Dr. Terri Thomas
Psychologist and Counselor
Doctor of Psychology, Master of Arts in Counseling, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Advanced Mental Health Counseling, Certified 5150 Evaluator and Writer
Life throws many challenges our way and we choose which action to take in response to those challenges. I’ve worked with people from various social, political, and ethnic backgrounds and the one thing that everyone has in common is that we all face challenges in life. There are numerous reasons that people seek mental health and therapy professionals, and those reasons are very personal and unique to each person. Finding the right counseling professional to guide you in learning more about your own mental health diagnosis, getting you through an immediate crisis, or feelings of uncertainty are some critical factors in getting you through the tougher times.
I provide therapeutic counseling care to individuals, couples, and families who have found themselves in need of making adjustments in their lives or who are wanting to learn more about a mental health diagnosis such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, trauma, obsessive behaviors, substance/alcohol issues, schizophrenia, personality issues, marital problems, or parent/child issues.
Congratulations on taking another step to provide great self-care in your decision to seek help from a licensed mental health professional. You have many to choose from and I thank you for taking the time to consider the mental health professionals at Life Skills Awareness to help you maneuver on your new journey.
Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor (LMFT)
Master of Arts in Psychology; specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling, 5150 and 5158 Evaluator and Hold Writer
The notion that mental health issues do not discriminate against a specific population has rapidly gained social acceptance. Unfortunately, the negative stigma surrounding seeking therapeutic services in hopes to alleviate these issues still remains. There is no limitation on the positive impact that proactive and guided counseling interventions can have on an individual’s quality of life. The obstacles that life throws at you are assured to continuously pose challenges that most feel they are ill-equipped to face. I feel the most important job we can take on in life, is the work on ourselves; therapeutic work naturally resulting in improvements in external interactions and relations. Acceptance, accountability, and the willingness to put forth effort can lead to life-changing results. I often hear an individual’s apprehension of seeking counseling services during their initial session, but most find it is a great decision towards an overall improvement in the quality of life. It is my personal and professional goal to assist any willing participant on that journey.
I am an independent contractor for multiple services with Children & Family Services (CFS); Preventative Referrals and Case Plans, Juvenile Probation Department, and Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse/Dual Diagnosis Recidivism Prevention Program. Care is provided for but not limited to those afflicted with Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia, Severe Mental Illness, PTSD, Interpersonal difficulties, Domestic Violence, Veterans, and Trauma. Populations served range from children, families, adults, couples, veterans, probationers, parolees, and senior citizens.
Modalities commonly used are Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive/Trauma Processing.
Patricia “Unia” Daniels
Associate Marriage and Family Counselor (AMFT)
Master of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
We all sometimes color outside of the lines, wondering how we lost our smile through this journey we call “life.” As a mental health counselor, I use a wide variety of therapeutic styles depending on the patient and their needs. I take pride in walking with my patients as they laugh, cry, grow, develop, and flourish through life’s challenges.
I am experienced in treating veterans, couples, families, individuals, groups, and children; individuals with relationship difficulties, depression, bipolar, anxiety, childhood trauma, personal identity issues, posttraumatic stress disorder, victims of emotional and sexual abuse, and individuals with addictions. I can help you improve your mental state, increase your self-esteem, and help you reach your own personal truth while uncovering your individual happiness as you begin to laugh again.
Associate Marriage and Family Counselor (AMFT)
Master of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Business, 5150/5585 Certified
In the four years that I have worked in the mental health industry, I have learned so much and worked with so many different types of people. I have absolutely loved every minute of it. I have experience providing Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy with individuals struggling with addiction and trauma. I currently specialize in treating at-risk youths and their families.
Associate Clinical Social Worker
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Member of Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
My name is Uniesia Gay and I am an ACSW, working on my way to becoming a Licensed Social Worker. I currently have been with Life Skills Awareness for 3 wonderful years and have worked on many of their programs like their Proposition 47 Grant and Reentry Program. I have also worked with their Probational Youth and Youth Sex Offender Program. I am currently specialized in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques, as well as providing counseling services in individual, couple, and group therapy settings.