Meet the staff

                                                       ISABEL K’BURG

   Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist LMFT 86991

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 Elk Grove, Sacramento, and Fairfield Locations

 Isabel upholds the belief we are wounded in relationships and healed in relationships. She desires to provide a safe place to heal. As a therapist, she is kind, transparent, and honest. She utilizes an integrative approach tailored to individual client’s needs. Isabel’s reflective therapeutic style emphasizes the unique strengths of individuals and their ability to create change. In her career, she has experience working in inpatient, forensic, school based, and community outpatient settings. One of her specializations is providing psychological evaluations to a variety of populations.  She currently has her M.A. in counseling psychology from National University. Currently she is in the process of completing her Psy. D. in clinical psychology at John F. Kennedy University. Isabel is bilingual in Spanish. Her direct communication style and humor are part of her many strengths.

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ALEXANDREA ONEAL

Clinical Psychology Trainee

                                                                   Sacramento and Elk Grove Location

~ Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.” ~

Alexándrea works with individuals, children and families. With over 20 years of experience working with children and families, she uses an integrative approach to meet and cater to the needs of each client.  A San Francisco native, whose lived and traveled around the world, Alexándrea has worked with individuals from diverse lifestyles and backgrounds. Her ability to work with a variety of ages and topics such as depression, anxiety, trauma, child development, and family dynamics in a nonjudgmental and comfortable atmosphere are just a few of her strengths.  She obtained her B.A. in psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and studied at Mercer Medical (Atlanta) prior to transferring to the California School for Professional Psychology in San Francisco, where she is completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Alexándrea believes the body and mind should be treated as a whole and not as collections of its parts. Holistic health addresses the mind, body and spirit. It searches for the underlying cause of symptoms, rather than simply covering them up with medications. Holistic health allows you to BE HEALTH, not just seek it.

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JACKIE McCALLISTER

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Intern IMF 79886

                                                              Se habla Español- Elk Grove Location

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~ Lao Tzu ~

Hello and Welcome! As you embark on your therapeutic journey it would be an honor to walk with you and assist you on your road to self discovery and emotional healing. I believe in the resilience of people and of the human spirit. I welcome the opportunity to offer you therapeutic healing that will take place in a safe, interactive, nonjudgmental and encouraging therapeutic environment. I can provide individual therapy, couples therapy, child therapy, and family therapy. I use an eclectic therapeutic approach that allows me to draw from various therapy techniques that include; the strengths based approach, a family systems approach, a narrative approach, and many more to satisfy your specific needs. I am available to work with English and Spanish speaking clients.

“Un camino de mil millas comienza con un primer paso.” ~ Lao Tzu ~

¡Hola y bienvenidos! Para mi sería un honor caminar con usted y ayudarle en su camino hacia el auto-descubrimiento y recuperación emocional. Yo creo en la capacidad de resistencia de las personas y del espíritu humano. Me alegraria tener la oportunidad de ofrecerle  apoyo terapéutico que se llevará a cabo en un abiente seguro, interactivo y alentador. Puedo ofrecer terapia individual, terapia para parejas, terapia infantile, y terapia para familias Utilizo un enfoque teraupectico ecléctico que me permite sacar de diversas técnicas terapéuticas que incluyen; un enfoque en las fortaleza, los sistemas de la familia, y un enfoque narrativo, con el fin de ayudarle  y satisfacer sus necesidades específicas.

 

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KRYSTAL PIUMATTI

Clinical Psychology Trainee

Elk Grove and Fairfield Location

I am primarily a Cognitive Behavioral therapist, however I tend to use various therapy techniques tailored to my client’s needs. In therapy, I challenge my clients to openly discuss their thoughts and behavior as a way to uncover how it is affecting them emotionally. As a therapist who has been studying psychology for approximately 10 years, it is important to me that my clients feel comfortable to speak honestly in the therapy room. Life can be challenging and sometimes people need to discuss their hardships with someone who will not judge them for what they are really thinking and or feeling. I have experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles. My experience includes working with adolescent’s, teens, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, and addiction. Additionally, I preform psychological assessments in order to aid treatment as well as diagnose mental illness. I hold a B.A. in psychology from California State University, Sacramento and I am currently obtaining my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from California School for Professional Psychology in San Francisco. I enjoy working closely with my client to help them overcome their internal hardships in order to reach their personal goals.

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        La Tasha Whittaker 

                     Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

                  Elk Grove & Sacramento Location

“Grow through What you go through!”

Hi, I’m LaTasha and I would like to welcome you to the first stage of taking charge and reclaiming your power! I am currently a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee pursuing my Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Phoenix. I received my BS in Psychology at Jackson State University in Mississippi. I believe therapy should be stress free and a collaborative effort in order for it to be successful. I am more than happy to work with individuals, children, and families from all walks of life. I have much experience working with people experiencing severe mental illness, trauma, addiction and anxiety. Every individual is unique and has the potential for growth, so therapy should be personalized to each specific situation. Although I mostly use Choice theory and Solution-Focused techniques, I’m very flexible with my approaches.

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LORI THOMPSON

Marriage & Family Therapist Inter, IMF 01731

Fairfield Location

Hi, my name is Lori Thompson. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee. I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis and am currently obtaining my Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling at Brandman University. I believe in using a genuine, non-judgmental, strengths-based counseling approach to help you in developing the balance, cognitive awareness and emotional openness necessary to overcome life’s challenges, such as addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship, family and parenting concerns, traumas loss and grief. I use several therapeutic approaches based on your individual needs. I am experienced in working with individuals and families with diverse backgrounds and cultures, parenting issues, substance abuse and addictions, co-occurring disorders and involvement in the criminal justice system.

 

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MICHAEL BROOKS

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

Elk Grove & Fairfield Location

My name is Michael Brooks but people call me Mike. I am currently a marriage family therapist trainee with Hope for Healthy Families. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology and criminal justice and I am currently obtaining my master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis on marriage family therapy and professional clinical counseling from Brandman University as well as an Army veteran. I use a cognitive behavioral approach; however, I also have an awareness of the other multiple therapeutic orientations which are available. I can relate to people on multiple levels and am a very good listener for people who just want to talk. I am also a firm believer in therapy, physical activity and mindfulness as a means of overcoming many ailments in an individual’s life. I enjoy working with couples, veterans and individuals.

 

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MIGUEL GALLEGOS

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

Elk Grove Location

Miguel Gallegos is a native of Texas, he has been married to his best friend Lydia Ann, for 13 years. Together Miguel and Lydia have three beautiful children: Austin Michael 12, Morgan Le’Rue 9, and Willow Brooklyn Claire 5. Miguel is an ordained minister at The Rock Church of Elk Grove, and in 2013 he published his first book, Con: A Story of Redemption. Con is Miguel’s life story of growing up in the streets, being involved with gangs, and ultimately changing his life around. Miguel received his BS degree in Human Development from Hope International University, and is currently in the process of completing his Master of Counseling Psychology at National University.

 

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NIKKI BROWN

Marriage & Family Therapist Intern IMF 100974

Fairfield Location

I am a Marriage Family Therapist trainee, currently obtaining my Master’s degree in Counseling at the University of Phoenix.  I am a strength-based therapist that works with clients from a positive and affirming perspective.  I give my clients an open, non-judgmental, and emphatic environment to explore their needs and empower them to overcome life’s circumstances.  I work from various theoretical orientations, mainly focusing on the Humanistic Existentialism and Cognitive Behavioral approach.  I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families.  I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist.

 

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PAT VARGAS

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Intern IMF 78187

Elk Grove Location

Hello and Welcome,
Counseling is a brave step you have taken and I wish to congratulate you on this accomplishment. I hope to create a safe environment in which you can share what you wish to share and make the changes you wish to make. I see the client as the expert in their life; I am here to learn from this expert. I see therapy as an ongoing process in a person’s life; this may be your first time in therapy or this may be a time in your life where you are returning to therapy. Welcome. I hope to support each client in their journey through therapy until they have reached a point where they feel therapy has met their needs. I hope to encourage each of my client’s to be confident in themselves and the choices they make in life. I hope to support my client’s in difficult changes and victorious changes. I am currently pursuing my doctorate degree in Couples and Family therapy at Alliant International University. My counseling experience includes working within the LGBTQQ community and children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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Priscilla Esparza

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

                                                 Sacramento Location                                                      

Hope for Healthy Families would like to welcome a new addition to the HFHF family. Ms. Priscilla G. Esparza is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who is currently earning a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from National University. Ms. Esparza brings with her over 2 years of counseling experience including career counseling and process group therapy. As a cancer survivor, Priscilla has sought to promote purposeful living in herself and others. To this end, she utilizes a brief approach to therapy called Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). Ms. Esparza fosters the psychological flexibility needed to unearth any “blocks” that may have prevented clients from living meaningful and fulfilling lives. Furthermore, she provides clients with the concrete skills needed to build self-esteem, reduce stress, and improve interpersonal relationships.

 

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RAMONA DICKSON

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Intern, IMF 129943

Elk Grove Location

Life can bring challenges that can be difficult to overcome at times. Barriers can stand in the way of moving forward in life. I think we all have strengths that can help us overcome the challenges and break down the barriers that seem to get in the way of progressing in life. I believe there is hope for children, families, couples, and individuals to overcome their adversities. I believe individuals can have healthy and positive relationships.  My goal is to provide a safe environment for the client and with guidance to examine the issues that may cause confusion and self-doubt in his or her life.  We all need help and counseling can be the first stepping stone to empowerment, to make change, and build on individual strengths.  My experience has been working with children and families focusing on strengths, building self-esteem, communication skills, asset building, anger management, and other coping skills.  I tend to use Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Solution Focus techniques.

 

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Tanya Melnik

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Elk Grove and Sacramento Locations

My name is Tatyana Melnik, but everyone calls me Tanya. I am a trainee with Hope for Healthy Families.  I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and currently am obtaining my Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling at Brandman University.  I tend to utilize a Humanistic approach in therapy and I am competent in the use of multiple therapeutic styles in Psychology. I strongly believe in Holistic therapy, where mind and soul are taken into account. My goal is to empower individuals and uncover their inner strengths during the time of crisis. I use my empathy and listening skills to develop the most effective therapy method to fit each person individually, based on their needs. I enjoy working with diverse populations and cultures and am looking forward meeting individuals of all ages.

 

 

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