Gisele Fernandes Gisele Fernandes

Assistant Professor
Integral Counseling Psychology
Counseling Psychology Department
School of Professional Psychology and Health

MA, California Institute of Integral Studies

BA, Pontificia Universidade Catolica

Gisele Fernandes, MFT, is a licensed psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, organizational consultant and graduate level educator. She has extensive training and clinical experience in body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy, using an integrative approach that is rooted in Somatic, Humanistic-Existential and Transpersonal psychologies.

Originally from Brazil, Gisele began her career in the mental health field almost 20 years ago as a counselor in a hospital setting in Rio de Janeiro. From the beginning, Gisele was interested in the body-mind connection, initially around the manifestation of illness related to life style. She was involved in research with heart transplant patients and published an article about quality of life and heart transplant in a Brazilian medical journal, where she looked at body image and self-esteem after heart transplant. In the late 90s, Gisele’s interest in the body-mind connection began to move away from the medical setting towards a more holistic way of understanding and treating the complexities of the mind-body-soul. In that search, she deepened her studies in Jungian psychology, Reichian theories and Gestalt therapy. Her love for Gestalt therapy and her involvement with a training institute in Rio de Janeiro brought her to Big Sur’s Esalen Institute, where she lived and studied for two years, deepening her knowledge and skills in holistic approaches to psychotherapy. Afterward, Gisele completed a master’s degree in Somatic Psychology at CIIS.

Since 2001, she has been working in the Bay Area with diverse clients in community mental health and private practice settings, being particularly involved in serving the Latino population. Being an immigrant to the United States, a woman of color and in a bicultural marriage, Gisele has developed a profound interest in cross-cultural issues, which has become one of the main topics of her clinical, teaching and consulting work.

In her private practice in Oakland and San Francisco, Gisele specializes in helping individuals, couples and families to deepen mind-body awareness, improve communication skills and heal from limiting belief systems and traumatic wounds. Besides her humanistic and somatic backgrounds, Gisele’s therapeutic work integrates sensorimotor trauma and attachment psychotherapy and mindfulness.

In her work with individuals and groups, she also draws from her background in dance and yoga. Gisele’s personal approach to healing is rooted in her commitment to spirituality and indigenous traditions of her native Brazil.

In 2008, Gisele joined the core faculty in the somatic psychology program and adjunct faculty in the transpersonal psychology program at John F. Kennedy University. For five years, she taught classes in Group Process, Expressive Movement, Cross-Cultural Counseling, Child Therapy and Law and Ethics. Also since 2008, Gisele has taught Cross-Cultural Counseling and the Family as an adjunct faculty member at CIIS and joined the Integral Counseling Program as a core faculty member in 2013.

Gisele’s most recent presentations in national conferences were on “Mind-body approaches to preventing, understanding and treating compassion fatigue” (2009) and “Yoga, dance and expressive arts in transformative learning: A psychological inquiry through the chakra system” (2012).

Integral Counseling Psychology Faculty

Jeff Aitken
Advising and Supervision Manager, Integral Counseling Psychology
Alzak Amlani Alzak Amlani
Associate Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, MA, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology,
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz,
Philip Brooks Philip Brooks
Associate Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
EdD, MA, University of Massachusetts ,
BA, Lake Forest College,
Kathleen Brown Kathleen Brown
Adjunct Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology & Transformative Inquiry
PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BS, University of California, San Francisco; BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Brant Cortright Brant Cortright
Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, Union Institute,
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz,
Collin Eyre
Senior Program Manager, Integral Counseling Psychology
Gisele Fernandes Gisele Fernandes
Assistant Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, Pontificia Universidade Catolica,
Rob Fisher Rob Fisher
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, Vermont College of Norwich University,
BA, Know College,
Mark Fromm Mark Fromm
Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology & Clinical Psychology
PhD, University of Colorado; MA, State University of New York at Plattsburgh,
BA, Carnegie-Mellon University,
Suraya Keating Suraya Keating
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies ,
MA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, BA, State University of New York, Albany,
George Kich George Kich
Professor and Chair, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, The Wright Institute,
BA, DePaul University,
Akhila Kolesar Akhila Kolesar
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, MA, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology ,
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz,
Ling Lam Ling Lam
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology; MA, Santa Clara University,
MS, BS, Stanford University,
Dominique Lando Dominique Lando
Adjunct Instructor, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, John F. Kennedy University,
BA, Jackson College,
Clare McLaughlin Clare McLaughlin
Adjunct Instructor, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, Humboldt State University,
Barbara Morrill Barbara Morrill
Associate Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, MA, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology ,
MEd, Boston College; BA, Pfeiffer College,
Naomi O'Keefe Naomi O'Keefe
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Integral Counseling Psychology & Community Mental Health
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies; MA, Sonoma State University,
MA, BA, University of Iowa,
Sergio Rodriguez-Castillo Sergio Rodriguez-Castillo
Assistant Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
LLM, University of Warwick, United Kingdom; JD, Autonomous University of Queretaro, Mexico,
Fred Rozendal Fred Rozendal
Adjunct Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, MA, Georgia State University,
AB, Calvin College,
Bahman Shirazi Bahman Shirazi
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Integral Counseling Psychology
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MS, California State University, Hayward; BS, Iowa State University,
Nina Strongylou Nina Strongylou
Adjunct Lecturer, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, Antioch College,
BA, Muhlenberg College,
Rachael Vaughan Rachael Vaughan
Assistant Professor, Integral Counseling Psychology
MA, University of Edinburgh ,
MA, Pacifica Graduate Institute,

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