Respect, understanding, and compassion are balanced with training and experience that will facilitate the most healing process from start to finish that you would expect from a seasoned professional. We all face challenges, and have unexpected life events that have the capacity to set us back. However, twenty-four years of experience working with children and adolescents, couples in crisis, men's issues, and addictions has prepared me to be what you need as well. I have a unique ability to connect with children and adolescents. As the author of "Preventing Columbine," I am a subject expert in working with troubled teens. I am also well trained in substance addiction and mental illness, men's issues, healing from marital infidelity, and resolution of identity issues.
Your experience will be full of kindness and compassion. Problems my treatment approach is one of acceptance and solution focus. I specialize in using Conceptual Thought Awareness and Active Relaxation Techniques, always mindful and thoughtful to provide support with practical and honest feedback to help you resolve any current problems and alleviate any long-standing patterns you may be struggling with. I can help you find a solution to a wide range of lifes challenges and psychological issues, all with sensitivity and compassion.
Blending conventional and alternative approaches, I draw on a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client. I work with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve their life goals.
Desiree Thomas- MFTI 74646
Supervisor by Richard G. Myatt MFT 33223
I believe that love and compassion are so powerful in our lives. Acceptance and care are the beginning of needed changes in our lives. With kindness and respect, you will find the courage to grow and change as our relationship and the direction I offer will sustain you through the most difficult times. I specialize in working with older teens and helping families where estrangement and emotional distance are common.
Samantha Stradley has been in the recovery field for over 8 1/2 years and believes in second chances. She currently facilitates drug and alcohol groups and focusses on strength based, person-centered case-management models to help individuals identify their specific journey of recovery. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services and a Certification in Human Resource Management, from the University of Phoenix. She is also registered through CCAPP as a Registered Alcohol and Drug Trainee 1 ( RADT-1). She has received training in Gender Responsive Strategies and Principles, Teen Substance Use and It’s Impact on the Whole Family, and Working Effectively with Juvenile Justice involved Youth. She has also special training in Strength-Based Approaches, Motivational Interviewing, and Recovery Coaching. Samantha has also been recognized by the City of Los Angeles & the California State Senate for her excellence and outstanding dedication to serving high risk populations. In addition Samantha has been recognized by San Bernardino County Public Health Department for her role as a Peer Support Specialist for reentry.