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
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
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.
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
I believe that hope and healing can be found in the midst of life’s most difficult circumstances. My hope is that therapy can be a safe, non-judgmental, space for my clients to grow into a deeper understanding of themselves as they move towards their personal goals. I am honored to play a part in my clients’ stories as they move through discomfort and pain into finding peace, meaning, and joy in their lives. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, loss, relationships, or just feeling overwhelmed, I passionately believe that hope and healing are always available. I have significant experience in working with adolescents, and enjoy working with children, adults, and couples as well. In my free time I enjoy adventuring in the outdoors with my husband, playing music, doing yoga, and snuggling with my puppy.
License: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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 Occupational Therapist
In 2001, my first granddaughter was born via a very traumatic delivery. In the weeks and months that followed, Dr. Kiti taught my daughter exercises and methods to improve Little Miss Z’s growth and development. When I had the chance to become part of the SART team and work and learn from Dr. Kiti, I eagerly joined this team. To be a part of a team who helps parents and foster parents improve the future for these children is a joy. And, for the record, Little Miss Z is a teenager who is bright, athletic and social. What a blessing.
License: Registered Nurse
I am passionate about helping others in all aspects of my life. My career choice stems from my background where I discovered a desire to care for others and an innate ability to understand what others are experiencing around me. My current focus is individuals and families that have experienced trauma.
I am certified in the first level of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) EMDR helps speed up the processing of a traumatic event.
I am certified in NCTI, which allows me to help both juveniles and adults make corrective life choices.
As a firm believer that parents are a crucial part of how children are raised, I became certified as a Parent Project instructor. This program helps gives parents the skills necessary to help raise their children.
I am a certified trainer of trainers in the Community Resilience Model.(CRM) CRM enables me to not only help individuals going through a personal or community crisis but allows me to train and certify others to help in crisis situations.
I am a trained Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT) This modality has been shown to help clients especially youth to be able to overcome negative events in their past and become emotionally healthy and lead productive lives.
Expanding past my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I volunteer 5 hours a week with 30 youth in Yucaipa helping them learn and implement respect, interpersonal skills, personal responsibility including dependability, integrity, and work ethics. Conflict management, teamwork, communication and problem solving.
License: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Intern
I have always loved listening to peoples 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 counsel 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.
It is important in my life work to help individuals in overcoming personal difficulties and work toward positive change utilizing comprehensive and empathetic listening. I personally value the idea expressed in 1 Cor. 1:4 to …”comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God”, and ultimately striving to support and encourage you to thrive in your journey and live your life.
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 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
Dorian Orlando Burton is currently a doctoral candidate at the 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 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 started my journey with a more medical approach, but soon realized a substantial need in our community for psychological support, especially for kids who’ve experienced trauma and their parents. I am Armenian, and I have done multiple mission trips to Armenia, I am fluent in the language and I became passionate about the richness of culture which carried over into recognizing more aspects of cultures here at home. My passion is helping families overcome trauma and succeed. A mix of nurturing, facilitation, and education is how I empower families to strengthen their relationships and learn how to support one another.
CCS has become a family to me and I am grateful to work with such wonderful group of talented professionals.
Welcome to CCS! My name is Emelly, and I am a second year MFT trainee currently completing my master’s degree at Loma Linda University. I have one year of clinical experience collaborating with individuals, couples, and families to help them reach their therapeutic goals. I have also completed an externship in Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy and enjoy using this approach with couples and families alike. Finally, I’m a bilingual therapist and feel comfortable working with Spanish-speaking clients.
In the therapy room, I strive to create a relaxed, non-threatening environment where you will find warmth, connection, genuine caring, and non-judgment – a safe place to confront problems, experiment with new, different ways of being, discover solutions more aligned with your authentic self, and experience personal growth and empowerment. As we work together, I hope you will find encouragement and hope. Thank you for the privilege of traveling with you on your journey toward change. I consider it an honor to be a witness to your growth process as you move toward a more purposeful and meaningful life.
I have always loved working with youth. I had the pleasure of working at an after-school program that served elementary to high school youth and I taught English in an elementary school in Costa Rica for two years. But it’s been here at CCS where I’ve really developed a passion for watching the innocent and exploring nature of children work together with our staff as they heal and move forward in a positive direction. Viewing the world through the lens of our youth is something what resonates with me and I love every opportunity to explore the world as they see it.
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.
I am a Marriage and Family therapist intern that helps others to overcome relationship problems and personal challenges, using evidenced-based interventions. I am a widow that started my journey to becoming a counselor when most of my friends were preparing for retirement. Even before I became a therapist, I volunteered for 15 years as a counselor in my local church. In addition, I am experienced in helping people to overcome issues related to substance abuse, and to recognize the underlying problems surrounding the abuse. Currently, I am certified in “The STOP Program” that is used for domestic violence classes in the parole departments 52 week programs. I have a master’s degree in Psychology/MFT from Chapmen University. At Christian Counseling Services, I work in the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services (CAPTS), and work closely with the county of San Bernardino Child and Family Services Department. I do the domestic violence groups for men and women in the CAPTS program. I also offer relationship counseling, individual, and family counseling. I address not only relationship issues, but anxiety, depression, and trauma related issues.
Hello there. My name is Kelley, and I am a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. I specialize in working with young children and their parents, and find so much personal fulfillment in doing so. I possess enthusiasm and passion for working with children and their families because I truly believe that the experiences we have as children create the framework as to how we relate to the world later as adults. While I believe that early childhood experiences are crucial in the development of an individual, I have hope and belief that we can redefine our past experiences, and create new meaning from them.
Therapy is a very intimate and vulnerable experience, that I value and treasure. To me, the experience of therapy is to connect authentically and grow organically within ourselves and relationships with others. During your normal day to day life you are interacting with, and reacting to, the environment around you. I believe our therapy session is your time to put the stress and responsibilities aside, and focus on you and your family. To me, therapy is about pursuing a direction and goals for you and your family, and strengthen your relationships and bond. I thoroughly enjoy working with children, parents, and families to help strengthen bonds, communication, and relationships.
When I’m not working with families, I am spending time with my own I have 2 beautiful children, ages 6 and 7. I think being a single mother helps me understand and empathize with the struggles and stressors of parenting, co-parenting, and other obstacles thrown our way. My children and I enjoy board games, parks, and Costco samples!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Kalissa (Kali) Jardine is passionate about helping clients experience full and satisfying lives. Nothing brings her greater joy than engaging in therapeutic relationships that empower clients to express, love, and accept self without judgment. She seeks to work collaboratively with clients to explore, identify, strategize, and overcome obstacles that prevent clients from reaching their intra and interpersonal goals. Specialties include depression, anxiety, relational issues, and spiritual issues.”Not sure if you need this info, but I’m a PCC (Professional Clinical Counselor) trainee from the University of Redlands’ Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. My BA is in Religion from Andrews University (’14).