Maitri Counseling Staff:
Sometimes throughout life our difficulties lead us into stuck places and we can lose our peace of mind and forget what it is like to have peace in our heart. As therapists, we believe in providing a safe, non-judgmental, open-minded and supportive space for the people we serve. We believe in providing practical tools to use here and now in managing and regulating difficult emotions, and most importantly in how to relate differently and even amicably to these unwelcome emotions. As family advocates we are the link between the home, school and community in providing direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students' academic and social success.
"It isn’t the things that happen to us in our lives
that cause us to suffer, it’s how we relate to
the things that happen to us that causes us to suffer.”
Silvia has always been passionate about the study of human behavior and the human condition, and from an early age she knew her path would be helping people become more fully alive!
She began her education in Mexico City but due to personal changes in her life, she came to the U.S.A. and continued her education here. She graduated from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. After more than a decade of being a full time stay at home mom, she returned to her studies and graduated from Sacramento State with a masters of science degree in Counseling Education with an emphasis on Marriage, Family and Child Counseling.
Silvia has extensive experience working with survivors of sexual abuse or crime; women, men and children victims of domestic violence; children suffering from the effects of family traumas; immigrant families; individuals suffering from the effects of culture-shock; and cross cultural couples.
In addition to Silvia's specialty in trauma work she is trained in the applications of stress reduction techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy, movement and body work, eastern psychology which includes teachings on Mindfulness, The Breath, Loving-kindness, Acceptance, and Non-dualism. Silvia has witnessed that these later non-traditional approaches to mood management and overall well being can provide great and long lasting benefit ~
As you embark on your therapeutic journey, Jackie welcomes the opportunity to walk with you on your road to self discovery and emotional healing. Jackie believes in the resilience of people and of the human spirit and would like to offer you therapeutic healing that will take place in a safe, interactive, nonjudgmental, and encouraging therapeutic environment.
Maria specializes in assisting K-12 students address their mental health needs and learn social-emotional skills. She specializes in mentoring with experience inculcating independence and motivation while promoting academic achievement.
"My vision is to provide hope to distressed children and youth by empowering their resilient hearts and preserving their bright minds"
~Maria Reyes Bonds
Francisco Arreola, Associate MFT, Mental Health Clinician and Family Advocate.
Francisco graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay with his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. Francisco later went on to graduate from California State University, Sacramento with a Masters of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling.
Francisco enjoys empowering children, adolescents, adults and families through mentoring, individual, group and family therapy. Through the course of his work experience he has developed a passion for assisting and providing support to help develop strategies and techniques to overcome life’s challenges and working through mental and emotional distress. Francisco enjoys using strategies from various treatment modalities and techniques, primarily derived from Cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness to help meet mental health needs and a social emotional balance.
Aurora Cazares, Associate PCC, Clinician, Family Advocate
Therapy with Aurora is collaborative and integrates various evidence-based therapies as well as helping clients identify and utilize their strengths. Her goal is to support clients tackle barriers to emotional wellness and motivating clients to find meaning and creative ways to deal with unchangeable circumstances.
Aurora’s work has focused on children, teens, adults, and families adjusting and coping through life transitions, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress; typically streaming from experiences abuse, relationship trauma, grief, and multicultural issues.
Aurora’s professional interests include career and work-related issues, pregnancy, postpartum depression and post abortion issues, trauma, chronic illness, and disease management, relationship issues, assertiveness, parenting, ADHD, undocumented students, student parents, first generation college students, grief and forgiveness, and the mind, body, and spirit connection.
WHAT ARE LMFTs?
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) are relationship specialists who treat persons involved in interpersonal relationships. They are trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive marriage, family and social adjustment. The practice also includes premarital counseling, child counseling, divorce or separation counseling and other relationship counseling. Marriage and Family Therapists are psychotherapists and healing arts practitioners licensed by the State of California. Requirements for licensure include a related doctoral or two-year master's degree, passage of two comprehensive written examinations and at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience.
Psychotherapy services of licensed marriage and family therapists are, in many instances, eligible for insurance reimbursement. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists are providers under the TRICARE program, and many are participating providers with Blue Shield of California as well as many other preferred provider organizations.
The terms "marriage, family and child counselors" (MFCCs) and "marriage and family therapists" are used interchangeably. All states who regulate the profession use the title, "marriage and family therapist."
If you would like to read more about how the qualifications of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists compared to other mental health practitioners, such as Clinical Social Workers and Psychologists, read How Do LMFTs Stack Up, Education, Supervised Experience and Examination.