Our Practice

Eric C. Frank, LCSW

Do you have anxiety or panic attack daily?

Are your becoming a prisoner to your obsessions, compulsions, or addictive behaviors?

Is your anger and rage becoming out of control or too difficult to manage?

Eric Frank is known for his simplified approach to solving problems and providing alternatives to the repetitive cycles that can become costly to individual growth. He has a passion for empowering others and seeks to offer a personable, focused, and responsive experience in therapy. Clients have often said that his approach is calming and is tailored toward finding the most respectful method to resolving their problems.

His clinician passions are working obsessive-compulsive behaviors, panics attacks, general/specific anxiety, addictions, anger, and life coaching, especially toward reaching new goals in life. He is the Director and Clinical Supervisor of Lifeskills Counseling.

Mr. Frank has a Master of Social Work and is currently licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCS#22363). He currently accepts private pay clients and those who are looking to use their health insurance benefits from Aetna, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, MHN, TriCare, and TriWest VA Choice as well EAP benefits through ACI, Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, ComPsych, EAP Consultants, and Value Options.

Rhaelynne Scherr, LCSW

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Bobbie Schorr, PsyD, MFT

Are you looking to improve your communication, trust, satisfaction or just overall quality of your relationship?

Do you find yourselves stuck in fights over the same perpetual issues?

Is your relationship struggling to recover from an affair or other betrayal?

I am committed to help create and maintain greater love and health in relationships through increased respect, affection, and closeness with your partner. My goal is to create a greater understanding between you and your partner in order to reduce conflict, enhance friendship and intimacy and help create shared meaning and life visions.

Bobbie specializes in working with both civilian & military families with extensive experience helping individuals, children, couples and families manage the trials of civilian/military life, including but not limited to deployment and relocation. Bobbie has experience with adolescents in residential treatment, combat veterans with PTSD, adults/children struggling with substance issues, and in hospice dealing with grief and loss. Bobbie acts as a coach through difficult life experiences. Bobbie’s approach is helping to instill hope and motivation in order to become unstuck and rebuild self-esteem. Bobbie can provide individual, couples or family counseling with issues that include but are not limited to grief and loss, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, ADHD, adjustments/life transitions and relational issues. Bobbie takes a solution focused approach to help focus on strengths and goals of the individuals involved in treatment. Bobbie specializes in working with couples under the Gottman method. The goal is to help couples improve their dysfunctional interactional patterns by focusing on relationship repair, building emotional safety, trust, bonding, love, intimacy, friendship and communication.

Ms. Schorr is registered with the Board of Behavioral Services as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT50044). She currently accepts self-pay clients and those who are looking to their health insurance benefits from Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, MHN, TriCare, and TriWest VA Choice as well EAP benefits through Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, EAP Consultants, and Value Options.

Brandi Allee, MFT, CATC-IV

Does your shopping, gambling, or substance use put a strain on your family or professional life?

Have you been thinking about making a change in your life but have had a difficult time getting started?

Do you and your partner continue to argue about the same problems without ever reaching a resolution?

Brandi Allee’s approach is present-focused and future-oriented. She enjoys assisting individuals, couples, and families in identifying and removing barriers to desired change. Ms. Allee has experience working in multiple settings, and she enjoys working with individuals from all cultural and spiritual backgrounds.

Her specialties include addictive behaviors, anxiety reduction, and relational issues. In working with couples, Ms. Allee utilizes John Gottman’s principles for making a marriage work, and she uses Motivational Interviewing to support individuals in moving past ambivalence about a specific change.

Ms. Allee is registered with the Board of Behavioral Services as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT87040), as well as with The Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California as a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC 144421 IV). She currently accepts Medi-Cal, Victims of Crime Compensation, and self-pay clients.

Elsa Torres, MFT

Are you looking to improve your family interactions as a new member or members join your family?

Do you find yourself stuck in the same ways of thinking?

Does your relationship with others need to be strengthened?

Elsa Torres has considerable experience working with youth, young adults and families. She is passionate about finding solutions to your problems and helping you navigate life’s difficulties by setting goals and offering alternative solutions, empowerment, meeting you where you are and providing an authentic therapeutic relationship.

Her specialties include grief, trauma, anxiety, anger, and depression. She has experience working with adolescents, families, and couples.

Ms. Torres is registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT88013). She currently accepts only self-pay clients at this time.

Itzel Ballew, MS, IMF

Feeling like the challenges of motherhood are more than you can handle? Are you experiencing difficulty bonding with new baby, guilt, anger and/or unwanted thoughts?

Is your marital/relationship suffering after the arrival of a new baby?

Do you worry about your child’s behavior? Tantrums? Lying? Difficulty getting along with others or authority?

Mrs. Ballew provides bilingual (Spanish) therapeutic services in a compassionate and supportive environment for women, children and couples while helping them through emotional and behavioral challenges. She is experienced in helping women

adjust to the challenges of motherhood, address emotional issues associated with depression, self-esteem, grief and loss, and trauma.

Mrs. Ballew is also experienced with children issues including defiance, anger, ADHD, tantrums, sexualized or aggressive behavior, self-injury or life transitions. Her goal is to reduce the risk of harm and develop alternatives ways to resolve conflict by encouraging supportive and strong family connections through the use of effective communication and healthy problem-solving skills. Mrs. Ballew hopes to help parents and their children identify and cope with life transitions. She also works with couples and is dedicated to helping couples rebuild and strengthen their relationship and commitments to one another using The Gottman Method. Her goal is to assist couples in gaining a better understanding of the needs of each partner and to teach couples how to manage current and future challenges in order to have greater relationship satisfaction.

Mrs. Ballew is currently registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (IMF79127), under the supervision of Bobbie Schorr, PsyD., LMFT. She currently accepts only self-pay clients at this time and does offer a sliding scale rate.

Shauna Bessette, MS, IMF

Are you struggling with controlling your anger?

Do you feel disconnected from God and struggle with finding “your purpose”?

Does your marriage feel like it needs to be enriched and strengthened?

Mrs. Bessette enjoys finding solutions for anger, helping couples navigate their difference while recognizing their strengths, and even helping those find a stronger relationship with God! Please look at my schedule and let’s start working together!

Mrs. Bessette has skilled training and experience in the following areas: Prepare & Enrich certified for pre-marital and marital counseling, offering a Christian approach to counseling; Change of life issues (coming of age difficulties and transitions); Body image and self-esteem difficulties; Depressing, anxiety, suicidal and homicidal ideations; bipolar disorders, borderline personality disorders as well as abandonment and attachment issues; Group Therapy and processes; Grief and Loss; Stress Management; Pre-marital and marital issues; Interpersonal relationships & co-dependence issues; Emotional & physical abuse (adults, adolescents and children); Chemical abuse and dependency.

Mrs. Bessette is currently registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (IMF73691), under the supervision of Eric C. Frank, LCSW. She currently accepts only self-pay clients at this time and does offer a sliding scale rate.

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Vanessa Clark, MA, IMF

Are you tired of having the same fight over and over again with your partner with no progress or resolution?

Do you feel like life is exhausting and overwhelming and wish there was a way to take control of your life?

Do you feel like your kids are hijacking your household and wish you had tools to improve family interactions and establish discipline with your children?

Ms. Clark believes in meeting clients where they are, and that healing comes through an authentic therapeutic relationship. In addition to helping clients embark on a journey of self-awareness, she also equips clients with healthy coping skills and helps facilitate spiritual growth if the client desires.

Ms. Clark has been trained in counseling from a Christian perspective, but also delight in counseling individuals, couples, families and groups regardless of their religious preferences or background. She has passion for working with pre-marital couples utilizing the Prepare & Enrich model and counseling married couples who are looking to improve their communication and develop a stronger understanding of each other. In addition, she also has significant experience working with anxiety, anger issues (she currently run weekly group on the topic), childhood behavior problems, and parenting issues.

Ms. Clark is currently registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (IMF74535), under the supervision of Bobbie Schorr, PsyD., LMFT. She currently accepts only self-pay clients at this time and does offer a sliding scale rate.

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