About Carmela Carlyle

I have been absolutely determined to enjoy my life-long work  as a counselor and teacher and to do it  creatively and well. Carefully observing which way my heart is drawn, I have followed it to diverse settings with consummate professionals and to clients who have been exquisite teachers.

I continue to following my bliss adapting my skills for the community of  Sayulita, Mexico. My private counseling, teaching, yoga therapy and meditation journeys are very well-received.

Below you will find a tidy summary of my professional background and some evidence of my life-long commitment to learning and serving others in the healing professions.


Counseling and Psychotherapy

  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, Antioch University West, San Francisco.
  • Expressive Arts Therapist, Certification from U.C. Berkeley.
  • Private Counseling Practice for Adult Life Transitions for over twenty years.
  • Senior Professional and Personal Development Counsleor for all of U.C. Berkeley Staff
  • National Conference Speaker addressing Pain Management, PTSD and Vicarious Trauma
  • Hospice Bereavement Counselor, Hospice Community Educator and Volunteer Program Director
  • Pet Grief Group Facilitator
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Clinical Psychology Instructor.

Yoga Therapist

  • Certified Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher trained by leading Master Yogis and Yoginis
  • iRest Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra Instructor  trained by Dr. Richard Miller
  • RYT, Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance
  • Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Teacher trained by Dr. Madan Kataria, Creator of Laughter Yoga
  • Member of International Yoga Therapists Association, IAYT and Yoga Alliance
  • Yoga Therapy Training Specialist for Nurses and Physicians at Osher Center, UCSF Hospital, San Francisco
  • National Conference Speaker  About the Health Benefits of Yoga for Healthcare Professionals
  • Yoga Therapist for Cancer Wellness Centers, Hospital Chronic Pain Support Groups, Dementia Care Programs, Veterans Programs and Sports Injuries Workshops.

Counseling for Aging Issues, Retirement Planning and Grief

  • Post-Graduate Studies at The Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Adult Life Transitions
  • Graduate Psychology Instructor on Aging
  • Certified California Elder Residential Care Administrator
  • Created Training DVD “Laughter Yoga with Older Adults” which sells internationally
  • Private Family Counseling Practice Addressing Aging Parents and Partners
  • Family and Friends Support Group Facilitator
  • Private clients in Eldercare Settings for ten years
  • Hospice Bereavement Counselor, Community Educator and Volunteer Program Director

Management Trainer for Human Development in the Workplace

  • Senior Management Training Specialist, University of California System
  • Mulitcultural Diversity Instructor, U.C. Santa Cruz International School of Business
  • Certified Coach for Managers and Organizational Effectiveness
  • Professional Speaker for Leadership Conferences
  • Certified Experiential Learning Specialist for Teams
  • Certified Management Training Skills Specialist
  • Certified Critical Incident Debriefing Facilitator for the Workplace
  • Certified Myers-Briggs Personality Type Interpretor