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Associate Therapists

Our counseling staff consists of Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Associates and Registered Professional CLinical Counseling 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). 

The fee for a 50 minute session with an associate therapist is $60

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Meggan Austin, AMFT 119428

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered 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.

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Mandy Barnes, 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. 

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Rey Kepler, AMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Associate

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.

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Jamie Rempis, AMFT 124606

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Associate

** 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.

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Brian Hamilton, AMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Associate

Your family has been torn apart. You can see your kids are struggling. You want them to be happy and successful, but instead they are distant, angry, lonely, aggressive, defiant, hyperactive, or depressed. As a parent, you want to be there for your kids, to help them get through their struggles, but you’re not sure what to do. That’s why you’re here. You’re hoping someone can help you put your family back together.

 

Rest assured, there is hope. If your kids are struggling, we can work together using play and other child-friendly techniques to help them. We can develop strategies to show them that you love them and are there for them. If your kids are in foster care, we can work through the trauma, connect you with resources, and help you reunite with your family. There’s never been a better time than right now to seek support.

 

Please reach out. I am here to help.

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Allison S. Davis, MS, AMFT 125802

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Associate

Are you tired of waking up everyday with anxiety, depression and internal pain? Would you be surprised to know there is a way to rid yourself of all of what is weighing you down and keeping you stuck? I'm happy to tell you, you are no longer alone, there is hope. As your guide we will discover what is behind that pain you are carrying and help you process your way to a better way of living.


As a collaborative therapist, we can work together to discover what is behind your pain. I use an attachment focused style, in which I will guide you to heal from old as well as new wounds. To help you process unfinished feelings and unmet needs.


Reaching out for help takes courage, this is the first step of getting where you want to be. I welcome your call to begin this journey with you. I specialize in working with children and teens.

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Charlie Rodnuson, AMFT

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. 

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Monica Perez, APCC 8217

Professional Clinical Counselor Registered 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.

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Jenny Nascimento, AMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered 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.

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Stephanie Saenz, 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.

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Annette Castillo, AMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Associate

Are you tired of letting fear, anxiety, and insecurities intrude on your life? Do you feel sadness, grief, anger, or worry? Are you having challenges in your relationship, work, or other stressful situations? Something in your life may not be working for you, and you might be seeking to make a change. Together, we can find strategies that allow you to address the root cause of your difficulties and explore new ways of improving your well being. 

 

My goal as a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee is to take a collaborative approach in guiding people through their journey to finding inner peace, fulfillment, and joy. I feel it is essential to provide you with a safe space where you have the opportunity to understand yourself and what your needs are in order to reach your goals. Reaching out for help is the first and often the hardest step. Please feel free to contact me to set up a consultation.

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Najlaa Choudhry, AMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Associate

There may be times when we feel like we need someone who can lend a listening ear. It is important to realize when we need to reach out to that someone. You have taken the first step in finding a therapist! As an associate therapist, my job is to help you find ways to let go of that anxiety, stress, or pressure that you face. I am here to provide a safe environment for you in which you are heard and respected. I specialize in multiple areas and work with multicultural clients. Being a Pakistani/American therapist, I understand and acknowledge the impact of cultural differences within life and relationships.
 

My goal is to work with my clients on their journey to find a healthy balance between culture and their needs. I am here to work with you on your journey to find inner peace, self-motivation, and self-love. Together, we will work to explore and process your deeper emotions while allowing the expansion of feelings and identify anything that is holding you back from achieving your empowered higher self. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email or phone. I look forward to hearing from you. :)

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Tabitha Chapman, AMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Associate/Professional Clinical Counselor

Tabby Chapman is a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Professional Clinical Counselor. As a therapist, her priority is to encourage her clients to rediscover their inner perfection and help them trust their truths. Tabby is focusing her career on helping parents improve their relationships with their children as well as helping people restore or rebuild strong attachments to themselves as they heal trauma from coercion. Her specialties are family therapy, parent training, and working with victims of coercive control. If you find you are having family-system issues, or that you can't figure out how to help your child, lacking the resources needed to connect with your child, she may be able to assist. She works with families, individuals, and parents to help them tap into their inner-perfection and trust in themselves for finding the direction and building the life they've always wanted. Being a parent herself, as well as having experienced coercive control directly, she understands the journey.

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Carey McIntosh, APCC

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

Finding our way through life can sometimes be a tough business. You feel stressed, overwhelmed, sad, angry, or anxious. You don’t like yourself. You feel stuck in your life. You see recurring problems in your relationships but you can’t figure out how to break the pattern. You’ve had experiences in the past that interfere with your ability to cope today. You’re using coping strategies that you know aren’t good for you, but you don’t know how to stop.

With me, you will explore these issues in a safe and compassionate environment. I can help bring clarity and insight, identify new ways of thinking about and dealing with challenges, and help you feel more centered, grounded, serene, and content. You’ll learn how to better manage and experience your emotions. You’re in charge of the process—I am your guide and support. I work with adolescents and adults, and welcome clients of any gender, ethnic, religious, spiritual, and economic background. I endeavor a safe space for LGBTQIA+ folks and have a particular interest in trauma and disability, including Deaf clients. My approach is tailored to the individual, and I am trained in EMDR and the Comprehensive Resource Model for trauma.

Counseling is a second career for me. I’ve greatly benefited from therapy myself, so I know how
profoundly healing the process can be. If counseling seems daunting, that’s totally OK—we’ll walk through it together.

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Himaya Rajapakse

Psychological Assistant (PSB 94026972), Doctoral Candidate

Himaya is a Psychological Assistant (PSB 94026972) under the licensed supervision of Dr. Guy Balice, Ph.D. licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 22638).

 

Himaya is currently a doctoral candidate and obtained her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. During her undergraduate training, she assisted in research on moral injury and its effects on the veteran population. In addition, she worked in a community mental health setting in Brooklyn, New York. She worked at Gray Matters Neuropsychological Health Care Services and Kaiser Permanente in her graduate training. Himaya is passionate about social justice and is a fellow of the Social Justice Leadership Academy at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Himaya’s clinical interests include psychotherapy and assessments for adolescents and adults experiencing PTSD, ADHD, relational difficulties, and mood disorders. In addition, she advocates for foster youth and LGBTQ+ individuals.

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Cindy Collins, AMFT and APCC

Associate Marriage Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

I am an Associate Marriage Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor. I specialize in trauma and PTSD and the common outcomes to these experiences, such as depression and anxiety.

 

Life sucks sometimes and some of those experiences change the way we view ourselves and the world. Do you feel like you are not good enough or that you don't deserve to be loved? Have you lost joy in the things that use to make you happy? Do you feel like you are just going through the motions of every day? You don't have to. Together, we can free you from the weight of these feelings of depression, anxiety, sadness, shame, regret, etc.

 

I am trained in various trauma treatments, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), and Cognitive Process Therapy (CPT). Along with general talk therapy, I will help you explore your past experiences in a safe space, at your own pace, to rid yourself of these negative beliefs about yourself that are holding you back from living your best life.

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