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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.

  • Katherine Cheung
    Katherine Cheung

    Associate Marriage & Family Therapist AMFT #136591
    Associate Professional Clinical Counselor APCC # 12963

    Katherine has started as Counseling Intern at Advent since May 2021. Through her healing journey from parental divorce, depression, codependency, addiction, and shame, she felt called to extend God’s love through pursuing a career in counseling. She is passionate about walking alongside with her clients. She believes hope and healing is always possible. She welcomes all populations and has strong interest working with young adults, couples, and immigrant families. She uses Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

    M.A. Counseling, Western Seminary
    Master of Christian Ministry, Christian Witness Theological Seminary
    B.S. Statistics, University of California at Davis

    Certification / Memberships:
    California Associate of Marriage and Family Therapist (CAMFT), SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) Facilitator, Prepare/Enrich Facilitator,
    FOCCUS (Facilitate Open, Couple, Communication, Understanding and Study) Facilitator, Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Certificate of Completion,
    MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) Step 1 Certification

    Area of focus:
    Depression, Codependency, Addiction, Anxiety, Family of Origin Issus, Cultural Issues
    Spiritual Issues, Career exploration, Pre-marital counseling

    Client population:
    Adults, Couples, Families, Adolescents, Children

    Language: Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)

  • Danielle Tu
    Danielle Tu

    Danielle is a Marriage & Family Therapist trainee who is a student at Western Seminary on her way to achieving a M.A. in counseling. Danielle began working with children and adolescents in a school setting beginning September, 2022. She practices individual talk therapy as well as group therapy through a variety of artistic expressions (i.e. drawing, painting, dance, and drama).

    Danielle has experience working with emotional disturbances such as anxiety and depression. As a therapist, Danielle works with a variety of ethnic and cultural groups and strives to adapt her therapeutic interventions to her clients’ world views.

    Danielle is passionate about young people finding their voices and having the freedom to express themselves. As Carl R. Rogers said, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Expression opens the door to acceptance, and acceptance ushers in the possibility of growth.

  • 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.

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