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       About Edna Wallace
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About Edna Wallace, M.A.,MFT, CGP  

Work with Couples and Individuals:

I am a member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists), NCGPS (Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society) and ACME (Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment). In my work, I seek to coach couples in maintaining their separateness and the ability to “hold onto oneself” whilst working out differences. I strive to provide a respectful and empathic stance to assist in the difficult process of opening up and talking through issues. I realize that these are complex, sometimes irresolvable issues. From 20 years in marriage enrichment, I also bring practical skills into the picture, such as training in “speaking for self” and “active listening.”

With individuals, I have worked with clients on many different presenting issues—from alternative lifestyle referrals through to transitions and coping with loss … the loss of a marriage, the loss of a loved one, the loss of function and identity through old age. I aim to help clients navigate through the treacherous channels and emerge with some sense of peace or growth.

Community Wellness:

I believe in community service—getting involved and doing local outreach. I run a monthly General Caregiver Support Group at El Camino Hospital. I was Adjunct Faculty at Santa Clara University (2010-2012), leading process groups for students in counseling psychology. I have also frequently spoken at universities on alternative sexuality for Human Sexuality/Ethics classes (2007-present). In the wellness realm, I have a particular interest in speaking to common life struggles—giving community talks on topic such as: “Stress-Busting” (Los Gatos 1/2011); “The Complex World of Decluttering” (Cupertino 3/2011); “Challenging Negative Thoughts” (Santa Clara 4/2011, Cupertino 6/2011, 2/2012); “The Art of Time Management” (Cupertino 9/2011); and “The MFT Journey” (Santa Clara University 4/2008-5/2011, Notre Dame University 8/2011). Wrote training materials on Group Therapy Facilitating and conducted advanced workshops in leading groups (El Camino Hospital, Fall 2015). Led workshop in Treating Depression in Older Adults for Santa Clara County Behavioral Health board (November 2015). Guest speaker at Notre Dame de Namur counseling class; spoke on Active Listening skills (3/2016).

Publications:

Wrote two articles on the OATS program for INSIGHT Community-wide ECH newsletter (2012, 2013), which were also used for marketing OATS to local senior centers and for the 2013 OATS Open House. Wrote an article on Therapy and Mindfulness for SCV-CAMFT’s Quarterly Professional Newsletter (2011). Wrote an article on gratitude for Palo Alto Weekly (2011). Wrote poetry and essays for IMC’s Mindfulness-based Creative Works magazine (2014). Group Therapy Poem published in NCGPS’s Quarterly Professional Newsletter (2014). Interviewed and featured as the Community Therapist for SCV-CAMFT Quarterly Professional Newsletter (Jan. 2015).

Background:

I have worked at Pathways Hospice, counseling clients for grief and loss; the SC County Suicide and Crisis Hotline; the Department of Alcohol and Drug Services (DADS)—running substance abuse groups and doing intakes; and the Center for Healthy Development (CHD). At CHD, I counseled adults, teens, and children and ran groups addressing high-conflict divorce and domestic violence.

I earned my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2006. In 2010, I received certification as a group therapist (CGP) and joined the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society.

Services:

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #46206) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPC #82) with my private practice office in Los Altos, California. I seek to help individuals and couples improve relationships and enhance their sense of self. In this complex work, I strive to remain compassionate and empathic with the issues brought into the room.

 


 
 
     
email: ednamft@ednawallace.com