Meet the private practice practitioners at Insight wellness Center.
Each practitioner practices under their own hours, and scope of practice.
Dr. Katerina Rozakis, Ph.D., LCSW, DAPA, BCIM
As a Natural Health Educator, Wellness Coach, Psychotherapist-licensed clinical social worker in private practice, Dr. Rozakis is committed in helping individuals achieve a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She is a Doctor of Natural Health, a Certified Diplomat in Psychotherapy Association, and Board Certified in Integrative Medicine. Membership in the National Association of Social Workers for over 24 years and holds a certification with the Academy of Certified Social Workers; American Psychotherapy Association and American Association of Integrative Medicine.
Dr. Rozakis has many years of experience in hospital settings. For more than six years, she has facilitated a weekly Family Support Group.
She has developed and directed both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. Her deep commitment to serving humanity has compelled her to volunteer her time and expertise working as a lay therapist for abused and neglected children. Dr. Rozakis has served on the Education Committee with the Alzheimer's Association. She has vast experience with the Life Cycle Model. Board member of Heaven's Door Cancer Foundation (cancer survivor). Dr. Rozakis is a contributing writer for GEV Magazine writing about living a healthy and beautiful life inside and out. She also runs supports groups on how to Release Your Goddess and live fearlessly!
Psychotherapy * Integrative Medicine * Coaching * Consulting * Writing * Presentations * Motivational Speaker * Women's Health * Psycho-oncology * Cancer Support & Integrative Care
"Youth has no age" —Pablo Picasso
Veronica Penagos, RN, Practice Consultant/Cognitive Behavioral Coach/CBD Educator
Veronica is an experienced Practice Consultant.
Driven by excellent work ethics, she takes pride in providing the best consulting to medical practices possible. As a Practice Consultant her goals include team building, excellent patient care, and reaching best practice ranks. In addition to her primary job functions, Veronica has been recognized as Contra Costa Hispanic Business Woman of the Year for her extraordinary commitment to excellence.
Veronica’s passion for developing staff and management skills can be traced back to UCSF/Stanford where she spent significant time working on HR certification and business development. As a Practice Consultant, she specializes in Human Resources, development of staff, and life coaching.
In addition to managing, she runs a staffing agency where she provides staffing for medical practices/hospitals; her nursing background enhances her knowledge and awareness of staffing needs in small to large office settings. Outside of the office Veronica enjoys party planning, interior decorating, and spending time with her family and three Siberian Huskies.
Caroline Allen LCSW LIC 28904, C-ASWCM, CSW-G
Caroline’s specialty is working with patients and their loved ones at end of life creating mindfulness and meaning and helping families through the very sensitive and often difficult journey of transition. Caroline also brings a long history of working with Holocaust survivors and their families embracing each day and providing education, support, and counsel in the areas of PTSD, depression, and anxiety disorders.
"It is not the big things in life that shape our world but that which makes us human, it is the essence of our being, our hearts."
Renée Surcouf, LCSW - Psychotherapist
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Renée completed her Bachelor's degree in Social Work at Texas Christian University and a Master's of Social Work at University of Denver. Renée brings a passion for mind/ body connection to her clinical practice in order to begin the healing journey and create lasting change in your life.
My experience of 20+ years has focused on supporting clients with many types of emotional, health issues, chronic conditions, and end of life situations. I may utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, expressive art therapy, journaling or a number of approaches to address your personal challenges whatever they may be. Sharing the therapeutic journey toward self- awareness, personal insight and healing; and helping those in need is a precious honor to me. Therapy is a loving gift that you give to yourself.
Amy holds an MSW degree with honors from SJSU specializing in mental heath and health, she also earned a double BA degrees from Saint Mary’s College in Health Administration with honors and Music performance.
Christina Bonnafoux, LCSW- Psychotherapist
Christina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who is also a Reiki Master and certified in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Christina has over 15 years of experience working with various ages, stages, populations, and settings, such as hospitals, outpatient mental health, home health, private practice.
Christina currently works with adults providing a safe, non-judgmental, and warm space for her clients as they unpack feelings of depression, anxiety, heartache, relationship challenges, interpersonal struggles, self-esteem, trauma/abuse, and life transitions. Christina combines therapeutic techniques that integrate the mind, body, and spirit so that true healing can occur.
Some modalities of treatment may include, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), somatic, systems, mindfulness, Gestalt, psychodynamic, narrative. Christina uses a blend of approaches to empower her clients to become aware of and move through thought patterns, emotions, behaviors, and relationships that may be creating difficulties and impacting her clients' health and well-being.
Moushumi Sen, LCSW - Psychotherapist
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been in the field of Social Work for nearly a decade. My experience has been in counseling, addiction treatment, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, hospice, and psychiatric case management. I have worked with both children and adults in a wide array of settings.
I will provide you with a nonjudgmental, inclusive, welcoming, and supportive atmosphere. I am of South Asian descent and was raised in the Bay Area. This helped me to appreciate and interact with those from different cultures and backgrounds than myself. I hold a Masters degree in Social Work, emphasizing on Community Mental Health from California State University, East Bay. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, with a focus in Women's Studies.
Finding the answers in understanding ourselves can be a daunting task. Through compassion, mindfulness, and feeling connected with a therapist, this task feels more achievable.
Christina Garges,LCSW - Psychotherapist
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has several years of experience working with system-involved youth and families. In my work, I regularly address issues related to complex trauma, attachment, relationship instability, grief, emotional dysregulation, self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. I entered the field of mental health because I feel passionate about increasing access to affordable and quality mental health services.
The world we live in offers us endless ways to disconnect and distance ourselves from our own humanity. The energy that we invest into our own healing, through therapy brings us closer to experiencing life as our most true selves. I believe that the most important aspect of therapy is the relationship a client forms with a therapist.
Gaining insight into our choices and uncovering patterns in our behavior can move us towards paths of acceptance, healing, and change. I strive to provide a warm and non-judgmental environment where one can feel secure in being vulnerable and feel free from shame.
Payal Mehta, LPCC
Payal Mehta is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with experience in the field of counseling and psychology for over 15 years. Her specialization is in working with teens, young adults, parents, and individuals with issues such as anxiety, parental concerns, work stressors, grief, academics, relationship stressors, self-esteem, and other day-to-day challenges.
Her experiences having lived in many different countries has given her a deep respect and understanding for all religions, and she also specializes in working with multi-ethnic individuals. Her approach to treatment is practical, collaborative, and solution-focused, and she utilizes a wide variety of techniques including cognitive-behavioral, play therapy, and mindfulness. For more information on Payal Mehta's experiences, please visit her website.
Kara Jacobs, LCSW - Psychotherapist
My name is Kara Jacobs, and I'm a licensed clinical social worker. I also have an M.A. in Special Education. My roots are in field work-first with developmentally delayed individuals and their families and then for 30 years in the child welfare and Juvenile Court systems. I have clinical experience as a grief counselor with Hospice and Medicare with a geriatric population. I'm also a non denominational commissioned law enforcement chaplain. Through these experiences, I've gained some great tools for working with trauma.
I am competent in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Action and Commitment Therapy, and Positive Psychology. I am working on adding Internal Family Systems to that list, and occasionally have used Expressive Arts Therapy techniques. All my interventions are informed by basic neuropsychology. Sometimes, I just listen, accompanying my clients on their life journeys through some very difficult terrain. Effective therapy always involves some degree of trust, and I am so honored when I receive that trust, and so privileged to witness the growth of my clients.
Cheryl Chin, LMFT, LPCC - Psychotherapist
Greetings from the Tri-Valley. I am excited about joining Insight For Wellness, as an integrated health center. If you are interested in learning more about my qualifications and therapeutic style to determine goodness of fit, please read on. Interested in helping others and how psychology and medicine intersect, I studied and specialized in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine and interned at UPENN's Weight and Eating Disorders Clinic, UNC Chapel Hill's Thurston Arthritis Center, UPENN's Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Rhode Island Hospital's Child Development Center. Relocating to the West Coast in 2000, I received my second master's from Santa Clara University and interned at San Mateo County's Primary Care Interface Team, and in various school districts in special education, as well as in CCEC/non-profit agencies, obtained my licensure in 2006, then worked at the Lucas Center, from where I transitioned into private practice in 2011. My areas of expertise include Eating Disorders, Psycho-Oncology, Chronic Pain Management, Infertility, Grief/Loss Counseling, and Stress Management.
Additionally, I work with the military, with children and teens, Autism, ADHD, and developmental disabilities. Moreover, I had facilitated support groups for children with parents with cancer and with friends of family of cancer patients as well as volunteered at George Mark Children's House, (a hospice for children), and supervised at Contra Costa County Head Start. In terms of my approach, I use empirically-driven strengths-based approaches, predominantly cognitive-behavioral therapy and solution-focused brief therapy, and when the situation calls for it, family systems or attachment theories. It's important to build therapeutic rapport and meet my clients where they are psychologically. I am eager to assist you in improving your quality of life. Thank you for taking the time to read my bio and I look forward to someday working with you.
Caitlin Douglas, Reiki Master and Energy Healer
My name is Caitlin Douglas, and I am a Reiki Master and Healing Arts practitioner. The goal in a session with me is to shift stagnant energies and assist in the download of information from universal guidance, helping you return into the flow of love. My heartfelt passion is to cultivate an environment where clients can remove blocks, discover inner truth, and by using intuition align to their personal higher purpose so that they can live a richly fulfilling life.
I combine many modalities of energetic and auric field healing in my sessions, such as Reiki, Crystal Healing, Sound Bath Healing, M-Joy Heartfelt (Matrix Energetics), and Divine Light. My background includes work as a Diabetes Care Specialist, where I utilized my passion for health and nutrition in my counseling of clients, and I am a student of Astrology, Mediumship, Ancestral Healing, Eric Pearls Reconnection, Matrix Energetics, Ritual Baths, and Shamanic Soul Retrieval.
Michele Weidner, RN, BSN CBD Nurse Consultant
Michele is a registered nurse with 15 years of experience treating medically complex patients in the hospital setting. Michele's passion for holistic health, as well as seeing personal success and healing with CBD has led her to become a certified medical CBD consultant.
Whether your goals are to improve sleep, reduce anxiety, alleviate pain, or reduce your use of prescription medications, Michele integrates her nursing and CBD knowledge to assist you in bringing your mind and body back into balance. Together, with your healthcare provider, Michele will tailor an individualized treatment plan, ensuring you receive the therapeutic benefits of CBD while minimizing any side effects.
Michele's nursing background includes Intermediate ICU, Cardiovascular ICU, Medical ICU Travel RN, Endoscopy/GI, pre- and post-op ambulatory surgery and Clinical Liaison. She currently works as a Nurse Case Manager, assisting patients and their families with post-acute discharge needs in coordination with doctors, social workers, insurance companies, home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities. Outside of the hospital, Michele enjoys creating home workouts, playing the piano, reading and meditating.