Daniel Davis Consulting Supervisor
I create an environment where clients experience significance, empowerment, and acceptance. I collaborate with clients to identify solutions to their current crises. I enable clients to recognize their ability to consciously develop their unique potential. Since 1994, I have used EMDR to assist clients in resolving interpersonal problems related to trauma. Since 1996, I have done play therapy, art therapy and sandtray therapy with children. I’ve studied Jungian dream analysis since 1986. From 1995 to 2001, working with the publisher of the MBTI, I assisted psychiatrists, psychologists, and corporate trainers worldwide with career development and organizational development issues. I’ve facilitated team building and leadership development with religious organizations, educational institutions, and major corporations such as Wells Fargo Bank and Hewlett-Packard.
From 2007 to 2009, I served on the Board of Directors of the Guild for Psychological Studies. I have been serving on the Board of Directors for Four Springs Retreat Center since 2012. Since 2013, I have been a Consulting Supervisor with Peace It Together, a non-profit dedication to a peaceful community.
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT 101455
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC 11458
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext. 3
Deborah Hennessee is a Licensed MFT and Licensed PCC who completed her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. She has also finished an M.A. in Experimental and Research Psychology from San Jose State University. Her thesis topic concerned life stress, problem-focused coping, and positive affect. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Communication Studies, from San Jose State University. Deborah is a lifetime member of several academic organizations and honors societies, including Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and Psi Chi – the International Honor Society in Psychology.
Deborah’s clinical areas of focus include life stress, life transitions, traumatic stress, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, problem-focused coping, positive reappraisals, positive affect, empowerment, and resilience. She is an integrationist, and applies evidence-based treatments using a trauma-informed, positive psychology-framed, and strengths-based approach. Deborah works with those experiencing life challenges in a manner that empowers them to increase their well-being and life satisfaction. She has over six years of experience serving as a crisis counselor in the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Department. Deborah is a member of both the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of individuals, couples, families, and the community in which we live.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Mary brings to the table experience partnering with a broad range of clients presenting multiple issues. Working in various venues such as Santa Clara County (Substance Use Treatment Services), Bill Wilson Center (Residential), EMQ (currently Uplift) (Wrap Services) and Santa Clara Unified, Mary over the past 13 years has facilitated exploration with clients utilizing a variety of interventions appropriate to presenting issues to help client base define and obtain therapeutic goals.
Mary received her BA, cum laude, (emphasis on Psychology and Education) from Villanova University. In addition, Mary received her MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco.
Mary’s volunteer experience has included: Rape Crisis Center; Center for Living with Dying; Village House (working with homeless).
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 8
Daniell Bellow is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Trainee. She is currently earning her Masters in Counseling at Palo Alto University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she was part of a team that studied children’s cognitive and language development in the context of social interactions and focused on family conversations about science topics in museum settings. Daniell has a strong connection to counseling and is interested in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Daniell was born and raised in San Jose, California. Outside of work and school, she enjoys raising her two rambunctious toddlers, reading, and spending quality time with her family and friends. Her goal for therapy is to create a safe, comfortable place where individuals, couples, and families can get the mental support they need.
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #126183
408-689-8104 Ext. 2
Regina Moreno is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Trainee. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Psychology with a certificate in Trauma Studies. Regina is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals and provides empathetic support and guidance to clients impacted by trauma and other challenges. Trauma affects many people in many different ways and when you endure pain and suffering things may seem unsteady and unclear. You may feel like you have lost connection to the foundation of who you are or perhaps needing to rebuild. With a safe and supportive environment, you can begin to uncover your hidden strength and ability to navigate through your pain and healing is possible. The therapeutic process provides a collaborative safe space to help you regain control over your life.
“I have come to the conclusion that human beings are born with an innate capacity to triumph over trauma. I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening—a portal opening to emotional and genuine spiritual transformation.”
― Peter A. Levine
Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee:
Phone: (408) 689 8104 Ext. 29
Hello there! My name is Beverly Wong, a marriage and family therapist and professional clinical counselor trainee. I am currently a second-year graduate student at Touro University Worldwide, where I am earning a Masters of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) with an emphasis in Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC). I have been working with clients in a community mental health setting for a little over a year. Previously, I’ve had experience working as a volunteer crisis counselor at a hotline and a facilitator for a support group for BIPOC clinicians. Let’s face it, it can be daunting to ask for help. Maybe you feel misunderstood by the people around you. Perhaps you’re in a place where you feel hopeless and stuck. As your therapist, I strive to create a safe, nonjudgmental and collaborative space for self-expression and discovery, healing and problem-solving. I offer a warm and compassionate approach to therapy to support you through any obstacles you may be going through, whether it involves past trauma getting in the way of you living a meaningful life, building healthy relationships with others or creating a loving relationship with yourself. Using a variety of tools from narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy (SFT) and emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), expressive arts, internal family systems (IFS), mindfulness and other therapeutic approaches, I hope to assist you in bringing peace to the past, understanding of the present and hope for the future. I work with people from all walks of life with different backgrounds and identities. Specifically, I’ve helped clients through issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, emotional regulation, past childhood trauma, acculturation/assimilation, relationship conflicts and life transitions. Whatever challenges you are facing, I commend you for taking the first step towards healing and growth. “Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you, doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone” – Lisa Olivera
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext. 18
Anna Varnayeva is a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate who received her Masters’s degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Health Psychology at Santa Clara University. She is passionate about counseling and interested in working with adolescents, young adults, and adults. She has been seeing clients at Peace-it-Together for over a year and has experience working with anxiety, depression, substance use, relationship issues, interpersonal conflict as well as other mental health concerns. Her approach combines a person-centered orientation with a strength-based approach and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). In other words, the therapy treatment is tailored to each individual client, and starts with the foundation of empathy, caring, and non-judgmental space. In addition to looking at the problems, Anna believes it is also important to notice strengths, pay attention to the things that are working well, and resources that can be useful to help clients navigate the challenges in their lives. Her approach also integrates CBT to provide clients tools and coping skills and learn new ways of thinking and engaging with the world.
Anna was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, moving to California (Bay Area) when she was nine years old. This experience shaped her understanding of the role culture plays, the process of adjusting to another culture, and navigating two sets of cultural expectations. Anna is fluent in Russian and can provide therapy in Russian upon request. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time in nature, listening to audiobooks, comedies, amateur photography, and spending time with friends and family.
“”THE CURIOUS PARADOX IS THAT WHEN I ACCEPT MYSELF JUST AS I AM, THEN I CHANGE.” ~~CARL ROGERS”
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext. 10
Kristina Young is a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee, who is currently earning her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University. When she is not training to become a therapist, Kristina works as a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who specializes in working with children and families impacted by autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. She has extensive experience in working with families and children. Kristina earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University and her bachelor’s degrees in English and Marketing from the University of Denver. Kristina is supervised by Deborah Licurse, LMFT, License # 42830.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext. 5
Maria Reyes is pursuing a Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Trauma at Pacific Oaks College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development with an emphasis in Social Change. Maria will be providing services in Spanish for clients.
Maria believes that it is important to have time and space to explore each individual human experience. Maria hopes to provide a safe and warm space to explore presenting issues to help clients find a solution in a collaborative approach. Maria has experience working with children and families in the classroom. Maria is also working with S.A.V.E. as an MFT trainee providing psychotherapy services to domestic violence survivors.
Professional Clinical Counselor, Trainee:
Phone: 408-689-8104 Ext. 30
Leslie Duldulao is a Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) Trainee. She is currently earning her Masters of Science in Professional Counseling with Grand Canyon University. Leslie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology at University of California: Santa Cruz. Over the past 10 years, Leslie has worked as a Recruiter, Career Guidance Counselor, and is currently a Substance Abuse Counselor. She is working closely with young adults learning to gain independent living skills, educational and career technical training, explore obstacles they are going through, and create new lifestyle habits that will help them in their future. Leslie has a passion in developing safe spaces for individuals in underrepresented communities and provides continued support to foster their new learned lifestyles. She strives to create a collaborative, nonjudgmental, and safe space to encourage self-discovery and healing. She has experience in using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), motivational interviewing (MI), expressive arts, mindfulness, and other therapeutic approaches. In her free time, Leslie enjoys playing her ukulele, cooking a variety of cuisines, traveling to places she has yet to explore while divulging in the local eateries, and spending time with her family and friends.
Michelle S. Myers
Michelle S. Myers, Marriage & Family Therapist is a bilingual depth psychotherapist, licensed since 2009, and holds degrees from the University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University. Her further training includes the Hakomi method, and certificates from Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the SF Jung Institute. Myers hails originally from San José, California and has also lived and worked in solidarity with refugees and marginalized communities respectively in Dallas, Texas and São Paulo, Brazil.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext.
Hi, my name is Ruby Escatel, and I currently enrolled in Marriage Family Therapist Masters Program at Pacific Oaks College. I have interned as a trainee at Rebekah’s Children Services and continuing to gain experience as a trainee now with PIT. I have worked with children of typical and atypical needs and their families in school setting and as a home visitor in my previous years of work. I am looking forward to broadening my scope of practice and help more individuals. When I am not working or busy with school, I enjoy spending time with my nephew, making activities for him to promote learning, going on walks with my dog, and thinking of what hobby to pick up. As I begin to work in PIT, I am hoping to provide the space needed to help support and promote an environment that will bring growth for the everyone. I look forward to working with you via telehealth and in person.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext 31
Hello! My name is Zoe Sharkey. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Trainee. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. I have previously volunteered as a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line.
I have a Bachelor’s of Arts in Live Performing Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago. Through that career work, I had the pleasure of working on community efforts to raise funds for local under-resourced schools and Veteran Administration hospitals. It has always been a joy to be a helper.
My commitment to the Peace-It-Together community is to provide a warm and secure place for folks to share what’s on their hearts and minds, collaborate on goals, and advocate for every client’s best interests. I believe counseling is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. I am eager and honored to help folks on their journey.
In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, going on walks with my rescue dog, and creating new recipes with vegetables from my garden.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext 13
Lakshmi is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee (MFT) in her third year at Santa Clara University, earning a Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a Health emphasis. She brings to this work a science background, an abundance of experience in non-profit advocacy, communications, and mindfulness practice. Previously, she served as the Executive Director for TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Oregon, a local chapter of a global nonprofit, where she launched and oversaw numerous skill-building programs for entrepreneurs (such as PitchFest) as well as TYE, a program for minority and underprivileged youth.
She has been a technical writer and a contributing opinion writer at The Oregonian. She has studied meditation and mindfulness extensively, has earned certifications in Reiki (a holistic Japanese mind/body healing technique), and led her own practice. She has an MS degree in Plant & Social Sciences from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has seen her research published in peer-reviewed journals.
As an immigrant, she is sensitive to the impact of acculturation on minority populations and is fluent in English, Hindi, and Tamil. She hopes to create a safe, sacred space for the clients she serves – where, as the poet Hafiz once wrote, they might find the “Astonishing light of [their] own being.”
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext 7
Hello! My name is Nathan Thephavongsa (he/him) and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee earning my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of San Francisco. I’ve had previous experience working with individuals through crisis situations, along with promoting health and wellness throughout college and marginalized communities. It was through this work that I found my passion imbued in serving the mental health of individuals coming from underrepresented populations (i.e. LGBTQIA+, low socioeconomic status, BIPOC, etc.), which has led me towards beginning a career as a therapist. I strive to create warm, safe, and collaborative spaces for individuals of all backgrounds coming in with their own personal, unique life stories. I aspire to be a pillar of support that will bring peace and healing into your life.
“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Phone: (408) 689 8104
Hello! I’m Yvonne O’Brien, a trauma informed psychotherapist based in Santa Cruz, CA. My experience includes providing grief support for bereaved adults and children in a hospice environment; psychiatric social worker/case manager for adults and geriatric populations with acute mental disorders in a county mental health setting; and, group facilitator and therapist for teens and their families facing issues due to domestic violence and teen dating violence with Peace It Together Counseling Agency.Currently, Yvonne has a private practice in Santa Cruz, Life In Motion Therapy, and is also providing group supervision for interns working with Peace It Together.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext 17
Jeff Watson is an MFT trainee who is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy at Touro University Worldwide. He has also received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications at USCB, followed by a Master’s in Mass Communications at USC. By healing through his own traumas he has learned how to grow and wants to watch others blossom as well. Jeff believes in the incredible power of personal stories and the meaning we attach to them. He holds an Advanced Peer Specialist certificate from Share: The Self-Help And Recovery Exchange where he learned his strengths-based approach to help the client realize that they have the force of change within.
Through his walk he has learned the value of community and support by working with addicts for over a decade to help them stay sober just as someone did for him. His various experiences of recovery helped shape a deep sense of empathy and compassion to help others find their inner voice and become who they want to be. He is also a musician and believes in the power of music and art and creates his own when inspired.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext 32
Hi there! My name is April Milburn and I am delighted to be at Peace-It-Together Counseling Agency. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) trainee. I am currently finishing my graduate degree at Palo Alto University. I earned my Bachelor’s from San Francisco State University where I majored in psychology after which I began working in the non-profit sector of community mental health as a crisis residential counselor. I have years of experience working with adult populations who live with severe mental illness, suicidality, and addiction. My passion is helping individuals develop the tools they need to thrive by way of collaboration and encouragement, and I look forward to helping you on your journey. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, traveling and cooking.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext 36
Hello, my name is Sarah (she/her) and I am a Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) trainee! I am currently a graduate student at University of San Francisco earning my Master’s in Counseling Psychology and earned my B.A. in Psychology from Boston University. In the past, I have worked with adolescents and teenagers in a group home setting for drug use rehabilitation, where we worked on building therapeutic relationships and understanding how to overcome addiction. I strive to provide trauma-informed, strengths-based therapy while being mindful of the individual’s background and experiences. In my free time I enjoy practicing the bass guitar, embroidery, and baking.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext 34
Kristyn N. Aguilera is a Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) trainee. She is currently a student at Pacific Oaks College and is enrolled in their MFT program with an emphasis on trauma. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in Chicano Studies and Spanish at California State University, Channel Islands. She has worked with a range of people from children to adults. She is most thrilled about learning more and having the opportunity to meet new people! In her free time, she enjoys reading and watching horror movies.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext 6
Sandra Easterling is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Trainee. She is currently earning her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Touro University Worldwide. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley where she was part of a social psychology lab that analyzed the emotion of Awe during white water rafting excursions. Sandra developed a strong connection to counseling when working as a Research Coordinator at UCSF studying the effects of Oxytocin in relation to goal-oriented behavior and is interested in working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Her goal for therapy is to provide a caring and cohesive environment where growth and understanding can cultivate and thrive. Outside of work and school, she enjoys weight training, reading, traveling, and spending quality time with friends watching movies.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext. 4
Kaitlin Dougherty is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Trainee. She is currently earning her Master in Counseling at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is also on the path to become a registered Expressive Arts Therapist. Earlier in her career, she worked as a community organizer in Camden, NJ and New York City, where she learned firsthand the transformative power of relationships. As a therapist, she hopes to provide a safe, respectful space where her clients are free to be themselves, and can access the resources and support they need to achieve their goals.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext. 17
Anastasia Hospidales was born and raised in the SF Bay Area, Ca. She currently goes to National University, getting her Masters in Counseling in Marriage and Family Therapy. She also has a bachelor’s in Psychology with a Minor in Criminal Justice. Anastasia formerly worked as a crisis counselor for a domestic violence and sexual assault agency, helping survivors process through their trauma by walking alongside them, giving them their options, going through each option with them, and having them choose the best option for themselves. Anastasia believes that everyone has their unique healing path as it connects to their belief systems of self, family, and relationships with the world. One of my favorite quotes is “we cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.” Galileo Galilei
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext 16
Hi, my name is Diane Keller and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Trainee. I am currently earning my MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Life can be complicated and stressful. My most important goal in counseling is to create a warm, compassionate, and trusting space to help clients deal with personal challenges. I believe in using a trauma-informed, strengths-based, and collaborative approach. I am passionate about helping people process their experiences and learn coping skills to make positive, empowering life changes. I also hold a Master of Music degree and work with students of all ages to develop their love of music.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext 37
My name is Shannon Imper. I received my BA in Psychology and the University of Hawaii Manoa where I worked as a summer counselor for the Parks and Rec Department of Honolulu. I am currently enrolled at Northcentral University in their MFT program. I was born and raised in San Jose and I have a strong commitment to helping my community grow and thrive. I look forward to working with you.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext
Marlon Hoang, MFT Trainee-Marlon is a Marriage and Family Trainee from Santa Clara University with dual emphases in Health Psychology and LGBTQ. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from San Jose State University. Marlon is passionate about helping people through their struggles and ultimately being a companion on their sacred journey towards healing, emotional growth, and personal development. Marlon approaches his work with his clients with a sense of openness, acceptance, humility, respect, empathy, and compassion for his client’s unique life circumstances and struggles.
Marlon believes that the work in the therapeutic space is to help clients have more of themselves emotionally available to themselves and feel more connected and whole with their minds, bodies, hearts, and souls, to walk and face life’s challenges with courage and with meaning and purpose, living authentically, and honestly as possible. A life that honors his client’s choices, values, and beliefs. Ultimately to help clients make self-directed choices developing freedom of expression and personal independence in the face of existential anxiety.
Phone: (408) 689 8104 ext 35