Laura McCormick, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dr. McCormick is the current Executive Director of Elpida House, and has been with the organization since 2002.  She was awarded her Ph.D. in 1997 from the California School of Professional Psychology.  Dr. McCormick first began working with persons with serious mental illness in 1988, and has worked with the population in residential settings, psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practice.  Dr. McCormick also has extensive management and supervisory experience in a variety of private and non-profit settings.  She is a graduate of the Supervisor Study Program at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley and her position involves supervision of the majority of the staff members at Elpida House.  Dr. McCormick also has extensive training in Jungian approaches to psychotherapy and is currently completing certification in equine-facilitated psychotherapy.

Jami Capps, MFTi

Site Director

Jami Capps, MFTi has been with Elpida House since 2012, and is the Site Director of Marion House in the Elpida system of care.  She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Fullerton, and has completed certified, advanced graduate studies in educational counseling at National University.  Her experience includes working with adults with serious mental illness in residential settings, working with at-risk teens in school settings, and providing treatment for chemical dependency and mental health issues to adults.  Jami helps residents develop coping strategies to manage their symptoms through group and individual case management.  Her treament approach incorporates family systems, cognitive-behavioral, and problem-solving strategies.  Jami is responsible for the coordination of daily operations, case management, and group facilitation for particpants at Marion House.  She is also the supervisor of the evening and weekend staff at the home.

Deborah Dunning, M.A., LMFT


Deborah Dunning, M.A., LMFT, has been a Psychotherapist at Elpida House since 2007.  She earned her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 2003 at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Deborah maintains a private practice in Mill Valley and San Francisco where she works with adults and children with a broad range of psychological issues, including serious mental illness.  She has a strong interest in depth psychotherapy and the unconscious and their roles in healing, growth and the experience of wholeness and meaning in life, including for those who struggle with psychotic disorders.  In addition to her work at Elpida House and in private practice, Deborah has provided treament in school-based counseling programs and community mental health settings.  Her work is informed by Jungian analytical psychology as well as by contemporary psychoanalytic thought and attachment and neuro-scientific understandings.  Deborah often works with dreams, sandplay, and art as therapeutic tools.

Kristin Felch, Psy.D.


Kristin Felch, Psy.D. has been a Psychotherapist at Elpida House since 2008, where she provides psychotherapy to residents in their homes.  She earned her Doctorate of Psychology from the Wright Institute in 2007.  Dr. Felch is a Licensed Clincial Psychologist whose training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, neuroscience, and socialogy supports her commitment to understanding individuals on many levels.  Before coming to Elpida, Dr. Felch served people with severe mental illness in several capacities:  as a Mobile Crisis clinician with the Berkeley Police, treating homeless Veterans struggling with substance abuse and trauma, and as a therapist for elders.  Dr. Felch also works with adults, couples, and adolescents in her private practice in Oakland and San Francisco.  She brings to her work a sense of compassion balanced with a strong capacity for insight.  She is grateful for the opportunity to help people discover a greater capacity for authenticity and connectedness in their unique circumstances.

Marie Cantrell, M.A.

Care Manager

Marie Cantrell, M.A. is a Care Manager at Elpida House, where she has worked since 2011.  She received her Masters of Arts with an emphasis in Depth Psychology in 2010 from Sonoma State University.  She has worked with individuals with serious mental illness in community-based residential settings since 2005.  This includes working with clients in transitional residential treatment programs, outside case management, and in-patient facilities.  Marie approaches the advocacy, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with mental health issues with both a Jungian and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy informed ideology.  Her Jungian training includes working with the unconscious, dreams and the persona, while the Cognitive Behavioral approach addresses symptom management skills, activities of daily living and maintaining an individual quality of life for Elpida clients.

Julie Ruggles

Care Manager

Julie Ruggles is a Care Manager at Elpida House, where she works with residents to develop independent living skills and leads Expressive Arts Therapy groups.  She earned a degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Naropa University in 1993.  She has advanced training in developmental movement, somatic psychology, and Body-Mind Centering, a technique developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.  Julie has a lifetime of experience leading and teaching groups.  She is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher, with an emphasis on yoga therapy.  She has also been a professional ballet dancer and teacher, and a senior level Pilates instructor.  Her goal is to provide guidance for those seeking a more harmonious and fulfilling way of life.  Her extensive training in embodied awareness greatly informs her work with Elpida's residents.

Philip Wyatt

Care Manager

Philip Wyatt is a Care Manager at Elpida House, where he provides individual and group case management to residents.  He has worked in the field of mental health for over 15 years.  Philip has devoted much of his adult life to serving communities in various capacities, including education.  This process began while he was still a college student when he worked on a suicide hotline while living in the Amherst, MA area.  After returning to CA, Philip worked with persons with serious mental illness as a house manager and relief counselor for nearly 10 years.  He has also worked as a photographer, writer, ultrasound technician, and spent 3 years in Asia teaching.  From 2006 until 2012, Philip was a Trust member for the NW Vipassana Meditation Center in Washington.  In addition, Philip has over fours years of training in "Compassionate Communication," a technique of conflict resolution devised by clinical psychologist Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.  He brings a practical, compassionate presence to his work with the clients of Elpida House.