Meet The Team

DAREN

CASAGRANDE

Founder & Licensed MFT92438

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If you've ever felt like a piece of garbage or that your life would be ruined if others knew what you were really like - I can tell you that I know the path to relief. I have guided many people who are tired of feeling numbed out and emotionless or whipped about by the strong currents of emotion they feel to find balance and greater peace. I would love to help you find that too!

I do that through helping people to learn about how their brain works, and teaching them evidence-based, cognitive behavioral techniques for responding to what they are thinking and feeling in productive and healthy ways. Want some specifics? Check out our blog >> 

MICHELLE

WRIGHT

Associate MFT110382

To be in a space where we can feel understood is critical to healing. While having pain is human, having someone to help you improve your life and eliminate pain is essential.


If you often feel weighed down by feelings of anxiety or depression; or whether you are facing a life crisis, relationship challenges or personal issues; come talk to me. Together, we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root causes of your difficulties and build meaningful social connections. I believe that each person’s experience is unique, personal, and important.
 

As your therapist, I am dedicated to improving your quality of life. I compassionately create the safe space for your journey and help you find your way through the crisis. Whether your past haunts you or your life overwhelms you, I will guide you in developing healthy ways of coping and achieving more balance in your life.

KENNETH

MCNEILL

Associate PCC6865

Are you tired of struggling with your mental wellness on your own? We all have ups and downs in our lives. But wouldn't it be great to feel a reassuring undercurrent of serenity and resilience, no matter what is happening in your outer world?

What you want is equanimity, and the way to get there is by turning your focus inward, and becoming the courageous leader of your own internal family of mind parts.  Along the way, you will rediscover your capacity for awareness, creativity, and compassion.

As your therapist, I take the time to research, test, and integrate ancient wisdom with modern neuroscience for treating psychic imbalances of all types in a sustainable way. Allow me to help you experience the freedom and possibilities of a clear mind.

JADE

SUSTACEK

Associate PCC5626

Do you ever feel like you are going through life wearing a mask? Maybe you feel like you are pretending to be someone you are not, acting like everything is okay, when in reality everything is falling apart. Or are you feeling tired and burnt out from trying to impress those around you? 
 

At times, it can be difficult to verbalize or even understand what you are feeling. I believe that having a safe space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings and identity is the foundation to experiencing freedom within yourself.  This type of groundwork will allow us to work together so that you can learn new skills and new ways of thinking to experience relief and embrace who you are. 

 

As your trusted therapist, I am here to listen to you and advocate for you. Through my experience working with people from all different walks of life, I am confident that by working together we can create meaningful goals. I desire to teach you practical skills to support you in achieving these goals. Remember that you are capable and I am here to help!

HASSAN BARNETT

Office Manager

Hassan is a UC Davis Alumni, who double majored in Psychology and Communications. He's pursuing a career as a Marriage and Family Therapist, who can answer how the coping mechanisms children use in response to trauma shape their subsequent relationships.

If you were to ask Hassan why he's proud to work at Clarity, he'd say that he's always been passionate about providing accessible resources to his communities, and working at the front desk of the office gives him an opportunity to talk to others, listen for their needs, and meet their needs personally.

He believes that It's easier to know exactly what to offer, when someone can tell you directly what they're looking for, but continuously learns to listen for what someone might need and might not be able to express.

He's HIPAA certified, manages referrals an appointments, and validates insurance and payment plans.

I started Clarity Counseling in 2019 with one thing in mind: to help people with depression and anxiety feel meaningful relief from pain and suffering as quickly as possible.

After 10+ years working in non-profit and for-profit mental health organizations I grew frustrated that it took so long for people to experience relief from suffering related to treatable mental health disorders. This isn't to say that faster is always better, but when it comes to significantly reducing suffering - faster did seem important if the results were genuine and lasting.

After attending a training intensive from Dr. David Burns (Stanford University) and putting the approaches into practice I quickly realized the incredible power of his methods (TEAM-CBT) and their ability to add a critical dimension to my therapeutic practice. I continue to advance in the different levels of certification in his method. Those skills in conjunction with a unique session structure comprise what makes Clarity different.

I would be honored if you would be willing to entrust myself or my team with your mental health and I sincerely believe you will be happy with the results if you're motivated to put the work in outside of session.

Wishing You Well,

Daren Casagrande, LMFT92438

Summary of my years of experience:

  • 10+ years of continuous practice as a clinician (both with adolescents and adults)

  • 5+ years of management experience

  • 3+ years of organizational consulting

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