Therapy Team

Sara Baker – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 105385

Sara Baker, LMFT is a Palm Springs native and lives to help elevate individuals within her community and beyond to their highest potential. She has an extensive background working with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing difficult situations in which they are seeking a safe, supportive, therapeutic environment. Her specialties include working with trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, couples, families, self-esteem, abuse, grief, addiction, and so much more. She received her education through the University of California, Los Angeles and the Chapman University system earning both a BA and MA in Psychology.

Sara believes the power of transformation is possible for anyone who is willing to connect, accept, grow, and flow in the present moment. Sara compliments her therapy practice as a trained Yoga Instructor, as she helps clients to slow down, reconnect to their breath, and enhance their mind-body connection. She harnesses the power of meditation and mindfulness in both her personal life and clinical sessions, allowing for clients to tune into the present moment, quiet the mind, and feel their most authentic self. Outside of session Sara loves to connect to herself through travel and trekking, giving her the opportunity to feel grounded and embrace with nature and the universe.

Cara Wilkerson – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 50531

Cara comes from a diverse therapeutic background with experience working in private practice settings, with the San Bernardino Drug Court, and in multiple school settings. She has been practicing for over 12 years, and is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) as well as Transgender Care Therapy. In addition, she is an EMDRIA Consult in Training, providing consultation to other therapists interested in becoming certified in EMDR. She is also a Clinical Supervisor to Associate clinicians working towards their licensure.

She specializes in treating trauma, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, PTSD, and victims of abuse. In addition, she has extensive experience working within the field of substance abuse, dependence and recovery, as well as, eating disorders and disruptive behaviors.

Cara’s approach to therapy is collective and she utilizes, EMDR, CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy), SFT (Solution Focused therapy), Motivational Interviewing, as well as IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy), as she collaboratively works with clients to reach their treatment and life goals. She is a certified Yoga instructor and incorporates mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, breathing exercises, and somatic experiences into treatment to increase self-awareness, self-control, and self-acceptance. She works with clients to identify what and how they would like to improve mood, social relationships, family dynamics, self-worth, self-control, and overall functioning, while decreasing unhealthy behaviors, thoughts and relationships.

She provides therapy to adolescents and adults in both individual and group settings. She is currently facilitating a Transgender support group.
Cara graduated Suma Cum Laude in 2005 from California State University San Marcos, with a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. In 2008, she graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Dr. Raina Moosa – Licensed Clinical Psychologist, 27799

Hi, I’m Dr. Raina Moosa, a licened psychologist here in the Coachella Valley. I use a genuine, supportive and client centered approach when it comes to seeing children and adults in therapy. I believe that everyone deserves to live a life worth living and that it can be achieved by working through challenges, being mindful and present, and having the willingness to do the necessary work.

I earned my Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University-Los Angeles in 2008 and my Master’s degree in Educational Counseling at Loyola Marymount University in 2003.

I have worked with people of all ages in individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Issues I have assisted clients with include learning ways of appropriately expressing anger and aggression, dealing with thoughts of suicide, reducing and eliminating self-harm behaviors, co-occurring mental health and substance use issues, coping with bullying, building self-esteem, stage of life struggles, dealing with family issues like divorce or loss, and how to develop better social skills and awareness.

I look forward to creating a safe, supportive, and healthy space for my clients here in the Coachella Valley.

Judith Monetathchi – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 86226

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have the incredible opportunity to offer counsel and support to individuals of all ages during stressful and difficult times or events in their lives.  I continue to work with children, adolescents, adults, and elderly through various therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),  and Solution Focused Therapy.  I share effective coping strategies that clients can learn and put into practice in order to better deal with life stressers and other symptoms of mental health with which they may be struggling.

Education and Clinical Experience

I graduated from Chapman University with a Master’s Degree in Psychology.  I have provided many in-school sessions of counseling for children and teenagers dealing with ADHD, autism, and anger management.  I have also helped many youth with grief and loss counseling, social skill and developmental delays, as well as anxiety and depression.  I have assisted parents with creating positive parenting plans, helping them to establish appropriate boundaries and improve their relationships with their children.  I have also worked with couples and families, helping them to improve their relationships with each other through teaching effective communication skills.  I have experience facilitating groups such as: drug and alcohol treatment, women’s empowerment, adolescent intensive outpatient program (IOP) group on drugs and alcohol, adult depression, and a Women’s Healthy Relationship group.

I currently work as a Geriatric Care Manager assisting the elderly with the many challenges they face with aging.

Cindy Miyamoto – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 105099

Some people might ask “how is therapy going to help me, does it really work?” Seeking therapy can feel intimidating and even uncomfortable. We might feel as though something in our life seems “off or not right,” it can feel more comfortable and easier to continue with our old day-to- day habits because it is how we have been surviving. We develop patterns to feel safe when we do not have the support needed. Growth is a process and healing is a journey, significant change requires deep personal examination, which is hard to do on our own. Compassion, acceptance, and a non-
judgmental stance are essential to my approach. I primarily utilize Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Clients develop new perspectives and healthier patterns that
empower them to achieve their goal and develop more fulfilling lives.

Clinical Experience

My name is Cindy Miyamoto I received a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Masters of Science in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. I have experience working with various different demographics. My areas of specialty are: children, substance abuse, special needs, depression and anxiety. In addition to private practice, I work as a program coordinator for a company that provides ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) services to children with developmental disabilities. I also provide group therapy at a substance abuse rehabilitation treatment center.

Amanda Galindo – Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, 105641

Amanda Galindo was born and raised in the Coachella Valley. She has a BS in Criminal Justice and a MA in Psychology which she obtained from Argosy University in May 2017. Amanda currently is the Program Director for the Outreach Program at Angel View Inc., a nonprofit that helps families raising children with disabilities in the Coachella Valley. In the past, Amanda has worked as a domestic violence case manager/volunteer coordinator at Shelter from the Storm as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee/Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee at ABC Recovery Center. Amanda’s experience is with families, children, trauma, and addiction.

Andreea Tomescu – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 51288

My name is Andreea Tomescu and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. I have and extensive background in working with different age groups as well as different life situations, using therapeutic approaches such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Grief Therapy and others. I work with adults, mature adults, and couples, helping them achieve their goals and be able to lead a more fulfilling life, as well as have better relationships with their loved ones. Creating a safe and accepting environment is very important in my therapeutic work with clients.

Education and Clinical Experience

Andreea has a Master’s of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. She is a licensed Psychologist and MFT from universities in Romania, Europe. Throughout her career, Andreea has worked with veterans, adults, and substance abuse at the Betty Ford Center; mature adults and children at the Riverside University Health System- Behavioral Health. Andreea is currently supervising an adolescent program for the Riverside University Health System- Behavioral Health.

Alison Campbell – Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, 99716

Alison C. Campbell, AMFT continues her lifelong journey of discovery and engagement with healing, the psyche, and the power and beauty of human resilience, with her work at Thrive Counseling. She has her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Depth Psychology, from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and has served as a therapist for children and adults, couples, victims of domestic violence, adult survivors of child sexual abuse, rape and human trafficking victims, and those suffering from grief, and PTSD. She has more than a decade of intensive training in mindfulness and meditation, for both groups and individuals, and has experienced its transformative power both personally, and through countless clients. Her other interests include hiking, spirituality, running marathons, contemplative education, and tending to her large and rowdy family of cats and dogs.

Amisha Samuels – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 93737

My name is Amisha and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I am passionate about providing psychotherapy for those seeking to create a healthier, happier and more meaningful life. I received my Masters in Clinical psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2012. I have experience providing services to children, teens, adults, couples and families struggling with a variety of issues. My specialties include treatment for depression, anxiety, self-esteem, adjustment issues, and families with children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders or other developmental disabilities.

For individuals and couples; therapy offers a unique experience for self-development and increased understanding of reoccurring patterns in your life. Through awareness of how the past has affected your present; it makes it more possible to have a happy future. I utilize a solution focused and strength based approach to help the unit reach goals that have been created collaboratively. I incorporate cognitive behavioral techniques as it can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to manage stressful life situations.

I listen actively and will offer feedback, suggestions and tools to help you cope and improve the quality of your life. Working together, we will find the best solutions by building on your strengths. I offer a safe environment to allow you to express yourself though neutrality and non-judgment.

Rebecca Hames – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 96196

Hi, I’m Rebecca and as a marriage and family therapist I believe everybody deserves to be understood and heard. I’m someone who listens to understand you and the challenges holding you back from living the life you imagine for yourself. I help teens, adults and couples who want to make a change in their life but find themselves trapped by uncertainty, fear, grief, anxiety, or other life obstacles. Together, we find the edges of your comfort zone and expand them – sometimes gently and sometimes boldly – to bring about real transformation.

One of my areas of specialty is working with straight spouses and mixed-orientation relationships. When your spouse comes out, your world is flipped upside down and so much uncertainty comes up. I get it…I’ve been there. I know my story but I’m interested in understanding yours and helping you navigate the complicated emotions that come along with learning your spouse’s sexual identity.

I’m curious and will ask a lot of questions to help you uncover answers that I believe are already inside of you. I listen, not just to your words, but also to the emotions driving your story. When change needs to happen, it helps to have support and I hope you reach out.

Gregory Gomez – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 109071

Having grown up in Southern California, I am honored to serve the Coachella Valley area. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills, and completed my Master’s in Psychology at Brandman University with a Marriage and Family/ Professional Clinical Counseling emphasis. I have worked in mental health for over 5 years helping those recovering from substances with co-occurring disorders, children, couples, geriatric and the LGBTQ population. I have had the privilege of facilitating many types of groups such as bereavement, co-dependency, and stress tolerance. This has enabled me to promote, teach and utilizes skills that are necessary for growth, change, and most importantly, joy. I currently hold certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Late Life Depression through the County of Riverside, and look forward to serving the Palm Desert area.

Trained in ASIST suicide prevention

Certified CBT Therapist for Late Life Depression, County of Riverside

Norra MacReady – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 105049

Sometimes it helps just to talk to someone. Someone who can listen with empathy and compassion, and without judging. Life hurts sometimes, and so often we contribute to our own suffering in ways we’re not even aware of. I would like to help you discover how you can make things better. It may not happen overnight, but I can accompany you on this journey toward becoming a happier you.

Some of my special interests include ADHD and anger management issues in adults and adolescents. Few things are more painful for parents than to watch their children flounder at school or in social situations, as they struggle with feelings that are beyond their understanding or control. Adding to the difficulty is the very real frustration you as the parent feel as you tell your child YET AGAIN to clean up their room, do their homework, stop bothering their siblings, sit still, etc, etc, etc. I can provide a safe space where parents can vent these frustrations and where kids can not only discuss their feelings but practice some of the social and behavioral skills they need to function outside the home.

A little about me: I received my undergraduate degree in biopsychology from Vassar College, but then got sidetracked into a long career as a journalist and editor specializing in health and medical issues. A few years ago I returned to my lifelong love of psychology and human behavior and received a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I bring a humanistic, mindfulness-centered approach to my work with adults, adolescents, and couples. In addition to being a licensed marriage and family therapist, I’m a certified level II specialist in anger management services by the National Anger Management Association.

And now…tell me about you!

David Bonfanti – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 43891

My name is David Bonfanti. For me, it is crucial to meet clients where they are. Each of us knows ourselves, and with effective therapy, my goal and belief are that all of you will live fuller, more productive lives. My hope is that all of you will improve the quality of your own lives, whatever that means to each of you, in the time it is meant to happen. Although I favor REBT, rational-emotive behavioral therapy, an expanded form of CBT, I am open to working in whatever way helps the client get to where they need to go. My approach is non-judgmental, so let’s get rid of unproductive guilt, as we can not change the past.

Education and Experience:

David has his BA in psychology from Saint Louis University as well as his MA in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Anitoch University- Los Angeles.
Fluent in Spanish

Gail Baker – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 48553

My name is Gail Baker and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I enjoy having the opportunity to sit down with people and join them exactly where they are in their story and this is one of the great passions of my life. I believe whatever struggles someone maybe facing whether anxiety, depression, trauma, shame, grief, broken relationships, or other hardships, it is important that they do not feel hopeless in the pain. My goal as I work with clients is to create a place of safety, trust, and compassion in our relationship and then walk with them through their personal journey toward hope and healing.

I specialize in areas of anger management, communication skills, parenting, while addressing trauma and self esteem issues. I have an extensive background in working with mental health concerns including: ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, and other areas of concern.

I utilize Solution Focus Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and others while addressing concerns and issues.

Education and Clinical Experience

I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from Polytechnic University Pomona and a Masters in Psychology from Chapman University. This led to working with children in schools, running parenting classes, and counseling children, adolescence, adults, and couples in a clinical setting.

Dr. Jill Saulque – Licensed Clinical Psychologist, 13289

Dr. Jill Saulque is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of experience in the field of psychology. Following a career in educational psychology, Dr. Saulque began working in the clinical arena and has experience in substance abuse, forensic psychology, rehabilitation psychology, psychological assessment, inpatient and outpatient mental health services and chronic pain. In addition to working throughout Southern California, Dr. Saulque has worked in Hawaii and New Zealand which has broadened her perspective on multicultural issues. Beyond her clinical experience, Dr. Saulque has also taught for several universities at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is certified by the American Psychological Association in the assessment and treatment of substance abuse and is also a member the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.



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