The LAB Method Team


Polly Ely, MFT

Polly Founded The LAB Method out of a desire to provide early mental health intervention and practical guidance (at a cost that is less expensive than therapy) to parents, in the service of preserving and protecting the mental health of families in Marin County. She noticed in her practice, that families who were seeking family therapy, were often already in a crisis that could have been prevented with early education and understanding. Out of her drive to get life changing mental health information to parents long before problems arise, she began to offer parent LABs where parents at every age and stage could gather digestible bits of immediately helpful guidance in a group format. She called the group a “LAB” to encourage people to relate more deeply and more honestly at home not just to make life easier today, but also to prevent chronic loneliness, mental illness and addiction down the road.


Ashley Wood, LCSW

Ashley Wood is a licensed clinical social worker, LAB Method teacher, director of the Life Support Project and mother of 3 children, one with epilepsy (Dravet Syndrome).

Her experience on the front lines of a challenging diagnosis, combined with her training as a therapist and LAB Method teacher led her to cowrite a product with Polly Ely, MFT and Founder of The LAB Method to help families adjust more smoothly to an epilepsy diagnosis.

Ashley has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Vermont. Her collaborative relationship with The LAB Method, and extensive training in AEDP and attachment theory drives her commitment to serve families with challenging medical diagnoses through the Life Support Project.


Lani Yadegar, LPCC

Lani is our newest group facilitator and writer-collaborator for The LAB Method.

Lani has been coaching and working with people in the realms of communication, emotional intelligence, and how to craft and design healthy relationships in the workplace, in marriages, and in family systems for over a decade.  She is a certified coach through the Coaches Training Institute, a graduate of the Hakomi Institute of California in mindfulness-based somatic psychotherapy and she is trained by the Matrix Leadership Institute in group facilitation and group systems.  

She is also the mama of an exuberant two-year-old girl who never ceases to serve up doses of utter joy and humbling challenges daily. Lani approaches her work with parents with social fluidity, an open heart, and an appreciation for the messiness of love and life. 


Rachel Templeton, Producer

Rachel Templeton produces our podcast, Holy Shift!. In conversation with Polly and other parents, Holy Shift! tackles the tricky parts of parenting and brings The Lab Method's practical tips and talking points right to your ears.

Rachel is a freelance audio producer based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She earned a Master's Degree from Columbia Journalism School and has two sons.