Our Team

An expert team of professionals in psychotherapy

LMFT - Licensed marriage family therapist

Desiree became licensed as a marriage and family therapist in 2018. She received her master’s in counseling from CSU Fullerton. Areas of specialty include treating depression, anxiety, and OCD. She uses a multi-modal approach to therapy. 

lmft - licensed marriage family therapist

April Palumbo is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Doctorate in Social Work student, and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. Ms. Palumbo’s vast experience in Human Resources and employee counseling led her toward pursuing a B.A. in Psychology from California State University of San Bernardino (CSUSB).

During her studies at CSUSB, Ms. Palumbo began serving in the care ministry at her church and functioned as a facilitator for the Celebrate Recovery Twelve-Step program. Acknowledging the need for resources related to recovery from addictions, impairments, and dysfunctions, and recognizing patterns of abnormal psychology from families of origin and environmental effects, Ms. Palumbo determined the need to attend graduate school. She obtained an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University (CBU), emphasizing professional counseling, on a quest to influence and empower others positively.  

As a veteran of The United States Air Force, who served in the Security Forces Squadron and retrained into the Military Personnel Flight, Ms. Palumbo’s passion is: conducting group therapy, working with military veterans, providing counseling on grief and loss, end of life stages, the terminally ill, individuals in law enforcement, and conducting couples counseling. Ms. Palumbo’s experience includes working with children, adults, families, couples, and individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and religions. Ms. Palumbo also has experience working with clients on crisis stabilization, depression, anxiety, psychosis, autism, PTSD/trauma, anger management, life transition, terminal illnesses, divorce, sexual assault, parenting, and gender issues. Ms. Palumbo is certified in mindfulness techniques through Positive Psychology and is an ACES certified provider involved with screening and providing interventions for the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences. 

“You may be faced with the analogy of ‘your life vs. a bottle of soda.” Things may be shaken or flipped upside down in your life, and you may want to explode. “Knowing what happens to a bottle of soda and knowing people react differently, everyone’s version of ‘exploding’ may come in various forms. As a therapist, I strive to find ways to turn your impairments into functionalities. In reference to the soda analogy, let’s ‘relieve pressure, open diligently, & consume slowly” (Palumbo, 2020).

As a Doctorate of Social Work student at CBU, and resulting from observed disparities and life encounters, Ms. Palumbo strives to work with marginalized populations affected in the child welfare system, single-family households, the impoverished, and other vulnerable areas involving systemic change. Ms. Palumbo is a poet, an inspiration to others, and exhibits an exuberant level of perseverance to achieve goals. She is known by all she meets as a professional, optimistic individual who strives for unity, upholds integrity, and possesses natural leadership abilities.

Lmft - licensed marriage family therapist

Lynette Sullivan is a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional clinical counselor. She received my master’s degree from California Baptist University in counseling psychology. She has been a therapist for 6 years and enjoys helping clients identify ways to overcome depression, anxiety, substance abuse and relational challenges.

Lynette utilizes a variety of techniques including stress management, anxiety reduction, solution focused, and Cognitive behavioral therapy. She is trained in multiple evidence-based models such as Triple P parenting, Stress and Your mood, Seeking Safety, and Mothers and Babies.

Lynette is also a SafeTALK trainer, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) trainer, and Mental Health First Aid trainer.

LCSW - Licensed clinical social worker

Is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from Loma Linda University in 2019 with her master’s in social work. She enjoys working with all walks of life.

Christina comes from a diverse background of services including medical social work, transplant support and adolescent group work. In her free time she loves trying out new recipes, savory or sweet, and spending time with her family.

lmft - licensed marriage family therapist

Jennifer Hughey, LMFT, specializes in the treatment of adults, teens, and couples, with  trauma, and difficulties in relationships, and those who are feeling stuck. Jennifer enjoys working with LGBTQ+, behavioral issues, anxiety and depression. Jennifer also offers EMDR therapy upon request.

LCSW - Licensed clinical social worker

Noel graduated with her MSW in 2010 from Loma Linda University, and has been providing mental health services to individuals, groups, families, and couples for over 10 years. 

Noel Guevara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with vast experience working with individuals across the life span who may need support with overcoming anxiety and depression, addiction, codependency, eating disorders, body image concerns, low self-esteem, gender/sexuality, and relationships/attachment concerns. 

Noel utilizes a variety of techniques and interventions to assist individuals in breaking through the emotional obstacles he/she/they may be facing which includes, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and is trained in various models including Family Based Therapy (FBT) for adolescents with Eating Disorders, Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT). 

LCSW - Licensed clinical social worker

I obtained my Master of Social Work Degree at California State University, San Bernardino in 2016 and have been serving the community for the past 7 years. I have provided therapeutic and case management services to children, adolescents, adults, and families.

I am passionate about the field of mental health and always eager to learn and grow as a clinician. I enjoy assisting in the healing of traumatic events, gaining insight and self-awareness, increasing healthy communication and coping skills to manage life stressors, and instilling hope for the future. I hope that you will find comfort in sharing your story with me, and allowing me to be a part of your journey of transformation and healing.

LCSW - Licensed clinical social worker
I believe you are the expert on your life. Everyone feels stuck sometimes, and I am here to partner with you and help you on your journey. I am warm, compassionate and believe that change, growth and healing are all within your reach.
I have been a licensed clinical social worker since 2008. My experience includes working with children, teens, adults, families and foster youth. My passion is working with the LGBTQ+ community, and those looking to evolve into the most authentic, beautiful version of themselves. I use a multimodal approach to therapy, including CBT, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, play therapy and more.
lmft - licensed marriage family therapist

My name is Lucille Crowder, and I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, and, a Graduate of Cal State University San Bernardino. I earned my Master’s Degree in Psychology – Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy in 2016. I am also a Licensed Advanced Alcohol/Drug Counselor and specialize in the treatment of addiction and mental health. My focus is on helping individuals cope with life stressors by utilizing their strengths, motivating clients, and empowering individuals to accomplish their full potential and by accomplishing their goals. 

In addition, I have worked with multiple populations including children, adolescents, and young adults as well as adults. I utilize multiple approaches to treatment such as strengths based, client-centered, CBT, DBT, MI, REBT, Solution Focused and psychodynamic to name a few.  I have a vast range of experience in Crisis, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient and Residential treatment settings. I have a very caring, compassionate, and empathetic style that clients easily relate to, and, I believe that ongoing support and encouragement are necessary for healing and recovery. My purpose in life is to help other’s along their journey, no matter what the issue.

lmft - licensed marriage family therapist

Mindy has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Irvine in Psychology and Social Behavior, and her graduate degree from Antioch University Los Angeles in Clinical Psychology.

She has experience working with youth, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings to address concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, grief and loss, relationship issues and challenges related to life transitions. Mindy primarily utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach in treatment and has received training in Seeking Safety, Celebrating Families, Multidimensional Family Therapy as well as positive parenting practices. 

Mindy is passionate about her work in the mental health field and also provides oversight, training, and technical assistance to community programs contracted with Riverside County. Her work largely centers around stigma reduction related to mental health and suicide prevention. She is a trainer for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Youth Mental Health First Aid, and Honest, Open, Proud.

lmft - licensed marriage family therapist

Benzion is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with extensive experience working in the field of mental health. Benzion graduated with his MFT in 2007 from Fuller Theological Seminary and has been providing mental health services to individuals, groups, families, and couples for over 15 years.

Benzion enjoys working with individual addressing themes related to to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma and PTSD, borderline personality disorder, gender/sexuality, men’s issues, grief/loss, life adjustments, spirituality, and attachments.

Benzion utilizes a multimodal approach to treatment that includes Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feedback Informed Care, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, The Gottman Method for Couples and Families, Attachment Therapy and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Benzion is humbled by the courage and vulnerability that individuals display every day both in therapy and in life. He is honored by the privilege of being with individuals in their most intimate places to develop trust and build hope for the future, and he is grateful when individuals make the decision to take that journey with him to build for their future.

lmft - licensed marriage family therapist
Rosie Gonzalez is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a Masters in Forensic Psychology. Her Bachelors of Science is in Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach.
As a Spanish-speaking therapist, she has provided services to Monolingual families and believes that her bilingual services have provided an asset to families in the community. Rosie’s professional background is quite varied and colorful. Among her areas of specialized experience includes working with forensic population in confined settings presenting with diverse mental health disorders, as well as providing treatment for residents in acute forensic inpatient facilities. Her professional experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults that have experienced trauma. She enjoys providing treatment for anxiety, anger management, depression, as well as play therapy coupled with a variety of supportive therapies. Her compassion for people and passion for mental wellness is what motivates her to do her best. She finds a sense of fulfillment in walking alongside others in their journey to mental wellness. In her spare time she enjoys performing and dancing ballet folklorico.
lmft - licensed marriage family therapist
I love being a therapist! I am continually impressed by the resilience of people and I feel truly privileged to walk alongside during their journey of personal growth. Everyday I am in awe of the deep and profound change that can happen when people take the time to examine their lives wholeheartedly.
I have been practicing for 15 years and am fully licensed in the states of CA & AZ. My clinical areas of expertise are Trauma, ADHD, LGBTQ+ issues (kink & poly lifestyle affirming), Greif, Addiction, and Veterans. While I have done family and marital counseling in the past; I currently only provide individual therapy for teens and adults.
I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from California State University of San Bernardino. I earned a Masters in Marital and Family Counseling from Loma Linda University. I also hold an earned certification in Addiction Counseling from Loma Linda University.
I am the mother of a young child and have been happily married for 10 years. On my off days I enjoy hiking, cooking, and spending time with my friends and family. I love to learn new things and I hope to learn how to grow/keep a veggie garden and chickens one day.

Dr. Glenn


Dr. Glenn is a board-certified Psychiatrist who treats children, adolescents, and adults struggling with mood and anxiety disorders. He has been practicing in the Charleston, SC area for the last 10 years.

Dr. Glenn has more recently expanded his practice to multiple other states including California via Telehealth. He attended the Medical University of South Carolina for medical school and psychiatric residency training. In his spare time, he like to go kayaking or find the best new TV show to watch.

Shanna James

Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

am a Board Certified Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from West Coast University and shortly after completed my Master’s of Science in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from Walden University.

I have been working in the Mental Health Nursing with a specialty in Pediatric Psychiatry. I have experience working across the lifespan from populations of Child/Adolescent, Adults, Geriatrics, and Chemical Dependency. I have a passion for serving those who need mental health services such as Mental Health Assessments, providing appropriate psychiatric diagnoses, providing therapy, developing treatment plans with a multidisciplinary team, and medication management.


Jessica holds a Master of Science in Nursing and is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She is passionate about increasing access and providing high-quality mental health care to patients across the life span who are presenting with diverse mental health disorders. She believes in following evidence-based guidelines blended with providing patient-centered, holistic care.

LCSW - Licensed clinical social worker

The most challenging part of therapy is taking the first step. Every person’s experiences are unique, and I am honored to be part of my client’s journey. I received my Masters in Social Work from California State University, San Bernardino.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for California since 2022. I have been working in Hospital Social Work, where I assist clients in coping with challenging situations from the death of a family member to a new diagnosis (including mental health crises). I am also involved with School Social Work where I assist children/adolescents (Grades 1 – 8) navigate social challenges faced at school (e.g., bullying).

I use a combination of different techniques that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solutions-Focused Therapy. I work with those who have been struggling with symptoms of anxiety and depression. I acknowledge the challenges clients present, and I help clients problem-solve solutions for themselves. I meet clients where they are, and I provide a non-judgmental, healing environment. I work with clients to discover and create opportunities for growth. I provide a safe place to process feelings around change and create goals towards that transition.

LGBTQ+/Community Liaison

Hi, my name is KD Nguyen, and I am the LGBTQ+ program coordinator and community liaison. In the past years, I have done presentations for Alvord Unified School District, bringing transgender awareness into light and representing the trans community.

My goal here at Center for Healing is to help support others on their journey and provide a safe and welcoming environment. I am always here to listen and give my full support to everyone here involved in this community. I look forward to this new founding adventure as it has always been a passion of mine to help others in need and provide support for one another. 


Certified therapy assist dog

Lola is a certified therapy assist dog at C&C Center for Healing. Prior to working at C&C Center for Healing, Lola assisted children in Riverside County by offering emotional support as they worked through their trauma. Lola is 5 years old and enjoys coming in to greet clients and eating snacks. 

Administration Team

Vincent Mendez

Psychiatric Service manager
Vincent Mendez is our Psychiatric Service Manager that oversees the psychiatric program at C&C Center for Healing. He is a Inland Empire native who enjoys time with his family, snow boarding and cars. Vincent has a passion for helping others and ensures members receive quality care. He is known for his compassion and his ability to advocate for members for needed services and community resources.
Vincent is mindful and utilizes an empathetic approach when working with members. He recognizes that members all have their own story to tell and strives to provide the support and appropriate care with linking members to our Psych Nurse Practitioners, that will be fit the needs of the member. Anyone that comes in contact with Vincent will experience his strong work ethic that encompasses quality care, customer service and attentiveness.
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