Susie Guffey, LCSW
Clinical Director

Susie Guffey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the mental health field for the past 16 years. She received both her B.A. in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University. Susie has experience treating individuals, couples, and families of all ages and circumstances. She has experience working in the medical field, offering consultation to medical professionals. Susie enjoys teaching and is currently an adjunct professor in the graduate school of Social Work at CSU San Marcos. When she is not serving in various roles, Susie enjoys spending time with her husband, son and friends. 

Susie believes in using an empathic and non-judgmental approach, utilizing many different methods of treatment. She treats individuals 5 years and older including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar, childhood ADHD, grief, substance abuse, life adjustments. Susie is also passionate about working with couples and families. Susie can provide therapy from a faith based spiritual approach, if desired.

Contracted Insurance Companies: Aetna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, HMC, IEHP, MEDICARE, MHSA,  MHN, Molina, Optum,  UHC, UBH, Tricare, TriWest, Cash pay



Shannon Matteson, APCC

Shannon Matteson is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. Shannon spent the first few years out of college teaching in different parts of the United States and Kenya. As rewarding as it was, Shannon ultimately decided to follow her real passion of psychotherapy and obtained a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. 

Throughout her graduate program Shannon studied various counseling theories, including: psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and humanistic. Shannon aligns with a humanistic approach to therapy. This approach is client-centered and emphasizes the relationship between therapist and client as significant in creating conditions for growth. Shannon seeks to establish a relationship of trust, respect and non-judgment.  

Shannon aims to create a safe and supportive space, in which clients can learn to live a full and valued life while coping with unpleasant thoughts or feelings. Shannon believes that life is about balance, and through mindfulness and acceptance, clients can use their own natural internal strength to find inner peace. She works collaboratively with clients to harness this balance and guide them to achieve their goals. 

Shannon has experience working with diverse clients of all ages, ethnicities, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic backgrounds. She welcomes anyone seeking to improve their life, one step at a time. 

Not Currently Accepting New Patients

Contracted Insurance Companies: Molina,  Cash Pay


Elizabeth Arias Alishahi, LCSW
Spanish Speaking / Se Habla Español

Elizabeth Arias is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Boston University. Her studies specialized in understanding at-risk youth and the Latino community. Through her studies, she learned that the choices individuals make are often shaped and dictated by their surrounding environment/systems. Elizabeth believes that in order to help individuals deal with their stressors successfully, an understanding of how their surroundings greatly impact their mental health is needed. She uses this philosophy to treat depression, anxiety, life transitions, parenting challenges, relationship conflicts, and minority, women, and LGBTQ+ issues. 

Elizabeth has experience working with individuals, couples, and families. She has been involved in addressing mental health related challenges since 2008. Her work experience includes public and non-public schools, medical settings, and other non-profit agencies. Elizabeth provides counseling both in English and Spanish.

Contracted Insurance Companies:  Blue Cross, IEHP,  TRIWEST, MEDICARE, Aetna, Cash Pay


Angela Parry, LMFT

Angela Parry is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant University, California School of Professional Psychology. She strives to improve our community by providing quality mental health services to all ages, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic, or marital status.

Angela practices providing culturally competent individual, couple, and family therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and aging with a variety of presenting challenges and DSM-V diagnoses such as, but not limited to anxiety, depression, adjustment, mood disorders, at-risk youth, life transitions, interpersonal relationship difficulties, co-occurring disorders, emotional disturbance, ADD/ADHD, self-esteem, behavioral, and parenting issues. Her other clinical work experience includes public schools and non- profit agencies. Angela has experience working with clients by assisting them with their life transitions, behavioral, interpersonal and intrapersonal challenges.

Angela joins the therapeutic relationship with a humanistic, client-centered approach focusing on collaborating with clients to assist them in identifying and achieving their goals and objectives. Angela utilizes various theoretical orientations (e.g., CBT, SF, Experiential, Structural, EFT) depending on the client/s and their presenting challenges. Angela is welcoming new and returning clients seeking to improve their life.


Shawn Marie Briggs, LCSW

Shawn Marie Briggs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her education includes a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors of Science in Human Services, which she uses to provide clients with expertise in cultural diversity and guidance through life's most difficult challenges. Shawn has years of experience in treating multiple behavioral and mental health diagnoses and addressing the needs of individuals, families, and couples in a healthcare setting. She has collaborated with physicians as a part of a multidisciplinary team, in a leadership role, to ensure clients and families received quality and compassionate care.

Shawn specializes in treating both individuals and families including, but not limited to, children, adolescents, women, and couples. Her expertise includes crisis intervention, cognitive development therapy, substance abuse, family system therapies, depression disorders (including postpartum depression), post traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety disorders. Shawn believes in helping her clients discover their strengths and empower them to reach their goals. Faith based counseling is available. Her strong faith and belief in client driven therapy enables her to be compassionate as well as providing guidance and support to her clients. Shawn believes that we “can be transformed by the renewing of our minds.”


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