Mental Health
The mental health program at Sage consists of therapy & psychiatry, ketamine treatment and psychedelic integration work. All of our mental health practitioners are experienced with and qualified to do this work.

Therapy & Psychiatry
At some point in our lives many of us will feel that things are moving very fast. Questions of mortality, aging, belonging and purpose can creep up. Time slips by. Eventually we recognize that living our best life takes support, introspection and willingness to change. Therapy helps us to develop greater capacity for aliveness and more meaningful relationships to ourselves and our loved ones.

Integrative psychiatry is a comprehensive approach to providing stability and support as you grapple with the challenges in your life, learn more about who you are, and confront the symptoms that interfere with the things and relationships you love.

The discipline looks at the whole person, connects the state of body and mind, and leans on a combination of psychotherapy, medication management, lab work, and lifestyle recommendations, to equip you with the tools to thrive.

Call us to book an integrative psychiatry appointment.
Integrative Psychiatry
Therapy is the support system for your pursuit of a better life. It is the process of "unsticking" yourself; finding the aspects of your present and past that are currently creating friction in your life in order to better understand and integrate them.

It's one thing to know therapy is important. It's another thing to feel comfortable doing it. Finding the right therapist is essential. We do our best at Sage to support you in finding the right match for you, whether it is with one of our talented in-house therapists or with a colleague in our wide and diverse network.

Call us to book a psychotherapy appointment.
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Ketamine Therapy
Ketamine-assisted therapy can be a powerful way to examine the unconscious processes that motivate you and explore the nature of consciousness itself. This unique combination of biochemical effects, therapeutic relationship, and altered states of consciousness can help to lift your mood, offer important insights into your life, and deepen your relationship with your Self.

Ketamine, placed on the World Health Organization's list of "Essential Medicines" in 1985, was created as a pharmaceutical anesthetic. Researchers later discovered that in the right dose, this medicine produces an altered state of consciousness that can be valuable to mental health treatment.

When used in a safe, controlled environment under proper supervision, ketamine can provide near-immediate relief from emotional and physical pain, while helping people to look deeply into themselves. With the support of a trained practitioner, these experiences offer an expanded perspective that can help you reframe complex problems and heal from chronic and intractable symptoms.

Call us for a confidential intake to book an appointment.
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Psychedelic Integration
People explore psychedelics in a wide range of environments, often leading to powerful and transformative experiences worth trying to understand on a deeper level. Integration is the work of making sense of these experiences and intentionally applying their lessons to your life in a meaningful way.

Psychedelic substances--sometimes called entheogenic or "manifesting the divine within"-- can have a profound impact on a person's life. These experiences can be transformative. They can also be destabilizing. Integration involves leaning into these experiences, making sense of them, and applying their lessons to our lives. Integration lasts far beyond the psychedelic experience. It is truly a lifelong pursuit.

Sage is proudly "psychedelic-friendly." We are a safe environment where, without judgment, you can find meaning in entheogenic experiences. In collaboration with ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, & Education) we host a regular psychedelic integration circle and many of our practitioners are skilled in supporting people in this work.

To learn more about how we incorporate this work into our practice, give us a call.
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Heather Valdez
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW (#86545)
Heather received her Masters from California State University, Sacramento in Clinical Social Work. She takes a psychosocial, trauma-informed, and culturally-responsive approach to treatment to promote mental health and wellness. Heather is passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ populations and communities of color, and incorporates a social justice-oriented framework into her work with clients.

Typical treatment for psychotherapy with Heather occurs as weekly 50-minute sessions, and depending on the current experiences and mental health of the client can be in the form of brief-therapy or long-term therapy. Treatment can also be combined with other wellness services at Sage Integrative Health to promote a more holistic approach to therapy.
"Heather is a deeply insightful and compassionate clinical social worker. She is patient, open minded, and her calm nature makes her great to have in moments of crisis or high anxiety. She is committed to meeting people wherever they are in their life journey and providing trauma-informed care. I would highly recommend her as a practitioner."

– Margaret, Oakland CA
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Madrone Stewart-Love
Madrone is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute, with an MA from UC Berkeley and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Madrone embraces a client centered approach, where her focus is on cultivating a safe and supportive environment for clients to bring their whole selves. Madrone draws from Buddhist, Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches. Her goal is to assist each client in their cultivation of insight and self-compassion.
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Irina Alexander
Therapist, AMFT
Irina received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Since moving to the Bay in 2012, she has been providing support to people from various backgrounds, lived experiences, and multiple layers of trauma. She is open to working on a wide range of difficulties identified by clients, and is LGBTQ, poly, and kink-friendly. Irina has also found a passion in psychedelic-assisted therapy, as well as helping people explore the relationships they have with their drug use through a harm reduction lens. Irina works in a client-centered orientation, focusing on the strength of relationships and looking at healing through an attachment theory framework with an eye towards social justice.

In therapy sessions with Irina, you can expect that she'll work with you at your own pace and follow your guidance while providing a comfortable space to process whatever feels salient in the moment.
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Evan Sola
Dr. Evan Sola, PsyD is a psychologist in a psychological assistantship (PSB 94024080) in the state of California. He has a background in trauma-informed psychodynamic and Jungian psychotherapy. He meets clients with open curiosity as clients work toward understanding core values, wounds, and repetitive patterns that cause confusion in daily life. His relaxed and receptive stance creates a safe environment to bring awareness to the nature of present narratives, which often hold shapes of the past, while generating inquiry into what is needed now for resolution. Evan takes a direct and clear-minded approach to conflict, while remaining compassionate, caring, and nonjudgmental. He uses dreams to explore attitudes unconscious to the waking self, and provides psychedelic integration for those exploring non-ordinary states, spiritual emergencies, grief, and overwhelming life adjustments. He holds the therapeutic process with dignity, respect, and a sense of wonder in the service of facilitating authentic self-reflection and expression in the world.
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James Henry
MD, Board Certified Psychiatrist
Dr. Henry completed psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Francisco, and received advanced psychotherapy training through the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and the CIIS Center for Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research. He integrates a wide range of traditions to help people access emotion, meaning, and the capacity to connect. Dr. Henry has expertise working with psychedelic-induced psychosis, and is known for his ability to help people bridge back from overwhelming states.

Treatment with Dr. Henry begins with an integrative consultation, for one or a few sessions, to help decide whether psychological, pharmaceutical, or natural remedies would best serve you. From there you may begin psychotherapy, add/remove medications, or create a plan that includes a range of modalities.
"Dr. Henry's way of listening somehow called forward my deepest self— thank you for helping me reconnect with my heart and my purpose."

- John, San Francisco
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Genesee Herzberg
Psychotherapist, PsyD
Dr. Genesee Herzberg received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She trained in MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD with MAPS and Ketamine-assisted therapy with the KRIYA Institute. She offers individual, couple and family therapy, ketamine-assisted therapy, and non-pathologizing and skilled support in integrating psychedelic experiences. Dr. Herzberg specializes in helping people heal from childhood trauma, cultural trauma, and loss. She is sensitive to the impact of oppressive structures and issues related to race, culture, gender and sexual identity.

Dr. Herzberg's approach is depth-oriented, relational, somatic, and mindfulness-based, with a social justice lens. She is skilled at creating a safe, warm, and nonjudgmental environment. Her gentle curiosity and compassionate understanding support people in sorting through confusion, overcoming challenges, improving relationships, and becoming more authentically themselves.

"Genesee provides a calm, professional, and nonjudgmental therapy environment. She is patient, insightful, and aptly offers feedback. My experience working with Genesee was a helpful and supportive one, where she was refreshingly transparent, and consistently held a rigor and attention to understanding diverse backgrounds and ways of thinking. I'd recommend her practice to any friend because of her clear dedication to her work, and therefore to her clients."

- Max

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Julie Megler
Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, NP-BC
Julie is board certified as a family and psychiatric nurse practitioner. She prioritizes, regenerating the connection between the body and mind. Her practice focuses patient care on achieving psycho-emotional wellbeing through the support of mental health medications and somatic approaches to therapy. Julie also offers integration of altered states of consciousness, and Ketamine assisted therapy.

Typically when working with Julie, the initial appointment starts with a 50 minute intake to get a complete picture of your history and what you bring to the table. If seeing Julie strictly for medication support, follow up visits are 30 minutes and are as frequent as every few weeks to every three months. For integration, sessions are 50 minutes and vary on frequency depending on the level of support the client is needing. Please visit the the Ketamine Assisted Therapy page for package details.
"Julie Megler was literally my first contact when I moved to San Francisco six and a half years ago and I continue to feel grateful under her care. She amazes me with her truthful, humorous empathy and her ability to merge the science of medicine with the art of understanding the human condition.

Her care and understanding of the body, mind and soul is worth one's exploration. Simply put, I'd follow this gem of a human being anywhere for her unique professional insight."

- Gary
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