Dr. Bellin is an Assistant Professor of Holistic Counseling Psychology, and the Director of the Holistic Research Center @ JFKU. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in meaning-centered psychotherapy, infused with narrative and mindfulness therapies. His recent publications include articles about the intersection of meaning in life and marginalized identities, and about mindfulness in psychotherapy. Dr. Bellin is a committed practitioner of mindfulness and leads therapeutically-oriented mindfulness retreats. Additionally, he was a principle researcher on a grant-funded program to improve LGBTQI2-S competency for Alameda County behavioral health providers.

Dr. Bellin is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association of Humanistic Counseling, and the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors and a member of the Transition Committee for the International Network for Personal Meaning.


  • Counseling Psychology - Holistic Specialization


Advanced Clinical Skills (San Jose)

Final Integration Project (San Jose)

Individual Development and the Family Life Cycle (Pleasant Hill)

Marriage and Family Therapy (Pleasant Hill)

Selected Publications

Bellin, Z.J., Papula, K., Youseffi, J., & Kurai, M. (2018, March). Exploring the Relationship between Social Marginalization, Meaning in Life, and Mindfulness: A Mixed-Methods Approach. Presented at the International Conference on Psychology and Spirituality, Bangkok, Thailand.

Bellin, Z.J. (2017). Attending to meaning in life in the lives of marginalized individuals. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 56, 211-227.

Bellin, Z.J. (2016). Mindfulness and couples. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling. (Vol. 1). USA: SAGE Publishing.

Bellin, Z.J. (2016). Therapist attunement. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling. (Vol. 1). USA: SAGE Publishing.

Bellin, Z.J. (2015). The meaning connection between mindfulness and happiness. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 54, 221-235.

Bellin, Z.J. (2014). The practice of personal meaning cultivation. International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, 5, 145-147

Bellin, Z.J. (2014). Getting serious about spirituality: Preparing tomorrow’s counselor for post-conventional faith. Vistas Online. Retrieved from http://www.meaningthroughbeing.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Vistas-Article-2014.pdf

Bellin, Z.J. (2013). Meaning through Being: Reclaiming the Wholeness of Personal Meaning. The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 52, 208-222

Bellin, Z.J. (2012). Beyond Frankl: Towards a meaningful life. Tikkun Online Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/beyond-frankl-towards-a-meaningful-life-2

Bellin, Z.J. (2012). The Quest to Capture Personal Meaning in Psychology. International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, 4, 4-30

Bellin, Z.J. (2011). The power of presence. In E. Barany, The Torah Codes. Oakland: Dafka Books

Bellin, Z.J. (2010). Exploring Attitudes towards Death and Life through Story and Metaphor. International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, 3(2), 62-72

Credentials & Accolades

Ph.D. Pastoral Counseling and Counselor Education, Loyola University Maryland

M.A. Counseling – Colleges and Community Agencies, New York University

California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPC #37)

Nationally Certified Counselor (National Board of Certified Counselors)

Registered Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance – RYT 200)