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       Behind The Curtains:

                                      Mysteries of a Collaborative Practitioner


About Us

Our Background

Through endless lunch conversations and a shared love of soap operas and Collaborative-Dialogic Practices, we (Tushanna and Michael) pondered the thought of starting a blog to invite conversation from collaborative practitioners, students who are being introduced to collaborative studies and others who share an interest in Collaborative-Dialogic Practice, but may not have access to a network of like-minded individuals. After a brief but inspiring conversation with Harlene Anderson we were invited to share our stories and experiences in hopes of welcoming others who wish to share and collaborate.


Behind The Curtains: Mysteries of a Collaborative Practitioner

Tales from the "not knowing."

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Michael Pontello

M.A., LMFT-S Blogger

With an internship that started in 2008 at the Houston Galveston Institute, Michael Pontello has devoted her education and career to learning and growing her experiences as a marriage and family therapist in Collaborative Dialogical Practices. She continues to work at HGI providing therapeutic services in a variety of communities as well as her work as a supervisor and recent member of the HGI faculty. She also loves a fun heel and a night out with friends and french fries.

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Tushanna Price

M.A., LMFT-A Writer

Blogging has become immensely popular. Not only has it been successfully used as a marketing tool, it is an excellent way to share ideas and "spread  the word." Tushanna hopes to use this blog as a way to share stories about our work as collaborative practitioners, advocate for social justice, and generate conversation. Tushanna is a Taos Associate and school based therapist at the Houston Galveston Institute. She also has a Private practice in Galveston, Texas.


Harlene Anderson

International Trainer & Consultant

Harlene Anderson is a  founding member of the Houston Galveston Institute, the Taos Institute, and Access Success. Harlene is a recognized leader in the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy, who along with Dr. Harold Goolishian developed the approach of Collaborative Dialogic Practices. Their work has shaped the lives of many through conversation, language, and possibilities.

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