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New Beginnings cares about your safety and is offering convenient telehealth services through video or phone sessions. You can use any device such as a smart phone or computer that has a camera and microphone to receive quality services with a simple click to a link we provide you. Our staff is available for support and if you should have further questions about the process.  We will also continue to offer in-office visits. Schedule your first telehealth or in-office appointment today (209)892-5902!

About Us

New Beginnings Child, Adolescent and Family Counseling Inc. is privately owned by Linsey Kapoor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Her mission is to provide the highest quality of care using evidence based practices to meet the needs of mental and behavioral health issues. New Beginnings prides itself in providing highly personalized services to all clients within Stanislaus County and surrounding areas.

Linsey Kapoor - Child, Adolescent and Family Counselor

Linsey Kapoor, MS, LMFT, LPCC

Chief Executive Director

Linsey is a dedicated therapist inspired to help others who feel stuck and need hope in difficult life areas such as, but not limited to trauma, PTSD, depression, stress management, substance abuse, family conflict, self-injurious behavior, gender issues, emotional disturbance, behavioral issues, anxiety, grief and loss. Her style is strength-based and solution focused, helping to increase insight with learning new skills necessary for positive changes. Linsey works collaboratively with her clients and any multi-disciplinary professional team to ensure optimal outcome. Her expertise is in the youth population. Linsey enjoys working with kids and adolescents. She is trained in a variety of cognitive and behavioral modalities.

Linsey’s background is in counseling and psychology. She graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with her Bachelors in Psychology and a nationally recognized accredited CACREP program with her Master’s Degree in Counseling at California State University, Sacramento. Linsey is in a pre-doctoral program of Clinical Psychology attending California Southern University. She holds a state license as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor through the Board of Behavioral Sciences and National Board for Certified Counselors. She is also a Registered Psychological Associate through the California Board of Psychology.

 

Professional Activities and Memberships

 

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Association for Play Therapy

Association for Play Therapy

United Patterson

United Patterson

Psychology Today

Psychology Today

America's SBDC California

America’s SBDC, Central California

New Beginnings Family Resource Center

New Beginnings Family Resource Center

Meet Our New Beginnings Team

Jennifer Crews Thom, Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor

Jennifer Crews Thom, Licensed Psychologist

Clinical Supervisor

In Jennifer’s practice, she sees each client as an expert in their own experience and she sees herself as a resource and a guide for change. Using her training in cognitive behavioral therapies and expert knowledge of applied behavioral analysis, she works closely with clients to identify goals, break down barriers, and make permanent changes that lead to more joyful, fulfilling lives and relationships. Clients who work with her benefit from her years of experience in the field and her knowledge of a wide variety of third wave behavioral modalities, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based practices for stress reduction, Exposure and Response Prevention, Prolonged Exposure, and the Gottman Method.

 

Kevin Offhaus - Family and Marriage Therapist

Kevin Offhaus, MSSA, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

During Kevin’s career, he has provided clinical treatment to individuals, couples, families and groups, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, referral and aftercare. Kevin has experience working in a variety of settings including child welfare, private practice, inpatient and outpatient care, foster care, residential treatment facilities, group homes, secure and non-secure detention, runaway shelters, transition independent living programs, and outreach. He maintained a private practice from 2004 to 2011, providing family, individual, group, and couples counseling, as well as clinical consultation to unlicensed clinicians. Kevin currently provides clinical supervision for registered interns at New Beginnings.

Kevin is an Adjunct Assistant Faculty at The University of Phoenix, teaching courses in the College of Humanities (Masters in Science of Marriage and Family Therapy), Psychology and Human Services programs. In that capacity, He has taught well over 20 classes. Kevin has special interest and over 20 years of specialized training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), eating disorders and personality disorders. Kevin believe that psychological treatment should be conducted in a multidisciplinary setting to meet the many needs of the client.

Scott Charlton, MS, LMFT

Scott Charlton, MS, LMFT

Scott Charlton is committed to helping his clients resolve conflicts and move closer to fulfilling their dreams. Scott has experience working with children, youth, adults and their families in a variety of settings and situations. Some of these include health and mental wellness, relationships, and struggles related to school. Scott previously worked with San Joaquin County’s Functional Family Therapy team and for Stanislaus County Juvenile Justice. Scott is skilled in several types of therapy and works in a highly collaborative style. At the core, therapy includes helping clients identify values and gain skills that will encourage, strengthen the client and their relationships.

 

Mayra Ramos, MA, LMFT, ATR

Mayra Ramos, MA, LMFT, ATR

Mayra is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. Mayra is passionate about assisting others to connect with their deeper selves and explore their innate creativity. Her extensive background in the arts and Clinical Art therapy, provides her with a deep appreciation for the creative process and its value as a therapeutic tool for awareness, growth and healing of emotional wounds.

Mayra is dedicated in providing a safe space for persons of difference in backgrounds, beliefs, sexual orientations, race and culture. During Mayra’s career, she has experienced working as a Therapeutic Companion with children and help them develop social and emotional skills. A a therapist she also has experience working with adolescents, adults, older adults and families to address their challenges with ADHD, behavioral/life difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, grief, sexuality, trauma, abuse, domestic violence, harm to self, addiction recovery, personality disorders, psychosis, bi-polar, depression, PTSD, dissociation, OCD, anxiety, dual diagnosis and more. Mayra has worked as a crisis clinician, primary therapist, in settings that included inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, clinics, schools and private practice with the ability to provided services in English or Spanish.

Some of her approached includes depth psychology techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, psychodynamic and existential perspectives through a holistic and integrative lens. Mayra also employs mindfulness techniques and awareness of the body. Mayra hopes to be a catalyst of change and helps others find meaning, compassion, understanding and healing towards their potential of discovering the best version of themselves.

Leanne Louis, PCLC, PP

Leanne Louis, PCLC, PP

Leanne is a Professional Certified Life Coach (PCLC) through the International Coach Federation and uses mindset techniques that can help motivate clients to get on track, stay focused and achieve their dreams. As a life coach, Leanne’s desire is to listen, empower and motivate others to help them reach their goals. Leanne will serve as a source of motivation and inspiration that push clients to their true potential.

Leanne has been working in the mental health field for many years but as Parent Partner (PP) in a Children’s Mental Health Clinic for the last four years. Leanne’s experience before her role as a Parent Partner was working in schools with children identified with mild to moderate adjustment difficulties as a child aide with the Primary Intervention Program, Second Step social skills program and developed her own classroom social skills curriculum for students ages 5-12. Through that program, Leanne incorporated social skills, etiquette, manners, cooperation, inclusion, resolving conflicts, problem-solving, put ups\not put-downs, mutual respect and how to value diversity.

Leanne implemented the Parent Partner program with training from San Joaquin County Mental Health and is still employed with Valley Community Counseling. Leanne as Parent Partner meets with parents, caregivers, guardians, foster parents and grandparents who are struggling with their child who has a mental health diagnosis. As a Parent Partner, she has learned how to engage and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds and is willing to use her own lived experience to provide hope and support. As Parent Partner Leanne is friendly, helpful, flexible and family-focused as her services are family-driven in order to directly engage and support our families at New Beginnings.

Kristina Birch, MS, LPCC

Kristina Birch MS, LPCC

Kristina is committed to helping individuals overcome adversity resulting from, but not limited to trauma, poor relationships skills, depression, loss, anxiety, ADHD, behavior issues and school related issues. Kristina has experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults, and groups in multiple settings.

As a mental health clinician, she provided therapeutic behavioral services in the home, group therapy, crisis intervention, parenting skills training, social skills, coping and resiliency skills, CPS mandated counseling, professional development to team members, teachers, school staff, community agencies and continues to provide individual therapy within the school setting. Her work experience comes from San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Children and Youth Services, local community agencies, and Stockton Unified School District.

Kristina believes that treatment is not a “one treatment fits all,” and is skilled in a variety of strength-based therapy models. She believes there is HOPE in every situation and with HOPE one can strive to become emotionally healthy and move forward to being successful in discovering one’s self, one’s purpose, and one’s dreams.

Maria Montes, MSW ASW - Therapist

Maria Montes, MSW, ASW

Maria is a graduate from California State University Fresno with her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Social Work with a specialty in serving Hispanic children and families from Our Lady of the Lake University.  Maria is a 1st generation Mexican American. As a bilingual and bicultural clinician, she is able to provide treatment in Spanish, under the supervision and consultation of Linsey Kapoor, LMFT and LPCC. 

Maria believes in the importance of collaboration, connection, and attunement through a trauma-informed lens.  She specializes in working with underserved populations, undocumented/immigrant individuals, and young adults.  Having extensive experience working with severely mentally ill individuals, she is sensitive to how mental health can impact not only the individual but also the family/support system.  Maria incorporates several evidence-based modalities into her practice including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Person-Centered Therapy.  

 

 

Brenda Valdez

Brenda Valdez, AMFT

Brenda is a highly skilled mental health clinician who is motivated to help others in the community. Brenda has the ability to connect with others by providing a safe space and being an active listener. Brenda is fluent in two languages, English and Spanish and is committed to her career.
 
Brenda graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, then completed a Master’s degree at Brandman University in Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy.
 
Brenda has experience doing family therapy and individual therapy for children ages zero to seventeen. Brenda has experience working with blended families, adoptive families and absence of parent(s). Brenda has helped individuals with ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, depression, adjustment, social anxiety, mood dysregulation, abuse, neglect, trauma, attachment, anger management, grief and loss, behavioral issues and relationships.
 
Brenda provides services that are strength-based and is trained to utilize Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She focuses on the clients needs and desires for better outcomes and individualizes her sessions to better assist each individual and each family.
Josephina Rodriguez, MS, LMFT

Josephina Rodriguez, MS, LMFT

Josephina has had the privilege of working as a Mental Health Practitioner for over 20 years with adults, families, children, and adolescents and have been a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for 13 years.  Her experience has included working in county contracted outpatient mental health clinics, family resource centers, non-profit agencies, juvenile justice diversion programs, residential facilities, emotionally disturbed school-based programs, and sexual assault/domestic violence centers.  She have received additional training in crisis response/de-escalation strategies, trauma informed care, mindfulness, and best practices for treatment.   

Her therapeutic approach borrows from a variety of theories but is built on a foundation of cognitive behavioral and solution focused techniques, existential and family systems, and strength based models. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, women’s issues, eating disorders, gender identity issues, and family difficulties, to name a few.  Josephina is bi-cultural, speaks Spanish fluently, and seeks to incorporate cultural practices into treatment that facilitate an individual’s growth.  She looks forward to providing a warm, non-judgmental, safe place to work through the issues that individuals are ready to face.

Claudia De La Rosa, AMFT

Claudia De La Rosa, AMFT

Claudia graduated from California State University, East Bay with her Bachelors of Science degree in psychology then with her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently an Associate Marriage and Family therapist.
Claudia started her therapy career at an outpatient clinic in Campbell. Claudia has experience working with children, foster youth, families and young adults in various clinical settings. She has helped children and young adults deal with trauma, PTSD, depression, issues with blended families, ADHD, anxiety, grief, anger management and relationship issues. Claudia works as a collaborative team to ensure the client experiences a positive outcome.
Claudia switched gears and went to work for the County of Santa Clara Social Services where she worked with adults of various ages and families. She is very happy to return to working as a clinician in this close knit community.

 

Lani Westervelt, MS, LMFT

Lani Westervelt, MS, LMFT

Lani’s background is in counseling and psychology. She graduated from California State
Stanislaus with her bachelor’s in psychology with her master’s degree in Counseling at California State University Hayward. She holds a California state license as a Marriage and Family Therapist through the Board of Behavioral Sciences, State of California. License number 38654. Lani has been licensed since March 2020 and has worked in various agencies and is now associated with New Beginnings. After college she began providing therapy in 1996 giving her 24 years of experience. She has is a dedicated experienced therapist inspired to help others who feel overwhelmed and need hope in difficult life transitions such as, but not limited to trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, stress, family conflict, self-injurious behavior, gender issues, emotional disturbance, behavioral issues, anxiety, grief and loss. She works with children and adolescents in conjunction with their families, families, individual adults, and couples. She enjoys working with foster and adoptive youth. Her style is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. There is a focus on what we think, how we feel and how we behave as we face day-tolife experience and relationship problems. In addition, Experiential Humanistic Therapy, which looks at families as systems with its rules and roles, feelings related to others, self-esteem, communication, and growth. In addition, balancing increasing insight with learning new skills necessary for positive changes.

Catherine Linville, MS, AMFT

Catherine Linville, MS, AMFT

Catherine (Katie) is a Registered Associated Marriage and Family Therapist under the supervision of Linsey Kapoor, MS, LMFT, LPCC. Her education includes an Associate’s degree in psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Merced, and a Master of Science degree in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapies and Behavior Analysis, from California State University, Stanislaus. Catherine has over five years of clinical experience providing individual counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults, in addition to couples, family, and group counseling. Catherine has an integrative therapeutic approach utilizing several evidenced-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Catherine emphasizes a person-centered, strength-based, and solution-focused approach to assist individuals work through issues and reach their goals.

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” – Fred Rogers

Jonathan Grammatico ASW

Jonathan Grammatico, ASW

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Associate Clinical Social Worker

Jonathan graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with his Bachelor’s in Gender Studies/Sociology and his Master of Social Work. His graduate-level project consisted of a comprehensive training for Mental Health Providers who serve LGBTQ+ youth in the Central Valley. Jonathan will begin working on his Doctorate in Human Sexuality this upcoming fall and hopes to become a certified sex therapist after graduation. Jonathan is currently an Associate Clinical Social Worker.

Jonathan has worked in a variety of mental health settings such as a clinician with on-call crisis support, an in-home behavioral health provider, to working with youth and adolescents with moderate/severe mental illness and to children and adults in an outpatient medical setting. He has experience working with a variety of people from all backgrounds, ages, and cultures, but specializes in working with individuals who identify as gender and sexual minorities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Outside of mental health, Jonathan has worked with foster youth and family support systems, short-term residential therapeutic programs, and as a public health supervisor and coordinator for grant-funded programs that serve people at-risk or diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.  

Some of his therapeutic modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, and mindfulness practices. Jonathan believes that therapy starts with a good foundation built on communication, collaboration and trust. He incorporates strength-based approaches with a dynamic, holistic style that connects mental wellness to a client’s overall well-being. Jonathan hopes to empower client’s to be agents of change in their own life; to educate, support and uplift client’s as they make therapy a part of their life journey. 

Naquiela Buckner-Smith

Naquiela Buckner-Smith, AMFT, APPC

Naquiela (Shay) is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor under the supervision of Clinical Supervisor Kevin Offhaus (MSSA, LCSA). Naquiela’s education includes an Associate degree in Medical Assisting, Bachelor’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Phoenix, and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counseling from John F. Kennedy University. Naquiela has a wealth of clinical experience providing individual counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and group counseling. Naquiela has an integrative therapeutic approach utilizing several evidenced-based practices, including Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strength-Based Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Play & Art Therapy, and Experiential Therapy. Naquiela is committed to helping her clients create a strong state of balance in their lives and reach their life goals.

 

Rocio Castillo

Rocio Castillo, Administrative Assistant (Modesto)

My name is Rocio Castillo. I graduated from California State University of Stanislaus with a bachelor’s in Sociology and concentrated in Human Services. I am a person who is committed, outgoing, and polite. I enjoy meeting new people and discovering new ways to help them achieve a meaningful experience. I have accumulated 4 years of working in customer service which has allowed me to expand my social and communication skills. I am very caring and passionate about helping others in our community. During my free time, I like to go shopping, exercise and go out to new places. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Aleks Duarte - Administrative Assistant

Aleks Duarte, Administrative Assistant (Patterson)

Aleks is one of our newest admins. Originally from the bay area, Aleks attended Chabot College in which he majored in Psychology. He is very passionate in helping others and will do what he can to make everyone feel comfortable. With more than 6 years in working at a car dealership, he is very experienced in dealing with confidential information. Outside of the office, Aleks enjoys training for sumo wrestling, exercising with his dog, loves to ride his bike, loves to listen to all types of music from all different timelines, and spend time with his father.

Our Locations

Patterson, CA

21 N. El Circulo Ave.

Modesto, CA

937 Coffee Rd.

Get In Touch

 

Changing to a ButterflyJust when the caterpillar thought its world was ending, it became a beautiful butterfly. 

Addresses:

21 N. El Circulo Ave., Patterson, CA 93150

937 Coffee Rd., Modesto, CA  95350

 

Phone Numbers:

Patterson office
P.  (209)892-5902
F: (209) 892-7486

Modesto office
P: (209)554-6808
F: (209)554-6865

Hours

Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Weekends: Based on provider availability

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Meet Our New Beginnings Team

Linsey Kapoor

MS, LMFT, LPCC

Chief Executive Director

Linsey Kapoor - Child, Adolescent and Family Counselor
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Linsey is a dedicated therapist inspired to help others who feel stuck and need hope in difficult life areas such as, but not limited to trauma, PTSD, depression, stress management, substance abuse, family conflict, self-injurious behavior, gender issues, emotional disturbance, behavioral issues, anxiety, grief and loss. Her style is strength-based and solution focused, helping to increase insight with learning new skills necessary for positive changes. Linsey works collaboratively with her clients and any multi-disciplinary professional team to ensure optimal outcome. Her expertise is in the youth population. Linsey enjoys working with kids and adolescents. She is trained in a variety of cognitive and behavioral modalities.

Linsey’s background is in counseling and psychology. She graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with her Bachelors in Psychology and a nationally recognized accredited CACREP program with her Master’s Degree in Counseling at California State University, Sacramento. Linsey is in a pre-doctoral program of Clinical Psychology attending California Southern University. She holds a state license as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor through the Board of Behavioral Sciences and National Board for Certified Counselors. She is also a Registered Psychological Associate through the California Board of Psychology.

Professional Activities and Memberships

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Association for Play Therapy

Association for Play Therapy

United Patterson

United Patterson

Psychology Today

Psychology Today

America's SBDC California

America’s SBDC California

 New Beginnings Family Resource Center

New Beginnings Family Resource Center

Jennifer Crews Thom

Licensed Psychologist

Clinical Supervisor

Jennifer Crews Thom, Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor
Learn more

In Jennifer’s practice, she sees each client as an expert in their own experience and she sees herself as a resource and a guide for change. Using her training in cognitive behavioral therapies and expert knowledge of applied behavioral analysis, she works closely with clients to identify goals, break down barriers, and make permanent changes that lead to more joyful, fulfilling lives and relationships. Clients who work with her benefit from her years of experience in the field and her knowledge of a wide variety of third wave behavioral modalities, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based practices for stress reduction, Exposure and Response Prevention, Prolonged Exposure, and the Gottman Method. 

Kevin Offhaus

MSSA, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

Kevin Offhaus - Family and Marriage Therapist
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During Kevin’s career, he has provided clinical treatment to individuals, couples, families and groups, including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, referral and aftercare. Kevin has experience working in a variety of settings including child welfare, private practice, inpatient and outpatient care, foster care, residential treatment facilities, group homes, secure and non-secure detention, runaway shelters, transition independent living programs, and outreach. He maintained a private practice from 2004 to 2011, providing family, individual, group, and couples counseling, as well as clinical consultation to unlicensed clinicians. Kevin currently provides clinical supervision for registered interns at New Beginnings.

Kevin is an Adjunct Assistant Faculty at The University of Phoenix, teaching courses in the College of Humanities (Masters in Science of Marriage and Family Therapy), Psychology and Human Services programs. In that capacity, He has taught well over 20 classes. Kevin has special interest and over 20 years of specialized training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), eating disorders and personality disorders. Kevin believe that psychological treatment should be conducted in a multidisciplinary setting to meet the many needs of the client.

Scott Charlton

MS, LMFT

Scott Charlton, MS, LMFT
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Scott Charlton is committed to helping his clients resolve conflicts and move closer to fulfilling their dreams. Scott has experience working with children, youth, adults and their families in a variety of settings and situations. Some of these include health and mental wellness, relationships, and struggles related to school. Scott previously worked with San Joaquin County’s Functional Family Therapy team and for Stanislaus County Juvenile Justice. Scott is skilled in several types of therapy and works in a highly collaborative style. At the core, therapy includes helping clients identify values and gain skills that will encourage, strengthen the client and their relationships.

Mayra Ramos

MA, LMFT, ATR

Mayra Ramos, MA, LMFT, ATR
Learn more

Mayra is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. Mayra is passionate about assisting others to connect with their deeper selves and explore their innate creativity. Her extensive background in the arts and Clinical Art therapy, provides her with a deep appreciation for the creative process and its value as a therapeutic tool for awareness, growth and healing of emotional wounds.

Mayra is dedicated in providing a safe space for persons of difference in backgrounds, beliefs, sexual orientations, race and culture. During Mayra’s career, she has experienced working as a Therapeutic Companion with children and help them develop social and emotional skills. A a therapist she also has experience working with adolescents, adults, older adults and families to address their challenges with ADHD, behavioral/life difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, grief, sexuality, trauma, abuse, domestic violence, harm to self, addiction recovery, personality disorders, psychosis, bi-polar, depression, PTSD, dissociation, OCD, anxiety, dual diagnosis and more. Mayra has worked as a crisis clinician, primary therapist, in settings that included inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, clinics, schools and private practice with the ability to provided services in English or Spanish.

Some of her approached includes depth psychology techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, psychodynamic and existential perspectives through a holistic and integrative lens. Mayra also employs mindfulness techniques and awareness of the body. Mayra hopes to be a catalyst of change and helps others find meaning, compassion, understanding and healing towards their potential of discovering the best version of themselves.

Leanne Louis

PCLC, PP

Leanne Louis, PCLC, PP
Learn more
Leanne is a Professional Certified Life Coach (PCLC) through the International Coach Federation and uses mindset techniques that can help motivate clients to get on track, stay focused and achieve their dreams. As a life coach, Leanne’s desire is to listen, empower and motivate others to help them reach their goals. Leanne will serve as a source of motivation and inspiration that push clients to their true potential.

Leanne has been working in the mental health field for many years but as Parent Partner (PP) in a Children’s Mental Health Clinic for the last four years. Leanne’s experience before her role as a Parent Partner was working in schools with children identified with mild to moderate adjustment difficulties as a child aide with the Primary Intervention Program, Second Step social skills program and developed her own classroom social skills curriculum for students ages 5-12. Through that program, Leanne incorporated social skills, etiquette, manners, cooperation, inclusion, resolving conflicts, problem-solving, put ups\not put-downs, mutual respect and how to value diversity.

Leanne implemented the Parent Partner program with training from San Joaquin County Mental Health and is still employed with Valley Community Counseling. Leanne as Parent Partner meets with parents, caregivers, guardians, foster parents and grandparents who are struggling with their child who has a mental health diagnosis. As a Parent Partner, she has learned how to engage and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds and is willing to use her own lived experience to provide hope and support. As Parent Partner Leanne is friendly, helpful, flexible and family-focused as her services are family-driven in order to directly engage and support our families at New Beginnings.

Kristina Birch

MS, LPCC

Kristina Birch, MS, LPCC
Learn more
Kristina is committed to helping individuals overcome adversity resulting from, but not limited to trauma, poor relationships skills, depression, loss, anxiety, ADHD, behavior issues and school related issues. Kristina has experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults, and groups in multiple settings.

As a mental health clinician, she provided therapeutic behavioral services in the home, group therapy, crisis intervention, parenting skills training, social skills, coping and resiliency skills, CPS mandated counseling, professional development to team members, teachers, school staff, community agencies and continues to provide individual therapy within the school setting. Her work experience comes from San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Children and Youth Services, local community agencies, and Stockton Unified School District.

Kristina believes that treatment is not a “one treatment fits all,” and is skilled in a variety of strength-based therapy models. She believes there is HOPE in every situation and with HOPE one can strive to become emotionally healthy and move forward to being successful in discovering one’s self, one’s purpose, and one’s dreams.

Maria Montes

MSW, ASW

Maria Montes, MSW ASW - Therapist
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Maria is a graduate from California State University Fresno with her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Social Work with a specialty in serving Hispanic children and families from Our Lady of the Lake University.  Maria is a 1st generation Mexican American. As a bilingual and bicultural clinician, she is able to provide treatment in Spanish, under the supervision and consultation of Linsey Kapoor, LMFT and LPCC. 

Maria believes in the importance of collaboration, connection, and attunement through a trauma-informed lens.  She specializes in working with underserved populations, undocumented/immigrant individuals, and young adults.  Having extensive experience working with severely mentally ill individuals, she is sensitive to how mental health can impact not only the individual but also the family/support system.  Maria incorporates several evidence-based modalities into her practice including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Person-Centered Therapy.  

 

Brenday Valdez

AMFT

Brenda Valdez
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Brenda is a highly skilled mental health clinician who is motivated to help others in the community. Brenda has the ability to connect with others by providing a safe space and being an active listener. Brenda is fluent in two languages, English and Spanish and is committed to her career.
Brenda graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, then completed a Master’s degree at Brandman University in Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy.
Brenda has experience doing family therapy and individual therapy for children ages zero to seventeen. Brenda has experience working with blended families, adoptive families and absence of parent(s). Brenda has helped individuals with ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, depression, adjustment, social anxiety, mood dysregulation, abuse, neglect, trauma, attachment, anger management, grief and loss, behavioral issues and relationships.
Brenda provides services that are strength-based and is trained to utilize Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing (MI). She focuses on the clients needs and desires for better outcomes and individualizes her sessions to better assist each individual and each family.

Josephina Rodriguez

MS, LMFT

Josephina Rodriguez, MS, LMFT
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Josephina has had the privilege of working as a Mental Health Practitioner for over 20 years with adults, families, children, and adolescents and have been a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist for 13 years.  Her experience has included working in county contracted outpatient mental health clinics, family resource centers, non-profit agencies, juvenile justice diversion programs, residential facilities, emotionally disturbed school-based programs, and sexual assault/domestic violence centers.  She have received additional training in crisis response/de-escalation strategies, trauma informed care, mindfulness, and best practices for treatment.

Her therapeutic approach borrows from a variety of theories but is built on a foundation of cognitive behavioral and solution focused techniques, existential and family systems, and strength based models. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, women’s issues, eating disorders, gender identity issues, and family difficulties, to name a few.  Josephina is bi-cultural, speaks Spanish fluently, and seeks to incorporate cultural practices into treatment that facilitate an individual’s growth.  She looks forward to providing a warm, non-judgmental, safe place to work through the issues that individuals are ready to face.

Claudia De La Rosa

AMFT

Claudia De La Rosa, AMFT
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Claudia graduated from California State University, East Bay with her Bachelors of Science degree in psychology then with her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently an Associate Marriage and Family therapist.

Claudia started her therapy career at an outpatient clinic in Campbell. Claudia has experience working with children, foster youth, families and young adults in various clinical settings. She has helped children and young adults deal with trauma, PTSD, depression, issues with blended families, ADHD, anxiety, grief, anger management and relationship issues. Claudia works as a collaborative team to ensure the client experiences a positive outcome.

Claudia switched gears and went to work for the County of Santa Clara Social Services where she worked with adults of various ages and families. She is very happy to return to working as a clinician in this close knit community.

Lani Westervelt, MS, LMFT

Lani Westervelt, MS, LMFT
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Lani’s background is in counseling and psychology. She graduated from California State Stanislaus with her bachelor’s in psychology with her master’s degree in Counseling at California State University Hayward. She holds a California state license as a Marriage and Family Therapist through the Board of Behavioral Sciences, State of California. License number 38654. Lani has been licensed since March 2020 and has worked in various agencies and is now associated with New Beginnings. After college she began providing therapy in 1996 giving her 24 years of experience. She has is a dedicated experienced therapist inspired to help others who feel overwhelmed and need hope in difficult life transitions such as, but not limited to trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, stress, family conflict, self-injurious behavior, gender issues, emotional disturbance, behavioral issues, anxiety, grief and loss. She works with children and adolescents in conjunction with their families, families, individual adults, and couples. She enjoys working with foster and adoptive youth. Her style is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. There is a focus on what we think, how we feel and how we behave as we face day-tolife experience and relationship problems. In addition, Experiential Humanistic Therapy, which looks at families as systems with its rules and roles, feelings related to others, self-esteem, communication, and growth. In addition, balancing increasing insight with learning new skills necessary for positive changes.

Catherine Linville, MS, AMFT

Catherine Linville, MS, AMFT
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Catherine (Katie) is a Registered Associated Marriage and Family Therapist under the supervision of Linsey Kapoor, MS, LMFT, LPCC. Her education includes an Associate’s degree in psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Merced, and a Master of Science degree in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapies and Behavior Analysis, from California State University, Stanislaus. Catherine has over five years of clinical experience providing individual counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults, in addition to couples, family, and group counseling. Catherine has an integrative therapeutic approach utilizing several evidenced-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Catherine emphasizes a person-centered, strength-based, and solution-focused approach to assist individuals work through issues and reach their goals.

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” – Fred Rogers

Jonathan Grammatico, ASW

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Associate Clinical Social Worker

Jonathan Grammatico ASW
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Jonathan graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with his Bachelor’s in Gender Studies/Sociology and his Master of Social Work. His graduate-level project consisted of a comprehensive training for Mental Health Providers who serve LGBTQ+ youth in the Central Valley. Jonathan will begin working on his Doctorate in Human Sexuality this upcoming fall and hopes to become a certified sex therapist after graduation. Jonathan is currently an Associate Clinical Social Worker.

Jonathan has worked in a variety of mental health settings such as a clinician with on-call crisis support, an in-home behavioral health provider, to working with youth and adolescents with moderate/severe mental illness and to children and adults in an outpatient medical setting. He has experience working with a variety of people from all backgrounds, ages, and cultures, but specializes in working with individuals who identify as gender and sexual minorities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Outside of mental health, Jonathan has worked with foster youth and family support systems, short-term residential therapeutic programs, and as a public health supervisor and coordinator for grant-funded programs that serve people at-risk or diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.  

Some of his therapeutic modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, and mindfulness practices. Jonathan believes that therapy starts with a good foundation built on communication, collaboration and trust. He incorporates strength-based approaches with a dynamic, holistic style that connects mental wellness to a client’s overall well-being. Jonathan hopes to empower client’s to be agents of change in their own life; to educate, support and uplift client’s as they make therapy a part of their life journey. 

Naquiela Buckner-Smith, AMFT, APPC

Naquiela Buckner-Smith
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Naquiela (Shay) is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor under the supervision of Clinical Supervisor Kevin Offhaus (MSSA, LCSA). Naquiela’s education includes an Associate degree in Medical Assisting, Bachelor’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Phoenix, and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counseling from John F. Kennedy University. Naquiela has a wealth of clinical experience providing individual counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and group counseling. Naquiela has an integrative therapeutic approach utilizing several evidenced-based practices, including Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strength-Based Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Play & Art Therapy, and Experiential Therapy. Naquiela is committed to helping her clients create a strong state of balance in their lives and reach their life goals.

 

Rocio Castillo

Administrative Assistant (Modesto)

Rocio Castillo
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My name is Rocio Castillo. I graduated from California State University of Stanislaus with a bachelor’s in Sociology and concentrated in Human Services. I am a person who is committed, outgoing, and polite. I enjoy meeting new people and discovering new ways to help them achieve a meaningful experience. I have accumulated 4 years of working in customer service which has allowed me to expand my social and communication skills. I am very caring and passionate about helping others in our community. During my free time, I like to go shopping, exercise and go out to new places. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Aleks Duarte

Administrative Assistant (Patterson)

Aleks Duarte - Administrative Assistant
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Aleks is one of our newest admins. Originally from the bay area, Aleks attended Chabot College in which he majored in Psychology. He is very passionate in helping others and will do what he can to make everyone feel comfortable. With more than 6 years in working at a car dealership, he is very experienced in dealing with confidential information. Outside of the office, Aleks enjoys training for sumo wrestling, exercising with his dog, loves to ride his bike, loves to listen to all types of music from all different timelines, and spend time with his father.

Our Locations

Patterson, CA

21 N. El Circulo Ave.

Modesto, CA

937 Coffee Rd.

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Addresses:

21 N. El Circulo Ave., Patterson, CA 93150

937 Coffee Rd., Modesto, CA  95350

 

Phone Numbers:

Patterson office
P.  (209)892-5902
F: (209) 892-7486

Modesto office
P: (209)554-6808
F: (209)554-6865

Hours

Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Weekends: Based on provider availability

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