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Ellen Hammerle, Ph.D, LMFT

Ellen Hammerle, Ph.D, LMFT

Dr. Hammerle joined Catholic Charities in 1998.  She oversees the Health Support Services Division which is comprised of six of the agency’s programs: Star Community Home, Rita da Cascia Community, Derek Silva Community, Peter Claver Community, Leland House Community, and Hazel Betsy Community. Dr. Hammerle holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 25 years of experience. She has extensive experience working with stress management, trauma and communication skill development within relationships. Dr. Hammerle has written books and many articles on related subjects and is frequently called upon to give lectures and lead workshops. She integrates western psychology and spirituality through her work and teaching. She most recently taught at Santa Rosa Junior College and will present at the 2015 Parliament of World Religions. She has conducted training and education programs in Stress Management, Meditation, Western Psychology, Spirituality, and Consciousness.

Community and Professional Involvement

  • Clinical Director, Community Healing Centers of Northern California
  • Board Chairman, Marin Interfaith Council
  • Board Member, Center for Women and Religion
  • Board Member, Marin Integrative Healing Network
  • Board Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
  • JD and MA, Clinical Psychology

Other Language: Danish

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