Meet KAIROS Psychology Group’s Team of Professionals:

M.Div., Psy.D. CSAT (Candidate)*

Stephan Kappler

M.Div., Psy.D. CSAT (Candidate)*

Dr. Stephan Kappler, is a licensed psychologist and the founder/director of KAIROS Psychology Group. He is a priest of the Diocese of Oakland and has 20 years of experience, ministering in various pastoral settings and with diverse populations. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California. His training included clinical work at UCSF Alliance Health Project (formerly AIDS Health Project) and Instituto Familiar de la Raza. He completed his pre-doctoral APA-accredited internship at the Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic in St. Paul, MN, and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Southdown Institute, Canada.

Areas of specialization are assessments of and therapeutic work with clergy and religious, and integration of spirituality into the therapeutic process. Dr. Kappler has experience in working with issues pertaining to sexual orientation, sexual identity formation, as well as assessment and treatment of sexual addiction (*Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, Candidate). He studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico and provides services in English, Spanish, and German.


Noé González


Deacon Noé González joins the assessment team at KAIROS Psychology Group to conduct the spirituality assessments. He was born in Mexico and raised in Los Angeles. He is fluent in English and Spanish as well as cognizant of the intricacies and nuances of the American and Latino cultures. He is a graduate of Occidental College where he received his BA in Spanish. Upon his completion, he entered religious life and moved to Berkeley to study at the Graduate Theological Union where he received his Master’s in Divinity from the Franciscan School of Theology. He also holds a Leadership Certificate from the Lasallian Institute and a Nonprofit Certificate from California State University, East Bay. In the summer of 2014 he will complete his final courses and receive a diploma from the Instituto Hispano at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. He is currently at Holy Names University working towards a Master’s in Education.

For the last twenty-seven years he has worked in various Catholic educational institutions and parishes in the Diocese of Oakland. In the deacon community he has served as president, member of the executive board and assessment team for deacon candidates. Presently, he is the coordinator of diaconate post-formation for the Diocese of Oakland and continued education.


Kathleen Laverty


Sister Kathleen Laverty joins the KAIROS team as a Registered Nurse with more than thirty years experience. As a Sister of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary she served first ten years as a Registered Nurse in the UK (London and Wales) as well as Sacramento, California. She then pursued Midwifery Studies in Ireland where she qualified as a Registered Midwife in preparation for work in Africa, in which capacity she served in Zambia’s Northern Province for nine years as Midwife and Clinical Instructor of Zambian student midwives.

On return to the US, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a Public Health Nurse Certification at Holy Names University in Oakland. This study and her African experience were great assets to her work as Maternal Child Nurse Case Manager as well as Nurse Case Manager for persons living with AIDS in the Oakland area. Following this, Sister spent a few months in a rural clinic in El Salvador, visited the sick in their homes and, when the clinic was closed, provided emergency care at the convent especially for local children suffering from Asthma.

This invaluable experience provided Sister Kathleen the opportunity to have an experience of the culture and language of a Spanish speaking country. Sister was subsequently to work for eight years at St. Anthony Medical Clinic where more than eighty percent of the patients are Spanish Speaking. Located in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District in the same building as the renowned St. Anthony dining room, Sister joined the clinic team whose primary focus is the health of the families of Francisco’s working poor. St. Anthony’s continues to welcome Sister Kathleen as a volunteer and she treasures the time she can spend in this clinic which is like an oasis to many of the poor of San Francisco.


Dorothy Peterson


Dorothy (Dottie) Peterson, FCJ – is a member of the Society of the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus, an International Community of sisters who live their lives walking in the footsteps of their foundress, Marie Madeline D’Houet, who found her inspiration and passion in the life and work of St. Ignatius and the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) with whom FCJ’s often work in a wide variety of ministerial settings. Dottie is a graduate of Fitchburg State College (BA in education), St Michael’s in Winooski, VT (MA in Theology), Boston College (MA in School Administration), and the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (MTS in Religious Studies) and she completed a three year training, equivalent to a Masters in vocational discernment and counseling. Dottie worked in education, teaching pre-school through graduate school. She spent nine years as an elementary school principal, served three terms in local leadership in her community and one term as a provincial consultor and served three years as Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Providence and three years as a parish administrator. She is currently serving as a Provincial consultor for her Province once again. She has also trained and served both on the East and West coasts as a Spiritual Director for over thirty years. She has enjoyed the privilege of walking with many men and women of various faith traditions as they continue their search to find God’s will for them in the here and now. She also works in the area of spiritual assessment at Kairos for the past year.
Having studied both the Enneagram and the Myers-Briggs, over the years Dottie has worked with school faculties, the staffs of various centers and individuals in spiritual direction and pastoral counseling settings to help people to better understand themselves and their interactions with, their co-workers, fellow religious, and colleagues on sabbatical as they strive to discern where God is calling them at this particular moment in their lives.
Additionally, Dottie is a certified massage therapist, (a graduate of the Care Through Touch Institute), working primarily with the homeless and folks living with HIV/AIDS since 1995. Several years ago, in December 2007, she left the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley after thirteen years of ministry there, to work full time with folks living with HIV/AIDS and is currently Assistant Director of Providence House in Oakland.


Patricia Burke


Patricia Burke, PhD, LMFT started her therapy ministry as a Dominican Sister with an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada.  She earned her PhD at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Menlo Park, CA (now Sofia University), where she was a global faculty member, Dean of Students and Assistant Dean of Faculty. Patricia continues to research the relationship between healing and consciousness. Her most recent study is the relationship of ancestral trauma to current physical, emotional and spiritual distresses.

Dr. Burke is an experienced therapist, licensed in California since 1985. She has also served as hospital Chaplain at Christ Hospital in Chicago; has offered meditation retreats working with body, mind and spirit in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ireland; for 14 years facilitated wilderness retreats in Death Valley; and for 2 years was spiritual director and editor of The Lay Bridge for lay students at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.

Her vast experience includes working with present and former clergy, religious and laity in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Although she is only English speaking, she has assisted a diverse population in the East Bay to find relief from core and cause of spiritual and emotional distress.  Her skills include using kinesiology and guided imagery to access and alleviate root causes of low self-esteem, depression and anxiety; EMDR, EFT and brain repatterning for trauma; quantum biofeedback for stress relief and balancing energies.  

A therapeutic relationship is a commitment to yourself which can be very rewarding. Not everything that is faced can be resolved, but nothing can be resolved until it is faced. Dr. Burke's compassionate, healing presence may facilitate you in moving deeply into the roots of current problems and resolving underlying issues that have troubled you for years. 

KAIROS Psychology Group’s relationship with Southdown

After completing his post-doctoral training at the Southdown Institute, Dr. Kappler has maintained a connection with Southdown and follows its’ multidisciplinary assessment model.

Southdown was founded in 1966 to address the needs of religious and clergy around mental health issues including addictions.

Located in Holland Landing, Ontario, just 40 miles north of Toronto, Southdown serves men and women from across North America and throughout the English-speaking world.

KAIROS maintains Southdown’s tradition of providing the highest quality care for clergy and religious and helps to make it accessible to a larger population in the Western Ecclesial Region of the United States.

Dr. Kappler also provides Continuing Care services for clergy and religious who completed residential treatment at Southdown and have returned to their community/diocese in California.