About Us

MRI is the birthplace of family therapy.  Since 1959, our teams have invented and improved methods in family therapy as a means to treat all problems related to individuals, couples, and families.

Reed Letsinger, LMFT, MFC #48777,  Associate Director of the Family Therapy Clinic

Reed Letsinger received his training at Santa Clara University and the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, where he is Associate Director of the Family Therapy Center. He is in private practice with offices in Palo Alto and Redwood City. He takes a pragmatic, problem-solving approach to therapy that integrates key elements of strategic family therapy, Gestalt therapy, emotionally focused couples therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, EMDR, and hypnosis. Reed works with adults struggling to overcome emotional blocks, such as depression and excessive worries or fears, that stand in the way of fully connecting with others and achieving their life goals. He also works with couples and families to help reduce conflict and increase cooperation and intimacy.  He has a special interest in helping adults grieving the death of a close family member. Reed brings to his therapy work extensive experience in the academic and corporate high-tech worlds. website: www.reedletsinger.com

Laurie Phuong Ertley, M.A,  LMFT #85042 , English/Spanish/Vietnamese, Trainer

As a trainer of therapists, Ms. Ertley draws from over a decade’s worth of experience in family and children counseling.  She uses the latest in neuroscience finding to incorporate in her therapy addressing trauma and other difficult cases.  She empowers clients by helping them tap into their unique strengths and cultural wisdom.

Ms. Ertley provides therapy in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. website: www.realwordtherapist.org

Angela Zhe Wu, LMFT, MFC #53854, English/Mandarin

Angela Wu first came to the United States as a Chinese journalist. Through her broad experience and observation in China she was able to see the individual in a social context, i.e. family, work and society. She later earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at California State University, East Bay and received further training at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto. Her professional approach integrates key elements of strategic family therapy, Gestalt therapy, and hypnosis, emphasizing result-oriented practical solutions. She is fluent in Mandarin as well as English and is comfortable working within diverse cultural contexts. She enjoys her interactions with adolescents and their families, couples, and individuals. In her free time, she creates mixed media art. website: www.angelazhewu.com

Lilian Garcia, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #85016, Spanish/English

Lilian received her Master’s Degree in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient clinics, public schools, and a local rape crisis center. Most of her training has centered around the topics of family conflicts/issues, sexual assault/abuse, and suicide prevention. Lilian is committed to helping families repair their relationships and overcome challenges. She believes every family is unique and requires an approach that is tailored to the family’s needs, preferences, culture, and interests. Lilian believes few things in life are as satisfying and fulfilling as having positive relationships with one’s family members, and that people are extraordinary beings that are capable of more than they can ever imagine. She is very committed to helping families achieve their desired changes, and looks forward to meeting with you and your family.

Yi-Ju Lin, IMF 59350; RN 770297, English/Mandarin/Taiwanese

Yi-Ju “Irene” Lin MA. MEd. Realized that her heart in the helping profession since she was very young. She possesses both RN licenses both in Taiwan and in the US. She worked as a critical care nurse at Cardiovascular Surgical Intensive Care, organ transplantation team, and trauma nurse. She graduated from Columbia University in counseling psychology and health and behavioral studies and has worked with victims of domestic violence at Brooklyn District Attorney office, college students, and adolescent before she joins the MRI strategic family therapy.


Kathleen Pederson, M.S, IMF 70462, 
English

Kathleen has extensive experience both in treating families with youth in foster care and families with children who have disabilities including ASD.

Sofia Meza Keane, M.A, IMF 84788, English/Spanish

Sofía Keane received her M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University.  She helps families and their children to solve trauma, self-esteem problems, and relational issues, among others. Sofía applies the strategies that the family therapy clinic at MRI employs and has taught her, along with Gestalt therapy and guided imagery.  Sofia is a warm and compassionate therapist who likes to be challenged, is self-motivated, and conducts therapy guided by the needs of her clients.  Sofía was born and raised in Mexico City, and brings a lot of experience to the field, having worked with parents and their children as a credentialed bilingual teacher for sixteen years.  As a mother and wife Sofía understands the intricacies of family related challenges and hard won successes.

Michelle (Chia-Ning) Chang, M.A, IMF 79696, English/Mandarin

Michelle holds a M.A in counseling psychology with specialization in Drama Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies. She is passionate about deep, healthy relationships, and authentic non-violent communication. Not only having trained in in Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy, Michelle is also a certified facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich program, a premarital/marital counseling assessment tool. Michelle is an authentic/creative/attuned therapist working with adolescents, adults, couples, families, LGBTQ community and people of color. She utilizes creative arts techniques to help clients integrate with their body/mind experience. Michelle specializes in Depression, Anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, culture adjustments, separation, dating skills, lost/grief, trauma, premarital counseling and boundary issues.

Laia Pedreño Mateu, M.A, IMF 83389, English and Spanish.

Laia has a Master’s Degree in Integral Counseling from the California Institute of Integral Studies and 10 years of gestalt therapy training. She also has a passion for learning about healing that drives her to take new trainings every year. Her therapeutic style is deeply rooted in the values of kindness, trusting the process, empowerment and self-awareness, with a sprinkling of playfulness for good measure. She strives to provide a safe space for her clients to explore how to reclaim our personal power in any situation, how to generate more connection in relationships, and how to restore the flow of love in families. She loves to work with youth, couples and families.