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

Call for an appointment:

Phone: (925) 809-1888 Kristin - Intake Coordinator Ext. 7162 Sally - Administrative Assistant Ext. 7163
Denise Olson Director of Counseling Ministries (925) 516-0653 x7161 deniseolson@goldenhills.org
Bert Norcross Director Emeritus of Counseling Ministries (925) 516-0653 x7159 bertnorcross@goldenhills.org

Therapist Bios

Alan Godfrey, MS, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Alan Godfrey has a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling. His determination and respect for others helps him to be in touch with both the logical and emotional sides of counseling, which are supplemented by his fun-loving nature. Alan believes that many of life's struggles can be resolved through God's intervention in counseling by realizing our true self through Christ's perspective. He uses a mixture of client-centered and integral therapy interventions and loves to work with adults, children, teens, and couples.

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.

Bert Norcross, Ph.D., Director Emeritus

Bert Norcross has been active in bringing both professional and lay counseling into the church setting since 1979. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rosemead. In addition to his clinical work, Bert has taught in the Azusa Pacific Masters program for a number of years, specializing in the integration of Psychology and Theology. His interests include working with adolescents, adults, and families involved in ministry. Bert has been the Director of Golden Hills Counseling since 1994.

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.

Denise Olson MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Director

Denise is our Clinical Director of our counseling center. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Intercultural Studies from Biola University and a Master's degree in Psychology/Clinical Counseling from California State University, Hayward.

Denise has received advance training and has done extensive work with those struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and trauma related issues. Her heart is to see individuals set free from the debilitating pain of trauma, depression, grief, anxiety and relational strife. Her desire is to see God release clients from pain and confusion. Her work with Pastors, Pastor's wives and Missionaries has given her a sensitivity to the unique issues in these ministries. She is a trained EMDR clinician, her experience spans from children, adolescents, individuals and couples. She has been a part of our teaching staff for our Lay Counseling Program since 1999.

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.

Jennifer Murray, BS , Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Jennifer comes to GHCC with a passion to help others through counseling. She is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern with a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Saint Mary’s College of California. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Azusa Pacific University. Jennifer is passionate about connecting with people and accompanying them in their journey of healing. She believes in creating a safe and caring environment and working collaboratively with her clients, especially with children, adolescents/teens, young adults, and adult individuals. Her areas of interest include: self-worth, women’s issues, divorce care for children and teens, relationship challenges, life transitions (adolescents and young adults), anxiety, and pre-marital/marital counseling.

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, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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 Mims, BS , Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Makela is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who earned her B.S. in Pastoral Studies from Patten University. She has 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.

Megan Stone, Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Megan is a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee, who is finishing up her Masters at Western Seminary. She earned her BA in Psychology from University of Oklahoma. She has a passion for helping people find peace and healing in their lives so that they can go on and live a life full of joy and love. She wants to create a safe, accepting environment where each of her clients is free to be themselves to heal.

Her areas of interest are all ages dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, and spiritual growth.

Michelle Maniatis, MS, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

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.

Sharon Andrews, MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Sharon Andrews is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Sharon obtained her BA in Psychology from Simpson University and MS in Counseling from CSU, East Bay. Sharon has been working as a therapist for almost 15 years. She has a passion for helping women heal from childhood abuse. She is a trained EMDR clinician for the treatment of PTSD. Sharon has focused much of her practice in working with women who serve in ministry and leadership positions, helping them heal and grow in emotional and spiritual health. Sharon also works with depression, anxiety, co-dependency, grief/loss, relationship issues, communication issues, etc. Sharon is devoted to providing a safe atmosphere for clients and walking with compassion, alongside them on their journey toward healing and hope!

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 Samuëlsz, MS, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

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.