The Business of Psychotherapy Workshop is presented by Rajani Levis, MFT, PPS, CTS
in conjunction with
The Counseling Students Association at San Francisco State University.

rajani_officeRajani Venkatraman Levis, MFT, PPS, CTS

Rajani spent many years dreaming up a workshop that would bring the therapy community closer. She is thrilled to support the idea of abundantly successful therapists reinventing the private practice model in radical, compassionate, creative and unusual ways.

With over two decades of cross-cultural experiences in living, working, studying and teaching on two continents, Rajani Venkatraman Levis brings a richly multicultural focus to her work. She is sought out by clients & colleagues for her nuanced attention to diversity issues, and specializes in the impact of childhood and historical trauma, as well as immigration narratives.

Rajani is a California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, a Certified Trauma Specialist and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant in EMDR. You can read more at

Our distinguished panelists are:

Doreen-mallerDoreen Maller, PH.D. MFT

Dr. Maller is Core Faculty and Chair of the Master’s in Holistic Counseling Psychology for John F Kennedy University. She is a double graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies earning her Masters in Counseling Psychology/Expressive Arts and her PhD in Transformative Learning and Change. She has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics including trauma, transformative change, diversity, family systems and the expressive arts. Dr. Maller runs a family-systems private practice therapy in San Mateo California where she works with clients aged 3 -88 and addresses a variety of issues particularly life transitions, trauma and child behavior. She has contributed to a variety of publications and is the series editor of; The Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health published in 2013. She is the families and addiction expert on the addiction resource Dr Maller chaired the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association 2005 and 2013 international conferences. She is a board member of the Woman’s Wisdom Initiative and the chair of the Faculty Quality committee of the JFKU faculty senate and Chair of the PhD Development committee. Dr Maller returned to school in mid-life after a successful corporate career, which culminated with a Vice Presidency at Gap Inc.

TracirubleTraci Ruble, MFT

Traci is a feisty couples therapist, a wife, mother, founder of Psyched in San Francisco, co-founder of Sidewalk Talk and an overall shit disturber. She thrives on courageously and collaboratively shaking up the status quo with other courageous therapists who want to work hard, play hard and change the world.

Laura Siniego, MFT: Bilingual, BiCultural & Compassionatelaura

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Mexico, Laura Siniego migrated to the United States in 2004. Her interests in psychology emerged from the challenges that the process of migration posed to her family. Laura obtained a BA in Psychology from the Intercontinental University, Mexico City in 1994. She pursued a Masters Degree in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Mexican Association of Psychoanalysis, Mexico City (APM) in 1999, and a second Masters Degree in Family Therapy, awarded by the Universidad de las Americas (UDLA), Mexico City in 2002.

For the past two decades, Laura Siniego has worked in Mexico as a research psychologist, university professor, licensed psychologist and in California as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her current interest is in intimate partner violence among Latino communities. Her passion reflects her life’s work of bridging clinical psychology and the foregrounds of gender, ethnicity and sexuality in her clinical practice.

Laura is an EMDR certified therapist and a California domestic violence counselor.

desdemoniaDesdemonia Wenzel, MFT

Desdemonia is the Founder and Clinical Director of Desi Couch, Inc. The DesiTeam is partnered with San Mateo County in providing out patient community mental health services to residents of South San Francisco, Daly City, Pacifica, San Bruno, and Half Moon Bay, CA. Desi has made a personal commitment to interns and ensures that her staff are compensated for professional services rendered.

Desi is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and EMDR Certified therapist. She has specialized knowledge in treating cases of severe and complicated trauma. This aspect of her career is influenced by her under graduate work in Criminology. She had experience in policing, probation, victim/witness services and speciality populations such as sex offenders, victims of violent crimes, and foster care.

Desdemonia provides individual and group supervision for BBS Registered Interns and consultation to EMDR trained therapist that are working toward becoming Certified or Approved Consultants.

Desi is committed to providing clinical placements to interns that fosters an opportunity to work within their scope of practice, build strong clinical skill, develop personal treatment style, and learn the many nuances of business within an agency or private practice setting.

kinKin Leung, MFT

Kin is a bilingual therapist originally from Hong Kong. He’s been practicing therapy since 2002. He has a special interest in working with adolescents and their families in his private practice. In addition to seeing clients in his practice, Kin is passionate about clinical supervision and the career development of therapists at various stages on their professional path.

 The Panel will be moderated by Abby Volk, MFT who has also graciously agreed to provide BBS CEs for this event.

Abby Volk MFT, LPCC

Abby is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has a private practice in San Francisco. She is also a certified yoga teacher. She works with traditional talk therapy when working with those healing from trauma and relationship wounds. She helps people identify their limiting patterns and helps people to increasing trust in their intuition. She uses EMDR and body-based techniques to help people find connection in relationships, and she supports authentic expression in communication.

She has worked in schools, clinics, and non-profits with children, couples, families, and individuals since 2008. The focus of her work has been helping men and women heal from trauma during any point in their life span. She has supported victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.She has worked teens, children, and adults around issues related to depression, anxiety, anger and family conflict.


Nuts & Bolts of Private Practice
with Cathy Hanville

cathy-hanville-lcsw-portrait-2011Cathy Hanville grew up in NJ which is actually a pretty nice state all in all and went to school at Rutgers. She moved out to CA shortly after grad school on a bit of a whim and spent 8 years doing social work in a variety of settings. She then realized she didn’t play so well with others and started her private practice in 2001. She did many things wrong as there wasn’t an internet to learn about how to start a practice then. In 2011 she moved her practice to Albany,Ca closer to her home. She specializes in helping those with anxiety and also works a lot with transgender clients. She is level II trained in EMDR. Since her move to Albany when she learned a lot to market her own practice she has been doing small workshops on private practice issues and doing some individual coaching. She loves teaching others more about these business and marketing aspects of practice.

 We look forward to seeing you on October 3rd.

Click here for more information about the giveaways you could win at this event!

*This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of BBS continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. These credits are graciously provided by Abby Volk, MFT, PCE 5752.