PCCI # 2409

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

My Areas of Expertise: Living in the central valley and working as a school counselor has given me the opportunity to work and engage with people and students from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  I am bilingual, bi-cultural,  and come from a community that is very diversify and with a great understanding that each case, each client, or each student is unique and will benefit from a theoretical approach and technique tailored to their specific needs.   I understand that clients’ needs can be met using one counseling theory or various advising techniques that share common concepts or orientations.  I do not object to utilizing a theory or incorporating techniques and skills that would be more beneficial to the students or clients that I may be working with. I believe that a commons factors approach to counseling is a great strategy to utilize because it finds the commonality between the different systems and utilizes them.  This strategy includes factors like, empathy, warmth, support and a therapeutic alliance.  I also believe that some cases can be best served by using the best form of therapeutic technique that fits the client’s needs (i.e., Solution-Focus Brief Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Narrative Therapy).  I have skills and knowledge in: Multicultural issues, Group guidance and counseling, Ethical and legal issues, Human development, College Counseling/ Academic advising and Career educational and vocational development. 
Education: M.A. in Education, Counselor Education Concentration: Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) from CSU, Stanislaus.  B.S. in Psychology from CSU, Stanislaus.
Languages: English and Spanish
Supervised by: Carisa Shewood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Life Practice Counseling Group, Inc.
A non-profit counseling agency offering fees on a sliding scale.
Days, Evenings, and Weekends
Phone Numbers: Sacramento (916) 300-6576 /  Stockton (209) 915-4212



Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, pentrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."

                                                                      - Maya Angelou

My Areas of Expertise: I believe in helping families, marriages and individuals reach their maximum potential. My hope is to develop and provide clients with the tools and skills needed to create good, positive and healthy relationships while enhancing communication and socialization skills in a safe, caring and respectful atmosphere. My goal is to build and establish a working relationship that promotes trust, confidentiality, peace and positive communication.
I currently have over fifteen years of work experience in both the Child Development and Intellectual Disability Education. I have work with children, adolescents and adults with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Seizures, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other learning disabilities. I am confident in my knowledge and skills of work with anger management, alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, stress, anxiety, depression, at risk teens and some familiarity in grief and sex therapy.
My therapeutic attitude is to meet the individual need of the whole person while using techniques that will best improve their ability to cope with life concerns. I most often will use the theoretical method of Reality and Solution Focus Therapy however; I have applied Narrative, Family Systems, Structural and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies during therapy sessions. I also like to implement role-play, the empty chair technique and other visual or hands on strategies that are appropriate to the client and therapy.
Education: Currently enrolled in a Marriage, Family and Child Therapy Master's Program with University of Phoenix at the Salida, CA. campus; received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Humphreys College Stockton, CA.
Languages: English and American Sign Language
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Stockton Counseling Office

5651 N. Pershing Ave. C-6, Stockton, CA 95207

Close to I-5 in between March Ln. and Ben Holt


(209) 915-4212



Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

"It does not matter how slowly you go,

so long as you do not stop." - Confucius 

My Areas of Expertise: Change is an inevitable process. Life is a constant flowing stream that starts us from different origins, takes us through different experiences, and hurls different obstacles in our way. It is my sincere belief that difficulty in life can best be resolved by exploring new solutions and influencing positive change. My experience and education has provided me with insight in working cohesively with adults, children and adolescents, individuals and couples in handling situations ranging from communication and relational issues to crisis situations. My background in solution-focused and person-centered therapy places you as the expert of your experiences to share and discuss in a safe and secure environment. Whatever life throws in your direction, I am dedicated to sharing in your experiences to assist you in making those inevitable changes positive ones. 
Education: Currently enrolled in the COAMFTE and CACREP Accredited MS in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program at Capella University. B.S. in Psychology from University of California, Davis.
Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Shewood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Meet our Stockton Counseling Staff:



​Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT # 48768  

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT # 48768


Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

"No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again today."                                                - Jack Kornfield

My Area ofExpertise:  Sometimes we come to a point in life where we are presented with road blocks or are unsure of which way to go. In some cases, there may not be a paved road ahead. My goal is to guide you on your journey and to walk alongside you on your chosen path. I tend to utilize solution focused and narrative therapy. I truly believe that you possess the skills and resources necessary to overcome any obstacle.
While completing my undergrad, I gained experience working with children. I continued to work with young children for several years in accredited child development centers. Additionally, I worked within the military community for several years. From traveling with the military and living overseas, I have been fortunate to meet and work with people from all over the world. I enjoy learning about different cultures and working with individuals from all walks of life.  I look forward to walking with you on your journey towards positivity. 
Education: Currently, I am enrolled in a COAMFTE and CACREP Accredited Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program at Capella University, B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

Languages: English

Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT # 48768


Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

"What you think, you become.  What you feel, you attract.  What you imagine you create."

                                                                            - Buddah

Area of Expertise: Through lots of soul searching and life experiences.  I have developed a great passion for helping others.  I believe I can help others in the greatest way by becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist.  I have three years of experience in the field of social work (primarily with children) and have mentored those who are in need of guidance to a more positive path in life.

In the past decade, I have discovered exercise and mindfulness to be a helpful tool towards balancing my life and regulating my emotions.  If appropriate for the client, I hope to use mindfulness exercises so that clients can use these tools during their daily life to help bring calmness to a stressful situation. 

Du to my education, I tend to use a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused approach.  However, I am able to use different approaches that would be best suited for the clients' needs.

I do believe that is is important to help others find the solutions to the problems that are occurring.  Everyone possesses skills to positively navigate through their life.  It can often become challenging to find these skills when faced with challenging times and trauma.  I have a passion for teaching individuals to learn hoe to utilize positive thoughts so that they can produce positive outcomes in their lives.

Education: Currently enrolled at University of San Francisco in the Counseling Psychology Masters Degree Program.  B.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento. 

Language:​ English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT # 48768


Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee


Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

"It is important that people are able to create a brighter future for today and tomorrow."

                                                                       -Robert Dukes

My Areas of Expertise: I feel that a person’s life experiences affect who they are. Many experience loss, grief, or trauma of some sort. Though personal growth is continuous, sometimes therapy is necessary in order to navigate through difficult times. Therapy provides a safe environment where a person’s voice can be heard without judgment and trust can be built.  These elements are important as the client and I explore possible solutions. We all have the right to be healthy and happy. I would like to provide individual, couples and families with strategies and guidance to be healthy and happy, and to live their lives to the fullest.  I am passionate about helping individuals create a brighter future for today and tomorrow. My therapeutic process that I work with individuals is collaborative and encouraging. My comprehensive training as a Marriage Family Therapist (MFT) trainee has provided me the experience and skills to work with individuals, children, teens, couples and families who are struggling with anger management, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, sexual orientation issues, domestic or sexual abuse, PTSD, addiction, Co-parenting, transitional families, parenting, at-risk youths, and LGBTQ issues.  My therapeutic approach is geared toward the needs of each individual; my theoretical approaches are Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Structural Family, Family Systems and Humanistic, Attachment-Theory, Solution-Focused Therapy and more.
Education: Currently enrolled in M.S. in Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapist (MSC/MFT) program at the University of Phoenix.    B.S. in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.  Specialized Training for counseling in the following areas, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy interventions: Counterpoint Behavior Management, Anger Interruption Training (A.I.T.), Substance Abuse, Social Thinking Skills as well as Residential Sexual Behavior Therapy modalities.
Languages: English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768