We understand the issues that impact youth, from isolation to self-confidence, anxiety and more. We truly love working with adolescents and specialize in it. We speak English, Spanish, Mandarin and a few other languages. We are all licensed therapists with 5+ years of experience.
Counseling and medication support to help with anxiety, motivation, academics, concentration, depression and more - for youth ages 11-19
I have extensive experience treating a wide variety of issues and psychological disorders from the mildest to the most severe. I work with adults and adolescents. My approach is warm, positive, and compassionate. I can help you to achieve your personal goals, more effectively manage your emotions and stressors and develop strategies that will promote positive self-growth and lead you to a more satisfying life. I have worked in a wide variety of settings in addition to my private practice including schools, residential homes, and outpatient treatment facilities. My specialties include anxiety and depressive disorders, stress management, crisis counseling, grief counseling, and relationships.
My name is Anastacia (some people call me Stacy), and I am excited to meet you :) I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and I have been a therapist working with children and teens for about 10 years. When I am not in sessions, I enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, yoga, anything art-related (I used to be an art teacher!), hanging out with my pets (who will more than likely make some appearances in sessions, so I apologize ahead of time!), listening to true crime podcasts, re-watching The Office for the millionth time, and going to concerts.
I completed my B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where I received a D1 Softball Scholarship. I also completed my M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the Vanguard University of Southern California. I went on to become a published author and co-wrote the daily devotional "What We're Afraid To Ask". In this project, I used my education, clinical skills, and foundation of faith to help those who've been abused increase in awareness and heal from the emotional, psychological, and spiritual impacts of dysfunction and abuse. I desire to write more in the field so I can encourage and help others connect to their intrinsic worth. My belief system is a fundamental part of who I am and so is supporting others in identifying and living out their strengths and purpose. I love music, nature, sports, and using my creativity and problem-solving skills to make things happen.
Hi there! My name is Ari and I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. I earned my bachelor's degree from UCLA (Go Bruins!), and also played Division I soccer there where my team won the program's first National Championship. After college, I moved to New York City to attend Columbia University where I earned my master's degree in Social Work. I am now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and am working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist through UC San Diego Extension. I truly enjoy and appreciate learning about other people's backgrounds, interests, goals, and areas for growth. Each of us has our own experiences and journeys, and I integrate a trauma-informed, client-centered, and strengths-based approach in my work with young people. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outside, exploring new hiking trails with my two dogs, and discovering new dessert spots!
My name is Ayisha Winn, I am a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience as a Clinical Therapist. I received a Master's Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach with a Mental Health concentration in 2013. My work history and education has afforded me the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in being able to work with a diverse population of children and adults with developmental disabilities/mental illnesses, and dual diagnoses.
Hi all! I'd like to introduce myself as your possible counselor. You can call me Brianna or Brie (She/Her) and I am looking forward to meeting you! I was born and raised in Santa Cruz County, where I still live. Most of my experience has been working with children and teens from immigrant families. As a bilingual Latinx woman myself, I can appreciate the ups and downs of being a first-generation person growing up amongst two cultures. I am a new mom of one tiny little boy. I love to read, veg out watching TV shows and movies, go for walks and, I am definitely a foodie. I am growing my own personal little zoo, currently with two cats and a dog, and I enjoy fostering kittens when possible. I also love Disney, plants, DIY-ing everything, and taking trips!
Hello there! My name is Brittany Quail and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am excited to be able to meet and work with you! I am a California native, as the seventh generation of my family born and raised in Contra Costa County. I love to find any excuse to be creative, be outside, listen to and relate anything I can to music, and sing as loud as I can. I have moved through my career from starting in afterschool and summer programs for youth, to clinically continuing with the adolescent population. I am always looking for fun and new ways to bring in activities, genuine openness, honesty, flexibility, fun, and lots of energy in everything that I do.
I'm Carla (she/hers) and a California native. I love traveling, animals, writing, music, and boxing. In my travels, my favorite part has been meeting wonderful folk in random places and hearing their stories. I have worked with/learned from children, youth, adults, and families who have experienced trauma, loss, grief, anxiety, depression, identity struggles...and I'm always amazed at people's capacity for healing and joy amidst difficult times. In my own journey of healing, I'm grateful for people who shared skills and tools for me to adapt to my needs. It's my hope to provide similar opportunities with others and have a shared experience of self-discovery and growth.
Hello! My name is Cassandra. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA-based) with over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked with a wide range of clients, the majority are children and their parents. I have worked with a large number of foster youth and their foster parents/families as well. Some of the areas that I have worked with clients on include, but is not limited to depression, anxiety, blended families, parenting, anger management, as well as trauma-related work. It is my passion to see clients win and an honor and privilege to assist clients in their personal healing journey. I strive to break the stigma of minorities and mental health one person at a time. My goal is to assist clients in helping themselves be the best self they can be. It takes courage to take the first step and when you are ready we can do this together.
Hello! My name is Claudia Estrada. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that has a genuine passion for her clients. Most, if not all, of my work experience has been with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings and roles (i.e. caregiver, respite worker, tutor, ABA Therapist, paraprofessional, mentor, group home staff, and therapist). Growing up I experienced some traumatic events which drove me to want to give back to my community as a mental health provider and advocate. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and social phobia, I have a strong passion for helping others learn the tools that are needed to overcome any challenges that might come their way.
Hi. My name is Debbie Tonkovich. I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist who has supported middle and high school students, in their schools (pre-Covid) and remotely (once the school buildings closed) for over five years. I am experienced in working with students struggling with those thoughts, actions, or emotions that may be bringing them down; everything from insecurity, anxiety, and confusion to anger or sadness. I am trained in multiple evidence-based modalities and tailor my approach to the unique needs/stories of each client. I see my role as helping students to figure out what they want, and how to get there. In addition to being a therapist, I am the mother of four adult children. They were my inspiration to pursue this work. When my children grew up and were on their way to creating their own homes, I wanted to continue to support young people as well as their parents and/or guardians. So I went back to school and received my Master's in Counseling the same week my youngest daughter graduated from high school. This is not my first career. I have been a photojournalist, advertising copywriter, and in-home daycare provider. But I can honestly say, this work is by far the best of all.
Hello! I am Diana, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. The majority of my experience has been working with youth which started when I worked in the school system as a teacher's assistant, then becoming a special education assistant to a therapist who works with youth and their families. I enjoy what I do and believe that my method for therapy can be boiled down to providing my clients with a nonjudgmental space, good rapport, and new tools to address stressful life events.
I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist who has had the privilege of working with individuals, families and children in various settings for over 7 years. Some of my experience includes working with anxiety, depression, grief, family conflict, self-esteem, self-harm, social/relational difficulties, substance abuse, and trauma. As a therapist my passion, is to work with alongside the client to develop skills in improving communication style and focusing on the issues that will alleviate struggles or pain from the past. The goal is to promote a transformation towards freedom to eventually allow the client to experience hope, healing and growth in all areas of the client's life.
I was born in Indonesia and raised in Cairo, Egypt. I moved to the United States with my parents during my senior year in high school back in 1994. I am a very outdoorsy person so I love living in California. I have always worked with children and teens. Before I became a therapist, I served kids and families as a behavior interventionist. In total, I have 15 years working with children, youth, and families. It's a career I truly enjoy!
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of California. I obtained my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Specialization with a focus on trauma and children from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I gained my clinical experience, initially working with adults with severe mental illness in Chicago, and moved towards my passion-working with children, teens, and families for the last seven years in community mental healthcare, private practice, as well as in school settings. I lived in Chicago for twenty years and, believe it or not, do not like deep-dish pizza. I have lived in San Diego for the past six years and love the weather. I love sewing, Barnes and Nobles bookstore to hang out and find cool reads, hiking, dogs, and my kids!
Hello. My name is Dr. Eve Seagal and I am a Mental Health Therapist. I love animals, hiking, nature, music, art, writing, reading books, and traveling. In terms of traveling, ever since I was very young, I was fascinated with people and cultures of the world. This natural curiosity led to a series of trips to developing countries that began at age 15 and ultimately turned into a quest to discover the common thread that unites all people together. I began my early career in the arts--photography, film making, and music, but I always had a deep interest in psychology. This natural interest in people, combined with a strong desire to help others led me to work in the school system with children, youth, and families. It was within this school context that I was able to work collaboratively with parents and teachers, as well as utilize my natural creative inclinations as a healing modality in working with students who have experienced trauma, depression, loss of a parent, adoption, identity issues and anxiety. I believe that adolescence is a crucial stage in human development--a time of challenges, marked by significant physical and emotional changes along the way. Emergence from this stage of life's journey with a positive self-image is a fundamental step toward self-empowerment. I use strength-based CBT along with psychodynamic, positive psychology, and humanistic therapy approaches that incorporate creative forms of self-expression such as journaling, art, bibliotherapy, music, mindfulness, and relaxation to help teens understand themselves and others in their life, and to recognize their natural gifts and capacities.
Where do you get your oxygen from when you go home to your family? A thoughtful teacher early on in my counseling psychology training asked the class this question. I never forgot it. As a kid, I got my oxygen growing up by the beach within walking (or riding my bike) distance to the ocean in Carlsbad, California. I love walking on the sand breathing in the cool ocean air. I enjoy reading, writing poetry, and journaling. I also like to travel. A memorable trip of mine was when I led an amazing group of high school teenagers on a service-learning trip to New Orleans, Louisiana to help rebuild a home for a family who lost theirs due to Hurricane Katrina.
Hello! My name is Jacqueline Salgado, but most people call me Jackie for short. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have 6 years of clinical experience. I have a range of experience working with mild to severe in a local home-based program, San Joaquin County Behavioral Health, and my current position at a school district. I have enjoyed every bit of my career so far and especially with the teenagers I have been fortunate to work with. I enjoy family time, I love being adventurous, and I love traveling to new places at least once a year. In my downtime, you can catch me relaxing on the couch watching Netflix. I love learning new things: let's just say my clients keep me feeling young- periodt sis!
Hello! I'm Jennifer and I'm looking forward to walking with you through this season of your life. I'm kind and empathetic and I've been told more often than not that I'm a good listener! I love the ocean and the mountains and for fun I like to explore new places to eat and travel. I'm an ambivert- I have a little bit of both introvert and extrovert in me. I'm a music enthusiast and can dance to a beat. I grew up in Southern CA, specifically the LA and OC areas, and have also lived in Santa Barbara and San Diego.
My name is Juan Trevino and I've been working with adolescence and adults for the past 12-years. I have a passion for working with and helping others see their full potential. I also enjoy working coaching teams and using real life scenarios to process therapeutic goals. You can check out a video of me sharing my therapeutic approach here: https://www.daybreakhealth.com/blog/meet-juan
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that strives to support my community by working with children, adolescents (tweens and teens) and their families in varies settings such as community, clinics, and school-based settings. I was born and raised in San Francisco and, while I lived elsewhere for more than a decade, I returned to the Bay Area in 2014 planning to stay! I am a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, SF Giants and Golden State Warriors! I enjoy going to the movies, playing tennis, shooting hoops, playing games such as Uno, art, crafts and listening to music!
Hello! My name is Katherine. I am originally from Kansas but have lived in CA for 21 years. Fun fact: I actually came to CA for what was supposed to be a two-week vacation and never got on the return flight home, and I've been here in CA ever since. I received a job offer the day before I was supposed to fly home to be an assistant Youth Minister. That job actually led me to realize my calling to work as a therapist. I led hundreds of youth retreats and during small groups, I connected with teens and heard their personal stories and struggles. From there I returned to school to become a licensed clinician and along the way, taught high school, worked as a professional nanny, even worked for San Francisco's first dance music radio station (Energy 92.7FM). To this day I still LOVE dance music! I am excited to work with teens again after focusing exclusively on couples work in my private practice. In my free time I paint and refinish furniture - usually, things I find for free (my way of recycling), love to cook and ride my bike around town.
Hi! My name is Katrina and I am an LPCC from CA but I now live in Ohio! I grew up in the Bay Area and later moved to a small town not far from Tahoe. I love hiking, swimming, and horseback riding! I also love to read and watch repeat episodes of Brooklyn 9-9, Friends, or The Office. I have a passion for Animal Assisted Therapy and my yellow lab named Burrow. Random fact: Prior to pursuing a career as a Therapist, I worked at NASA Ames in the Human Systems Integration Division for almost 2 years!
Hello! My name is Kristen Schneider. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I'm currently working full-time for a school district in the Central Valley where I get to work at the elementary and high school levels. I have been in the field for about 7 years and I can honestly say that every day is a reminder of why I love what I do. Fun fact about me: my favorite day of the week is Monday! I have 3 dogs that I adore which you will probably see roaming around in the back of our zoom sessions. In my free time you can find me at the dog park, going on adventures with my friends, going to movies, comedy shows, farmers markets, museums, trying my hardest to keep my plants alive, going for drives, re-watching the same 5 shows on Netflix, or party planning.
Hello! My name is Lauren Passoff, LCSW. I have over 14 years of experience working with clients ranging from early childhood, adolescence, children/families, adults, and end of life care. I have always viewed my professional career to learn as much as possible and be able to impact the largest number of people in need of support, counseling, therapy, and a safe space. I have worked both in educational settings, healthcare settings, and clinical settings. I was born and raised in Southern California and have enjoyed also living in San Francisco, and New York City, with as much frequent travel a possible. I love people, learning about people, what their passions are, their pain, their goals, and support the process of each teen discovering the best version of themselves! I am outgoing, easy to talk to, and passionate for helping teens find support during times they are confronted with challenges. I am here to remind you that you are human and doing the best you can. There is help if you want it, and that is what I am here for! I currently reside in Los Angles, enjoy dance, long hikes, walks, the ocean, and family and friends.
Hello, my name is Lauren Totah-McCarty. I am a Bay Area native and love working with and supporting adolescents. I currently work as a high school personal counselor and have been at my school for the past seven years. In my work, I hope to create a safe, inclusive space where people can be themselves and get any support they need. In my free time, I enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, going on hikes, watching movies and playing board games. I am excited and look forward to working with you and getting to know you!
Hello, my name is Letitia, and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor from CA. I have been in the mental health field for several years, specifically providing clinical support to children and families from diverse backgrounds. I have experience in providing individual, group, and family therapy to children and their families in different settings including inpatient and outpatient, as well as support in navigating the foster care and school systems, and linkage to appropriate community resources. I am a mother of preteens, and when I am not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends, movies, and hiking. Fun fact about me; as a teenager I also sought out counseling for support in managing different teenage relationship dynamics. My counselor was so helpful to me, I decided to study counseling in college so I can help others.
Hey there, and welcome to taking the first step towards improving your mental health. My name is Lorena, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with a variety of populations, cultures, and age groups. I am a graduate of USC and placed an emphasis to learn about children and families, and military-connected families. I have a strong background working with community mental health helping children, adolescents, transitional aged youth, and families with moderate to severe mental health symptoms and impairments. Even though times may be tough, I do my best to make our work together fun. I personally enjoy the outdoors, being at the beach, going for a hike, and trying new foods. I also love traveling because it allows me to escape while learning new things about myself, and different cultures.
Hello! My name is Louanna Fonnegra. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have a specialization in Latino Family Systems. I am a Native American part of the Navajo tribe. When my parents divorced, my mother and I came to California when I was 5 years old. There were no other natives around like me, so I adopted the Latino culture growing up. My experience includes working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I love working with adolescents! Adolescents are one of the misunderstood age groups and deserve to be heard. I have done community work which includes trauma, domestic violence victims, victims of crime, child protective services, parenting, and immigration. I enjoy "nerding out" with reading: Star Wars and learning piques my interest. I have a degree in fine arts and love painting with oils. I have a love for dogs...I currently have 3! A fun fact I like to share is my father chose my name when he first heard it in the movie Million Years BC in 1966 with actress, Raquel Welch, who played Loana. When I was baptized the priest said it was a savage name and my parents changed the spelling to "Louanna". I am always honored to be part of someone's journey.
Hi, my name is Marissa. I am originally from Hawaii but have spent the last 11 years working in school-based settings in San Francisco. Outside of school-based settings, I also have experience in acute hospitals and residential programs. I love spending time with my one-eyed dog named Fetty - taking him on hikes and to the beach. While I enjoy spending time outdoors, I also enjoy binge-watching TV shows or finding a good book to read. I believe in ensuring self-care and trying to stay active as much as possible.
My name is Melanie Galan and I have been working as a therapist for six years. Prior to that, I was a special education teacher. When I moved to California 10 years ago, I was not licensed to teach here so I decided to go back to school and become a therapist. Both my teaching and therapy work has focused on adolescents with emotional and cognitive struggles. I enjoy reading, making art, sewing, spending time with my family and my pets. I have two dogs and five cats!
Hello! My name is Monica Villar. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working in community behavioral health for the last 10 years in Central California, primarily providing school-based counseling and also working with youth who are involved with juvenile courts. My background, prior to working as a therapist, was providing behavioral intervention to youth with developmental disorders. I also hold a credential in school counseling, so I'm familiar with the education system and how to support teens at home and at school. A little about me: I'm a very "outdoorsy" person. I enjoy hiking, backpacking, and camping with my kids, who are also teens. I enjoy all kinds of music of different genres and different decades. I also like to spend my free time reading or traveling to the beach or mountains.
Hello! My name is Peggy and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California. California has been my home my entire life. I have over 11 years of experience working with youth who have suffered from some form of trauma. My journey working with youth began as a foster parent. Providing caring support and structure to children in need fueled my passion to further help children who had unfortunate life experiences and needed support and guidance. Therefore, I spent the next 3 _ years as a social worker for a foster agency, training foster parents and supporting foster youth. I valued building trusting therapeutic relationships with the youth I worked with and enjoyed being their advocate in getting their physical and mental health needs met. I also enjoyed working with the foster parents and providing them psychoeducation and support in meeting their foster child's needs. This led my passion for working with youth to grow even more. I have spent the past 4 years as a Child Trauma Therapist, providing mental health counseling to children and teens who suffer from some form of trauma. I have found my niche and absolutely love providing mental health therapy to children and youth! Outside of work, I am a wife and mother of 3 young adult children and 1 teenager. I enjoy spending time with my family and taking family vacations. One fun fact about myself is when I am on vacation I tend to be adventurous and enjoy ziplining over canyons and swimming in caves.
Hello, My name is Ray and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. As a counselor I have worked with adolescents in the public and private school settings. My main hobby currently is to go deep sea fishing. One small fact about me is that no one can beat me in a game of connect 4.
Wong, in my Chinese last name, means yellow - the color of light. I believe a therapist's role is to bring light for clients to see for themselves what's in front of them in order to choose or make the next move in their life situations. I enjoy this role of witnessing clients self-discovery journeys while facilitating and providing support in the process. My clinical training was in Expressive Therapies (music) and mental health counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) as well as a nationally board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) with an expressive-arts-therapy-based approach. I have worked with clients from age 0-100+ and I found learning moments in serving every population. I worked with children and families in early childhood intervention programs, school-aged individuals in a community counseling program, students with special needs, teenagers in intensive residential treatment, adults with disabilities, older adults with age-related issues, and families needing end-of-life emotional support. I have learned many counseling/therapy skills and embraced the arts in healing. I am a therapist with an integrative approach. I like to invite my clients to explore their own creative expressions. A fun fact about me: growing up in British colonial Hong Kong, I learned the concept of "ambivalence" (two cultures, two languages) and therefore I can relate to the "stuck in-between things" feeling, which can be common amongst teens, quite well. Outside of my Daybreak time, I love reading an actual book, seeing the colors green, orange, yellow in nature, listening to music in a different language, biking uphill then down, and hugging all the important people in my life.
Hello and welcome! I am a licensed marriage family therapist who sees life as a classroom in becoming a better version of ourselves. I have come to believe that we all have the ability to reach our full potential. Yet sometimes, when we encounter life's not so pleasant experiences, the ability to rise to our full potential becomes stifled. Through my life's journey (8 years of pursuing a dance career, backpacking across western Europe, and obtaining 3 professional degrees) I have a more profound understanding of life as a teaching platform. All of which has lead me to pursue a path in helping others find emotional freedom and a life of possibility.
Hi, my name is Roxana Hernandez. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am from Los Angeles, born and raised. I am Latina and first-generation to attend college. Growing up in such a diverse city has given me perspective as an individual and as a clinician. I have been a therapist for 10 years and began my career working with adolescents. Since then, I worked with all populations in various settings (teens and young adults being my favorite). I love going to the beach and watching the sunset. I also enjoy my dogs, hiking, trying new foods, exploring different restaurants and coffee shops.
I am a warm, person-centered Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of experience in providing quality mental health services, crisis intervention, and case management to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples of diverse backgrounds.
Hello, my name is Samantha and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from Fresno, CA. I have worked in different settings over the years including non-profit, school campuses, and my own private practice. During my free time, I like to play video games, go on walks, and watch movies. I also love doing art such as painting and drawing, and I love animals.
Welcome and hello! I am Susan Kehoe-Jergens, M.A., LMFT. In becoming a Therapist over the past 25 years, I have been given the lifelong gift of helping people see themselves as divine, unique, beautiful and loved. My first mentor Melva Newman, LICSW used to say, "This is our inherent birthright on this magnificent planet!" I just love this! I have learned this with the help of some great teachers, supervisors, my own therapists and of course through overcoming life struggles and adversities. It is corny but true that every day is a new beginning. We are the authors of our own lives and only need to learn the tools to not just survive in this life but to thrive in it! Whether you want to achieve major inner-transformations or help with achieving goals, then I congratulate you for taking the first steps here exploring Daybreak Health.
Hi everyone! My name is Susan and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living in Southern California with my husband of 25 years. I enjoy hiking in the Sequoia's, playing board games, and spending time with my two college kids (as well as my cat and two dogs). I began my career providing counseling to adults hospitalized with severe mental health issues including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. I transitioned to working with children and adolescents and have never looked back. Their energy and passion have continued to inspire and energize me. I specialize in working with children and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, depression, low self-confidence, and trauma.
I am a U.S. Naval Combat veteran of 20 years. I hold a license in marriage and family therapy, certifications for LAADC (licensed advance alcohol and drug counselor), pharmacy technician, and trained intervention specialist. I enjoy working with teenagers and helping to make a difference in their lives and affect change, just as how someone steps in and helps change the course of my life.
Hi! My name is Tammy and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I was born and raised in San Francisco, but currently live in Brooklyn, New York. For the past 10 years I have worked with young people in various capacities, but most recently as a school-based mental health counselor at a SFUSD high school's wellness center where I provided on-site mental health services to the students. I love learning about people and hearing their stories. Everyone is unique and has a story to tell. Through sharing our stories and having someone to support us in navigating the inevitable challenges in life, I believe we can begin our journey to living a life that is most in alignment with our truest self. I also believe a great amount of growth, healing, and empowerment comes from building strong relationships with my clients that are rooted in trust and authenticity. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, trying new foods, being outdoors, spending time with my family and friends, exercising, playing sports, attending live music events, cooking, baking, and occasionally binging on shows/movies on Netflix/Amazon/Hulu/HBO.
Hi! I am Tiffany Orewyler. I was born and raised in Southern California, and I liked it so much that I decided to stay here! I am married with 2 kids and 2 dogs. In my spare time I do yoga, try to learn new recipes, and watch true crime series! I love working with teens because I feel those are the years that really shape a person into who they will be in the future.
My name is Vanessa Rivas and I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated from the University of Southern California School with a Master's Degree in Social Work in 2010. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicano/a Studies from California State University, Northridge. As an LICSW with a background in ethnic studies, my passion is rooted in community, human rights, and in supporting children, adults, and their families through the challenges of social justice. I have worked as a strength-based mental health therapist in non-profit community settings as well as medical settings.
Hello! I'm Vera (she/_) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I'm an Asian immigrant and mother of two who was born in Taiwan (13 hours flight time from San Francisco). I am multilingual in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese. My identity and life story formed my dedication to offering inclusive, culturally affirming, stigma-fee therapy services. With my 15 years of clinical experience working with diverse populations in California, I offer safe and culturally responsive care and I support all identities and abilities in all bodies deserve equal access to quality mental health care. When not at work, I enjoy traveling to cultivate authentic experiences and have been to China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Canada, and Mexico.
I came to the world of therapy after trying on a few careers, including teaching, advertising and journalism. The common thread for me was always a passion for people's stories about themselves and the world, and how this influences their growth, behavior and relationships. As it turns out, I care much more about the people telling those stories than about selling them things, or improving their grammar, so here I am! I continue to find inspiration in books, music and movement, and enjoy helping others find healing through their unique passions and strengths.
We understand the issues that impact youth, from isolation to self-confidence, anxiety and more. We truly love working with adolescents. In fact, we all chose to specialize in it. We speak English, Spanish, Mandarin and a few others. We are all licensed therapists in California. And we all have 5+ years of experience.