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Counseling Center Staff

Denise Olson MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Director

Denise is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is our center’s Assistant Director.  She earned her BA in Intercultural Studies from Biola University and her MA in Counseling at Cal State East Bay.  Denise’s interests include working with adults, couples and young children.  She specializes in treating trauma survivors including treatment with EMDR. [Click here to send an e-mail to Denise]

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. [Click here to send an e-mail to Dr. Norcross]

Sharon Andrews, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Sharon Andrews is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Sharon obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Simpson University and her Master of Science in Counseling from California State University, Hayward.  Sharon has a passion for helping women heal from childhood abuse.  Her emphasis is in trauma therapy and she is a trained EMDR clinician.  Sharon also loves walking alongside teenagers as they try to navigate their teen years. [Click here to send an e-mail to Sharon]

Helen Bonds, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Helen is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She earned an A.A. in Criminal Justice and a B.A. in Human Development from Cal State East Bay.  She graduated from John F. Kennedy University with a Masters in Counseling.  She enjoys the challenge of working with couples as well as the ‘fun’ of working with children.  Having been involved with various Women’s ministries over the years, she enjoys the process of walking alongside women and helping them find true healing and freedom in their daily lives. [Click here to send an e-mail to Helen]

Cesar Court, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Cesar Court is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over thirty years working in the field of mental health.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University and his Master of Arts in Clinical psychology from John F. Kennedy in Orinda.  Cesar has dedicated his career providing counseling support to individual adults and couples, he has a particular interest in working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety or who are in recovery from early childhood trauma.  He also is fluent in Spanish. [Click here to send an e-mail to Cesar]

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

Angelena Gagliardi is a Marriage and Family Therapist/Registered Art Therapist.  She is completing her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University.  Angelena earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Arts from Notre Dame de Namur University.  Through the profession of art therapy, Angelena was able to combine her two passions in life, helping others and art.  Using art in therapy allows individuals to participate when words are not enough or easily accessed.  She enjoys working with children, teens, and adults. [Click here to send an e-mail to Angelena]

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. [Click here to send an e-mail to Amanda]

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 certifications in Sexual Addictions and Life Coaching. Theresa specializes in treating PTSD, trauma, abuse, co-dependency, addiction, women’s issues, life coaching and helping parents who have children with special needs and/or disabilities.  She enjoys working with women of all ages, couples, adolescents and families. [Click here to send an e-mail to Theresa]

Taryn Hodges, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Taryn is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who earned her Master's in Counseling from Saint Mary's College. She has a heart for working with families who have adopted. Taryn has a passion for working with women during transitional periods in their lives and relationships. Taryn has worked with children and families experiencing the pain of grief and the adjustments of divorce. [Click here to send an e-mail to Janie]

Katie Johnson, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Katie is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University and holds a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. She enjoys working with children, adolescents and women. Her passion is to facilitate client's realization and acceptance of who they were uniquely created to be. She has previous training in a variety of areas including youth ministry and missions. She also enjoys using Art Therapy techniques. [Click here to send an e-mail to Janie]

Roy Kim, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Roy Kim, a pre-licensed intern therapist, received his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. He also has a Masters of Divinity from Biola University, accompanied by 8 years of pastoral experience. He enjoys working with all ages, individually or as a family. His areas of interest include spiritual issues, identity formation, relational conflict, and life transitions. [Click here to send an e-mail to Janie]

Michelle Maniatis, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Michelle Maniatis is a Marriage Family Therapist Intern. She earned a B.A. in Human Development from Cal State East Bay. She graduated from John F. Kennedy University with a Masters in Counseling. She enjoys assisting couples and families uncover the tools that would work for them while helping them understand and use their God given gifts and abilities. Her passion is working particularly with blended families, military, and law enforcement. [Click here to send an e-mail to Janie]

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. [Click here to send an e-mail to Barb]

Susie Samuëlsz, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Susie received her Masters degree from California State University East Bay along with her Pupil Personnel Services Credential.  Her extensive experience as a teacher and a school principal make her uniquely qualified to work with children, adolescents and their families.  She also has a heart to work with those that struggle with depression and mood disorders. [Click here to send an e-mail to Susie]

Janie Sheedy, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Having recently completed a Masters degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Western Seminary in San Jose, Janie is one of our interns.  She also completed additional course work in the field of addictions and is currently working toward Addiction Studies certification.  Janie works with individuals, adolescents, and pre-adolescents with a special emphasis on recovery issues. [Click here to send an e-mail to Janie]

Josh Storrer, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Josh Storrer is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern.  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. [Click here to send an e-mail to Josh]


Denise Olson
Director of the Counseling Center
(925) 516-0653 x7161
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Bert Norcross
Director Emeritus of the Counseling Center
(925) 516-0653 x7159
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