John Bieda

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Gender: Male

Languages: English

Training: MA Psychology John F. Kennedy University

Specialty: Chronic Mental Illness and Trauma

Pronouns: He, Him, His

LMFT 42387

I have been involved in therapy it seems all my life. I have seen what I feel are awfully bad therapists and some very good ones. Ultimately it led me to my own style that focuses on being present with my clients and being genuine. Therapy often seems so passive, and I am excited to be able to work with individuals in a way that brings about systemic changes in their life through changing the way they perceive their memories and traumas in life. Utilizing a combination of CBT, DBT and EMDR therapies, clients can change their own internal systems, so they have different self-talk. Clients can then also look at past experiences and traumas without as much pain. 

The experiences I have had in my life have allowed me understand others effectively. Being open to being taught is of prime importance to me as I can never truly understand another’s experiences. Joining with clients to create treatment plan to learn skills and make progress is the method I have been taught to use to meet the goals my clients create for themselves. 

While working as a therapist I have seen how few clinicians take insurance. I have seen how therapists hate billing and have created a company that I believe will help therapists be able to provide the work they love to do while also allow also allowing them to earn the income they deserve and have benefits to take care of themselves, and any dependents they add. 

If anyone has questions, I am always available to answer calls or texts, except when I am with clients, or on Thursday nights, which is personal time with family and sacred.

 

Welcome.

Email: jbiedajr@bayareatherapygroup.com
Phone: 866-227-7715 ext. 702

Anisha Mauze

Gender NB

Languages: English

Training: MA Psychology John F. Kennedy University

Specialty: Chronic Mental Illness and Trauma

Pronouns:They She

Asociate Marriage and Family Therapist 100594 supervised by John C Bieda Jr. LMFT 42387

Email:
Anisha.Mauze@bayareatherapygroup.com
Phone: 866-227-7715

Maybe your life seemed fine until recently, and maybe you’ve been struggling longer than you can remember. Either way, I’m here to help. I work with all ages, genders, sexualities, racial backgrounds, cultures, and subcultures. From work stress to identity crises, communication problems to childhood trauma, all issues need space to breathe, and a big part of that is finding a therapist you can be real with. 

 

I specialize in working with alternative lifestyles; if the system isn’t working for you, I will. Like good art, therapy with me aims to comfort those in challenging positions, and challenge the comfortable. I have understanding in many areas, but you are the expert of your life. I’m not claiming to be superhuman, just someone who's made it my job to care.

Ashura Hughley

Gender: Male

Languages: English

Training: MSW Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

Specialty: Children, Adolescents, Transitional Age Youth.

Pronouns: He, Him, His

LCSW 99161

Email:
ashura.hughley@bayareatherapygroup.com
Phone: 866-227-7715

Hi, my name is Ashura. I have over 14 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. I am the son of a minister, and have a natural curiosity to explore world religions and deepen an understanding of daily spiritual practice. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I use a trauma-focused and holistic approach to mental health. I believe that we all have the power to heal ourselves; and spiritual principles and holistic practices are of important use to experience the life we desire. I look forward to working with you.

Ellen Strong

Gender: Female

Languages: English

Training: 

Specialty: trauma

Pronouns: She, Her

LCSW 19980

Despite the following paragraph , there is hope.

We are living in unprecedented times. There is a sense of uncertainty and unease, which has affected each of us in different ways. Many people are feeling anxious, depressed, or a combination of both. Some are feeling lonely and isolated. You might be feeling unusually irritable or easily annoyed. Maybe you’re using food, alcohol or other substances, in order to “cope”, distract, and/or numb out. For those of you with a history of trauma, and/or mental illness, your usual coping skills just don’t seem to be working. 

I’ve been a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist for over 25 years. I've devoted my life to helping people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, unresolved grief; work and relationship issues; and chronic mental illness. I’ve worked with children, adolescents and adults in community mental health; inpatient psychiatric hospitals, recovery day treatment programs.

 

For the past five years, I've been working with young vets who are struggling with debilitating symptoms of PTSD, as a result of having served multiple deployments to Iraq, and Afghanistan. These vets have lived through unimaginable horrors and are simply trying to get through each day. What I’ve learned in the past 5 years about trauma and grief: Sometimes, less is more. Keep it simple. Listen, make space. Go slow. Be kind. Be gentle. Be present. 

I work with clients based on my sense of what will be most helpful for them. I generally use some form of CBT.  I use Mindfulness Based techniques. Sometimes, I’ll use the concept of Radical Acceptance, when a client is in a particularly difficult place. I encourage clients to practice self-forgiveness and self-empathy, when they are able to. At times, I use Expressive Therapies; in particular, I’ve used writing exercises with clients who are working through grief.

Email:Ellen.Strong@bayareatherapygroup.comPhone: 866-227-7715 

Vera Lanaro

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Gender: Female

Languages: English

Training: MSW University of Southern Main

Specialty: Geriatrics

Pronouns: She, Her

LCSW 92059

I received my masters’ degree in social work in 2005 from the University of Maine and my LCSW in 2007. Originally from New York, I lived in Maine for many years before moving to the Bay Area in 2018. I received my undergraduate degree in philosophy and decided to go into social work so I could put the questions and ideas I was studying to practical use helping other people. I wanted to know what it means to live a good life, and I wanted to help other people explore these types of questions in their own lives. While studying philosophy, I became interested in Eastern thought and began a meditation practice that has remained a central part of my life since then. (I’ve studied Zen meditation for over 20 years.)

 

I’ve worked in community mental health providing services for adults including case management, individual therapy, and group counseling. I also worked for several years at an inpatient psychiatric hospital where I learned the importance of reducing stigma and mobilizing community support for people struggling with acute mental illness. Most recently I worked with a large health care provider organization helping members access appropriate mental health services in their communities.

 

I believe everyone has the ability to learn and grow from their life experiences and improve the quality of their lives. I work with clients using cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques to help them learn how to recognize and change unhealthy or painful patterns in their lives. The work is not always easy or comfortable but it is rewarding, and it has the power to bring lasting, positive change to our lives.

 

Since moving to the Bay Area, I’ve enjoyed taking day trips and discovering local landmarks and the many hiking trails in the area. I like to cook and try out new recipes. I enjoy knitting and recently started learning how to do origami.

 

I hope to be able to bring what I’ve learned in my life to my work with clients. Not as an expert or someone with the answers, but as a coach or guide who is also on the journey to living a more authentic and happier life.

Email:
vera.lanaro@bayareatherapygroup.com
Phone: 866-227-7715

Sheila Smith

Gender: Female

Languages: English

Training: 

Specialty: youth, elders

Pronouns: She, Her

LMFT 19980

I have always been a good listener and observer. I love hearing the fascinating details of people’s lives. At one time in my life, I used the talent of drawing out peoples’ stories as an award-winning newspaper reporter. Then, in grad school for my MSW at Fresno State, I discovered that being a good listener is at the heart of being an effective counselor.

When I meet clients I want to learn all about them and the many things that may be influencing their lives at this moment. I see my role as helping them figure out what they need to make their lives happier and more fulfilling. Together we can overcome obstacles that are in the way, and make it happen. I may know useful resources, books, techniques, or even movies that could be of benefit, but clients themselves best know their own lives. My 36 years of experience have been mostly in locked settings - hospitals, jails, prisons and psychiatric emergency rooms working with people in crisis. I have seen it all and, really, nothing shocks me.

I truly enjoy the challenges of variety and can work with just about anyone, young or old, male or female. I’m also an artist, a house flipper, and a wife, mother and grandmother, and I’ve traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Indonesia and Egypt. For the last five years I’ve taken groups of women on trips to different parts of Europe. I treasure experiencing the richness of many cultures and worldviews. I look forward to meeting you and working with you.

Email:
Sheila.Smith@bayareatherapygroup.com
Phone: 866-227-7715 

Laura Goossens

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Gender: Fluid (female-leaning)

Languages: English

Training: MA Counseling, Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy Emphasis

Palo Alto University

Specialty: Somatics, Anxiety, Trauma, Communication

Pronouns: she, they, he

Registration: Registered Associate MFT #10920, Registered Associate PCC #5987

Supervised by John C Bieda Jr. LMFT 42387

Hello, I’m Laura! I'm passionate about helping people improve their Present by addressing their Past. People describe my style as collaborative, warm, direct, and goal-focused. I help clients in their work toward self-esteem, healthy relationships, grounded communication, stress management, improved mood, and access to services/resources. I specialize in–but don’t limit my work to–trauma therapy. I use an integrated and evidence-based approach of CBT, EMDR, IFS, and somatic/mind-body techniques. My frameworks include anti-classism, anti-racism, harm-reduction, intersectional feminism, and disability-informed and trauma-informed care. I offer a free consultation, including Q&A about all the aforementioned acronyms and terms! (Details below.)

 

Communities I belong to and am experienced in serving: disabled/chronic illness, sex positive, kink/polyam/alternative lifestyle, genderqueer, fat positive, and neurodivergent folks. Happy to serve folks from other groups too of course!

 

Personal values I bring to sessions: unconditional positive regard, challenging someone with compassion, lifelong work on my own biases and blindspots, and openness to feedback.

 

Sessions are remote (video only) and for clients living anywhere in California ($125/hour, significant sliding scale available). Please contact me for a free video consultation at laura.goossens@bayareatherapygroup.com (note: copy-paste to avoid spelling errors).

 

P.S. I support clients in setting better boundaries in their lives, but I'm a total hypocrite when it comes to my senior rescue kittie. She wants hand feedings, 4am belly rubs, and 80% of my pillow at night; I say Yes to all of it.

Email:
Laura.Goossens@bayareatherapygroup.com
Phone: 866-227-7715 

Thuy Cao

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My name is Thuy Cao (pronounce Twee Cow). I was born in Vietnam, raised and educated in the United States. Prior to becoming a licensed clinician, with a specialty in Employee Assistance Programs, I was a classroom teacher, a curriculum & diversity trainer, a registered financial advisor and a technical project manager.

I enjoy working with adults on issues pertaining to workplace burnout, fears-worries around money and LGBTQ-related topics. I primarily use Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused and Strength-based Psychology techniques to help clients feel less stress, sleep better, and more confident. My diverse personal and work experiences as well as my academic training make me uniquely qualified to help individuals with the aforementioned issues.

Your level of comfort with me is very important. Our initial telephone conversation will give us a sense of our compatibility. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you. 

Gender: Female

Languages: English

Training: MA Clinical Psychology, Antioch University

Specialty: Workplace stress, Cultural & LGBTQ

Pronouns: She, Her

LMFT 49946 & 203533

Email:
Thuy.Cao@bayareatherapygroup.com
Phone: 866-227-7715 

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Lilly Shonkwiler LCSW 107517

Heather Mclaron LMFT 59193

Kameswari Jammalamadaka LMFT 45662