About Us


Robin Taylor KirkRobin Taylor Kirk, LMFT 
Owner and Director

 

With an integration of complimentary approaches, including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Ms. Kirk tailors treatment to that which is most helpful for each individual.  Insight into the dynamics that originated and continue to maintain problems is very important, but it is often not enough.  Developing the willingness to experience fully a wide range of emotions is one factor that makes change possible and will allow you to feel at ease in your life.

Ms. Kirk has been in the mental health field for 20 years and specializes in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety) and Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Compulsive Eating, Compulsive Exercise).  Her interest in Eating Disorders began when she was the Student Director of the Weight Control Clinic at San Diego State University.   After becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Robin co-owned Summit Eating Disorders Program which offered both an Intensive Outpatient Program and an Inpatient Program in Sacramento.  Many of her clients also suffered from an Anxiety Disorder and she became very interested in the treatment of anxiety, including OCD.  She is a graduate of the International OCD Foundation Behavioral Training Institute, has received in-depth training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), has participated in a 7-day intensive mindfulness-based stress reduction training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli and served as the senior staff member for an OCD treatment program.  As a result of her interest in ACT and her recognition of the limitations of an Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) model of treating OCD, Ms. Kirk developed Sage's Intensive Treatment Program which includes and combines ERP techniques with ACT core processes with the result that treatment tends to be much more approachable and integrated more easily than with ERP alone.

Robin presents at both national and international conferences on the subjects of Eating Disorders, Self-Mutilation and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and is an instructor in the Continuing Education program for JFK University and the Professional Development Program at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy in Marin, California.  She provides supervision for psychotherapy interns and consultation for licensed clinicians.  Ms. Kirk is a member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, International OCD Foundation, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.  In addition, Ms. Kirk has served on the boards of the Sacramento Eating Disorders and Outreach Program, Sacramento OCD Foundation, and the Sacramento Valley Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.  She is also happy to present to local groups, both related professional and general public, on topics related to anxiety disorders, eating disorders and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. 

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California License Number: MFC 37167.


Janet Spaulding, LMFT           
Psychotherapist

Janet believes each of us sometimes needs someone who will "walk awhile with them".  Drawing from systems, existential and acceptance-based theories to assist her clients in moving toward a more joyful, meaningful and effective existence, Janet's approach is warm, lively and personal.  Her past experience encompasses private practice and nonprofit clinical work as well as chemical dependency and codependency treatment.  Ms. Spaulding works with women whose relationships are suffering either due to depression and/or anxiety or with phase of life transitions (e.g.. first marriage, birth of a child, juggling careers and home, divorce, dating the second time around, empty nest).  Janet received her MA in Marriage, Family therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute in Chattsworth, California.  Her thesis "Sociocultural Factors Contributing to Rates of Depression Among Women" was chosen for Phillips' annual scholarly publication.  She is currently an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and is a contributor to Parent Magazine's "Ask the Expert".   

California License Number: MFC 40471.



Keri Turner, Psy.D.                                  
Psychotherapist

Keri has moved her practice to Danville, California and we wish her all the best.

If you'd like to reach Dr. Turner, her email address is drkeriturner@gmail.com and her phone number is 925.765.9036.

 

Ann Clark, LCSW 
Psychotherapist

Ann has worked in the mental health field for over seven years, graduating from California State University-Sacramento in 2005 with a Master's in Social Work.  While completing the majority of her pre-licensure hours at CSUS' Psychological Counseling Services Center, she provided individual, couple, group, and crisis therapy.  She also presented to psychology trainees and at campus wide conferences on diversity issues, women's issues, and techniques for managing intense emotions and suicidality.

After her work at CSUS, Ann worked in an intensive outpatient program treating children, teens, and adults with moderate to severe anxiety disorders.  Additionally, Ms. Clark provided individual and group therapy after treatment center hours.  Ann currently works with individuals in private practice as well as in the Intensive Outpatient Program at Sage.  

Ann enjoys treating anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship issues.  She has specialized training in treating the full spectrum of anxiety disorders.  For many anxiety and depression related problems, she finds tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure Therapy (ERP) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to be very helpful. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the International OCD Foundation and The Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science.

California License Number CSW 26864.


Melanie Mopsick, LCSW
Psychotherapist


Melanie practices psychotherapy with the core belief that you are the sum of all your life experiences.  While you cannot change your past, you can learn from it and gain an understanding and awareness of what gets in the way of being the best person you can be.  Whether dealing with depression, anxiety, life transitions, chronic mental/physical illness, loss/grief, or personality difficulties, the way a person relates and attaches to oneself and others is key to living a life and satisfaction and contentment.

Ms. Mopsick has been trained in Psychodynamic Therapy, both in individual and couples work, and incorporates training received in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Restructuring, and Psychoanalytic Therapy.  Melanie has taught in the graduate school of Social Work at CSUS, has worked with physicians and nursing staffs at local hospitals to broaden communication and problem-solving issues, has helped those experiencing an acute trauma with Critical Incident Debriefing, and is on the staff of a local Psychiatric Department as an educator and therapist.  She has presented both nationally and internationally on topics of Shame, Overcoming Depression, Anxiety Treatment and Etiology, Making a Correct Diagnosis, and Psychopharmacology.  Melanie received her education in Washington, D.C.. and Sacramento, Ca.  Ms. Mopsick is a member of the International OCD Foundation.

California License Number:  LCS 18010.


Julie JorgensonJulie Jorgenson, LMFT
Psychotherapist

Ms. Jorgenson has received training in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, including OCD.  Julie also works with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues which span from therapy for depression and grief to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. Julie’s areas of focus include the treatment of perinatal (pregnancy and postpartum) depression and anxiety, pregnancy loss, codependency, teens, and couples. Julie holds a Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, Sacramento.

Julie is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and is actively involved in several local chapters.

 

 California License Number: MFC 53546 . 

   
Deborah Miller-Froh, MA
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern


Deborah treats PTSD/Trauma, OCD and Anxiety Disorders, stress and wellness issues and psychosomatic issues.  She has training and clinical experience in ACT and other mindfulness-based therapies. Ms. Miller-Froh attended the California Institute of Integral Studies and received her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from JFK University's School of Holistic Studies with specialization in Somatic Psychology.  She is a graduate of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Level 1 Training for the Treatment of Trauma and is a former professional modern dancer, Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Massage Therapist.  

Deborah is a member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CAMFT,  the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy and the Association for Contextual Behavior Science (ACBS).
California Intern Registration Number:  IMF 69374.

All services provided under the supervision of Robin Taylor Kirk, LMFT (MFC 37167).


Fiona Arenson, MS
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern


Fiona employs a collaborative approach in working with clients with a wide range of life's challenges and psychological issues which include anxiety, depression, OCD, marital distress and conflict, development and improvement of communication skills, life transitions, codependency, trauma, grief and loss.  Her work incorporates cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, acceptance and interpersonal approaches to therapy.  Ms. Arenson prides herself in providing a sensitive, non-judgmental and supportive environment for her clients.  Fiona received her MS in Marriage and Family therapy from California State University, Sacramento and holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology.

Fiona is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), the American Association of Marriage and Family therapists (AAMFT) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).  California Registered Intern Number:  IMF 30307.  

All services provided under the supervision of Robin Taylor Kirk, LMFT (MFC 37167).


Hillary Sandoval, MA
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern

Hillary has a passion for connecting with people and enjoys working with a broad range of clients.  Her areas of focus are anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, and attachment.  Hillary's work incorporates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and humanistic approaches, but she tailors her approach to fit each client's needs.  S
he has experience working with children, teens and adults with anxiety disorders, depression disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse issues and self-harming behaviors.  Hillary's calm and present energy helps facilitate a safe and comfortable space for clients to heal, thrive, and grow to be their full selves.  


Hillary holds her BA in psychology and her MA in Counseling Psychology from The University of San Francisco.  She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).  California Registered Intern Number IMF:  74360.

All services provided under the superivision of Janet Spaulding, LMFT (MFC 40401).