Staff Profiles

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Bridgette Mitchell Sanders, LCSW, RPT-S (Clinical Supervisor)

We are in this together! For the last 27 years, Bridgette has dedicated herself to improving the quality of life of individuals, children, couples, and families. Her focus includes treating an array of presenting problems including adjustment issues, self-esteem, depression, grief, anxiety, trauma, anger, family discord, and abuse. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS19549), a credentialed Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (S579), and a Subject Matter Expert (SME) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences Examiners, assisting with writing and designing the board's licensing examinations for mental health therapists.

As a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor (RPT-S) Bridgette has extensive practice knowledge and training in many play therapy and expressive arts approaches with children and families impacted by family violence, child abuse, attachment issues, ADHD, developmental issues, divorce, disruptive behavior issues, and developmental trauma.

Bridgette is trained various therapeutic approaches including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Psychodynamic Therapy; Family Systems; Mindfulness; Interpersonal Neurobiology; and others. Though she is trained in various therapeutic modalities Bridgette takes a down to earth, "whatever works best", integrative approach to her work with clients. Her goal is to build a safe and trusting relationship with her clients and to partner with them to live their best life and enjoy their relationships with others.

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Deanna Aghbashian, LCSW #92080 (Tele-Therapist)

Treatment Approach: My educational and professional background has provided me with opportunity to work with a variety of clientele. I began my educational experience at Azusa Pacific University where I graduated with my bachelors in Sociology and Business Administration. I then decided to pursue my master's in social work. I attended the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Child, Youth, and Families. After school, I worked at my final internship as a Foster Care and Adoptions Social Worker. While there, I became Certified in Safe Home Assessments and worked closely with the child welfare system. After some time there, I moved on to work as an Adoption Specialist. I worked with incoming resource families and extended family members to become certified to resources families (used to be known as foster parents). I eventually moved on to work at the County of San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health, where I worked on the Community Crisis Response Team as well as assist the Major Disaster Team. I have experienced working with children, adolescents, and adults going through thoughts of suicide and homicide. I engage with my clients to process the triggers of current and past stressors in their lives to ensure that they remain safe. I have been trained to assess and determine whether a psychiatric evaluation is necessary. On this team, I gained tremendous exposure to crisis situations, and was able to cultivate my ability to remain calm and objective during episodes of extreme stress. I currently am working on mydoctorate in Clinical Psychology at Loma Linda University, and working at Wings of the Future as a psychotherapist.

The biggest lesson I have learned at my time working in foster care and with the crisis response team is that relationships are essential for change and are imperative to useful therapy. I utilize a Relational Gestalt approach. I enjoy working with people on their thought process, actions/reactions, and how it relates to their life experiences and if it helps or hinders their daily lives. I believe that most people have experienced events that have impacted their lives. lt is my goal to help identify these events and help my clients move through them.

I believe that each person has unique impressions and experiences, and so my treatment is tailored to their individual needs. I have a client-centered approach and firmly believe that clients are the change-makers and have the power to guide their own recovery. lt is my goal to provide an empathic and engaging style throughout treatment while providing a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental space. I have trained to work with all ages and especially enjoy working with adolescents, young adults, and adults. I continue to work with suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety and trauma. I am sensitive to multicultural issues and welcome working and learning from people from a variety of backgrounds. I hope to work with you in exploring your emotions, concerns, and trauma/significant events to help you find some relief and develop long-term solutions that bring positive results.

Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Adolescent
  • Adoption
  • Children
  • Family
  • Depression
  • Psychotherapy
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Keisha Owens, LMFT #95022 (Clinical Supervisor)

Clinical Approach: I have a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals, fa es and groups across in many clinical areas. I approach treatment from the point of whole person care.

I enjoy working in collaboration with a multidisciplinary staff and utilize motivational interviewing, Trauma Focused CBT, Harm Reduction lnterventions with populations across all cultures, ages and diverse backgrounds.

Specialties:

  • Depression Bipolar Disorder
  • Individuals with Special Needs Anxiety Disorders
  • Domestic Violence,
  • Behavioral and Discipline Challenges Self-Harm Behavior,
  • Anger and Stress Management Trauma and Abuse
  • Family and Relationship Issues Children/Adults with Special Needs Suicide Assessment and Risk
  • Reduction Chronic Mental Illness
  • Self-image and Self-Esteem Issues
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Irmgard R. Alarcon, LCSW #93187 (Tele-Therapist)

Therapeutic approach: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy. Hello, my name is Irmgard Alarcon. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been in the Mental Health field for over 10 years. I have worked in a variety of settings such as schools, non-profit mental health agencies, psychiatric hospital, and private practice. I have provided assistance to children, teens, and adults through individual and group therapy, acute crisis treatment, family preservation counseling, and domestic violence case management and support groups. I use a variety of therapeutic. approaches, individualized to each client's needs, such as Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, and Humanistic Therapy. My therapeutic style involves meeting each individual where they are at in their unique journey. I like to work as a team with my clients where we can have difficult conversations, work on resolving issues, and collaborate on treatment plans that are tailored to their personal needs and experiences. A passion of mine is to provide support and encouragement to empower individuals to gain strength, confidence, hope, self- love, and a sense of control of their life. I believe the most important component of therapy is for a client to feel comfortable and safe to share without judgement, from a warm, genuine, and understanding therapist.

lt takes a lot of courage and motivation. to reach out for additional support. If you are looking for someone to help you develop to your maximum potential and become your best self, then I look forward to meeting you soon. My Credentials: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Master of Social Work from Azusa Pacific University, bachelor's in science, Human Services from California State University, Fullerton. Seeking Safety Training, Domestic Violence Training. Therapeutic approaches: Client-centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy.

Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Communication problems
  • Depression
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Domestic violence
  • Empowerment
  • Family Conflicts
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Teen Issues
  • Women's Issues
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Suzanne Yarbrough, ACSW (Tele-Therapist)

I am looking forward to working with you! As a person with a multi-cultural background and a veteran of the United States Military, I have a passion for working with people of diverse cultural backgrounds, military veterans, and their families. I work with clients of all ages and families.

I have a master's degree in social work and have a broad range of clinical experience that includes supporting clients struggling with grief and loss, suicidal thoughts, self-harming behaviors, family/relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I have over 3000 hours towards my License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW), my clinical supervisor is Bridgette Sanders, LCSW.

With my clients, I am client-centered, and focused on building strengths and finding solutions rather than focusing on the problems. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT), trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, and crisis intervention techniques. I will strive to develop a collaborative, non-judgmental, safe, client-therapist relationship with you that is built on mutual respect, acceptance, and connection. We will collaborate to develop helpful coping strategies, self-regulation skills, and problem-solving strategies so that you can experience more joy, a greater sense of peace, and enjoy more satisfying relationships.

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Dunia Hamza, ACSW (Tele-Therapist)

Clinical Approach: My work experience and the populations I've served are very broad, therefore I have had to be well versed in several therapeutic modalities. I am solution focus, strength based, and I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as narrative therapy to assist individuals to rewrite their stories, and reclaim their lives. I work with all individuals as an LCSW, but my passion is the re-entry population. I love to assist individuals that society has given up on and help them rebuild their lives one success at a time. I believe in people's abilities to recover and change just as I have changed. The person I am today is not the person that I have always been, and it is my greatest desire to continue assisting others to see and live up to their full potential. I will continue to work to stop the rate of recidivism within people of color and continue working to bring individuals out of the dar

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Leticia Nieto, ACSW- #89539

I have worked in the field of social work for the past 20 years where I have extensive experience of working with diverse cultures, mitigating family conflict, intimate partner violence, and with working with children and families. As a clinician, I support clients in overcoming psycho-social difficulties which can present differently for different people. I received my education from California State University, Los Angeles where I studied Social Work and received both my BASW and MSW. I utilize a Strength-Based and Solution Focused approach along with Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral therapeutic interventions. I provide Trauma Informed Care to individuals, children, and families to help empower them to live a healthy and safe life that they value. The therapeutic modalities I incorporate helps provide awareness of how one's past trauma drives human behavior in that it impacts their present and future., I am furthering my knowledge by working towards becoming a certified Registered Play Therapist. Having experience with using the Therapeutic Powers of Play allows me to incorporate play therapy interventions as a way to help children, adults, and couples work through issues that may includes but not limited to past trauma, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and parent-child relationship issues. It is my goal to engage individuals with compassion, empathy, and provide a safe non-judgmental environment to assist individuals with developing the skills needed for optimal growth and development.

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Pang Martin, ASW Clinician

"Hello everyone! My name is Pang Martin, and I am an ASW Clinician. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Theology in 2015. From there, I went on to obtain my Master's in Social Work in May 2017. I started working with Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Assistance, now Department of Family, Adult, and Children Services, in June 2017, where I continue to work for five years now. I currently have my Associate Clinical Social Work registration with the Board of Behavioral Science which allows me to practice under the supervision of a licensed clinician.

I have extensive experience working with children and families who have experienced trauma, especially generational trauma. I love helping others, and I am a very compassionate individual. I believe in being empathetic and coming from a truly nonjudgmental place. I believe in providing a safe space for all types of people from all different walks of life to come and be able to express and process whatever it is that they may need to work through. I believe in meeting others where they are at and helping them move towards a shared goal. I hope to be able to meet you and start on a new journey with you."