About Mrs. Gorbach
Nina is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a BA in Fine Arts from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Counseling Education and Pupil Personnel Services from San Diego State University. With additional diplomas from programs in England, Canada and Switzerland, Nina has served children, teens and families through education, the arts and counseling for more than 45 years.
An artist, teacher, storyteller and bereavement specialist, Nina enjoys working with people from all walks of life. Honoring each person’s unique talents, she encourages the creative spark in every child. In schools she values communicating and collaborating with students, families, teachers and staff.
Living abroad for ten years, Nina’s multi-cultural and multi-generational experience culminated in the founding of the non-profit, WillMar Center for Bereaved Children, in Sonoma. The center became a northern California team leader for the National Alliance for Children Grieving.
In 2008 Nina returned to private practice, counseling individuals, families, hospices, businesses and community organizations. Often using healing arts, including movement, music, poetry and painting, she offers mindfulness meditation for stress reduction and is a consultant in the area of grief, loss and trauma. Working with underserved populations she advocates for youth in Special Olympics and children with rare diseases.
Nina enjoys memberships in the California Association for Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT), foundations for Art, Children’s Literacy, Storytelling, and Bereavement. She and her husband, Howard, have lived in Sonoma since 1994. Nina loves to walk, read, draw, play piano, dance, connect with friends and family. She is a life-long learner and loves a good story.
(You can visit her website at: www.ninagorbach.com)