I have always been fascinated by this thing we call marriage. What was this powerful and sacred dance that seemed to be the source of so much agony for some, yet be the source of so much meaning and joy for others? I had so many questions and was determined to find some real-life answers. Over the past 30 years in pastoral ministry, including the last 10 as a licensed marital and family therapist, my journey has led me to a clearer understanding of the science of intimate relationships, primarily through the work of researchers like John Gottman and Susan Johnson. I started working with couples in the early 1980’s. And over three decades later, I continue to be filled with wonder at the passion and energy I continue to experience each and every time I sit down to have a meaningful conversation with a couple. Watching the energy they each bring to the table, hearing them relentlessly fight for healing, experiencing their longing for safe and secure love, only moves me to keep the bonds in my own marriage alive and strong.
Specialties: Couples & Pre-Marital Counseling
Sue Konkel-White is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a PhD in pastoral counseling from Fuller Seminary. She received her Masters in Marriage and Family therapy from Philips Graduate Institute. Her areas of specialization include the following: working with individuals and families where there is addiction to alcohol, drugs, or pornography, etc. and how to intervene in the downward spiral; general couples therapy; work with children and adults who have experienced trauma, and work with individuals struggling with depression and loss. Her pastoral training and experience bring a spirituality of “imperfection” as one key resource for finding strength, hope and healing in one’s difficulties.
License: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
I was born and raised in Sri Lanka, an island in the Indian Ocean. I attended a Christian high school and colleges where I learned the importance of serving humanity. I served as a pastor in churches in Sri Lanka, India and California. After a decade in the ministry, I realized the need for further training in psychology to meet the emotional needs of the people I served. As a Clinical Psychologist I feel better equipped to serve individuals and families by integrating psychological tools I have acquired.
My wife and I have three adult children and several grandchildren. The study of psychology and family therapy has helped me to be a more understanding husband, father and grandfather. My rudimentary understanding of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam has helped me to understand the cultural nuances that are critical to providing culturally sensitive psychotherapy to people of other faiths who come through the doors of CCS.
If you are experiencing problems relating to relationships, depression, anxiety and hopelessness, CCS provides a wide array of Evidence Based Therapies that can help alleviate your problems and help you gain mastery of your life.
License: Clinical Psychologist
When I was around 10 years old I used to accompany my dad to the mental hospital in New Jersey on Saturday mornings when he visited the patients there who were members of our church. That experience made me comfortable talking to and being around people who were struggling or acting differently. Later, during my college years, I worked at that hospital during summer vacations. I was always interested in figuring out why people do what they do and what ‘s behind that.
It gives me deep satisfaction when I can help couples communicate better and become closer in many ways, especially the man who has never been able to identify his feelings, much less communicate them. I have struggled with that very same problem for most of my life, so I can relate well to that particular predicament.
What excited me the most about studying psychology and counseling was a small paperback book I read about 50 years ago. I can’t remember the title, and I must have loaned it to someone because I haven’t been able to find it anywhere. The book was about a psychiatrist intern in the 1950’s who was assigned to a state hospital for a two-year residency. He was given the most difficult patient in the hospital, a young woman in her late 20’s, who had remained more than 10 years in a fetal position, not communicating at all to anyone.
Every day for an hour the resident visited her and talked to her as he would with any other person. When she didn’t respond, he would calmly tell her about his day as if they were having coffee together. One day, months later, she looked at him, and then the next week she began to sit up. She began to nod her head and respond non-verbally, and after about 6 months she began to talk. She was discharged, to the surprise of everyone connected with the hospital, after a year of his daily visits.
I get excited about doing my best by never giving up on anyone, treating everyone with respect and dignity, and then letting God do the rest.
License: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
For as long as I can remember I have been interested in psychology and why people become who they are. Studying psychology I realized we never need to stop growing and can continue to develop to achieve our potential. I became a psychologist and therapist to continue growing myself and to assist others to do the same. I want to facilitate personal growth and social development to enhance a client’s living a happier and more functional and fulfilling life with clarification and achievement of his or her personal goals, consistent with their values, while overcoming obstacles that periodically occur and interfere with life. I want to help the person develop a meaningful life path, determine want they want in life, and how to be responsible to achieve it.
License: Licensed Clinical Psychologist
I have worked for 10 years in adult mental health for the VA, forensic psychiatric institution, and outpatient psychology service. I work with a range of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety. A significant amount of my practice is spent in reducing negativity and rebuilding the intimacy of couples. Trained in a theological seminary prepared me to deal with religious/spiritual dimensions of client’s experience in spiritually integrated psychotherapy. I use assessment tools to track treatment progress. I provide specialist psychological assessment using a semi-structured interview and self-report measures such as the MMPI-2/ MMPI-2-RF and a battery of other psychological instruments. I draw upon different models to explain mental health difficulties and emotional and interpersonal distress. I find the biopsychosocialspritual model particularly useful in understanding what might be contributory factors to the presenting issues. The main model of therapy that I use in my clinical work are psychodynamic models, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral models. I assess clients suitability for psychological therapy and for the type of therapy most appropriate for their psychological needs. I am a certified trauma professional, a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), member of the Association of Moral Education (AME), and a member of American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS).
License – Psychologist
Joanne Feild is a Marriage and Family Therapist. She brings over 5 years experience working as a teacher in the public school system. She also has 10 years experience working with children at a resident camp setting. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Arts program in Forensic Psychology at California Baptist University.
Hello! I’m a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). I specialize in Child, Teen and Adult counseling. My therapeutic background extends to a variety of previous occupations working as a youth pastor, a house parent at a group home for severely abused and neglected children and teens, as well as with children whom are developmentally delayed and/or on the autistic spectrum. My background has helped to equip my abilities to serve children and their families struggling with the realities of life’s complexities related to residual effects of trauma, spectrum disorders, sensory challenges, developmental delays, defiant behaviors, anxiety, and depression. Life is complex enough! I find deep purpose in walking alongside other’s in their struggle’s to support him/her towards gain’s in understanding and loving each other as well as themselves more fully.
In a typical session, you can expect that I will utilize evidence-based therapy interventions that best fit your current needs. In other words, the therapy I provide has been found in the research to be an effective tool. The therapeutic modalities that I utilize most frequently to support my client’s include: PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy), Floortime, Play Therapy w/ sandtray, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, sensory support through interventions from the Alert Program, and EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) for teens and adults. Personally, I tend to speak to my client’s in a very down to earth manner, as I enjoy collaboration and playfulness as tool’s in supporting families.
I received my B.A. in Psychology, emphasis in child and family from Azusa Pacific University and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, thrift store shopping, reading, and sipping on another cup of coffee.
License: Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
I am a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. I’ve felt called to the field of counseling, since I was a young child & began to experience the treasure that a loving presence, support, and hope can bring to a person’s life. I’m passionate about providing care for children, teens, and families experiencing some of life’s many challenges. I love using playful, creative techniques and each client’s inherent strengths to foster growth and healing. It has been a privilege to walk alongside many youth and their families through experiences of trauma, unexpected change, anxiety, depression, and stress. My work with abused and neglected children & teens has led me to dedicate heart-felt time and energy to learning the most effective tools for building strong positive relationships. I received my B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Child & Family from California Lutheran University and an M.S. in Marital & Family Therapy from Loma Linda University.
License: Licensed Marriage and Family Intern
License: Licensed Marriage Occupational Therapist
License: Licensed Occupational Therapist
During my senior year of nursing school, I studied Public Health Nursing and I knew I had found my niche in nursing. After two years of making home visits, I was offered a position in a Children’s Mental Health clinic in the Health Department. I was delighted to learn that Public Health Nurses could be useful in a children’s mental health setting.
Over the next 45 years, I worked as a Charge Nurse on two separate in-patient child psychiatric units. I also worked another 15 years in all aspects of Public Health Nursing with a focus on Maternal and Child Health. More than 10 of those years were spent working with pregnant who struggled with addictions that put them in trouble with the correctional systems. Another 9 years were spent working for Probation (Juvenile Hall) and the Sheriff’s Department (West Valley Detention Center). Scattered in those years, I raised two outstanding daughters who have the same passion for helping people that I received from my parents.
A couple of years after I retired from San Bernardino County, I heard about CCS. I feel like this position makes use of all my skills and experience. It could be sad to see the situations that both children and adults face. I am thrilled to be part of the healing solutions. CCS chooses outstanding clinicians to provide the therapeutic interventions. We work with so many loving foster parents and hopeful adoptive parents as they learn to meet the needs of these precious little ones.
I believe that I am where God wants me to be.
My father’s guiding words: “Dianne, you need to be useful as well as ornamental.”
License: Registered Nurse
I have always loved listening to people’s stories and walking alongside them as they navigate through life. I am passionate about helping individuals and families develop healthier, more positively connected relationships. As a wife and working mother of four, I am aware of how challenging it is to live a balanced life, therefore I find it incredibly rewarding to help couples and especially mothers, particularly those who are struggling with Postpartum Depression. I am also passionate about helping young adults as they approach different stages of life. I am trained in the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models and desire to not only help those who have experienced significant trauma but also those dealing with everyday stressors, to find peace, joy and hope in this otherwise chaotic world.
License: Licensed Marriage and Family
Hello! I’m a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT).
Growing up, I was fortunate to grow up in a home and town where everyone loved and supported one another. Seeing the strength of my own community and wanted to find a way to give back to those in need of some extra TLC. As a result, I pursued a career as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, focusing on working with individuals, couples, and family systems. I have a strong background in individual and group therapy, as well as, facilitating skills. It has always been my dream to help others work through and cope with their personal problems. I have had the opportunity to work in an elementary school setting, as well as, a small, community clinic and substance abuse clinic setting; learning that no one person is the same. I do not believe that “one size fits all” but enjoy working with Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused theoretical models. I have had the privilege of helping clients cope with their problems surrounding anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, peer conflict, self-esteem, academic concerns, and changes within the family system. I have always had a passion to help others and I am so grateful to be in a place in my life where I can contribute to my community in a positive way!
Education: Chapman University
John has over 25 years of experience in a number of sub fields of psychology, including substance abuse, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, forensics, sexual and physical abuse, anger, and grief cases. He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, providing intervention, advocacy and mediation services on a regular basis. John is currently a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the director of Alliance Counseling in the Pasadena area where he provides psychotherapy and spiritual guidance services for individuals, couples, and families. In addition, he works full time as a staff psychologist at Patton State Hospital and served as Chair for the Department of Psychology for 2 years. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Division V – Psychopharmacology of the California Psychological Associations and is working for the advancement of prescription writing privileges for California psychologists.
I became passionate about being a Marriage and Family therapist through personal circumstances. I have seen the struggles that families struggling with mental illness within the family does to the children, the individual suffering, and the family as a whole. To me having an individual or more than one individual within the family struggling with a mental illness was normal but as life progressed and I grew older I begin to see the impact that this struggle had on me as an individual and on my family. Throughout all of this I was able to be fortunate enough to find a career and a life passion that has enabled me to meet with those struggling with similar pain and distress. Having a personal and educational understanding of the impact mental illness and all that accompanies it, has been a valuable tool in my ability to meet others where they are at and be a part of their journey to a more whole life. Specifically, my passion lies with those who have experienced trauma. While I manage and work primarily with military servicemen and their families I have a calling for anyone whether they be a child, adolescent, or adult suffering with the repercussions that experienced trauma has on them and the ones they love.
I was drawn to this field by my passion for helping those who cannot help themselves. Mental Health has a negative stigma, which causes individuals who need help the most, avoid seeking therapy. I want to bridge the gap between avoiding and seeking services.
I think my ability to actively listen and be nonjudgmental has helped in my profession. To listen and hear individuals share their story without fear of persecution or condemnation has allowed me to provide better services and help those in need.
License: LPCC Intern
With over 15 years of experience working with youth and their families in various contexts, I am a therapist with a great passion for working with at-risk youth and those who have experienced trauma. Youth are such a vulnerable population, and helping them to realize their strengths and resiliency, as they grow and learn from their experiences, is a great honor. I use a variety of modalities in my work, along with the skills and knowledge I have gained from my own experiences to create a therapeutic environment that is safe, welcoming, and nonjudgmental.
I have been trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and specialize in equine assisted learning and therapy. I have had the opportunity to work with many different cultures, and have a great appreciation for diversity. My experience working with runaway, homeless, foster, and probation youth in a shelter setting was some of the greatest training I have experienced, and am grateful for the opportunity to have been able to learn so much from these amazing young people. I was also on the Western States Youth Services Network’s Community Youth Development team for 7 years and facilitated youth development trainings for youth services agencies all over the Western United States. This experience gave me the opportunity to work with a variety of community agencies that provide services to young people, and help them to develop their youth programs. I also have had the opportunity to work abroad which further expanded my understanding of other cultures. I lived in Malawi, East Africa for 2 years where I worked with local villagers to better understand the needs of the “girl child,” and helped them to develop and implement a life skills curriculum at Nanthomba Primary School. I also taught a group therapy seminar to psychology students at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Community Youth Development from Springfield College in 2010. My Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy is through Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology, a COAMFT accredited school. I received the Alliant International University Educational Stipend Award in 2013, funded through California’s MHSA.
I have been working at Christian Counseling Service (CCS) since 2013. I am currently an MFT Intern working toward my hours for licensure. Recently, I have been given the opportunity to manage CCS’s ChAT program which provides mental health service to youth 0-17 year olds who have been the victim or witness to a crime. I am looking forward to further developing this program, and providing services to a population that has a very special place in my heart.
I enjoy working with children and adults. I worked with children in the special education program in the Murrieta Unified School District in the 2011-2012 school year. I enjoy being able to help children learn and grow through play and activities that will help them to learn the necessary skills to prosper in everyday life and in their future. I also enjoy working with adults and seeing the transformation that they can make through therapy. I also enjoy working with pyscho educational groups as well. The group atmosphere and the collaboration of the group members helps me as the therapist to see the change in the members through therapy. I gain a great sense of hope when I see my clients have progress and growth and it reminds me why I love being a therapist and helping others.
Dorian Orlando Burton has his doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine California, with a master’s degree in counseling psychology – marriage and family therapy from California Baptist University in Riverside California. He also has a Masters of Arts degree in administration of justice from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, with an emphasis in gerontology from California State University Dominguez Hills. Dorian is currently a clinical intern at Redlands Christian counseling service in Redlands California, where he specializes in individual and family therapy for court ordered child and family services, couples counseling, group therapy, premarital counseling and counseling troubled teens. Dorian specializes in treating adults and adolescents using a wide range of counseling techniques that provides every client with an individualized experience. He’s experienced in domestic violence issues. Prior thereto, he was a volunteer at Riverside County Department of mental health in Hemet California where he conducted intake interviews, formulated case conceptualizations and developed personalized treatment plans for patients.
I feel I come from a unique perspective as I always had a passion for trying to understand why people are the way they are. This goes back to my comic collecting days and reading on characters and understanding their background stories and how that background has impacted to lead them to become good or bad. I also saw the need for mental health services when I was asked to help clean up my father’s friend home who I later found out upon arrival that he was a hoarder and living with dead animals in his home. He was unable to find services and I found out personally how needed people are in this field.
My greatest reward is hearing stories from clients and how happy they feel with the progress that they have made. In addition, working with couples, I love seeing the transformation of their negative interactions leaving and incorporating more positive behaviors with one another.
I feel the group I most am able to understand is children to teens. Especially troubled individuals, or living in poverty, or bullied since I belonged to each of those groups growing up.
“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we are all in this together.”
— Brené Brown
I am a bilingual Associate Professional Clinical Counselor and I love working with teens and adults, individually and within their family structures. My goal is to help clients develop self-understanding and communication skills that allow them to live more authentically in their families and communities. Prior to counseling I worked as a high school Spanish teacher and adult ELL teacher. I loved teaching, but I found the experiences I looked forward to the most were sharing student’s stories, and empowering them work toward seemingly impossible goals. As a high school teacher I enjoyed talking with students about their dreams and about their struggles. I loved facilitating difficult conversations between students and their families and helping them express what they wanted or needed help with in ways that empowered them and their families. As an adult ELL teacher I was honored to listen as students who were refugees and recent immigrants shared stories of loss, loneliness, trauma and adjusting to a new culture. In the therapy room I work to provide a safe, accepting environment where clients will feel safe to share their stories and feel empowered to make the changes they want to make. Change is hard. But we are in this together.
My goal as a clinician is to deliver the best care possible through building strong therapeutic relationships rooted in respect and compassion. I believe that the therapist is a journeyman, so together we will work collaboratively to achieve your goals. As a journeyman I get a unique opportunity to meet people along life’s way, as they navigate their quest to understand the “whys” of their world. My true passion is facilitating conversations that lead to understanding, healing, and growth. As a Christian I understand the importance of faith in the therapeutic setting. However I firmly believe that it is important that the client set his or her own boundaries in regards to faith and therapy. I am especially interested in group-work, therapy with men, African American adolescents and young adults, and families from all backgrounds.
A philosopher once wrote, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Sometimes life seems to be a constant process of change, filled with new beginnings, ends, and more beginnings. So often, these experiences involve personal struggle and hardship. As a associate marriage and family therapist, I find purpose and meaning in helping individuals, couples, and families navigate life’s changes to create meaningful new beginnings. I particularly enjoy premarital and couple therapy, working with a diverse range of couples to reach their relational goals. I also draw energy from working with young adults who are navigating various stages of life, as well as working with clients who are culturally different from me. My personal experience as a pastor’s wife has also sensitized me to the unique to the needs of ministerial families. Whatever your new beginning might be, I am committed to journeying with you through the transition.
In the therapy room, I strive to create a non-threatening environment where you will find warmth, genuine caring, and non-judgment – a safe place to confront problems, experiment with different ways of being, discover solutions more aligned with your authentic self, and experience personal growth and empowerment.
“Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19
M.S. Marital and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University, 2016
M.P.H. Global Health, Loma Linda University, 2005
M.A. French Language & Civilization, Middlebury College – Paris Campus, 2002
Externship in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), Pasadena, 2015
Core Skills in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), Riverside 2018
Community Resiliency Model (CRM), Loma Linda University, 2015
Hello! My name is Erim, and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Prior to counseling I worked in industries that left me wanting to make more of a direct impact on people’s everyday live. I decided to change career paths and become a Therapist. I grew up in a cultural background that didn’t embrace counseling, but even at a young age I always wished I could talk to someone who could understand and help me with the things I was experiencing and feeling , which is part of what led me to want to be that person for others. I love working with children and providing them with the nurture and attention they need to become successful in the future. I am passionate about empowering those who come from marginalized communities. Especially those communities which may not historically seek out therapy, to overcome whatever hurdles they face, and embrace their God given uniqueness as a strength. I received my B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and my M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University.
License: Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Welcome to CCS! My name is Alicia Layedra, and I am a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW) Intern, who is honored to work with such talented and sincere team members. My work with children and adults began somewhere in my heart, as a child living in South Windsor, Connecticut. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to help children feel cared about, have structure, and enjoy learning.
License: Associate Clinical Social Worker Intern
Hello! My name is Jennifer Johnson and I am an MFT intern here at CCS. My journey into becoming a therapist has been an interesting one, to say the least. I did not choose counseling- it chose me. I began my career as an instructional assistant and behavioral interventionist in a special education program for Riverside County Office of Education. I was placed in a preschool classroom for children with a disorder I had never heard of before: Autism Spectrum Disorder. 11 years later, this beautiful and complicated population continues to be my passion as well as my therapeutic influence. Working with these amazing little people and their families in both the school setting as well as in-home has opened my eyes to a world very different than my own. Along with working with special needs populations, I have worked as a school counselor in a K-6 Title 1 elementary school and have worked with a variety of disruptive behaviors and ages.
In my time working with children and their parents, I have learned to master a language that overwhelms many people: behavior. Working with children who are non-verbal or have limited verbal communication methods has taught me to be a translator through a seemingly complicated process. I have been very privileged to be a part of many, many journeys and am honored to be a collaborative partner to parents who struggle with understanding how to read, understand, and respect their child’s extreme, explosive, and sometimes devastating behaviors. Parenting is hard- regardless of whether you have a child who has special needs or has experienced trauma and abuse or not. My role as your partner is not how to tell you how to raise your child. My role is to help you and your family reach whatever goals you may have and to help you learn how to trust a very overwhelming process.
I enjoy taking a realistic, practical, and creative approach to therapy because I feel that this is the best way to help you manage your day-to-day life. As your collaborative partner, I aim to create a space for you to be able to say the things that parents are not “supposed” to say. My goals are to help you learn how to see your child’s tantrums and defiant behaviors as forms of communication, learn how to understand WHY they are using these behaviors, and how to replace the hitting and crying with much more effective ways of expression.
Remember: Things always seem impossible until they are over and just because your path is different than others does not mean you are lost!
My name is David Cody Lange and I’m a veteran looking to provide support to service members and their families. After nine years of service; supporting campaigns such as Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn, I believe it’s time to give back to my veterans in need. I understand the military life style and all the stressful challenges it presents to its members and their families. I recognize the difficulties present in a military marriage having lived the experience of juggling career demands and marriage needs. I also grew up in a military household and have experienced firsthand the shifting roles each family member endures when a deployment occurred. If I can make one thing clear it is that I understand a variety of challenges that the military can bestow to a family. During my time in the military I distinctly remember help being offered, but none of it really coming from a safe or sincere place. If you want help to make a positive change, I offer you a safe, compassionate, and secure environment to share your struggles. I truly believe that helping others reach a place of personal growth is my life’s mission. Please contact me so we can start the process together.
License: Licensed Marriage and Family Associate
My passion is in working with young children and their families to develop strong relationships and a nurturing family environment. A child’s relationship with their caregivers forms the basis for their understanding of the world, and has a critical impact on their physical, social, and emotional development. I firmly believe that by fostering strong relational and emotional well-being and building resiliency in children from a young age that we can set them up for success now and later on in life.
It has been immensely rewarding to walk alongside children and families on their path to wellness, providing guidance and empowering them to find growth and healing through therapy. I look forward to more such journeys together where we can build a bright future for the children our community.
B.A. in Psychology from California State University of San Bernardino
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling form University of Redlands
My name is Priscilla Willmott. I am a Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee. I entered this field because I grew up feeling as if my voice was not important. My passion is working with those who feel as if they have no voice and empower them to know their value.