My Private Practice Associates

In my private practice, I employ and supervise post-graduate Registered Associates who are earning hours toward independent licensure as MFTs or PCCs.  They see clients on some days when I am not available, and their fees are generally somewhat lower than mine.


In order to help provide you with the highest quality of services, each of my Associates meets with me regularly to consult with me about their cases.  You can contact me, or contact one or more of them directly, if you are interested in meeting with them.


Current Associates:

Noelle Clason, Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #96803

Noelle Clason, MFTi


I believe that everyone deserves to feel both connected and free.  I am a therapist because I love collaborating with clients so that they can know themselves deeply and cultivate the intimacy that they want in their relationships. I am passionate about helping people heal shame, befriend themselves, and find freedom in their sexual, gender, and relationship expression.  


I provide sex-positive therapy to individuals, couples, multi-partner relationships, and adult families seeking support with issues related to sexuality, gender, or relationship style.  Being sex-positive means that I believe that consensual sexual activity is fundamentally healthy, and can have a constructive and healing impact in one’s life and in the world.  


Most of my clients have non-mainstream sexual, gender, and/or relationship identities.  Many identify as polyamorous or consensually non-monogamous, or are considering opening their relationship; I help them to create relationship agreements, talk about and move through jealousy, heal from infidelities, build trust, and improve communication with partners and metamours. I am also experienced in guiding clients who are ending relationships through an intentional breakup process.  


I love working with queer clients who are just beginning to explore their sexual orientation, and those who have been out for years and need LGBTQQIAAPP competent therapy from a clinician familiar with queer community.  I collaborate with individuals whose experience of gender is expanding, trans* folx exploring transition options, and gender nonconforming folx seeking resilience in discriminatory environments.  I work with clients involved in kink community and BDSM lifestyle and practices, members of sex-positive community, and sex workers.


I have a particular passion for supporting queer, trans*, non-monogamous, poly, and/or kinky clients to navigate the unique pressures and challenges of family life and parenting on the margins.


I am a sex educator endorsed by San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI), as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern.


Sonia Malek, Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #82235

Sonia Malke, MFTi

My goal is to provide empathetic, strength-based, and culturally sensitive therapy that allows individuals into tap into their needs, and address past wounds and present difficulties. I believe it is also important to provide individuals practical tools to navigate the challenges in their daily lives. 


I have special interest in working with individuals, couples, and families going through significant life transitions and changes. I also enjoy working with parents of children with special needs, and with young adults working through difficulties that arise from stress of academic demands, family discord, and relationships.


I have worked with adults, youth, and families in a variety of settings throughout the Bay Area. My experience has taught me that trust and connection with your therapist are necessary components of successful therapy. I welcome and encourage phone consultations, and look forward to speaking to you.



Amber Mercader, Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #79809

Amber Mercader, MFTi

As a queer woman of color, born and raised San Franciscan, of mixed Mexican and Filipino heritage, identity plays a huge role in how I view the world. This has informed my love and understanding of intersections of identities, my passion for community healing, the values of social justice and equity, and the importance of wellness, healing, growth, and connection.


 I truly believe that together, with guidance and support, we can begin to explore and understand places you feel “stuck,” make positive changes to your everyday experience, and building healthy loving relationships. It is my mission to always provide quality, culturally-humble, trauma-informed, collaborative, and client-centered psychotherapy to individuals, partnerships, and families. 


I have advanced training supporting clients that identify with the LGBTQI community, communities of color, addiction and recovery, trauma in various forms.


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