Member: Board Member
Karen Fried, Psy.D., M.F.T.
Karen Fried, Psy.D., M.F.T. is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Educational Therapist in Santa Monica, California. She has a private practice in Psychotherapy and is Co-Director of the K&M Center. Inc., a learning center providing educational and remedial services. Karen uses the Oaklander Model of Child Therapy in her practice and is the President of the Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation. She trains child and adolescent therapists in this model in the US and internationally. Trainings, online tools, and many resources can be found at oaklandertraining.org. Karen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter Mortola, Ph.D.
Peter Mortola, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of School and Counseling Psychology at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he coordinates the School Psychology Program. He teaches classes on lifespan development, group counseling for children, and consultation in the schools. He also leads preventative groups for fifth-grade boys at a local elementary school and is in the process of publishing a book on the subject. Peter has worked closely with Dr. Violet Oaklander over the past ten years, attending nine intensive summer trainings, and is in the process of publishing a book on the Oaklander method of training adults to do therapy with children through the GestaltPress. Peter can be contacted at this email: email@example.com.
Claire Mercurio, Ph.D.
Claire Mercurio, Ph.D. received her B.A. with High Honors in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1984 and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1991. During her internship with Community Counseling Service/Pacific Center she was exposed to Violet's book, "Windows to our Children." Shortly after becoming a licensed psychologist and having her first child, Claire moved to Santa Barbara, where unbeknownst to her (at that time), Violet lived! Claire has a private practice specializing in children and adolescents. She was an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University for six years, and supervised interns at Family Service Agency. She is currently supervising an intern at "New Beginnings." Violet's methods have continuously been the driving force behind what Claire teaches and practices. Claire can be contacted at this email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn Stadler, MFT
Lynn Stadler, MA, MFT is a Gestalt psychotherapist and licensed Marriage Family Therapist working in private practice in Santa Barbara, California with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She received her Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, where she is now adjunct faculty, teaching Psychotherapy with Children & Adolescents. She is a graduate of the Santa Barbara Gestalt Training Center, and she completed intensive training with the Violet Oaklander Institute. Lynn provides workshops, seminars, and Gestalt training for social service agencies, universities and other teaching organizations worldwide — most recently online and in-person for students in Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Italy, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Russia/Tomsk, Peru, and Mexico. Lynn is also a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (IAAGT). For training and related questions, please contact email@example.com.
Patric White, Ph.D.
Patric White completed his MSW degree from the University of Missouri and his Ph.D. in Psychology from International University. Patric has been in advanced training in Gestalt Therapy for many years in Los Angeles. He also has completed various trainings with Violet Oaklander and been supervised by her in Gestalt Child Psychotherapy. Currently Patric is in private practice in Hermosa Beach, California, specializing in child and adolescent and family therapy. He also consults for various school districts on the treatment of emotionally disturbed children. Patric conducts individual supervision for Interns in various clinical disciplines focusing on Child/Adolescent issues. As a founding member of the Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation, Patric is passionate about issues involving children's welfare in our cultural context. He can be reached by email at Wpatrcwhit@aol.com.
L. Camille Jarmie Harris, Ph.D.
Camille Jarmie Harris, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Kingman, Arizona, Core Faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Treasurer for the Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute (2018) following her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling (2011). Camille became introduced to Violet Oaklander’s work as a student of Peter Mortola, and later as an intern and post-doctoral trainee for Claire Mercurio. Her clinical areas of expertise focus on supporting families through the perinatal and postpartum periods as well as early attachment, work with children and adolescents utilizing Violet Oaklander’s model, and animal-assisted therapy. These are also areas of specialization in Camille’s teaching and mentorship as she teaches future psychologists in the Clinical Psychology program at Pacifica. Camille can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mha Atma Khalsa
Mha Atma Khalsa is Violet’s son. He lives in Los Angeles and has been in practice as a doctor of chiropractic for many years. He also spent many years as Violet Oaklander’s personal chiropractor. He is a founding member of VSOF and serves on the Board as a representative of Violet’s family. He can be contacted at email@example.com.