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Therapists are available for SCC students now through the end of December 2022. To connect with a therapist, fill out the form below and choose your preferred Therapist.

student receiving therapy in an officeTherapy is the process of meeting with a therapist to resolve problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues, and/or somatic responses (sensations in the body).

Beginning therapy can be a big step toward being the healthiest version of yourself and living the best life possible—no matter what challenges you may be facing. Through therapy, you can change self-destructive behaviors and habits, resolve painful feelings, improve your relationships, and more.

Though no one can tell you exactly what your therapy process will be like, in all modes of therapy you will establish goals for your therapy and determine the steps you will take to get there. Whether in individual, group, or family therapy, your relationship with your therapist is a confidential one and focuses not only on the content of what you talk about, but also the process.

The therapeutic process–how you share your feelings and experiences–is considered to be just as important as the specific issues or concerns you share in therapy. Once you start therapy, it may help to know and recognize elements of healthy therapy as well as warning signs of questionable therapy.

On the whole, you can expect that your therapist will be someone who supports you, listens attentively, models a healthy and positive relationship experience, gives you appropriate feedback, and follows ethical guidelines. Good therapy should be tailored to you and your experiences.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and need support right away, please reach out to:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-8255

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States.

Therapists

Kyrra K. Christian

Kyrra K. ChristianI am a faith-based Associate Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist with 3,000-plus hours providing therapy to children, individuals, couples, and families within various communities. I also have 20 years of working experience in several areas under the mental health umbrella. I pride myself on being a Hybrid Clinician/Case Manager. My goal is to focus on the individuals who are experiencing life stressors. Additionally, I tend to focus on assisting clients in finding his, her, and they voices in hopes of redefining the meaning of joy/happiness in your life and take ownership of the real you. 

Rome DeVase

Rome DeVaseWith diversified roots in education, mental health, and entertainment, Mr. Rome DeVase has spent the last several years working full-time as a School Psychologist in Northern California. Within his capacity as a community servant, he specializes in fusing politics with mental health and entertainment as showcased on his weekly podcast "Psychotic Bump School" of which was borne The Mental Health Army: a shared discussion forum comprised of mental health specialists who provide insight into common everyday news events and their impact on our collective mental health. Rome has spent nearly 30 years in the field of public education including eleven years of work in School Psychology.

La Tisha Lintag

La Tisha Lintag"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we'll ever do" ~ by Brené Brown.

Taking that initial step in owning our story can be tough and scary. We all need someone to walk alongside us, as we journey through the process of owning our story, and learning to love ourselves and those around us. My goal in therapy is to help individuals live and behave in ways consistent with their personal values while developing psychological flexibility.

I specialize in somatic therapy, helping individuals reconnect with their authentic self from a mind, body, spirit approach. 

Educational background 

  • MA Psychology from Brandman University 
  • MBA from University of Phoenix 
  • BS Health & Wellness from Kaplan University 
  • BA Government (International Relations) CSU, Sacramento

Kay Mercado

Kay MercadoGreetings! My name is Kay Mercado (she/they) I’m an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I’m originally from Stockton California and I have been working in community mental health for 5 years now, specifically in within the LGBTQ+ community. I went to college on a softball scholarship in Oklahoma and attended graduate school at Holy Names University in Oakland. My love for working within this community began when I started doing my own work and gaining a better understanding of who I am as a person. My hope is that I can continue to help others accept and understand themselves for all they are while finding community.

Melissa Montes

Melissa MontesMelissa Montes is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who provides mental health services to public schools within Sacramento County. Melissa attended UC Davis for her undergraduate education and Sacramento State for her graduate program in social work. Melissa approaches counseling with a strengths-based perspective and utilizes an eclectic framework including therapeutic techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness practices, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and motivational interviewing. Melissa was the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. She looks forward to empowering you in your educational journey.

Kasey Phillips Brown

Kasey Phillips Brown"Day by day in every way, I'm getting better and better." This phrase was told to Kasey Phillips Brown as a social work student. She continues to use it as a foundation as she assists others in planting seeds of change in their lives.

Kasey Phillips Brown, M.S.W., LCSW has been providing mental health services for over 27 years. She earned both her B.A. in Mass Communication and Masters of Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who offered Continuing Education Units to mental health professionals through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

She is known for her energetic and motivational style of speaking and her passion is contagious. "It is amazing to see how many people are suffering from treatable disorders and they don't even know it. My goal is to educate as many people as possible to the importance of learning how to maintain good mental health in order to have good overall health." Kasey has been certified as a sexual assault crisis volunteer and a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinician and is currently being trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She has experience as an examination coach and consultant to other licensed clinicians.

Kasey is a clinical supervisor providing individual and group clinical supervision to Associate Social Workers and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Kasey was a part-time lecturer for the School of Social Work at Cal State Long Beach and runs a private practice, New Perspectives in Gardena CA. She provides services through Employee Assistance Programs and recently provided mental health services for students and parent workshops for Learning by Design Charter School.

Kasey is also a certified health coach that assists parents of children who have been diagnosed with ADHD treat the disorder without medication. She wrote the highly regarded book "We Just Said No! Treating ADHD Without Medication. She facilitates corporate trainings, business enhancements, college lectures and career consulting. She is also CEO of the Nan Washington Global Wellness Foundation that meets the health needs of people around the world.

Stephen Young

Stephen YoungAssociate Clinical Social Worker with a passion for social justice and youth development.  I have over 20 years of experience serving and empowering diverse communities in South Africa, Minneapolis, and am currently serving youth and young adults in the Sacramento area in a variety of settings.  I offer a safe space to reflect, release, reset, and restore your soul.  I have a passion to encourage, motivate, and inspire young people by guiding them to a place of healing and thriving.

Educational background

Bachelors of Art
(Pastoral Counseling)
University of Northwestern

Master of Social Work
California State University, Sacramento