About you, About us

About You, and About Us

We are a group of  licensed therapists who are passionate about working with millennials (18 years old-33 years old). Our expertise is providing holistic counseling to overwhelming life transitions. We offer a compassionate approach, combined with dynamic collaboration to help you develop skills and tools to apply immediately to your life. 

Kerena Saltzman

 Founder,  LCSW #20934

Kerena created 20’s Creating Connection to support 20-something’s navigate major life transitions. She gathered a group of highly skilled licensed therapists to provide holistic counseling to this emerging generation.
Kerena works  with a limited number of clients per year.  She is trained in EMDR. She specializes in working with transition related issues; first generation students, death of a loved one, break ups, illness, divorce, and graduating seniors anxiety regarding what is next for them.
She works with graduate students experiencing burn out, stress, and who are wanting to get more direction and clarity professionally.

Persephone Gonzalez

 LMFT #100405

Persephone Gonzalez, LMFT, provides psychotherapy in English and Spanish. Her specialties include complex trauma, major depression, anxiety, issues of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexuality and intimacy. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, as well as current studies in Relational Gestalt Therapy. She considers how structural, political and representational intersectionality shape clients’ access to status, health and power, bringing sociocultural contexts into the room. Persephone has an interest in working with clients who are exploring the borders of bi-cultural identity and historical and inter-generational trauma. Persephone is a graduate of The University of California Santa Cruz.

Martha Aguilar

 LMFT #108963

Since 1999, Martha has worked with youth and young adults navigating major life transitions, and the challenges that can come with developing independence and self-identity, especially for those from marginalized communities. Her specialty is working with first generation college students from migrant or recent immigrant families and those from families struggling with addiction or similar challenges. She has extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, oppression trauma, body image, low self-esteem, grief, and loss. She offers in-person and on-line counseling in English and Spanish.

Martha has been trained in: Assertive Communication, Trauma Focused CBT, Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents, Motivational Interviewing, and Cara y Corazon modalities including Xinachlti, and Joven Noble.

Martha completed her BA in Multicultural Psychological Counseling from Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA; and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Palo Alto University.

Kim Prohaska

 LCSW #24158

Kimberly Prohaska, LCSW, JD completed her MSW in 1995 at Rhode Island College and Juris Doctor at Loyola University, New Orleans in 2003.  Kim brings a direct, practical, and caring approach to working with clients. Kim is trained in DBT. She specializes in working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, students in the LBGTQ community, students coping with immigration and first generation challenges, and students experiencing major life transitions.

She has been trained in Forensic Social Work, CBT, Family Systems, Brief Therapy, TF-CBT,  Attachment Therapy, Trauma based therapies and other evidence-based models. Utilizing a strengths-based developmental approach, her practice focuses on helping others achieve both short and long term goals.  She has practiced in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric, outpatient clinics, forensic assessments and private practice.  Additionally, she has provided clinical supervision for both interns and those working towards licensure from The Citadel, MUSC, Tulane University, UCLA and San Jose State.

Catherine Cervantes

 LMFT #52978

Catherine offer compassionate therapy and counseling for young adults in either English or Spanish.  With a B.A. In Latin American and Latino Studies from UCSC and as a Mexican-American, Catherine understands the challenges of being a 1st-generation Latino/a/x student. As your ally, she provides a safe place to overcome challenges and to process emotions. She is experienced in helping those who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and life transitions. She also works with 1st generation college students and has direct experience with those challenges.  She support clients with identifying and strengthening their inner and outer resources in order to meet life's challenges with more resiliency.

She believes a caring, respectful therapeutic relationship is the foundation for positive change in therapy. Her holistic approach respectfully works with all aspects of a person: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, sexual, and cultural. She uses mindfulness to facilitate experiential, body-centered therapy so that clients can experience a new relationship with themselves and with others. While some therapy might include tears, often laughter is part of the therapy process, too. Healing, change and growth are possible! 

Karin Robbins

  LCSW #18692 | SEP

Karin earned her Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from UCLA and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California. She spent twenty-two years working in public and private agency settings providing direct services, clinical and administrative supervision, program planning and development, prior to opening her full time private practice in 2012.

• Somatic Experiencing® (SE) Practitioner
• NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM) Practitioner
• SE Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists
• Yoga and Ayurveda Lifestyle Specialist (300 hours)
• Mindfulness Meditation: Insight LA, Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), and Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Terresa Lauer

LMFT #47862

Terresa is an interactive and dynamic therapist who has supported hundreds of people in their twenties understand and heal their pain so they can move forward in the world with joy and purpose. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback and tools to effectively address personal life challenges.

She works extensively with depression, anxiety, first generation college students, challenging health issues, and navigating high levels of stress in academic environments.

She holds a BA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and an MA in Counseling Psychology from John F Kennedy University. Her extensive training contains years of study at Process Therapy Institute.

Asher Brauner

  LMFT #96994

Asher loves working with folks in their 20s and 30s. At its best, this can be a time of exciting growth and major life transitions. At its most challenging, it can  be a time of stress, confusion, upset, or despair. 

Psychotherapy isn’t for everyone at all times. But if you’re motivated to improve your life by taking a good, honest look at your life and want support for positive change, there is always hope. Whether you’re experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief, or life transition challenges, Asher is here to help. 

As an LMFT, he is particularly interested in relationships. He enjoys working with couples and families, and individuals. His goal in sessions is to convey understanding, validation, patience, and hope. Asher values diversity and every individual of any background is welcome.

Rasa Tavangar

LMFT #98298

Rasa Tavangar is a holistic psychotherapist and views each person as a whole with many parts that need to be integrated in order to reach the deepest level of healing and fullest potential. She sees each symptom and presenting issue as an opportunity to grow/heal and realign with True Self. Rasa is passionate about empowering clients and teaching them how to listen and trust their inner guidance - mind-body-spirit-soul - and allow that innate wisdom to guide them towards wholeness and well-being. Therapy becomes an inner journey of self discovery, exploration, illumination and integration.  

Her approach is experiential, somatic, transpersonal, Gestalt, spiritual, mindfulness and growth oriented. She specializes in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, grief & loss, relationships, sexuality, self esteem, and stress management.     

Rasa has an MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She has extensive training at Process Therapy Institute where she learned the art of Process Model.   She is bilingual and multi-cultural, and traveled to many countries. As a result, she is mindful and sensitive to cultural diversities.

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