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What We Do

Counseling Services


Our counseling program seeks to unify and strengthen troubled families and individuals by providing quality, low-cost counseling services to the community.


Services We Provide

Our therapists are men and women with compassionate hearts and the skills and training to assist our clients through life’s challenges. We serve hundreds of clients regardless of age, race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, disability or religion who would otherwise not receive help due to financial hardship.

  • Counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups
  • Counseling for children, adolescents and adults
  • Substance abuse assessment and counseling
  • Therapists in training who provide low-cost counseling
  • Experienced therapists who provide mid-range cost counseling
  • Services that qualify for insurance reimbursement or Victim Witness Assistance


“People come to Advent with different issues, the main goal of a therapist is to assist them to reach their goals, come up with their coping skills and their support group”

- Ceclica Oteyza, Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee


  • Life feels overwhelming, out of control or unmanageable
  • You have experienced loss or have been the victim of violence or another crime
  • You feel down and can’t shake it
  • Conflicts with a spouse or other family member that can’t get resolved
  • You or a loved one are in the grip of an addiction
  • You need support in making difficult life decisions


  • Bruce Pickett
    Bruce Pickett

    Director of Counseling Services

    Bruce Pickett, Director of Counseling Services, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked at Advent since 1989. He has held positions in residential, outpatient, and counseling services as a clinician and supervisor. He grew up in San Jose and attended San Jose State University for his Child Development and Social Work degrees. Bruce is thrilled when working with a client who is discovering and growing as well as supervising new therapists to be the best they can be.

  • Michele Reynolds, LCSW
    Michele Reynolds, LCSW

    Associate MFT License # 21334

    Michele loves helping people find the route cause of those stuck areas in their lives so that they can move forward and live out their God-given purpose.
    She uses a combination of research-based approaches that are individually suited to your needs, such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Brainspotting therapy. This helps you deal with issues & brokenness that you may have experienced as traumatic or challenging. She has seen these therapies to have good results with a very wide range of issues – childhood abuse/trauma, lack of self-esteem, loss, addiction, depression, anxiety and more.

  • Rachel Connett, Ph.D., MSc., MA
    Rachel Connett, Ph.D., MSc., MA

    Associate AMFT# 109970 APPC# 5882

    Rachel is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor and has been working in the mental health profession for more than 2 years. Her commitment to the mental health profession is to meet each client where they are in their life struggle, provide empathy, collaborate with each client and guide them to achieve independence and competence to live a meaningful life by active listening to understand their thoughts, feelings, their presenting condition from their point of view, and collaboratively provide a tailored approach based on evidence-based therapeutic concepts.
    Rachel has extensive experience working with school-age children and their families in school settings, youths in a residential treatment setting, adolescents, adults and families that have issues with mood disorders, conduct disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma-related disorders.​

  • Johnny Duran
    Johnny Duran

    Associate MFT License # 12656

    Johnny is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who graduated from Touro University Worldwide with honors. He has been working in the mental health profession for nearly 2 years. He grew up in San Jose and recently became a father to a delightful baby boy.

    Johnny has four years of experience working with children and adolescents with emotional disturbance in school settings. As a therapist, Johnny provides treatment services to adolescents in a school setting and has served adolescents in a residential treatment setting. Johnny has also worked with adult clients within the community. He has worked with individuals with mood, anxiety, depressive, trauma-related and substance use disorders.

    Johnny uses an integrative approach to therapy, customizing client’s treatment to suit their needs. He loves to help clients strive toward self-acceptance, discover what drives them and build upon their life in order to unlock its full potential.


  • Rachael Muratore
    Rachael Muratore

    Clinical Secretary

    Rachael is the Counseling secretary for the agency. She has a background serving families who experience Intimate Partner Violence. She has also worked in elder care and in the school district at schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

  • Natalie Cantu
    Natalie Cantu

    Natalie is a Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee. She currently attends Pepperdine University’s online Graduate School of Education & Psychology, and has over 10 years of experience working with at-risk adolescence and young adults who have endured trauma.

    Natalie has a heart for under-served communities. She believes that everyone should have access to mental healthcare, support, and treatment, no matter their background, sexual identity, or financial means. She utilizes multicultural psychology as the foundation of her clinical work, specifically tailoring treatment to each client’s unique needs or experiences. Natalie understands change as a gradual process. As a therapist, she offers commitment and consistency with her clients, walking with them through their difficulties to achieve their desired goals. She practices from a stance of authenticity and humility, and strives to create an environment that promotes safety and well-being of the whole person.

  • Melissa Hinshaw
    Melissa Hinshaw

    Melissa is a Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee and student at Prescott College's Counseling Graduate Program and Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate Program. She also holds creative writing degrees from Biola University and the University of Arizona. She specializes in art therapy, and has experience with grief and loss, illness, anxiety, and interpersonal and family relationships. She uses a trauma-informed approach and narrative style to meet clients where they are at, understand where they are coming from, and help them set and achieve manageable goals.

    Melissa believes in baby steps to change, and works to help clients find small ways to feel more confident and capable as they explore new feelings and move towards new ways of living. She offers an open, non-judgmental space for exploring feelings, questions, and doubts.

To make an appointment or talk to our Clinical Secretary call 408-281-0708 ext. 822 between 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Monday through Thursday.

You can also leave a message at any time and we will call you back within 24 hours.

  • SAGA Foundation
    SAGA Foundation