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Roger Douglas

M.S., LMFT #124878

Roger Douglas is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has been in the field providing therapy to clients for over 4 years. Roger has extensive experience working with young adults and individuals with anxiety, trauma and co-occurring conditions. Roger served active duty in the Marine Corps and has a great understanding of military culture. Additionally, he spent time providing case management to homeless Veterans.

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Candice Beaton

MSW, LCSW #86047

Candice Beaton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who brings her passion for helping and empowering others to her practice. Candice has been in the mental health and social work field for over 7 years where she has gained experience working with civilians and veterans alike. She has counseled clients with trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety throughout her work at the VA and various other treatment settings. andice received her Masters of Social Work from Boston University ...

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Kendra Penski

MSW, LCSW #27142

Kendra Penski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been in the field providing therapy to clients for 15 years. Kendra has extensive experience working with individuals and couples. She also has spent several years providing counseling to active duty military and their partners. Kendra also spent 9 years working at the VA providing counseling to individuals with PTSD, depression and anxiety and providing case management services to our Post 9/11 Veterans.

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Kristina Clancy

MS, MFT #119299

Kristina Clancy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has experience working with individuals and couples who desire to enhance their lives through personal relationships they have with themselves and others. For the last several years, Kristina has worked with San Diego County, providing mental health services to veterans, active duty, and military family members who struggle with martial injuries/challenges, trauma, PTSD, substance use, domestic violence, depression and anxiety.

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Laura Schairer

Ph.D., PSY 30017

Dr. Schairer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She has been providing therapy to clients for over 5 years. Dr. Schairer has extensive experience working with individuals and couples. She also spent three of her training years providing psychotherapy in VA hospitals. In addition to providing treatment for common issues in veterans such as relationship issues, anxiety, depression, stress, and PTSD, Dr. Schairer also received specialized training in health psychology. She has helped many clients adjust to medical...

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Leah Mitchell

LCSW #66537

Leah Mitchell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years, almost exclusively for non-profit agencies. She received her Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University. Leah has experience working with individuals with varying levels of severity of mental health symptoms though most extensively with those experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, and interpersonal conflict/violence.

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Liz Smith

Psy.D., PSY#31358

Dr. Liz Smith is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been providing therapy to clients for six years. She has experience with providing therapy for a range of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Smith also spent three years working with military veterans and their families at the VA. She has particular expertise in treating severe mental health conditions, including schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders....

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MacKenzie Greenlee

LMFT #124064

MacKenzie Greenlee is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who grew up in a military household. Her personal journey and own experience in therapy led her to want to help others live a more fulfilling and gratifying life. MacKenzie has been in the mental health field for 4 years and has extensive experience in working with civilians, veterans, and military families who are struggling with symptoms related to anxiety, depression, PTSD and trauma, communication difficulties, domestic violence, and relationship difficulties."

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Sarah Walls

MSW, LCSW #84669

Sarah Walls is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been working in the mental health field for over 7 years and has a passion for assisting people to heal while experiencing life full of value and purpose. Sarah has extensive experience providing therapy to women and men who experience trauma, depression, and anxiety. She has also spent time working with Veterans at the VA and has extensive knowledge of military related issues. Sarah also spent time within the Women’s Clinic focusing on women’s related issues including postpartum.

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Vanessa Imus

MS, R.D.

Vanessa Imus is a Registered Dietitian who provides adjunct nutritional counseling for anyone interested in finding out how food is further influencing their mental health. Food has such a HUGE impact on how you feel day in and day out. Eating the wrong foods for your body can cause fatigue, poor mental function, digestive issues, anxiety and depression, among countless other symptoms. Vanessa enjoys helping others identify which foods are working for them and which are working against them.

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Bianca Cardoso

Client Care Coordinator

Bianca joins Freedom Within with six years of experience in the health industry. Her role provides support to our clients by answering their inquiries by phone/email, scheduling and supporting them administratively in their therapeutic journey. Bianca offers exceptional support in administrative health insurance, patient registration, and billing. "When we strive to become better than who we are, everything around us becomes better too."

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