Child and Family Counseling Group
3880 S. Bascom Avenue, #115 .. San Jose, CA 95124
During her time working with seniors, Caroline realized her desire to acquire more skills so she could work in a more in-depth way with others. This was when she made the decision to pursue her MA in Counseling Psychology with a Holistic Emphasis, while continuing to work full-time. Following her graduation Caroline worked to perfect her skills working with children and families. Caroline studied at the Process Therapy Institute. She worked at Chamberlain’s Children Center with foster youth, as well as Chamberlain’s Mental Health Services where she saw children and families in an out-patient program. She also worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as other Developmental Issues through Bay Area Behavioral Connection as an in home behavior therapist and as a staff supervisor. In addition, Caroline has worked with court-mandated domestic violence offenders in a group setting as well as teaching parenting classes through an agency named A Turning Point. To further refine her expertise Caroline worked in private practice internships in the Cambrian area of San Jose where she taught Love and Logic© based parenting classes.
Caroline considers herself a “practical holistic therapist,” using what will be effective in meeting client’s on their life journey. She uses techniques like mindfulness training, directive and non-directive play therapy, expressive arts therapy, and sandplay therapy. Caroline works closely with parents, providing parenting coaching so parents can employ skills to make them feel confident in their interactions with their children.
Caroline loves seeing the unique spark in each child and working with families to learn what will make life easier for them. Caroline works with a variety of emotional and behavior issues such as ASD, developmental disorders, learning disabilities, childhood depression and anxiety, ADHD, ODD, children with sensory disorder, amongst other things. She has a great joy of working with children and teens of all ages, including toddlers and preschoolers. Caroline is glad to work with LGBTQ families and children.
In an endeavor to better serve her clients, Caroline is beginning her EMDR training. EMDR is a new, cutting edge therapy used to treat those with trauma and specific phobias. She hopes to be certified by the start of 2017.
Caroline Rains started her career serving others in the Health and Human Services Field since 2004. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology, she began working with adults with developmental needs. It was here that she first found her love in helping others find autonomy and living their lives to their fullest potential. Caroline went on work with the geriatric population and disabled adults, where she helped seniors live independently for long as safely possible by connecting them with community services, monitoring their needs, and helping them define meaningful goals for themselves.
Angela is passionate about supporting children and families to learn new ways to relate, support one another, and meet their emotional needs, so home can become more safe, comfortable and rewarding for all family members.
Angela started her psychology career in 2006 working in group homes for children with acute behavioral and emotional needs. Since then Angela has worked with teenagers in foster care in group homes, and provided therapy to children, teens and families.
Dawn has a strong desire to see families interact in a positive way. Using a variety of research-based techniques, she enjoys working directly with children and adolescents to help them feel safe as they navigate their transitions between different stages of their development. Dawn works closely and supportively with parents as they move through the many transitions of parenting. Home visits with Dawn are available in a limited geographical area in San Jose, Los Gatos and the Santa Cruz mountains.
Dawn has personal experience as a parent and stepparent in a blended family raising four children, two from birth and two from elementary school age, into adulthood. In addition to working through various challenges within her own blended family, she has volunteer experience as a coach for her children’s soccer, cheer, and softball teams. She has also been a Sunday school teacher of children ages birth through high school.
Dawn has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Palo Alto University. She has experience working with children, adolescents and parents coping with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidality, behavioral issues, trauma, parent conflict and relationship issues. While attending graduate school, Dawn provided therapy to children and their families in a middle school in Santa Cruz County, solidifying her passion for working with children and families struggling through life transitions.
Dawn enjoys spending time with her adult children, her husband, and their pets. Currently, Dawn stays busy with work as a project manager most weekdays, and dedicates her Fridays and Saturdays to working with young clients and their families at the Child and Family Counseling Group.
Rachel has worked with at-risk youth in various ways since 2003 when she spent five winters in the high desert of Utah providing a compassionate, consistent and humorous healing environment for teenagers. Working one-on-one and in groups, she emphasized students slowing down to look at their lives, identifying options and learning the skills necessary for change.
Following her family’s move to California, Rachel began working with teens and young adults with severe autism at The Bay School in Santa Cruz, using Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) methods to identify a client’s unique learning style. This was particularly valuable to help each youth to gain new skills, especially in responding to stress.
Rachel has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She has experience working with children, adolescents and parents coping with depression, self-harm, anxiety, autism, adoption related issues, behavioral issues, substance abuse, trauma, parent conflict and relationship issues. Rachel is also an experienced group therapy leader, having led groups with teens and young adults for over 8 years.
While attending graduate school, she co-facilitated student process groups and provided therapy to children and their families in an underprivileged middle school in San Jose, making positive, enduring changes in their behaviors and relationships. After graduation, Rachel created her own business to provide mentoring for teens returning from wilderness therapy programs and therapeutic boarding schools. During this time, Rachel worked closely with the families, therapists and schools in supporting the teen through this typically rocky transition back home. By creating home contracts, addressing issues as they came up, and providing support to the entire family, Rachel was able to help teens stick to their goals and implement changes in home, school and social settings.
Rachel has worked with children and teens in a variety of settings since 1997, beginning with outdoor education programs, preschools, backpacking camps, Junior Ranger programs with the National Park Service. Currently, Rachel stays busy chasing her two young sons and hiking with her family in the redwoods near her home in the Santa Cruz mountains. She is excited to continue working with adolescents and their families at the Child and Family Counseling Group.
Beth is also an accomplished motivational speaker and parent educator. Former host of the cable television show, "My Family, My Self," Beth has given seminars and keynote speeches at conferences for the National Center for Self Esteem, the NAEYC, California Mothers of Twins, and the California Council of Parent-Participation Nursery Schools, and her educational client list includes schools, churches, business and parent groups all over Northern California. Her articles have appeared in Infants to Teens, Bay Area Parent, Verraderra Magazine and other local parenting publications. She has published two parenting books-on-CD, and her talk, "Self-Parenting: First Adjust Your Own Oxygen Mask" will be coming out soon in a compilation of inspirational parenting talks put out by Success Media.
The mother of three children, Beth brings a wealth of personal experience (and a much-needed sense of humor) to her parenting advice and her therapeutic practice.
She has worked with children and youth across diverse ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and sexual orientations, helping them attention and focus problems, behavioral concerns, substance use issues, traumatic incidents, depression, and anxiety. Although she works with children of all ages, she has become passionate about working with teenagers, youth in foster care, children, teens and families with trauma histories, depression, and/or anxiety.
Angela frequently uses Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT model) to help youth and families find new ways of coping with past traumas. She has been trained in TFCBT by Tony Mannarino, the cofounder of the TFCBT model. She has often found in her work with youth and families that it is important to address any underlying traumas in order to move forward, have meaningful relationships and improve self-esteem. While it can be scary to talk about past traumas, Angela can provide the structure and support needed. Once a person is able to overcome and face their fear and learn new ways of coping, a great weight lifts and they are able to better enjoy their lives.
Angela works with whole families, as it is important for families to work together to resolve conflict, improve communication, and support each other in meeting their needs. Angela uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy, family therapy, and parent coaching to support children, adolescents and families in reaching their goals to have more meaningful and fulfilling lives.
Dawn Wingert is passionate about creating a safe environment where her young clients and their families can learn to see and reach toward their true potential and the best version of themselves. Dawn’s approach brings together Cognitive-Behavioral and Family Systems theories, using a strength-based approaches and age-appropriate play therapy. Dawn is a registered intern and supervised by Marté J. Matthews, clinical director at CFCG.
Rachel’s approach to therapy draws from Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Object Relations, Mindfulness, Person-Centered approaches, play therapy and Gestalt models to help families lead a happier, more fulfilling life together. Rachel is a registered intern and supervised by Marté J. Matthews, clinical director at CFCG. Rachel listens and responds to her clients while providing a safe, nurturing and gently challenging space for them to heal. Using a variety of research-based techniques, Rachel offers children, adolescents and their families the opportunity to gain insight and develop strategies to make lasting changes. Home visits with Rachel are available in a limited geographical area.
In sessions, Marté always explores what is going well, in addition to understanding the concerns and problems, in order to offer strength-based, practical solutions for parents whenever possible.
Marté has particular interests and training in:
Therapy models include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, expressive arts and play therapy, along with other proven approaches. Family play or sibling play therapy sessions can also be a part of therapy, if appropriate, when families wish to become closer or siblings need practice solving problems so they can learn to enjoy playing together.
For highly complex situations, Marté provides case management services and works with other health professionals, schools and other organizations to help meet a child’s and family’s needs, and will help with referrals to psychiatry, educational consulting, tutoring or educational therapy, legal advocacy or other professionals.
Marté received her Bachelors Degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences from U.C.Davis, and following a decade of work in public health, in women's health and oncology, received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Campbell. She has worked with children and families at agencies including EMQ, Community Health Awareness Council, Bill Wilson Center, and Starlight Community Services, where she also trained graduate students from 2010-2015. Marté is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2008. She owned a private practice in San Jose from 2008-2015. She recently completed her term as Parent Rep with California Association for the Gifted (CAG) for Santa Clara Valley and Santa Cruz County. She received certification as a facilitator of Children’s Treehouse CLIMB (Children's Lives Include Moments of Bravery) groups in 2004, for children with a parent with cancer, and as facilitator of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Model Parent Groups in 2010. In addition to her work with CFCG, Marté is a consulting therapist for the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research at Stanford University Department of Medicine, working with children and adults with life-threatening food allergy.
Marté has supported families facing challenges with their children since 1995. With CFCG, she enjoys offering child therapy, family therapy, and parent guidance or coaching to help families learn new ways to get along and thrive. Her approaches help children from toddlers and preschoolers to teens. In her work with children and families, problems such as disruptive behavior, anxiety and fearfulness, attentional challenges, grief and social problems can be addressed. She recognizes that learning differences can lead to problems at home, at school, and making friends.
Beth Proudfoot is a Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of experience working with young children and their families. She graduated from Stanford University with honors in 1979, and immediately pursued her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology at San Francisco State University. After internships at Zonta Childrens Center (Now AchieveKids) and Catholic Social Services, where she worked with autistic and other severely challenged children, Beth opened a private practice in 1985. Although she enjoys and works with children of all ages, Beth's specialty has always been working with school-aged children through a combination of play therapy and family work.