Team

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Marté Matthews, LMFT, MFC #45249
Clinical Director
Marriage & Family Therapist
Pronouns: she/her/hers
 

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.

 
Angela Dube, LMFT, MFC #97010
Practice Development Director
Marriage & Family Therapist

Parent Coach
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Angela works primarily with tweens, teens, and parents with children of any age who are experiencing depression, anxiety, perfectionism, stress, trauma, and are wanting more meaningful connections with their loved ones. She understands that parents are the most influential people in a child’s life and that parenting is the hardest job there is. Therefore, she works with whole families, and often only the parents, to support the family in improving their connection, communication, getting their individual needs met, and providing each other with emotional support.

Therapy with Angela always starts with building a trusting relationship. Angela offers parent coaching, coparenting counseling, individual therapy for parents, children, and teens, family therapy, and play therapy for younger children. She uses person-centered and family systems approaches with mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills. She has been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), CBT, meditation and yoga mindfulness-based approaches, sand tray, and Motivational Interviewing. 

Angela has her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and completed her Bachelors Degree in Psychology at Clark University in Massachusetts. She started her psychology career in 2006 working in group homes for children with acute behavioral and emotional needs. Since then she has worked as a case manager for teenage foster youth in group homes, and provided therapy to children, teens, parents, and families. She has worked with children and youth across diverse ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Angela recognizes the effect intergenerational trauma and attachment wounds can have and is committed to supporting children, teens, and adults to break the cycles from their past. This is something she is committed to on personal, professional, and societal levels. While it can be scary to talk about past traumas and attachment wounds, once we are able to face and overcome our fears and learn new ways of coping, a great weight lifts and we are able to better enjoy our lives, have more fulfilling relationships, and create healthier communities. 

In her free time Angela enjoys spending time with her two young children, husband, and dog. Angela loves to read, do yoga, garden, hike, bike, camp, and go backpacking in the Sierras. She is constantly learning about childhood development, parenting, trauma, neuroscience, social justice issues, and other topics in order to grow personally, professionally, and to support her clients' growth.

Brazilian child therapist in San Jose Inda Brink
Inda Brink, LMFT, MFC #35276
Marriage & Family Therapist
Pronouns: she/her/hers
 

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.

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Jung Won, LMFT, MFC 326866
Marriage & Family Therapist
Pronouns: she/her/hers
 

Jung Won is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She was born and raised in South Korea and moved to the USA in 2000. She is bilingual in English and Korean. Difficulties she faced in her childhood led her to study Psychology. Jung obtained B.A degree in Child Development in Korea, but she followed her childhood dream to be an artist once she moved to the United States. After receiving a Master Degree in Master of Fine Arts from Academy of Art University, she studied Art Therapy because of the profound influence it can have. Jung received her Masters Degrees in both Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in CA.

 

Jung began her work in 2016 as a school-based therapist and she worked in a different school districts throughout the peninsula and San Jose. As a school therapist she has experience working with diverse clients and families who struggle with anxiety, social anxiety, adjustment issues, grief, depression, anger, and trauma. Furthermore, she has conducted social emotional groups about bullying, coping skills, social skills and parenting classes.

 

Her passion is always working with children and parents so that together they continue to flourish as a family.  Her primary therapeutic orientation is Gestalt theory which encourages clients to find and grow their “true-self.” Jung loves to utilize art and play to build trust in her relationships with children and provide a safe environment, so children can express and develop their true-self. Because children can’t grow by themselves, she emphasizes the secure attachment with caregivers and healthy family functioning as well.

 

Living in San Jose for over 20 years, Jung recognizes many struggles and difficulties of immigrant children and families. As a first generation immigrant, she has a passion to support them. Jung has been leading and teaching mother’s groups and parenting classes at local churches and writing a column in a local Korean newspaper about mental health, healthy parenting, and family relationships. In addition, she is one of the instructors to train Life Line hotline trainees for the Korean community.

 

Besides her therapy work, she loves to learn more about the mental health field and share her knowledge and experience with the public through her writing, so she regularly writes on her blog. In her free time, she likes drawing, painting, cooking, and spending time with her three children and husband.

 
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Kristyn Tanaka-Roche, LMFT, ATR, MFC 82006
Marriage & Family Therapist
Art Therapist, ATR #16-133
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kristyn Tanaka-Roche is a licensed art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist. Her passion lies in working with children and families. She understands that parents have one of the most difficult jobs out there. She works to support the entire family through individual, family, and parent sessions to promote the most healing environment for the child to thrive.

Kristyn uses art therapy to connect with her clients as well as to help them overcome obstacles of fear, anxiety, trauma, difficulty communicating, and more. In her work with families, Kristyn has found that art and play therapy often give all family members a level playing field in a family therapy setting, as children are often more proficient in the language of art and play than verbal language to share their thoughts and feelings. Through this method, parents are allowed more insight into their child’s thought process.

 

Kristyn also utilizes Attachment Focused EMDR with her clients to help them work through and process out trauma, anxiety, fear, and more. She begins by helping clients connect to positive internal resources to provide a comfortable, safe, and supportive foundation for therapeutic work. She then moves on to the root of the issues at hand, including a child’s “disruptive behavior,” “social withdrawal,” and/or other obstacles that are preventing them from being the best version of themselves.

Kristyn received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University in California. She began her work as a therapist in 2008 as a school-based therapist. In addition to working with diverse clients in the school setting, she ran after-school and lunch-time programs to address bullying, self-image, gangs, sexuality, and parental drug use. Kristyn went on to work as a Classroom Therapist in a classroom of “emotionally disturbed” students providing extensive individual, group, and family therapy for children with severe trauma, behavioral issues, self-harming behaviors, sexual identity issues, and more.

When she is not being a therapist, Kristyn can be found hanging out with her two young children and husband. She enjoys capoeira (a Brazilian martial art), roller skating and rollerblading, dancing, camping with her family, hiking, and making art. Kristyn grew up as a fourth-generation Japanese-American and loves finding ways to connect to her roots.

 
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Waisi (Rebecca) Chan, LMFT, MFC 84700
Marriage & Family Therapist

Infant Mental Health Practitioner

Reflective Practice Facilitator II

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Rebecca was born and raised in Macau, a city that used to be a Portuguese colony in Guangdong China until 1999. She is bilingual in English and Chinese. Cantonese is her native dialect and she is fluent in Mandarin. Rebecca is capable of interpreting the two languages and the two dialects simultaneously in her session. 

 

Born a Macanese, Rebecca interacted with monolingual people from Mainland China and Portugal daily. At a very young age, she recognized the impact of language and cultural differences in a community among different ethnic groups and within a family among the members.

After completing her high school diploma in Macau, Rebecca left home and landed her feet on the Lone-star State. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Child development and Family Relationship at the University of Texas at Austin with Honors in 1997. Upon graduation, she returned to Macau, worked at different settings, and fulfilled the daughter’s duties to her family of origin before she pursued higher education and built her family in California. Rebecca obtained her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with Health emphasis at Santa Clara University in 2003. 

 

Rebecca’s primary therapeutic orientation is Attachment. She draws from Family Systems Theory and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to work with children ages 0-12 and their parents. She believes that every family is a system of its own; every member in the family plays a part and serves a function in the system. When problem or maladaptive behavior occurs, secure attachment and trust between family member allows them to open up and rock the dysfunctional equilibrium without jeopardizing the relationship. A rupture in the relationship allows room for every member to grow and achieve a new and functional equilibrium.

 

At the beginning of her career in Macau, Rebecca worked with youth in an after-school community Youth Center. Then, she switched to working with hospitalized children utilizing play therapy to help reduce the fear and stress of young patients in the pediatric ward. Afterwards, she took on a more challenging position at a Family crisis intervention center working with suicide, abuse, and domestic violence cases in teenagers and their parents. 

 

In the Bay Area, Rebecca has over 15 years of experience working with infants, toddlers, and school-aged children with special needs and developmental disabilities. She observed and identified the behavioral problems of children in preschool and childcare settings, developed modification plans, and educated providers and teachers on how to handle the disruptive behavior from children with special needs. 

 

With her Child Development and Infant Mental Health background, she specializes in working with children 0-5 and their parents. She helps parents identify the message behind little children’s behavior and the strategies to tackle the maladaptive behaviors and redirect them to more socially acceptable and functional manners. 

 

Rebecca also recognizes the stress on parents of children with disabilities and how it could lead to marital discord, social isolation, and multi-generational conflicts, especially among the Asian population where often times grandparents and relatives are very involved. 

 

As an immigrant raising her first generation children in the Bay Area, Rebecca hears the cries for help when there are language, cultural, and generational gaps between the American born children, immigrant parents, and monolingual grandparents. The academic and peer pressure on teenagers root from their drive to succeed, parental expectations, competition among peers, and the pulling between the main American culture and their own culture. 

 

Rebecca uses her reflective practice skills to empower and facilitate individual discoveries of “HOW, WHY and WHAT” autonomously:

-HOW one feels

-WHY one feels/behaves/reacts/responds the way they did 

-WHAT can one do to make a change

 

Rebecca believes a mutual, genuine, and non-judgmental relationship between client and therapist is the key foundation of success. She emphasizes the importance of building rapport, recognizing the parents as the experts of their child, and knowing that each child is a unique entity. Fairness in parenting at home and teaching at school is not giving every child the same thing, but to give according to what each individual needs so that every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. 

 

Rebecca resides locally with her husband, two teenage girls, and two big dogs. On weekends, she likes to play with her dogs, watch her daughter’s horseback riding lessons, go on lunch dates with her husband, and video chat with her family of origin in Macau. Her hobbies are cooking and baking. She loves creating her own recipes and her specialties are cheesecakes.

 
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Rachel Martin, LMFT, MFC 123236
Marriage & Family Therapist
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Approach
Rachel uses an integrative and strength based approach, tailoring therapy to the unique needs and wants of the child and family members. This approach allows her to help clients and their families learn to cope and lead a happier, more fulfilling life.  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.

Experience
Rachel has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She has previously worked with children, adolescents and parents in schools, clinics and wilderness therapy programs who were coping with depression, self-harm, anxiety, autism, adoption, behavioral issues, substance abuse, trauma, parental and relationship issues. Rachel is also an experienced group therapy leader, having led groups with teens and young adults for over 8 years. She has experience working with individuals, families and groups. 

 

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 and eventually finding her calling working with at risk teens in a wilderness therapy program in 2003. The adolescents in this program were “high risk” in that their parents no longer felt they could keep them safe at home. For 5 years Rachel spent winters in the high desert of Utah providing a compassionate, consistent and humorous environment for teenagers. Working one-on-one and facilitating relationships with other group members, 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, Rachel learned how to identify a client’s unique learning style and work with them to gain new skills and more adaptive ways of responding to stress. Her work here also reinforced her ability to collaborate with family members and support persons in providing quality, consistent care for the students.  

While attending graduate school, she co-facilitated student process groups and completed a practicum providing therapeutic services to children and their families in an underprivileged middle school in San Jose. This experience reinforced Rachel’s desire to work with children and adolescents in making positive, enduring changes in their behaviors and relationships.

Rachel created her own business to provide mentoring for teens returning from wilderness therapy programs and therapeutic boarding schools. Working closely with the families, therapists and schools, Rachel coordinated support for the teen during this traditionally rocky transition back home. By creating home contracts, addressing issues as they came up and providing support to the entire family, she was able to help teens stick to their goals and implement changes in home, school and social settings.

During her time working at Child & Family Counseling Group, Rachel broadened her experience to assist children and families navigate living with ADHD, anxiety, depression, high-functioning autism, and oppositional behaviors. Rachel also provides a safe and supportive space for mothers and fathers to explore their own struggles while parenting.

Rachel stays busy chasing her 2 young sons and hiking with her family in the mountains near her house near Helena, MT. She is excited to continue working with adolescents and their families via telehealth at the Child and Family Counseling Group.

 
Beth Proudfoot, LMFT, MFC #19708

Founder, Marriage & Family Therapist

Collaborative Divorce Coach and Child Specialist

Parenting Coach

Mediator

Pronouns: she/her/hers

parenting coach in San Jose Beth Proudfoot

 Beth's Introduction to Child & Family Counseling Group

Beth Proudfoot's role at CFCG is as a mentor and administrator. She accepts very few new child clients, although she does often work with parents doing parent-coaching online.  And she still enjoys parent education online and in person. Her other 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. 

Melenie Roberts

Office Manager and Mom