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 and 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, Clinical Supervisor, A.R.T. Therapist in Sacramento (She/her)
Jackie McAllister, M.S., LMFT, Clinician and Family Advocate (She/her)
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 (He/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, M.A., ACSW & PPSC, Clinician, Student and Family Advocate (She/her)
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.
Liz O., M.A. PPSC., LMFT, Clinician and A.R.T. Therapist in Davis
Hello! Hola! Liz is a bilingual (English/Spanish) Marriage and Family Therapist. She is native of Yolo County and completed her studies in the bay area and have over 14 years experience working in community mental health and in the public school system.
Liz understands that life has its challenges, that it can be difficult living in a world that does not understand you and she wants you to know that you are not alone. In today’s climate, it is essential to have someone that understands what we are going through. Liz is here to lend a non-judgmental ear for you to share your thoughts and feelings. She offers a non-judgmental, empathic, unconditional positive atmosphere for all clients and she wants you to feel empowered to tackle all of life’s challenges. Therapy is a process of self exploration, acceptance, healing and recognition of one's own strengths and goals.
Liz approaches client relationships by promoting the belief that YOU are the expert on YOU. She is present in your growth process to share the various tools that can help in your journey. Liz sees herself as your ally. Together, it is always her goal to meet YOUR goals!
No one approach to therapy can be successful because there is not only one client or one issue to be encountered. Liz is trained in various modalities and utilizes interventions that can lead clients to personal success. Liz specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, life transitions, couple’s therapy, marital issues, grief/loss, children, teens, young adults, relationship & family issues.
Geneva Vang, MSW, LCSW, Clinician, Sacramento, CA (She/her)
Geneva is a bilingual (Hmong/English) Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento. Geneva has over 15 years of clinical experience providing culturally and linguistically responsive trauma-informed evidence-based treatment to children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient clinics, and in-home settings.
Geneva believes in providing client-centered, strengths-based, and collaborative therapy and is passionate about working with families from different ethnic, racial, economic, and social backgrounds. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and draws upon these approaches to provide effective and useful strategies to address a multitude of problems. She has expertise with depression, anxiety, and has extensive experience working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.
Geneva recognizes it can be scary to reach out to someone for help, and in many communities getting help can make you feel that others think that there is something wrong with you or that you are weak. This is just not the case. You are so brave for facing your problems and Geneva's goal is for you and your family to leave feeling empowered with a new set of tools helping you guide your way.
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.