Authentic Counseling Associates

Meet Our Team

Chris Mathe, PhD, MBA
President, Training Director


I am Passionate about helping people make transformative and lasting change.  I help my clients maximize their Passion, Purpose, and Productivity.  I help achievers find and enhance the other two p’s: Passion and Purpose….continue reading




Betsey Raya
Office Manager


As your first point of contact, I hear and understand your needs.  I will direct and inform in an attentive and competent manner.  I have many years of experience in administration and management in various office settings and strive for positive interaction with every client whom I come in contact with.  I believe therapy is a necessity.  Therapy helps us to cope and grow to make lasting, positive changes in our lives.  We become aware of our feelings and reactions and are able to respond to situations and the people around us in a healthy manner.

I obtained my Associate’s Degree at College of the Siskiyous and went on to attend Southern Oregon University.  I have over 10 years of experience in office settings and enjoy working with people.

Megan Rhoads, PysD
Physchological Assistant


Lic:  PSB94021805

I bring a unique combination of expertise, emotional presence, and charisma to our team at Authentic Counseling Associates.  I employ my clinical skillset, creativity, and sense of humor to bring a grounded, energized presence into session.  I believe success in therapy comes from understanding how the therapeutic relationship mimics those relationships in our daily lives, and how we learn through our experiences both inside and outside the therapy room.

I have special interest in assisting children, adolescents and families with collaboratively reaching their goals while decreasing family stress, improving communication skills, and regaining mutual enjoyment among family members…..Continue Reading

Melanie Ernould, PsyD
Psychological Assistant



Lic:  PSY29035

I believe that therapy is a collaborative journey, with therapist and client working side by side toward a common goal.  Authentic is a perfect way to describe how I view the therapeutic relationship and all of my relationships.  I am patient and gentle, but honest, in my therapy, and easily connect with my clients in a genuine way…..Continue Reading


 Maria Taheny, PhD
CAPIC Post Doctoral Fellow


I embrace a transcendent principle that all human beings are essentially good and sometimes need help finding the good within them.  It is from this place that my humanistic existential training with Saybrook University where I received my doctorate in psychology.  As my understanding in psychology blossomed, a fundamental awareness that all people have the capacity to change themselves emerged.  You are the expert in you!….Continue Reading


Katrina Lamar
Practicum Student



I am passionate about helping people live their life as who they want to be.  I am a calm, patient listener who cares deeply about the needs of my clients.  I believe that anyone who comes into therapy has taken a brave step towards living the life he or she wishes to live…..Continue Reading



Ronda Cowan, PhD.
Psychological Assistant
Lic:  PSB94023077
The therapy process can be a tumultuous, intense, and intimate experience. Therefore, I strive to provide a safe, supportive, and compassionate space for this process to unfold. I view therapy as a collaborative endeavor and trust that you are the expert regarding your life. This process is a personal journey of emotional healing that I, as your therapist, am given your permission to join….Continue Reading




Anika Thielbar, PsyD

My approach to working with adults, couples, families and adolescents is compassionate, creative and goal-oriented. I have more than 15 years experience supporting stress management, life transitions, identity development, trauma related struggles and relationship issues….Continue Reading

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11344 Coloma Rd., Suite 605
Gold River, CA 95670-4457