LMFT, Director of Therapeutic ServicesSimeon Jones specializes in working with adults who are experiencing anxiety and depression, relational difficulties, and those looking to successfully navigate life change.
He was born in Modesto California and grew up in the Bay Area. He graduated from Azusa Pacific University and completed his undergraduate degree at Seattle Pacific University.
Simeon is married with two small children, a dog named Indiana (Jones), and a cat named Dr. Phil. He loves sports. His favorite teams are the Golden State Warriors, 49ers, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He enjoys trying new things and seeking out great places to eat.
As someone who grew up as a pastor’s son, he as always had a desire to serve people who are struggling. His work in an inpatient psychiatric hospital setting for the past 12 years has been an integral part of developing the skills to help people get on track in their lives. “How we think directly impacts how we feel and act”. This revelation has developed into a style of therapy that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness work. A strong therapeutic relationship is an essential part of building trust and promoting positive change. He works hard to provide a safe environment for his clients to work through life’s challenges.
In Los Angeles County he was a member of the disaster preparedness committee, and an evaluator for the program PsyStart. He has been very involved within the communities of the North State for the past 2 years, working to better serve the mental health needs of people in 13 counties (including Shasta and Tehema). He currently serves on the board of a foster care agency in Redding. He is also a life coach specializing in working with physicians, and has spoken at conferences around the country on subjects ranging from ‘achieving positive life change’, to ‘managing high maintenance relationships’. One of his favorite things to do is teach, and is an Adjunct Professor at Simpson University in the Masters of Clinical Psychology program.
PhDHeather O’Connell has been a licensed psychologist since 2010 and has been practicing in the field for 10 years. She was born in Fountain Valley, CA and grew up in Redding, CA. Heather completed her undergraduate degree as well as her Masters and her PhD at University of Oregon. In 2005 Heather was awarded the Oregon Psychological Association Research award and she also earned the Graduate Teaching Fellowship every year during her master’s and doctorate programs. She has worked in the prison system doing addiction work and she has worked for the US Navy providing mental health support to service members and their families.
Heather enjoys running, outdoor sports, water sports, and cooking. Heather’s most important and most challenging job in life is being a mother. When asked about her care for patients Heather said “It is important to me to always remember that we as human beings have more similarities than differences”.
IMFTCheyenne Emery is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who has spent the last year specializing in Dual Diagnosis, Relationship Issues, Grief and loss, and Trauma. Born and raised in Redding, CA, Cheyenne attended Simpson University and finished her graduate school at National University. She has two beautiful daughters and a loving husband. Cheyenne says “Being a mother is the most important job that I have and I am genuinely blessed by my daughters. I enjoy spending time with my children, family, and friends by exploring the outdoors, trying new things, and genuine human connection.” She is an active member in her church and is involved in the 12-step community for recovery from drug and alcohol dependency. As well as working with her clients she enjoys reading, meditation, music (concerts and otherwise), shopping, fellowship with family and friends, TV shows, and traveling with my husband and children. Cheyenne’s therapeutic approach includes but is not limited to “encouraging mindfulness, journaling, meditation, empathy, and self-awareness of thoughts, feelings, and actions. I believe that as a therapist I am simply a guide to encourage and support each individual to formulate their own solutions to challenges and achievement of goals. The therapeutic atmosphere is one of non-judgment and empathy. Kindness and genuineness are the therapeutic tools I hope to convey as the individual and I travel the road to healing.”
IMFTRobert Garcia is Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in Trauma, PTSD, Veterans & Military, Men’s relational issues. He has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Graduate degree in Psychological Counseling from National University, San Diego. He began counseling clients in June of 2015 and in that time, has gained over 2000 hours in counseling experience. Robert is a U.S. Army veteran, having served 11 years as a combat medic. His role as a care provider is to developed a compassion for people that goes beyond medical interventions. This includes a profound concern for military service members and veterans struggling with combat related Post-traumatic stress disorder, and also for people from different cultures and backgrounds with various struggles of their own. Having a concern for the well-being of others led him to pursuing a career in the mental health field.
He has completed training’s in the use of mindfulness; He is a trauma oriented therapist and has completed both EMDR (level one & two) and Brain-spotting level one trainings. He specializes in treating veterans & military populations, completing Tier 1 & 2 Star Behavioral Health Providers training; he is listed on the Star Behavioral Health Providers registry for treating military and veteran populations with mental health and relationship issues. In order for him to expand his experience he often seeks out and spends time attending trainings on various theories and treatment modalities in psychotherapy.
In his efforts to help those in his community, he looks forward to progressing as an associate marriage and family therapist, becoming licensed and playing a role in the betterment of the individual client and the community as a whole…after his work is done he hopes for a gold watch, a secrete fishing hole, and the Raiders hosting the Vince Lombardi trophy a time or two before the good Lord calls him home.
LMFTDina Ocegueda is a Marriage Family Therapist Intern, however Dina has functioned as a Mental Health Rehab Specialist /Social Worker and Counselor for Mental Health Systems, San Diego for 12 years. Also functioned as a Prison Chaplin/Counselor for 20 years. Dina completed her B.A in Human Development/ Psychology at San Diego Christian College. Completed her M.A in Marriage Family Therapy at Southern California Seminary, San Diego. During training and part of the MFT internship program Dina conducted psychotherapy and Christian counseling for couples, adolescents and individuals. Additionally, provided psychotherapy to high risk youth at Diego Preparatory Schools through New Vision Counseling, providing school based counseling to adolescents and their families. Relocated to Northern California where her internship was reestablished while working for Communicare Health Centers, Woodland California as a Behavioral Health Adolescent Clinician to Woodland Unified School District. In addition, provided psychotherapy treating individuals, couples, families and adolescents with a variety of mental health issues. Prior to completing B.A and M.A. Dina also completed a Counseling/ Theology degree at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary graduate school.
Her diverse experience includes working with individuals, couples, families, adolescents and children from all different cultural, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. Worked with patients with all types of diagnoses, including (but not limited to bereavement, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizo-affect disorder, adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADHD, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder
Dina is dedicated to improve the quality of life through a holistic approach in mental health and healing. She offers therapy in a compassionate, non-judgmental, safe environment that allows clients to explore the things that disturb them the most. Her passion is to see her role as one of support to facilitate the client’s journeys of healing, assisting them in identifying and accessing all the strengths, gifts, and resources they already have within them. Dina is married with three adult children and 12 grandchildren. Her mission is her husband and family, demonstrating love, compassion and building character, preparing them for life’s unexpected moments.
IMFTTessa Sale has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and individuals in early adulthood. Her overall goal is to provide individuals with tools and coping skills that they can use on a daily basis in order to help improve their quality of life. She worked for Title 1 schools for Westminster School District in Southern California, helping underprivileged children with social, emotional, behavioral, cultural, and academic issues. Tessa also worked with their families to ensure they had support, and access to all available resources. When it comes to helping others, Tessa truly believes that a positive environment and a hopeful mindset can help pave the way to a better quality of life.
Tessa was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated top of her class from Chapman University in Orange County, and received her undergraduate degree from UC Riverside. She enjoys snowboarding with her husband, playing with her dogs, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.
Psychologist AssistantAlisha Woods is a Psychologist Assistant with 7 years of experience in her field. As a Registered Psychological Assistant (#PSB94022660) she is supervised by Dr. Heather O’Connell (#23418) and is currently earning her PhD in clinical psychology, working toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Alisha specializes in Child-Family Therapy, Developmental Delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Trauma. She completed her undergraduate school at California State University, Chico and Graduate school at Saybrook University. Growing up in Redding, Alisha believes “in community and all its components, it’s my passion to help advocate for individuals in order to support their involvement and existence in their community and family.” Her hobbies include spending time with her family, being outdoors, attending local sporting events, coaching, and meditating. Alisha’s motto when it comes to patient care is “Breathe, we will get you through this.”