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Melody Bevens, MFT, LMFT


A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1987. I have worked with all ages, 3-65. I specialize in Play Therapy. I am a Christian and provide Christian Therapy to those who request it. I have also provided therapy to all other clients with alternate faith beliefs.

Julio Merlan, MSW, CCDVC, LCSW

Provides cognitive-behavioral therapeutic services to adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families as well as forensic services.

Alison S. Adler, LMFT, LPCC


Change occurs when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of change.

Taking a risk may be necessary for progress.  Revealing ourselves to a stranger can evoke feelings of vulnerability.   A good connection between the therapist and the client often produces results that enhance one’s quality of life.  Let’s see if we’re a match!   This clinician is direct, warm, and caring.

I prefer an eclectic approach incorporating various theoretical styles with a focus on Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  I have experienced treating numerous conditions including Anxiety, Depression, Co-Dependence, Addiction, Relationship issues, LGBQ spectrum, Asperger’s, Grief, and Loss as well as more than a decade of experience serving Military Families.

This clinician holds Licenses as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of California and Virginia is Licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor and is Certified as a Grief and Loss Specialist.

Daniel O’Connell, MSW, LCSW

U.K. and U.S. trained, Daniel, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the field since 2003, assisting adults, children, and families experiencing complex themes that impact their lives. Daniel has worked as a community-based social worker and a therapist – providing a broad insight into the human condition that moves beyond traditional psychotherapy.

Adopting a humanist and existential perspective, Daniel believes that each person’s unique psychology is characterized by an attempt to create a life of meaning and to make sense of our shared experiences. Daniel is passionate about co-exploring how the search for purpose, self-acceptance, and empowerment is intertwined with themes of authenticity and spirituality within our lives.



Sharon M. Swigart, LMFT

Sharon has many years of experience providing therapy to individuals, families, couples, and teens/children.  In recent years, recognizing that trauma is often one of the major roadblocks in relationships, Sharon has focused on gaining skills in the effective treatment of trauma.  She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR (level 2), and recently completed level 1 of Internal Family Systems.  All treatments are evidence-based and are provided with compassion and connection.


Britney Vachon-LaGuardia, LCSW,

I have been practicing social work since 2012. She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Cal State LA and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. Britney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a certificated Animal-Assisted Social Worker. She has experience working with people in the LGBTQ community, those suffering from chronic illnesses (diabetes, kidney disease, HIV), individuals dealing with different levels of trauma, and children and families involved in the child welfare system. Britney operates from a solution-focused point of view and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; focusing on strengths and learning positive coping skills. She looks forward to partnering with you to help you reach your goals!





Julie-Ann Tamminga, LMFT

Provides psychotherapy with compassion using a psychodynamic as well as a family system perspective treating individuals, couples, families, and children.  Certified EMDR.

Mark Charles, Licensed Psychologist


I  believe that everyone has within themselves the strength and skills necessary to be happy and mentally well; sometimes, however, life can put us through the wringer to lose track of our own unique abilities. My goal is to help you rediscover what makes you great and together find a way to get past the roadblocks and challenges.


Working with clients ages 7 to 70 in managing or overcoming their fears, anxieties, anger, sadness, depression, grief, and trauma, the overriding factor leading to a successful outcome tends to be the development of a strong working connection that is based on trust, honesty, and the hope that things can get better.

Therapy is not meant to go on forever. And it’s important to realize that  you won’t always feel good at the end of a session, as finding that rainbow involves weathering at least one storm.


Candice Packard, LMFT

Therapy lets you explore thoughts, feelings, and worries without judgment. It gives you a safe space in which to develop coping strategies for different situations, practice self-reflection, and awareness, and work on habits you’d like to change.

I have experience with a wide variety of clients, including children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples in community health care, group therapy, and private practice settings. Through my work, I have gained the skills to effectively help clients experiencing significant emotional or psychological stress related to a wide variety of issues.

My approach to therapy is person-centered and trauma-informed. I tailor my therapeutic interventions to individual needs through a variety of frameworks and modalities, including psychodynamic, humanistic, family systems, and narrative therapy.

I received my BS in Human Services and my MS in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix.