Chad Tynan: Counselor, Educator, Advocate

Chad Tynan

Chad Tynan

Chad Tynan: Counselor, Educator, Advocate

Visit www.chadtynan.com or send him a message here

Chad Tynan is a registered California intern in marriage and family therapy (IMF 85121), supervised by Dr. Tom Wooldridge (PSY25475), and co-founder of Emerge™.

He works with individuals, couples, and families, primarily in downtown Berkeley, but also in San Francisco. Chad also feels passionate about the work of Emerge™ because of his expansive knowledge and acceptance of people with a broad array of sexualities, gender identities and expressions, and relationship expressions. Chad also has expertise in areas of substance abuse treatment and on issues at the intersections of race and class.

Chad was the first person in his multi-racial family to be able to obtain a university education. He earned his Bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology from UCLA. He earned his Master’s degree in psychology from Golden Gate University, graduating with high honors. Chad’s expertise and rapport is with people seeking to find relief from a wide range of problems, whether they be grief and loss, trauma, struggles with drugs or alcohol, parenting issues, or just feeling stuck and wanting to change.

Chad also spent several years working in Los Angeles with families setting up their funeral and end-of-life situations, and several years in San Francisco working for the Employment Development Department.

Although Chad works with these issues and more, he particularly enjoys working with parents who are struggling with co-parenting with a former partner. Often, children go back and forth between multiple households with very different rules, expectations, values, and parenting styles. It is frustrating to know that you are doing your best with your kids during the time you have them and then watch them go off to a very different home environment. Maybe your former partner is not holding up their end of the custody arrangement or simple conversations turn into highly emotional confrontations. Circumstances like these are unfortunate but all too common.


Chad Tynan

  • California Association of MFTs, Clinical Member (also East Bay and SF chapters)
  • Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology, Member
  • National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Member
  • Gaylesta: The Psychotherapist Association for Gender & Sexual Diversity, Member
  • Bay Area Open Minds: Psychotherapists Affirming Sexual & Gender Diversity, Member


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The environmental, transpersonal, and somatic (holistic psychotherapy) worldview: Humans are multidimensional sentient beings comprised of spirit, mind, and body, and the human being exists within an interactive contingent reality composed of systems and environments. Humans have awareness (consciousness) about their inner lives and their outer interactions, as well as sub-awareness (a subconscious which is not operating at the level of mindfulness), and a hidden awareness (unconscious buried material that impacts cognitions/feelings and behaviors, and which has an individual locus but is also connected to a collective locus). Humans, for good or ill (depending on their superconscious formations), act to meet their five great instincts, and they generally use agency to do so in either a pro-social ("productive orientation") or anti-social ("entropic orientation") manner.

The five great instincts:

1. To be part-of
2. To have power to achieve
3. To exercise liberty of individual agency
4. To play and relax.
5. To sustain one's survival

When a person or a relationship system recognizes dysfunction and seeks to -- or is made to seek to -- fix it, the environmental, transpersonal, and somatic worldview utilizes an approach based on fourth-order cybernetics.

The following are some of the better treatment techniques for mental and emotional health function concerns (apart from specific medication and touch interventions), and they all build on each other:

1) Experiential/Symbolic Therapy (authenticity and humane rapport; relatedness even in mentorship; collaboration, playfulness)
2) Object Relations Therapy and Control-Mastery Therapy (how did we developmentally get here and how do we master the tough parts?) plus Integrative Meaning Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (existential and values approaches)
3) Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Strategic Therapy (direct instruction, reality-testing, comparing internal and external logic to achieve reason, rolling with resistance, confronting irrationality)
4) Emotionally Focused Therapy (genuine and open feeling, relying on trusted team members, having healthy boundaries and attachments, more fulfilling experience of being part-of)
5) Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Bowen Family Therapy, (seeing the schemes, empowering "right-sized" self-esteem, challenging the scripts, writing new ones, mindfulness, distress tolerance, self-regulating of emotional reactions, strategic and deep/honest communicating, restructuring thought and feeling and action by using countervailing behaviors)
6) Gestalt Therapy (feel it rather than simply intellectualize it, look at somatic and work on them, consciously integrate the environment, the systems, and the internal compartments).
7) Solution-Focused (envision your ideal, reduce risk and harm to personally acceptable levels, build on strengths) Therapy

A good therapist who has a theoretical orientation that is environmental, transpersonal, and somatic, will integrate tools from all of these therapeutic techniques. The therapist will not be bound to the theory behind the techniques, but will conduct an integrative therapy based from within the environmental, somatic, and transpersonal (holistic psychotherapy) theoretical worldview. The therapist will act to help patients gain not only further expertise about themselves, but also to gain effective tools to live more fulfilling lives with more fulfilling relationships.
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