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.
"What we deny restricts us,
what we accept transforms us."
~ C. G. Jung
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 and after more than a decade of being a full time stay at home mom, she 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 ~
Jackie McAllister, 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. She is currently a registered intern with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Jackie has extensive experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, 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
A 30-year student of yoga and a lifetime career as a social worker in mental health services. Trained in the Sivananda Yoga Lineage, with certificate studies in Ayurvedic Counseling, Yoga of Recovery, Radiant Child Yoga, and course work and extended retreats on Vedanta and Silence.
Maria Reyes Bonds, ASW & PPSC, Clinician and Student and Family Advocate
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.
Maria is our Student Advocate star liaison helping our Latino youth and their parents access school resources and help them succeed socially and academically.
Her passion is to support parents, teachers and administrators to meet student's mental and socio-emotional needs by employing evidence-based practices.
"My vision is to provide hope to
distressed children and youth by
empowering their resilient hearts and
preserving their bright minds" ~Maria Reyes Bonds
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.