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 go beyond what they already know how to do when relating to family and try some new relating “experiments”; Each experiment she offers is designed to bring your people closer to you while prevent chronic loneliness, mental illness and addiction within families.


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 a coach, writer, editor & collaborator with The LAB Method.

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. 

Lani has been coaching, teaching, and working with people in the realms of communication, emotional intelligence, and is coaching now in the realms of:

  • Coaching parents of toddlers and preschoolers using the LAB Method principles.

  • Creative relationship design coaching: working with individuals and couples who are interested in tossing society’s traditional ideas about how relationships should look, out the window, and re-designing their relationships (romantic, family, and work) to best suit them.

Contact her to set up an initial call to get more information about working with her.