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Jennifer Brown
Larissa Krause
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Jennifer Brown

LCSW, Executive Director

I help my clients regulate their nervous systems so that they can be their best selves. Using many different modalities, we can begin to process the trauma that continues to hold them back on a daily basis.

 

Before I began my work at Humboldt NeuroHealth in 2018, I had a private practice specializing with clients with trauma, dissociation, and attachment disorders. Prior to being a clinician I worked as a juvenile corrections counselor at Sonoma County Juvenile Hall as well as a counselor at a residential treatment facility. My prior training and positions shaped my passion for witnessing and guiding people to access their full potential and helping them thrive.

 

I firmly believe that my clients know themselves best and what they’ll need to fully heal. My role is to provide the resources and support to help them do just that.

 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • NFB (Neurofeedback)

  • Parts Work, CRM (Comprehensive Resource Model)

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • EMDR Flash 

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Larissa Krause

LCSW, PPSC, Operations Director

Having come from a multicultural background I approach my work with others through a lens of cultural humility and awareness. Using a trauma-informed approach, I specialize in working with children, adults and families who have experienced trauma, anxiety, PTSD, depression and dissociation. I also have extensive experience working with individuals with learning disabilities.

 

I earned my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work from Humboldt State University. I have worked on multiple public school campuses as a social worker from TK through high school. I also served as the Assistant Director of Online Learning and Field Education at Humboldt State University.

 

Using the tools I've learned through my training and job experience, I guide clients to process their trauma and get to a place of wholehearted living. I absolutely love joining with clients during their journey to healing. 

 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

  • EFT (Emotional Focused Therapy)-Couples and Families

  • IFS (Internal Family Systems)

  • Trauma-Informed 

  • NFB (Neurofeedback)

  • CRM (Comprehensive Resource Model)

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Megan Shewmaker

LCSW

As a licensed clinical social worker, it is my passion to help others navigate through life’s difficulties by developing the best coping skills to use in their day-to-day or future lives. 

 

Before working at Humboldt NeuroHealth, I worked with families in the CWS system as a social worker. It was an honor to work with individuals and families trying to understand and process past trauma. 

 

I truly believe in the power of understanding your own trauma so that you can begin to process it and move forward. Being able to be a listening ear while having an understanding presence can make all the difference in someone’s life. I love being a resource for those in our community to come to when in need.  

 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • NFB (Neurofeedback)

  • Play Therapy 

  • Talk Therapy 

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

  • Parts Work (IFS)

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Sonya Woody

LCSW, PPSC

My therapeutic approach is client-centered and I am guided by an unconditional acceptance of where people are in their lives while offering them a space and tools to process, grow and heal from past experiences.

 

I have a background working with children, adults and family systems. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, trauma and caregiver/child relationships. I have worked in educational settings collaborating with teachers and staff to best support children who are experiencing challenges at school. I use a similar collaborative process when working with individuals and family systems where clients help set their goals and assess their growth.

 

I individualize therapeutic tools for each person as a way to support what they need in order to meet their goals while also identifying their strengths and capabilities that already lie within.

 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) 

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

  • Play Therapy

  • Neurofeedback

  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

  • Attachment Based Family Therapy

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Eric Gronley

AMFT

I specialize in helping my clients identify negative patterns or behaviors in their life preventing them from being able to live up to their full potential and achieve their goals. 

 

After graduating with a master’s degree in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, I had the opportunity to be trained by Andrew Leeds in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Before my time at Humboldt NeuroHealth, I worked at the Church Street Counseling Center where I practiced and trained as a gestalt therapist. This informed my work as I provided treatment to counseling clients in Santa Rosa. There I worked with a large variety of clients with varying needs including trauma, PTSD, grief, and attachment issues. This prior experience enabled me to provide my clients with gentle yet honest feedback so that I could guide them to make well-informed decisions themselves.

 

While working with my clients I love seeing the change and transformation that happens within them as our work progresses. It is my hope that by the end of our time together my clients feel they are prepared and able to live to the fullest and achieve their goals. 

 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • Gestalt Therapy

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • Trauma-Informed Care

  • NFB (Neurofeedback)

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Samantha Brown

LMFT

With each client I meet, I believe they have the power and strength within themselves to be the best version of themselves. By focusing on the strengths you already possess, I can help you discover and use the tools you’ve always had to thrive. It’s just a matter of knowing how to apply those strengths and skills in your day-to-day life. 

 

Leading up to my work at Humboldt NeruoHealth I received both my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and my Masters of Counseling Psychology from Humboldt State University. I am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and I also work with kids, helping them express themselves through Play Therapy.

 

What I love most about my job has always been seeing the children and families I work with experience true joy as they learn what they are capable of. It is my mission to help every one of my clients realize they are the expert of their own lives. 

 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • Play Therapy

  • Strengths-Based 

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

  • Neurofeedback

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Nina Misch

LCSW

I believe that collaboration is essential to the therapeutic process, and my approach is rooted in deep respect for each person’s knowledge, lived experience, and intrinsic capacity to heal. Together, we can explore where you are coming from, where you would like to go, and how to get there. I draw from a variety of modalities while always trying to stay grounded in compassion, humor, and curiosity. I enjoy working with people of all ages and identities, and am particularly passionate about treating the effects of complex trauma.

 

I hold a master’s degree in social work from Humboldt State University and have been practicing in our community since 2015; prior to joining the team at Humboldt NeuroHealth in 2020, I worked at Redwood Community Action Agency and Open Door Community Health Centers. In addition to my work as a therapist, I am a faculty member at Cal Poly Humboldt, where I teach in the social work department. When not at one of my jobs, I can be found exploring the forest with my two little kids, searching for banana slugs.

 

Modalities I practice:

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Parts Work/Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Mindfulness Techniques

Play Therapy

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Alyse LaVerne

LMFT

As a clinician, I utilize a variety of modalities and take a collaborative approach when working with clients. I believe we are all resilient and adaptive, and we all have the capacity within us to identify and work on patterns and behaviors that are contributing to distress in our lives. 

 

Prior to my time at Humboldt NeuroHealth, I provided individual, group, and crisis counseling at Humboldt State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services where I worked with a diverse group of clients on a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, acute and post-traumatic stress disorders, grief, chronic medical conditions and chronic pain. This work allowed me to develop the cross-cultural, trauma-informed, developmental lens I use as the foundation for working with all clients.

 

My therapeutic approach is to help support you in finding new ways of interacting with yourself and the world around you. It is my hope that in our journey together, we are able to integrate the tools that work best for you to facilitate being fully engaged in your life.

 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • NFB (Neurofeedback)

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) 

  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

  • MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)

  • Parts Work

  • Strengths-Based

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BriAnne Hutchinson

APCC

My approach to therapy is humanistic and compassion driven. My aim is to connect with clients exactly where they are at and support them in a safe and empowering way to find balance and wholeness. I truly believe the client is the true expert and wisdom keeper in their own lives and I feel it is important to consider the social, cultural and environmental context of a person's experience during therapy.

 

My previous role as a clinician was with an outpatient nature based therapy center in rural Oregon where I worked with kids, teens, families and adults. My focus there was on trauma-informed care, and assisting clients as they navigated symptoms associated with PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADHD, persistent mental illness, attachment injuries, grief counseling and other big life transitions such as birth, death, divorce, breakups, coming of age and career changes. 

 

I received my BA in Community Studies at UC Santa Cruz and my MS in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland OR. I am a registered Yoga Instructor-ERYT, and I carry certifications in Ecotherapy and Yoga for Trauma/PTSD.

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • Mindfulness Based CBT

  • Somatic Experiencing

  • Eco/Nature Based Therapy

  • Expressive Arts Therapy

  • Feminist Therapy

  • Yoga Therapy

  • Internal Family Systems/Parts Work

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Allison Lundahl

LCSW

My clinical practice is based on a relational approach, in order to cultivate a connection with my clients and facilitate a positive healing experience. Once this foundation is established, we will collaborate on strategies to improve the clients quality of life using their insights and tailored therapeutic interventions.

 

Academically, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and Master of Social Work degree from Humboldt State University, which focused on best practices when working with rural and Indigenous communities with an emphasis on mindfulness.

 

Prior to joining the Humboldt NeuroHealth team, I supported people on their end of life journey at Hospice of Humboldt. During this profound experience, I was able to witness the restorative power of vulnerability and compassion. 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • Neurofeedback

  • Parts Work

  • Grief Support

  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

  • Mindfulness

Janiel Giraldo

Janiel V. Giraldo

AMFT 

As a bilingual (Spanish) intersectional feminist I integrate a variety of approaches that are the foundation of my work which includes having a culturally-humble, strengths-based, mindful, and trauma-informed perspective in therapy. I acknowledge the many ways in which society guides our stories and the importance of finding our strengths and resilience in spite of these outside forces, while also having self-compassion.

 

My background is in individual therapy and facilitating support groups and workshops. I have worked with a variety of populations including LGBTQIA, Latino/e/x, children, teens, and families. I have also worked with a variety of issues and disorders  including anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief.

 

A little bit about myself: My pronouns are she/them, I identify as South American Indigenious, was raised Latinx in the US, and my parents are from Chile and Colombia. I have lived in Florida, New Jersey, Utah, and have been in Humboldt for 14 years. In my spare time I am a multimedia artist and enjoy being in nature, joyful movement, playing, and my spiritual practice. 

 

Therapy Modalities I practice:

 

  • NFB (Neurofeedback)

  • Internal Family Systems/Parts Work

  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

  • Mindfulness-based CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Brett Sumner

Brett Sumner 

APCC

My clinical work is based on the fundamentals of meaningful connection and a healing relationship between therapist and client. I seek to foster trust and genuineness to set the stage for transformation and integration.

 

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from HSU and Master of Arts in Counseling from Saybrook University. I continue to align with Saybrook’s mission of humanistic, strengths based, and transformational clinical practice. Prior to coming to Humboldt NeuroHealth, I supported individuals suffering from substance use disorders, PTSD, and other trauma-related disorders at an inpatient residential treatment facility.

This experience, along with personal challenges, and continued learning lead me to take an integrative approach to clinical counseling and collaborate with clients to achieve positive outcomes.

Therapy Modalities I practice:

● Neurofeedback

● EMDR

● Motivational Interviewing

● Trauma-informed

Katherine Maxey

Katherine Maxey 

AMFT

My approach to therapy is client centered and relational with an understanding that the mind and body are intricately connected. I believe that connection and community are vital for healthy living and that the systems we are living in have a direct impact on our mental health.

 

Prior to my time at Humboldt NeuroHealth, I was a therapist at Humboldt State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services where I worked with a diverse group of students who were transitioning into adulthood. I gained experience in both individual and group therapy treating anxiety, depression, suicidality, trauma as well as processing what the future looks like for our young people.

 

I have both my B.A in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Humboldt State University and have lived and worked in this county for over two decades. This county is a special place with access to one of the most healing things we have: nature.

 

Therapy Modalities I practice:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Part Work/IFS

Neuro-feedback

Mindfulness/Somatic awareness 

Play/Art Therapy

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Lucy Herrera 

ASW

She/Her

 

I believe that every person has their own experiences which shape them into the individuals that they are today.  I have a strong passion for connecting each unique person with services that are tailored to their individual needs. I strongly believe that everyone needs to feel comfortable and heard with their providers in order to receive the full benefits being offered to them. I like to make sure that clients I see feel taken care of and are being met at their level. 

 

In 2021, I earned my Masters of Social Work from Humboldt State University. Starting in 2018, I worked as a Social Worker with Child Welfare Services (CWS) in Humboldt County. During my time there, I really enjoyed assisting families and children with finding stability through local services and providers.

 

Working with children at CWS, I found a passion for using Play Therapy as a modality. Play Therapy helps children explore their feelings, thoughts and behaviors in a way that is safe and comfortable for them. It gives them a safe space and a chance to process their trauma or other issues they may be struggling with. 

 

At Humboldt NeuroHealth, I see children at our Fortuna location as well as working with South Bay Elementary to make sure every child is being given full opportunity to grow and be their best selves.

 

Modalities:

-Talk therapy

-Play therapy

Amanda Shelton

Amanda Shelton

ASW, Wraparound Program Manager and Associate Clinician

Utilizing a trauma-informed and strengths-based lens, I guide individuals on a mentally and emotionally healthy path toward their future. I work in a team setting with children, youth, and families to provide High Fidelity Wraparound services that are aimed at strengthening the family system and relationships. 

 

Prior to working at Humboldt NeuroHealth, I received my BA in Psychology and my MA in Social Work from Humboldt State University. I then spent time working with a local tribe to provide culturally relevant trauma-informed services to youth and their families. During my time with the tribe, I worked under the principles of Indigenous Sovereignty and self-determination in order to help my clients build the skills and strategies supporting empowerment, growth, and stability within themselves and their families.

 

I firmly believe that the interconnectedness that we all share as humans, influences and shapes the ways we interact and react to the world around us. This is why my goal during my time at Humboldt NeruoHealth is to be able to provide my clients with the empowerment and confidence they need to thrive without the reliance on formal services and interventions.

 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • Trauma-Informed

  • Strengths-Based

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Kayla Fillman

Kayla Fillman 

Wraparound Clinical Case Manager/Facilitator 

As a part of Humboldt Neurohealth’s Wraparound Clinical Case Manager, my role is to work with the whole family to facilitate a smooth journey through Wraparound. I work closely with our families throughout the entire process to uplift their voice and choice, be their support system and advocate, connect them to resources in our community, organize their plan of action, and help manage any needs and crises. I personally utilize a humanistic perspective, trauma-informed care approach, and strength based practice to connect and uplift our families through their difficult times.

 

I graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelors in Social Work and plan to build my career through Psychology. I have lived in Humboldt County for 5 years now, and grew up between Georgia and Los Angeles making Humboldt a perfect fit for me. I have worked with homeless adults, foster youth and homeless youth providing trauma-informed case management and unconditional care to those who are some of the most vulnerable and underserved community members. My values include honesty, unconditional positive regard and care, true connection, openness and trustworthiness. My goal and hope in wraparound and in life is to truly help make people’s lives better and to be a working part of something bigger than myself that impacts lives in a positive way.  

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Nicholas Wennerholm

Lead Wraparound Family Specialist 

I am a part of the Wraparound team, working with kids one-on-one in attaining their goals. I provide a safe place for kids who have experienced trauma to explore their emotions, practice social skills, and work through the challenges. Rather than being stuck inside, my work often takes me out into the community. I especially love being able to get outdoors with little ones. 

 

My love for the outdoors stems from my childhood—I grew up in the very rural community of Carlotta, California with a large family of six. We spent a lot of time farming, and it’s a passion I still enjoy to this day. The patience and persistence of cultivating crops is a skillset that translates well to the work I do within the Workaround program. Today, I live in Arcata. I love the blend of nature and civilization that is in this area.  

 

For a lot of the kiddos I work with, talking to a counselor can feel scary and hard. I bring a trauma-informed perspective and a gentle patience that helps kids feel safe to just be themselves. I love being a part of Wraparound’s team approach to supporting families.

 

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Caroline Mortazavi 

Wraparound Family Specialist 

As a member of the Wraparound Team at Humboldt NeuroHealth, I am both a NeuroFeedback Technician and a Therapeutic Skills coach. I specialize in working one-on-one with my clients to create individualized plans tailored to fit their needs in order to help them achieve the goals set by their families.

 

By incorporating my passion for the arts and the outdoors, I combine the healing powers of nature and art into therapeutic activities for my clients. Outside of my role at Humboldt NeuroHealth, I own a small farm with my partner where we raise honey bees, chickens, and ducks while maintaining a large vegetable and fresh-cut flower farm. Seeing as I spend a lot of time on our farm and in nature, I’ve gotten to witness firsthand just how healing the outdoors can be. 

 

Using the knowledge I've learned through my time as a member of the Wraparound Team, I guide each of my clients towards accomplishing their goals by working closely with them and introducing the therapeutic benefits of nature and art.

 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • NFB (Neurofeedback)

  • Nature as Therapy

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Madison Burnett

Wraparound Family Specialist 

As a therapeutic skills coach, I work one-on-one with my clients focusing on cultivating each of their own inner strengths. I know that no single approach is right for every individual so I work closely with the family to address each child’s specific needs. My great passion is bringing healing to people who have been through traumatic/stressful experiences. Through the growth of self-understanding and self-compassion, I help my clients to get to know themselves as peaceful, whole & safe. 

 

In majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Long Beach State, I have been given the opportunity to look at my work through a lens of great understanding for people of different backgrounds, regardless of gender, race, age, nationality, religion, sexuality and socioeconomic backgrounds. In college I worked extensively with the philanthropy Building Strong Girls where we were committed to strengthening a sense of confidence in young girls while fostering their care and compassion for self and others. Simultaneously I worked with Autistic youth using ABA therapy which allowed me to gain ample knowledge in interacting with children. I am committed to being there for today’s youth and allow them to have an opportunity to grow into their best selves. 

Emily Christensen

Emily Christensen

Neurofeedback Provider 

After graduating from college I worked for iHeart Media where I found great joy and pride in helping customers reach their business goals. My job was to help identify problem areas in the client’s business, then help them find  a solution. I look at Neurofeedback as helping someone reach their personal goals by helping them train their brain for their optimal life! As a professional with high attention to detail, I look forward to helping others achieve peak performance in their lives. 

 

I am passionate humanitarian and philanthropist who has raised substantial gifts for the American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish foundation, and local California Farmer’s non-profits. I am on the Mali Family Charities Board of Directors which helps support education in India. 

I hold a bachelors degree in Agricultural Communications from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. I love all things wellness. To me, wellness includes: Strong faith; exercise; supporting local farmers and ranchers; and maintaining a balanced, healthy and happy lifestyle. 

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Melissa Culbertson

Office Manager, Human Resources Manager & DBT Skills Coach 

As office manager, I fulfill the needs of the administrative side of the practice. Assisting the clinicians with scheduling, payroll and a variety of other administrative duties such as being a part of the leadership team who creates practice policies and standards. 

 

Originally from Philadelphia, I graduated from Temple University with a degree in broadcasting and mass media. I moved to Humboldt in 2006 and found myself drawn to the beautiful natural landscapes and unique community. I quickly learned how much Humboldt County values community and health and I wanted to be a part of it. I studied DBT skills in 2020 and am very passionate about helping others learn these crucial life skills that help with communication and emotional wellbeing. I am very grateful to now be part of the Humboldt Neurohealth as we work to address the emotional and healing needs of Northern California.

Tracey Boyer

Tracey Boyer

Billing Specialist

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Megan Shewmaker
Sonya Woody
Eric Gronley
Samantha Brown
Nina Misch
Alyse LaVerne
BriAnne Hutchinson
Allison Lundahl
Melissa Culbertson
Amanda Shelton
Nicholas Wennerholm
Caroline Mortazavi
Janiel Giraldo
Brett Sumner
Emily Christensen
Lucy Herrera
Madison Burnett
Kathrine Maxey
Kayla Fillman
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