Professional Affiliations:


American Psychological Association (APA)

California Psychological Association (CPA)


Presentations/Workshop Facilitation:

  • ​Resiliency & Action in a Crisis
  • Neuroscience of Self Regulation
  • Sensory Awareness/Pleasures-Biological Antecedents
  • Eudonic Yoga: What is it & an Opportunity to Practice 
  • Neuroscience of Memory
  • Working Memory- The Mental Sketch Pad
  • The Biology of the Stress Response System
  • Suicide Risk & Interventions
  • What Happens in the Brain with Anger &

         How Does Anger Promote Spiritual Aliveness?

  • Psychopharmacology Fundamentals & Your Health
  • The Juvenile Offender
  • High-Risk Psych -

        What is it & how to be an effective clinician


Teaching:

Graduate Forensics &  Counseling Psychology Professor - SF Bay


Courses Taught:


Biological Bases of Behavior, Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior, Clinical Psychopharmacology, Personality Assessment, Fundamentals of Forensic Psychology, Police Psychology, Stress Inoculation, Advanced Social Psychology, Dissertation Proposal Development, Maladaptive Behavior & Psychopathology, Techniques in Child & Adolescent Counseling, Research & Evaluation, Advanced Counseling Skills, Psychology & the Law, Psychology of the Criminal Mind, and Psychology of the Victim

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Global Philanthropy

Arthur B. Schultz Foundation

Program Officer, Advisor, & Consultant addressing:

Women’s Empowerment: At ABSF, we believe that women are powerful agents of change. Providing them opportunities to do their work will advance their community and ultimately their nation. In order to further this belief, we focus on two main areas:  education & entrepreneurship.


Disabled Mobility: Addressing the overwhelming need for wheelchairs and other mobility solutions in the developing world by supporting a variety of innovative and replicable projects.

About Me

I traveled back once, to a time when I was about 4 years old. In this portal of me, I instantly connected with the absolute wholeness of my being. All was right, and it was clear that this feeling of rightness came from inside, and not the circumstances of my life. An acceptance of what is and a willingness to be a part of it all. All of it made sense, even the horrible, awful things that would come to be a part of my story. I laughed out loud, with tears of bliss at its pure simplicity. And still today, I get chill bumps just thinking about it.


Some of the ingredients that yield the fruits of my practice today are: ordinary and extraordinary life experiences, healing arts teachings, a persistent practice of exploring my history, many years of academic study, and when all is right in the world (wink), simultaneously focusing my awareness on the present moment. These are the guideposts along the way that I've relied upon so that I can be more of me with you - as we endeavor to bring out more of you for you, and the people in your life.


They shift me from a mechanical, textbook approach in working with others, into a traveler's mindset, full of discovery and awe in your history, your present, and the groundwork you architect for your visions.

 A  B  O  U  T

And, a list of my education, certifications, trainings, & major areas of professional interests :      

​    HOLISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY OF MARIN

              Dr. Arinn Testa, Psy.D

Holistic Psychotherapy is rooted in the principle that it is essential to acknowledge the whole being 

in the process of healing.



Rather than traditional ‘talk’ therapy, a holistic approach seeks to bring balance into the biological, psychological, spiritual, and socio-cultural aspects of the self. This suggests that when our mind-body-spirit realms are aligned with the present moment, we can transcend mere thought, sensation and emotion.

           Our time together will facilitate the (re)emergence of

hidden potentials and intricately

restore you to the balance that's right for you.

​​​Professional journey roadmap - 

I'm a licensed clinical psychologist (#PSY 22398) with an emphasis in neuroscience and the Director of Research for Emotional Brain Training (EBT). My Holistic Psychotherapy private practice is located in Marin County at Gathering Thyme - a Holistic Health and Education Center. 

I'm as comfortable backpacking with midwives through the remote rainforests of Central America as I am presenting at a conference center to a group of first responders on the critical fundamentals of suicide intervention.  I'm at ease working at a pace appropriate for older adults in Hospice and responding to acute, chaotic crisis situations with high risk, mentally ill, criminal offenders. I've birthed 3 babies at home surrounded by family, and danced barefoot until the sun came up to live music and DJs. I've experienced incredible grief and the impacts of trauma in my personal life and I've reclaimed an awe for the grace and mystery of life.

Dr. Arinn Testa, Begonia Festival, 2017

Capitola, California

Copyright 2019 © Dr. Arinn Testa. All rights reserved.

Some of my work with The Arthur B. Schultz Foundation

What is Holistic Psychotherapy?​​

Holistic Psychotherapy of Marin offers individuals, couples and families

a comprehensive approach to therapy that is both flexible and sustainable.

Holistic Psychotherapy  recognizes that imbalance in one aspect of an individual will ultimately lead to over or under functioning in the other aspects of a person’s life to compensate.  For couples and families in therapy, this is exponentially challenging due to the consideration of the additional relationship dynamics in the room. To support my client's through their unfolding experience, I integrate the most current applications of 
brain science with an array of holistic practices. 


This holistic, brain-based approach is influenced by many healing art traditions and Jungian depth psychology teachings.

Education

              --> Dissertation: The Psychology of Evil: An Illumination of                       the Shadow


Specific Trainings & Certifications

  • Emotional Brain Training (EBT), Certified Master Trainer, 2013
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), EMDRIA, Advanced - 53 hours, 2008
  • Ecopsychology, The Wright Institute, Allen Kanner, PhD, 1999
  • Neuopsychology, The Wright Institute, Michael Drexler, PhD, 1997-98
  • Jungian Depth Psychology, Jung Institute, Jon Platania, PhD, 1997- 2001
  • Doula Certification, Heart and Hands, Elizabeth Davis, 2004
  • Holistic Massage Therapy, World School of Massage, 300 hours, 2005-2006
  • Shamanic Studies, The Foundation for Shamanic Studies with Michael Harner & other teachers, 1998, 2004, 2017, 2018
  • Meditation/Mindfulness, Spiritrock, various teachers, 2001- present
  • Priestess Training with Abby Tucker at HeartTribe 2019
  • ​​Wu Wei School of Reiki with Bronwyn Ayla, LAc 2019-2020
  • Midwifery Intensives, Beginning &  Advanced, Heart and Hands, Elizabeth Davis, 2004
  • Energy Medicine, Las Piramides, San Marcos, Guatemala,

        30 day Moon Intensive, 2005

  • Plant Medicine, Las Piramides, San Marcos Guatemala, 2005
  • Acupressure/Shiatzu, World School of Massage, 2005
  • Alchemical Healing, Al-Kemi, 2004


Work with First Responders:

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

Train Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and Mental Health professionals on the significant dimensions of the Impacts of Stress on Health, Suicide Prevention, Psychopharmacology, Developmental Disorders, Active Listening,maladaptive Behavior/Psychopathology, and Effective Rules of Engagement with Mentally Ill, Substance Intoxication, and Homeless Individuals.  Special Attention paid to trauma, crisis response strategies, and how to manage the impacts of stress for better job performance and personal satisfaction.


West Coast Post Trauma Retreat (WCPR) - 2005-6

The WCPR residential program provides an educational experience designed to help current and retired first responders, recognize the signs and symptoms of
work-related stress including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in themselves and in others.