We're pleased to introduce our team. All of our staff have special experience and training in working with children.
Rachel Martin, LMFT, MFC #123236, Marriage & Family Therapist
Sylvia Rodriguez, AMFT #109599, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Marté Matthews, LMFT, MFC #45249
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
Collaborative Divorce Child Specialist
Angela works primarily with tweens, teens and parents with children of any age who are experiencing depression, anxiety, perfectionism, stress, and/or trauma. 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 sometimes 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, 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, and sexual orientations.
Angela recognizes the effect intergenerational trauma can have and is committed to supporting children, teens, and adults who have experienced trauma so they can 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, 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, families, 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, and other topics in order to grow personally, professionally, and to support her clients' growth.
Rachel Martin, LMFT, MFC 123236
Marriage & Family Therapist
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.
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.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Supervised by Marte Matthews, LMFT
3/15/21 - Sylvia is out of the office on family leave until further notice.
Sylvia is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist under the clinical supervision of Marté Matthews, Clinical Director at CFCG. Sylvia believes that therapy can help overcome life’s past hurts and challenges by providing a safe and comfortable place for children, adults, and families to look closely at the roots behind their thoughts, feelings, and actions as the catalyst for change. Sylvia has experience working with intergenerational trauma, single event trauma, anxiety, depression, school avoidance, selective mutism, and social skill development. She works together with the family to provide a holistic approach to therapy, and provides parent coaching in tandem with individual therapy, and family therapy.
Sylvia earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University with an emphasis in Latino Counseling, which provided in-depth training for multi-cultural counseling. At Santa Clara University, she focused on attachment based therapies and complex trauma treatment. Professionally, Sylvia has worked with children for over seven years, beginning as a Behavior Intervention Specialist, helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in school settings from a behavioral perspective, and as a therapist for four years in private schools and public schools throughout Silicon Valley. Sylvia has served children together with their parents of many diverse social-economic backgrounds and cultures, and has also developed a strong understanding of the school system. Sylvia uses play therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness, object relations attachment-based therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, all with deeply valuing the connection between herself and the client.
Sylvia grew up in Santa Clara as a first generation Colombian-American, so she has personal experience with migration and multicultural families. When she is not working, Sylvia enjoys bike riding, knitting, traveling with family, and cooking.
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Beth Proudfoot, LMFT, MFC #19708
Founder, Marriage & Family Therapist
Collaborative Divorce Coach and Child Specialist
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.
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