H. Ameeta Singh,  -

Background & Experience

In case you were wondering about me.......

I am originally from Fiji and am of Indian descent.  My family immigrated from Fiji to the United States and then to Australia.  While in Australia I completed my undergraduate studies and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Leisure/Recreation Management; followed by a Graduate Certificate in Community Management a few years later.  I obtained both of these through the University of Technology, Sydney.

My professional career in Australia centered around case management and program development within marginalized communities; including high risk youth, juvenile offenders, people with disabilities and  people living with with  HIV/AIDS.  I also had extensive volunteer experience within the environmental movement; liaising with traditional Aboriginal communities on issues of sustainable and eco-friendly tourism development.

In 2000 I returned to the Bay Area  and continued to work primarily within disenfranchised communities.  I have 10 years experience providing a range of services for pregnant and parenting adolescents in San Francisco's Mission & Bayview/Hunter's PointDistricts.  These services have included comprehensive case management, program development and therapy - individual, group and family.

In addition to working with adolescents, I have worked with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated adults.  In 2007, I was asked by the San Quentin T.R.U.S.T to create a curriculum centered around mental and emotional health and wellness. This formed the basis for an ongoing weekly group I facilitated at San Quentin State Prison with long term incarcerated men. After taking a break for a year to complete licensure, I returned in 2011 and am privileged to be able to continue to work with the men of the T.R.U.S.T around issues of trauma and healing.

I also developed a comprehensive mental health assessment designed specifically for people returning to the community after incarceration.  I have worked with various community based agencies to provide these comprehensive assessments which are utilized by case managers who work directly with re-entry clients. 

Additionally I have worked in programs within the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and the S.F.  Sheriffs Department providing individual and family therapy and  assessments for clients with a range of offenses that had resulted in involvement with the criminal justice system.

In 2005/06 I completed a 9 month intensive training program with UCSF's Child Trauma Research Project which works with children under the age of 6 years and their parent who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence.  I helped to adapt this program to the specific needs of adolescent parents.

In  2006 I also completed a 6 month training program on somatics and trauma through Generative Somatics - which utilizes body based (somatic) practices in the healing of trauma.

In 2007 I began working within a private practice setting; where I see clients for individual, couples and family therapy around a number of issues including navigating racism and oppression; relationship challenges; substance use;  navigating cultural pressures; incarceration trauma; sexual trauma;  depression; anxiety; life transitions etc. 

I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies; and am licensed with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

My passion for racial and social justice and my desire to be of service to my community have found fulfillment through the choices I have made over the course of my professional career.  As I continue to strive for integrity and intentionality in all areas of my life, I trust that my professional accomplishments will continue to reflect these core values of mine.  Om Shanti.