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Mental Health Services

Here to help when life gets hard

Humans are a complicated combination of mind, body and spirit. These parts are all inter-connected. If you are unwell in one part of your life, it can affect everything else.

Many of us have struggled with our mental health at some point. In fact, 46% of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life. Half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Adventist Health is here to help. We have in person and virtual counseling options throughout our network of clinics. In our Central Valley Network, Clear Lake and Butte County offices, we also offer an extensive list of fully virtual counselors who also use technology to check in on their patients between visits.

Meet our virtual clinical team:

Edward Aldaz, LCSW

Specialties: Depression, anxiety, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, eating disorders, sleep disorders, relationship conflict, grief and bereavement, burnout

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy Interventions, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Experience: 6 years

Language: English, Spanish

Why I love being a specialist…
I became a licensed clinical social worker to guide and assist individuals, families and communities to have more control over their lives.

How we will work together…
My approach is that of a client-centered and holistic approach that fosters a positive step toward realizing a satisfying life. Through a safe, trusting, confidential relationship, the process helps you find relief and well-being. Psychotherapy can provide relief from ongoing, unwelcome feelings such as: sadness, loneliness, anxiety, depression, confusion, fear or anger.

About me…
I enjoy cycling and supporting just causes through community involvement.

Nadia Aquino, LCSW

Specialties:
Depression, anxiety, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, relationship conflict

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing

Experience: 6-10 years

Language: English, Spanish

Why I love being a specialist…
I became a therapist to help carry the pain of those seeking support. For me, it is an honor and a privilege to witness the growth and resiliency of the individuals I serve. I am passionate about helping people use their strengths to create positive and healthy change in their lives.

How we will work together…
I believe the most powerful presence in therapy is the relationship between the individual and their therapist. My approach prioritizes helping those I serve feel understood, respected, and empowered. As a therapist, I encourage my clients to take the session where they want it to go, at the pace that they feel most comfortable with. I enter into each session with a spirit of curiosity to center each client as the expert of their life-experience.

About me…
When I take my therapist hat off at the end of the day, I enjoy taking long walks in the forest, giving my dogs belly rubs, and playing Uno with friends and family.

Stefan Bain, LCSW

Specialties:
Depression, anxiety, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, insufficient sleep, relationship conflict, substance abuse, grief, burnout, sex addiction, LGBTQ+

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy Interventions, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Experience: more than 20 years

Language: English

Why I love being a specialist…
I started in this field, simply, because I wanted to help people navigate through tough times so they could feel more resilient. I have worked with clients on a wide range of concerns. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive therapy. I utilize evidence-based, best-practice interventions, and will tailor your treatment plan to meet your unique needs.

How we will work together…
My approach to working with participants is to ensure that our work together is a true relationship; I am active and engaged; I work with you to identify those areas of your life that are causing stress, and together we will build out a treatment plan and session goals to ensure your success.

About me…
I live on a farm, so my interests are related to animals. I also enjoy traveling and spending time with my children.

Terisa Berger, LCSW

Specialties: Depression, anxiety, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy Interventions

Experience: 5 years

Language: English

Why I love being a specialist…
I am truly passionate about helping people. I come from a family of Therapists and Nurses. We were raised to give and assist whenever possible. I started in this field because I saw first hand what mental health illnesses can do to a person and a family. Assisting others to truly understand that mental health can be managed like any other chronic condition and helping their families to be a support factor is my driving force.

How we will work together…
I believe that meeting a person where they are is most important. I believe in motivational interviewing and really having the person drive their own treatment.

About me…
Outside of work I spend my time with my family and my fur babies. I love the outdoors, boating, fishing, and camping. I love to read, watch Packers Football, and playing board games.

Jerylyn Bohlender, LCSW

Specialties: Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, substance abuse, grief

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy Interventions, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Experience: 6-10 years

Language: English

Why I love being a specialist…
I have always enjoyed talking to people and helping them. I pursued social work so I could offer therapy in a variety of settings. I expanded my understanding of the way the brain works with a minor in neuroscience. Over the years, I have worked with people experiencing homeless, pregnancy and postpartum depression, as well as with children and youth. My passion is treating substance use disorder. I believe we all have a deep desire to be known and understood; and I am blessed to be a safe person for those I serve.

How we will work together…
My approach to working with participants uses a variety of therapeutic techniques. Different therapeutic options allow for specialized care. I work with the participant to understand what works for them. I use humor appropriately to help build rapport and have fun. The focus remains on the participant and how that person can build on what they already know.

About me…
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling with my husband and being a mother to my very active children. I also enjoy Bible study, time with friends, cooking, exercising, walking our German Shephard and reading.

Gabriela Bolivar, PhD

Specialties:
Depression, anxiety, stress, insufficient sleep

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), motivational interviewing, mindfulness, brief therapy interventions, modality specific training (CPT)

Experience: 5 years

Language: English, French, Spanish

Why I love being a specialist…
Mind and body are intricately connected and I enjoy exploring this connection especially within the areas of health and wellness.​I'm a clinician but you are the expert of YOU! I enjoy helping people identify and live by their values and develop practical skills and healthy habits to create positive and sustainable changes in life.

How we will work together…
I like using different therapeutic techniques including mindfulness and even some humor in session. Sessions are really catered on where you are and the goals you want to set for yourself.

About me…
My faith, family, and fitness are important to me. I also enjoy reading.

Dr. Nicole Bryant, EdD, LCSW

Specialties: Depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, relationship conflict

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy Interventions, Rapid Trauma Resolution

Experience: 6-10 years

Language: English

Why I love being a specialist…
I started in this field after years of medical training and working in a hospital. I realized that a lot of my patients had medical issues as a result of emotional issues. After engaging in conversations with them on a deeper level, I realized social work was my passion. It allows me to focus on the whole person in order to properly care for my patients. I am passionate about ensuring people know how to care for themselves first. I am passionate about healing trauma and working through barriers to become our best selves.

How we will work together…
My approach when working with participants is to keep things low-key. The worst thing is an overly clinical therapist! I do my best to get on your level and to converse in the way you'd like to converse. I listen and then inform you of blind spots as needed. It helps clients remain comfortable yet always have that "aha" moment.

About me…
I love to read, workout, travel, sing, eat, etc.

Nicole Chovit, LCSW

Specialties: Depression, anxiety, stress

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy Interventions

Experience: 0-5 years

Language: English

Why I love being a specialist…
I started in the field wanting to be someone people can find support and strength in during difficult times in their life. I'm passionate about helping people discover and feel confident in their own strengths.

How we will work together…
In my practice, I focus on each of my participants as a whole. It’s rare that issues are singular occurrences in our lives, and because of that I approach each problem and subsequent goal by looking at the entirety of what makes up a person. I provide a client-centered and strengths-based therapeutic approach, which I feel compliments my nurturing personality. I have experience working with many different issues and backgrounds. My main goal is to help individuals feel supported, safe and to build confidence to live their life as they want.

About me…
I love being in the kitchen testing out new recipes whether I'm cooking or baking. I try to live an active lifestyle, but also make sure I take time to enjoy my favorite TV shows and books.

Sheryl Dunn, LCSW

Specialties: Depression, anxiety, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, grief and bereavement

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy

Experience: 5 years

Language: English

Why I love being a specialist…
Appreciating and prioritizing 'you' can be a complex feeling. The complexity can be due to self-driven guilt or gaslighting from trusted persons in your circle. I am here to partner with you on the journey to resiliency. My passion for therapy is fueled by my empathetic and authentic regard for others. When engaging in session, you and I will identify the thoughts that can adversely impact your feelings and, ultimately, your actions and behaviors. I will support you in navigating the decisions to redirect your life into a space of restoration.

How we will work together…
I will be a trusted resource with whom you can collaborate openly. I will empower you to illustrate your ideal self by setting relevant and obtainable goals. My approach is to build a partnership for progress led by you! Consider me your "behavioral trainer" as I will be providing evidenced-based interventions and objective support to cheerlead you towards your best self.

About me…
Nature walks, making new discoveries and spending quality time with family.

Edlin Gutierrez, LCSW

Specialties: Depression, anxiety, stress, burnout, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, relationship conflict

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), Mindfulness, TF-CBT

Experience: 6-10 years

Language: English, Spanish

Why I love being a specialist…
I joined this field because of my passion in helping others. There is often such a stigma regarding mental health issues and aim to provide a nonjudgmental and understanding space to the participants I work with. I consider it such an honor to be a witness to a participant’s growth.

How we will work together…
My approach to therapy is a blend of perspectives, depending on where the client is. I utilize person-centered, trauma-informed, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, holistic, and psychodynamic perspectives in my sessions.

About me…
I enjoy yoga, photography, hiking, and walking on the beach.

Jose Gutierrez, LCSW

Specialties: Depression, anxiety, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, substance abuse, grief and bereavement

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy

Experience: 5 years

Language: English, Spanish

Why I love being a specialist…
I embarked on this career because I have always centered my life around supporting others through difficult times in their lives. I am passionate about working with young adults, people who have been formerly incarcerated, gang-involved folks and the immigrant community. I take a holistic approach and focus therapy around the goals and interests people will bring into treatment.

How we will work together…
My approach begins with obtaining a narrative of the issue. Then I focus on practical interventions that the client can use on a daily basis to mitigate their symptoms. I encourage and challenge clients to be open, honest, and follow through with practicing coping skills that can improve their behaviors and perspective on life.

About me…
I like to hike, bike, run, play basketball, workout at the gym, play guitar and sing in my band, and watch comedy movies.

Bonnie Henderson, LCSW

Specialties:
depression, anxiety, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, insufficient sleep, relationship conflict, grief and bereavement, burnout

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy Interventions

Experience: 11-15 years

Language: English

Why I love being a specialist…
I started in the mental health field because my family was involved in child welfare services and I wanted to learn how to help. I am passionate about learning because the process is ongoing and helps us help ourselves. It keeps us from becoming stagnant and closed-minded.

How we will work together…
I like to meet my participants where they are in the literal sense. When clients are in a private location in the comfort of their home, that is their safe space where a lot of good work can be done during the therapy session. I begin by asking questions about my client's backstory because we all have one and most times it has a lot to do with why we are in therapy. I am a good listener and validate my clients by encouraging them to set an intention for the session.

About me…
Dogs, photography, yoga, hiking, gardening and dogs (LOL!)

Miriam Jameson, LCSW

Specialties:
Depression, anxiety, stress, burnout

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Mental Health Consultation

Experience: 0-5 years

Language: English

Why I love being a specialist…
Supporting others and watching their self-empowered transformation is incredibly inspiring to me. I love that as a clinical social worker, there is a social justice and systems lens that contributes to evidence-based treatment and intervention.

How we will work together…
As a clinician, I commit to providing foundational support to assist the participant as they navigate their healing process. Because I have years of experience with mindfulness, meditation, and related healing components, this helps to inform my clinical work to impact the nervous system in whatever ways work best for the client.

About me…
I love spending time in daily meditation, spending time with my family, training in the gym, and learning new information about areas of interest.

Ashley Neal, LCSW

Specialties: Depression, anxiety, stress

Therapies: Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy

Experience: 5 years

Language: English

Why I love being a specialist…
It's always been my passion to work with clients on a deeper level, to get to the root of what's going on in their minds as they process all that life brings. I've worked in social work for almost 7 years and I picked the field because I wanted to help families be restored. Now I want to focus on helping individuals address the things happening in their life that are causing them stress, anxiety, depression and help them get through it all.

How we will work together…
I listen to the client and hear what their needs are. I come up with solutions with the client that are feasible and possible to perform in order to see changes in mood while also processing where these behaviors, thoughts and/or feelings stemmed from.

About me…
I enjoy going to the gym regularly, reading a good book with a glass of wine, re-watching my favorite shows and brunch with friends.

Sara Tousi, LCSW

Specialties: Depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, relationship conflict, substance abuse, grief and bereavement

Therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy Interventions, Rapid Trauma Resolution, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Experience: 12 years

Language: English, Farsi

Why I love being a specialist…
My interest in this helping others deal with their hardships and traumas began at a very young age due to my own background filled with traumas and hardships. My experiences in life have molded me into a compassionate individual with a keen interest in helping others. My goal is to be there for others and support them through their hardships and challenges and help them reach their goals in life.

How we will work together…
My approach is to listen to participants, show them compassion and understanding and support and guide them through adversities in their lives.

About me…
I indulge myself by reading books, painting and drawing, hiking, traveling, spending time with my family, friends, and dog.


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