Alisa Jaffe Holleron, LCSW, creator of the Live Oak Center, is an experienced psychotherapist who has deep respect for human beings and the difficulties that arise in our lives. She believes that the challenges we face are opportunities to mature into ourselves, so that we can live life with more vitality, joy and meaning. Alisa emphasizes mindfulness, self-acceptance and compassion in her work with individuals, couples and families. She is the author of “An Unexpected Journey: The Road to Power and Wisdom in Divorced Co-Parenting” the companion book to the class that she developed and teaches. Her engaging, open-minded, humorous and accepting style is appreciated by her clients and group participants.
Donna Hoenig-Couch, LCSW is happy to be a part of a skilled and compassionate team of practitioners who serve this community and this region. Her practice is rooted in the belief that people can be relieved of the emotional pain of depression, anxiety and relationship problems and return to a sense of a healthy, authentic self that is every person’s unique birthright. She works with individuals of any age and culture, specializing in individual, existential and relational therapy. She is a long-time student of Zen Buddhism, and the values of service, respect, truth, and the search for wisdom guide her work with others. She sees herself as one who works alongside others in a journey toward freedom.
Susan Simpkin, PsyD brings to her clinical practice 35 years of experience in El Dorado County as a classroom teacher and school counselor. She has helped children, adolescents and families with life issues such as loss, divorce, depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, identity challenges, low school achievement, poor social skills development, ADHD, parenting struggles and family trauma. She has extensive training in, and a deep understanding of diversity and issues related to bullying. Dr. Simpkin believes that each of us has personal strengths that, when utilized, help us problem solve, improve interpersonal relationships and find our own most productive and enlivening path. She provides a safe, nurturing environment in which honesty, exploration and personal investment can yield a more satisfying and meaningful life.
Sara Collette, LMFT, works with individuals, couples, and families providing therapy to address a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, uncontrollable or overwhelming emotions, relationship difficulties, family conflict, and low self esteem. Sara strives to equip people with the skills they need to relate to themselves and others in a manner that fosters emotional wellness and satisfying successful relationships. For fun, Sara enjoys going to the beach, watching sports, and spending time with her husband and son.