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MEET OUR TEAM

Our team is here to provide a safe, nurturing space for you to bloom in. We are well-versed in a variety of therapy techniques that are individually tailored to help you succeed.

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KAREN MALBON, LMFT

Cofounder // Clinical Supervisor // Therapist

Karen (she/her/hers) has been working as a therapist since 2009. She has worked with all populations and ages within schools, universities, skilled nursing facilities, community mental health and in private practice. She specializes in working with trauma, both complex and single incident, anxiety disorders and PTSD. Karen is a trained practitioner of EMDR and has a background in DBT. She is a warm and engaging therapist who works effectively and creatively with clients on long and short term goals. Karen has a passion for working with young adults, those in the arts and the LGBTQIA+ population. Clients can trust that they will benefit from her advocacy, nonjudgmental approach and experience with anxiety disorders.

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CHELSEA REID, LMFT

Cofounder // Therapist

Chelsea (she/her/hers) comes from years of experience working with adolescents and young adults in community mental health, private practice and school settings. She specializes primarily in working with individuals who experience social and generalized anxiety and trauma related struggles. In addition, Chelsea is trained in EMDR and utilizes this approach skillfully to support individuals in lessening feelings of distress. Chelsea is very passionate about the female perspective, women’s equality and is a strong ally for the LGBTQ+ community. She firmly believes that every individual has many strengths within them. Chelsea offers a nurturing, supportive and down to earth space assisting those in tapping into strengths they have yet to realize. Through this therapeutic journey, clients can begin to feel more at peace with their environment and themselves. 

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WILLIAM MARTINEZ, LCSW

Clinician

William (he/him/his) has been supporting clients for the past 20 years and has a speciality in working with individuals who struggle with debilitating sadness and fear, which sometimes are derived from a traumatic experience or from grief. He has worked with patients using various approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Trauma specific interventions. He has a specialization and experience with working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ. William is also an excellent family therapist whom has assisted many families in improving their relationships and healing wounds from the past. 

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AMY CORDERO, AMFT

Therapist

Amy Cordero (she/her/hers) utilizes a blend of different modalities in her therapeutic work, exploring client’s struggles while maintaining a vision for growth, progress, transformation and empowerment in a supportive, nurturing and non-judgmental environment. She serves individuals, LGBTQIA+, and late adolescents in a variety of situations, some of which may be processing trauma, exploring anxiety or depression, addressing relationship issues, or getting through a transitional phase of life. She trained at Airport Marina Counseling Service and worked with individuals, couples and adolescents providing therapy for clients with (but not limited to) relational issues, anxiety, depression, grief, loss and self-esteem. Following that experience, she continued her work in community mental health at Violence Intervention Program working with children, adolescents, young adults, foster youth and families addressing a variety of challenges and aftereffects of trauma. Under the supervision of Karen Malbon in private practice, she continues processing the after effects of trauma with adults while addressing anxiety, depression and grief and loss, among other challenges.

EMILY SHEFER, AMFT

Therapist

Emily (she/her/hers) is an empathic therapist who uses her sensitivity to form a connection with clients and help them to access their emotional depths. Drawing on her training in Psychodynamic therapy, Emily can aid people in understanding how early experiences have shaped their unconscious and use this insight to break out of patterns that aren't serving them. Because she doesn’t believe in one size fits all therapy, Emily also utilizes tools from modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions Focused Therapy, and Family Systems to best serve the unique individual. Emily has experience working with those challenged by symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, and suicidal thoughts. She especially loves working with those who are looking to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their relationships, and their life's meaning.  Emily brings warmth, humour and creativity into the therapy room, as well as a deep respect for the people she works with. Emily is supervised by Karen Malbon.

AMY KELLOGG, LPCC

Counselor

Amy (She/Her/Hers) is a licensed counselor who is passionate about helping individuals and couples process through topics related to complex trauma, addiction, and relational problems. Coming from a background of working in community mental health centers, as well as recovery programs, Amy understands the impact of generational trauma, anxiety, and addiction. Amy is passionate about helping individuals and couples explore their reactions to stress and trauma in order to build understanding and implement new patterns. Amy uses a strengths-based approach to help clients move toward self-compassion and mindfulness in their daily lives. With an undergraduate degree in intercultural studies, and experience working in both rural and urban settings, Amy’s cultural competency and acceptance helps clients to explore their backgrounds in a comfortable setting. 

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NICOLETTE MANZO, AMFT

Therapist

Nicolette (she/her/hers) has experience working with adolescents, their families, and adults in the community mental health and school settings. With a focus on anxiety, trauma, and self-esteem issues, her direct yet warm approach is infused with humor and authenticity. Working from a trauma informed, cognitive behavioral lens, Nicolette has walked alongside a variety of identities, cultures, and faith backgrounds providing a safe, nonjudgmental environment. Her goal is to help clients find their voice while supporting them in building the skills they need to actively live their lives. Nicolette is supervised by Chelsea Reid.

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