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.
We welcome everyone. We are LGBTQI+ allies and we offer services in English and in Spanish.
"What we deny restricts us,
what we accept transforms us."
~ C. G. Jung
Silvia Dominguez-Rios, M.S., LMFT, Clinician, Clinical Supervisor (Pronouns: She, her, hers)
Jackie McAllister, M.S., LMFT, Clinician and Family Advocate
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.
Jackie graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Masters Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy.
Jackie has extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence and trauma. Jackie offers therapy to adults, children, couples, and families in English and Spanish languages.
“The journey of a thousand
miles begins with one step."
Charles Rios, LCSW, Clinician, Clinical Supervisor, Yoga Teacher (Pronouns: He, him, his)
Charles has thirty years experience providing mental health services with a person-centered, psychodynamic framework informed by Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Ayurveda. With both professional and personal experience derived over decades of practice in patience, forgiveness and self-compassion, Charles brings a sense of humor and commitment to integrity and authenticity.
From a conceptualization of ACT, a commonly helpful question to consider is "What am I avoiding and what is it that is most important to me in my life right now?" From the stand point of CBT, thoughts and cognitive distortions are explored to improve mood management. Skills-based practices from DBT are introduced and practiced, including Mindfulness and Self-Soothing through the senses. And Ayurvedic self-care practice recommendations are offered for diet, body wellness, yoga, meditation, five-senses therapy.
"If you train in how to leave your thoughts free to dissolve by themselves, as they arise, they will cross your mind as a bird crosses the sky without leaving a trace." ~Pema Chodron
Maria Reyes Bonds, ASW & PPSC, Clinician, Student and Family Advocate
Maria is a bilingual (English/Spanish) registered Associate Clinical Social Worker who specializes in treating children, adolescents and adults struggling with trauma, stress, depression, and anxiety. She offers individual and family psychotherapy in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere. She is committed to helping people cope, heal, and understand how adverse situations influence human behavior and our relationships with others. Maria is sensitive to her clients' beliefs, and respectful to perceptions and cultural differences. Her professional approach is to treat the “whole person” and attends not just to mental health needs but advocates in providing the resources needed to thrive while considering the physical, social, and spiritual wellbeing.
Maria habla perfecto español y entiende las muchas costumbres, y maneras de pensar y de sentir de la cultura Hispana; las aspiraciones, comportamiento y hábitos que se forman por las experiencias vividas. Maria tiene conocimiento basto referente al machismo y violencia contra la mujer e intrafamiliar, maltrato infantil, condiciones adversas del hogar, prejuicios en tomo a la sexualidad y desigualdad de género.
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.