MEET THE TEAM
LICENSED CLINICAL TEAM
Founder & LMFT92438
Feeling like deep down you're a piece of trash or that your life would be ruined if others knew what you were really like is no way to live. Every day having this incredible inner struggle just to get through your day grows old pretty quickly. Feeling like you know a lot of people, yet feeling alone starts to just feel really hopeless after a while. I know it seems impossible because you've tried all the things that you know or have read to do, but relief from your suffering is entirely achievable if you're ready to collaborate on finding the solutions that truly work for you.
I truly wish I had the power to magically heal people, but alas I'm as human as everyone else. In truth, I am a collaborator and you are the one that does most of the heavy lifting of changing your life. My job is to care about you, provide compassionate honesty, help you stay motivated, and teach you the skills you need at the right time in the process to heal yourself. You're in control and you can always say no to what I suggest. I try to approach this work with humility and respect for you because I believe you are strong and already have what you need to heal within you. Let's unlock it today! Learn more about how I think by checking out our blog >>
DR. CHRISTIAN LATINO
I help adults of all ages who seek a more complete life face and conquer their obstacles and suffering by understanding what these events can teach them about themselves and how they can be used to continue to grow into the human being they wish to be.
I truly believe that human beings have the power and strength to overcome any obstacle that they face, and it’s my hope in counseling to help you discover that power within you so that you not only overcome your present obstacles, but that you’re also able to overcome any future challenges you may face, too.
Also, on a personal note, a lot of people are curious about my last name: it is actually of Italian descent (though I did live in Mexico for a few years and do speak Spanish fluently).
Additional Language Capability: Spanish
I help men and women ages 18-45 who have found themselves lost within a terrifying and chaotic world to gain the strength, discipline, and willingness to make change toward living an authentic life. I offer compassionate honesty and understanding that will challenge you to work toward your greatest potential despite the fears that may keep you stagnant. As we make progress toward our goals our mood increases and research has related this to happiness.
Life can be overwhelming and often we feel misunderstood, judged, not good enough, inferior, and even worthless and burdensome. How could we not feel this way sometimes given the external pressures we face by society, family, friends, and this is in addition to our own internal voice? Why would we continue to take risks when it is so clearly dangerous, and it is?
As a therapist, I do not pretend I know you better than you know yourself. No one does. I don’t assume I can magically fix your life; that would be a foolish claim. What I can offer you is a relationship of trust, respect, and honesty. I’m not going to simply tell you what you want to hear and send you on your way. It can be all too easy to find this approach. In order to help you, you may feel worse before you can feel better. This likely means you are on the right path. Not only am I comfortable with the darkness, I will walk through the depths of hell alongside you until you are ready to leave. There is comfort there.
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!
I support people who feel defined by their complex trauma(s) or life adversities to understand that (while impactful) these experiences do not have to define them or their future. I believe that building confidence in their ability to understand and have control over their mental health is achievable and realistic. I support individuals in reaching their life and relational goals through the co-creation of a compassionate, attuned and reflective therapeutic relationship that allows people to explore and establish their own strengths and abilities. I provide explorative questioning and curiosity that allows individuals to think deeper about their own thought and emotional processes and to understand themselves in support of change.
In my clinical experience and within my own life, I have truly found that any path towards healing involves an attuned, compassionate relationship. As a therapist, I often find myself honored and deeply humbled to be invited into the pain and experiences of others. I love the feeling of deep connection that comes when I am invited into the vulnerable and tender parts of people's lives and I enjoy showing people the dignity and honor they deserve when they are courageously showing those parts of themselves to me.
As your therapist, I will be compassionate, understanding, and empathetic, while providing balanced pushes towards looking inward to find one's strength and abilities. As your therapist, I will work with you to move forward within sessions in a way that allows you to fulfill your goals and find balance.
Hey there! If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about investing in yourself or someone you love and I want to say - that’s beautiful. I help people of color between the ages of 17 and 35 y.o. who feel invisible, unseen and unheard. Who struggle with tendencies of eagerly wanting to please others at their own cost, speaking up for themselves because they're afraid of disrupting the peace, never feeling satisfied or "good enough," and people with loud inner-critics in their head.
As your therapist, I will be warm, empathetic, and light-hearted yet serious. In our work together, we will constantly look inward, self-reflect, and work towards accountability. You will rediscover your strengths, find beauty in your weaknesses, and find healthier ways to respond to life's difficulties that you are proud of. I will also encourage you out of your comfort zone to challenge old habits, traditions, and gain a wider perspective. Uncomfortableness will arise. Rest assured, working through it is a sign of growth and we’ll sit in it together. I would be honored to be a part of your journey of self-discovery. Everything you seek is already inside you. All I’m doing is helping you remember.
On another note, a small fun fact about me is that I love video games!
Additional Language Capability: Chinese (Conversational)
Many who suffer from anxiety and depression experience the symptoms you might expect. A sizable majority, however, also seem to battle daily with their “internal critic" - a seemingly separate entity residing in their mind that seems intent on robbing them of any joy or sense of real accomplishment in their lives. For some, this has resulted in feelings that their mind is at war with them and leading them on a path towards self- destruction. The internal critic often reinterprets one’s own mistakes (real or imagined) and turns them into unpardonable sins that are deserving of relentless mental clobbering of the self. Many of us also struggle with what is known as “catastrophizing” - a process in which a given situation is eventually going to turn into... well... a catastrophe for which he or she is going to be held mercilessly responsible. A common thread for many individuals who struggle with an internal critic is that stopping themselves from either worrying about an impending catastrophe and/or relentlessly beating themselves up seems virtually impossible – ultimately, an existence of what seems like perpetual suffering.
If this sounds like your struggle, I welcome the opportunity to work with you. I've been humbled to learn that many have felt safe enough with me to even share about issues they have never felt comfortable talking about with anyone prior to coming into therapy. In my view, this level of safety and trust is a critical starting place to effective therapy. I believe the things that weigh us down the most become much lighter when they see the light of day and are handled with the utmost care by the right person. Surprisingly, some of my best (albeit unwitting trainees) were the troubled adolescents I provided direct care to when I started out in the field 30-plus years ago. The most valuable lesson that I learned: the best way to affect positive change in the lives of these young people was to build a positive working rapport with them. Interestingly, they had far less use for me prior to my investing in building any relationship with them.
As your therapist, I am dedicated to providing you with as much healing as I can from past trauma. In addition, I am also invested in your developing coping strategies that either keep your internal critic quiet, or at the very least getting him or her to be a far less intense presence when showing up, as well as keeping it to a much shorter visit.
ASSOCIATE CLINICAL TEAM
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.
Supervised by Daren Casagrande, LMFT92438
It's a lot when we feel like it's so hard just to rest and relax - constantly feeling like we need to be doing something or simply just to be or do better. Work and endless striving are tiring pursuits. The grind gets gritty and dull. When the burnout hits, anxiety and depression can grow and all the things we have been running from catch up to us. The worry and numbness take over. Feeling drained, life gets harder. Relationships start to change. We start to be more irritable, or check out from the important areas of our lives. We often start to hide our inner life so others cannot see our pain or worry. Or maybe, you have been hiding it all your life.
Whether it is anxiety, depression, or relationships, we all have our limits of what we can do and handle. I help by providing practical skills to expand your ability to manage all of the stress, worry, and difficult feelings life tends to throw at us. I provide a safe place to find new solutions to your reoccurring problems. I provide an accepting environment to dissolve any shame or judgment that life has taught you so that we can get to the core of what you are going through. My goal is to provide authentic care, support, and a gentle challenge, when needed, to help you solve your problems at their roots.
Supervised by Daren Casagrande, LMFT92438
Business Operations Manager
I came from the non-profit, social services background where everyday there is an opportunity to make change and uplift others. For that reason it is with great pleasure I joined the Clarity team. Being surrounded by a group of people who encourage growth and guide people to overcome obstacles is both energizing and exciting for me. I enjoy being in a space where I know clients we help are getting closer to their life goals. As the business operations manager my focus is on getting clients access to care by expanding our resources to the community.
I am finalizing my degree at UC Davis with a major in Managerial Economics and a minor in Technology Management. After that, I plan to pursue a career in the legal field where I will be able to help others and create a positive change in the world.
The reason I love working at Clarity is because it allows me to be the connector between therapist and client. While I work on my own goals, I'm able to make a positive impact in someone else's life.
Onboarding and Billing Specialist
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.
A Note from the Founder
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 efficiently 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)