Who We Are

About Union Street Health Associates

We are a clinical resource center providing service to individuals, organizations, business and communities. Our services include individuals, couples, child and group psychotherapy, and utilize community resources for alternative and complementary medicine.

Our therapeutic approaches to healing the mind, body and spirit combine thorough grounding in clinical skills with the arts, imagery, movement, and meditation to reduce stress, depression, loss and grief, and enhance creativity and well-being.

The Union Street Health Associates focuses on the interaction between the mind and body, and spirit and how they affect psychological and physical health. We use the arts, movement and imagery to promote our natural capacity to know ourselves and to improve our health and well-being.

At the Union Street Health Associates, we believe in the innate tendency of all living things to heal themselves. We work with the natural healing life force of mind, body and spirit to restore and maximize health. Using holistic care, we empower people to be creative participants in their own healing process. We are a clinical resource center providing services to individuals, organizations, businesses, and communities. Our services include individual couples and group psychotherapy.

Our mind/body and spiritual approaches combine thorough grounding in clinical skills with a use of the arts, imagery, movement, meditation to reduce stress, depression, loss and grief, and to enhance creativity and well-being. Participants in our groups have observed expanded aliveness, self-awareness, and resiliency.

What We Practice

At Union Street Health Associates, we provide an opportunity to discover your own healing stories, imagination, and soul in everyday life.

We help people create their own healing rituals and rites of passage for medical, psychological or spiritual difficulties, and take charge of their lives and medical care.

We work with children to explore issues of body image, self-esteem, and hyperactivity.

We provide personalized psychotherapy for those in major life transitions such as career, relationships and facing or recovering from life-threatening illnesses.


The Staff at Union Street Health Associates provides workshops and consultation in the following areas:
• Discover your inner healer and learn to let it guide you
• Transform pain and loss into acceptance and life changes
• Learn to navigate stressful waters
• Explore body image, femininity, masculinity and sexuality
• Create personal rituals of healing

Arts Medicine Training Programs for health professionals.

CEU workshops in Arts Medicine: Psychotherapeutic Use of the Arts.

Increase Your Healing Options

More Americans are practicing preventive health, and are combining the best of traditional methods with complementary practices.

From these programs you will:
• Experience state-of-the-art new methods in complementary healing
• Learn healing rituals to prepare for surgery
• Increase compliance with and effectiveness of your current medical care
• Expand your range of choices in healing modalities

Most insurance accepted, sliding scale available.

Arts Medicine

The arts - dance, music, and imagery - have been used since ancient times for human understanding and healing.

Our Mission

Union Street Health Associates is dedicated to the personal, emotional and developmental well-being of our clients through an integrated mind-body-spirit therapeutic approach. We empower clients, colleagues and educators to be reflective persons and effective collaborators who, when faced with challenges, will be prepared to assess the needs of themselves, their clients and students to effect the best course of action.

About Ilene A. Serlin, Ph.D, BC-DMT

Ilene Serlin Dr. Ilene Serlin is a clinical psychologist and registered dance/movement therapist. She is the founder and Director of Union Street Health Associates and the Arts Medicine Program at California Pacific Medical Center. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Past President and Council Representative of the Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, on the Editorial Boards of the Arts in Psychotherapy, the American Journal of Dance Therapy, and the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and has taught and published widely in the US and abroad.

Dr. Serlin's approach draws on her extensive background of training and experience in dance and the arts, Gestalt and depth psychotherapy, and behavioral medicine. She has been dancing for 40 years and trained in Labanatation with Irmgard Bartenieff. She studied and taught with Laura Perls at the New York Gestalt Institute, did her pre-doctoral internship at the Children's Clinic of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, and taught at UCLA Lesley College, Saybrooke Graduate School, and the California School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Serlin's Appointments include the following honors:

  • past presidency of the San Francisco Psychological Association
  • membership on the board of the International Dance Council, the official organization for dance at UNESCO
  • election to the membership committee of the American Psychological Association (APA)
and membership on the editorial boards of
  • The Humanistic Psychologist, the peer-reviewed journal for the Division of Humanistic Psychology of the APA
  • Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice
  • The Journal of Applied Arts and Health
  • PsycCRITIQUES, the review of contemporary books and films of the APA
  • The American Journal of Dance Therapy, a peer-reviewed journal
  • The Journal of Humanistic Psychology

For more information about Dr. Serlin, see her Curriculum Vitae.

About Daniel L. Gaylinn, Ph.D

Daniel Gaylinn Dr. Daniel Gaylinn is a clinical Psychology Assistant (PSB 35036) offering Psychotherapy and Psycho-Diagnostic Evaluations for Adolescents, Adults, and Couples under the licensed supervision of Dr. Ilene Serlin (PSY 11092). Dr. Gaylinn is the Executive Director and Board Member for the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and has been a guest editor of the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. He has been an assistant teacher for courses on the advanced psychotherapy technique, Psychosynthesis, at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, and for the advanced meditation practice, Prayer of the Heart, at Esalen Institute. He has published on the topic of media psychology, serves as a consultant to filmmakers and producers, and has several consulting and co-production credits including one for In the Heart of the Deathless, a contemplative documentary film about waking up to life by confronting one's own mortality.

Dr. Gaylinn's client-centered Humanistic/Existential/Transpersonal approach is reflected in a breadth of clinical experience and training which includes:

  • Motivational Interviewing & Solution Focused, Evidenced Based Practices in the treatment of addictions, dependencies, and trauma;
  • Dialectic Behavior Therapy in the treatment of adults, couples, and adolescents struggling with mild to severe mental illness in individual and group therapy;
  • Psycho-Diagnostic Evaluations in the service of clarifying treatment options for complex cases and for determining eligibility for services to adolescents for residential treatment programs;
  • Somatic (Body-Mind) Interventions with over ten years of experience and practice with including hypnosis (certified), mindfulness/vipassana meditation, creative expression, projective dreamwork, and process oriented psychotherapy.
Dr. Gaylinn's practice is informed by the belief that individuals have the resources needed to thrive in even the most challenging of circumstances. He is committed to working alongside his clients in the achievement of goals and psychological health and wellbeing. While some individuals may seek immediate relief from the distressing symptoms that interfere with their enjoyment of life, others may seek the opportunity to explore more deeply the psychological conditioning and behavior patterns that prevent them from leading a fuller more authentic life. In either case, Dr. Gaylinn's consistent aim is to always continue to develop alongside his clients' in the achievement of their short- and long-term goals and in the manifestation of the life they love to live.

Dr. Gaylinn's clinical focus is working with young adults struggling with a range of psychological and emotional concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, alcohol and chemical dependency, trauma, and anger management. He has been specializing in quarterlife issues, pertaining to people between about 25 and 35 years of age such as life transitions (relationship break-ups, grief and loss, career change), work/life balance, authenticity, and finding creativity, passion, meaning, and purpose.

Dr. Gaylinn's Psycho-Diagnostic Evaluations are intended to assist both clients and clinicians alike in the implementation of an efficient and effective treatment plan which clarifies and targets of the specific issues and problem behaviors. You are welcome to contact him directly to make a referral, request additional information, or for a free telephone consultation or to book an appointment. Sliding scale rates are available and are determined according to clients' monthly income.

    Dan Gaylinn
    Union Street Health Associates
    2084 Union St., San Francisco, CA 94123
    415-779-2438    email: Dr.Dan.Gaylinn@gmail.com

For more information about Dan Gaylinn, see his Curriculum Vitae.

"I have been honored to co-facilitate a pilot group with Ilene. The program has provided a fabulous opportunity for me to learn about program administration, creating collaborative relationships with team members, and to keep developing my clinical skills. Best of all I have been privileged to work with a leading figure in the field of dance therapy. Thank you!"

Joy Gottlieb

MS Somatic Movement Therapist

"Ilene Serlin is a true seeker who will generate new knowledge about the human condition and explore the practical applications of this new understanding in the daily issues that confront her."

Ernest Rossi, Ph.D

C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and author of The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing

Dear Dr. Ilene A. Serlin,

It was very nice to meet you at the Existential Psychology Conference in Nanjing, China. ...

You are a magician in my mind and lead me to a new way of psychology. I believe that Whole-person Therapy will be the trend of psychology. Because I felt that people were cured not only by the effort on mind, but also on body and soul from your workshop. I can feel the power but can't express it clearly by words. It's marvelous.

Frankly speaking, I admired you so much. I hope I could be a counsellor like you one day. I never see you as a idol but a beacon. When I give up my dream to be a counsellor, I will recall you. ...

I  much appreciated your lectures and the workshop and the private conversation. All of these make me feel and think a lot. 

Thank you very much.

Best regards,

James Zheng

People's Republic of China