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.


"What we deny restricts us, 
what we accept transforms us."
~ C. G. Jung

1        "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.” ~Pema Chodron

Silvia Dominguez-Rios, LMFT, Clinical Supervisor and Family Advocate (pronouns: she, her, hers)

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 benefits ~



Charles Rios, LCSW offers mental health and emotional wellness and
relationship counseling providing therapy for individuals, couples, and groups.

Through a career spanning thirty-five years in Northern California, Charles
continues to learn and grow his understanding of the human condition in its
myriad and remarkable manifestations with its strikingly similar conditions
of suffering, being stuck, feeling alone, not understood and not well
supported in life.

After graduating in 1988 with an MSW from UC Berkeley’s School of Social
Welfare, Charles began his social work career in San Francisco with
Children’s Home Society providing in-home services supporting children and
families living in communities and government housing suffering crime and
poverty throughout the city.

Continuing with a focus on mental health and wellness, Charles worked as therapist and case manager for San Mateo County and then for Kaiser Permanente in the Departments of Adult Outpatient Mental Health, Emergency Department Services, Addiction Medicine & Recovery Services, and Intensive Adult Outpatient Programs.

Charles approaches his work as a mental health therapist with homespun craft and casual patience forged by decades of experience.

The foundation of his practice is oriented to three parts of ourselves:

- our mind, its thought patterns, and its habits.
- our body physiology and the anticipation and response to being
- our breathing patterns under stress, when stuck and scared, or when
calm, relaxed, and focused.

It is trauma-informed as an *orientation *to provide a counterbalance to being *disorientated *or triggered, stuck again, or shut down - and either highly activated and often not in control of ourselves, or with depression, feeling stuck and anxious, irritable, confused, resentful. A readiness to change requires seeing these things as they are, and then learning to get comfortable with the uncomfortable that a change can bring.

Common issues in sessions include relationship and communication problems, codependency, self-esteem, anger, traumas, anxieties, depression, addictions. Also, adjustment issues are frequently at hand including stage of life changes, changes due to a medical condition or academic changes, family changes including blending families, divorce, grief and loss.

The theoretical models which inform Charles’ work include Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). Additionally, Charles holds certifications in Yoga & Ayurveda as taught in the tradition of Sri Sivananda; and remains a student of practice in Mindfulness Meditation as taught by Ven. Thich Nhat Hahn.

Charles currently provides private-practice services for therapy and consultation in-person in Sacramento, CA, and virtually.

55                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.

"Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you; when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence." ~ Unknow

"Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you; when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence." ~ Unknown 

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