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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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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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Kendra Penski

MSW, LCSW #27142

Kendra Penski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been in the field providing therapy to clients for over 10 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. In addition to her private practice, Kendra also works part time with the VA providing counseling to individuals with PTSD, depression and anxiety. This work has ...

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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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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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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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