- CSU Fullerton, M.Sc Counseling
- 5 Years Experience Mental Health
- DBT Approach
Afnan provides an uplifting enthusiasm to assist clients in illuminating areas of growth. She offers a holistic and culturally-competent approach to therapy by compassionately listening, supporting, and educating clients along their journey in self-discovery. Her approach to therapy exemplifies assertiveness, guidance, and highlights how one relates to others, and influences in relationships. In therapy, we are mindful of language as it shapes our perception of our world and the way we relate to others. Afnan will offer a refreshing take on creating change by challenging you to step outside of your comfort zone. She works from a DBT approach (distress-tolerance and emotional regulation skills), utilizing mindfulness exercises, and reconstructing one’s story line, to achieve a more meaningful life.
In her work as a therapist, Afnan also uses a family systems models to address chronic patterns, compulsive behavior, and addiction. She will modify and use other modalities depending on client needs, using the basis of psycho-education, collaboration, and transparency as a platform. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton with an earned Masters of Science degree in Counseling. Afnan has worked in the mental health field for 5 years working with marginalized populations ages ranging from 12-65 years old.
- M.A. in Psychology -MFT
- Family Systems
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Trauma Specialist
Tom offers support to individuals, children, and families who are trying to overcome some challenge in their lives. Whether it be an individual trying to overcome depression or anxiety, or a traumatic event; destructive behaviors etc. His background, clinical training and experience can provide both support, as well as clinically effective solutions to achieve the goals his clients would liek to achieve in therapy.
He has worked with clients who have experienced some sort of trauma in their lives. He works towards providing a safe environment to explore the ways to resolve the trauma and move forward in life.
- Family Systems
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Applied Behavioral Analysis
Christina, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the University of South Carolina. Upon graduating with her BA she began work immediately with the homeless population in SC. She worked for 2 years with diverse populations.
Christina has over 20 years of experience working with high risk and culturally diverse populations, specializing in youth and families. She has worked in residential treatment by providing services to adolescents, adults and families and has over 10 years working with children with severe behavioral issues and autism. She started the counseling department at her former workplace and helped it grow to support a large number of clients.
- Pepperdine University
- Narrative, CBT, and Solution-Focused Therapy
Marlin Sandlin is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu. He spent two years working with depth psychologist Dr. James Hollis at the Jung Center of Houston. Following that, he worked in medical detox helping people stay sober and live more meaningful lives. Marlin practices Narrative Therapy as taught by Michael White, David Epson, and David Marsten. Marlin has a particular interest in working with artists, those facing their next big challenge in life, and individuals feeling “stuck” in life, and dispelling ghosts of the past that are still haunting them today. Marlin also employs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy to help clients get out of depression before it spirals — and take small, specific steps toward achieving their goals.
- Masters, University of Southern California
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Adult Residential Facility Administrator, Certified
- 6 Years experiences supervising facilities
Bethany has been working in the mental and behavioral health field for several years within a wide range of diverse populations. She combines her clinical background and program manager/supervisor experience to serve in her role as the Program Director of the Meadowglade Cottage. She cultivates a safe and supportive atmosphere for clients and staff with her person-in-environment (PIE) mindset. She aligns with Meadowglade’s mission and goals of empowering clients towards independence and life balance within a healing and nurturing environment.
Bethany’s work experience includes an array of service program types including Residential, Long-term Recovery, Acute and Community-based. She ran an Adult Residential facility (ARF) on a campus of 60 residents. She created and led the campus activities committee to enhance the therapeutic games and community engagement. Her previous Long-term Recovery setting included meeting with clients residing in skilled nursing facilities. She spent a year at a nursing home contributing to the comfort care and end-of-life care. She began her Community-based experience as a caseworker at a non-profit that specialized in assisting single parents and their children with individual and group therapy, resources and more. She also gained experience within the County’s Behavioral health division as a caseworker. She obtained specific legal knowledge at the Ventura County Superior Court renewing conservatorships and guardians as a probate investigator. Lastly, she was introduced to equestrian therapy comprising of children and adolescents with both mental and physical diagnoses participating in therapeutic games on horseback.
- Facility Manager
Wendy Guzman has been a Property Management expert with 20+ years of experience in Commercial and Residential Properties with a solid history of success, including oversight of million dollar properties. A dynamic and energetic leader of all supporting tenants relationships with a track record leading to high occupancy rates, minimal turnover and renewal of long term leases. She is a California License Real Estate Agent.
Jessica Hernandez is a dedicated individual who strives to provide exceptional customer service to the PHP/IOP clients present at The Meadowglade. She has a wide range of experience working with at-risk youth in juvenile detention centers, group homes, and foster youth homes. Jessica has spent the last year learning and working closely with the clinical team to learn more about the overall program to successfully serve the client. She goes above and beyond and supports all clients and assist clients during their journey in recovery,
At The Meadowglade, we help you navigate through mental health challenges so that you are able to live a healthy, happy life.
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