Clinton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about connecting with people in the community he lives in and sharing tools that are evidence based to support lasting change for patients. Clinton’s approach accounts for a patient’s humanity, identity, biology, spirituality, and resiliency. Having earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work, Clinton learned social work practice in community health clinics, veterans affairs, community housing, mental health, and hospice for the past 15 years.
Jessica Nichols is a lifelong Santa Cruz County resident who has dedicated her career to working in the field of Substance Use Disorder Treatment. Jessica has worked in various programs and treatment modalities throughout the County and has provided program management and oversight at many levels to local non-profit organizations. Jessica earned her Masters in Counseling in 2012 and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2015. She believes in the ability of all people to make positive changes in their lives – one day at a time and one step at a time – using a trauma-informed and strength-based approach.
Amber possesses a natural empathic response to others and utilizes this innate trait to build upon the therapeutic relationships with her clients. Building a strong therapeutic alliance with clients is imperative to her work, and Amber feels it is important to establish a sense of trust and safety while helping clients navigate through trauma and other life stressors. Amber believes that everyone possesses the ability to self-heal and she feels honored to have the opportunity to support clients on their journeys in life. Amber graduated from Capella University with a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling. She employs CBT, existential and mindfulness techniques to facilitate change. Amber has almost completed her clinical hours and plans to obtain licensure and continue to grow as a clinician
Vanessa started as the Project Unite Care Coordinator at Janus in October 2020. She works directly with Dominican Hospital to support those with complex medical conditions and co-occurring disorders in reaching their treatment goals. In doing so, they are often admitted directly into residential treatment, outpatient groups, or therapy services from their hospital stay. This ensures they are served at a critical time in their lives. She understands the courage it takes to engage in treatment and is dedicated to supporting clients with their unique physical and mental health needs. Vanessa received her MSW from CSU Monterey Bay and previously worked extensively in geriatric care management before coming to Janus.
Dean values connection, authenticity, collaboration, social justice, and anti-racism and strives to give his clients a safe place to be themselves and achieve their goals. Dean’s approach to therapy is person-centered, gender-affirming, strength based, and trauma informed. He firmly believes that clients are the experts of their own experiences and his role is to guide and support them through the therapeutic process. Dean partners with his clients to find an approach that best meets their needs, often including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Humanistic, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques. Dean earned his Master of Counseling from Palo Alto University and has recently passed his boards to be fully licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Dean is a strong advocate for his clients and feels that it is a privilege to be a part of their journey.
For over a decade, Angela has served others through her work as a high school teacher, nature connection mentor for youth, and wilderness rites of passage guide for adults. Angela’s work as a Behavioral Health Intern at Janus will be one step closer to fulfilling her dream of becoming a LMFT, a career that aligns with her dedication to living a path of service embedded in personal transformation and self actualization. Angela believes that we all belong, we all need each other, and that we are in this together, and she is thrilled to join the family of dedicated and loving individuals at Janus of Santa Cruz. When she isn’t in school or working, Angela can be found exploring the wilderness within and without with her magnificent dog Circe and partner Tad.