Telehealth (Video Therapy) Clinicians
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, all of the therapists at Positive Change Counseling Center are able to provide telehealth sessions for their clients. The following therapists ONLY provide telehealth sessions and do not offer in-person sessions.
*Clients must physically be in the state of CA during telehealth session*
Marissa Muniz, AMFT
Registered AMFT #118074 (Telehealth Video Sessions Only)
Supervised by Janette (Sol) Valverde, MFT #85853
Marissa is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist who is passionate about building a strong therapeutic relationship by way of collaboratively creating a safe and transparent space for individuals. She has expertise providing individual, group, couples, and forensic psychotherapy to adolescents, teens and adults. Marissa has obtained skills in treating a variety of painful life experiences including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, complex trauma, suicidality, homicidality, personality disorders and interpersonal conflict. Specific clinical settings include private practice, intensive outpatient care, and mandated therapy working with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Marissa received her BA in Psychology from The University of California, Riverside, and received her MA in Clinical Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy, from Point Loma Nazarene University. She also holds several certifications in Suicide Assessment, Somatic Experiencing, and is working towards her certificate of Somatic Experience Practitioner with The Trauma Institute. Marissa utilizes a variety of techniques based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and The Transtheoretical Model. She also incorporates non-judgmental awareness and radical empathy into her clinical practice, with the intent to meet clients wherever they’re at in their journey.
Human experience is hard enough to process, but our strength is not measured by how much we are willing to endure. Marissa desires to walk beside you with compassion and cultural sensitivity, while also committing to continue to grow, learn and challenge herself to maintain a trusting and secure therapeutic alliance.
Kasi (Kazaran) Barkawi-Buck, MFT
MFT #50604 (Telehealth Video Sessions Only)
Kasi was born and raised in Southern California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from CSU, Long Beach and Master of Arts in Counseling Educational Psychology, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from the University of Nevada, Reno. Kasi is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She relocated to San Diego, California with her spouse who is active duty in the United States Navy.
Kasi provides therapy to individuals, couples, children and families. Kasi helps to guide her clients to achieve their optimal level of contentment. Specialized to work with life stressors, conflicts with interpersonal relationships, difficulty with communication, feelings of sadness and worry, grief, fluctuations in energy and mood, loss of interest, negative thinking, self-esteem, abuse and trauma. Familiar with the military community; welcome military spouses and children.
Trained in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, Brief/ Solution Focused Therapy, Stress Management, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
Megan "Meggie" Zanger, LPCC
LPCC #5688 (Telehealth Video Sessions Only)
Meggie provides a compassionate, judgement-free, safe space in which she collaborates with clients to work through life’s challenges. Meggie promotes the idea that while pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. She helps clients develop psychological flexibility to prevent pain from becoming suffering. Meggie believes practicing acceptance and self-compassion is integral to achieving wholistic wellness and incorporates interventions that she practices in her own life.
Since earning her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of San Diego, Meggie has worked in a variety of settings including universities, community non-profit agencies, residential treatment facilities, and private practice, providing individual, family, and couples therapy to children, teens, and adults. She has experience treating anxiety, issues of identity/self-esteem, relationship problems, trauma, adjustment disorders, and loss. Meggie’s compassion, multicultural competency, and self-awareness of her own social identities has assisted her in connecting with clients who represent diverse backgrounds.
Meggie’s clinical passions include working with college students, empowering woman to find their voice, reduce shame, and improve their self-worth, supporting survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, aiding clients in their career discernment process as well as other life transitions, promoting sexual health, teaching parenting skills, and incorporating spirituality and mindfulness into treatment.
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” – Brene Brown, Ph.D
Lauren Foss, MFT
MFT #117146 (Telehealth Video Sessions Only)
Lauren is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with Honors, from California State University, San Bernardino in 2009 and a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino in 2016. As an undergraduate, Lauren volunteered to support foster youth as well as individuals receiving hospice care, provided behavioral support to children with Autism and other neurodevelopmental delays as well as their families, and assisted with inpatient wellness groups. Since 2014, Lauren has practiced as a Marriage and Family Therapist treating a variety of issues including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, developmental and relational trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anger management, and parenting skills, and she has provided services within multiple settings including schools, inpatient hospitals, and outpatient agencies. Lauren has worked with children and families, teens and transitional age youth, as well as adults and older adults.
Lauren uses an integrative approach to therapy which is rooted in attachment theory and a client-centered philosophy. Lauren values the working alliance between therapist and client as it can be a powerful vehicle for change. For this reason, she aims to foster a sense of security and self-empowerment within session. Depending on your needs, Lauren also includes interventions from evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy.
Brittany (Holmes) Henson, MFT
MFT #100388 (Telehealth Video Sessions Only)
"All the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming"- Helen Keller.
Life is full of obstacles, ups and downs, transitions, and changes; sometimes we need additional support to get through them. Seeking therapy is a sign of strength and Brittany believes that you are the expert on your own life. Establishing a safe, caring, collaborative relationship is critical to therapeutic success and Brittany will strive to create a warm, nonjudgmental and flexible environment. Utilizing a strengths-based approach, she focuses on empowering you to make positive changes in your life and your relationships.
In her practice, Brittany provides support to clients struggling with a myriad of issues including depression, anxiety, relationships, drug and alcohol abuse/dependence, codependency, grief and bereavement, new/expectant parents, life transitions and traumatic experiences. She is a Certified Facilitator for Bringing Baby Home workshops to prepare couples as they transition into parenthood and can incorporate this into her therapy sessions.
Brittany's experience includes working with adults, adolescents and families. Her goal is to work with each client from a collaborative and solution-focused perspective, utilizing interventions that fit your unique needs. Brittany's perspective as a therapist: "I see myself merely as a safe mode of transportation to help you on your journey; I am the car and YOU are the driver. Let's go!"