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Ilene A. Serlin, Ph.D, BC-DMT

Psychological Associate

Dan Gaylinn, Ph.D, CHT

Psychological Assistant

Aristide "Steven" Pappas (PSB 35886)

Associates maintain independent practices and confidential records in the same office suite.

Top 10 Psychologists in San Francisco
Union Street Health Associates has been recognized as one of the top San Francisco psychology practices by Opencare.com.

Union Street Health Associates focuses on the interaction between mind and body, and the ways in which emotional, mental, and spiritual elements can affect psychological and physical health. It uses the arts, movement and imagery to promote our natural capacity to understand ourselves and improve our health and well-being.

Union Street Health Associates offers an integrated mind/body and spiritual approach to therapy, consulting, training, teaching and supervision. We work with groups, couples, and individuals to help them discover their own unique healing process.

Movement choir at APA Annual Convention
At the Opening Session of the APA Annual Convention on August 7, 2014, Dr. Serlin and Jody Wagner, the President-Elect of the American Dance Therapy Association, (pictured here) led attendees in a collaborative movement choir dance.
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From: Seda Guney [sedagny@yahoo.com]
Subject: From Istanbul
Date: May 27, 2014 at 8:17:56 AM PDT
To: iserlin@ileneserlin.com

Dear Ilene,

Hope you are well. I would like to say thank you once again for the beautiful experience. It has been an empowering learning for me and I'm sure also for the group. We had a difficult couple of weeks with the mineworkers trauma short after the training. It's collective grief. The resources we found throughout the training with you and Marcia are really powerful and helpful. Thank you for being our mentors.

Wish you a lovely week.

Video highlights of Dr. Serlin's keynote address at the Poetics of Aging conference in San Francisco, November 2011

Dear Dr. Serlin:

The San Francisco Psychological Association (SFPA) would like to thank you so much for the lively and informative Continuing Education presentation "The Place of Mind/Body Therapies in Clinical Practice" which you made to our members on June 2, 2006. Your talk was a highlight of our training year. The fact that we have been able to offer programs of such quality to our members has been an incentive for new members to join SFPA. We are so grateful for your contributions to SFPA.


Megan Lehmer, Ph.D.,
President, San Francisco Psychological Association


Transgenerational Trauma5th Annual International Conference. Dr. Ilene Serlin will present, participate, and lead a movement choir for the opening ceremony.

October 26-29, 2016 in Amman, Jordan

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"What a joy it is listening to Dr. Ilene Serlin talk about movement and the mind. She also guides us in how to find Congruence and Authenticity in our lives by moving our bodies.

"You also won’t want to miss her talking about body movement signatures. Yes, apparently every individual has a movement signature which is like a fingerprint, even when we’re still in the womb!"
     -- Yolanda Calderon
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KinAesthetic Imagining: A TED-style talk given by Dr. Serlin to the Society for Humanistic Psychology at San Francisco State University on March 19, 2016

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Humanistic Psychology for the 21st Century and Beyond — an online introductory course on Humanistic Psychology co-developed by Ilene Serlin, PhD and Sage de Beixedon Breslin, PhD.
4 CE credits.

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For a full description and to enroll, visit zurinstitute.com.

Arts and Health & Health Care Reform — an APA Professional Development Program presented by Ilene A. Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT, and James H. Bray, PhD

This program demonstrates the power of the arts for health and shows how it can be a cost-effective, powerful contribution to psychologists' understanding of health and health care reform. 2.5 CE credits.

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For a full description and to enroll, visit APA Continuing Education online.

Dr. Serlin talks about her work with trauma with Seda Guney, Dance and Movement Psychotherapist of the Turkish art therapy association, Sanat Psikoterapileri Derneği. (Note that the website is in Turkish but the interview is in English.)
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Academy for Optimal Living sponsors a series of on-line class taught by Dr. Serlin:

How to Build Resiliency
How to Gracefully Move Through Your 30's: A Road Map
How to Navigate the Transition into the Third Act of Your Life
How to Bounce Back From Tragic News

What Sustains Me: Simona Aronow and Ilene Serlin discuss how spiritual practice and the practice of movement and body mindfulness can go hand in hand.
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Whole Person Healthcare, Volume 3: The Arts and Health is now available in paperback.

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Compassion Fatigue and Regeneration: Whole Person Psychology Tool Kits in paperback

Handbook of Humanistic Psychology, Second Edition
The second edition of this landmark book features 13 new chapters and 23 new contributors as well as thoroughly updated original chapters. It includes 2 chapters co-authored by Dr. Serlin and Dr. Eleanor Criswell, one on Humanistic Psychology and Women, and the other on Humanistic Psychology, Mind/Body Medicine, and Whole Person Healthcare.

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Grief Kinesthetic Imagining
In B.E. Thompson & R.A. Neimeyer (Eds.), Grief and the expressive arts: Practices for creating meaning. New York: Routledge.

Dr. Serlin's chapter in this newly released book features the poignant story of an Israeli woman who endured war-related losses and challenging personal experiences.

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Wiley-Blackwell Bandbook Expressive and Creative Arts Therapies
In Harris L. Friedman & Glenn Hartclius (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Whole Person Healthcare
Whole Person Healthcare
"...a glimpse into the future of healing. It is a magnificent effort, bringing together authorities who have made landmark contributions in fashioning a form of healthcare that honors all we are—body, mind, spirit."

Larry Dossey, M.D.

Author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

Book info
Peer review   2nd peer review
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Psychology Today blog
Dr. Serlin hosts a blog at Psychology Today online.
Psychology Today blog
A few articles:
The Power of Dance to Work with Trauma — Some events are too terrible for words
Robin Williams
Dancing Away Dementia
It's Not All in Your Head! — Being sensitive ought to be met with understanding

Dance, Creative Arts, and Somatic Therapies in the Healing of Trauma
Dr. Serlin reviews the new book by Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

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Review of Whole Person Healthcare Volume 3
Eva Bojner Horowitz reviews the final volume of the series edited by Dr. Serlin, in Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice.

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TNS banner Dance and Psyche: How Moving Moves Us
Michael Lerner interviews Dr. Serlin about the expressive arts in therapy for the New School at Commonweal End-of-Life Conversations Series. Listen to the audio recording of that conversation.

Askimo Dr. Serlin on Askimo, the international library of on-line interviews with experts:
Healing Arts
Holistic Care
Dance Therapy
Body Image
Preventative Care
Personal Rituals for Healing

Ilene Serlin: Dance, Movement & Humanistic Therapy
An interview with Dr. Serlin on dance movement therapy from an existential-phenomenological perspective is featured on the Somatic Perspectives on Psychotherapy website. Available in podcast and PDF transcription.

PEC Connect blog PEC Connect blog
Dr. Serlin hosts a blog for subscribers of PEC Connect online. Recent article:
Wellness Fair: A Kick-Off Partnership

Teaching caregivers how to overcome second-hand trauma. Dr. Serlin and her colleague Dr. Eleanor Pardess presented this breakthrough study at the 2011 APA annual convention in Washington, DC. Read article

Hear Dr. Serlin's interview with Serge Prengel from the USABP Somatic Perspectives series: