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Chris Holmes, MFT, License #MFC 33384

Chris Holmes is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist who works with adults experiencing a variety of possible issues to include anxiety, depression, grief, work difficulties and women’s issues. In couples work, Chris enjoys helping her clients develop better communication skills to encourage intimacy and mutual respect.

With over 25 years of education and experience, Chris has developed a variety of treatment approaches to fit her clients’ unique needs. Among the therapeutic techniques are Insight and Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy, Guided Visual Imagery/Meditation and Art Therapy.

She offers her experience as a child therapist and school counselor in her role as a Parenting Consultant, and in Co-Parenting sessions for divorced couples.

Debra L. Puryear, PhD, License #PSY 9002

Dr. Puryear has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1985. Her specialties include conducting psychotherapy with military dependents and active duty personnel; women’s and men’s issues; adolescent-parent interaction; couples and family therapy.

Through using therapeutic techniques such as psychodynamic/insight-oriented therapy, cognitive behavioral/solution-focused therapy and family systems therapy, Dr. Puryear helps people find alternative ways to understanding themselves and others. She has been with CCA since 1988.

Emily Muse, PsyD, License #PSY 20619


Emily Muse is a licensed psychologist who welcomes people of all ages in her practice. She helps individuals and families eliminate difficult behavior patterns and re-establish healthy relationships. Her background includes 20 years working with children, teens, and families in elementary schools, high schools, group homes, probation, and substance abuse treatment. Since joining CCA, her work has been enriched by working with clients across the lifespan. 

Emily has extensive experience in helping people cope and recover from traumatic experiences and life changes. Trained in narrative therapy, Emily helps people to look at their lives with compassion and honesty to create more positive futures for themselves. Her specialties are treating trauma, depression, anxiety, attention issues, identity and life changes. With children and youth, Emily incorporates art and play in the therapy. She also teaches mindfulness, an adjunct to therapy, which helps decrease stress and increase well being.

DeNai Vandenberg, MFT, License #LMFT 52679

DeNai Vandenberg is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has a passion for working with children and their families. DeNai has been working as a school based clinician full time for the past 9 years, supporting elementary and middle school children as they worked through anxiety, depression and traumatic experiences. Along with this experience DeNai has counseled adults and children experiencing grief in a non-profit setting and adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues.

DeNai approaches her work through an attachment-based orientation, emphasizing attunement to each client’s needs and an appreciation of his or her unique strengths and challenges. She utilizes mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral interventions to improve coping, enhance positive self-talk and promote awareness of self-defeating patterns of thinking and behavior. Other therapeutic techniques she employs are psychodynamic therapy, play therapy, expressive arts, body-centered psychotherapy and trauma-focused treatment models.

Taryn Propersi, LCSW, License #LCSW 28823

Taryn Propersi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who practices a strengths based approach in her work with individuals and families. She utilizes motivational interviewing techniques to help people become empowered and reach their goals.

Taryn has treated children and adults of all ages and is informed by her training that ranges from play therapy to problem solving therapy. Taryn worked with children and families in school systems for five years prior to working with adults and older adults for the last six years. Her areas of specialty include addiction, trauma, grief and loss, work with military veterans, and co-occuring mood and anxiety disorders.

Taryn enjoys helping people improve their lives through increasing their insight, awareness, and abilities to cope with life's stressors.

Terra Morais, PsyD, License #PSY 26842

Terra Morais is a licensed psychologist who believes that we all have the potential to change and grow in ways that help us to feel authentically ourselves. Terra collaborates with her clients to understand their needs and challenges, and works with them to develop client-led treatments that encourage healthy functioning, connection, and communication. 

Terra has worked with families and individuals of all ages for over a decade. She has previously worked in elementary schools, private practice, and a number of hospitals, including UCSF Benioff / Children’s Hospital of Oakland. Terra has worked with individuals and families experiencing trauma, loss, anxiety, sadness, academic and attention difficulties, and life transitions.  She uses relational / attachment approaches as well as practical behavioral interventions to address immediate and underlying causes of stress.

Elana Guy, PsyD, License #PSY 25374

Elana Guy is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years experience practicing therapy. She enjoys working with teenagers, adults, couples and families. Elana offers a down-to-earth, warm and thoughtful approach to working in collaboration with her clients. She believes that through introspection, non-judgmental curiosity and compassion for oneself, movement and growth can take place. Elana's therapeutic style is strength based and psychodynamically informed. Her specialities include life transitions, anxiety, depression, identity development and self-esteem, postpartum depression and infant bonding. Elana welcomes people of all diverse ethnicities, cultures, gender identity and sexual orientation.
 
Elana attended the Wright Institute where she received her Psy.D. degree. While in training she worked with various types of clients including; elementary school children in the Oakland public schools, caregivers and their babies in dyadic- therapy, adults, couples and families in Kaiser Permanente’s behavioral medicine and chemical dependency  programs. Previous to joining CCA Elana worked with chronically ill older adults at Highland Hospital.

Anna Lacey, LCSW, License #LCSW 79375

Anna Lacey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker supporting children, teens, individual adults, couples and families in the Bay Area since 2005. Prior to that, she studied and worked for four years in Latin America and is bilingual in Spanish.

Anna's style is relational, with a big emphasis on hearing and seeing each individual. She previously worked at UCSF Oakland Children's Hospital and Berkeley Unified School district. Anna believes that families are made up of individuals with a great deal of love for each other, but that in this hectic way of life in the Bay Area, communication can break down and impact family members' ability to act as a cohesive unit. Anna has helped many families overcome these obstacles. Anna is also experienced in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and co-occurring disorders.

Anna Lacey es una terapeúta licenciada que ha apoyado a niños, adolescentes, adultos, parejas y familias en el Bay Area desde 2005. Antes de eso, estudió y trabajó en América Latina por 4 años y es bilingüe.

El estilo de Anna es relacional, con gran énfasis en oír y ver al individuo. En el pasado, trabajó por el hospital para niños de UCSF en Oakland y también con el distrito escolar de Berkeley. Anna cree que cada familia está hecha de individuos que se quieren mucho, pero que en la vida frenética del Bay Area, la comunicación puede descomponerse hasta que la familia no sea una unidad cohesiva. Anna ha ayudado muchas familias superar estos obstáculos. Anna también tiene experiencia en el tratamiento de ansiedad, depresión, trauma y trastornos concurrentes.