Meet our Counseling Staff

Our counseling staff are Marriage & Family Therapist Trainees or Registered Associates who are working towards gaining licensure and primarily provide therapeutic services. They are supervised by Dr. Avis Attaway, LMFT (34493), or Dr. Guy Balice (PSY 22638). 

Meggan Austin, AMFT 119428

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

Phone/Text: (951) 389- 4392

Email: meggan@affordablecounselingservices.org

Are you feeling sad, alone, and empty? These can be sources of confusion and suffering in one’s life. These are just some of the intense feelings we experience as human beings, and while it can be very painful at times, no one is immune from these deep feelings. Depression, anxiety, and chronic pain can feel like they have control over you and your life and make finding the clarity to move forward, make decisions, and solve problems very difficult. There are roots to the suffering and together we can navigate through old and new wounds while constructively resolving current life challenges.

 

I work intentionally and intuitively to create a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your life and your feelings. Each person who comes to me for therapy receives compassionate attention. This caring attention is the container in which healing and change can occur. Together we can transform the roots of your pain into a deep understanding of yourself, your purpose, and the relationships in your life. Our focus will be on finding what is most meaningful in you and your life as we peel back the layers that have covered over who you truly are.

 

I welcome your email or call so we can explore the possibility of embarking on this important journey together.

 
 
Amanda "Mandy" Barnes, M.A., AMFT #121555
Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Associate

Phone/Text: (951) 476-2154

Email: mandybarnes@affordablecounselingservices.org

Hello. My name is Mandy Barnes and I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.  

 

Seeking help when we need it is not always easy.  Kudos to you for looking for a therapist!   Taking care of our mental health is an important part of self-care.  By seeking therapy, you have taken the first step. Therapy can help you make healthier choices, become more self-aware, and give you the tools to cope with life’s ups and downs.  It can improve communication, problem resolution skills and relationship patterns. Whether you are seeking therapy for anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship issues, career decisions, parenting, or any other personal challenges, I can help you. In therapy, we will work as a team to set and fulfill treatment goals with a solution focused approach. I am a strength-based therapist which means we will elicit your strengths and use them to your advantage. My style is empathic, supportive, collaborative and interactive. My clients describe me as down-to-earth, knowledgeable, caring, engaging with a good sense of humor that they find therapeutic. I will provide a safe and predictable environment for you to share your thoughts and feelings and to meet your personal therapy goals.  

 

I have experience working with individuals, couples, families, and teens from diverse backgrounds and with various challenges, conditions, and diagnoses.   I have a working knowledge of different theoretical approaches and use the ones that best fit the individual needs of each client. Please contact me to see if my services would be a good fit for you. 

 
Hilary Braxton, M.A., AMFT #119431

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

Phone/Text: (909)351-8793

Email: hilary@affordablecounselingservices.org

What happens to us lives in us, even if we aren’t aware of it. When experiences overwhelm us we begin feeling stuck or we notice patterns that we can’t quite break. We feel stress, pain, sadness, anxiety, emptiness, aching, flatness, overwhelm, and so many other things. As much as we try to numb it, avoid it, or run from it, when we slow down or stop we feel it all again; it won’t go away. But you aren’t broken, you’re trying to heal. The answers are within you, they’ve just been obscured. I’m here to compassionately assist you in your healing process, to help you gain tools and knowledge, and to support you in changing your life.

 

Working from a holistic, trauma-informed, mind-body, strengths-based approach that incorporates mindfulness, happiness studies and a depth perspective, we’ll explore your inner world. Acting as your guide, I’ll help you stay grounded and well-resourced as we peel back the layers of your experiences and nonjudgmentally hold space for what bubbles up from the unconscious. I’m a Certified Trauma Professional trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and CRM (Comprehensive Resource Model) and I work with trauma, anxiety, ADHD, LGBTQ issues, highly sensitive people, and more.

 

Though the road may be rocky at times, with the right vehicle the ride becomes smoother. Through our work you’ll understand yourself, feel empowered, and release what weighs you down. Here’s what I aim to provide: the space and tools to make life easier to manage. It would be my pleasure to facilitate your healing process and help your journey feel less rocky.

 
Alexa Bustamante

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

Understanding what each of us is driven by is not an easy task. Life stressors can be overwhelming and detrimental. At times of feeling lost or unsure, we can become disheartened and wonder if we’ll ever find the answer. Having a safe and supportive space can be a resource for achieving happiness, purpose and fulfillment. I will provide that safe space with a nonjudgmental approach that will assist you in your personal journey to healing. I can help you gain the tools to become self-sufficient in applying necessary changes to your daily life.

 

If you are interested in understanding the way you interact with your world and your overall sense of being, you have come to the right place. By emphasizing the importance of constructive communication, I will strive to help you in the self-awareness process and guide the way for personal healing and self-discovery.

 

Areas of focus in daily life include: school, work, relationships, family commitments and social relationships. I work with individuals, families and couples struggling with issues such as: anxiety, oppositional behaviors, depression, trauma, communication and interpersonal issues. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have!

 

Edgar Garcia

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

Seeking help is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength. It takes a lot of courage to admit to yourself that you need help and for that you should be proud. When we are going through hard times we sometimes forget just how strong we are and are blinded by our struggles. My goal in therapy is to help remove those blind spots, and help you see that the answers lie within you. I am not here to tell you what to do. Instead I am here to guide you and help you uncover the strength and potential that already resides within you.

Weekends available. Hablo español.

Buscando ayuda no es un signo de debilidad, sino un signo de fuerza. Toma mucho esfuerzo admitir a uno mismo que necesitamos ayuda, y por eso deberías de estar orgulloso/a. Cuando estamos pasando por tiempos difíciles se nos olvida lo fuerte que somos, somos cegados por nuestras dificultades. Mi meta en terapia es eliminar esos puntos ciegos, y ayudarte a ver que las respuestas residen dentro de uno mismo. No estoy aquí para decirte que hacer, pero en vez, a guiarte a descubrir las fuerzas y potencial que viven dentro de ti.

 

Yvette Maldonado

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

Are you feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and stressed? Do you wish that you could feel better overall and supported? Effective, supportive, and non-judgmental understanding can help you deal with the issues or life transitions to help you be the best you. I am here to help. My approach is holistic in nature, by listening to your experiences and understanding their specific context and the meanings they hold. I am here to support you as you seek to better your life.

I am empathetic and compassionate. I have a desire to work with clients who are ready to grow and develop mature relationships.

 

Jenny Nascimento 

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate 

I want to help others experience freedom in their therapeutic journey in a compassionate way. My goal is to provide you with an environment that feels safe, warm, and trusting. I will walk with you and help you explore your inner self in finding your strengths, abilities, and meaning, creating autonomy in your life.

Meaningful change happens by looking at your unresolved emotions and trauma. I want to hear your life story, help you recognize your thoughts and feelings, and help improve your relationships in a positive supportive way. It helps to talk with someone outside your circle, that listens and is accepting. I will work with you at your pace and provide insight and perspective that is empathetic toward healing and growth.

 

Monica Perez

Marriage & Family Therapist Associate

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” ― David Richo. If you have been looking for professional help with problems related to stress in your life, your marriage, or family, but have not been able to afford the cost of therapy... I can help! Life isn't always easy, but it can be manageable with the positive support that you need. You can get the help you need now at an extremely affordable rate by making an appointment today. I'm dedicated to providing affordable counseling and family education to the community.

 

There is always HOPE! Together, we can explore for the tools that can have positive effects on your life; especially in relationships. It's important for people to be heard, and to be understood. You are the expert of your life, and together we strive for empowerment and self-efficacy.

I'm a firm believer that every individual deserves the healing they seek, and I will be honored to be a part of that journey with my clients. If you are currently needing clinical guidance, I hope we can walk that journey together. Contact me directly for more information. Evening, and weekends available. Hablo Espanol.

 

Charlie Rodnuson

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Associate

 

Charlie is a Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Associate. His genuine and empathic approach focuses on helping you feel calm and comfortable in therapy while working towards your true potential. He works from a genuine, solution-focused approach that incorporates Mindfulness and pattern-changing techniques to help you cope with your life stressors and work through negative patterns and beliefs that are restricting you from achieving your true potential.

 

In addition to his therapeutic work at Life Source Training Institute, Charlie is also a Career Counselor with University of California, Riverside where he educates and counsels individuals toward career-readiness, job success, and skills development. Charlie enjoys working with a diverse clientele, though he specializes in working with teens, familial enrichment, stress, self-esteem issues, multicultural concerns as well as career-related and academically-related adjustments. 

 

Stephanie Saenz, M.A, AMFT 105082

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Associate

Stephanie is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Associate. Stephanie provides a safe, fun, and comfortable environment where individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and families can explore their feelings and overcome their challenges, whatever they may be.

Stephanie is passionate about working with children, teens, and those in the military. She understands the difficulties deployments can have on the family unit, as well as individually. Her therapy approach stems from psychodynamic and CBT techniques with the integration of play therapy and mindfulness in order to provide a holistic approach. Stephanie is specially trained as a CBT certified anxiety specialist. Additionally, she is trained to treat trauma using Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), a trauma treatment model that is brain and body based and designed to  clear neurobiological "sludge" to allow healing and the ultimate goal of access to one's true and authentic self. 

 

Stephanie's approach is to draw on  your strengths, personal goals, cultural and spiritual values to help you move forward in a way that feels good to you.

 

Allison Davis

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

As a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee, I strive to bring hope and restoration to my clients. While using empathetic listening and engaging with my clients, I will provide a safe and comfortable place where clients are able to share their pain and struggles.

I use a holistic approach that will focus on the whole person, not just the presenting problem. I incorporate art therapy as well as,  play therapy into sessions, for the adult as well as the child. 

 

My ultimate goal for each client is not to fix them, rather help guide them to find that their true strength that resides within them. Life can be difficult at times and reaching out for help is the first step to finding your inner strength. Call to book an appointment with me today, so we can start your therapeutic journey together.

 

I work with individuals, teens, children and families. Age 3yr. and up.

 

Brian Hamilton

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee 

I believe that we live our lives mythologically and that the narratives we construct have a measurable impact on our lives. If we tell ourselves that life is a battle, it has a different effect than if we tell ourselves that life is a journey, or a stage, or a game.

 

There are times when our narratives prevent us from moving forward. As the old adage says, “If your only tool is a hammer, every problem begins to look like a nail.” I believe that the role of the therapist is to help clients discover new narratives and tools, whether it’s finding new approaches to old problems or understanding other people's stories.

 

Rey Kepler

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

The world can be a difficult place to manage when you are feeling alone, anxious,
depressed, angry, ashamed, jealous or hopeless. I am here to help you gain the
necessary tools needed to break some of those dysfunctional or generational cycles
that are making you feel stuck.


My sessions take on a psychodynamic approach and may guide you back through your past in order to help you understand and grow in your future, while providing a sense of safety, non-judgment, empathy and positivity. I am so grateful to be able to collaboratively take you through your journey of discovery if you so choose. I work with individuals, families, children and teens.
 

In addition to my therapeutic work here at Life Source Affordable Counseling, I am also a Special Education Teacher with Val Verde Unified School District, where I teach students with mild to moderate disabilities such as ADHD, Autism, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Emotional Disturbance and Specific Learning Disability in grades Kindergarten through Fifth.

Participation and inclusion do not involve changing people to fit in, but changing the world.

Devon Pytel

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

 

Sometimes, life’s challenges become heavy on our shoulders, and we need some support to help lighten the load. As a Marriage Family Therapist Trainee, my goal is to focus on an individual’s strength and to empower and apply your current skill set to help overcome life’s hurdles.

I believe therapy is a collaborative process in which the individual, couple, or family sets their goal, and I help guide them towards strategies to achieve it. I embrace individuals with an open, empathetic, supportive, and direct approach. 

Along with working with Life Source, I am an Outreach Counselor in several local schools where I work with adolescents, aged 12 to 18, on learning how to cope with symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call or email me.

Jamie Rempis

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

 

** You are not alone! ** I approach therapy with an understanding that we are all unique with our own challenges, pain, strengths, joys, and experiences. It is important to talk about who we are and what we’ve been through to create a brighter and balanced future. I work with individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and families. I am passionate about healing through grief, suicide, wellness, and more.

I am committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate space. I will walk with you on your journey to process the past, understand behavior, heal through pain, and explore what is not working in your life. Together, we will work to develop goals that meet your specific needs, wellness, and freedom.

I look forward to connecting with you about the possibility of walking on this journey together. Please contact me directly for more information. Evenings and weekend appointments are available.

 

Mercy Shiekh

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

Existen condiciones médicas, como las enfermedades crónicas y desafíos emocionales/psicológicos como la depresión, la ansiedad, el dolor crónico, las perdidas no resueltas que sumados a años de sentirse incomprendido hacen difícil que las personas puedan auto-cuidarse y pensar positivamente cuando han invertido tanto tiempo y energía en la supervivencia y el desamparo.

Las experiencias traumáticas, experimentadas de diferentes formas a lo largo de la vida, conducen a una desconexión de sí mismo, de los demás y de nuestro propósito personal superior. El trauma no resuelto moldea, influye y limita nuestra capacidad para alcanzar el potencial de nuestra vida y la evolución personal. Los procesos de curación que promueven la neuroplasticidad positiva (es decir, reconectar el cerebro en el contexto de un cambio saludable) y un retorno al funcionamiento neuronal saludable son fundamentales para permitir que las personas recuerden y regresen a su verdadero yo.

Los eventos de la vida aparentemente "normales" también son fuentes importantes de experiencias traumáticas, cuyas consecuencias incluyen creencias negativas sobre uno mismo, adicciones, problemas repetitivos en las relaciones, depresión y ansiedad. Algunos ejemplos de estos eventos conocidos pero dolorosos son enfermedades/ traumas médicos, años de diagnósticos incorrectos, divorcio, padres demasiado críticos, adopción, cirugías invasivas, acoso escolar y problemas durante la gestación o el parto. 

Si eres una persona que ha pasado o está pasando por alguna situación como las que he descrito anteriormente, te invito a realizar un trabajo terapéutico conmigo en el que puedas enfocarte en el poder de tu mente, potencializar tus habilidades, canalizar tus emociones y vivir de acuerdo con tus intenciones más profundas.