Consultant Service

What is it?

The Consultant Service offers professional help of trained psychiatrists, psychotherapists, nutritionists, acupuncturists, and speech therapists for short-term assistance and/or referral. The Consultant Service was established to help co-op families with all questions or concerns arising from any type challenges with relationships (i.e., child/parent, spouse, partner, extended family, etc.) and situations (behavioral concerns, educational concerns, developmental concerns, moving, family illness, depression, medication, divorce, trauma, etc.).

Who May Use this Service?

This service is for all of the people who are members of the San Francisco Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools (SFCPPNS). Any person who lives in the home of a child enrolled in a SFCPPNS member school; directors; paid staff members; and alumni families can all use the consultant service.

How Do I Pay For an Appointment?

The SFCPPNS has an arrangement for Consultants to provide their services to co-op families, staff, and alumni at a greatly discounted rate for up to four sessions per school year, per family. In certain circumstances SFCPPNS may approve additional sessions for a family in the same school year.

The fee is paid directly to the consultant at the time of your appointment. If you are unable to keep an appointment, the consultant must be given 24-hour notice; otherwise you must pay for missed appointments. If you wish to continue seeing the consultant beyond the four sessions per school year, you can discuss payment arrangements directly with the consultant.

How Do I Make an Appointment?

You do not need to inform anyone connected to your school. This service is confidential. You may contact the consultant directly or you may contact the Consultant Liaison at, to help you make an appointment, if you prefer.

Speakers Bureau/Mediation/Consultations

Consultants are also available to speak at parent education meetings, at member meetings to speak to specific points relevant to your school, for mediation, and for on-site observation and consulting at school. Please contact at for more details.

Meet Our Consultants ...

Here is a list of the consultants who currently offer their assistance through the SFCPPNS Consultant Service. We hope that you will find this informative and that you will be encouraged to use this very valuable service available to all co-op staff, co-op parents and their families.


Steven Abrams, MFT | (650) 692-6071 | 3877 25th St., San Francisco 94114 & 1601 Bayshore #123, Burlingame 94010

Steve is a psychotherapist with offices in Noe Valley and Burlingame, a 20-minute drive from San Francisco with ample free parking at the door. He has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and their parents, dealing with the myriad emotional issues affecting children and families. His diverse practice, collaborative in nature, also includes individual adults and couples. He provides parent education in the form of private sessions and group presentations, consults as counselor at three K-8 schools, and serves as a Clinical Supervisor and Professional Development Coordinator at the University of San Francisco Center for Child and Family Development. His work is non-judgmental, relationship-based and goal directed. Steve’s children attended cooperative pre-schools in the city.

Gabie Berliner, Ph.D., LCSW

(415) 751-7476 | 120 Commonwealth Street, San Francisco 94118

Dr. Gabie Berliner, a licensed Clinical Social Worker, has been in private practice over 40 years and worked in San Mateo County Mental Health for 31 years. She specializes in play therapy with children, consultation to parents, adult and couples therapy, parent support groups, and consultation to schools. She has given workshops on discipline, anger management, effects of divorce on children amongst other topics. Practice focus includes parent-child struggles, marital conflict, behavior and emotional problems, grief, and divorce. Her son is a co-op graduate.

Susan R. Bernstein, MFT | (415) 282-7447 | 3841 24th Street, San Francisco 94114

Susan is a licensed psychotherapist who enjoys working with children and their families. Her work in both school and clinical settings includes understanding developmental stages, behavior and emotional problems, as well as discipline and limit setting. In addition, she has experience working with adoption, the effects of divorce, sexual abuse, and gay and lesbian parenting. She is also an active member of A Home Within (working with foster children) and the Child and Adolescent Gender Center.

Sarina Castro, Ph.D.

(415) 820-3932 | 2196 Union Street, San Francisco 94123

Dr. Sarina Castro is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. She sees adults in individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, and parenting consultations. She sees people for a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, marital/familial conflicts, and during times of life change and transition. She also specializes in working with women and couples throughout pregnancy, post-partum adjustment (including Post-Partum Depression), infertility struggles, and the ongoing stresses and challenges of parenting. In addition to being a long time member of the San Francisco Cooperative Preschool Council Consultancy she is a member of the Preschool Psychotherapy Project of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.

Elizabeth Corsale, MFT | (415) 267-6965 | 1300 25th Ave, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94122

Ms. Corsale is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in San Francisco. She works primarily with individual adults and couples. In her private practice she specializes in issues concerning depression, anxiety, loss, marital conflict, and parent support of children with developmental delays and learning disabilities. She is also the co-founder and clinical director of a treatment program for individuals with compulsive stealing behaviors. Through this work she is experienced working with all types of compulsive behaviors including overspending, alcohol and drug problems and sexual compulsivity. Her son is a co-op graduate

Isela Cueva Rizzi, MFT | (415) 267-3903 | 3974 24th St, San Francisco 94114

Isela is a bi-cultural and bilingual Spanish-speaking psychotherapist with an office in Noe Valley. She has provided relationship-based treatment to children, families, adult individuals and couples for over 11 years. Isela has extensive experience working with the parent-child dyad, and focuses on strengthening their relationship. She provides developmental guidance, assists with attaching new meanings to behavior, and helps parents find new ways of responding and relating to their children. Her nurturing and holistic approach is informed by her interest and studies in Daoism and Chinese Medicine. She aspires to help her clients live in alignment with their true nature, ultimately leading them to a more harmonious and balanced existence. She works interactively and collaboratively to support clients at their pace, and provides a safe holding environment where lasting changes can occur.

Lauren Cunningham, MSW, LCSW | (415) 585-4551 | 35 Vicente Avenue, San Francisco 94127

Ms. Cunningham is a child and adult Jungian analyst in the West Portal neighborhood of San Francisco. She has worked with preschool through high school aged children for over 30 years using play, sandplay, art, and talk therapy. She meets with parents to discuss parenting issues and also sees adults for individual and couples therapy. She is experienced in the effects of divorce, alternative families, anxiety, anger, depression and acting out in children. She is an adjunct associate professor at California Institute of Integral Studies. Her son and daughter are co-op graduates.

Aimee Rozen, MFT | (415) 407-3936 | 1246 Castro Street, Suite 2, SF, CA 94114 |

Aimee offers a genuine, compassionate and respectful relationship with her clients so they can reach greater self-awareness and insight. Through development together, clients can get greater satisfaction with the overall quality of their lives and attain the personal tools needed to strengthen their intimate relationships. She views mental health similarly to physical health: when there’s an injury or illness, seeking professional guidance, intervention, and support can improve overall wellness. Working with parents is not only an area of specialty but her passion. It is the one clinical focus that has remained ever present from the beginning of her clinical work in 1995, through present. She participated in Hand in Hand's Emotional Understanding training workshops which have offered great guidance and inspiration in her work with clients.

Kym Sites, M.S., MFT| (415) 922-9446 | 3249 Sacramento Street (at Presidio), San Francisco 94115.

Ms. Sites is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist who works extensively with preschools, both public and private, including infant centers: providing services to teachers, parents, children and administrators, both onsite and in private consultation. She offers co-parenting counseling for parents who are raising their children in separate homes. She also teaches in the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology at San Francisco State University.

Carol S. Winetsky, Ph.D. | (415) 923-9170 | 3637 Sacramento Street, Suite H, San Francisco CA 94118

Dr. Winetsky received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and is a licensed psychologist in private practice for over thirty years. Her psychotherapy practice includes work with children, adolescents, individual adults and couples. She has a special interest in developmental issues throughout the life cycle and seeks to help clients promote growth and improve relationships whether in the family, the classroom, the community or the workplace. She has led workshops on child rearing and stress reduction for parents and has also consulted widely to teachers. Her professional experience includes supervising post-doctoral students in psychology for California Pacific Medical Center's training program in the department of Psychiatry. Her own children are co-op graduates.

Special Education and Learning Behaviorists

Susan Dambroff, Special Educator/Consultant

(415) 279-8090 | On-site visits

Susan is a Special Educator who has been working with children and their families for over 25 years. Both as a Special Education Teacher and as a home-based Consultant, she takes into account the unique needs of each child and family to help facilitate growth in the areas of communication, social interaction, behavior, play, and academic skills. Her services include direct relationship- based work with children, and consultation to families and teachers. She has extensive experience providing support and training to preschool teachers and their staff to help provide appropriate educational and therapeutic interventions for children. She most enjoys closely collaborating with families and teachers to help children become joyfully engaged in learning and play.

Elizabeth Corsale, MFT | (415) 267-6916 | 1300 25th Ave, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94122 |

Pathways Institute offers a weekly therapy group for parents of children with learning and/or attention differences. This group is therapist-led, and will offer a place of therapeutic support, information, and healing for parents grappling with the complex issues and challenges of raising children who don’t fit neatly inside of our current educational system.

Speech and Language Therapists

Jill Flores, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist | (415) 690-9249 | On-site visits

Jill Flores is the owner of Bridges to Communication, a private speech language therapy practice specializing in helping families with young children. Jill has worked in a variety of settings both prior to and within her role as a private speech and language consultant. She offers play-based speech language consultation that takes place in the child’s natural environment, either home or school. Jill believes that parent involvement and team collaboration are key components towards helping children better their communication skills. She has helped children with a variety of difficulties that include poor articulation, difficulty expressing or processing language and social communication skills.


Holly N. Boland, MS, L.Ac. | (415) 282-1766 | 2148 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 |

Holly is a licensed acupuncturist specializing in family health. Her treatment expertise includes children's health, acute and chronic pain, reproductive health, insomnia, stress, allergies, colds and flu. In addition, she treats children of all ages with neurological conditions such as autism, ADHD, and Tourette Syndrome. Ms. Boland works in collaboration with Sandy Newmark, MD, at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. As a former co-op preschool parent, she understands that parents, particularly those who have children with special needs, are far less likely to care for themselves. She encourages all parents to come in for some stress-relief acupuncture!

Occupational Therapists

Michelle Kemper, MS, OTR/L, RYT | (415) 800-7674 |

Michelle is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 15 years of professional experience working in a variety of settings with children: school, home, community, and clinic. She is the co-founder of COAST SF, a modern play space in SF that houses both occupational and speech therapy. She has extensive expertise in providing a full scope of services to children and their families in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of motor coordination, sensory processing, attention, behavioral responses and social skills. Michelle is a highly sought after presenter specializing in sensory motor development and other myriad topics that support families and professionals who work with children. Already a Registered Yoga Teacher, Michelle is currently pursuing advanced studies in order to fulfill requirements for the children’s yoga certification, a life-long goal and an evidence-based adjunct to her work as an occupational therapist.