Alisha Boley, LMFT 52447
"I feel that all the experiences that I have gathered has prepared me to be able to provide therapy to even the most challenging client. My passions include helping clients overcome issues, and assisting in creating the life that clients want to live."
She obtained her B.A from San Jose State University, and her M.A from Pepperdine University. She began her career providing individual therapy to seriously mentally ill adults in a Psychiatric facility, in Southern California. She moved back to the Bay Area (East Bay) in 2006, where she continued to obtain her intern hours at various settings. This included individual therapy to adults, adolescents, and couples therapy in a non-profit agency; providing family counseling to a wide range of clientele, and working with adolescents through the local continuation high school, with Horizons Family Counseling. In 2011 she gained experience while being the Program Director of a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Facility for Adolescents, she then transitioned to being a Program Manager for a Foster Group Home, then a Mental Health Clinician for San Joaquin County providing therapeutic case management to seriously mentally ill adults transitioning into the community. She branched out in Independent Contracting with St Vincent's providing individual counseling to foster care kids transitioning from group home to foster care placement. After getting licensed she moved to the South Bay in 2012 and transitioned to providing group therapy to young adults through BACA's (Bay Area Children's Association) Young Adult IOP Program. At the beginning of 2015 she opened Thrive Family Therapy, a private practice business to continue to provide quality counseling to adolescents, adults, couples, and families.
Alisha's interests include being artistic, camping, connecting with friends and family, and creating memories. In her personal time, she enjoys spending it with her family.
Andrew Schnell, MFT Intern 79008
“As human beings we learn, develop meaning, and create a sense of purpose through each other and the relationships we form. In the same spirit I believe the therapeutic process is driven by the relationship formed between the client and the therapist. I hope to create an empathetic, nonjudgmental atmosphere where you feel safe and empowered to work toward personal growth and creating lasting change.”
After Drew earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Dayton, he moved to Chicago to work for Thresholds, a groundbreaking program providing community based outreach to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. He eventually pursued doctoral studies at The Adler School of Professional Psychology, earning a M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 2010. While in graduate school he teamed with NAMI to help pilot a mental health consumer sensitivity education program for mental health providers in Chicago.
Drew has worked in a diverse range of mental health settings with children, teens, adults, and families. This includes private practice, residential facilities, foster care, county mental health, juvenile hall, and school settings. His areas of specialization and interest include: Family therapy, treatment of depression/anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, childhood trauma, transition age youth, grief and loss, couples' issues, sleep health, and nutrition/exercise. He brings his skills in the mind-body therapies of Mindfulness, Hypnosis, Biofeedback, and EMDR, to Thrive Family Therapy.
Drew loves hiking and going on family outings with his wife, toddler son, and dog too.
Desiree Hedberg, MFT Intern 77032
"There are times when life can feel overwhelming, confusing, and like a non-stop carousel ride. Therapy is like choosing a guide to help you navigate your path to emotional sanctuary and growth. You have someone to walk with you, to bounce ideas and feelings off of, without judgement. Let this be the space and time to still the noise and find your way."
Desiree began her career in counseling working in Santa Clara County with HIV positive clients. She soon found herself at an internship with Hospice of the Valley, specializing in grief work with both adults and children. At her internship at San Jose YWCA, she worked with a broad spectrum of people dealing with anxiety and disability challenges, to couples work, to children dealing with social and behavioral challenges. Desiree provides an LGBTQ friendly space. She continues her training to work with transgender clients (adults and youth), as well as couples, and alternative sexuality and lifestyles.
Desiree uses a very person-centered focus combined with mindfulness and a Psychodynamic approach to help clients figure out where they have been, where they are, and where they’d like to be with themselves in the world. Desiree brings her experience and therapeutic approaches to Thrive Family Therapy to assist clients at their pace.
In her down time, you’re likely to find Desiree hiking with her family, going on bike rides, entertaining her boisterous dogs, or enjoying a good book somewhere in a cozy reading nook.
Veiss Zanideh, LMFT 100020
"As a therapist, I strive to empower clients to make meaningful changes in their lives to create balance and foster growth. This empowerment begins with building a collaborative therapeutic relationship based on trust and understanding. Through this important collaborative journey, I’m committed in providing my clients with a warm and nonjudgmental environment to work together towards creating their best self and engage in a meaningful way in their lives."
Veiss holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with two emphases, Marriage and Family therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling from University of San Francisco. She has been working in a community based organization in Mountain View, CHAC, and offers affordable therapy to Children, Teenagers, Adults, Families and Couples, as well as running support groups at a grief agency, KARA in Palo Alto. She also has been working with Sunnyvale and Mountain View School Districts, counseling students at elementary and middle schools, and working as a mental health specialist for children with IEP cases. She brings her education and experience and bilingual ability to Thrive Family Therapy in English and Farsi.
During her years of experience, Veiss has worked with a wide variety of life issues including Depression, Anxiety, Relational difficulties, Self-Esteem, Parenting, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss, Cultural Diversity, Cultural shock and Trauma. She utilizes different theoretical approaches including CBT, Existential, Solution focused, Strength based, Family system, and Mindfulness strategies, tailored to the particular needs of each client considering their needs and strengths in a comfortable, non-judgmental, and supportive atmosphere.
Some of the activities Veiss enjoys is dancing, reading and being in nature with her little dog.
Autumn Lampinen, LPCC 2349
“I believe everyone can benefit from therapy because all individuals experience adversity in life and opportunities for growth. Every person can learn skills to empower themselves to feel better with the help of a skilled and caring therapist. My role as your therapist is to collaborate with you to identify your strengths so you can overcome adversity, achieve your goals, and find peace.”
Autumn Lampinen graduated from the University of Florida with Masters and Education Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. As an LPCC in Washington, DC, she honed her skills treating adolescents and adults seeking crisis stabilization, inpatient and outpatient mental health services, and drug and alcohol addiction treatment. In California, Autumn has been serving clients with a variety of mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, relationship, lifestyle satisfaction, and adjustment issues.
Autumn specializes in adolescents and adults with mental health and substance abuse problems (co-occurring/dual diagnosis). This includes addressing depression, bipolar, anxiety, adjustment, paraphilic, and other diagnoses as well as drug/alcohol abuse. General therapy needs also addressed include relationship/social problems, self-esteem, self-acceptance, overcoming obstacles, processing our past experiences, and enacting change. Her theoretical approach includes Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies (CBT/DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused therapy. Autumn brings her knowledge and experience to assisting clients through Thrive Family Therapy.
In her free time, Autumn enjoys spending time with her husband and children in the great outdoors, traveling reading, and playing her ukulele.
Irmak Basaran, PCCI 1363
“A simple fact is life is challenging but as human beings, we all have the capacity and the power to deal with issues although it can be tiring and disheartening at times. So, sometimes all we need is a hand to lift us up. Having acknowledged the unpleasant rollercoaster, I welcome my clients with compassion and unconditional positive regard, and collaborate with them to help explore themselves at a greater level, discover their strengths, build confidence and re-establish a balanced happy life.”
Originating from Istanbul, Turkey, Irmak got her BA in Sociology, moved to San Francisco in 2009 to pursue higher education in the field of Psychology, and earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the California School of Professional Psychology. Irmak gained significant clinical experience working with clients of all age groups presenting with diverse issues, socioeconomic statuses, cultural and racial identities and sexual orientation. Having specialized in trauma-focused services, severe emotional disturbances and co-occurring diagnoses, she has provided individual, group, family, and couples services at non-profit community agencies, county mental health outpatient clinics, public schools, and correctional facilities.
Irmak utilizes evidenced-based methods (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing) integrated with Strength-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, and Play and Art Therapies with a focus on whole-person care, and treats depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, adjustment difficulties, disruptive behavior, substance abuse, attachment and relationship issues, low self-esteem, gender identity issues, cultural identity issues, women’s issues, and bereavement. She skillfully ties her background in Sociology to her therapy work and conceptualizes her clients’ issues in relation to their social environment and upbringing. Irmak accepts children, teens, and adults and her services are uniquely available in English and Turkish at Thrive Family Therapy.
Irmak loves outdoor activities, travelling, concerts, reading, and quality time with family and friends. She adores animals and enjoys training her recently adopted rescue furry buddy