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MENTAL HEALTH


We are here to help.  When it comes to dealing with the changes, challenges and crises of life, it makes sense to talk to an objective professional.

OUR SERVICES

We offer counseling services for individual, couples, and family therapy. 

To start receiving services, call and make an appointment with our intake coordinator.

We offer day and evening appointments.

STAFF

Our staff of clinical psychologists, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers and counseling interns have the specialized training and experience to help you.

 

 

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Jennifer Penney, Psy. D.

Dr. Penney is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Axis's Chief of Behavioral Health. She attended the California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant International University and obtained both her Master's and Doctorate Degrees in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Penney has a warm and interactive approach and works with individuals dealing with a large range of struggles, including depression, anxiety, self-harm, and family conflict. She is also a certified eating disorder specialist. She utilizes a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and solution focused techniques.

 

 

Priscila Mathews, LCSW

Priscilla Mathews is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Axis's Director of Behavioral Health. She earned her M.S.W. in Chennai, India and became licensed in 2011. Priscilla fosters a warm therapeutic relationship with her clients, and strives to instill hope and encourage positive changes. She utilizes and integrated approach to care that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational interviewing to address conditions such as depression, anxiety, and disease management. She is bilingual in English and Tamil.

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Lauren Phillips, Ph.D.

Dr. Phillips is a licensed clinical psychologist, and Axis's Intern Coordinator. She received her Doctoratxe degree in 1998 from the California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant International University. She has worked in a variety of health settings, including day programs, emergency facilities and outpatient agencies. She provides psychotherapy for children and adults, with an emphasis on relationships and attachment, and is trained in play therapy for children. Her treatment approach includes psychodynamic theories, stages of development, and mindfulness meditation.

Susan Guerrero, Ph.D.

Dr. Guerrero is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with adults and older adults. She received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from The Wright Institute. Dr. Guerrero utilizes and integrative approach to therapy combining CBT, DBT, grief work, psychodynamic, existential, and trauma treatment techniques. Her areas of experience include neuropsychology, dementia, caregiver support, life transitions, depression, and anxiety.

Ben Koerner, LCSW

Ben uses a mix of motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral therapy, and describes his style as “person-centered.” “Engagement is really important,” he says, “I want the patient to know that I’m really listening to them.” After receiving his MSW in 2011 at the University of Illinois, he worked in a variety of settings, including the inner city. Based on his experiences with at-risk youth and incarcerated individuals, he believes that building warm, empowering relationships is the key to finding solutions. He is experienced at treating a wide variety of mental illnesses, including mood and personality disorders.

Greg Kraft, Ed.D.

Dr. Greg Kraft has been a licensed psychologist for over 30 years earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings providing compassionate, focused, client-centered holistic care for individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues. Dr. Kraft works with both adults and adolescents, supporting their autonomy and strengths. He enjoys helping others to realize more of their potential for growth and development. He believes that the power to change resides within the client. His approach to care is integrative and he utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches to support the client’s goals including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy life skills.

 

Chris Jensen, Ph.D.

Chris Jensen is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, who received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology. He works with both adults and children to address a wide range of issues. With a fun and welcoming demeanor, Chris blends systemic, solutions-focused, and CBT-based interventions to help clients achieve their goals. He empowers clients to develop solutions to the challenges they face by finding their strengths.

 

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Natalie Kiff, LCSW

Natalie Kiff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in individual and family therapy. She graduated from the University of Michigan with her MSW in 2003 and became licensed in 2006. Natalie works from a strength based perspective, firmly believing every client has the will and motivation to make the changes they need to lead a balanced life. Treating both children and adults, she primarily used Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches. She treats a wide range of diagnoses including major depression, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, with an emphasis in treating women and children who have endured traumatic experiences.

Melissa Thompson, LCSW

Melissa has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2006. She works to help patients of all ages find healthy ways to manage anxiety, depression, past trauma, and other difficult life changes. She strives to create a safe space where clients feel accepted, and uses different approaches depending on each client’s unique needs: play therapy for children, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Interpersonal Therapy for adolescents and adults. Melissa graduated from CSU Long Beach in 1999 with a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work.

Theresa Rizzo, PsyD.

“I want to help my patients find their strengths,” says Dr. Rizzo, “so they can be their best selves.” She believes that building a good relationship with her patients is essential, and aims to provide a welcoming, safe space where they can work through their experiences. Dr. Rizzo draws on a variety of techniques to help her patients, including mindfulness exercises and DBT. She is particularly experienced at treating trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, and substance use disorders. Dr. Rizzo received her PsyD. in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2008. Since then, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including a community health center in San Francisco. She is excited to be a part of the Axis team.

Jennifer Sanchez, PhD.

Dr. Sanchez works collaboratively with patients to help them identify their strengths, and define goals. When she meets a patient for the first time, she “wants to really build a connection.” Her therapeutic style is strengths-based, and rooted in mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral techniques. She received her PhD. from Palo Alto University in 2013. She is fluent in Spanish, and has extensive experience working with adults, including seniors.

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Michael Wood, PhD.

Michael Wood has been a licensed psychologist since 2015. He attended Fuller Graduate School of Psychology where he earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He uses a friendly, nonjudgmental, and energetic style and enjoys working with adult clients with a variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety/panic, life transitions, relationship concerns, LGBTQ issues, spirituality/faith, and grief and loss. He is passionate about helping clients meet their personal goals and utilizes cognitive behavioral, insight-oriented and solution-focused treatment modalities in his work.

 

"I have been seeing counselors at Axis Community Health for 8 months now on a weekly basis. The concern and kindness they show, even just asking, "how was your day?" really means a lot when you don't hear those words often. The best thing is that they want to see you succeed and they are willing to do everything they can to help you through even your worst ordeals."

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