We're pleased to introduce our team. All of our staff have special experience and training in working with children.
Marté Matthews, LMFT, MFC #45249
Clinical Director, Marriage & Family Therapist
Marté talks about her role at Child & Family Counseling Group, Inc.
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, she addresses problems such as disruptive behavior, anxiety and fearfulness, attentional challenges, grief, and social problems. She recognizes that learning differences can lead to problems at home, at school, and making friends.
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:
the needs of very young children and their families
unique social-emotional needs of gifted, talented (GATE) and "twice-exceptional" children
working with families facing serious or chronic illness of a parent, child or loved one, including life-threatening food allergies
anxiety, phobias and fearfulness in children, teens and adults
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 Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences from U.C.Davis, and, following a decade of work in women's health and oncology, received her Master’s 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 has been 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.
Inda Brink, LMFT, MFC #35276
Marriage & Family Therapist
Inda knew from a very young age that she wanted to help families thrive. With both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from San Jose State University, Inda has been practicing as a licensed therapist for over 20 years. She specializes in children and families, including those with special needs.
Inda has worked with many organizations over the years as a therapist, consultant, speaker, and trainer. These include Chamberlain’s Mental Health Services, Saratoga Union School District, Union School District, Boy Scouts of America, and various parenting and church groups. She also has direct experience supporting special programs such as Youths Exploring Solutions (supporting minors with law enforcement offenses to prevent recidivism), Dads Embracing Fatherhood (relationship-building between younger fathers and their children), and Families and Schools Together.
Inda has also taken her talents outside of the United States. In 1998, while in Brazil, she has served as a keynote speaker at a conference, led workshops for teens affected by parental drug and alcohol abuse, and served as a consultant to mental health professionals.
Inda finds that working closely with the entire family is the key to therapeutic progress. Using components of positive psychology to assess a family, Inda focuses on what is currently working as a foundation to build upon to help the family succeed. She understands that every family member has a unique perspective and understanding of how the family functions. As she listens and absorbs, she recognizes which tools to utilize to meet therapy goals. While a family may need to examine the past, Inda employs mindfulness techniques to keep everyone focused on the present and moving forward.
Raised in the Bay Area and Brazil, Inda is bilingual and bicultural. She cherishes her upbringing in a multi-ethnic household and community. As a spouse and parent herself, she empathizes with family situations and recognizes that there is always more to understand about your story. A long-time San Jose resident, Inda enjoys traveling, reading, growing orchids, and participating in 5K/10K races. Atendo também em Português.
Angela Dube, LMFT, MFC #97010
Marriage & Family Therapist
Angela is committed to supporting 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 enjoys working with parents with children of any age, teenagers, and children who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, and/or perfectionism. She uses person-centered and family systems approach with skills from mindfulness approaches and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She offers parent coaching, individual therapy for parents, couples therapy for parents with trauma histories and/or parenting conflicts, family therapy, individual therapy for children and teens, and play therapy. Angela has been extensively trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Angela understands that the most important and influential people in a child’s life are their parents. Therefore, she works with whole families, and sometimes only the parents, to support the family in improving their connection, communication, and mutual support. Angela knows the challenges that come along with parenting and is committed to supporting parents to become the parents they want to be. She has the unique experience of having extensively studied child development and is therefore equipped to support parents with their own personal challenges as well as provide concrete parenting advice on how to best support their children.
Angela has her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. 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. She has worked with children and youth across diverse ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and sexual orientations, helping them with attention and focus problems, behavioral concerns, substance use issues, traumatic incidents, depression, and anxiety.
Angela frequently uses Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT model) to help children, parents, 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. Angela recognizes the intergenerational effect trauma can have and is committed to supporting individuals, both children and adults, who have experienced trauma so they can break the cycles from their past. 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 and families.
In Angela’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her two young children and husband. She enjoys reading, yoga, gardening, hiking, biking, camping, and backpacking.
Stephanie Soto, LMFT, MFC #115166
Marriage and Family Therapist
Stephanie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a certification as an Art Therapist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, in the Health and Development Track and Studio Art at Stanford University. She completed her Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy certification at Notre Dame de Namur University. She has specialized in trauma and grief counseling for over 10 years with over 15 years of experience working with children and families. Stephanie is well-versed in several approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused, play therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Communications, Experiential and Narrative Therapy. Stephanie is passionate about guiding others to find their unique path towards healing. And she believes that as parents find their way through difficulties, self-care is paramount.
She has worked as an adjunct professor at Prescott and finds psychoeducation integral in the biopsychosocial model of treatment. Trained in Focusing meditation, she also provides various mindfulness and relaxation techniques to attend to the body-mind connection and has experience with integrating biofeedback in treatment.
Dawn Wingert, AMFT, IMF #98313
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
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 associate and supervised by Marté J. Matthews, clinical director at CFCG.
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.
Mishga Sohrabi Lebovic, APCC, APCC6022
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Mishga Sohrabi Lebovic was born and raised in San Jose and started working with children and adolescents from a young age. Being a first generation American from a large Iranian family, Mishga was more than happy to mentor her younger siblings and cousins through navigating various multicultural, generational, family, and social issues. This foundation in the importance of family and insights about multicultural experience inspired her career in mental health counseling.
Mishga is a registered associate professional clinical counselor, supervised by Marté J Matthews, Clinical Director at CFCG. She particularly enjoys working with adolescents from every cultural background, by joining with them in their interests first, connecting with each person individually, and learning about each family’s uniqueness and strengths. Professionally, she's passionate about helping children, adolescents, young adults, and families with depression, anxiety, trauma, communication issues, parent-child conflict, relationship issues, and with grief counseling.
Mishga started her career providing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) treatment to children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. During this time, Mishga's work as a Behavior Interventionist helped provide individualized treatment in managing various behavioral issues including temper tantrums, noncompliance and communication problems.
Mishga earned her undergraduate degree and her Master of Arts in Counseling at Palo Alto University with emphasis in clinical mental health. Mishga began her career at Starlight Community Services, providing a full range of mental health treatment to children, adolescents, and young adults from underserved, lower socioeconomic status communities in the South Bay Area. While at Starlight, Mishga served children and families in Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs. She received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) with Anthony Mannarino, co-founder of this treatment modality. Mishga also practiced Alternatives for Families (AF-CBT), mindfulness, training in anger management, narrative therapy, play therapy and drama therapy to meet the needs of her young clients and their families. Mishga also acted as a Care Coordinator in the Full Service Partnership (FSP) program for youth in need of higher level intensive services. In addition to her work at CFCG, Mishga is concurrently serving as a school counselor in a local middle school through a community-based agency.
In her spare time Mishga enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets, celebrating traditions and holidays, cooking and learning new recipes, and camping in the great outdoors.
Beth Proudfoot, LMFT, MFC #19708
Founder, Marriage & Family Therapist
Collaborative Divorce Coach and Child Specialist
Beth's Introduction to Child & Family Counseling Group
Beth talks about her role at Child & Family Counseling Group, Inc.
Beth Proudfoot has over 30 years of experience working with young children and their families. She graduated from Stanford University with honors in 1979, and immediately pursued her Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology at San Francisco State University. After internships at Zonta Children’s Center (Now AchieveKids) and Catholic Social Services, where she worked with autistic and other severely challenged children, Beth opened a private practice in 1985. After a hiatus to raise her own children, Beth restarted her practice in 2008 and created the Child & Family Counseling Group, Inc. in 2009. Currently, her focus is in working with couples in Collaborative Divorce, either as a Communications Coach or as a Child Specialist. More information about her practice in this area can be found on her website, www.bethproudfoot.com.
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 is the author of the Trailblazing Parent Series (see our Classes page for videos), and is co-author of “The Magic of Positive Parenting” by Success Media.
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