Counseling

SAY Counselors find success with animal therapy

[caption id="attachment_402" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Deb and Caitlin with Jackson and Dylan"][/caption] SAY's unique animal therapy began informally when Deb Skinner and Caitlin Maus, both interns in our Medi-Cal Counseling Clinic began bringing their registered service dogs in to meet some of their clients. Caitlin and Deb soon found that these two...

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Family Therapy at our teen shelter saves parents and teens

[caption id="attachment_346" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Nick Mallonee is a Counselor at SAY's Dr. Coffee Teen Shelter"][/caption] As a counselor at the Dr. James E Coffee House Teen Shelter, I liaise with the Sonoma County Probation Department, and receive referrals from them for kids who are in need family therapy...

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Carmen's success story starts with strife. Before working with SAY at Cloverdale High School, Carmen says that she would constantly put herself down and wouldn't stick up for herself. If someone told her she couldn't do something, she believed them, and took that negativity to heart. Now, she's using tools...

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I make healthy choices now

Since 1994, SAY has been providing counseling services in Sonoma Valley. Marina Stiefvater runs Girls Circle, a group diversion program that offers teens who have come into contact with law enforcement an opportunity to "make right" on the behaviors that got them into trouble. The girls in Marina's group have...

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It is no easy task to change a life

It is no easy task to change a life. Over the past year, the 11 interns in SAY's Medi-Cal Counseling Clinic helped equip over 250 kids and families with tools and resources to improve their lives. These remarkable counselors have volunteered over 15,000 hours to the youth and families we...

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Counseling at SAY saves your tax dollars

Jocelyn, a Marriage and Family Therapist, has been at SAY for five years. She has worked as a counselor in local schools, at the Coffee House Teen Shelter and has led groups for teens who are on probation. Currently, Jocelyn leads SAY's anger management and diversion groups. She loves to...

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Achieving Academic Success Through Counseling

SAY's Lead Therapist Elizabeth Goldman shares two success stories from our Medi-Cal Counseling Clinic in Santa Rosa: I am excited to share two very happy success stories, both highlighting the academic accomplishments of two of my clients. Although they do not know each other, they are fine examples of the progress that...

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