Ron Edeal, M.A., M.F.T.
Ron is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor with 25 years experience counseling families, couples and individuals. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Bethany Bible College, and an M.A. in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Azusa Pacific University. Ron is a recovering addict/alcoholic/ACA with more than eleven years experience as a family/patient counselor in drug/alcohol addiction treatment at both the Clint Eastwood Youth Program (adolescent drug and alcohol treatment center) and the Adrian Center of Dominican Hospital.
In addition to working with chemical dependency issues, Ron specializes in working with communication problems, other addictions, depression, grief, fatherless issues, abuse, marital and family conflict, premarital issues, adolescent parenting conflicts, divorce recovery and step-parenting. Ron has created communication curriculum titled Journey to Loving Others and is currently teaching at seminars and in local small groups. Ron and his wife Kahleen also teach together with a shared vision of helping couples and individuals live in healthy, peaceful relations. Ron, his wife Kahleen, and their two daughters reside in Mt. Hermon. He also has 2 other adult children and 3 grandchildren. Kahleen is a teacher and administrator with 40 years experience educating children. Ron facilitates groups and speaks at seminars and retreats. For more information on classes and seminars inquire at www.ronedeal.com.
Karen Lansing, LMFT BCETS
Diplomate, The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
CA LIC # MFC32626
To contact Karen, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen is a California State licensed Marriage, Family Therapist, and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. She graduated out of Santa Clara University with her Masters in MFT counseling & psychology in 1992. Her clinical focus is in the treatment of duty-induced PTSD of all types for Fire, Medics, Lifeguard and Police. She specializes in treatment of post incident trauma following lethal contact / deadly encounters for Law Enforcement and the Military assets.
Along with an array of cross discipline trainings Karen is one of the rare civilian graduates out of the Force Science Research Institute’s Investigation course. Both weapons and tactics trained in areas such as public order, close protection and intelligence / source handling, Karen integrates these skills into clinical treatment as well as tactical team / commander trainings. She’s trained security advisors and operational assets within the Middle East as well as police SWAT, organizational psychologists, and tactical advisors.
Doug Crocker, M.A., LMFT
Doug is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He received his BA in English Literature from U.C. Berkeley, and his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in the 1970’s. He then served as pastor for seventeen years at Presbyterian churches in Los Altos and Felton. Since graduating from Santa Clara University’s maters’ program in Clinical Psychology in 1998, Doug has focused his attention on helping individuals, couples and families who are wrestling with emotions and life decisions, seeking help in their relationships and grappling with their faith and direction. Doug has served in agency settings including work with “at risk” teens and their families, and with students on elementary school campuses. He sees individual adults and couples, works with children and adolescents. and with families in his private practice settings. His appointments are on Wednesdays at the Relational Resources Offices in Aptos, and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in Scotts Valley.
Doug and his wife, Hannah Grace, have raised their three, now adult, boys in Ben Lomond.
Francis Krebs, LCSW
Francis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years experience in mental health and social services, working in both public and private inpatient and outpatient settings. A particular area of interest in Francis’s work has been the treatment of primary school age children and their families with issues of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other disruptive behavior disorders. Francis has also worked with adolescents and adults with a variety of problems, including chronic depression. Additionally, Francis is familiar with the complex issues and stresses which families experience when a family member suffers from a major mental illness such as schizophrenia. He is available for consultation and referral in these matters.
Francis participates in the music ministry as well as various outreach ministries at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Francis and his two daughters reside in Santa Cruz.
Deborah Bates, M.A., LMFT
Lic. # MFC 52996
Debbie received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2001. She retired as a Probation Officer in 2009, having worked in a mental health caseload for the last 12 years of her 33 year probation career. Needless to say she has familiarity working with anyone directly or collaterally involved with the criminal justice system.
Her clinical focus in psychotherapy includes individuals, couples, children, families and adolescents, working primarily from a cognitive behavioral, solution-focused approach. She has worked effectively with eating disorders, dual diagnosis, substance abuse issues, autistic disorders, those with bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. She is passionate in joining with those in their effort to find balance and healing in their lives and relationships.
Angelie Purkey, LMFT
Angelie Purkey has been a licensed Marriage and Family therapist since 1994. She is passionate about helping people develop health and wholeness in their lives personally, relationally and spiritually through a collaborative and rich therapeutic relationship. Angelie treats adults, couples and families (with teenage or older children) for a variety of issues including communication and conflict resolution, boundaries, stress management and life transitions, grief, self-esteem and personal growth, faith struggles, depression and anxiety, and trauma/abuse (physical, emotional and sexual).
Angelie has a B.A. in Psychology from UC Davis, an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary and is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She also holds certification in advanced level Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma resolution and the PREPARE-ENRICH inventory for premarital counseling. She is certified as a Spiritual Director and facilitates spiritual formation groups through Theodyssey.
Angelie has appointments available on Wednesdays off-site in Scotts Valley and Thursdays at Relational Resources in Aptos. She also facilitates groups and speaks at seminars and retreats. Angelie, her husband Lee and their two boys make their home in Soquel.
Jan Wright, M.A., LMFT
Jan is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 14 years of experience. She has an M.A. in counseling psychology from John F. Kennedy University (JFKU), is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and is also certified in EMDR for her work with trauma.
As part of her training, she worked in the Cupertino school district with elementary and middle school-age children and their families and interned at the Parents Center in Santa Cruz providing counseling to individuals, families, children and adolescents. Jan received her license in October 2004 after interning at Relational Resources under the supervision of Donelyn Miller. During her licensure, Jan has had the opportunity to work with clients on a number of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, parent-child concerns, marital issues, and grief and loss. Jan approaches her work from a client-centered perspective, working with clients to develop and support their unique strengths and inner knowledge, and enjoys helping them bring about the growth and changes they desire.
Jan and her husband, Les, have 2 adult daughters and have lived in the Santa Cruz mountains since 1977. Jan takes several insurances and also offers a sliding scale. She sees clients on Mondays in Aptos and Wednesdays and Thursdays in Scotts Valley.
Laura Kurek, M.A., LMFT
Laura Kurek is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a passion for helping people to improve their relationships with themselves and with each other. Laura has a deep compassion for others, as well as a love of personal and spiritual growth. She also knows firsthand how supportive therapy can be as her own struggles with anxiety have enabled her to experience hope and healing through working with a therapist.
Laura has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary. She has extensive training in how to integrate psychology and theology, as well as years of experience supporting kids, teens, adults and families in healing through many different challenges. Over and over again she has seen that people are wired to heal but are often stuck and unable to move forward without support. Her past experience includes working at a school-based counseling center and a faith-based nonprofit, both located in Sacramento, where she was able to help people of all different ages through a multitude of difficult issues. More recently she worked at the Parents Center, a local nonprofit whose mission is to help Santa Cruz County’s most needy kids and families through providing mental health and parenting support. Laura is a certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator and loves working with couples to deepen intimacy and improve communication. She also has special expertise in treating anxiety (specifically Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and in helping parents and families to address child behavior and parenting challenges. Please visit Laura's website at www.laurakurekmft.com to learn more about how she can help.
Laura and her husband moved to the Santa Cruz area in 2012 and are both still in awe that they are able to call such a beautiful spot home! Laura loves exploring the redwoods, running on the beach and paddle boarding in her spare time. She and her husband attend Santa Cruz Bible Church.
Emily Cross, M.A., LMFT
Emily is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with almost ten years' experience counseling people and over 4 years with a private practice. She has a B.A. in Addictions Studies at Bethany Bible College and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary. Her past experience includes working with adolescents in a residential program for chemical dependency and working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Her most recent job was within a hospital setting with adults in an outpatient program dealing with depression, anxiety and mood disorders.
Emily has a passion for integrating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) into her work as a "tool set" to help people manage their emotions and their relationships with others. Emily also loves incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help people get "unstuck" to become more productive and effective in their lives. Emily specializes in working with women dealing with depression, mood disorders and anxiety. She also loves working with couples integrating John Gottman's techniques. Emily likes incorporating a "teaching/coaching" approach to help equip people for life beyond the counseling office.
Emily and her husband have been married since 2003 and live with their two sons and border collie in the Santa Cruz redwoods. In her spare time, Emily loves hiking and camping with her family and dog.
Debbie Barber, M.A., LMFT
Debbie Barber is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with families, adolescents, couples and individuals. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Palo Alto University in 2013.
Debbie provides a safe place to share issues of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, loneliness, grief and loss, self-esteem challenges, and relationship concerns with self or others. Her approach is strength-based, heart-based, and client centered. Working collaboratively, she sees and honors the uniqueness of each individual and family, walking alongside them towards healing and wellness to reach their life goals and dreams. Using the principles of Psychodynamic theory, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Gestalt Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Attachment Theory, Positive Discipline and Triple P Parenting, she supports people in the integration of body, mind, heart, and soul. With couples, she draws from the work and techniques of John Gottman, and teaches couples effective communication skills.
Her training includes work in the Pajaro Valley School District in high schools and elementary schools for over 15 years, initially as a substitute school teacher, and subsequently as a counselor providing mental health services for children and families. She is trained as a mobile crisis counselor working with suicidal and homicidal youth, and has counseled adolescents in recovery from addiction. She has an extensive background as a certified massage therapist with 22 years experience in bodywork therapy.
Debbie lives in Capitola. She has two married sons, a Pediatrician, MD, and a professional athlete. Living around the corner, she feels blessed to have two energetic grandsons, and a third on the way, who are the delight of her heart. Debbie is a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Community and is involved in several ministries.
Dr. Kathryn Keithly
Kathryn (Katy) Keithly holds a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Educational Psychology. She has a State certification in School Psychology, is a licensed Educational Psychologist (#3485) and is a Board Certified Sport Psychologist. Katy got her start in Psychology at Cal State Monterey Bay were she graduated with a B.A and was the captain of CSUMB’s women’s golf team for four years. Katy also has been riding horses since she was five and competed throughout the United States.
Katy held several positions in the San Francisco Bay Area & Monterey Bay Area since 2006 which included Program Manager for a preschool Special Education program. She currently consults and conducts assessments within the greater Monterey Bay Area in an effort to improve student and athletic services. In addition to counseling, Katy provides in-service and training on behavior management for parents and teachers. Katy's participation in and focus on sports has given her insight into the value that sports can provide in building self-esteem in students with learning disabilities. In fact, the focus of Katy's Masters and Doctoral research was centered around the positive impact that sports can make on learning and overall educational development. As a certified Sports Psychologist, Katy can also provide assistance to athletes looking to improve their mental edge.
Katy is currently working on her certification through the University of Berkley for Neuropsychological Assessment. She is also finishing her certification to be an Educational Therapist.
During her free time she enjoys going to the beach with her husband and young daughter, golfing and riding horses.
Jason Koehler, M.A., LMFT
Jason Koehler is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, in practice for over a decade.
Sometimes we need a skilled thinking partner who has an expertise in helping discover solutions that seem just beyond our reach. Jason is your catalyst for positive change. He sees clients in Aptos on Mondays and Fridays, and also some at alternative locations. Jason is currently accepting new clients!
He treats a wide range of mental health issues, and provides a neutral environment for adolescents, children, couples, individual adults, and families. Jason will listen intently to your story and meet you where you're at, rather than prescribing a "one size fits all" approach. Working together, we can start by identifying your goals and desires, recognizing and capitalizing on your strengths. Doing this can improve your mood, revitalize your relationships, and increase your life satisfaction. Most importantly, Jason creates an environment where you can experience significance, empowerment, and acceptance. Jason's primary clinical focus is on issues of depression, chronic pain, grief and loss, in addition to common psychological issues related to childhood and adolescence.
Jason’s education includes a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University with a Specialization in Couples and Families as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Business, both from Simpson College. He has special training in ImTT (Image Transformation Therapy), Gottman Couples Therapy, Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), and Parenting with Love and Logic.
Jason and his wife, Heidi, have been married for fourteen years and currently reside in Santa Cruz with their daughter, Zoe. They have been members of Vintage Faith Church, in Santa Cruz, since 2004.