Institute for Family Life


The Ignatian Counseling Institute for Family Life has professional Catholic counselors who provide:

  • Marriage Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling for Married Couples

About the Institute:

The professional staff is trained to assist you in growth issues of family life such as:

  1. Is your marriage what you want it to be?
  2. Are you struggling to express your needs to your Spouse?
  3. Are your children suffering from your lack of communication with your partner?
  4. Has your spouse left you emotionally?
  5. Have you tried to solve problems like these and found you could not do it alone?
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Experience shows that talking out one’s inner feelings within the counseling process is necessary. It is an effective way to deal with many interpersonal problems. This process of counseling is a normal way of dealing with the complicated stress of contemporary family life.

Our staff has many professional resources. We meet together for case consultation with other professionals in the fields of psychiatry, family law, morality, ethics, clinical psychology and spirituality.

As Catholic counselors and therapists, we perceive that when people relate to one another, they relate to Christ, who said, “If you give to these brothers and sisters of mine you give to Me.” [Matt 25:40] It is our opinion, then, that this counseling process is a movement toward God. We consider this to be the context of the therapeutic work we do.

We serve all ages, groups, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, reflecting the rich variety of families in the Bay Area.

Institute staff members are counseling professionals whose fees are based on the financial resources of those seeking counseling.


  • Maryellen P. Mullin, LMFT, holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and is licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). She has a private practice in San Francisco serving individuals, couples, families and children. With extensive experience working with children and families in the San Francisco Unified School District, she provides individual and group therapy, teacher and family consultation, parent education and classroom behavior support at the pre-school and elementary levels.
  • Chris Trailer, Jr., LMFT

How to Make an Appointment:

Appointment with the staff can be arranged by contacting Don Crean.


Don Crean
(415) 422-6520

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