Training at BAPTI - Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute
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Training at BAPTI

We train psychotherapists who are passionate about helping the community through building a strong private practice


We at BAPTI are a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit, public benefit corporation founded over 20 years ago. Our mission is to provide high quality training to psychotherapy interns while providing therapy services to clients in local communities including Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Canyon, Pleasant Hill, Concord and Walnut Creek in the San Francisco East Bay area.



BAPTI offers internships to exceptional applicants who possess a master’s degree or doctorate in Counseling Psychology or other appropriate degree from an accredited university program. Our interns have a passion for helping the community while developing their skills as a therapist in private practice.


Private Practice

BAPTI utilizes a private practice model that provides training and support for interns and guides them in developing, marketing and managing their own practices in preparation for licensure.  BAPTI also offers a school-based program that supports interns in creating alliances with schools and allows increased training opportunities while supporting the young people in our community.



For information or questions about internship opportunities or to apply for an internship at BAPTI, please contact

Nes Pinar, LMFT, Program Director

at (925) 405-6040 or email

Clinical Supervisors
  • Colette Bischer-Choate, M.A., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Debbie Halliday, M.A., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Lynne Harr, M.A., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Meri Levy, M.A., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Robert Marino, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
  • David Matz, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
  • Sheila Matz, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Lynn Shields, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
BAPTI Co-Directors
  • Meri Levy, LMFT, Administrative Director
  • David Matz, Psy.D., Clinical Director
  • Nes Pinar, LMFT, Program Director
Board of Directors
  • Lena Nathanson, LMFT – President
  • Jeannette Harroun, LMFT – Treasurer
  • Connie McCullar, LMFT – Secretary
  • Grant Leitheiser, LMFT
  • Kate Leyva, LMFT
  • Haley Hewitt, LMFT
  • Cheryl Clift, MFTI