Meet the Dream Tending Team

Alia Aizenstat, MA, LMFT

Alia Aizenstat, MA, LMFT, joined the Dream Tending Team in 2005 first as a student and program assistant. She now serves as the Executive Director of Dream Tending. Alia is a speaker, international educator, and licensed depth psychotherapist. She specializes in Internet Addiction and the use of dreams and imagination as a path to healing. Alia is certified in Leadership Development, Attachment Focused EMDR therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and is a Registered Yoga Teacher. Alia’s clinical background, educational leadership, and trauma training infuses her understanding and approach to dreamwork.

Brian Delshad, MA, AMFT

Brian Delshad, MA, AMFT, joined the Dream Tending team in 2018 as a student and program assistant. Since then, he has helped expand Dream Tending’s social media outreach that extends to audiences across the Dream Tending global community. In addition to Dream Tending’s social media outreach, Brian practices as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT). He holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and has trained in attachment focused EMDR therapy and the Hakomi method. Brian’s clinical background and trauma training infuses his understanding and approach to dreamwork.

Jillian Critelli, MA

Jillian Critelli, MA, joined the Dream Tending team in 2022 as a Program’s Coordinator. She plays an important role in the Dream Tending team supporting successful Certificate I, II & III programs, the Mentors of the Academy, workshops, and retreats. Jillian holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University and a BFA in Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design. Jillian’s creative impulse matched with her organizational competence informs how she holds and tends to Dream Tending programs.

Samantha Ewashko, MA

Samantha Ewashko, MA, joined the Dream Tending team in 2021 as a Program’s Coordinator. She plays an important role in the Dream Tending team supporting successful Certificate I, II & III programs, the Mentors of the Academy, workshops, and retreats. Samantha holds a master’s degree in Somatic Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She additionally works as a Somatic Yoga Therapy Educator with an emphasis in military stress and PTSD. Samantha’s extended training in psyche and soma inform how she holds and tends to Dream Tending programs.