Our Team

An expert team of professionals in psychotherapy

Desiree Reusch

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. 

April Johnson

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.

Shannon Kelleher

LCSW - Licensed clinical social worker

Shannon graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with her MSW in 2014. Shannon Kelleher, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with individuals across the life span in the individual, group, and community setting.

She has experience working with individuals who have symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma psychosis, and acute crises. Shannon takes an integrative approach to therapy. She maintains a client-centered stance and draws interventions from Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies, and Narrative Therapy. She believes at the core of any therapeutic relationship is a strong alliance and does this by meeting each client where they are and partnering with them to overcome symptoms that are causing distress and impairment in their lives and relationships.

Lynette Sullivan

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.

Alex Ornelas

LCSW - Licensed clinical social worker

My name is Alejandro Ornelas, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social worker. I have over 15 years of experience in providing mental health services to a variety of populations that include: school aged children, adolescents, families, young adults and couples.

In my years of providing mental health services, I have closely worked with at-risk children and adolescents who have struggled in making appropriate choices. Along with providing services to children and adolescents, I have enjoyed working with several families in navigating through difficulties with communication and family dynamics that impair cohesion. I also have had the pleasure to work within the Latino community in providing services in Spanish to our Spanish speaking clients and their families. I like to draw upon numerous treatment theories but utilize a client centered and humanistic approach to learning and understanding the struggles that prevent one from functioning at an optimal level. I firmly believe in working with clients in a collaborative manner to develop client specific goals in order to inspire change and create healthy interpersonal relationships.

Farah Centeno

Lmft - licensed marriage family therapist

Farah Centeno received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy from Chapman University in Orange, California.

Farah’s clinical training focuses on utilizing evidence-based practices such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), and Trauma Focused-CBT to provide individual/family therapy, crisis intervention, and group counseling. 

Farah has various clinical experiences that contribute to her approach when working with clients, she has been involved She was involved with the Department of Child Welfare Services, where as a practitioner, she was assigned the most complex social service caseload. This entailed investigating, assessing, and case-planning the most difficult child protective services and adoption cases. 

During her time there, Farah increased her therapeutic aptitude and knowledge by receiving certificates in Child Forensic Interview Training, as well as the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force/Victim Advocate Training: Human Trafficking of Minors.

Farah then became a part of a county crisis response team where she was dispatched by law enforcement, school administration, and/or hospital emergency departments to assess and provide comprehensive risk assessments for clients (all ages) in an active mental health crisis. She then moved to the county Juvenile Justice Division where she continued to provide crisis management and ongoing therapeutic services by completing comprehensive clinical assessments for incarcerated juveniles with mental health needs.

Currently, she is employed with a school district in which she provides mental health counseling, case management, crisis intervention, and consultation services to enrolled students and their families. Thus, Farah’s strong suit is working with at-risk youth and helping them gain the skill set needed to lead a fulfilling life.

Through these experiences, not only was her clinical work enhanced, but Farah’s passion to provide support to those during the most challenging moments of their life intensified. Farah proudly exhibits sensitivity to and understanding of the socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic backgrounds, developmental diversity of her clients. Farah is bilingual in Arabic and English and is a current member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Valerie Traynham

LPCC - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Are there days when you experience feelings of being stuck or in a rut?Or maybe feeling overwhelmed by life’s challenges, but have difficulty reaching out for emotional support?  You are not alone. 

When you initiate opportunities for connection you facilitate a platform for growth and change by expanding your ability to create space for self-awareness. Please allow me to join you on your path to wellness. Whether you are struggling with feelings of depression or anxiety, or have difficulty overcoming traumatic experiences, I can help. I offer a nonjudgmental approach to expand awareness and create choice, while exploring healthy coping skills to support resiliency. Please reach out for an appointment, I look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Amy Thompson

lpcc - licensed professional clinical counselor

Amy is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor,  Amy is passionate about helping others overcome traumatic life events and working to de-stigmatize mental health challenges through educating and empowering her clients.

Amy has been practicing since 2015 working primarily with children and teens with a variety of diagnoses and concerns, including school issues, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, adjustment disorders and grief and loss. Amy particularly enjoy working with college students, women, new mothers and suicide loss survivors. Amy’s treatment approach utilizes a combination of psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems therapy.

Ashley Willis

LCSW - Licensed clinical social worker

Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Masters in Social work from Azusa Pacific University.  She takes pride in being a professional, compassionate, and nonjudgmental clinician. 

Prior to working for C&C Center for Healing, Ashley has been in the field of Social Work for 4 years at a wide range of positions, from hospitals, dialysis clinics to mental health institutions and non-profits.  Throughout Ashley’s career she has gained experience working with a diverse population ranging from veterans, homeless population, people with addiction, LGBTQ population, inmate population, elderly population, foster care population and minors.  Ashley’s clinical therapy expertise is in depression, anxiety, women issues, life coaching, mood disorders, self-esteem issues, and Christian-based counseling.  Additionally, Ashley has a particular passion in helping individuals discover their purpose driven life to enhance their overall quality of life. 

Rolando Perez

LCSW - Licensed clinical social worker

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 4 years of experience working with adults, teens, and families with a wide range of personal challenges.

I incorporate techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to assist my clients in moving towards a better life. It is your journey but I will be there with you every step of the way. 

Jennifer Hughey

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.

Christina Evans

asw - associate social worker

Is currently an Associate Clinical Social Worker working toward earning her clinical license. 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.

Corey Thompson

apcc - associate professional clinical counselor

Therapy has been a passion of mine since the age of 15 after my own experience dealing with grief and loss. I strive to help those who are struggling improve their self-worth, clarify values, and create meaning in their lives.

I have worked with foster care youth and young adults who deal with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders. My approach is to utilize CBT, DBT, and ACT in order to assist clients with reducing cognitive distortions, increasing emotional regulation skills, and developing a more optimistic outlook on life.

KD Nguyen

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. 

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