Anew Day continues to grow in our Marriage and Family Therapist Associate program, which provides services that enhance the Lay Counseling program. The Associates can provide marriage, family, and child therapy for the general public. This program compliments the lay counseling program already in place with two differences: first, lay counselors at Anew Day meet with individual adults and teens only and while they do wonderful work with this population, there is sometimes a need for more. MFT Associates are able to provide marriage, couple, family and child therapy, as well as therapy for individuals, with issues that cannot be met in a lay counselor program. Second, there is a charge for this service. This charge is based on a sliding scale with a beginning low fee structured to reach those with insufficient funds to go to licensed clinicians.
MFT Associates are individuals who have completed a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and are in the process of earning their associate hours in order to become licensed MFT's, while being supervised by a licensed MFT. In accordance to California State Law every licensed Marriage Family Therapist has to complete a supervised internship before they can take their State Licensing exam. Currently, their availability is open without a waiting list.
Each day our staff of Anew Day fills the need of the community for a caring compassionate person to be there when life becomes painful and overwhelming. Our vision is to continue to expand to accommodate that need and to work with public and private agencies and entities in order to promote the psychological and emotional welfare of all.
"I was fortunate to gain all of my clinical hours from trainee-to-intern at Anew Day. Anew Day offers an amazing and rewarding opportunity for MFT Interns and Trainees to gain hours of experience and to gain rich experience within those hours. Anew Day provides a multifaceted cultural and socioeconomic client base including children, adolescents, families, adults, and couples with which to develop a well-rounded clinical training. The clinical supervision I received was professional, warm, enjoyable, and challenging. The supervisors challenged me to always consider the therapeutic direction I was taking with a client, my diagnosis of the client and, for me, my time management. Supervision was consistently professional with plenty of encouragement and direction and was done with the client's best interests in mind. We shared a lot of laughter also as we collaborated together in supervisory groups. I am so thankful for the training I received at Anew Day.
The facility at Anew Day has several individual and couples counseling rooms, group and family counseling rooms, and a dedicated Sand Tray room. It is a friendly and encouraging atmosphere located in beautiful Nevada City which allows for a delightful in-between-clients walking environment."
- Keith Thompson, LMFT (former Anew Day Trainee & Associate)
Clarise Brady, LMFT - Clinical Director
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Clarise worked at Nevada County Mental Health for five years. She then went on to complete her graduate work at Sac State University, with her thesis focusing on navigating life as a step-mother. She has been a licensed Marriage Family Therapist since 1987, and has worked both in agencies and private practice.
Although Clarise works primarily from an Attachment Therapy perspective, she utilizes a combination of approaches in her work with clients and in supervision. Her style is collaborative, interactive, and respectful. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Lifespan Integration, a psychodynamic approach to healing trauma.
Clarise is proud to be a Local Girl; she is a third-generation Nevada County resident who has been married for 41 years to her soul mate, Tim. Clarise is a mother, step-mother, and grandmother. She has a daughter in heaven, Avery, which gives her a special connection with those who are grieving.
Clarise is passionate about Anew Day and serving our community. She loves her role as a counseling supervisor as well as working with clients.
Keith Thompson, LMFT - clinical director
Please join us in welcoming Keith Thompson as Anew Day's Clinical Co-Director. In 2009 Keith Thompson decided to explore his interest in counseling and therapy after attending Anew Day's Counseling Skills Workshop. From that experience, he began serving as a lay counselor then went on to earn his Bachelors degree, followed by his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University in 2013. He received additional training in Mediation/Conflict Resolution and specialized training in EMDR, a trauma-based therapy. Keith is a member of both the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Association of Christian Counselors
Keith's other areas of expertise and interest include: Relationships and Couple's Counseling, Addiction and Recovery, Trauma, Infidelity, Abuse, Pornography, Grief & Life Transitions.
As a psychotherapist, I really enjoy walking alongside individuals, couples, and families as they navigate through life's difficult pathways. Deciding to come to counseling is a courageous decision which offers the opportunity to focus on oneself and to sort out the issues.
I strive to help couples and families shift from fighting with each other to enjoying each other; to help individuals step away from damaging behaviors and patterns; and to help adolescents gain and enhance their strengths and identity. I provide a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment in which to take the next right step towards new and healthy patterns of being.
Keith has come full-circle with his love for others, helping them live happy, healthy lives through the work he has accomplished through both Anew Day and his private practice. We look forward to all that awaits him as our new Clinical Director. Welcome back Keith!
Garrett Kronland, MFT Associate
Garrett Kronland has completed his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant University. Garrett knew from an early age that he had a fondness for understanding human behavior, and he started working towards his professional career by earning his Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of California, Davis. It was here that he took steps towards learning more about the dynamic interactions of human thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Garrett acquired additional experience and knowledge in the specialization of human memory by spending a year working in the memory research lab on campus. Moving forward to Graduate School at Alliant allowed Garrett to continue pursuing his professional career by merging his interests in psychological science with his passion and drive for helping people.
Garrett is comfortable working with all types of people regardless of their issues or struggles; and has varying levels of experience with topics including: depression, anxiety, anger, relationships, communication, co-dependency, substance use & addictions, self-esteem/self-worth, identity, grief/loss, stress, trauma, and PTSD. He has many years of experience working with middle-school and high-school aged teenagers in the local community, as well as with high-risk adults suffering from severe mental illness. Garrett also has a focused interest in helping people recover from PTSD, trauma, and stress-related issues. He has a strong and caring heart for military members and their families, and is currently planning on specializing in working with veterans.
Garrett takes a multifaceted approach towards therapy, utilizing a multitude of strategies and techniques to help clients navigate the therapeutic process and achieve their goals. Garrett's eclectic techniques bridge conventional Cognitive-Behavioral strategies with Narrative Therapy inspired perspectives to help his clients pursue preferred lives full of meaningful change. He believes that hope is a foundational component of transformative life-change, and he actively works with clients in helping them discover their own sources of hope. In this regard, Garrett is willing and able to integrate a person's own faith, spiritual principles, and/or cultural practices into the therapy process.
Viki Robinson, MFT/PCC Associate
Viki Robinson received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling at Western Seminary. Since she was in elementary school she knew that she wanted to go into a field of helping others become the best they can be. She has an Associates in Deaf Studies from Sierra College, where she discovered she had a passion for working with disadvantaged children. From there she pursued her dream of going to Hawaii to finish her Bachelors in Psychology, where she did a practicum course working in a school with low income special needs children. She was raised in Nevada County and now resides in the area with her husband and 2.5-year-old Labrador Retriever. She has over 10 years of experience working with children within the community.
Viki has always had a passion of helping people, and would spend hours intrigued in what others had to say. While Chemistry and Biology are not her specialties in school, she is always mesmerized when she hears about how the brain and body work. She is a kinetic learner, loves to be creative and to share her creativity with others. When she is not with clients or in school she can usually be found playing in the great outdoors with her family: camping, paddle boarding, hiking, fishing, ATV riding, photography, scuba diving, beach combing and much more.
She is comfortable working with all populations and topics, and has varying level of experience with issues including: various traumas both in children and adults, death, jail/prison, addiction, one parent household, anger, self-esteem/ self-worth, grief and loss, major life changes, special needs children, disabilities, elderly, suicidal ideation, depression, post-traumatic stress and more. She takes an eclectic approach to therapy and willing to integrate the client's faith into their sessions upon request. Through her training at Western Seminary, she has learned biblical principles and spiritual understanding and how to integrate with long standing theory and latest research allowing her to better understand and journey with her clients. She remembers how difficult it can be to make the initial call to a counselor and seeks to make her clients' experiences a warm, empathic and safe place to discover, grow and develop themselves.
Kendra Riley, PCC Associate
Kendra Riley is an Associate Professional Counselor who has always been passionate about healing others. She spent 16 years as a Registered Nurse prior to changing careers. She is trained in EMDR therapy, and often uses a cognitive behavioral therapy approach with clients. Kendra will be happy to work with any client, but her strengths are: grief, boundaries/co-dependency, anxiety, and trauma. Kendra does not see couples or family clients.
Holly Nielsen, MFT/PCC Trainee
Holly has completed the Master’s in Psychology academic program at Cal Southern University which fulfills the requirements for future licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She began with the professional counseling division at Anew Day in October of 2019.
As I pursue my career as a psychotherapist, walking with my clients through the painful, stuck, and fearful places in their present life and past experiences, I bring with me the unshakeable faith of inner knowledge that each person has within them the power to heal and break free from old patterns that no longer serve them. We are all inherently good and worthy and have an inner guidance that can lead us to what is true, good, and beautiful. Once we reach a place of self-compassion for the vulnerable parts of ourselves, where our suffering and loss of self has occurred, we can reconnect with the part of us that is inviolable, the part of ourselves that heals, loves, protects, and calls forth. When we reach this place, we begin to understand our own strength. Our sense of vulnerability, fear, desperation, and helplessness is fructified by standing in what we know to be true beyond a shadow of doubt: “This world was made to be free in. Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.”—David Whyte
I enjoy seeing clients of all ages, couples, and families. I have experience working with addiction issues, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, communication issues, grief, and trauma.
Brian Warrensford, MFT Trainee
My name is Brian Warrensford. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist in training. I am in my second year of the masters of psychology program at William Jessup University. My wife and I began at Anew Day as a lay counselor several years ago. We were inspired to learn more and eventually found ourselves at William Jessup.
My wife and I are working toward co-counseling married couples. We have known each other for 50 years and have been married for 22 years. We are best friends. I believe we can bring insight and understanding to troubled relationships in need of finding completeness. I am interested in all types of therapy situations and am open to all types of therapy modalities.
Darlene woo, MFT trainee
Darlene Woo joins Anew Day as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, after serving as a volunteer lay counselor for the past two years. She is in the process of completing the Masters of Psychology Counseling program at William Jessup University and along with her husband, Brian Warrensford (see his profile above), is interested in co-counseling couples and partners in troubled relationships as well as individual adults of all ages, troubled youth and children.
Darlene also has a Masters of Business Administration and has many years of experience using her financial expertise and counseling skills to help people manage money conflicts and debt issues. She enjoys providing a space where her clients can feel uplifted and can see a future where light and hope exist.