Meet Our Therapists
Our qualified therapists & counselors fall into the following professional categories:
LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST:
Our Clinical Psychologists are licensed professionals who hold a doctorate degree in psychology (Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D.) and their work may include administering and interpreting cognitive and personality tests, diagnosing mental illness, creating treatment plans, and conducting psychotherapy.
LICENSED MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST:
Our Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists are seasoned professionals that have attained a Master's Degree or higher in psychology or a related field and are experienced in treating a variety of issues in counseling. Marriage and Family Therapists work with a specific emphasis in addressing relational issues when counseling individuals, couples, and families.
REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSISTANT:
Our Registered Psychological Assistants hold or are working toward a doctorate degree in psychology (Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D.) and their work may include administering and interpreting cognitive and personality tests, diagnosing mental illness, creating treatment plans, and conducting psychotherapy under the direct supervision of a Licensed Psychologist.
REGISTERED ASSOCIATE MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST:
Our Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapists have attained their Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology or a related field and have experience counseling individuals, couples, and families. Registered Associates assume a counseling role under the supervision of a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
REGISTERED ASSOCIATE PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR:
Our Registered Associate Professional Counselors have attained their Master's Degree in Psychology or a related field and have experience counseling individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Associate Professional Clinical Counselors at Family Focus also work with couples and families and assume a counseling role under the supervision of a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
PRACTICUM STUDENTS/TRAINEES: Our practicum students and trainees are counseling students in their last year of graduate school attaining their Master's Degree and counsel under the supervision of a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
MARK TRIBOULET, M.A.
Executive Director & Clinical Supervisor
LICENSED MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST #96352
Sitting at the crossroads of life, not knowing which direction to take or perhaps cemented in the very spot where we stand, seems to be where many find themselves today. With the weight of past traumas, present stress, frustrations, and future worries of what’s to come, we attempt more and at some point our shoulders begin to give from the burden that we cannot carry alone. We find ourselves feeling hopeless, helpless, and broken, or in need of new direction.
As a therapist, my goal is to provide a safe environment where clients have the freedom to work through their pain,fears and the unknown of what burdens them. I approach counseling from an open and honest format, meeting clients where they are with genuine empathy and care. My goal is to instill hope and empowerment with each client as we walk shoulder to shoulder through your goals and desired changes.
I have experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups with issues including: trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, self-injury, anger management, grief or loss and pre-marital and marital counseling. I also have six years of experience working with adolescents in residential psychiatric treatment centers.
– Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology – Southern California Seminary
– Masters of Arts Degree in Christian Ministry – Southern California Seminary
– Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development – Point Loma Nazarene University
– Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS)
– Optum (UHC/UHB)
KEEGAN STARR, M.A.
Director of Pastoral Care & Counseling
REGISTERED ASSOCIATE PROFESSIONAL
CLINICAL COUNSELOR #APCC7692
Supervised by Mark Triboulet, LMFT #93652
Through many experiences during my life, God showed me that my heart lays in helping those who are hurting. It is through this compassion that I counsel and, more importantly, see that every man, woman, child and family who walks through my door is uniquely capable of becoming the person(s) they are meant to be. Just as every person is unique in this manner, I recognize that everyone also has a different set of strengths, weakness and circumstances to consider. I view the counseling process as a collaborative adventure where I come alongside you, who is the only expert of your life, in exploration, growth and overcoming challenges that you face, and I believe in developing the counseling session in a manner that best suits the needs of each client.
I work with individuals, couples, family and children. I have many years of experience working with adolescents and teens throughout my life. I have also worked with victims of domestic and sexual abuse, and I currently facilitate domestic violence rehabilitation programs.
As a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe that healing is rooted in having a Christ-centered approach and, when requested, will maintain and utilize a biblically-integrated approach of counseling.
I would like to personally thank you for taking your time to read this. I consider counseling others a tremendous privilege and blessing.
-Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
-Bachelor of Arts Degree in Community Psychology
-40 Hour training and Certification in Domestic Violence Treatment.
-Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS)
MALLORY MOON, Psy. D.
LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST #31108
Are you feeling isolated or experiencing difficulty in relationships? Are you feeling stuck in the same patterns and feel that you can't escape? These are issues that many face and it is my passion to help you walk through these trials to healing. As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with years of experience in the fields of counseling and psychology, I am trained to utilize a variety of tools to accurately assess and treat the underlying issues that contribute to many of the struggles you may be facing.
I am most passionate about emotional healing with every client I work with. I see a variety of clients from adolescents to the elderly and utilize a cognitive behavioral approach, along with interventions that will motivate you towards reaching your personal goals. I also integrate a Christian faith-based approach with clients that request this as part of their therapeutic process.
– Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology – Southern California Seminary, CA
– Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy – Southern California Seminary, CA
– Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology – San Diego Christian College, CA
– Optum (UHB/UHC)
ANGEL VARGAS, M.A.
LICENSED MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST #97208
Do you ask yourself if there is hope for your struggles? Throughout our life journey we encounter multiple challenges in our pursuit of fulfillment and our resilience, along with other strengths, enables us to overcome many of them. Nonetheless, some situations are so impactful that they cause significant difficulties in our functioning, leaving us feeling stuck and thinking that we cannot move forward. Some of these I have experienced first-hand. It seems that the prevalence of these issues is more predominant than ever. The good news is that healing is possible, help is available, you do not have to carry these burdens alone, and these situations can be turned around, beyond survival, finding meaning and realization.
I am a bilingual and bicultural clinician with over 8 years of experience in the mental health field. I have experience facilitating individual, couples, family, and group therapy that includes providing services to children, adolescents, and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds. My clinical experience includes working with trauma, depression and other mood issues, anxiety, substance abuse and addictive behaviors, grief and loss, and life transitions in addition to premarital and marriage counseling. I received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria for assessment of substance use issues.
In my practice I take a collaborative and strategic approach, utilizing evidence-based interventions, helping clients to capitalize on their strengths and considering the different areas of their lives. A foundation of hope, compassionate exploration, clarity, self-awareness, growth, and empowerment are core values that I promote in my work with clients.
– Master of Science Degree in Counseling, Marriage, Family and Child Therapy –University of Phoenix, San Diego, CA.
EMILY VANNORTWICK, M.A.
LICENSED MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST #120571
I understand from personal experience the struggles that come with feeling isolated, depressed, anxious, and overwhelmed. The thought of sharing these feelings with our closest friends, let alone a perfect stranger, can be a source of anxiety in and of itself! It's challenging to acknowledge that the ways we’ve been trying to handle things on our own just aren’t working anymore and it may be time to bring in additional support.
I work with a specific emphasis in treating anxiety and distressing life events. My experience in working with clients struggling with the physical and emotional impact of trauma or distress includes training in EMDR as well as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I use a relational and Client-Centered approach in therapy to support others in pursuing the same healing for their minds that they would for a physical injury requiring care and attention. I’ve witnessed incredible stories of transformation in the context of an authentic and safe therapeutic relationship.
There is no single approach to therapy that works for everyone. Keeping this in mind, I work with each client to find the best way to move toward positive growth, healing, and fulfilling relationships with others.
-Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology - Azusa Pacific University
– Optum (UHB/UHC)
JENNIFER OSBORN, M.A.
LICENSED MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST #117433
Are you hurting and want to overcome your pain or obstacle in life? Are you having trouble with emotion regulation or problems in your relationships? Therapy is about change. I am passionate about seeing people healed and set free from emotional pain, trauma, unwanted behaviors, low self-image, and broken relationships. I approach therapy in a non-judgmental manner in which I come alongside an individual and explore the goals they have for themselves. The method I embrace focuses on both strengths and potential growth areas through an edifying relationship.
I want to come alongside you by providing a safe environment in which healing and change occur. I consider it a privilege to do therapy with individuals who are willing to work towards their goals in order to see transformation take place in their own lives and relationships with others.
My experience and training consists of working with those who struggle with depression, anxiety, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, relationship conflicts, interpersonal effectiveness, low self-image, abuse, trauma, and single or dual diagnosis. I am also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), EMDR for trauma, and Prepare/Enrich for marital/premarital counseling.
HEIDI BURNEY, PsyD(ABD)
Registered Psychological Assistant #94025400
Supervised by Dr. Mallory Moon, Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY#31108
Every individual deserves to feel accepted for exactly who they are. Each of our journeys are unique and our troubling or traumatic experiences should not be treated with a "cookie-cutter" approach. I will work with you to determine what works best to address and understand your concerns. As a Psychological Assistant, my goal is to ensure a safe place where you feel comfortable to approach your concerns without fear of judgment. I appreciate your willingness to consider counseling and hope you find methods that invoke change and hope within your life.
I have experience working with individuals, couples and families on issues including: grief/loss, bereavement, end-of-life, depression, anger, trauma, and fear. I also have experience working in two residential facilities with individuals who were experiencing mental, physical, and emotional distress. As a believer in Christ, I believe that utilizing a Biblical/faith-based approach when desired or requested by the client in sessions can be immensely beneficial in the counseling process.
My educational experience includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from California State University San Marcos and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. I am in the process of finishing my Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology, with only my dissertation remaining. I have completed extensive training in End of Life Care and Geriatrics. I am trained in EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a therapeutic treatment method that helps individuals identify and develop new relationships with past/current traumas.
I am currently practicing as a registered psychological assistant under the direct supervision of Dr. Mallory Moon, PsyD., Licensed Clinical Psychologist #31108.
STEPHANIE VELEZ, M.A.
MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST #91806
Supervised by Mark Triboulet, LMFT #96352
I am a warm and compassionate professional therapist with a Christian world view approach to counseling. I offer tools that are both Psychological and Biblical that can assist people through their life transitions, stressful circumstances, and changes.
I believe we all desire to be loved and accepted for who we are. Often during our lives we experience disconnection, isolation, turmoil, loneliness and a need to find meaning. It is my goal as a therapist with the power of God's word to assist my clients to better understand their experiences, assist in the changes necessary to live the way they were meant to live, and to have the relationships they desire.
I have worked with older male and female adults suffering from depression with Union Pacific Asian Communities. My work has also included interning at Family Focus Christian Counseling which enabled me to work with adolescents, adults, and couples. I was a ministry leader for the Rock Church Single Parent Family Ministry teaching and providing biblical guidance to parents and children. I have also completed a 40-hour Domestic Violence training.
I hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. I am currently serving Family Focus as a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.
SHARON MEINS, B.A.
PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR TRAINEE
Supervised by Mark Triboulet, LMFT #96352
It is my firm belief that growth, healing, and learning occur best in the context of trusting relationships. We were not meant to be alone, but to have fellow travelers with whom we can experience acceptance, respect, and trust even when we feel weak and discouraged, imperfect, or stuck. With compassion and heart, I desire to see people grow in their relationships with others, themselves, and God. It would be my privilege to accompany you on your journey toward joy and lasting change.
I have walked through the journey of grief and loss with others to help them find their footing and develop a new sense of self, have led various groups for men and women, and have professional experience working with children in special educational and regular educational settings. I am currently working toward my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling from the Townsend Institute at Concordia University in Irvine, CA. The latest research in neuroscience tells us that our brains can and do change in the right context and with the right nutrients, and while I do not believe in cookie-cutter approaches, it will be my aim to meet you where you are in a non-judgmental space to help you find the change you seek.
Life has taught me many lessons, and with a heart of humility it would be my joy to walk with you through yours.
RACHEL LEE, B.S.
MARRAIGE & FAMILY THERAPIST TRAINEE
Supervised by Mark Triboulet, LMFT #96352
I strongly believe that as humans, we have a God-given desire to live in relationship with one another and feel seen and valued. When stress and hardships get in the way and we struggle with connecting to others and ourselves, it can feel overwhelming and hopeless. Sometimes we just need a little extra support or a gentle helping hand to get back on our feet and moving toward brighter horizons. I truly look forward to meeting you wherever you are in your life journey and working together to figure out the best plan for you and your situation.
I have experience working with children and adults struggling with anxiety, bullying, relational/family issues, and other mental health concerns. I have my B.S. in Child and Family Development with a certificate in Early Care and Education from San Diego State University and I am currently in my third year at Azusa Pacific University completing my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. I am currently serving at Family Focus Christian Counseling as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee under the supervision of Mark Triboulet, LMFT #96352.
Rikah Thomas, our Office Manager, has been a part of FFCC since January 2012. Her role and responsibilities support our two sites and therapists in the day-to-day operations of FFCC, which she does with professionalism and a joyful countenance. She works as our bookkeeper, HR, Administrative Assistant, and as a support person to our clients.
In her personal life, Rikah is an award-winning artist, a mentor, teacher, and author. She enjoys inspiring hearts and minds through words and art as she shares her life's journey through her books and oil paintings.
Rikah’s first book, Heavenly Ink, a compilation of poetry and prose, is still in publication and she is currently completing her second book, Be at War: A Marriage Tale which is schedule to be released in July 2019. She continues to enjoy life with her husband, children, friends, dogs and parakeets. Her passion is to love well, have fun, and help others see what a treasure they are. Rikah enjoys all things thought provoking or simply entertaining - books, movies, songs, plays and good T.V. shows.
Rikah is an active member of Kingdom Writers Association and has been a member of the Christian Writers Guild for several years. She is a pastor's wife and has served the Lord for over 30 years. Rikah continues to minister alongside her husband, Peter, and received her Biblical Studies training from Liberty University.
Check out Rikah’s website for updates, blogs, and upcoming book information or to commission an art piece. Her books are available at Amazon.com.