Patricia Contaxis, M.A. is a Marriage and Family Therapist with 31 years clinical experience. She is on the faculty of Diablo Valley College and a former adjunct professor of psychology at John F. Kennedy University. She was a school-based counselor at Walnut Creek Intermediate School and Oakland’s Ralph Bunche School, and has been a staff therapist for The Ann Martin Children’s Center, La Cheim Residential Treatment Centers, and the Bay Area Youth Development Agency. For 22 years, she was the consulting clinical director to Building Futures, an East Bay agency providing emergency shelter, domestic violence programs and transitional and permanent housing to women and children. Ms. Contaxis currently consults to Bay Area schools on social, behavioral and community issues. She is a popular public speaker. The list of Bay Area schools where she has given parent education programs include Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, and Piedmont public schools; The Julia Morgan School for Girls, Bishop O’Dowd, and St. Theresa School in Oakland; The Dandelion Nursery School in Berkeley, and Blue Skies in Oakland. She maintains a private practice in psychotherapy with middle school and high school age youth, parents, couples and individual adults.