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ELSA ASHER, MS, CD(DONA)

Executive Director, Co-Founder, Practitioner

Elsa is a prenatal, birth and attachment therapy practitioner, trained by Myrna Martin in her 700-Hour 3 year practitioner training; womb surround birth process workshop facilitator; full-spectrum doula; Narrative Medicine faulty; workshop facilitator; and storytelling artist. Elsa holds a Masters of Science degree in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, is an Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health Educator and Board Member; teaches at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Columbia University and Dominican University; and is currently in the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy training at Colorado School of Energy Studies with John and Anna Chitty and the advanced bodywork training Body into Being with Ray Castellino and Anna Chitty. 

Email: elsa@prenatalbirthandattachmentclinic.com
Phone: 210.413.5029

 
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CHANTI SMITH, CPM, LM, SEP

Assistant Director, Co-Founder, Advanced Practitioner

Chanti is a midwife; advanced prenatal, birth and attachment therapy practitioner, trained by and assistant to Ray Castellino and assistant to Myrna Martin in her 3 year training; womb surround facilitator; somatic experiencing® practitioner; holistic pelvic care® practitioner; prenatal yoga and embodied anatomy yoga teacher; massage therapist specializing in biodynamic craniosacral therapy, acupressure and body mind centering®; infant massage instructor; lactation specialist; and western trained herbalist. Chanti is also an Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health {APPPAH} Mentor, Trainer, and Educator. Chanti is committed to bringing perinatal psychology into birthing communities through teaching workshops and professional education, and supporting families and individuals locally, and globally via online sessions and offerings.

Email: chanti@prenatalbirthandattachmentclinic.com
Phone: 510.432.8181

 
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JOEL DECKER, MFT#50087, SEP

Clinical Director, Practitioner

Joel is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. He has a passion for helping individuals, couples, and families recover from developmental and inter-generational trauma; allowing for more expressions of love and their life purpose.

He has facilitated men’s groups for eight years with a focus on stress resilience, building community, career, and emotional depth. He has worked as a client-centered therapist and collective member of the Berkeley Free Clinic, a psychotherapist at the Jewish Family and Children’s Services, a street outreach counselor for homeless youth at SUK, a classroom milieu therapist at the Berkeley Albany YMCA therapeutic preschool, and a somatic psychotherapist in private practice in the Bay Area. He offers supervision to MFT associates on the path to licensure and consultation to students in the Somatic Experiencing training.

His body-oriented approach is informed by Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing®, Kathy Kain’s Somatic Resilience, Ray Castellino’s pre and perinatal therapy, and Anna Chitty's approach to Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy. He assists the Somatic Experiencing® training in the US and in Australia. He is a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).

Email: joel@prenatalbirthandattachmentclinic.com
Phone: 510.229.9765

 
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ELAN FREYDENSON

Practitioner

Elan is passionate about helping you integrate unresolved experiences from your past. He loves supporting you to integrate your history, however complex and challenging, as a resource and help you align your life force towards what you really want for yourself. His work and practice is deeply influenced by the teachings of Ray Castellino. He believes this work is an essential gift to newborns, pregnant families and adults. Elan has completed two two-year Biodynamic Craniosacral trainings and Ray Castellino’s Prenatal & Birth Therapy training. In addition to Ray, he is deeply influenced by the work of Emelie Conrad's Continuum Movement and Gordon Nuefeld's Developmental Attachment.

Email: elan@prenatalbirthandattachmentclinic.com
Phone: 415.595.4979