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.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT 132600
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.
MFT Trainee AMFT #130476
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.
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
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 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.
Devon Shane Baker
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 40
Hello! My name is Devon Shane Baker, and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Trainee. I am currently earning my Masters in Counseling at Palo Alto University and have a BA in Psychology from Skidmore College in New York. I have over eight years of experience working with adolescents and their families as a mentor and academic coach and am excited to work with this age group as a therapist. I also have nearly a decade of experience working towards organizational change with small businesses, nonprofits, and Native American Tribes as a sustainability consultant. I’m excited to bring these experiences and learnings to help people of all ages create lasting change in their lives.
I understand that it can be challenging to seek help. My goal as a therapist is to provide an authentically warm, non-judgemental, safe space for self-discovery and lasting healing. My approach is collaborative, compassionate, and strength-based. I use a mix of traditional techniques and forward-thinking alternative modalities to reach your unique goals for our work together. I respect diversity in all forms and the significance of people’s unique cultural experiences. Whether you are hoping to navigate a meaningful life transition, manage issues like anxiety, depression, or addiction, improve your relationships, or work through a lingering or new trauma, I am here to help. Regardless of the problems you are facing, I applaud you for taking this step to get help, and I hope to partner with you on your path to healing. I live with my husband, young son, Yorkshire Terrier, and four chickens in Woodside, CA. When I am not working, I love playing guitar, writing and singing original music, hiking, reading fiction, practicing yoga, and designing and making jewelry.
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 38
Hello there! My name is Samantha and I’m a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) trainee! I received my bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Justice Studies at SJSU, and I’m currently earning my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Touro University Worldwide. I have a background in working with individuals that have IDD, as well as individuals with dual diagnoses of mental health and substance use. I currently work as a case manager providing different services to clients coming from the justice system. It’s my life’s goal to provide trauma-informed and strength-based therapies to my future clients because working through these challenges on your own isn’t easy, and I’m here to help you find those strengths and grow with them. In my free time, I like to hang out with my family and my dogs, Mason & Milo, listen to true crime podcasts, and play video games! I look forward to supporting you!
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 11
Hi there! My name is Kiani Alba with Indigenous, Irish, and Mexican roots. I am currently attending the University of San Francisco’s Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy program. I am originally from a small town on the central coast of California- Templeton. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with the ones I love, painting, and exercising (in any form). I am drawn to working in the mental health field, like many of my colleagues, because of the journey I have had in my life. My experience includes working at a nonprofit agency that focused on issues pertaining to domestic violence and vulnerable populations. I learned so much in this experience, including the strength and resilience that is within us all. I hope to create a space that is welcome and inviting; to create a space that elicits conversation that allows for a deeper understanding of self and the world around us. I am humbled to be joining this field and to provide support for anyone who I am privileged to share a space with.
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 43
Hi, my name is Benny Osiomoje Evien, and I am in my practicum year and will finish my Masters in Counseling Psychology MFT track with Santa Clara University. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at San Jose State University. I was born and raised in Sunnyvale, CA. I am a big sports fan, and my favorite one is basketball! I am a Personal Trainer who motivates and challenges my clients to reach their health goals. I also enjoy reading about philosophy, fitness, and psychology to sharpen my skills! “I am what time, circumstance, history has made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all.” – James Baldwin
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 42
Jacinda Rodriguez is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee, currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Jacinda graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2013 with a degree in Sociocultural Linguistics, and has since been unwavering in her dedication to the service and healing of her community and those around her. As an Eligibility Work Supervisor with Santa Clara County’s Social Services Agency since 2015, Jacinda has worked tirelessly with vastly diverse populations across the Bay Area assisting the underserved receive equitable and accessible mental health services. Through a variety of tools Jacinda has disinterred, she is passionate about providing her clients with empathetic, trauma-informed, safe, and collaborative support. When Jacinda is not working or in school, she enjoys long evening walks with her dog, attending live music events, and spending time with her family.
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 44
My name is Tricia Tiutan and I am an MFT / LPCC trainee. I am currently enrolled at Palo Alto University working on my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. I approach therapy as a human being holding space for you that is filled with empathy, warmth, and genuineness. My style is collaborative, engaged, and I incorporate values of self-compassion, acceptance, resilience, and awareness. I work to maintain a balance between being supportive and challenging. My approach is holistic and comprehensive – typically, the first session involves gathering information about what you’re struggling with, who you are as a human, and your past experiences.
MFT Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 35
Bianca Gabriel is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Trainee. She is currently earning her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Bianca developed the love for counseling at a young age, but the connection grew stronger when Bianca worked in a child abuse intervention and education nonprofit in Boulder, Colorado as an intern. Not only is Bianca passionate about making a difference and helping people, but she is also confident she can provide a safe environment where every client feels comfortable and respected as individuals. I look forward to working with you!
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 12
Maria Lee is a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee. She is currently a graduate
student at Pacific Oaks College earning her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy
with an emphasis in trauma. Attentive and sensitive to others’ feelings and needs, she has always been drawn to helping others and being of service to the community. With experience in supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds, she has assisted and coached adults and young adults to enhance mental health and personal development. Additionally, she has worked with children providing instructional aide and offering behavioral therapy. She was born and raised in San Francisco and aims to contribute to improving the wellbeing of the community. Maria is committed to supporting and guiding clients on their healing journeys.
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 41
Paige Cummings is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee. Paige graduated from Sonoma State University in 2016 with a degree in Liberal Arts and began a career in teaching before pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Through her work in the mental health field, she has supported clients through crisis intervention and stabilization at San Jose Behavioral Health. Paige has a passion for working with clients through a trauma-informed approach focusing on relationship building, attachment, and empowering individuals to develop strength-based skills. When not working in mental health, Paige enjoys spending time at the aquarium and exploring all of the beautiful beaches in California.
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 15
Lisa is a student at CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies) earning her masters degree in Integral Counseling Psychology. She will be pursuing her MFT and LPCC licensing. Lisa has many years of experience in tech work in silicon valley but has long been interested in changing careers to psychotherapy. She also has over 20 years of experience as a volunteer counselor on the Santa Clara County Suicide and Crisis Service (SACS) hotline. Also, Lisa has been fully trained in the Hakomi method. Lisa’s undergraduate degree was in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia (her hometown). Lisa is also a single mother whose daughter is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in psychology. Lisa has also been playing pool in a local league for a few years and is an accomplished private pilot.
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 5
I was born and raised in the State of Washington and moved to the Bay Area shortly after graduating with my Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice & Criminology and Psychology from Washington State University. I began my career in higher education settings providing support for students of all ages at various capacities. Seeing the need for mental health support in higher education settings, I felt driven to pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. As a counselor, I strive to provide a non-judgmental, safe, and supportive space where clients can explore new coping skills to live a healthier and happier life. Outside of work and school, I enjoy traveling, cooking, exercising, and going to sporting events.
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 9
As a returning student, parent and former academic professional, Asya decided to enter the field of counseling to better support marginalized communities and serve those socially and historically oppressed. Her current theoretical interests include Narrative, Humanistic & Strengths Based therapeutic practices with an emphasis on cultural inclusiveness, spirituality, trauma recovery and healing through socio-political awareness and activism. Asya’s hope is to cultivate a non-traditional community centered practice that serves to empower individuals. She’s worked with former foster youth, community leaders and unhoused individuals, facilitating workshops and small groups as well as providing case management, advising and wellness programming activities. Asya received her Bachelor’s in Earth Systems Science & Policy from CSU Monterey Bay. She is currently finishing up her MA in Counseling Psychology at USF, San Jose. Asya is a certified life coach, social entrepreneur and community advocate. She is eager to learn in community with the clients and staff at Peace- it- Together. Asya’s current self- care activity is reading in the morning sun and observing nature from her front door. “To begin by always thinking of love as an action rather than a feeling is one way in which anyone using the word in this manner automatically assumes accountability and responsibility.”~bell hooks, all about love~
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 45
Hello! My name is Regina Orozco and I’m an MFT Trainee. I am pursuing my Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University. I’ve earned my Bachelors degree in Kinesiology at CSU Monterey Bay. Through my work in the mental health field, I’ve supported clients by providing ABA therapy as well as counseling at residential treatment centers. Outside of the office I enjoy practicing hot yoga, exploring hiking trails, or attending pottery classes. I take a holistic approach to therapy and value the mind, body, soul connection. My purpose is to help guide you through your healing journey. I will meet you where you are, meaning we will start at a place where you feel comfortable. Together we can examine life patterns, make adjustments, and set goals to improve your quality of life.
“Peace is the simplicity of heart, serenity of mind, tranquility of soul, the bond of love” Pio of Pietrelcina
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 39
Jenny Huang (Hui Chen Huang) is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Trainee. She is currently enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Touro University Worldwide. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics in Taiwan. As a stay-at-home mom raising three children and family for the past 15 years, her life experience has affirmed her interest in working with this population. In her current studies class at Touro University Worldwide, the interpersonal and therapeutic skills being developed are used to foster supportive relationships
with teen and pre-teen groups to enhance their self-esteem and In addition, her past experience as a financial analyst demonstrated her responsibility, dedication, and well-organized skills. Along with her professional experience,her abilities to be empathic, open-minded, and uphold appropriate boundaries demonstrate the combination of professional and personal qualities to help clients. As a bicultural therapist, She is interested in multicultural issues. She would like to help individuals with acculturation and adjustment issues. She can provide therapy in Mandarin.
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 32
Erin Gienger is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Trainee. She is
currently earning her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Touro
University Worldwide. Erin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology at the University of California, Davis. She also earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. Erin was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. She has experience working with underrepresented clients who are adults, adolescents, children, and families. Erin endeavors to create a safe and healing space for all her clients. Beyond work and school, she is interested in reading, playing board games, and spending time with her family and friends.
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext. 13
My name is Madalena Dias and I am a MFT trainee. I am thrilled to be working in partnership with Peace-It-Together to hone my skills as a therapist while also doing my part to make a positive contribution to my community. I was born and raised in San Jose, CA and attended San Jose State University where I received a BA in Child and Adolescent Development. For much of my career I worked with children and adults with a wide range and variety of special needs which was not only rewarding but a wonderful precursor to the therapeutic work I will be practicing as I transition into my new vocation. As a therapist, my primary goal is to provide a warm, safe, collaborative, and compassionate environment for those who I will be serving so that they can achieve personal growth in a manner that resonates with them.
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext.
Ciara is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a private practice where she specializes in working with individuals experiencing anxiety, relationship, and esteem issues. She provides support and practical feedback to help effectively address the challenges one is facing in their life. With compassion and understanding, she works with her clients to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. Her theoretical orientation is eclectic, bringing in tools as needed from Cognitive Behavioral, Existential, Psychodynamic, and Solution Focused. Ciara also provides clinical supervision to MFT trainees, interns. Previously Ciara worked in a community mental health agency, and she provided support to families with children with developmental disabilities.
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext.
Sally has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2001. She had a private practice for 10 years where she held a safe place for clients to explore family-of-origin issues, manage anxiety and depression, navigate life transitions, and build a strong foundation of self-trust and resiliency to navigate life’s ups and downs. At Asian American Recovery Services, she managed the Adult Services Department which provided holistic and culturally sensitive substance use treatment to adult clients as well as individuals and families receiving CalWorks benefits. At Santa Clara County’s Children and Family Community Services, she developed clinical standards, influenced policy change, implemented evidence-based treatment models, and collaborated on service delivery improvements for all levels of care for county and contract treatment programs. More recently, she has worked with multidisciplinary teams caring for Santa Clara County’s most vulnerable patients at county and community clinics. At each of these organizations, she has provided clinical supervision for over 15 years to trainees, interns, and licensed clinicians.
Phone: (408) 689-8104 ext.
Rachel Carey has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2006. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2002 and also holds a Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University. Rachel has interest in working with children, teens, adults and families. She has had experience providing group, individual and family therapy in various settings including schools, community clinics, private practice and a medical center. She also served for many years as a case manager for children and young adults with developmental disabilities. As a therapist, she utilizes a
client centered approach and strives to provide a safe place for clients to heal and meet their personal goals.