About Us

The Psychotherapy.net team

Faye Valentine, Chief Morale Officer. After surviving her first several years of life as a stray on the mean streets of Santa Cruz, Faye was adopted by John through the local Humane Society. Greeting guests, sitting on laps, and looking cute are just a few of the many ways she keeps spirits up. Faye has over 4 years of experience in morale enhancement therapy. When she's not sleeping, Faye enjoys walks, making new friends, and terrorizing gophers.

Victor Yalom, PhD, Founder & CEO. In addition to scouting out new video talent and creating cartoons for Psychotherapy.net, Victor maintains a part-time practice as a psychologist in San Francisco, doing individual, group and couples therapy. His website is SFpsychologist.com.

 Marie-Helene Yalom, Chief Operating Officer.  With a PhD in physics from University of Paris VI and an MBA from Northwestern University, Marie-Helene has over 20 years experience in corporate strategy, marketing and project management, primarily in technology related industries. She is using her diverse background to serve as COO for Psychotherapy.net—which in a small business such as ours means she has her hands in many pots, including advertising, art direction, website development, and production of videos. 

John Welch, Video Producer. John first became interested in video production at the impressionable age of 10, making films with his friends mostly about action figures killing one another. Later John became schooled in film production and abandoned his childhood roots in the Midwest for Los Angeles. He did video editing and post-production for a wide variety of clients: Sony Pictures, Disney Interactive, Fine Living Network, BET and Warner Bros. Records to name a few. LA, as it turns out, isn't for everyone, including, but not limited to, John. He now lives the secluded life of a hermit in the penthouse suite of the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, sleeping little and creating videos for Psychotherapy.net. His pet puma is named Windsor.

Deb Kory, PsyD, Content Manager. Deb is in charge of finding new and exciting content for our monthly newsletter and oversees the editorial side of our operation. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute and has a part-time private practice in Berkeley, CA. She loves both of her jobs and feels lucky to be able to divide her time between therapy, writing and editing. Before deciding to become a psychotherapist, she worked as the managing editor of Tikkun Magazine and published her writings in Tikkun, The Huffington Post and Alternet. Her dissertation, Psychologists: Healers or Instruments of War?, examined the historic relationship between the military and the field of psychology that ultimately led to psychologists (with APA collusion) creating the torture program at Guantanamo and other "black sites" during the War on Terror.

Shirin Shoai, MA, MFTi, Marketing Copywriter.
 Shirin writes video summaries and instructors' manuals for Psychotherapy.net. She is also an Oakland-based Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) intern, specializing in mindfulness-oriented depth therapy for anxiety, depression, relationships, and grief. She holds a master’s degree in integral counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), a BA from Barnard College, and more than a decade of communications experience at CBS Interactive, Apple, and other companies.

Jill Brown, MS, Director of Sales/Professional Liaison. Jill is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Professional Clinical Counselor in California. She has over 12 years experience working with adults, couples, families, children, and adolescents in clinic-based and school-based settings. Jill helped to expand and administer an adolescent suicide and mental wellness screening program (formerly known as TeenScreen) throughout Marin County. As the Director of Sales and Professional Liaison, she has the opportunity to work directly with customers, utilize her knowledge and skills in counseling and psychotherapy, and pull from her varied background in technology, website development, project management, marketing, and sales.

Shelley Hagan, Graphic Design/Marketing Director.
Shelley is our resident "can do" woman! From graphic design, marketing relations and customer service to office management to stocking our (embarrassingly large) snack closet, Shelley keeps us sane and well-fed. She is also a cyclist and spin instructor and enjoys  knitting, spending time with her family and exploring the great outdoors.

Greg Arnold, MA, LMHCA, Account Manager, resides in Bellingham, WA, so he’s basically Canadian. He holds an MA in Counseling Psychology, is completing his doctoral degree, and puts the wisdom he's gained from hours of watching Psychotherapy.net videos to use providing couples, individuals, and families, with person-centered, humanistic psychotherapy in Bellingham. As Account Manager at Psychotherapy.net, Greg helps universities and community mental health organizations integrate the inspiring work of our expert therapists-on-video into the training and professional development of students and career professionals alike.

Wendy Jenkins, Office Manager. You may find yourself fabricating customer service questions to get a chance to speak with our terribly charming Wendy Jenkins. Born and raised in Omagh (silent “gh”), Northern Ireland, she studied law “abroad” in England before moving with her family to the States 8 years ago. Wendy brings a wealth of business acumen from her years working with top notch corporations, and in addition to keeping the staff wildlings of psychotherapy.net on task, she does marketing, sales and skunk management. Known for her “secretary circa 1970s” aesthetic, in her free time Wendy likes to hang out with her teenage children (while they still let her), go to gigs, hike and explore vintage clothing stores.

Genevieve Baglio, MA, Account Manager
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Genevieve received her BM in vocal performance at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. She went on to study at the Boston Conservatory of Music, and received her MM in vocal performance from Western Washington University. Genevieve currently lives in Washington with her husband (see Greg, above) and much loved gaggle of pets.
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