Our Team

Margena Carter, M.A.

Margena Carter, Carter Carter Therapeutic Services Founder:

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Worker and Professional Life Coach who specializes in personal growth, relationship and career counseling. I hold a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University of Los Angeles and I am confident my education and experience working in clinical settings combined with my dedication to support clients in optimum living and coping will help you in reaching your goals. 

Throughout my career I've worked in private practice, psychiatric hospitals, intensive in-patients and outpatient divisions. My skills and abilities widely range from managing clinical services department to conducting corporate trainings. As a therapist, counselor, medical social worker and life coach, I have facilitated individual and group therapy sessions, provided case management, client de-escalation and many other therapeutic techniques using an array of principals and approaches. I have had the opportunity to treat adults and children experiencing homelessness and mental illness. Many were co-occurring with emotional and physical disabilities, addictions, terminal diseases and other disorders.

My work with non-profit organizations and my professional affiliations with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy have afforded me the opportunity to treat individuals and families, many under privileged and at risk. In these settings I’ve provided school and residential counseling, play therapy, anger management and cognitive behavioral therapy. Additionally, I have appeared on several television networks as a Relationship Expert. 

I am a collaborative, solution-focused, mindful, humanistic therapist. Through this approach, I provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I also integrate behavioral techniques and helpful assignments to offer a highly-personalized program tailored to you. With compassion and understanding, I work with you to help build on your strengths and attain the personal growth you are committed to achieving.


Jamie Hammond, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, MA, LMFT:

I have been practicing as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) for 19 years. I specialize in adoption, families and children, individual and couples, substance abuse, and am adept at making good therapeutic progress with people diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I take a strengths based approach with the premise that people are always doing the best that they can.


Jordyn Hengeveld, Licensed Clinical Social Worker: 

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in life transitions, grief and loss. I earned my Master of Social Work at the University of Southern California, and I am licensed to practice therapy in multiple states. My goal as a therapist is to support individuals in finding meaning from the losses and changes, they have experienced. Loss is not always obvious and can show up in so many aspects of our life. Within this clinical framework, I have assisted clients in addressing trauma, family/relationship dynamics, career changes, chronic health conditions, depression and anxiety. 

The issues that you want to discuss in therapy are nuanced. If we are working together, I will help you examine the threads and patterns within these issues. Finding inspiration from the challenges and losses in your life can be complicated. My priority is to hold space for what is painful and also to support you in deciding how you want to proceed given this. 

My approach is eclectic, incorporating elements of humanistic, systemic, and psychodynamic therapy. Whether your goal is to tangibly make changes to your life or find peace within a situation that will not change, I will tailor my approach to you as an individual. If you think I would be a good fit for you, please feel free to reach out for a consultation.


Kassandra Gibbs, Licensed Clinical Social Worker: 

Hi, my name is Kassandra G. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for self empowerment and positive healing. I greatly enjoy the opportunity of helping those in need on their journey to happiness or healing. I strive to create a welcoming, non-judgmental, and free space to be exactly who you are. i enjoy helping men and women seek hope, positive life skills, organization, perspective changes, independence, confidence, and conquer fear and shame.

As a trained and experienced therapist, I have worked with many populations including youth, families, senior, ASD and ADHD youth and adults, as well as Post partum mothers. I know that it can be a hurtle to overcome this step into seeking help and want you to know first and foremost how proud I am of you for coming this far. I hope I can support you in your journey at this time and develop new ways of coping creatively.


Mary Lucas, LMFT:

I am Mary Lucas, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 11 years of experience in the field. Throughout my career, I have focused on working with at-risk youth and their parents, providing them with the necessary support and guidance to navigate through difficult situations.

I have received extensive training in a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Aggression Replacement. This training has equipped me with the tools to tailor my treatment plans to address the unique needs and goals of my clients.

Over the years, I have worked with individuals facing a wide range of mental health challenges. I have helped clients struggling with Major Depressive Disorder and other Depressive disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and other Anxiety disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Adjustment disorders, Conduct Disorder, and ADHD. Additionally, I have provided guidance and support to individuals dealing with issues related to child-parent relationships, family dynamics, individual therapy, couples counseling, teen pregnancy, and social relationship difficulties.

In therapy, I prioritize creating a safe and non-judgmental space for my clients to openly express their thoughts and feelings. I believe in building a strong therapeutic alliance based on trust and empathy. With my warm demeanor and genuine care for others, I strive to establish a supportive environment that fosters growth and healing.


Valerie Sanz: LCSW:

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California. I have a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Psychology. I am a Doctoral Candidate finishing my PhD in Media Psychology where I bring the most current research about the impact Social Media has had on mental health. I have 15+ years of professional experience working with people of all ages and with diverse cultural backgrounds. I dedicated my career to helping those who are struggling with addictions, relationship issues, trauma, domestic violence and sexual assault. I work with the District Attorney/Victim Witness program to assist those navigating legal challenges within the legal court system.

I provide support to those seeking change and build on self esteem and self confidence techniques; treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I tailor sessions and treatment goals to meet the unique and specific needs of each individual. It takes courage to seek out a more meaningful and fulfilling life and taking the first steps towards change can seem the most difficult. I am here to assist in the exploration of that journey and empower you through the discovery of self understanding and awareness.


April Jordan, LCSW:

Hello, I am April Jordan, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  I obtained my master's in social work from Cal State East Bay, Hayward, in 2005.  I am a wife, mother of young children and understand the stressors linked with trying to balance life.  I specialize in Women issues, Postpartum, anxiety, depressive disorders, relationship stressors and career transitions.  My Therapeutic approach is strength-based and cognitive behavioral therapy.  

My Professional experience I have worked years in mental health, medical social work, family services and with the criminal justice system. In addition, I am a first responder myself working in the emergency room as a medical social worker I understand the dynamics of caring for others especially during a Pandemic.  During these unprecedented times, were all feeling overwhelmed and anxious.  I am a therapist that likes to look at restoring you back to feeling better and providing you with real life therapeutic tools needed to get back to a sense of normalcy.  

Tracie Handley LCSW

Tracie Handley LCSW:

Tracie L Handley, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has 20 years of social work experience within various populations, age groups and settings. My unique, integrated knowledge and skills have led me to both individual and group practice. I enjoy working with individuals; children and families; and particularly, male clients (young boys to older adult men). My goal is to provide a supportive alliance with those who suffer with anxiety, behavioral, emotional, relational and transitional (death, job loss, aging) issues in everyday life. 

I am a faith-based, solution-focused, and strengths-based therapist. The integration of a person-centered model within eclectic therapeutic framework enhances the experience for each client to explore, grow, and heal through their own life's challenges and hardships. It is my mission to create and nurture a safe environment for clients to thrive and learn how to manage their daily lives or situations better than before.

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