Meet our Therapists
Sheena M. Turner-August, PhD, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Dr. Sheena Turner-August is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. While she specializes in working with teens, her other areas of expertise include addiction and/or co-occurring disorders, trauma, loss and working with members of the LGBTQIA Community. In addition, she works with young adults in phase of life transitions and all individuals struggling with depression and anxiety.
As a tenured professor in the Psychology Department at Las Positas Community College Dr. Turner-August enjoys teaching in the classroom and encouraging students to find their voice and platforms of advocacy. She is passionate about social justice, and believes that it is important to facilitate this, not only in the classroom, but also in all areas of her clinical work.
In addition to continuing to conduct research, consult on the development of mental health programs and course development as well as serve as the Mental Health Coordinator for Las Positas College, Dr. Turner-August recently joined with a partner to open a nonprofit in Tracy to offer low-cost mental health services to the local community. Additional information about her nonprofit can be found at atozpsychotherapy.org.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
I’m therapist Tania Cisneros-Ventura. I am a bilingual, bicultural Latina therapist experienced in working with diverse communities. I have experience working with children, individuals, couples and groups to address trauma, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions. Life is not easy. We have all faced challenges and circumstances that have profound effects on our sense of self. Trauma and pain denies us access to hear our own voice. Unresolved grief, pain, anger, shame, guilt or emotional neglect silence our voices. Allow me to support you in your personal journey of reclaiming your voice and freeing your authentic self. I offer you a safe, supportive and challenging environment that will allow you to explore and grow in your areas of need. I strive to empower you to reach your full potential.
Years in Practice: 8 years
School: Notre Dame de Namur University
Year Graduated: 2007
Certified in Opening Doors Parenting Curriculum
Certified in ACT Against Violence Parenting Curriculum
Trauma and PTSD
Immigration, Acculturation and Bicultural Issues
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Many things are easier said than done in life. Especially, when you are in your process of healing after a loss, suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, or having relational challenges. I am passionate about promoting growth, personal insight, and confidence as our inner self is where the core of our strength lies. As a bi-cultural and bilingual (Spanish) therapist I practice a holistic approach with the diverse population I serve.
I have over 15 years experience serving at risk children and families in educational settings and community mental health/social service settings. My expertise is in working with adolescents and caregivers experiencing instability. I am additionally knowledgeable about public educational systems and strategies in working in partnership with educators.
I introduce a variety of approaches in therapy based on the individual needs of each person as I recognize and appreciate that no two people are the same. Some approaches used: mindfulness, solution focused, self/perspective awareness, and strength based. My style in working with people is consistently transparent, compassionate, yet straight forward.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Hi! I'm Nancy Sahrling. I'm a wife, mom, nature lover, fitness enthusiast, and very amateur chef. I'm also a Marriage and Family Therapist and private practice owner in Tracy, CA, affiliated with the group Candor Psychotherapy. I love being in private practice because I can focus on what matters most to me. Right now, that is being available for my family and guiding people just like you down a path of hope, healing, and understanding, ensuring you'll have the resources to heal and live a life you love.
What qualifies me to do this work? I have over six years of experience working with pre-teens, teens, adults, and couples, working through all types of issues. Since starting my practice, I've narrowed down the issues I'm most passionate about: anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, and identity exploration, and if desired, we can do therapy from a Christian Counseling perspective.
When we work together, you'll finally find the tools you need to live your best life. It really is possible. You can have mental health and healing, no matter what you've experienced or where you're at now. If you or a loved one is struggling to cope with any of the issues listed above, or are just interested in learning more, please don't hesitate to contact me today. I look forward to starting this journey with you soon.
Years in Practice: 6+ Years
License: California / 121809
School: Western Seminary, San Jose
Year Graduated: 2016
Certificates: Brainspotting Phase 1 & 2 - Pacific Trauma Center, Certificate Date: 2020
Patricia (Pati) Graves
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
I have been interested in working with children, adolescents, and young adults for most of my life. Helping them to improve their self-esteem, self-worth, and self-love. My training has focused on working with adolescents and young adults experiencing anxiety, depression, social isolation/social anxiety, trauma, sexual assault, autism, ADHD, suicidality, LGBTQIA+ identity and stress/anger. My approach to therapy is relational client centered. I use CBT, DBT, narrative therapy, art therapy, play therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and I actively work with my clients to select the approach that is a good fit for them. I have a relaxed-humorous yet direct approach to working with clients.
For 2 decades I have been working with sexual assault victims through different organizations in the bay area. Most recently, I have become a Certified Rape Crisis Counselor. While I have specialized in working with sexual assault/abuse survivors, I have counseled clients with different types of trauma. Helping clients to process trauma & create new coping techniques.
My goal is to help instill self-empowerment & confidence in clients decision making & in their own intuition. I believe in promoting & nurturing resiliency in youth. I believe to do this you must become a trusted ally with youth and let them lead in the therapeutic process. I look forward to working with you as you begin your journey towards empowerment.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Therapy can mean many things to many people. I am here to help you discover what it means to you. I have over 5 years of experience with individuals experiencing depression and/or anxiety, as well as those who have experienced significant trauma. In these times, day-to-day living can pose more than a few challenges. I also have multiple years of experiences working with clients to find their stride as they struggle with work-life balance and/ or relational issues. Using a non-direct, client-centered approach, I work alongside each of my clients as you take this journey at your own pace.
Through talk therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, I hope to empower you to see the light at the end of the tunnel using tools you’ve had all along. Together, we will work to unlock your tool box and guide you to a place of peace and understanding.
I have over 10 years of experience working with children and look to provide a safe and calming space for them through play therapy. If challenging behavior has become the focal point of your child’s school experience, I am here to support you and your child through this challenging time. I look forward to supporting you on your path to resilience.