2401 Shady Willow Lane
Brentwood, California 94513
(Yellow farmhouse on the corner of Shady Willow and Lone Tree)

Call for an appointment:

Phone: (925) 809-1888 Nancy - Intake Coordinator Ext. 7162 Sally - Administrative Assistant Ext. 7163

Amanda Goletto, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Amanda Goletto holds a Master's in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. She specializes in working with adolescents and women in crisis. She also works with adults, individuals, couples and families in developing their emotional, social, spiritual and physical well being. Amanda brings multi-culturally experience from her advocacy background, social concerns, travels, and outreach. Amanda has experience running support groups, giving community lectures on mental health issues, addressing coping skills, decision-making skills, assertiveness training and safety. Her desire is to empower people to heal so they can use their talents and abilities to make a difference in life.

Amanda started Safe Beginnings a group therapy center in Dublin with her colleague in 2013.

Amanda enjoys using EMDR as part her intervention tool belt.

Angelena Gagliardi, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Art Therapist

Angelena Gagliardi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Art Therapist. She has completed Master's degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University.

In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, Angelena offers a highly personalized approach tailored to each of her clients' individual needs. Angelena helps clients use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork clients produce to explore client's feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop social skills, regulate emotions, manage anxiety and depression, heal wounds, develop self-worth and unearth individual strengths. Art therapy gives clients another way to communicate and achieve healing when words are not easily accessed.

Angelena has extensive training in Art Therapy, EMDR, HeartSync, working with Highly Sensitive Children/People and in working with survivors of child sexual abuse. Some of Angelena's other treatment tools include Play Therapy, Sandtray/Sandplay and EFT.

Barb Peppin, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Barb is a Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a B.A. in Biological Sciences from UC Davis. She graduated from Holy Names College with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a degree in Pastoral Counseling. Barb is a trained EMDR clinician for the treatment of trauma and PTSD. She enjoys working with adults with codependent issues. Barb has passion for helping children, especially young children who have suffered loss or trauma and has received extensive training in play therapy techniques.

Darin Hassig, MS, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Darin is a Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Intern. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University in Interpersonal Singular Communication. He went on to earn his Masters of Science in Marriage, Family, & Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix. Darin specializes in working with couples in conflict. He also loves working with young men and adolescents.

Eric Winton, BS , Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Eric Winton is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee. My education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from William Jessup University, several years in ministry and I am currently completing my Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy along with additional certification in Addiction Studies from Western Seminary. I have had many life challenges and experiences that I believe have helped prepare me for walking along side others as they try to navigate their own difficult situations that life can often bring.

My areas if interest include: grief, trauma, abuse, depression, spiritual issues and helping hurting people on their journey to find healing, freedom and peace.

Helen Bonds, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Helen has a heart for working with women struggling with codependency. She values helping clients become free so they can live life authentically. She has worked extensively in the area of abuse and trauma. Helen is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She earned her Master's degree in Counseling from JFK University. A trained EMDR clinician, she works with those who seek treatment for trauma and PTSD.

Josh Storrer, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Josh Storrer is a Marriage and Family Therapist Therapist. Josh earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University and his Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary. Josh has a passion for helping young men, children and adolescents transition and navigate difficult life situations.

Karen Henderson, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Karen joined the counseling team at Golden Hills in 2013. A fundamental objective for her is to foster an environment of freedom and safety for her clients. She is devoted to coming alongside each individual and engaging with warm acceptance, appreciation, and compassionate understanding. Karen greatly values the therapeutic relationship and facilitates a collaborative approach with her clients to help them heal, build their self-worth, and realize their unique potential. In addition to adults, she particularly enjoys working with children and teens. Karen is currently a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with a Master of Arts degree in Psychology.

Katie Johnson, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

As a Christian therapist she believes in the unique giftings that God has given to each individual. She encourages each individual to pursue life more abundantly, even in the midst of struggle. Her passion is to facilitate client's realization and acceptance of who they were uniquely created to be, so that they may be able to have a deeper, fuller, more enjoyable life. She holds a Master's in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and trained in EMDR and enjoys using art therapy techniques. She has had previous experience in a variety of areas including youth ministry and worldwide missions.

Laura Madsen, MS, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Laura is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who earned her Master's in Counseling from Saint Mary's College. She enjoys working with adolescents and has interest in working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, and past hurts. She also has interest in helping couples find the right tools that work for them in restoring their marriage.

Makela Benoit, BS , Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Makela is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who earned her B.S. in Pastoral Studies from Patten University. She is currently completing a Master's of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary in July of 2015. She enjoys working with adolescents and adults. Her main focus with clients is helping them overcome their anxiety and depression around self image struggles, including body image issues.

Michelle Maniatis

There comes a time in everyone's life when stressful events overwhelm us and our usual ways of coping don't work anymore. It is at this time that the perspective of a caring, experienced professional can make a difference. My name is Michelle Maniatis and I am a Marriage Family Therapist Intern. My areas of specialization include relationship/communication problems, working with couples who are in blended families, and individuals who sometimes just need a place to talk and vent. I hold a BA degree in Human Development from Cal State East Bay and earned an MA in Clinical Psychology from JFK University. I am a current member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

I strive to create a safe, caring and confidential atmosphere for each of my clients. I would be honored to come alongside you in your journey through this life and encourage you in the gifts and beauty of who God created you to be.

Poneva Hamlin, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Offering a supportive non-judgmental therapeutic environment, Poneva helps her clients identify multiple strengths in life as well as develop tools to reach rewarding goals. She has extensive experience working with at-risk youth, families, blended families, as well as couples and adolescents. She considers the cultural, biological, social and familial implications affecting challenges in life. She understands how depression, trauma, and anxiety can challenge different areas of relationships. Poneva likes to come alongside individuals or families as they start healthy supportive beginnings.

Shelly Saviano, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Shelly Saviano is a Registered Intern and holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from John F. Kennedy University. She has spent a year working in a school setting as well as at Golden Hills Counseling Center. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, teens, and adult individuals and is experienced in working with clients struggling with Depression and Anxiety. Shelly believes in coming alongside clients experiencing current pain, struggles, and feelings of being stuck with compassion and acceptance. She likes to help foster increased self-esteem, and the healing of past wounds. She wants clients to experience the freedom and acceptance of recognizing their own unique potential.

Susie Samuelsz

At the age of 51, I graduated with my Master's Degree in counseling from California State University East Bay. I've had many life experiences and challenges that help me to relate with my clients at a very personal level and with great empathy. I have an extensive background in education and enjoy working with teens and their families. My interest in therapy runs the gamut from mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bi-polar to more involved diagnoses such as borderline personality disorder and obsessive compulsive personality disorder. I have a real heart for working with couples and enjoy the unique challenges they bring to the table. I love being a therapist...it's something I've dreamed about for years.

Theresa J. Hart, Ed.D, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Theresa is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her BA in Early Childhood Development from Bethany University. She earned a MA in Counseling Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from Holy Names University. She also has earned an Ed.D in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. She is a trained EMDR clinician and has earned advanced certifications in Sexual Addictions, Substance Abuse Counseling, Eating Disorders, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Life Coaching and Pastoral Studies. Theresa specializes in treating PTSD, trauma, abuse, grief and loss, co-dependency, addictions, women's issues, life coaching and helping parents who have all aged children with special needs and/or disabilities. She enjoys working with women and men of all ages, couples, adolescents and families.