¡BIENVENIDOS! VAMOS A PRESENTARNOS.

Entendemos los problemas que afectan a los adolescentes, desde el aislamiento hasta la confianza en sí mismos, la ansiedad y más. Realmente amamos trabajar con adolescentes. De hecho, todos elegimos especializarnos en ello. Hablamos inglés, español, mandarín y algunos más. Todos somos terapeutas con licencia en California. Y todos tenemos más de 5 años de experiencia.

Samantha Lewis

School

California State University - Fresno, Master's in Counseling - Marriage and Family Therapy

License

LMFT #114779 (Expires: 2023-08-31)

Years of experience

8

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.

If you have never talked to a therapist before, the idea can be scary. I hope to make you as comfortable as possible while getting started. I would be honored to help you reach your unique goals. I have worked with many children and teens during my career with many different needs, issues, and obstacles. A few examples include depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, family relationships, peer relationships, self-esteem, academic struggles, and more. I can help provide you the tools to get to where you want to be.

Why I love working with youth:

Children and teens are amazing to work with because they are going through a unique time in their life where they are growing, learning, and figuring out who they are. I can still remember what it was like being a teenager and navigating life during that time, and that makes me want to help even more.

"Thank you so much for helping me through hard times in my life"

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Familial Relationships, Relationships with Peers

Also experienced with

Anger Management, Grief/Loss, Academic Stress

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, TF-CBT, Relational

Tamalina Cummings

School

National University, Master’s of Art in Counseling Psychology

License

LMFT #112753 (04/30/2023)

Years of experience

20

US 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.

I specialize in working through trauma, unhealthy relationships, depression, social struggles, anxiety and stress. I’m here to listen, be a soundboard, and work with you to make your life manageable, to help you get through the rough times, process traumas, grief, social situations and get you back on track for the life you want to have. I’m here to help you reach your full potential even when you feel you're at your lowest.

Why I love working with youth:

The hardest time in most people’s life is adolescence. Social pressures, not being/feeling heard, school stress, the unknown future, and the variety of changes. Adolescents need someone that can provide unconditional warmth and understanding while helping them navigate “turbulent waters until they reach smoother seas". The biggest impact and most change can be done while in adolescence, and I love to provide tools that not only get them through the teen years but provide a solid healthy foundation to build on in the future as well

“Thank you for giving me a toolbox to use! I pulled out a lot of different tools this year and I graduated high school”

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Substance Use, Familial Relationships, Relationships with Peers

Also experienced with

Bipolar Disorder, Romantic Relationships, Divorce/ Separation, Cultural Diversity/ Acculturation, Anger Management, Grief/Loss, Academic Stress

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, DBT, Solution-Focused

Robert Garza

School

CSU-Stanislaus

License

LCSW #76744

Years of experience

20

My name is Robert and I’m excited to join Daybreak as a Therapist. I’m highly experienced Therapist (LCSW) with 20 years of experience. I currently reside in Sacramento, enjoy playing horseshoes, and bowling in my spare time. I have worked across various Behavioral Health Programs. I received my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, substance abuse from Stanislaus State University and my master’s degree in Social Work from California State University Stanislaus. I also received specialized substance abuse addiction while completing my master’s degree. I was also instrumental in the leadership program bringing the Substance Abuse Program to Stanislaus State University.

I have spent most of my career working with teens and children in the Merced and Stanislaus Counties Mental Health System of Care. I have helped clients navigate school stressors, heartbreak, conflict with friends, trauma, bereavement issues, identity development, and family difficulties.

Why I love working with youth:

Adolescents love to genuinely connect with other. Some of funniest, deepest and most meaningful conversations I have had were teenagers.

"I enjoy talking to you about my issues at school comfortably without having to worry about being judged or punished."

Speciality areas

Anxiety, Depression, Relationships with Peers, Familial Relationships, Immigration

Also experienced with

Anger Management, Grief/Loss, Cultural Diversity, Divorce, Substance Use, Self-Harming Behavior, Panic Disorder

Therapeutic approaches

Solution-focused, CBT, TF-CBT

Anastacia Kayne

School

Otis College of Art & Design, Bachelor’s in Fine Arts; Antioch University Los Angeles, Master’s in Clinical Psychology

License

LMFT #102777

Years of experience

10

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.

Within my clinical career, I have spent those 10+ years working with children and teens. I have worked with adolescents on managing conflicts with family and friends, processing and understanding traumas/grief/loss, keeping up with school, navigating stresses and ever-growing responsibilities, and exploring who they are and who they aspire to be. My background in art has allowed me to find creative approaches to therapy, which can at times feel like a bit scientific and analytical.

Within my clinical career, I have spent those 10 years working with children and teens. I have worked with clients on managing conflicts with family and friends, processing and understanding traumas/grief/loss, keeping up with school, navigating stresses and ever-growing responsibilities, and exploring who they are and who they aspire to be. My background in art has allowed me to find creative approaches to therapy, which can at times feel like a bit scientific and analytical. I seize any opportunity to incorporate art in sessions in some way…Whether it be through drawing and painting, making music playlists, writing, etc. I like to find creative ways to explore our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I am trained/certified in various Evidence Based Practices (EBP), including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), and Seeking Safety.

Why I love working with youth:

Being a young adult can be some of the most complex and intense times we face, and it is an honor to support clients and their families during this time in any way I can.

“I’ve decided to tell my story and I dedicate it to you. If I didn’t show enough thanks, I would love to say thank you again. I am fortunate to know you. My life has definitely taken a turn for the better with you in it. I couldn’t tell you how grateful I am, there are no words. You’re truly amazing.”

Speciality areas

Depression, Family Relationships, Grief/Loss, Academic Stress

Also experienced with

Learning Differences, Panic Disorder, Divorce/Separation

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Relational, Solution-Focused

Tammy Visser

School

University of Hawaii at Manoa, B.A. in Psychology; University of San Francisco, M.A. in Counseling Psychology

License

LPCC #9395 Exp. 03/31/2023

Years of experience

5

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.

Taking this step to seek out the support of a therapist is truly an act of courage and finding someone you can trust with some of the most vulnerable parts of you can be nerve-racking. As your therapist, I will be as transparent and honest with you as I ask you to be with me. I will treat you with respect and strive to ensure you feel seen, heard, and valued. I am deeply empathetic, kind, caring, and authentic. I also love sprinkling in some humor when appropriate. In session, I strive to meet each client where they are at that day as I operate from a client-centered perspective. You are the expert and author of your life - I am simply here to walk alongside you to help you navigate the challenges and celebrate your wins. I look forward to meeting and supporting you!

Why I love working with youth:

I love working with teens because they’re truly amazing and bring me so much hope. The teenage years are incredibly impressionable and a time where you are really starting to figure yourself out. It’s also quite a complex time filled with so many mixed emotions that I love being able to offer my support and be of resource to.

"You've helped me so much along my journey...thank you so much..."

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Difficulties, Familial Relationships, Grief/Loss

Also experienced with

Anger Management, Academic Stress

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, TF-CBT, Relational

Jaclyn Waite

School

Bachelor's in Psychology from Biola University; Master's of Social Work from Cal State Fullerton

License

LCSW # 98615 Exp. 11/30/2022

Years of experience

6

I am Jaclyn and it is lovely to virtually meet you. I fell in love with the idea of becoming a therapist from a young age, and it is something that truly stuck. I got my first experience working in mental health when I lived abroad in Spain for a few years. When I am not seeing clients, I usually can be found re-reading Harry Potter, listening to a fun new podcast/audiobook, or swing dancing.

I have spent most of my career working with teens in the foster care system. I have helped clients navigate school stressors, heartbreak, conflict with friends, trauma, identity development, family difficulties, and adjusting to the COVID pandemic.

Why I love working with youth:

Adolescents and teens are in a sweet spot of coming into their own, figuring out who they want to be, and maintaining hope in the future that lies ahead of them. I consider myself incredibly blessed to have the privilege to walk alongside clients in that journey and to be the best support to them that I can be.

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Family Relationships, Peer Relationships, Academic Stress

Also experienced with

Grief, Romantic Relationships, Panic

Therapeutic approaches

Relational, Solution-Focused, CBT

Lauren Passoff

School

New York University, Silver School of Social Work, Master's in Social Work

License

LCSW# 101061

Years of experience

14

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.

My historical area of focus ranges from challenges in school, overcoming childhood traumas, depression, anxiety, social isolation, and conflict within family units. These are common things that we all face as we grow and evolve into our adult selves. I aim to listen, support, and give you the confidence and tools that you may feel are holding you back.

Why I love working with youth:

The teenage years can be filled with so many mixed emotions- fear, insecurity, uncertainty about the future, a desire to be independent, and begin to define what you want for yourself out of life. There are so many sources of pressure from peers, schools, family, social media, etc. I have a personal passion for working with teenagers at this pivotal point in their lives, to define plans for their futures that allow for success, freedom, and happiness.

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Learning Differences, Familial Relationships

Also experienced with

Peer Relationships, Sleep Difficulties, Grief/Loss, Academic Stress

Therapeutic approaches

Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Solution-Focused

Susan Kehoe-Jergens, M.A., L.M.F.T.

School

Pacific Oaks College, BA Human Development./ Antioch University, M.A. Clinical Psychology

License

LMFT # MFC37217 Exp. 8/31/22

Years of experience

25

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, LCSW 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.

Choosing a Therapist that you feel comfortable with is really important. After all, you are trusting us with your ideas, hopes, dreams, problems and solutions. This is why I am transparent about who I am so that you can be too. I am a smart professional and very experienced in many modalities of treatment. I am “client centered“ which means that your personal concerns, priorities, interests and styles of learning determines the modalities we will use in treatment. I am authentic, empathetic, patient, kind and loving. If I am not in sessions with you, you can find me outside. Walking in the forests, fishing, kayaking, boating, gardening, at beach or the lake. Nature fills my soul with Joy and peace. Its my happy place! I can also be found curled up reading, watching movies or binging Netflix/Hulu/Amazon. I am passionate about Social Justice, safety and support the need for change. This has always been my true nature and path. I am open to spiritual beliefs and if that is important to you, we can naturally integrate this in our treatment plan together. Thank you for checking out my short Bio! Please message me if you have any questions. I really look forward to working with you. Susan Kehoe-Jergens, LMFT

Why I love working with youth:

Because I color outside the lines of the box too! We all need to march to the sound of own drums, we just need to hold hands while we do it.

"You didn't only see the cultural barriers we struggle with but you truly saw us, as a family and we are very grateful for your help".

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Substance Use, Panic Disorder, Gender Identity

Also experienced with

Learning Differences, Relationships, Anger Management

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing

Silvia Escobar

School

Cal State University Long Beach

License

LCSW #87054

Years of experience

3

My name is Silvia and in my free time I love to travel, cook, spend time with my dogs, read comedic fiction, and true crime books. My ultimate favorite thing to do is attend concerts. I enjoy discovering up and coming artists, and following their music career. My music taste is very eclectic, and this is something I am very proud of. I am a first-generation college graduate. I wear this badge with significant pride. I was born in Guatemala, and began living in California when I was 8 years old. I love being bilingual, English, and Spanish because this allows me to communicate with a variety of individuals. I have been working with children and families for 17 years. I have worked in the home, school, clinical, and community setting

My areas of expertise are working with children experiencing depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. This can be secondary to traumatic events, grief and loss, health issues, or identity issues. I have worked with so many children who have overcome so many obstacles in their life with the right support. Ultimately, my belief that children are very resilient is what keeps me so engaged with such age group.

Why I love working with youth:

For the last 8 years I have been working with adolescents, which has turned into my favorite group to work with. I find adolescents have so much potential. It is my personal belief teenagers have a lot to say, and one just has to listen. I grew up in a home where a child’s voice was secondary, and my opinions and thoughts were not deemed as important as the adults around me. In my career, I have worked with many families who continue to believe a child’s voice is not as important as the adults around them. Often, I have observed children’s feelings, beliefs, and values not being validated, or outright ignored. Because of this, my ultimate goal when working with adolescents is to help them find that inner voice, and have them channel it in a positive direction. Adolescence is such a pivotal stage in a child’s life. It is a time of finding one’s identity, and it is a time when autonomy is key.

Thank you for supporting me when nobody else seemed to. You made me feel like you cared about my problems, and you tried to find different ways to help me. Thank you for helping me grow.

Speciality areas

Anxiety, Depression, Peer Relationships

Also experienced with

Cognitive Delays, Familial Relationships, Sexual Identity, Gender Identity, Cultural Diversity

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused

Dora Llaneras

School

California Baptist University

License

LMFT 120629, 08/31/2022

Years of experience

7

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.

My counseling style is warm and compassionate, to help clients develop an awareness of their feelings, strengthen their communication skills and build resilience. I enjoy working with clients who have the motivation to work through their struggles and although difficult, face their truths and I confident that everyone has what it takes to move through the challenge’s that life throws their way. I am passionate in walking alongside my client to uncover their inner strengths, passions and motivation to achieve overall well-being. In therapy, I utilize several modalities which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family Systems, and several others to meet you where you are at. In addition, together we will work towards meeting your desired goal by creating a specialized treatment plan and interventions that are specific to the client.

Why I love working with youth:

This is a time where a client is learning how to juggle all of the pivotal events in their life such as family, school, social anxieties and responsibilities. The transition from childhood to adolescent then to a teen can be confusing and sometimes overwhelming. Providing a safe place where a client can discuss these issues are fundamental in the development of a healthy adult.

"I enjoy talking with you. I didn't think that I was going to like therapy but now I look forward to coming in."

Speciality areas

Anxiety, Depression, Grief

Also experienced with

Family Conflict, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm, Social/Relational Difficulties, Substance Abuse, Trauma

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, DBT, Family Systems

Rosemary O'Leary

School

California State University, Chico, Bachlors in Multiculture Gender Studies John F. Kennedy University, Master's in Somatic Counseling Psychology

License

LMFT #124260 Exp. 2/8/2023

Years of experience

6

I am passionate about the healing and integrative capacity that the therapeutic relationship offers. My background includes over a decade of meditation and mindfulness-informed practices including movement and sound. I faced my own healing crisis in my late teens and early twenties and was eventually lead towards studying Feminism, looking deeply into the interlocking systems of oppression. Finding healing in art, movement, dance, song, expression and activism. One of my feminism teacher's had us read a book called, The Healing Wisdom of Africa which lead towards mentorship and learning about healing from an embodied and soulful, nature based perspective. I received bodywork from a shaman of the Dagara tradition for 3 years. This moved my healing to a profound level and lead to my work as a somatic therapist.

Why I love working with youth:

I love working with adolescents because they are fun. I resonate with the developmental task of adolescence to push against established systems and create new worlds. I found personally and consider in general adolescence to be an incredibly rich threshold towards crossing into adulthood. This is a potent time of self actualization and becoming sovereign.

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Relationships

Also experienced with

Academic stress, Anger Management, Sleep Difficulties, Substance Use

Therapeutic approaches

Relational, Psychodynamic, CBT

Lauren E. Alon

School

University of Southern California, MSW with specialty in Mental Health for Children and Families.

License

LCSW24205 EXP.
02/28/2021

Years of experience

20

Greetings, my name is Lauren and I look forward to getting to know you. In my personal and professional life, self care contributes to feeling fulfilled and supporting others in healing and living life to the fullest. Activities that bring me joy include travel, outdoor adventures with my family, conversations with friends, including beach trips and hiking, and have my own time to enjoy a good book, write, and be a lifelong learner. As a therapist, I value bringing my personal sense of feeling fulfilled to support other’s growth, development, goals, healing, and capacity to live a full and joyful life.

My ideal client is one who is motivated and/or is supported to work through emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges, which are barriers to self care, joy, and fulfilling their goals and dreams. Gratitude, kindness, empathy, optimism and belief in the power of resiliency and healing are guiding principles in my personal and professional life. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy and psycho-education to support healing from trauma, relationship challenges, and managing mental illness. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, self-harm, peer and family relational problems, and healing trauma. I look forward to getting to know you and developing a personalized therapeutic relationship, to best support you in reaching your self care and mental health goals. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about treatment and how I can best support your goals.

Why I love working with youth:

Life is full of possibilities for adolescents. I love working with adolescents as there is a true impact of mental health treatment on healing from emotional, behavioral, and mental health barriers to forming a healthy and fulfilled identity. It is personally and professionally fulfilling and rewarding to empower teens to utilize their strength to achieve their goals and lead their best life.

"I feel that you listen to me, let me be myself, and support me to take care of myself and feel better."

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety

Also experienced with

Panic disorder, Substance use, Eating disorders, Familial Relationships, Relationships with Peers, Sexual Identity, Gender Identity, Academic Stress

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Relational, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused

Juan Trevino

School

Michigan State University; MSW; LCSW

License

LCSW #27425 Exp.
08/31/2022

Years of experience

12

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.

I really try to use a clients strengths to work towards their goals. Often having a vision of what a client would like to accomplish is the best starting point. From there we can develop some skills and strategies to make those goals come true. I like to utilize a person's strengths and introduce thinking patterns that are beneficial to progress along with thoughts that are not. Emotions are often the key and we will use them as information in nonjudgemental ways rather than as instructions. If this sounds like it would help, reach out.

Why I love working with youth:

I love working with young people because of how rewarding it can be. A simple perspective can truly change the trajectory of your life and as a young person, I feel like I could have really used some support. I've dedicated my life to working with and helping others and it's truly a passion. When I'm not working with young people in a therapeutic environment, you'll find me on the ice coaching hockey players and using sport as a metaphor for life and relationships. I'm very fortunate to do what I love everyday.

"Juan, there is no one I know that I would rather have my son spend time with than you, and I will be forever grateful that he had the opportunity to spend so much time with you over the years. When I have been asked about you by other parents throughout the years, my answer was always the same, “Juan is a great coach, but more importantly he is a great man and your son will be a better person for having known him”. I believe that strongly and I believe that my son has been truly blessed by you being in his life. You have helped to shape the man that he is becoming, and while he has a ways to go, you should be very proud of the fingerprints you put on that lump of clay. "

Speciality areas

Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Familial Relationships, Relationships with Peers, Anger Management, Grief/Loss, Academic Stress

Also experienced with

Depression, Sleep Difficulties, Substance Use,

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, TF-CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Relational, Psychodynamic, Solution-Focused

Carla Felten

School

University of Denver, Master’s in Social Work Azusa Pacific University, Bachelor’s in Social Work University of Wollongong, Australia, Sociology study abroad

License

LCSW #82350 Expires 10/31/2021

Years of experience

7

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.

We all have emotions, needs, passions, and hopes; we all deserve to be seen and heard. And we all have unique identities which can shape our experiences and impact how we are treated. If you want to learn about yourself and strengthen/manifest healthy, supportive, and intentional relationships, it would be an honor to provide a space for you to do that. I use family-integrated and attachment approaches in understanding our beliefs and explore areas of hurt within yourself/relationships that need healing. We will also explore how our mind/brain, body, and spirit are connected and can be influenced to meet (or hijack!) our needs. You are driving this process as it is YOUR life – I offer to walk alongside and share ideas for you to try.

Why I love working with youth:

I describe adolescence as the stage of balancing fragility and vulnerability with power/control and influence. Adolescents are starting to choose the directions of their lives and are still impacted by the choices of others who have authority over them. This can be such a confusing time, and yet I’m always amazed with teens who so clearly know who they are and/or are unapologetically figuring it out. I love seeing adolescents live out their truths and I am grateful to have a chance supporting them in making the most out of their lives and changing the world around them.

"You provide a safe place for me to share things easily. I feel like you really listen and don't judge me. "

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma-informed care, Family Relationships, Teen violence

Also experienced with

Coping skills, Lifestyle coaching, Peer Relationships, Self-Harming, LGBTQ+, Animal Assisted Therapy; Foster Care/Adoption

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Family Systems, Attachment; EMDR

Raymond Chung

School

California Baptist University, Master's in Counseling Psychology

License

LMFT #106455

Years of experience

5

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.

When I became a counselor, I was informed by many colleagues that working with adolescents was the most difficult and not fun to deal with. As I grew in the counseling world, I not only realized how fun it was to work with adolescents, but also humbling at times. Adolescents, that I've experienced, can be blunt, intelligent, introspective, and able to call out the adult's nonsense. Adolescents also are in this weird stage where they might want to still be a child, but also be treated like an adult from their family members. I love being able to work with these adolescents to give them a place to speak freely of their frustrations and also validate the areas they are not being validated.

Why I love working with youth:

Because adolescents are in a unique place where they must juggle the expectations of school, peers, and family life, it can be very stressful. Also, with the fast-paced world of social media added, it can make an adolescent's life even more stressful. I provide a judgement free zone where you can meet with me and talk about things that might be hard for you to talk about elsewhere.

"I'm able to talk with Ray comfortably without having to worry about being judged or punished." - 17 year old Male

Speciality areas

Anxiety, Stress, Trauma-informed care

Also experienced with

Self-harming

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing

Vera Liao

School

California State University Sacramento, Master's in Marriage Family and Child Counseling; University of Oregon, BS in Psychology ; Aletheia University, BA in Business Administration

License

LMFT#49320 (Expires: 2022-7-31)

Years of experience

15

Hello! I’m Vera (she/她) 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 a 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.

You are not alone for what you are experiencing now, and it is perfectly okay to feel how you are feeling! I believe everyone was born perfectly imperfect; however, we live in the world that "it is never enough!” When you are feeling lost acknowledge and accept how you're feeling, it's time to take compassionate care of yourself and seek out help from a professional trained therapist. I understand seeking counseling or therapy can be a vulnerable process and getting the right help can become an overwhelming task. I encourage you to find a therapist who matches your needs and identities. I’d like to help you connect with your most authentic self, and re-build skills you have within to improve your relationship with self and with others.

Why I love working with youth:

It could be a tough transition from being a child to an adolescent with not only changes in physical appearance, but also self-identity, relationship, expectation, and responsibilities from self to others. Helping teens is the most rewarding job I can think of. Teens motivate me to be a better person and therapist with what I’ve admired most of teenager’s energetic, creative, honest, flexible, and resilient. I love that no single day at work is the same and the counseling approach for each teen is always different. This is because I don’t only focus on the difficulties you are having, I focus on your strengths, and I always take into consideration your identities, personality, what they have impacted on your life.

" I was so scared and lost when my parents telling me that they found me a therapist. I had no ideas what was that meant and why I needed to talk to a stranger about my problem. Now, I feel much better and healthier because Vera helped me to walk through a therapeutic journey where I've learned my most authentic self and found the strengths I have to deal with others and problem I have. She is not only a therapist to me, but also a good listener and mentor!"

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Coping skills, Family Relationships

Also experienced with

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Trauma-informed care, Sexuality, Substance use, Coping skills, Technology / internet overuse, Lifestyle coaching, Peer Relationships, Family Relationships, School Issues, Self-Harming, Self-Esteem, Sleep or Insomnia, Teen violence, LGBTQ+

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Family Systems

Claudia Estrada

School

Hope International Unversity, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapist

License

LMFT #110957 (Expires: 2022-31-12)

Years of experience

6

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.

As a therapist, I strive to make my clients feel comfortable when working with me in the therapeutic setting. My therapeutic style is a combination of CBT, client-centered, humanistic, solution-focused with emphasis on positive mindset. Overall, I work on meeting my client where they are at to work our way up to becoming the best version of themselves. As someone who has experienced trauma, anxiety and depression in life I love working with individuals who have also faced similar challenges in life because I feel that they feel better understood and connected with me as their therapist. I will work with you and help you develop the skills/tolls that are needed to overcome those challenges, struggles, and barriers.

Why I love working with youth:

I love to work with adolescents because they are at a stage in their life where they are most vulnerable and need the most guidance in their life. It is at this age that they need to have positive role models and people that truly care for them and will accept them without feeling judged or criticized. It is at this age in life that they struggle with their own identity and are at a power struggle with trying to figure out who and what they want out of life.

"I like that fact that you understand me and I can connect with you. I feel comfortable talking to you becuase I know that I will not be judged." "You truly have made an impact in my life and for that I am greatful."

Speciality areas

Anxiety, Stress, Coping skills, Peer Relationships, Self-Esteem

Also experienced with

Depression, Family Relationships, School Issues, Self-Harming

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Solution-Focused

Wendy Youngsmith

School

Alliant International University, MA Marriage and Family Therapy

License

LMFT #121278 Exp. 8/31/2022

Years of experience

10

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 peoples' 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.

In the last decade, I have been fortunate to serve teens/transition age youth and their families in a variety of settings (school based, foster/adoption, substance abuse, psychosis, inpatient and outpatient). I've sat with high achievers struggling with perfectionism, and worked through depression where brushing teeth in the morning was a success. I've journeyed with clients through intense trauma, and shared their joys as they learn to integrate their stories and own their strengths. It's important to me to meet people where they are, to listen, help them define their own goals, and grow their unique strengths. I use a variety of tools, including CBT, narrative therapy, humanistic/client focused and family systems to cater to individual needs.

Why I love working with youth:

From a cognitive perspective: I continue to find adolescence to be one of the most interesting and diverse developmental stages, both for individuals and for families. It is full of self-exploration and redefining, explosions in brain development, changes in social structures, launching into adulthood--and all of this can be challenging! From an emotional (and perhaps truer perspective): I just KNOW that teens/young adults are my population. I enjoy being in the room (physical or virtual) with them. Teens are funny, smart, creative and expressive. I have so much fun saying back to them the wisdom they haven't heard they've spoken and empowering them in their strengths.

From a thank you note: "I needed that space to fall apart, and have you help put me back together to get through my day. You pushed me to be better at communicating with my teachers and parents. I'm not sure they hear me still, but at least I said things I wouldn't have normally. Thank you for helping me see things could get better, and helping me to get what I needed."

Speciality areas

Depression, Stress, Trauma-informed care, Family Relationships, School Issues

Also experienced with

Stress, Sexuality, Substance use, Coping skills, Peer Relationships, Self-Harming, Self-Esteem, LGBTQ+, adoption/foster and attachment

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Family Systems

Roberto Parris

School

Vangard University, Masters in Clinical Psychology

License

LMFT #85667 (Expires: 2022-07-31)

Years of experience

5

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.

As a practicing therapist working with adolescents, my approach and methods in creating safe space with clients allow them to develop emotional freedom and healthy tools to navigate through tough situations. My work with my clients is integrative, multicultural, and solutions-focused driven. I have experience in counseling adolescents in managing their emotional health, peer-relationships, and setting educational goals while navigating through the turbulent school years. I have also worked with adolescents in an in-patient psych facility providing crisis intervention, group therapy, and coping skill management. I am eager to learn about your life story and support you in accomplishing your goals

Why I love working with youth:

I enjoy working with teenagers because I believe the adolescent years are the beginning stages of finding one's purpose and passion in life. During my adolescent years, it was challenging to find the emotional support I needed in order to explore my emotional issues and discovering the things I wanted out of life. Over the years I gained the support I needed and realized how important having space "to figure ones-self out" is key in teenage development. Thus, a majority of my therapeutic work has been focused on teenagers in creating an environment for emotional healing and personal development.

Speciality areas

Depression, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, School Issues, Lifestyle Coaching

Also experienced with

Anxiety, Stress, Peer Relationships, Family Relationships, School Issues, Self-Harming, LGBTQ+

Therapeutic approaches

Motivational Interviewing, Client-centered, Psychodynamic

Kasey Wallace

School

Antioch University- Los Angeles, MA Degree in Clinical Psychology with a child studies emphasis. Lehigh University, BA in Psychology

License

LMFT #109572 Expires: 9/30/2022

Years of experience

5

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!

No client is exactly the same and therefore I strive to tailor my therapeutic approach to fit the client’s needs and strengths. I have experience working with and can support children, adolescents and families, struggling with academic issues, grief/loss, adjustment issues (i.e. parents divorcing, transitioning, moving, etc), anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders/ moodiness (“teen angst”), substance use issues, social and peer relationships, needing support building skills, improving self-esteem, and encouraging growth and development. I have developed empathy, respect and compassion for others and embrace people including those different from her and from various backgrounds.

Why I love working with youth:

I’ve always had a passion and joy working with youth. I like to utilize humor and enjoy all types of humor. I am upbeat but also understand reality including challenges impacting young lives. I strive to be authentic when working with youth and families. I utilize techniques that are age-appropriate to support client’s buy-in and willingness to participate. I work with individuals to identify goals and support working together to progress towards identified goals.

"Kasey is dope"- teen aged 15 "Kasey is friendly and a joy to work with"- anonymous parent

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma-informed care, Coping skills, School Issues

Also experienced with

Stress, Sexuality, Peer Relationships, Family Relationships, Self-Harming, Self-Esteem

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Family Systems