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The Unfold Psychology Team

About

OUR TEAM

Unfold Psychology: A Heafey Practice, P.C. is a trusted provider of mental health services in California. Our team of licensed therapists and psychologists are dedicated to helping individuals, couples, and families overcome life's challenges and achieve their goals.

 

We offer a range of evidence-based treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and more. At Unfold Psychology, we believe in creating a safe and supportive environment where our clients can unfold their true potential.

Dr. Heafey, Custody Evaluations

Dr. Richard Austin Heafey, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. R. Austin Heafey, PsyD, MA, MA

Dr. R. Austin Heafey is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, parents and families to provide both support and treatment for a wide range of social, domestic, personal and psychological concerns. Regardless of who he is working with, his primary focus is improving self-esteem, building self-confidence and working to enrich his patients’ self-worth. The more faith a person has in their own abilities and innate uniqueness, the more they are able to engage with the world they live in, the family they belong to and the life they deserve to experience. Dr. Heafey aims to improve his patients’ quality of life.

Dr. Heafey has experience using a number of treatment modalities including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Therapy, Developmental Theory and Logo Therapy. Only after he has met with and had a chance to listen to his clients’ specific needs, and, most importantly, gain a sense of who he is working with, does he discuss which therapeutic technique he believes would be of greatest value towards achieving their goal. Dr. Heafey is both comfortable and familiar with both short and long term treatment modalities, and welcomes input from collateral sources, or when it is indicated, to work with other clinicians as part of treatment team.

Sammy the Support Hero

Our trusted companion is here to support you in fostering a deep sense of safety and comfort during stressful situations that can arise during sessions and help with alleviating fear and anxiety.

Two days a week, you can find Sammy in our office, happy to be here and eager to improve your day. Please contact our Care Team if you would like Sammy to join your session.

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Dr. Rachel Eelkema, MA, MD, APCC

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

Dr. Rachel Eelkema, MD, MA
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

A graduate of Harvard University, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and St. Mary’s University, Dr. Rachel Eelkema provides individual and group therapy to adults, with a focus on Women’s Health, Substance Abuse, and Psychobiology.


Quality of life is the main treatment goal in Dr. Rachel’s approach. Whether discussing difficult emotions related to women’s experience of pregnancy, relationships, or menopause; identifying possible approaches to achieve freedom from addiction; or working with clients to understand and manage acute or chronic illnesses, Dr. Rachel aims to meet clients where they’re at and allow a safe and comfortable space for them to express needs and concerns.


Dr. Rachel specializes in cognitive-behavioral, existential, schema, and interpersonal therapeutic modalities. She enjoys working with clients to find meaning in their experiences and take control of the narrative of their life, with the aim of minimizing suffering and moving toward greater happiness.

Addiction Medicine Substance Abuse

Dr. Vihn Ngo, MD

Board Certified in Family Medicine

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

Dr. Vinh Ngo, MD

For 20 years, Dr. Vinh Ngo has dedicated himself to improving the overall health and well-being of patients throughout San Francisco and beyond. Dr. Ngo and his staff offer a range of services, notably addiction medicine, psychiatric interventions, ADHD treatment, as well as a host of other integrated, evidenced, medical interventions. Dr. Ngo completed his residency at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Sutter Santa Rosa. He is licensed by the Medical Board of California, specializing in psychopharmacological interventions for addictions and other mental health diagnoses. With his knowledge and expertise, Dr. Ngo is able to utilize a multimodal approach to treatment. Dr. Ngo is able to consult and administer hormone therapies to promote health, wellness and proper development throughout an individual’s life cycle. Dr. Ngo considers the total health and well-being of each individual patient to be paramount! Rather than focusing on a specific symptom or complaint, Dr. Ngo looks at his patients through a biopsychosocial perspective – ensuring the most comprehensive diagnostic and appropriate medical care. Unfold Psychology is blessed to have Dr. Ngo on the team!

Dr. Gerard Chambers, PsyD, PhD

Dr. Gerard Chambers is a clinical neuropsychologist who assesses children, adolescents, and adults with a multitude of neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive disorders. Dr. Chambers has spent a great deal of his clinical experience evaluating children and adolescents who possess significant behavioral issues in both inpatient and outpatient forensic settings. Dr. Chambers trained under renowned behavioral psychologist and Autism Expert Dr. Charles Stevens. Dr. Stevens is the psychologist who worked with the original “Rainman,” the basis of the 1980′s movie that highlighted the life of the Autistic Savant. 

Dr. Chambers completed two years of HCG approved didactic training at Palo Alto University and two years of post-doctoral neuropsychological supervision with Neuropsychological Associates in Santa Rosa, California and Highland Public Hospital, part of Alameda Health Systems to become a clinical neuropsychologist.

Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsych Evaluation

Dr. Gerard Chambers, PsyD, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Talia Prince, MS

Talia Prince has over 17 years of experience teaching and serving as an administrator. With a Master of Science in Administration, Talia has the expertise to support families as their students navigate their educational journey. Students of all ages benefit from Talia's training in education services for students with ADHD and behavior disorders, as well as high-achieving students who experience anxiety and depression.

 

Talia provides executive functioning services to students and adults, addressing challenges with time management, organization, attention, and perseverance. Having served in school administration roles, Talia possesses unique and valuable insights. She is a able to help families navigate the process of obtaining accommodations for students, developing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and tracking special education goals for students in grades K-12. 

 

As a respected and knowledgeable educator, as well as parent, Talia understands family dynamics and the unique needs of students. Under Talia's guidance, students receive individualized educational and behavior support to increase their success and self-confidence.

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Talia Prince, MS

Education Specialist

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Rachel Schwinghammer, MSpEd

Reading and K-6th Grade Specialist

Rachel Schwinghammer, MSpEd

Rachel Schwinghammer holds a Master of Special Education and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. With 12 years of teaching experience, Rachel has endorsements in Learning Disabilities, Emotional Behavior, and Autism. From teaching in classroom settings to providing remote instruction to students in China, Rachel has supported students of all ages in their studies. From English Language Arts and mathematics to college essay prep and scholarship applications, Rachel remains committed to addressing the unique needs of her students. Recognizing that every child has unique learning needs, Rachel works directly with families, teachers, and students to design individualized plans to support learning and growth. Whether assisting students in learning new concepts to helping them organize their study schedules, Rachel creates an upbeat and welcoming atmosphere for each student who enters her virtual classroom.

 

Please call (650) 993-9321 to schedule a complimentary information session.

Jelipsa Francis

Jelipsa is a seasoned billing and insurance specialist with twelve years combined of dedicated experience in the customer care industry. Jelipsa is adept in managing the complexities of insurance claims and billing processes. Her meticulous attention to detail ensures accuracy in all things client related, while her proactive approach streamlines workflows, maximizing reimbursement and minimizing denials.

 

Jelipsa is committed to providing supportive and exceptional service to patients, both new and established, navigating insurance intricacies with professionalism and efficiency. Trust Jelipsa to handle your insurance, billing and scheduling needs seamlessly, allowing you to focus on what matters most, taking care of you and your individual needs. 

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Jelipsa Francis

Billing and Insurance Specialist

Services

GROUP THERAPY SESSIONS

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WOMEN'S GROUPS

MONDAYS

7:00-8:30 PM @ Oakland with Dr. Rachel

TUESDAYS

7:00-8:30 PM @ Oakland with Dr. Rachel

SATURDAY MORNINGS

8:30-10:00 AM @ Oakland with Dr. Rachel

For more information, please email: groups@unfoldpsychology.com

MEN'S GROUPS

MONDAYS

7:30-8:30 PM @ San Francisco with Dr. Heafey

THURSDAYS

7:30-8:30 PM @ Oakland with Dr. Heafey

For more information, please email: groups@unfoldpsychology.com

PARENT AND CHILDREN'S GROUPS

TUESDAYS

7:30-8:30 PM @ San Francisco with Dr. Heafey

WEDNESDAYS

7:30-8:30 PM @ Oakland with Dr. Heafey

For more information, please email: groups@unfoldpsychology.com

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