Behavioral Healthcare in

San Francisco Bay Area

Stop struggling with mental health and substance abuse challenges. Programs for ages 14 - 24.

Behavioral Healthcare in San Francisco, CA

Services Offered:

Meet the San Francisco Team

Hillary French

Hillary French

Position: Vice President of San Francisco Bay Area
Credentials: PsyD
Dr. Hillary French is a California Licensed Clinical Psychologist, having received her Doctor of Psychology Degree from California School of Professional Psychology- Fresno in 1998. Hillary has dedicated her entire career to providing mental health care for youth, teens, and young adults and is passionate about finding solutions to help young people thrive. Hillary is an expert in knowing the needs of local Bay Area families and for the last 16 years, she has has been providing crisis intervention, educational and therapeutic consulting services for the surrounding communities. She has comprehensive training and experience in working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, self-harm, substance abuse, adoption, eating disorders, trauma, grief and loss, and complex co-occurring psychological and health issues. Hillary’s commitment in working with transgender and gender noncomforming teens has been of great importance. She not only encouraged therapeutic treatment schools and centers to provide gender affirming services, but in 2016 she co-founded the Gender Education DeMystification Symposium (GEMS), now a yearly conference. On her free time Hillary enjoys spending it with her family going on hikes, traveling, and watching movies together. She also likes to lift weight and get muddy too- as she has completed in over 15 obstacle course races.

Hillary French

Vice President of San Francisco Bay Area
Chad Gunville

Chad Gunville

Position: Family Therapist
Credentials: LMFT

Chad Gunville is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor who has a Masters degree in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. He has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years in a variety of settings serving youth and families all throughout the Bay Area. He has done work in youth agencies, group homes, outpatient settings, and private practice. Chad uses a strength based, solution focused, and humanistic approach to help families feel comfortable and find the strength to make changes. He is a firm believer in looking at the whole picture and being an active and supportive player in the lives of the people he serves. Chad is very passionate about this line of work and knew from a young age that he wanted to help people. He’s very aware and has a great ability to see things from different perspectives. His kind-hearted and compassionate nature makes him an easy person to talk and open up with. Chad has an emphasis on his degree in Buddhist psychology and has completed intensive workshops in expressive arts therapy, eco-therapy, and motivational interviewing. He’s a firm believer in the saying, “Nothing happens TO you, it happens FOR you” and he has a great ability at helping instill hope in the families he’s supporting. In his spare time you can find Chad playing all kinds of sports, exploring nature, writing rhymes, practicing numerology, or hanging out with friends and family. He also loves being with his dog which is 3/4 golden retriever and 1/4 shih tzu-pug.

Chad Gunville

Family Therapist
Avni Panchal

Avni Panchal

Position: Family Therapist
Credentials: LCSW

Avni Panchal is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who also has her Pupils Personnel Services Credential. She received her Masters from University of California Berkeley and has worked in the social work field for over 10 years in varied settings working with youth and families throughout the Bay Area. Avni has worked in Child Welfare, Adoptions, Emergency Response and in private practice setting. Avni utilizes strength-based approach, solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness while working with youth and families. Avni takes pride in being client-centered and has made it her mission to help her clients live their authentic life and thrive. Avni is compassionate and an easy going and strives to provide a safe environment for youth and families to openly express themselves. Avni is spiritual, open and respectful to different perspectives and viewpoints. She believes that people can change and finds joy in supporting folks as they navigate the barriers that may be blocking them in making those changes so they can live their best life.

Avni Panchal

Family Therapist
Birgit Hoffmeister

Birgit Hoffmeister

Position: Family Therapist
Credentials: PPSC

Birgit Hoffmeister is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a credentialed school counselor (PPSC) and a certified SoulCollage facilitator, with many years of experience in the counseling field. She earned her M.S. in counseling psychology at California State University East Bay and her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in somatic therapies at Antioch University San Francisco.

Most of her practice has been in public school settings, working with all ages of students and their families. For the past 10 years she has also acted as clinical supervisor for counseling interns at Crisis Support Services of Alameda County. In addition she has done psychotherapy in day treatment centers, staffed the Alameda County Suicide Prevention Crisis Line and has taught workshops on therapeutic modalities and facilitated groups. Her passion is engaging with children, teens and young adults and their families using play therapy, art therapy, cognitive behavior approaches, mindfulness, conflict resolution, and any other tool that might be helpful to the client.

She says” I love my work because it never gets boring. I am always curious to learn about a person’s believes, learning style, processing approach, culture and ethnicity. I relish making connections and finding common interests.” Birgit enjoys working collaboratively on supporting the best version of ourselves and encourages kindness and self-compassion even when we make mistakes or relapse. As a parent herself, she also understands the joys, the challenges and the grief that parents and families face when they see their child ill or ill equipped to handle stress, addiction, brain disorders and other challenges.

In her free time Birgit loves to hike with friends, travel, do intuitive art and work in her garden. She strongly believes that learning, self-discovery and change can and should also be fun!

Birgit Hoffmeister

Family Therapist

Home Services

Potomac “Home” is our name for appointments that occur in the community rather than in our offices. When you’d prefer to get support at random times of the day or evening, Potomac Home services are usually only 1-2 hours per week.

A "Whole Family" Solution

We also have the same options for your parents but instead of calling them Mentors we call them “Parent Coaches”. Your parents can choose to have “clinical” or “life” assistance. And some of our life coaches can coach your parents over a phone or a tablet or a computer.

Ready When You Are

In addition to weekly scheduled sessions, Potomac Mentors and Coaches are available for you and your parents in real time, at critical moments when you might need support and guidance the most.

Wherever You Are

Many of our Home participants have come to us after completing a wilderness program or residential treatment. They can’t stand the thought of going back to an office for more therapy. Potomac Home is a better alternative. We meet you wherever you are most comfortable.

Earning Our Reputation

This in-the-moment support via phone or text is why Potomac Home has earned its reputation for success with tough, real-world situations.

Optimize Your Support Network

Here’s an example of how your Potomac Home Mentor and Parent Coach work together with your family to optimize the resources you have in your community. Many people are surprised to learn that there are hundreds of solutions for you within the circle of friends and leaders you already know!


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