also completed extensive post graduate training in DBT and have been teaching the skills for numerous years with a variety of client populations.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

I am trained in this powerful method of psychotherapy that can help clients relieve many types of psychological distress.


Corporate Coach & Mentor

As founding principal of Helen Selenati & Associates, I have blended my people skills, managerial expertise and diverse pharmaceutical and biotech backgrounds, to successfully mentor and coach managers in technology-based industries to become more effective managers and dynamic team leaders. 

Before coming to the US in 1989, I lived in South Africa where I practiced as a pharmacist for 10 years, before earning an MBA (cum laude) and entering the corporate pharmaceutical industry. For 15 years, I held key positions in marketing, business development and communications in US organizations where I gained practical experience working with technology-based companies and leading key initiatives. 

In addition to my managerial experience in the corporate world, I hold a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and a Certificate in Integral Coaching through New Ventures West, accredited by the International Coaching Federation.

Whether individually coaching tomorrow’s technology leaders in developing their most effective and impactful management styles or facilitating my innovative In-House Mentoring Programs, I possess the background, strategies and assessment tools for transforming a company’s technical talent into results-oriented, team-building managers and leaders.


Life Coach

I have applied my qualifications in pharmacy, counseling psychology and certification in integral coaching to assist clients in dealing with issues related to chronic illness and pain, unwanted addictions and challenges with adult ADD. During the 15 years that I held positions in the pharmaceutical industry I honed my skills in creative problem solving and interpersonal relationships which is critical for success in the business arena.

Starting with my career in pharmacy many years ago, I have always had a passion for being of service to others and discovering innovative ways to alleviate suffering. I bring an eclectic mix of experiences to my life coaching relationships that makes me unique in this field. With warmth and compassion, my focus is on the client, not on the problem.



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