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Tova Abelman

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #138177


I work with adult individuals and couples helping them to create change in their lives, cultivate meaning and purpose, and strengthen relationships with self and other.  I offer telehealth psychotherapy to adults and couples in Los Gatos, the Bay Area, and throughout California.

I am passionate about taking a holistic approach to mental health integrating lifestyle habits, relationships and social connection, and cultivation of meaning and purpose. I believe individuals do not exist in isolation. We are each embedded in contexts, systems, and dynamics that influence us; sometimes in ways that are not readily apparent. Gaining increased awareness of what shapes and influences you can lead to greater intention in your choices and actions in life.

I draw from a wide range of modalities including drama therapy, expressive arts, DBT, ACT, cognitive behavioral, attachment theory, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and parts work congruent with client needs. I honor the role of the physical body in mental health and recognize that sleep, physical activity, and nutrition have a bidirectional relationship with mental health.

I will often draw on drama therapy including story, metaphor, creative expression, embodiment, and parts of self/inner roles. 

My goal is to teach you skills to manage anxiety, reduce stress, and improve wellness and wellbeing. 

On a Personal Note

I love spending time in nature and engaging in a wide variety of creative projects. I have a background in improv and acting, elements of which inspire me personally and professionally.


Areas of Specialization

  • Adults

  • Couples

  • Drama Therapy

  • Creative Blocks

  • Anxiety

  • Binge Eating

  • Grief

  • Self Esteem

  • Life Transitions

  • Stress

  • Wellness & Wellbeing

Qualifications & Education

  • Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #131877 (Supervised by Debra Pace, LMFT 101506)

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Drama Therapy, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

  • MBA, Pepperdine University

  • BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Santa Cruz

  • Certificate in Integrative Nutrition, UC San Diego Extension

  • TEAM-CBT Level 1 Certified

Clinical Experience

  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Los Gatos Counseling Center 

  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Mindset Counseling Group

  • MFT Trainee at The Bill Wilson Center

  • Pre-Practicum Intern at De Colores Art

Associations & Memberships

  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)

  • San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

  • California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

  • East Bay CAMFT chapter

  • Santa Clara Valley CAMFT chapter

  • North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA)

  • Northern California CBT Network

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