Our Team

 
 

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 

  • CBT 

Larissa Krause

MSW, PPSC, ASW

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)

  • EMDR Flash 

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

  • IFS (Internal Family Systems)

  • Trauma-Informed 

  • NFB (Neurofeedback)

  • Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM)

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)

Leona Sousa

LCSW, PPSC

I have worked with a wide range of diverse people. A few of which are LGBTQ, Deaf, Indigenous, individuals with addictive disorders, and ethnic minorities. I believe we all are capable of healing, and it’s more about building skills and adding tools to the belt to help support the healing process. 

 

While I am conversationally fluent in ASL, I also earned my bachelor’s and master’s in social work. When it comes to my career, I like to work from a place of empowerment and skill-building. I spent my time working with case management at a transitional housing agency for dual diagnosed adults and running groups in San Francisco, and it was very eye-opening and defining in terms of humility, addiction, and trauma. I then spent some time working for the United Indian Health Services in Arcata, which really helped me to deepen my own self-awareness of my own cultural experience and those I’ve served. 

 

When I work with an individual or family, I like to focus on empowering strategies that support learning and the discovering of skills they didn’t fully realize they had, so that they no longer require my services. In short, I believe the client drives the therapy in the room, and I focus my work with them with the intention of working myself out of a job. 

 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)

  • MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)

  • AFFT (Attachment-Focused Family Therapy)

  • NFB (Neurofeedback)

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

  • Parts work (IFS, CRM)

Sonya Woody

MSW, PPSC, ASW

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:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

  • Play Therapy

  • Neurofeedback

  • Trauma-Informed Therapy

  • Attachment Based Family Therapy

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 clients at Sonoma County Counseling 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)

Samantha Brown

AMFT, Wraparound Facilitator

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

Nina Misch

ASW

I believe that building good relationships is central to doing good work. My approach is person-centered and strengths-based, grounded in respect for each individual’s knowledge and lived experience. 

 

I graduated with a master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from Humboldt State University in 2017. Before coming to Humboldt NeuroHealth, I worked as a case manager at Open Door Community Health Centers; prior to that, I spent four years with Redwood Community Action Agency’s youth shelter and transitional housing programs. 

 

As part of the Humboldt NeuroHealth team, I provide therapeutic services for children, adults, and families. I particularly enjoy working with teens and young adults and I’m interested in the ways we build identity, resilience, and successful transitions to adulthood.

 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:​

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

  • Play Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Neurofeedback

Bill Evans

Wraparound Facilitator/Parent Partner

I work with families to ensure adopted children who are experiencing challenges or having difficulty adjusting remain in their new homes. By meeting with families, listening to the context of the unique needs of the whole family, and arranging services to help meet those needs, I help families get to a place of peace and regulation. Each family needs different things: some need parenting assistance and coaching, others need therapeutic healthcare such as massage therapy or chiropractic, while others need help coordinating aspects of their household, like organization, meal delivery, child care, or housekeeping. And almost every family can use extra support with communication, relationship building, and self-care.

 

I have completed a variety of classes and trainings related to foster and adoptive parenting. My twenty-four years of parenting include foster and adoptive care of emotionally challenged children. From my experience, I know that people and families are not defined or limited by their circumstances, problems, or behaviors. If a family is hurting due to challenging circumstances, difficult problems, or undesired and unhealthy behaviors, it is my mission to help identify the root causes of these obstacles and find ways to help move families past them.

 

I love helping and encouraging people. Being a “people person” is very useful in my profession because I love helping my clients progress and have a more enjoyable life. With the right encouragement and support, growth and healing is possible and life can be better!

 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • Attachment-Focused Parenting 

  • Dyadic Developmental Parenting (DDP)

  • Trauma-Informed Care

Nicholas Wennerholm

Therapeutic Skills Coach

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.

 

Therapy Modalities I Practice:

  • Wraparound

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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