Murrieta Clinicians
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Darlena Allen 

Clinical Director 

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To be human is to feel stress, to feel overwhelmed, and at times, to even feel alone. I welcome the opportunity to hear your experience, through providing my undivided attention, and support. Your thoughts, feelings, and needs are not only worthy of being heard, they deserve respect and regard. It is my goal to create an environment in which you feel safe, and empowered to share your unique story. Together we will not only set your goals, but identify, and work towards your preferred reality.

 

My experience includes working with children with behavioral issues at home/school, working with families on co-parenting issues, working with children of separation/divorce, working with foster children/families, working with blended families, and working with Depression and Trauma.  Also, assisting therapists navigate the unique challenges of the profession.  The strength based theoretical approaches which inform my work includes: Attachment-Based Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Reflective Supervision. It is my belief that, not only are we individually, equipped to solve the human condition, but that, in addition, we are the authors of our own story. If you will allow me to utilize my journey to witness your story as you write and re-write your Narrative, you will learn the following: 
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” - A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie-The-Pooh

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Crystal Folk

Clinical Supervisor

Marriage and Family Therapist

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I am comfortable supporting clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, self-esteem, and issues of grief and loss. I have helped people navigate the complex aftermath that results from physical trauma or emotional abuse.

My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, being sensitive, and meeting each client in the space that they are in. My counseling approach pulls from several theories, but I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, and Client Centered Therapies. 

Here's what you can expect in a session with me: I will tailor our dialog and develop a treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs and goals. I like to provide feedback, share suggestions, and encourage home practice from our previous sessions, so you can see the interventions used in action.  

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I am currently a Psych assistant under the supervision of Dr. Tanika Gayle, PSY 23903 (Licensed Clinical Psychologist) and graduate student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in the Forensic Psychology Psy.D. Program. I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix, Gardena and have worked in community mental health for the past 7 years.

 

My experience includes conducting individual therapy, conducting psychological assessments, facilitating group therapy, as well as crisis intervention.  I began working with children ages 5-18 years and their families at the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic in intensive services.I have worked with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in their Vital Intervention Directional Alternative’s Academy with at-risk youths and families, and, also with incarcerated inmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility, Twin Towers Correctional Facility, and Men’s Central Jail. I have also worked with both incarcerated and newly released individual’s in the HealthRight 360 reintegration program in Los Angeles. Most recently, I have worked with individual’s struggling with substance abuse and comorbid disorders at BLVD Treatment Centers San Diego

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Deborah McBride

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

APCC6161

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Dr. Ivy Kensinger 

Hello and thank you for taking a moment to learn a little about me. My name is Dr. Ivy Kensinger and I am a Psychological Assistant under the supervision of Dr. M. Natasha Kordus (PSY18501). I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from Alliant International University and received clinical training in both therapy and psychological testing, working primarily with adults and adolescents age 15+. I hold certification in LGBTQ+ Mental Health and Human Services through the Rockway Institute and have focused experience in chronic pain and other chronic illness, grief and loss, trauma, and alternative relationship styles. My theoretical orientation and approach to therapy is Existential-Integrationist, which means that I look at you as an individual, your personal life experiences, how these relate to universal human experiences, and tailor my therapeutic approach to fit you, your strengths, and your needs. Therapy is a process where we work together to bring about meaningful improvements in your life. You are the expert on yourself, and I look forward to learning about the unique factors that make you who you are and working with you to make positive change. 

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Tristen Ross

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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As a registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT#112456) and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC#6161), I am an RN, with 14 years of Bariatric Medicine experience, I am passionate about helping others understand how emotional and physical health are woven together, each affecting the other in powerful ways. Many of my patients shared their stories of post-op weight regain, new addictions, history of childhood trauma, and the return of sabotaging behaviors. Realizing the great need for effective psychological services, I felt called to become a therapist. The desire to offer a more holistic approach for those who struggle with obesity motivated me to complete a Master’s degree in Counseling
from La Sierra University in Riverside CA.

I have provided counseling for children, teens, adults, couples and families in Palm Springs through Marsell Consulting, where I worked with individuals, couples and families as we as taught a 16-week course on Anger Management. I was honored to play a small role in providing individual and group counseling services for many of Riverside’s homeless population through Path of Life Ministries.
Together we will explore any psychological roadblocks that are getting in the way of you feeling your best. I use evidenced-based counseling modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Techniques, Emotional Focused and Compassion Therapies to create a personalized treatment plan customized for your specific needs.

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Megan Howes

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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I  am a graduate of Chapman University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. I am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT128984) and I have provided therapy to children, couples, families, and individuals. I also have experience in facilitating group therapy with children. I have experience in working with depression, anxiety, trauma, phase of life transitions. I have worked with clients from many different ethnic backgrounds, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations. I am passionate about including diversity into my practice and therefore enjoy incorporating my clients’ diverse backgrounds into sessions. I believe in tailoring my sessions to fit the individual needs of all my clients. I also believe that good therapeutic work happens not only in session, but outside in the home and everyday life. I enjoy working with clients to create a safe environment where we can work collaboratively and where my clients feel comfortable offering feedback so we can personalize their experience in therapy. 

Tristen is a Marriage and Family Therapist, Professional Clinical Counselor, and earned a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. During her time in graduate school, she worked with adolescents and families in Hemet Unified School district. Prior to Collaborative Psychology Group, she worked with individuals, families, and couples in a private practice center and has experience working in substance abuse treatment. Her style integrates a humanistic, integrative, psychodynamic, and person-centered therapeutic approach. She takes a caring and authentic approach in working with her clients as they journey toward self-actualization. She is passionate about creating space for individuals to explore the essence of their being. She believes that we are all uniquely designed to live life to our fullest potential, and it all begins with healing from interpersonal wounds to achieve wholeness and connection.

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Tyron Jackson

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

APCC10850

Bio coming soon. 

Interns

Dr. Nikiesha Brooks

Clinical Psychologist

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Psychology 
Assistants
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Kimberly Sivage

Associate Clinical Social Worker

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I have over 10 years of experience working with children and adolescents. I have a background working with children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and behavioral problems. My goal is to create a safe space for my clients to feel comfortable to process and express their feelings. I have helped treat people who are dealing with Depression, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Bereavement, relationship problems, and PTSD.
My therapeutic modalities include CBT, TFCBT, SFBT, and Psychodynamic Therapy. I also utilize the Strengths-Based perspective and Motivational Interviewing.

My therapeutic style is calm, understanding, and supportive. I am here to support my clients by providing active listening and space to process your problems. I will help teach them the tools to help devise solutions to problems, help reframe negative thinking patterns, and how to utilize coping mechanisms.

I let my clients know that your session is your session so whatever you need to talk about this is your space. We will devise goals together by creating a treatment plan, so that we can work on those each session, but I think it’s important to focus on the current or new stressors that clients are experiencing as well. I enjoy working with children and Teens and will incorporate therapeutic games or Art to make therapy more fun! “The
meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” -Pablo Picasso

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Chelsea Lucero

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT109081

I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, and I earned my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. During my time in graduate school, I worked with families, couples, individuals, and children at the Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House to support families who had children and loved ones with medical illnesses. Following this, I worked in a community based setting in Southern California with children and adolescents, alongside their families, to support them in building coping skills and managing their behavioral and mental health challenges. Next, I worked at another community based setting in Northern California where I was supporting Transitional Aged Youth (16-26 year olds) within the foster care system and juvenile justice systems to build independence and self-advocacy while processing aspects of their life and managing their emotional wellness. In addition, I have worked with new parents who are entering a new life stage, and experiencing new emotional challenges. 

 

My training has allowed me to gain experience working with individuals who have a variety of conditions including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, self harm, suicidality, adhd, impulse control and anger management, relational concerns, and adjustment to changing stages of life. I have worked with clients from diverse backgrounds, and honor each client’s cultural identities. My approach to therapy is unique for each client I work with to create a comfortable space that allows the client to be their most authentic selves. I consistently work from a strengths based, person centered, and trauma informed lens. I look forward to working alongside you and supporting you to live a life full of meaning and connection.