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
Sarah Delgado is a bilingual Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and UC Davis Certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapist Trainer who earned her Master’s Degree at Azusa Pacific University. She is currently earning her Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Loma Linda University. Sarah enjoys working with women struggling with post-partum depression issues, women who struggle with miscarriage or infant loss, and adolescents and their families. Other therapeutic interests also include integrating movement & dance as a means of facilitating self-expression for children and adolescents.
License: Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Specialties: Spanish Speaking, post-partum depression, adolescents, family, dance/movement therapy
William Roozeboom has a PhD in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling and a Masters of Divinity . He is an ordained minister in Reformed Church of America. He is currently a pastoral counselor in training.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Belinda Gutierrez received her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Baptist University. She especially enjoys working with adolescents and teens.
License: Licensed Marriage and Family Intern
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.
I am a Retired Air Force combat veteran. I served 20 years in the Air Force and deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Desert Shield / Storm in August 1990. I have visited 44 States and lived in 11 countries. I have a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland University College in History. Once I completed my Bachelor’s degree I decided to use my post 9/11 educational benefits to attain my Master’s Degree in counseling psychology from Argosy University. The reason I chose Counseling psychology is a personal one. The Veterans Administration cannot handle the load of veterans needing mental health services. I lost my best friend to an accidental drug overdose. Three weeks prior to his death I took him to the Veterans Administration, he did not meet the criteria for services and was turned away from their drug program and passed away. I decided if my best friend could slip through the cracks so could others. I thought to myself, I am going to do everything I can to prevent this type of thing from happening to another veteran. I decided to help those veterans and their families who slip through the cracks or don’t trust the VA. I was so right in my thought process. There are a multitude of veterans who have bad paper discharges brought on by self-medicating for their PTSD. These veterans and their families who slip through the cracks and do not trust the VA have little hope. I have 32 years of experience in the military culture and counseling veterans and their families. I understand what it is like to go from war to the civilian community. Veterans and their families need to know there are places they can go for help and CCS is one of them.
License: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Intern
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Since beginning my journey to becoming a therapist in 2012, I have had the privilege of working with a diverse group of individuals, couples and families which have challenged me to be an active presence in their path towards recovery. With a heart and passion for children, youth and families who have endured trauma I am dedicated to helping these populations establish a secure base for which they can form a foundation for growth and recovery. I am an advocate for the stability of children, youth and families and am committed to empowering others to overcome personal life challenges and find comfort and security with one another and their community.
Receiving my Master’s Degree in Counseling/Psychology from Cal Baptist University has provided me with extensive knowledge of the integration of spirituality and mental health and exposed me to a diverse group of intervention(s)/technique(s). My ultimate goal is to help families sustain relationships and recognize that we were never promised an easy life but as a wise man once said, “You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in. I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat, I’m ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! ~ Dr. Seuss
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.
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!
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).
Helping people has always been a passion of mine, ever since I was a child. Helping people get to that place of peace and hope within and with themselves by creating a healthy, supportive and confidential environment in which one can be heard and known, is what I strive to provide.
License: Registered Dietician
I know from my own life that sharing pain or confusion with someone new can feel daunting and uncomfortable. I offer a safe and welcoming space where we can explore areas in your life and relationships that need mending, healing, and freedom. It is my privilege to help you grow more “at home” with yourself and others, and more alive with joy in the midst of life’s struggles. I work with individuals, couples, and families of all ages and life seasons, with a special welcome to clients who are first in their family to experience therapy. I have a special heart to serve immigrant and bicultural families, ministers and missionaries, and persons who feel “on display,” “in between,” or held back in life by trauma, guilt, or shame. I also enjoy exploring family, cultural, and spiritual stories with clients. I hope your time in therapy deepens your capacity for joy and full-hearted relationships with others and God. I look forward to journeying with you.
I believe that to love God is to love others. To love people is to care for them, to accept them as they are, to listen to how they feel, to be patient with them, to motivate them, and to give them assurance to understand that they are important. It is with these actions in mind that I can truly say that I am doing what I have been called to do: to help make a positive impact on others’ lives, not only as a clinician, but also as a fellow human being.