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Meet our Team 

  • BRUCE PICKETT - Director of Counseling Services
    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.

  • Sarah Jang
    Sarah Jang

    Sarah Jang is a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee currently studying at Western Seminary. After working with young kids on the autism spectrum, she wanted to expand her practice to serve the family unit as a whole, thus starting her journey in counseling. She loves providing a safe space for individuals to process and reflect on the states of their mind and heart.

    Sarah has experience working with young children, teenagers, and young adults. She is currently providing services at a school setting.

    During her free time, Sarah loves reading and watching good shows. She also enjoys spending time with her loved ones.

    Areas of Focus: Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Cultural Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem

    Languages spoken: English, Korean

    Memberships: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

  • Brianna Mauntz
    Brianna Mauntz

    Brianna Mauntz is a Marriage and Family Therapist trainee at Western Seminary, obtaining an M.A. in counseling. I decided to pursue a career as a therapist after attending therapy. I have greatly benefitted from the support therapy has given me as I have gone through my struggles with anxiety and the passing of my father. My journey has made me passionate about supporting my clients in their struggles and empowering them to create positive change in their lives. I deeply desire my clients to feel heard and find space to be their most authentic selves.

    As a former preschool teacher, I have experience working with young children through difficult emotions, behavioral issues, and life transitions. Along with working with children, I also enjoy working with teens and young adults. Some areas I focus on are childhood/adolescent issues, young adult issues, women's issues, life transitions, anxiety, depression, stress management, and grief. Though therapy can feel like a daunting first step, I am excited and honored to walk alongside my clients on their healing journeys.

    In my free time, I enjoy hosting dinner parties for friends and having movie nights. I also love camping or exploring new places with my husband.

    Language Spoken: English

  • Esther Tom
    Esther Tom

    Esther Tom earned her master’s degree in counseling from Western Seminary in San Jose. She is well versed in depression, and anxiety due to childhood trauma, bipolar disorder, relationship concerns and can also help with life transitions such as separation, divorce, and grief. Esther uses an interactive approach, drawing form a variety of counseling techniques and theories, as appropriate for the unique circumstances of each client. As healing is not linear, she will create a safe environment where on feels acted heard and understood with our conditions. She enjoys spending time with her adult children and enjoys nature walking, hiking and traveling to a new place near mountains or ocean.

    Languages Spoken- English and Korean

  • Cynthia Estrada
    Cynthia Estrada

    Cynthia Estrada is earning her master degree in social work at National University, she has an undergraduate in history. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to help people. I have always been the person standing up for someone and advocating for others who need help. My area of focus is social work, case management, family counseling to parenting and single parents. My hobbies include baseball and inventing new recipes.

    Language Spoken - English

  • Brigitte Cheng
    Brigitte Cheng

    Brigitte is a Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee and a student at the Western Seminary Graduate Counseling Program. She has been providing therapy services for children, adolescents, and adults with various backgrounds since May 2022. Brigitte believes that every person is created for a purpose and each of us is of tremendous value. She believes that thriving comes when we know what we are living for. Brigitte delights in helping clients think and process life challenges; and she looks forward to cheering them on alongside their life journeys. In her spare time, Brigitte likes going for walks or hikes with her husband. She likes cats, books, and coffee.

    Languages - English, Cantonese, and some Mandarin.

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