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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 >> 

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We all come from different backgrounds and our paths in life all walk their own course. However, despite our many differences, I firmly believe that we all ultimately want three things: to be seen, to be heard, and to be valued. If you’re lacking in at least one of those areas, you might find yourself going through some mental/emotional distress. You may also find yourself feeling like you’re just going through the motions, existing without truly living, and not being entirely sure as to why. The choice to come into therapy is an important first step on the path of rediscovering and strengthening your most authentic Self. This is the best core version of yourself that you were born with that never goes away; some parts of the world may refer to this as the Soul. However, as life happens, adversity adds up and stressors pile on, you may lose sight of that Self and perhaps you’re so preoccupied with what others think of you that you can’t even see yourself clearly. Your mind and body might be stuck in the past, or constantly fearful of the future. If you want to learn to simply and profoundly be, to reorient your focus to the here and now, then there is no time like the present to begin the process.  

Over time in our sessions together, I will work with you to bring more holistic awareness to your thoughts and feelings. In doing so, you will see just how much choice and agency you have in how you respond to and act on them. That is where you can reclaim your power as a dynamic, creative, courageous, compassionate and curious individual. It is my honor and privilege to be part of your process for however long we’ll be working together. If it helps, you can think of me as a “gym buddy”. Ultimately, you will be utilizing your own innate strength and capability to do the heavy lifting, but I will be there with you along the way to make sure you are safe, supported and encouraged.

I work with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) clients mostly between the ages of 13 and 45 years old, and it is especially a labor of love to be able to support folks within the Asian-American community when I can, as the cross section of one’s mental health and one’s cultural context cannot be ignored or swept under the rug. I look forward to getting to know you and witnessing you rediscover yourself as you embark on this honorable journey. 

When I am not being a therapist, I can often be found walking, cooking, playing music, listening to podcasts, watching movies or playing video games. 




A person’s healing journey is never linear or straightforward. It is sometimes marred with feeling the heavy weight of emotions that ensue due to trauma, grief + loss, continued systemic racialized/gender-based oppression, self-esteem, and more. These responses can manifest as sadness, anxiety, feelings of unworthiness, and anger, amongst others. In order to get through, we find ourselves needing help and feel that we can’t navigate the voyage alone. I am honored that you have decided to ask for help in a world that heavily prioritizes individualism and minimizes the value and healing powers of seeking help from community, including a mental health practitioner. I believe individuals are the experts at knowing what they need most. My place in your circle of support is to help you actualize and grow toward where you desire to be at this point in time.

If you are finding your journey impaired with strife, anguish, loneliness, hopelessness, disempowerment, and more, I am happy to assist you with your healing. During our time together, we will set the foundation of a safe space where I hope you feel seen and heard. Upon your consent and at your pace, we will work together to traverse the depths of your needs and uncover what’s ready to be explored. 

This journey might not feel easy but with intention and a helpful environment to cultivate healing, growth ensues—even the smallest progress is worth acknowledging. 

I look forward to journeying together.

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Feeling stuck in patterns, behaviors, relationships, and jobs, is part of our human experience. Oftentimes, we seek out what we *think* is best for us, only to find that we have ended up in uncomfortable, stressful, overwhelming, or problematic life circumstances. When we find ourselves navigating challenging situations, we may not know which direction to take, and it is in these situations that therapy can be a truly worthwhile tool.

I have a passion for treating anxiety and depression along with trauma-related diagnoses. In my work with my clients, I believe in  striving to answer the question, "what is it that's underneath these  symptoms and behaviors?" Determining the answer to this question can help me to collaborate with my clients to create the most effective focus of treatment for their symptoms. With my additional training in art therapy, I allow individuals to access the unconscious mind which can be paramount in facilitating discussions and in helping when individuals are "stuck" or are unsure of how to
verbalize what they are currently feeling or how they felt in past experiences.

I firmly believe that most people want to feel seen, heard and validated, and I try my hardest to create a warm, approachable space for them.  Once the safety and trust are in place, I guide them toward their goals.  I believe there are ways to establish and encourage empowerment and agency in individuals so they can eventually move toward being able to operate with confidence and effectiveness outside of therapy.



Licensed MFT131475

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)

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Licensed LCSW25456

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.



Licensed PSY32777

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




Remember when you learned to ride a bicycle? Maybe people talked to you about how to do it, but that didn't help you much; you had to experience it for yourself. If you're like most of us, you were probably really anxious about it, and maybe had a few painful falls along the way. But one day it clicked, and you felt free as a bird, and sped off to see where you could go. Possibilities opened up.

Mental health can be a similar learning process. You can talk about it, and you can have an experience: a new experience. If you're looking for deeper learning that shows up in the body, then I have the skills and training for you. This includes some of the most powerful and validated therapy approaches like Internal Family Systems, Coherence Therapy, TEAM-CBT, and ISTDP.

If you're looking for a steady hand and a little push, I want to help you be on your way to greater wellbeing.


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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.   


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


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