Better Life Counseling Center
Located in Roseville and Cameron Park!!
Welcome to your first step in reaching your mental health goals. We are here with you every step of the way.
Kimberly Salmon, LMFT #53299
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have spent my professional experience working with children from ages 2-12, teenagers, and adults. I specialize in working with individuals, couples, and families in order to help identify areas in their lives that they wish to strengthen or change.
There is no limit to the stress that accompanies the responsibility of being an adult. Many times the stresses increase before changes can be made. We can work together to create a healthy life balance with managing stress, strengthening social/ intimate relationships, reducing work stress, and identifying positive coping skills to use when feeling overwhelmed.
I also have experience working with individuals that struggle with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Eating Disorders, Addiction, Bereavement, and many other related disorders. I generally use Cognitive-behavior therapy and Solution-Focused modalities.
Cynthia Max-Wright LMFT, #46220
Cynthia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience
in working with children, families and adults. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. Cynthia believes that every person the power to be happy, healthy and to make changes toward being their best possible self. She is committed to working with each individual with respect, compassion and an understanding of individual differences. Therapy is a personal and different experience for everyone and Cynthia believes in creating a partnership that will allow you to use your strengths to make changes in your life. Cynthia can offer support in addressing a variety of issues including: relationship struggles, life transitions, family conflict, depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse recovery and more.
Priya Ramachandran, LCSW #75334
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience. I received my Masters in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles. My area of expertise involves working with teens, young adults, adults and older adults both in outpatient and inpatient settings. I have extensive experience working with first responders, youth offenders, adult offenders, immigrants, Asian Americans, military service members and families coping with trauma, anxiety, depression, crisis management, neglect, abuse, personality disorders, grief, bipolar, schizophrenia and substance abuse issues. I utilize CBT, solution focused, strength based and trauma informed therapy. I provide a safe, compassionate and empathetic environment. My goal is to help clients to create goals, be supported, heard, advocate for themselves, build insight and strategies to work towards growth and healing.
Nicole Williams, APCC #5697
Nicole is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor with experience in helping those who struggle with depression, anxiety, self-esteem and body image, and trauma-related issues. She has over 10 years of experience working with teens and adults with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Nicole works with people of all genders, orientations, ethnicities, race and religions.
Nicole believes that with the right tools and supports, we all have the ability to heal and grow. A core belief she carries into her work is the power of connection. She provides a safe place to do collaborative work, while empowering clients to find what works best for them and their lives. Nicole is passionate about helping clients be their authentic selves and uses a modern approach to therapy, bringing her authentic self into session. She is dedicated to helping her clients learn coping techniques to achieve balance in their lives.
Nicole attended California State University, Sacramento where she obtained her Master degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, and her Bachelor degree in Social Work from California State University, Chico. She is passionate about mindfulness practices and believes that her role as a counselor is to support her clients to feel empowered. Nicole mainly uses a strength-based, client-centered approach, also incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy to help her clients achieve their goals.
Kathy Steenberg, LCSW #21712
Kathy has over 26 years of experience as therapist individuals, families, and couples in overcoming common as well as difficult challenges. My specialty certifications are in Trauma Focused CBT, Attachment Based Family Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy with couples, Psychodynamic psychotherapy for Adoption & Foster Families. I am trained in Motivational Interviewing. LGBT affirmative.
She earned a BS degree in Psychology from Ohio State University (1984), MSW from California State University, Sacramento (1995), and finally obtained my license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2008. In addition, for over ten years she has been mentoring associate therapists to perfect their counseling skills.
Her clients describe her as down-to-earth, nonjudgmental, and easy to talk to. She helps individuals, families, and couples to establish their goas early on to begin pursuing their desired changes sooner. Sessions have a clear direction
Amy Nelson, ASW #102437 She/Her
I work with children, adolescents, couples and adults who are looking for support as they navigate challenges in life. We can work together to process trauma or grief, develop stronger relationships, improve communication, build self-esteem, and learn positive coping skills. I have a passion for working with people to create a peaceful relationship around food, movement, and body image.
My personal therapeutic style is non-judgmental, warm, and client focused. I’m pleased to provide gender and identity affirming care as an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community. As a member of the a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), I strive to be inclusive, respectful, and always work to improve my cultural competence.
Techniques used may include Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, art, play, narrative work, and much more.
I earned my MSW from Walden University in 2021, my MS degree in human and social services also from Walden University in 2019, and my BSW from Brandman University in 2017. My education focused on child and family interventions, social justice, and evidence-based interventions. I’m currently continuing my education as doctorial scholar-practitioner at Walden University’s PhD program specializing in clinical social work with an anticipated program completion date of 2024.
It would be my pleasure to accompany you on your personal therapeutic journey!
Jamie Sani-Flores, LCSW # 113706
My greatest passion and inspiration is walking alongside individuals during their journey of self-discovery and improvement. This passion for helping others set me on my path of obtaining a Master's in Social Work, with a concentration in Health and Aging, and subsequently becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have experience working with individuals with substance abuse, chronic medical conditions, severe mental illness, life transitions, trauma, caregivers, those with brain impairments, and children and teens with that are diagnosed with developmental disorders. I have post-graduate training and experience in Art Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Group Therapy, and Psychoanalysis. I carry a deep commitment to learning about everyone I work with and their needs and I look foward to working with you!
Shannan O'Connor, LMFT # 137294
Shannan O'Connor a is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has 5 years of experience in working to help them to reach their personal goals. Her experience includes working with clients struggling with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & intimacy related issues. Her approach is client specific in order to reach the clients' own needs, including CBT, DBT, and Person-Centered modalities.
Shannan believes that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.
Andrea Swan, ASW #81934
Andrea Swan is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW81934). Andrea received her Masters of Social Work in Mental Health from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Adults and Healthy Aging. She has robust experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Interpersonal Psychodynamic Therapy, and Spirituality in Clinical Practice. She specializes in Forensic Mental Health, serving as a beacon of hope for those navigating the Criminal Justice System and those struggling with Substance Use Disorder. Andrea is passionate about cultivating a culturally inclusive therapy experience while breaking down the barriers and associated stigma of mental health treatment. When she's not serving in her professional capacity, Andrea finds joy in quality time with her children, reading, meditating, watching movies, listening to music, and being active in nature.
Martha Munoz, APCC #5957
I have Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Maryland University College and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. I am bilingual in Spanish and English and my experience includes working with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, military service members, retirees and military dependents with depression, PTSD, trauma, anxiety, substance use disorder, LGBTQ issues, grief and loss and other mental health issues in inpatient and outpatient settings. My approach to therapy is to provide safe environment in support of clients’ individual needs. I utilized Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Systems, and Strength Based Therapy. I believe life is a journey of changes and obstacles that can overwhelm us at times leaving us feeling alone and scared. But with support, acceptance and understanding, we can learn to navigate and overcome those changes and obstacles towards growth and emotional well-being.
Marissa Long, ASW, #113389
I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker who strives to work alongside individuals, youth, couples, and families to assist with exploring and accomplishing goals that may have felt out of reach due to life’s challenges, trauma, or adversity. My therapeutic style is nonjudgmental, inviting, strength-based, and client focused. I work to provide a safe and respectful space to allow for clients to explore, identify, and create a plan for change and overcoming challenges in all areas of life. Treatment modalities used include motivational interviewing, trauma-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and emotion focused therapy (EFT).
I received my Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Adult Mental Health and Wellness and a sub-track in Military Service Members and Families from University of Southern California. I earned my Bachelor’s with Honors in Psychology from California State University, Chico.
I have experience working in crisis response teams, inpatient hospitals, outpatient treatment, and community mental health programs where I have worked with individuals struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, substance use disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, adjustment disorder, and many other related mental health conditions. With this experience, I understand the major impact that connections with others and a positive therapeutic relationship have on improving quality of life. I bring my authentic self to each session as means to assist my clients to do the same.
I look forward to an opportunity to be apart of your journey and to support you towards the goals you create for yourself!
Katrina Scranton, ASW #113613
Katrina is passionate about using solution focused and evidence based practices such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to help her clients navigate challenges and changes in life. She finds the most joy in working with clients who need support navigating interpersonal relationships, family dynamics, bereavement, traumatic loss, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and trauma. Katrina also has extensive experience working with clients in the LGBTQ+ community, adolescents and individuals with Autism and ADHD. Katrina received her Master of Social Work from the California State University, Northridge and has experience working in school settings, partial hospitalization programs, and providing in home therapeutic care. Her mission is to help individuals and couples develop the necessary tools to have a fulfilling life that is aligned with their values and goals.
Katrina understands the importance of finding a supportive therapeutic relationship and she is excited to provide an authentic, empathetic and vulnerable space for you to optimize your life and work through healing together.
Danielle Olson, AMFT, #135176
Danielle Olson is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT#135176). She received her Master’s from the University of San Francisco. Danielle received her undergraduate degree at Azusa Pacific University, graduating with her BA in Psychology. She wants to help individuals, youth, families, and couples get to know more about themselves on a deeper level, as well as help individuals heal and grow.
Danielle will hold a non-judgmental, safe space where you will be seen, heard, and valued. Emotions and life can be extremely hard to handle alone. She’s hoping she can help you unravel all of the complexities life has to offer while looking into one’s thought patterns, beliefs, and relationships.