Ventura Clinicians

The therapists listed below offer both in-person and telehealth (video) psychotherapy at Positive Change Counseling Center

Sarah Rodgers, ACSW

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Sarah is an Associate Social Worker specializing in eating disorders, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and relationship issues. Sarah also has a strong interest in helping clients recover from religious trauma, navigate changes in belief, and explore the meaning of life using a humanistic, existential approach. Sarah works with adults, couples and teens.
 

Each client is unique, and we will work collaboratively to tailor therapy to your individual needs in an environment of unconditional positive regard, lovingly direct communication, empathetic understanding, and authenticity. Sarah utilizes an integrative approach to therapy that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). She takes a client-centered, strengths-based approach and implements components of mindfulness, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, and art. Sarah welcomes clients of all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, belief systems, genders, and sexual orientations to join her in working toward meaningful change and healing.
 

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Hanover College, Indiana and her Master of Social Work  from the University of Maine. 

ACSW #100857 (Supervised by Rebecca Boon, LCSW #84403)

 

Rachel Dittmar, MFT, PMH-C
Clinical Supervisor

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Rachel is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in child and family relationships, individual needs, trauma, and mood disorders including anxiety and depression. Rachel is further passionate about maternal and reproductive mental health and helping women and families navigate transitions through this period. Rachel graduated with a Master’s degree in Marital & Family Therapy from the University of San Diego (USD) in 2015.

Rachel brings a compassionate, open-minded and friendly presence and strives to create a safe environment for her clients to explore their feelings and bring awareness to their needs, supporting the client in their journey. Rachel firmly believes that everyone is the expert in their own lives and with positive support, can develop positive relationships, navigate changes, and feel their best. Rachel works collaboratively with the client to help them determine their goals and find their own answers, while providing specific tools and techniques. Rachel also believes that creating health and wellness in every aspect of one’s life will contribute to the overall health and happiness of the individual and their relationships.

Rachel is a Mindfulness practitioner and incorporates Mindfulness practice to achieve therapy goals. Rachel utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused CBT (TFCBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and solution-focused therapies.

MFT #115165 

 

Jennifer Maravola, LPCC

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Jen is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who earned her clinical mental health degree from Loyola Marymount University, LA, in 2017. Jen chose that specific program for its emphasis on cultural humility and the importance of integrating this into the therapeutic alliance, working toward healthy outcomes for the client. 

Jen is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and started her clinical journey working with Veterans who struggle with substance abuse and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Additionally, for five years, she worked with Ventura County Foster Youth and their caregivers providing counseling and psychoeducation through Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trust-Based Relational Interventions, focusing on healthy attachment. Jen also works with the college student population within the California State University system, and she is passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community, Veterans, and first-generation college students. 

Jen utilizes several modalities when working with clients, a few of which are: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Mindfulness practices. When safe and applicable to the therapeutic goals, Jen advocates integrating outdoor recreational activities to improve overall well-being.

LPCC #11198

 

Rocio Garcia, MFT

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Rocio is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who provides services in both English and Spanish. She is dedicated to supporting individuals, adolescents, and families in their journey to healing. Rocio has experience in treating presenting issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, strained parent-child relationship, developing coping skills to manage negative emotions, and life stressors and transitions.

 

Rocio prides herself in being a culturally informed clinician and in supporting first generation young adults with navigating the life challenges that come from their familial generational gaps. She incorporates interventions from theories such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Structural Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Rocio earned her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. 

MFT #122704

 

Stressed Woman

Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families