Dr. Barshack is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Maryland Medical School. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco. Dr. Barshack has been working with teens and their families for more than thirty years including both inpatient and outpatient psychopharmacology. He finds that many of the adolescents who come to Paradigm are over medicated rather than undereducated. He is devoted to responsible titration when appropriate and insuring that young people are treated as a whole, rather than simply treating their symptoms. He share’s Paradigm’s philosophy that medication should be a last resort rather than a quick and easy fix. In addition, Dr Barshack is an avid SF Giants and Forty Niners fan and enjoys cross country bicycle trips in his free time.
Marie obtained her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of San Francisco. She is an experienced Registered Nurse who has delivered excellent care in a wide variety of fields for over twenty-two years. Marie joined the Paradigm team to pursue her long-time passion for working with youth who struggle with mental health issues. She is a strong believer in showing patience and compassion to all her clients in order to promote a sense of safety and care. Her goal is to see youth grow in their sense of self-worth, and their relationships with themselves, as they deepen or repair their relationships with their families. In her free time, Marie likes spending time with her husband and daughter, photography, painting, and cooking. Marie hopes to return school and obtain her Master’s in Social Work.
Lucy helms all clinical treatment directives, programs, and services across Paradigm Treatment’s southwestern territory, and provides ongoing clinical group supervision specifically to our Southern California staff. Lucy also worked extensively with young adults in a private practice setting. She also treated children and teens with emotional and behavioral needs at multiple school sites as a therapist. Lucy has comprehensive experience as a behavior interventionist working with teens with developmental disorders, and as a therapist at an intensive outpatient program for mental health and substance dependency. Additionally, Lucy has a background that includes working at a residential facility that uses dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to treat borderline personality disorder and is EMDR-trained.
Lucy is passionate about helping her clients discover their own strengths and use their unique qualities to create a more fulfilled life. She integrates the practical components of various cognitive-behavioral approaches with the gentle practice of mindfulness, compassion, and cultural sensitivity. Lucy received her Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis on Clinical Mental Health at California State University, Fullerton. She also received an Excellence in Research Award studying parent-adolescent relationships when she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine.
Melissa holds a Master’s in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Prior to her work as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she obtained a Master’s in Human Nutrition from McGill University and worked for over 15 years in community nutrition. Melissa is passionate about creating spaces for people to connect and believes strongly in meeting people where they are. Melissa uses a range of relational and somatic therapeutic approaches to establish an environment that feels safe, supported and open to inquiry. Her style is warm and direct. She strives to support teens and families to build relationships with themselves and each other. In honoring and understanding the strategies that have been used to survive, Melissa supports families in identifying a new way forward. Melissa recognizes her role as Program Director as more than a profession and brings immense passion and dedication to the teens and families that she and her team support.
Amanda obtained her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Central Michigan University. At Paradigm she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of San Rafael facilities, supporting Paradigm’s mission, goals, and professional standards. With almost 10 years in the treatment industry, Amanda has a unique combination of experience in; direct care, management, admissions, long-term residential treatment settings, focused on dual diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions. She takes the approach that every teen deserves unconditional acceptance in a nonjudgmental, nurturing environment, that feels safe for them to process difficult emotions and experiences. She is devoted to being a part of a team that can provide the best treatment available and is an empathetic leader who creates teams that people want to be a part of. She has acted in a variety of roles at Paradigm and was the Program Coordinator before moving into her current role as Deputy director. Amanda is passionate about helping individuals learn that they are more than their current lifestyle, thoughts, and behaviors. Amanda is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work and hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Siana specializes in experiential therapy, emotional intelligence, and personal development. She Is a trail blazer in the realm of youth development and focuses on assisting our youth with staying on track with their treatment goals. Siana has worked with the youth for over a decade leading and facilitating personal development groups and workshops. Some of the initiatives she’s developed are our “LifeSkills Group” to support our alumni in integrating what they’ve learned in our residential program post treatment, and “SHIFT” our diversity & inclusion program that encourages cultural competency in the field of mental health while providing resources for our staff, clients, and the community. Siana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from HBCU-Virginia State University and is a graduate of MITT-Mastery in Transformational Training. She dedicates her life to impacting as many lives as she can by being of service, encouraging transformation, and inspiring breakthroughs.
Dianna holds a Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from CSU Sacramento and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology from San Diego State University. Dianna has extensive experience in both acute inpatient hospitals and residential treatment settings and works exclusively with teens and their families to treat mood-, trauma-, and attachment-related issues. Dianna is a skilled administrator who has trained graduate students in clinical assessments and therapeutic protocols for inpatient mental health care. She also served as the Deputy Director, and later, the Program Director for the San Francisco location of Paradigm Treatment. Dianna utilizes a person-centered and holistic approach to treatment informed by trauma-focused and attachment theories. She believes whole-heartedly in the healing nature of human connection and the importance of teens being seen and valued for who they really are. She employs a range of therapeutic modalities including ACT, IFS and DBT and combines them in a way intended to honor the unique experiences and self-discovery of each teen.
Jordyn Bonanni holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s of Arts in Holistic Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Depth Psychotherapy at John F. Kennedy University. She has over five years of experience working with teens in a variety of settings including school art programs and teen helplines. Jordyn’s clinical interest is in adolescent addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma-related disorders. Her approach integrates person-centered therapy with techniques from family systems theory, psychoanalytic theory, narrative therapy, mindfulness, expressive arts, dreamwork, and nature-based therapies. Her goal is to contribute to a unique healing experience for each teen and to foster stronger relationships and communication with their families. Jordyn has many interests, including the outdoors, traveling, painting, and creative writing. She encourages each teen to explore their interests as they move toward self discovery, individuation, and overall health. Jordyn is supervised by Claudia Viadro LMFT #41816
As a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan, she mentored 75 young adults who were working to earn psychology degrees. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Ashley is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ashley received her clinical training during a year-long internship at an Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit aiding patients in crisis situations. She draws her approach from attachment theories as well as a trauma-focused lens. Ashley’s approach focuses on holistic, strength-based interventions meant to create lasting change. Her clinical interest includes working with adolescents and their families to create effective therapeutic rapport and building clinical insight to help patients succeed far beyond their time at Paradigm. Embroidering and baking new recipes are two of her hobbies when she is not working. She also volunteers at San Francisco Marin Foodbank and Family House San Francisco.
Amy received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Notre Dame De Namur University. She has worked as a school counselor for middle school students using art therapy as a tool to communicate, process, and evaluate the growth of self. Amy also has experience developing and working with socio-emotional learning as an educator and clinician. She is an empathetic and committed therapist who is dedicated to providing a safe space for teens and their families. Amy strongly believes in partnering with clients to create the best path forward in treating teen depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, addiction, disordered eating and other emotional health issues. Amy is supervised by Claudia Viadro.
Hannah Twomey earned her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience from Saint Mary’s College of California. She worked as a Hurricane Relief Volunteer with youth who were impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. In that role Hannah interacted with the youth and explored the mental health resources that were available for those struggling in the hurricane’s aftermath. She also worked as a Health Promotion Volunteer with underserved youth. In this capacity, Hannah led activities that involved teaching students about the importance of staying healthy and active. She also led lessons that emphasized the importance of an active lifestyle and its positive impact on mental health. Hannah believes that teens should be supported and gently guided as they discover their unique path and passions. Hannah particularly enjoys supporting each and every Paradigm client’s journey towards healing and growth, and finds the process of working with clients to be deeply enriching and meaningful.
Leadership is a skill that has been important throughout Jordyn’s life and she hopes to inspire young adults and teens to be confident leaders. She views Paradigm as a place for them to explore their identities in a safe environment and to learn the skills to overcome a multitude of hardships. Jordyn hopes to help teens learn to express themselves in a positive way and sees Paradigm as a step on their mental health journey. Jordyn was an Experiential Learning Specialist and Mentor at Camp EDMO in the North Bay area where she worked to help youth reach their academic and personal goals while cultivating a family-focused method to holistically address concerns. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology, a second major in Human Development, and certificates in Adolescent and Mindfulness Studies at Washington State University at Pullman. Jordyn is a former college athlete and now enjoys exercise, yoga and theater in her free time. She also has eight years of expertise playing the flute and ten years of choir experience.
Priscilla believes bringing people outdoors is a great way to promote their physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. She likes to consider the five domains of social, physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual health when planning interventions to meet the needs of her clients. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and a Certified Recreation Therapist. Priscilla earned a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism. She has worked as a recreation therapy intern coordinator at a retirement community and as a part-time desk supervisor at a rock-climbing gym. She would like to gain more experience in adventure therapy. Priscilla is an avid rock-climber who also enjoys hiking, archery, acroyoga, longboarding, slacklining, reading and board games.
While demonstrating empathy towards her young patients, Anahi uses specific activities to help them destress and to motivate them towards healthy behaviors. Anahi has worked with both teens and children in a variety of settings. She previously worked as a day care attendant at a community center in Marin County. Anahi earned her Associates degree in Psychology at the College of Marin and will graduate in May 2021 with a Bachelor’s from Cal State University at East Bay. She holds certifications in CPR/AED American Red Cross and CEU (Adult and Pediatric). When not at work, Anahi enjoys trying new restaurants, exercising, and spending time with her friends and family.
Having worked with both children and adults from lower-income areas, Yazeed likes to help create an environment of safety and security by encouraging and listening to those experiencing the adverse psychological effects of financial instability. He has worked with children and adolescents in multiple capacities including volunteering with Walker Creek camps and in HeadStart classrooms. Yazeed prefers a dynamic approach to mental health, fitting clinical approaches to specific client needs. He received his Associate degree from Santa Rosa Junior College and is currently working towards his Bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley.
Lucy attended Paradigm in the past and has been a member of the sober community in Marin for over three years, mentoring many young people along the way. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Psychology at Santa Rosa Junior College and looking forward to becoming a certified alcohol and drug counselor. She believes teens thrive in a safe, supportive environment and prioritizes building trust with clients. Lucy understands the significance of positive communication, structure and compassionate guidance is needed to help teens and young adults achieve and maintain healing and recovery. She is passionate about helping teens and young adults find happiness and achieve what they never thought was possible. When not working at Paradigm, Lucy enjoys dance, yoga and hiking.
Donshana has an outgoing personality and loves working with the young people at Paradigm. She brings strong leadership and communication skills to Paradigm. Donshana is a working mom who enjoys spending time with her family and with animals.
Michaela is a Bay Area native who has a passion for helping others. She has previously worked in the physical therapy field and in caregiving. She earned her certificate in Physical Therapy Technology from Carrington College. Michaela’s strengths are being supportive, understanding and compassionate. She likes to dance, hike, read, and cook when not at work.
Stephanie Holdenried graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and is the 6th generation of a California ranching family and a nationally-certified (CEIP) equine-facilitated educator and nutritionist. She creates and facilitates a wide range of equine therapy programs, including experiences for women, youth, and recovery groups, with the goal of helping individuals find greater self-awareness by connecting to their own intrinsic wisdom. Stephanie is also the founder of GUTS-y Girls, an equine-led life skills and leadership group for 10-12 year olds, and co-founder of Networking at the Barn, in Marin County. Beyond this, she is developing leadership and team building programs for organizations through her licensing with Horse Dream in Europe. Stephanie’s grounded presence combined with her own experience growing up on a ranch and being an avid horsewoman allow her unique insights and understanding to create space for profound equine therapy sessions that allow Paradigm youth to open and connect with themselves and others in a deep, meaningful way.
Judy Weston-Thompson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified equine interactive specialist. Judy holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Sonoma State University and completed her Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy studies more than a decade ago. She was among the first graduate class of psychotherapists to be certified as an equine interactive professional mental health (CBEIP.org). Judy also holds a therapeutic riding instructor certificate from and is an active member of, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). Over time, Judy has developed her own unique form of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, which has proven especially effective for the treatment of teens struggling with anxiety, interpersonal relationship building, depression, trauma, and PTSD. Combining several different types of psychotherapy treatments with various horsemanship and horse-related practices (natural horsemanship, animal communication & horse massage), Judy has developed her own treatment modality; based on a true partnership beneficial to both human and horse.
Daniel Rauck completed his teacher training at Greenpath yoga in SF and has been a yoga instructor for more than a decade. Since his very first yoga class, he was inspired at yoga’s potential for healing and transformation. Daniel has taught over 10,000 classes and brought the practice of yoga to folks from a wide variety of backgrounds. He has worked with a full spectrum of physical abilities, from athletes to the differently-abled. Regardless of one’s current physical and emotional state, Daniel teaches yoga in a way that meets each adolescent where they are, in order to help the teen find their own path to balance and empowerment. Augmenting his yoga teaching are studies in Yoga Nidra, restorative yoga, and yin yoga, as well as being a NASM corrective exercise specialist.
Ian Wilkerson is a Board Certified Music Therapist who has refined his musical skills through years of practice, extensive study, and performance. A person-centered therapy provider, he specializes in supporting creativity, self-expression, and self-empowerment through music. he is the founder of Bay Area Music Therapy, and he is also a passionate singer/songwriter. Ian received a Bachelor of Music with dual majors in Music Therapy and Songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Before graduating with honors, he sat as President of the Board for the New England Region Music Therapy Association for Students. Additionally, he received his certification training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) from the Center for Biomedical Research in Music (CBRM) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Ian has been a faculty Music Therapist at a Bay Area Music Center and a Music Therapy Coordinator. He is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and he is a trained REMO Health RHYTHMS Facilitator. He specializes in helping people find their own unique and empowered voices through improvisation and songwriting and focuses on youth abilities and preferences to meet the individual teen’s needs.
Marquis is a former Division 1 football player at the University of Arizona who has a passion for fitness, education, and helping others. As a youth he was always active and involved in sports as well as various other activities. His time and energy spent in sports translated directly onto the field. He excelled in football and received a full ride scholarship to play Defensive back at the U of A, where he stared on defense and led the team in interceptions as a senior. Upon entering college with an eager and hungry mind set, he gravitated towards strength training and quickly fell in love with it. After a short stint with the Chicago Bears of the NFL, Marquis closed the chapter of his football career and geared his attention towards athletic training and helping others reach their highest fitness potential. He began interning at the University of Arizona where NFL players would return to campus in the offseason to train and sharpen their skills. Soon after, he moved back to California where he would start to do more one-on-one training.
Jolleen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Strategic & Organizational Communications from Temple University. As Director of Business Development for Paradigm, she is responsible for maintaining relationships with clients and vendors, developing, mentoring, and expanding the brand’s sales team, as well as cultivating strategic partnerships within the communities that Paradigm serves. Jolleen brings over a decade of outreach, management, events, sales, and marketing experience to Paradigm. She served as Director of Regional Outreach for Alsana, Los Angeles, where she developed and hosted educational events and tours and she was responsible for partnerships and admissions referrals. Ms. Nase was also Director of Admissions & Outreach for Fusion Academy in Woodland Hills, CA, where she was responsible for marketing, outreach and event management.
As Paradigm Treatment’s Admissions Manager, Sydney handles all incoming admissions requests including questions pertaining to insurance and related financial matters. Sydney also interfaces with clients, families, and our internal team to ensure that our admissions processes are running smoothly and that our programs are accurately messaged to both clients and affiliates.
Sydney has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Addiction & Recovery from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Cal Lutheran University. Sydney is passionate about assisting individuals and their families navigate their unique challenges and circumstances so as to best achieve their goals. When she isn’t working, Sydney enjoys hiking, traveling, and international cuisine.
As a Certified Family Interventionist, Jesse strives to approach each individual and their struggling family unit with patience, understanding, and respect. He recognizes that emergent situations often seem hopeless, but his goal is to empower youth and help them find working solutions. Jesses use 12-Step modalities, motivational interviewing, and creative therapies including art, music, and writing. Jesse worked at a recovery center for five years and has volunteered at multiple recovery events in the New England area for the AA program, H&I commitments, conventions and fundraisers. Jesse earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He enjoys exercise, the outdoors, cooking, music, and spending time with animals when he is not working.
Randy has 25 years of professional culinary experience, working in both catering and restaurants. He graduated from the Culinary Arts program at the renowned New York Restaurant School where he learned cooking techniques and hands-on training that he still uses today. Randy brings his skills and passion for cooking a variety of foods to the guests and staff at Paradigm. Outside of work, his hobbies include cooking, camping and hiking.
Regan Wilson has been teaching yoga and studying holistic health and wellness for 20 years. Regan graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder, and later from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) with a specialization on gut-affected psychological symptoms. More recently she graduated from The Sleep Coach School with a focus on teenagers and young adults. Her prir positions span many industries including non-profit organizations, fashion and real estate. Ultimately, she found she was most passionate about health and helping teens and young adults cultivate their intuitive voices for healthier eating, sleeping, movement and beyond.
In 2019 Regan started working as a Clinical Assistant at Paradigm, where she was able to learn about the effects of psychology on health and the need for support with teens and young adults who struggle with mental health. Regan is also educated in nutrition counseling, mindful eating, intuitive eating, eating disorders and yoga therapy. Regan likes to guide her clients to tap into their inner resources and shine light on their own intuitive voices, creating space for more self-compassion and healthy eating habits. Regan is approachable and compassionate and loves witnessing her clients find the tools that work for them and apply these tools to all avenues of healthy living. Her hope for all clients is for them to honor their own body, humanity, taste buds, hunger and fullness. Regan loves traveling, ecstatic dance, hiking, nature and cooking.
Pricilla holds a degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in 2012. She grew up in Alameda, California. Before joining Paradigm San Francisco she served as the manager at a renowned Latin restaurant in the bay area. Priscilla enjoys sharing her love of food with teens and helping them learn to make healthy eating choices. She believes that what young people eat can have a profound impact on their physical and mental health. She works closely with Paradigm’s on-site nutritionist to ensure that the dietary needs of each client are met.