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.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience helping adults of all ages in a variety of clinical settings including medical, mental health and social services programs. I work with patients to address issues such as anxiety and depression, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship challenges, job stress, trauma, isolation and loneliness, illness, disability and caregiving.
Previous work experiences including providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples within a group private practice; bringing together older adults with volunteer caregivers at Caring Hands, a program of John Muir Health; and for many years I provided counseling to Holocaust Survivors and their family members through Jewish Family and Community Services of the East Bay.
After receiving my BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University I came to California to pursue an MSW from the University of California, Berkeley. I am now devoted to helping my fellow Californians find meaning and healing in their lives even in this uncertain world we live in. I draw upon a variety of modalities tailored to individual needs. I utilize insight oriented, mindfulness based, compassion focused, strength based and cognitive behavioral therapeutic approaches
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.
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.
Allie Craig, Psychology Volunteer / Intern
I recently graduated Cum Laude from San Diego State University with a BA in psychology and a minor in religious studies. In addition to interning at Insight Wellness Center, I currently am a volunteer counselor for Crisis Text Line in which I work with individuals to de-escalate situations and bring them to a cool, calm state of mind. I am passionate about mental health care and believe it should be nurtured the same as our physical health. I plan to complete a Master’s program in clinical psychology and eventually become a LMFT or LPC. I look forward to transforming my interpersonal and listening skills into a fulfilling career.