Deborah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Anxiety
Disorders, Trauma/PTSD, and Dissociative Disorders.
Deborah’s clinical approaches are influenced by Attachment, Psychodynamic,
Relational, Somatic theories, and Mindfulness. She uses evidence-based treatment
methods such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR),
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),
and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Deborah has specialized training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, an approach that works to unlock the intelligence of the body and resolve the effects of trauma and PTSD. When appropriate, she also utilizes clinical hypnosis.
Deborah earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, attended the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and went on to earn her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area. She is also a yoga instructor with an interest in helping those with anxiety and trauma inhabit their bodies in safe and nurturing ways. Deborah has clinical experience working at HOPE Counseling Center, a non-profit counseling center in Sacramento as well as Sage Anxiety Treatment Program, an Intensive Outpatient Program for anxiety disorders and OCD where she conducted both individual and group psychotherapy. She has taught at Sonoma State University and Sacramento State University.
Deborah is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #53537
DEBORAH MILLER-FROH, MA, RYT, CMT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #91168
Dr. Chelsea Bagias is a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with people experiencing psychosis, schizophrenia, voice hearing, bipolar, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and relationship issues. She helps clients, family, and friends to understand their loved ones in a new way. She combines psychodynamic psychotherapy, humanistic approaches, attachment based treatment, positive psychology, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy styles into her work with individuals. She has a long history of helping clients find what is lovely about themselves, and in so doing, rejuvenating the person to seek out the life they want. She firmly believes all people can recover from even debilitating issues and through the sharing of successful research and outcome studies, helps instill belief in ones own recovery.
Tammy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who brings with her over
12 years of clinical experience working with a variety of populations. Her areas of
focus and expertise include complex childhood trauma/PTSD, interpersonal
effectiveness issues/struggles in getting overwhelmed with relationships, self-harm,
and emotional regulation issues, as well as working and treating individuals with
Borderline Personality Disorder and dissociation. She is passionate about helping
people put the pieces back together again.
Tammy earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology as well as a Master’s in Psychology, both from Chapman University. She also works well with many issues and enjoys working with adults struggling with Depression and Bipolar Disorder. She worked in an outpatient program for many years serving a variety of populations. Tammy is intensively trained by Behavioral Tech in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and DBT-PE (prolonged exposure) and in the treatment of complex trauma and dissociation. She oversaw the DBT Programs in her last position and enjoys running DBT groups as well to help clients utilize skills to navigate overwhelming feelings and develop coping skills to better navigate challenges with relationships. She also has a repertoire of various empirically based treatments to help her clients to reduce suffering.
Tammy remains informed with the latest research and training as a member of both the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and Behavioral Tech.
TAMMY ROVANE, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #95718
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #85597
Cheryl is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Her experience consists of working with diverse populations from a broad range of socio-cultural backgrounds including first-generation and underserved populations. Cheryl is comfortable working with a wide range of issues and considers herself a generalist. She has a strong interest in providing support for survivors of child abuse, complex trauma, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Additional areas of interest are working with building self-love, relational issues, depression, and anxiety. Providing a safe place for individuals, couples and families to heal and grow is an honor that fuels her work and passion for the field. She views her line of work to be a privilege to be present with others as they share their innermost thoughts and feelings, their experiences, culture, and views on life.
Working in middle schools has brought a fondness for teens and the ability to provide disability assessments to support accommodation in school if needed. Working with young adults at Sac State has been particularly fun and allowed Cheryl to remain up to date with current trends and media. Working with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and perpetrators of violence has been challenging but meaningful work.
Cheryl believes in the importance of being authentic and genuine, culturally sensitive, nonjudgmental and responsive to her clients. Her approaches in treatment are informed by Psychodynamic therapy, Person Centered, Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness-based therapies. She utilizes her experiences and skills from working in multiple settings with different levels of care ranging from community in-patient co-occurring treatment programs to providing support for teens in middle schools.
EMMA MCMANUS, Psy.D.
Psychological Assistant, PSY 19647
Hillary is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her areas of focus
include anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, low self-esteem, depression, and
trauma. Additional areas of interest include adult children of alcoholics, and
individuals struggling with complex family issues that have left people
feeling stuck and overwhelmed. Hillary works with older teens and adults.
Hillary earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree
in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco.
Hillary feels honored to help individuals through their healing and growth process.
Her approach to therapy is collaborative, active, and empathic. Her treatment approaches are informed by Psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness-based therapies, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
She draws from her experience of having worked in different levels of care including partial hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). While at Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program in Sacramento (now Eating Recovery Center), she provided therapy, assisted in therapeutic meals and meal outings, while working collaboratively on a treatment team.
Hillary also worked in an IOP for anxiety disorders-specializing in OCD at Sage Anxiety Treatment Program. In the Intensive Outpatient Program, she provided individual therapy, facilitated Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) groups, mindfulness groups, process groups, and outpatient therapy.
Hillary is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF).
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, MFC 47987
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #92095
CHERYL SAMUELSON, MS
ELLEN TARBY, MA
Dr. McManus is an Eating Disorder Specialist. She has several areas of expertise within
the treatment of addictive behaviors. She is well trained in pain management. She sees
individuals living with chronic pain within her practice. She collaborates with other addiction
medicine providers that offer Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) including
Suboxone/Buprenorphine to assist those struggling with opioid addiction or chronic pain
She provides outpatient evidence-based treatment for individuals with Eating Disorders
and Substance Use Disorders. Dr. McManus is extensively trained in the treatment of
disordered eating including Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.
She is trained in the evidence-based practice of Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for the treatment of Anorexia. Dr. McManus believes that Eating Disorder recovery is very possible and sustainable with the inclusion and empowerment of the family. Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder are of specific interest. She runs groups to help support individuals specifically living with Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa.
Dr. McManus received her doctorate from Alliant International University; California Professional School of Psychology, in Clinical Psychology in 2012. She is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow who has completed residency and will be licensed within the near future. Her theoretical orientation is Humanistic Solution-Focused and she often utilizes Mindfulness and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to assist individuals with mood dysregulation. She has trained in a variety of health psychology settings as an active team member within multidisciplinary teams that managed chronic medical conditions with psychological implications. She has worked extensively within functional medicine and forensic teams. She is well versed with complex psychological conditions including personality disorders and chronic disease management. She enjoyed utilizing mindfulness training and biofeedback to manage anxiety, panic disorder and OCD.
Dr. McManus teaches at the post-graduate degree level for psychologists seeking to gain an Eating Disorder training. Dr. McManus has held several Board positions within the community, most recently, Chair of the Sacramento Chapter of Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment (WAAT) for several years. Currently, she is on University of California Davis’ Body Project Professional Board for promoting body positivity in college-aged women. In addition to teaching, Dr. McManus is a seasoned speaker and often lectures at high schools, universities, sororities, parent and professional groups on the topics of Disordered Eating, body image, Body Positivity and Girl’s studies on empowerment and leadership. She is a high school and college trainer for students for the Body Project, an evidence-based program to improve body positivity and body image.
Until Dr. McManus is is licensed as a psychologist, she will be under the supervison of Dr. Polsky.
HILLARY SANDOVAL, MA
VICTORIA TIMPE, MA, SEP
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY 25471
Chelsea completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at University of CA Irvine, her masters program in clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis Athens Greece campus, and her doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology. She completed internships at Turning Point Community Programs, Yolo County Mental Health, and several private practices. Chelsea's post-doctoral training occurred at two locations: C.O.R.E Medical Clinic where she specialized in dual diagnosis with mental health and addiction, and also a local private practice where she was able to strengthen her foundation of deep individual therapy. For 3 years after licensing, Chelsea co-owned and was clinical director of a group practice and post-doctoral training site. Recently Chelsea worked for 2 and a half years at Kaiser Permanente where she was involved in helping to grow the Thought Disorder Program within the Outpatient Psychiatry Department. While there she worked on an integrated treatment team that provided psychotherapy, medication management, group therapy, recreational therapy, family support classes, and crisis management for psychosis on an outpatient basis. Chelsea is excited to bring her years of experience to the excellent clinicians of the Vantage Point Psychotherapy team.
A love of learning and a dedication to providing new information to her clients, continues to inspire Chelsea to grow as a therapist. She is a long-standing member of the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS-US). Chelsea has also presented on voice hearing, extreme experiences, and psychosis at several national and international professional conferences over the past 3 years.
CHELSEA "BAGIAS" MACKEY, Psy.D.
Victoria works with adult individual clients and couples dealing with anxiety,
trauma/PTSD, and relationship issues. Her therapy style is interactive, gentle
and assertive. Victoria believes that we all have the capacity to grow, heal and
change throughout our lives.
Victoria is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Somatic Experiencing is a
body-based trauma healing modality that helps clients reconnect to themselves, so
they can feel more stable, whole, relaxed and alive again. For many traumatized individuals, this has been taken away. Trauma is not a specific event, rather it is how our systems respond to these events in our lives. Any type of boundary rupture whether physical or emotional can leave clients with residual trauma and activation stored up in the body. Somatic Experiencing is a body-based trauma healing modality that helps you release this negative energy from the body.
As a trauma healing therapist, Victoria's way of working is gentle and powerful, helping clients connect to their body’s wisdom in order to heal both recent and developmental traumas.
Victoria had a private practice in the bay area where she has been working with clients since 2008. Victoria spent the last 13 years teaching, mentoring and advising students in the holistic, somatic, integral and transpersonal counseling psychology programs at John F. Kennedy University. For ten years, Victoria was an adjunct faculty member and taught sexuality and the final thesis classes. Victoria participated for many years on the board of San Francisco Sex Information. Victoria also helped develop Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center, a training center for Marriage and Family Therapist Interns.
Ellen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in Trauma/ PTSD,
Eating Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders including OCD. She works with both teens
and adults in individual and group sessions.
Ellen received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a Somatic
Specialization from John F. Kennedy University. She has worked in a variety of
treatment settings, including a low-fee counseling clinic in Oakland, CA, an intensive
outpatient mental health clinic, and several years in private practice seeing clients in
outpatient treatment. Her diverse experience includes working with those suffering
from anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma and complex trauma, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, relational difficulties, and life transitions.
Ellen’s approach to therapy is integrative, supportive, and mindful. Currently, Ellen uses a variety of clinical approaches with her clients, determining with each client what is most appropriate to address their needs. She draws from her experiences with Psychodynamic, Client-Centered, Process Work, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Hakomi. Ellen has intensive and specialized training the in the somatic (body-oriented) treatment of trauma and PTSD through Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, an integrative modality that utilizes the most current understandings of neurobiology and trauma to relieve trauma symptoms and integrate traumatic memory.
As a therapist that values continuous learning and engagement with the field, Ellen spends a portion of her time in trainings and conferences in her specialty areas so that she can bring that learning back to her clients and enhance the work that she does. Since 2013, she has been involved in community outreach, education, and services through her facilitation of a free weekly community support group that is affiliated with the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
Dr. Katie Polsky is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and the LGBTQIA population. She has an integrative approach, in that she is well-versed in several treatment modalities.
Dr. Polsky graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She completed her Doctor of Philosophy from the California School of Professional
Psychology, Los Angeles, acclaimed for its focus on clinical training. Dr. Polsky completed her pre-doctoral internships at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Counseling Center and the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills where she received extensive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families, and groups and participated in outreach services to college students. Her Postdoctoral residency was at APA accredited Humboldt State University Counseling Center where she received specialized training on the Eating Disorder Assessment Team, and with, survivors of sexual assault.
Dr. Polsky’s clinical work began in 2001 at two eating disorder treatment centers; Center for Discovery and Adolescent Change and Oceanaire Residential Eating Disorder Facility. In 2007, Dr. Polsky joined Summit Eating Disorder and Outreach Program in their Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) as a clinician. In 2010, she became the Clinical Director of New Dawn Eating Disorder Program in Sausalito in charge of IOP, Partial Hospitalization, and re-opened the Residential Treatment Program in San Francisco. Eager to expand her knowledge about Anxiety and OCD, especially knowing the overlap between Anxiety and Eating Disorders, she joined the Anxiety Treatment Center in Sacramento and obtained specialized training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for OCD and Anxiety Disorders.
Dr. Polsky started Vantage Point Center for Psychotherapy in 2013 with a desire to bring comprehensive, specialized, and integrative treatment to individuals that suffer from Eating Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Trauma, and Anxiety Disorders. She brings a non-judgmental, client-centered, and empowering approach to therapy and as such, is a strong supporter of diverse communities. She continues to enrich her knowledge by attending monthly consultation groups. Dr. Polsky is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of therapists in Sacramento and as such, trains local professionals and presents at national conferences. She is a member of the Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (Aptedsf.org), International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF.org), and Association of Contextual Science (contextualscience.org), and the Academy of Eating Disorders (aedweb.org).
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #85396
Director of Operations
KATIE POLSKY, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY 23342
SHELLEY TIRSBECK, MA
Shelley's approach to therapy is integrative and client centered, drawing on Psychodynamic, Relational, Cognitive-Behavioral, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Shelley earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, an American Psychological Association accredited program. She completed her clinical trainings at the Effort, a community mental health center, St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children, and Sage Psychotherapy an Intenstive Outpatient Program for Anxiety. Additionally, Shelley has specialized training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
She co-facilitates a weekly Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Process Group with Dr. Katie Polsky.
Shelley is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF), and the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA).
Shelley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in anxiety disorders. She also oversees the business operations for Vantage Point.
Shelley works with individuals, couples, and children and is qualified to treat a broad range of presenting problems including: anxiety, OCD, trauma, depression, grief/loss, LGBTQI issues, and relationship difficulties. She works well with clients from diverse backgrounds and has experience working with clients who are dealing with oppression and/or discrimination. Shelley's goal as a therapist is to help people improve their lives and to build loving, supportive, and fulfilling relationships.
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