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Meet our Therapists

Candor Psychotherapy

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Sheena M. Turner-August, PhD, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

LMFT# 51087

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

(209) 666-1003

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Tania Cisneros-Ventura

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

LMFT# 109684

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

License #109684

Membership: CAMFT

Certified in Opening Doors Parenting Curriculum 

Certified in ACT Against Violence Parenting Curriculum 



  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Grief 

  • Depression 

  • Anxiety




  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Coping Skills

  • Depression 

  • Divorce

  • Domestic Violence

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Immigration, Acculturation and Bicultural Issues

  • Infidelity 

  • Parenting 

  • Relationship Issues

  • Self Esteem 

  • Stress

(209) 637-0555

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Maria Rodriguez

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

APCC# 5313

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.

(209) 666-1003


Patricia (Pati) Graves

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

AMFT# 134066

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.

(510) 606-3020

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Tiffannie Montaque-Jenkins

Associate Social Worker

ASW# 92399

My name is Tiffannie Montaque-Jenkins and I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker. I graduated with a Master's Degree in Social Work from California State University, East Bay. I have experience working with children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and couples. I specialize in working with individuals that may have experienced trauma, phases of life changes, depression, anxiety and/or grief and are looking to increase positive coping skills in order to grow from these experiences.


I have been a helping professional for over 13 years. I believe in working from a strengths-based perspective, understanding that our situations do not take away the strength and power we all hold inside. At times it may be difficult to see our strengths as it may feel as though the clouds continually block the sun from shining through on us.  I believe that we all need help getting over that hump. It is my goal to support my clients in obtaining the tools and skills they desire to effectively promote one's happiness and peace while helping clients achieve their goals. No matter the journey, each process starts with the person in the mirror!


I look forward to working with you. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have regarding beginning your therapy journey.


Jeanette Ayala-Rios

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

ASW# 11356

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and my specialties. I specialize in working with adults including adults with trauma, CPTSD, and PTSD. I also support people who are struggling to balance life and work, anxiety and depression disorders, grief, and relationship issues.  I work with individuals who experience high levels of stress, negative self-talk, life changes, and who often feel emotionally dysregulated. I continue to work in higher education providing personal, career, and academic counseling to diverse students including students with disabilities, English Second Language Learner students, international students, and Spanish native speakers’ students. Also, I worked for one year in the Regional Center of the East Bay as a Bilingual Case Manager for children and young adults with disabilities. Using a collaborative approach I worked with clients to craft individual program plans while also advocating in individual educational plan meetings for children’s needs in addition to supporting families in crisis. I work with individuals with the intention to walk alongside them in their healing by meeting them where they are and supporting them in their goals.


I am an associate professional clinical counselor, proud daughter of Mexican immigrants, first to attend college in my family and a feminist. Y me encanta hablar espanol! I started my educational journey in Rio Hondo Community College in Los Angeles at age sixteen years old through a dual enrollment program. I transferred to UCLA when I was eighteen years old and then graduated with my B.A. in Sociology and minor in education studies. I attained my M.S. in Counseling from San Francisco State University. I also am a current adjunct counselor in Chabot College where I support students in the here right now, draw from their cultural knowledge and experiences and build with them, and empower students that they have what it takes to succeed in college.

(209) 650-1246


Nancy Sahrling

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

LMFT# 121809

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


Additional Credentials

  • Certificates: Brainspotting Phase 1 & 2 - Pacific Trauma Center, Certificate Date: 2020

Amir Siddiqui

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor


Over 11 years of experience in providing individual,couples and family therapy services. I believe one is the driver and they can control how they want to live; however,I understand often times family, substances, past trauma, depression, anxiety, relationships, raising children, career/employment, financial, and personal struggles can be obstacles.My objective is to work with you in becoming aware and in creating solutions, which can counterattack these obstacles. Depending on your motivation this process can be short or long. It all depends on how much you want to live a productive Life. 

I also provide supervision to APCC's, AMFT's and ASW's.


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