Ana Santaolalla, LMFT

Explorations of Eastern philosophies and practices -- including yoga, Buddhist psychology, Zen, mindfulness meditation, and holistic wellness -- have been formative to my personal healing and approach to psychotherapy.

In 2010, I earned my M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology at The California Institute of Integral Studies, a school that integrates Eastern and Western philosophies. As a student psychotherapist at the Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street, I worked with individuals and couples dealing with a variety of issues including: intimacy, trauma, grief, mood disorders, addiction, life transitions, parenting, and creative blocks.

I am passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families find healing and empowerment. I have worked in diverse settings since starting my career. As a therapist in a transitional housing program for survivors of domestic violence, as a mental health clinician providing crisis intervention and treatment for at-risk youth ages 0-17, and as Chemical Dependency Recovery Counselor at  Kaiser Permanente in the Deparment of Addiction Medicine. In 2014, I opened my private practice where I assist my clients toward greater understanding and peace.  You can find out more about my approach here.

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, certified Yoga Teacher (200 RYT), and a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). My interests include insight meditation, holistic health, philosophy, exploring nature, and sharing stories and food with people I love.


University of California, Los Angeles B.A., Women's Studies, Cum Laude

California Institute of Integral Studies, M.A., Counseling Psychology


Graduate/Post Graduate Trainings and Workshops

  • Oct 25-26 Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training, UpRising Yoga
  • Aug 4-Sept 14 200hr Yoga Teacher Training,  Rishikesh Yog Peeth, India
  • Oct 5-6 2013 The Neuroscience of Well-being, Mindfulness, and Love (Dr. Dan Siegel, Jack Kornfield)
  • 2012 Interpersonal Psychotherapy For Depression (IPT) (Stuart Scott, Phd)
  • 2012 Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) 
  • 2011 Teaching Non Violent Parenting, Echo Parenting Center (Ruth Beaglehole, Phd
  • 2011 Domestic Violence Counselor State Certification
  • 2010 The Psychology of Death and Dying: An East-West Exploration (Alesandra Strada, Phd)
  • 2009-2010 Psychotherapy Trainee, T-Group Training Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street