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 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 is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist. 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 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’s education includes a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary with an emphasis in biblical studies, A Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from William Jessup University as well as several years in Pastoral ministry. Often, life experiences can be unexpected, difficult, even painful. Eric’s heart and years of experience have helped to prepare him to come alongside others as they navigate their own life journey. Eric’s areas of focus include: trauma, abuse, grief, depression, spiritual issues and helping hurting people on their journey to find healing, freedom and peace.