PhD, MBA, President, Clinical DirectorREAD MORE
PhD, MBA, President, Clinical Director
Licensed Psychologist, PSY25111
I am passionate about transformative, lasting change, and how that can best be facilitated in groups and individuals. I have had many different opportunities to experience and create change over the past 30 years as a business owner, consultant, facilitator, trainer, executive coach, and therapist.
My approach to helping people change assumes that my clients are the best judges of what they need, that significant and lasting change can take place in every session, and that anyone can learn ways to create a more productive, purposeful, and passionate life. I love collaborating with my clients in creating and sustaining the changes they wish to make and surprising them with how quickly and deeply these changes can manifest. I have a broad range of experience with challenges clients may face, and have in-depth experience with:
I have been a perpetual student with BAs in Political Science and Economics, Masters in Business Administration and in Clinical Psychology, and another year towards a PhD in Change in Human Systems. Many years ago, I settled into psychology as my home and completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology. I am also a coach and counselor with the Authentic Leadership Center.
The work we do at ACA is truly my life’s work. I love my life. I can think of nothing more fulfilling than helping people fully realize their own magnificence in their personal and professional lives. I love my wife of more than 40 years and my two grown kids with all my heart and I look forward to each day.
Treament Models Employed
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Changes in perceptions of masculinity among men who have sought help: A grounded theory study.
Current Work Settings:
Authentic Counseling Associates – Gold River
Authentic Leadership Center – Gold River
Practice ManagerREAD MORE
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.
Jonathan Venn, PhD., 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, he spent four years on the staff of a Fortune 500 corporation, he has served on the faculties or staffs of six universities, he has published original research, he has worked for three State agencies, he has been a small business owner, he has held a variety of State and federal contracts, and he has testified under oath in 200 litigated proceedings. Dr. Venn has earned the Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and in Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, which are the highest levels of professional recognition in those two fields.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist License #117870
Angie received her Master’s of Science with Honors in Marriage and Family Therapy Counseling from Capella University.
Hi! If you are looking to connect more with others, understand your actions and have a happier, healthier life, you can! Therapy is a process that can help empower your sense of self, create the happiness you seek and help you overcome your challenges.
I choose to work in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy because I seek to assist those who have suffered from traumatic experiences, and have chosen to begin working on their healing, towards health and happiness.
When working with couples, families and individuals, my focus is to assist my clients in gaining alternative perspectives on a given situation. Through this enlightenment the objective would be to help others learn to respect one another’s feelings and opinions, with no winner or loser, just learning to live together peacefully.
With a broad background in Political Science, Psychology and Marriage and Family Systems, my experience and education has trained me to be accepting of all. When each share and express those feelings without judgment of another, it is together that we learn to grow and exist in happiness.
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Supervised by Chris Mathe, Licensed Psychologist, PSY25111
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #112170
Jason began working in the counseling field in 2001 while earning his undergraduate degree at Dominican University of California in Marin County. He completed his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in January 2019. Over the years he has used his deep passion in helping others in a variety of ways: as a counselor, life coach, massage therapist, and energy worker to name a few. He believes in working with people from a holistic perspective, body, mind and spirit. He has a deep desire to help others heal, grow and thrive. He uses a variety of perspectives, and approach life in a very open-minded manner. Whether it’s couples or individual counseling, he is ready to work together as a team to get clients where they want to be!
Psychological Assistant PSB94025324
Supervised by: Chris Mathe, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist, PSY25111
My name is David and I received my doctorate at California Southern University. I was a former Unit Chief working in the public sector on various healthcare policy and program initiatives; however, I wanted to do more with my life and left my stable state career to pursue the mental health field. I have completed extensive research on the efficacy of how martial arts principles can help individuals with traumatic experiences.
I am passionate and committed to working with clients with disabilities, trauma, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, and addictions. My commitment to serve our community has included volunteer work with various non-profits where I have helped abused women, children, low-income families, disabled, and the homeless population; Also, I am a trained behavior health therapist and have worked with clients with autism and other developmental challenges.
In the session, you will see my sincerity, dedication, and commitment to making effective change and sustaining it. I will provide tools, interventions, and collaborative techniques that fit your needs. I am goal-oriented and data-driven. My mission and vision is to help you come out of therapy with a sense of purpose, progress and achievement.
Currently, I am offering sliding scale rates for individuals and families with financial difficulties.
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT: 123385
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT131828
Have you found yourself facing challenges because of life circumstances that either is or seem beyond your control? Are you experiencing anger, sadness, or frustration? Are you feeling hopeless, stuck, or even numb? No matter how successful or resilient the individual, we all face these challenges on life’s journey. We can have the best-laid plans & then something happens, & we get knocked down. I am here to help you leverage your gifts, talents & abilities, identify or build your support system, strengthen your mind, body, & spirit, & get on with the business of being your best self. Using a person-centered approach, we will incorporate therapy styles including psychodynamic, humanistic, & cognitive-behavioral practices to help you build your resilience & get intentional about how you approach your life. Together we will build on your greatest strengths while identifying areas for growth & fortifying them. I will be your biggest supporter while also inviting you to stretch & grow. I bring to you a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy, a bachelor’s degree in child development, as well as additional training in EMDR/trauma, Imago & Gottman approach to couples counseling, Narrative Therapy, training & experience with LGBTQIA+ folx, as well as chronic illness, a wide range of mental health challenges, & stage of life transitions. Additionally, I bring five years of experience & training with both face-to-face & telehealth therapy, as well as the mindset that YOU are the expert on your life; I am here to walk beside you & offer insights, encouragement, & resources that will help make your journey a lot less bumpy & get you where you want to go. Through empathy & compassion, healing, awareness, & growth, TOGETHER, we can create change. My approach to therapy can be summed up by the words of Carl Rogers, “In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?” I am not here to change you—I here to support you & offer experiences that will help you reach your goals.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, #125545
As a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist at Authentic Counseling Associates. I offer individual therapy to adolescents, young adults, adults, couples, and families.
My therapeutic use of Brainspotting, CBT & CPT, and Imago, finds the root of the issue or trauma and creates a roadmap on how to overcome the battle to mental health and spiritual wellness. I feel honored to work with clients who are battling anxiety, depression, unresolved traumas, self-esteem issues and walk alongside you on your journey to peaceful healing.
My specialty is to create a therapeutic bond with my client and use Brainspotting as a tool, to neurobiologically locate, process, and release experiences in the unconscious mind and bring those memories to conscious processing. You are not alone in your trauma anymore, I will walk with you.
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor 12422
Supervised by: Chris Mathe, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist, PSY25111
Emotional and psychological Healing is a journey of self-discovery and mental health that is unique and so rewarding for each individual. It can be a difficult process as we learn to accept ourselves, have patience with ourselves, to forgive ourselves, and ultimately love ourselves and love life! This journey often requires a tour guide to help the individual explore more fully, be heard, and understood so that the path becomes easier to navigate and true lasting change can happen.
Psychological Assistant PSB94026449
Supervised by: Chris Mathe, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist,
I am passionate about working with diverse groups of people. My studies at both Alliant and California Southern University helped familiarize me with the difficulties faced by individuals who suffer from trauma, whether from death, sexual or physical abuse, health complications, life stressors, or other complex matters. Along with education, I have nearly 20 years of combined experience working with individuals diagnosed with comorbid psychotic, mood, developmental, and or intellectual disorders.
With the understanding that life does not come with a “how to” guide, my goal as a therapist is to help you navigate the challenges of life. Often, life presents us with difficulties that may seem insurmountable, while you may not fully understand which direction may be the best route, sometimes talking things through can make all the difference.
I am a firm believer that we may not always have control over a situation, but we can always control our response to a situation. In order to do that, sometimes it requires a shift in thinking, behaving, or a combination of the two. Independently you may not know where to start, but together, we can work towards your goal of obtaining balance, understanding purpose or attaining achievement.
Psychological Assistant PSB94026604
Supervised by: Chris Mathe, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist, PSY25111
Thank you kindly for stopping at my profile. Please know, that I offer benevolence, wisdom, compassion, intuition, and inspiration to every session. As a therapist, I am open to viewing all “circumstances” from these dimensions:
• The body
• The mind
• The inner self, and
• Through the lens of the soul and spirit.
If you are open to viewing “your circumstance” through alternative lenses (perspectives), please don’t hesitate to ask for me.
If you question, how you can grow and move forward or how can you build a bridge from a painful past to a healthier future? Please don’t hesitate to ask for me. Together you and I will seek wisdom, healing, and the personal growth that you came to Authentic Counseling Associates to find. I am accepting appointments during the day (in-person), weekday evenings (online or through facetime), and on weekends (online or through facetime). Don’t hesitate to ask for me when you contact our agency. I look forward to meeting you real soon. I serve Medicare clients and self-pay clients via Venmo, Zelle, or Cash at the beginning of a session. When you call in, please let us know what day or times you would like to meet, and if you want to meet in person or through virtual meetings.
I also offer wisdom groups and substance abuse/addiction recovery groups too. You can see them by viewing my website at www.enduringchange.net
Dr. Carol Breiling, PsyD, CATC-V
US Air Force (Ret.)
Authentic Counseling Associates
Authentic Counseling Associates of Sacramento, Ca also known as Sacramento Counseling offers therapeutic and assessment services to all ages in individual, group, couples, and family formats. We treat a diverse community population including those commonly not served and all diagnostic categories. We passionately pursue this vision by growing a practice of dedicated and talented professionals. We offer private and group counseling. We are also home to therapy training for new therapists. We serve the Sacramento region. Our office is located in Gold River, California.