Authentic Counseling Associates

Meet Our Team

Chris Mathe, PhD, MBA
President, Training Director


Licensed Psychologist, PSY25111

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
Practice Manager


As the Practice Manager, I run the day to day operations of our office and navigate the billing and medical insurance maze. With over 14 years’ experience running and maintaining offices in various industries, I am well versed in handling the expected and unexpected. I enjoy working with people and enjoy the connections and interpersonal communication with everyone I come in contact with. I strive to be informative, patient and diligent in helping our clientele in all capacities.
It is said that health and wellness are a direct result of the places in which we live, learn, work and play. I believe in the work each of our clinicians perform. It is wonderful to watch these therapeutic relationships flourish and grow everyday and to be a part of such a healthy and safe environment.

I obtained my Associate’s Degree at College of the Siskiyous and went on to attend Southern Oregon University.

Megan Rhoads, PysD

Licensed Psychologist  # PSY29761


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


 Maria Taheny, PhD


Psychological Assistant PSB94023994
Supervised by: Chris Mathe, PhD, Licensed Psychologist #PSY25111



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


Jonathan Venn, Ph.D.,

Licensed Psychologist: PSY22538


Jonathan Venn, Ph.D., is a licensed Psychologist in the State of California. He has
provided psychological services for the past 47 years. In that time he has been a military
officer,…Continue reading



Elaine Townsend, Ed D., M.S.

Psychological Assistant PSB94023890
Supervised by: Jonathan Venn, PhD, Licensed Psychologist #PSY22538



Dr. Townsend received her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University.
In addition, she has worked for Sacramento County as a Workforce Coordinator and…..continue reading


Kristin Kaminski, PsyD

Psychological Assistant: PSB94023344
Supervised by Chris Mathe, PhD, Licensed Psychologist #PSY25111


(916) 802-3281


My goal is to help families and individuals in crisis…continue reading

Jeffrey Kukral, MFT Trainee
Supervised by: Chris Mathe, PhD, Licensed Psychologist #PSY25111
(916) 524-6064


I believe that while one’s past certainly has an impact on one’s life, it is important to look toward the future to create the life one wants. My goal is to work alongside you to help you discover your own journey forward, regardless of your personal history. My approach to therapy focuses on your unique strengths to create solutions for shaping  the life you imagine and desire—continue reading

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11344 Coloma Rd., Suite 515
Gold River, CA 95670-4457