Suzanne has been in private practice for over 20 years. She is dedicated to working with people recovering from traumatic loss, life transitions, adoption issues, depression, grief (specializing in absent mothers), anxiety and relationship issues. She works with couples, families, individuals, and teens.
Her style is interactive and interpersonal with a focus on living a divinely-inspired intentional life. For over a decade, she worked at San Mateo County Mental Health counseling adults, seniors, and teens. She also has extensive knowledge of community resources and collaborative relationships with many outside agencies. She is a public speaker and provides training in parenting teens in the new millennium, grief recovery, and mommy self-care.
She is fluent in Spanish. She works in Pescadero one day a week with Puente del Costa Sur, creating innovative programs for teens at risk. She founded and developed www.projectlostandfound.com, a grief share website and works with the Board of Behavioral Science as a Subject Matter Expert.
She is married with three girls. She has a passion for reading, Yoga, and travel.
Alex is a bilingual / bi-cultural (Mandarin 中文 / English) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. With a caring and non-judgmental approach, he works with clients to support them in developing personalized and attainable goals, to enhance the quality of their lives. He has training and experience working with adults, young adults, and adolescents facing a wide range of challenges, such as trauma, depression, anxiety, dual-diagnosis, phases of life issues, family conflicts, and relationship difficulties in individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy.
Clinically, he is a depth-oriented psychotherapist, and his style draws from training in Jungian and psychodynamic psychotherapy, with a goal to promote psychological growth and pursue “individuation,” a process of developing an authentic connection with one’s inner self. He also utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family System Therapy, Solution –Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-based Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to meet individual needs.
With his transition from Asia to the U.S. and a transformation from business to counseling, Alex believes that we all have the power to create a life we aspire to. He is committed to providing an empathetic environment to support each individual in pursuing “individuation” and attaining a fulfilling life.
Angelica is a bilingual/bi-cultural licensed therapist with more than 15 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults & community agencies. She provides therapy on a wide variety of emotional and behavioral issues in order to help her clients grow and have a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Angelica is very committed to her clients providing therapy to individuals, couples, and families and helping them feel empowered and on a positive path to growth.
As a solution-focused therapist, Angelica’s goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. She can work with you to help you better understand and resolve challenges in your life.
Christina is fully bilingual/bi-cultural English-Spanish (Hablo Español). She enjoys working with people of all ages and she is culturally sensitive, in that she is thoughtful of each individual’s story and diversity components. Christina believes we are all unique individuals, therefore finding the right approach to fit particular needs is important in treatment. Her work is guided by respect and empathy, while influenced by a multi-cultural background. she uses a strength-based approach to understand individual resiliency components, and enjoy developing a collaborative and appropriate treatment plan.
As a clinician, she is psycho-dynamically informed providing relationship-based therapy and she has knowledge and training applying diverse evidence based modalities such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Child-Parent Psychotherapy providing individual and dyadic/family therapy.
“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
Colleen Lam Nguyen
Colleen is a licensed marriage and family therapist who is passionate about walking alongside others as they seek emotional and relational healing.
Her experience includes working with individuals, couples, children/adolescents, and groups who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, issues/conflict with relationships, abuse and trauma.
She is trained to utilize Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to treat a wide range of trauma. In addition to working with One Life Counseling Center, she also has an office in San Francisco. Her experience ranges from private practice, community non-profit agency serving survivors of domestic violence to various Bay Area school districts.
In her spare time, she enjoys art, dance and spending time with her family and friends.
Jaimie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in a variety of behavioral health settings for over 20 years with adolescents, adults and couples. Jaimie’s style is warm and direct with lots of humor. Her goal is to work with clients to explore what is getting in the way of living an improved quality of life. She is trained in multiple modalities including Solution Focused Brief Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Somatic Experiencing and more.
Jaimie has extensive experience in providing clinical supervision in-person and via video conferencing. Clients and interns routinely comment about how comfortable they feel being in Jaimie’s presence.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and with more than 11 years of combined education and experience, Jorge has a background of applied experience within counseling psychology in various clinical settings – including: community clinics, forensic mental health, private practice, locked inpatient units, school based counseling services, hospitals and medical clinics. Populations that he has worked with include youth and adults within the modalities of couples, families, groups and individual treatment.
Counseling embodies reflection, comfort, and rebuilding. Jorge’s main commitment to counseling is to provide a safe space for sharing and growth in an environment that is free from judgment. Based in San Carlos, California, he is proud to serve English and Spanish speaking community members of the culturally and spiritually diverse San Francisco Bay and Peninsula areas.
His goal within counseling psychology is to continuously provide a high quality of care for clients seeking to create change. His passion for the therapeutic process stems from the respect he holds for the clients he has been honored to work with.
Karen Blesius Rhodes
Karen has worked over 20 years in the behavioral health field. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Masters of Social Work. She provides clinical supervision to ASW’s and MFT’s as well as has a private psychotherapy practice in San Carlos, CA. She specializes in individual, families and groups in a variety of settings such as has locked psychiatric hospitals (acute and subacute), community-based mental health board and care homes, shelters, community outpatient clinics, temporary and LPS conservatorship, and a mental health court program.
Currently she has a private psychotherapy practice where she provides counseling to individuals and couples. In addition, another passion of hers is providing individual and group clinical supervision to associates and interns. She has completed the 15 hour supervision course required by the BBS to be able to provide clinical supervision. She understands the rigorous process that associates/interns are going through with the changes through the BBS as well as understands the need for support and guidance for those that are doing intense clinical work.
She has two young children, loves to read, hike, workout and spend time with friends and family and her dog, Lucy.
Kate is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with broad expertise in various clinical settings which include private practice, elementary school-based, at a non-profit agency and in a primary care collaborative health setting. Kate has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families, both individually and in groups. She uses a strength-based approach to help clients overcome issues such as anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD and learning differences, work stress, sleep difficulties, PTSD, social-emotional and behavior issues, spiritual issues, grief and loss, fertility challenges and perinatal mood disorders such as postpartum depression and anxiety.
Kate brings a warmth and compassion as well as her many life experiences, including a previous career as an attorney, to her work as a psychotherapist. Former clients report that Kate is warm and compassionate, an excellent listener and problem-solver. Kate’s clinical approach is eclectic in nature, drawing heavily from solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, Bowen family systems and attachment theory. Kate provides bilingual services for Spanish-speaking clients as well.
Marcella works with adults, adolescents and families in her private practice in San Carlos, California. She meets her clients with a warm, accepting, and compassionate manner, and her style is engaged and interactive with a touch of humor and playfulness. She uses mindfulness, compassion and attachment-based approaches to psychotherapy that help clients gain self-awareness, insight, and new ways of relating to situations.
Marcella’s areas of expertise include: eating, weight and body image issues; relationship issues; parenting support; stress, anxiety and depression; and grief/loss and transitions. When working with Marcella, clients are supported to address their specific issues with the goal of resolving past wounds and developing internal resources to cope with life’s adversities. This work usually leads to new perspectives on difficult issues, allows for hope to arise, and ultimately contributes to more positive experiences in life. Her therapeutic approach guides clients through a transformative process to discover self-compassion, self-acceptance, self-confidence and a whole-hearted way of living.
Marcella is married and is the mother of two wonderful children who are in college. When not working, Marcella enjoys spending time with family, friends and her sweet Shih Tzu Walter, who often comes to work with her, as well as being outdoors, swimming and practicing yoga.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Pia invites those who are ridden with anxiety, feelings of depression, feeling stuck, issues revolving around grief & loss, those struggling with day to day life to come strum their heartstrings. Individual, family, group and couples therapy clients are met with a catered plan that will provide the safety one needs to process the moment. Pia has worked in the school setting (pre-school to high school) and continues to provide age specific assistance/psycho education to the children and their parents. Pia has been in Private Practice for about 7 years now and has over a decade of experience providing psychotherapy.
Prior to her life as a psychotherapist, Pia was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in San Francisco and also served as an Court Appointed Educational Surrogate for the CASA clients. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Criminal Justice and minor in Political Science. Still seeking for what fills her heart, Pia graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University with a Masters in Clinical Psychology/Marital Family Therapy. She believes she has found her calling as a therapist, who meets the clients where they are, in the moment, and helps create their life soundtrack.
Sheryl is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is dedicated to helping adults, adolescents and families recover from trauma, loss and thrive while coping with chronic medical conditions. Trained in transpersonal psychology, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), she uses a holistic approach and is skilled in individualizing the care she offers. Serving in local nonprofit agencies and private practice, Sheryl has offered extensive support to foster and adoptive families and to individuals ready to deepen their personal relationships. Sheryl is able to help individuals reduce anxiety, improve their mood, restore hope, and reconnect with their community.
Sheryl is also a licensed Irlen Diagnostician and the clinic director of the San Francisco Bay Area Irlen Clinic. The Irlen Method provides a unique service for some children and adults identified with reading and learning difficulties, low motivation, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), discipline problems, headaches and migraines, autism, and traumatic brain injury. The symptoms of Irlen Syndrome are wide-ranging, but the technology focuses on one core problem: the brain’s inability to process visual information. An individual does not have to have a diagnosed reading or learning problem to benefit from the Irlen Method. Even good readers and gifted students can be helped. For more information see www.Irlen.com
Stephanie Rudolph is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has devoted most of her experience to working with adolescents and their families supporting the transition from childhood to young adulthood for both parents and teens. She has incorporated working with grade school children as many of the difficulties adolescents have been experiencing with growing up in today’s society, have begun effecting children much earlier in life.
She has worked extensively with youth and their families in group home and school settings, as well as in private practice. Her therapeutic style tends to be more interactive, using both Brief Therapy techniques as well as Cognitive Behavioral skills. She was a member of the MRI Brief Therapy Center in Palo Alto, and was founder and director of PACTS, an at-risk youth and family clinic that utilizes the Brief Therapy model to provide therapeutic counseling to families facing ongoing risk factors in their communities.
Trained in several therapeutic methods, Yen is eclectic in her style and works with you to discover the most effective approaches to achieve your personal goals…so, come as you are. Through this supportive, warm, and non-judgmental exploration you will, together, gain a better understanding of who you are and build on your assets.
Yen enjoys working with diverse groups of people (children, adult, couples) with a range of life challenges. She has strength in working with adolescents and young adults in exploring positive development (areas of expertise: autism spectrum, teen parenting, academic/career exploration and planning, grief work, life transitions, parental separation/divorce, peer relationship, etc.). Her journey with adult clients include extensive work with parent coaching, navigating separation/divorce, managing work/life stressors. With couples and families, Yen supports you in identifying relationship dynamics and patterns, problem-solving, and creating harmony.
No matter where you are on your life journey…come as you are…
Annina L. Altomari
Annina is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, supervised by Suzanne Hughes. She is a San Francisco native who graduated in 2014 with dual Master of Arts degrees in Counseling and Forensic Psychology. Annina has provided bilingual mental health counseling to elementary school students, teens, families, and adults in the Bay Area over the past 4 years.
Annina focuses her practice on guiding others in exploring and overcoming barriers that restrict personal growth and impede fulfillment and happiness. She believes that each individual has control of his or her individual well-being, and with supportive guidance and motivation we can all find the strength to accomplish our goals. Annina is experienced and effective in counseling others through a wide range of personal challenges, including struggles with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationships, life transitions, parenting challenges and family conflicts.
Diana is a bilingual (Spanish) pre-licensed marriage and family therapist who relocated from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Peninsula after getting married. She has over 5 years of combined education, training and work experience in various settings, including community mental health agency, medical clinic and private practice. Diana is also enrolled in her 2nd year in a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University at Irvine, CA.
Diana’s specialties include but are not limited to working with a culturally diverse group of children, adolescents, individual adults and couples in both English and Spanish; assessing diagnosing, coordinating treatment planning and case management services and resources as needed to victims of abuse, crime and trauma; providing counseling in private practice with a clinical focus on managing stress, anxiety, relationship & marital issues, self-harm, suicidal & self-destructive behaviors, trauma, grief & loss, depression and bipolar disorders, and LGBTQ issues (gay men and transgender).
With Diana you feel completely safe and supported in reaching your goals and your fullest potential. She is of European descent, speaks four languages fluently (English, Spanish, German & Romanian) and has a background in business and finance. She’s trained and comfortable working with diverse clients of various ages, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and racial backgrounds.
Hannah Beryl Lammert
Hannah Beryl Lammert is an Associate Social Work Intern supervised by Suzanne Hughes. At One Life, Hannah works with children and adolescents from the ages of 7 to early-adulthood. She believes in creating a safe, cooperative, therapeutic relationship, where she can empower individuals, by using their inner resilience and strength, to identify, challenge, reveal and resolve interpersonal conflict.
It is within this safe, therapeutic environment where individuals feel comfortable to explore life’s challenges and their obstacles to success. To Hannah, this approach is vital to creating a foundation for positive change in one’s life.
As a Bay Area native, Jenisa is well attuned to the unique needs of local populations. She is experienced with grief, trauma, adoption, school-based issues, LGBT, anxiety, and depression. Jenisa has worked extensively with children and adolescents in and out of the school environment, as well as with individuals, couples and families in bridging the communication gaps that cause stress in relationships. In addition, she is comfortable and skilled working with issues around anxiety and depression.
Jenisa is a strong advocate in helping other’s help themselves, and believes that finding an element inner peace can lead to healing in all areas of a person’s life. She has a heart for helping others and believes that everyone has the power to overcome life’s challenges.
When not on the clock, Jenisa enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her cats. She enjoys staying active, and soaking in culture through local theater productions and museum or art exhibits.
Jill enjoys walking with people on the path of their life. From early on, she found people often felt free to open up and share their life. She decided to seek training to be able to support others to the best of her ability.
She has a background in child development and an interest in how the human minds works at all ages. Jill enjoys working with individuals, couples, families and children in whatever may come. Her work includes helping others sift through the past, wade through loss, gain traction after being stuck, overcome struggles and crises that arise. She counts it a distinct honor to be invited to support others on this journey of life.
Jill enjoys learning about other cultures especially through traveling. Spending quality time with family, friends, and community are important part of her life.
At One Life, Kristy works with individual adults, adolescents, and families. Her approach is strengths based and she incorporates mindfulness, art making, and writing into therapy where relevant to clients. She also works at Deborah’s Palm, a women’s enrichment center in Palo Alto, and counsels younger children and families at Selby Lane Elementary School in Redwood City. She runs the Happiness Group, which motivates women to choose happiness in their lives by making small, but significant, changes in habit.
Kristy also leads a transitions group for teenage girls who have just finished high school and are getting ready for the next chapter of their lives.
Sonia’s work experience includes individual counseling for adults, children and adolescents, parenting support, couples therapy and family therapy. Sonia is experienced in working with issues related to acculturation or culture differences, life-stage transitions including reproductive mental health, issues with grief, loss, depression and anxiety.
In providing support, Sonia’s goal is to help you identify the obstacles that limit fulfillment in your life. She feels that most people already know the solution which may be buried beneath the complexities of the day to day. She will help you sift through your issues, gain insight and self-discover the solution that will alleviate your distress.
Sonia is very thoughtful about cultural identifications, given that she is a first generation immigrant herself. She will pick an approach that will adhere to your personality, needs, values and cultural framework and will meet you where you are at and will move at the pace you desire.
In addition to doing the work Sonia is passionate about, She loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys nature walks, music, art in its many forms and cooking.
Stephanie is a Marriage & Family Therapist Intern who received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. Stephanie has had a successful 20-year career coaching individuals and leaders at tech giants such as Google, Yahoo! and Visa, and is thrilled to follow her calling to provide hope and healing to individuals, couples and families in her community.
Stephanie naturally creates a warm, safe and calm environment where you can reflect on your life and relationships. She believes that every obstacle is an opportunity for growth, and that therapy is one of the most precious gifts we can give ourselves. She specializes in helping those who are overwhelmed with anxiety, life transitions, work stress, relationship conflicts, grief and depression. Her passion is helping her clients nurture their unique strengths and find peace and comfort in the present moment through mindfulness practices.
Stephanie enjoys traveling, nature, checking out new restaurants, reading a great novel and spending time with loved ones (of the human and furry variety!)
Tom is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who received his Master’s Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, Santa Clara, CA. Tom has had the pleasure of working with many people from all walks of life. With clinical aptitude and integrity, he’s able to journey alongside your deepest struggle, pain or failure, with genuine care and compassion. Tom is a warm and thoughtful therapist, who has the natural ability to create a calm and accepting environment where individuals feel safe and valued. He can relate to families who have loved ones struggling with sex and pornography addiction, drug and alcohol addiction, a serious mental illness, or emotional difficulties such as, grief, trauma, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. He also has a sincere understanding for families with special needs children and individuals who have been or are currently affected by cancer. Tom’s desire is for his clients to thrive in all aspects of their lives: in their jobs, communities, and marriages. He works with couples, families, individuals, children and teens.
Tom is committed to lifelong learning and enjoys an occasional motorcycle ride along the coast. Tom is married and has two sons. He has a passion for music, travel, and the outdoors.
Audrey is an MFT Trainee currently finishing her Counseling Psychology degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Notre Dame de Namur University. As a credentialed teacher of 18 years, she brings a unique understanding of the classroom and school setting, as well as child and adolescent development.
She is interested in specializing in children with attachment issues and anxiety, and is also motivated to work with childhood trauma. Audrey has been a crisis phone counselor for the last seven years, and a mentor volunteer at youth housing. She is also a mother of two grown children and understands the challenges of parenting and raising a teen.
Audrey’s counseling style is client-centered and motivational. She blends a style of positive psychology with an Ericksonian style approach, to help solve emotional problems and help people achieve a more fulfilling life. Audrey may offer role play or dynamic exercises to bring light to a place where relationships are stuck, or to enhance communication. She can also offer Mindfulness based exercises for stress-reduction and resilience.
Hannah is an MFT Trainee currently earning her Marriage and Family Therapy degree at Western Seminary in San Jose. She earned a degree in Youth and Family Studies (Psychology) at Corban University. She is interested in specializing in children with attachment issues and trauma histories. Hannah’s experience with at-risk children includes interning at a relief nursery and an early intervention community agency whose missions were to prevent child abuse and neglect through home visit support, therapeutic classrooms, and empowering families living in poverty.
Hannah believes in a strength-based, family-centered approach when addressing behavioral, emotional, and medical concerns in children related to attachment and trauma. She believes children can overcome attachment and trauma related issues through developing secure, trusting relationships with consistent, loving parents or caregivers. Her goal is to equip families with techniques and strategies to achieve these loving, trusting parent-child relationships. Her professional interests include Love and Logic Parenting, Theraplay, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and Trust Based Relationship Intervention.
John is a student at Pacifica Graduate Institute pursuing his Masters in Counseling Psychology and seeking to become an LMFT. He is particularly interested in working with people going through life transitions, like teenagers going to college for the first time, adults going through a mid-life crisis, or people moving into retirement. John’s therapeutic interest started when he was trained as a peer counselor in college. While he was in law school, he ran a program which placed underprivileged teenagers in paid internships at law firms throughout New York City. As he moved on to his professional life, he put himself into positions to help people who were struggling. At Google, his favorite part of being a manager was helping those around him find ways to align their passions with their work.
John decided to pursue psychology because it was a way to take something he loved to do and to make it his life’s work. As a writing enthusiast, his psychological approach is to listen to and honor others’ stories which so often shape their choices. As they examine those stories together, he helps to find where those stories came from and how (and if) those stories still serve them. John has J.D. from Fordham University and a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. He worked for over 15 years in technology before making his own transition to psychology.
Fennie is an MFT trainee and earning her master degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Western Seminary, Milpitas, CA. She is multilingual (Cantonese/Mandarin/English), culturally sensitive, and values each individual’s story and diversity. She is a certified facilitator of SYMBIS (Save Your Marriage Before It Starts), a pre-marital assessment.
Fennie believes that therapy is a safe place for you to discuss your life experiences – the past hurts, the current challenges, and the fear and helplessness for the future. She is dedicated to help you to overcome those difficulties and feelings, to empower you to move forward towards positive change. She uses a relational approach to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment to support your healing and growth. She had been working in the auditing/accounting field for 10 years prior to returning to school to accomplish her goal of becoming an MFT.
In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors and running different races.