Helping Teens and Young Adults Heal and Restore

Jacob’s Ladder Therapies is here to help you navigate the complex needs of your family, provide you with the best clinical services and to restore hope and optimism in this challenging time.

Are you worried that your teen or young adult may be stressed or depressed and have no structure to their daily life?

Is your child refusing to communicate with you, staying up real late at night, becoming defiant and or have excessive use of social media or gaming?

Has social distancing caused your once social teen or young adult to isolate from friends and family and sleep all day?

Have they seemed to have lost all motivation for school and the things they use to like to do? 

We Can Help Starting Today

We’re back in person! We offer sessions in our San Jose office.

We also offer virtual sessions for anyone located in California.

Ask about our Walk and Talk Sessions available in San Jose, Fremont, San Mateo, Redwood City and Hayward.

We provide individual, group and family therapy to provide renewed hope and optimism in this challenging time. We also support Parents and Couples with skill building and coaching. All of our services can be provided in-person and via telehealth by our experienced clinicians. Schedule your free consult today.

Meet The Therapists

Tametra Johnson, LCSW

My name is Tametra and I am the founder of Jacob’s Ladder Therapies. I grew up in the Bay Area and personally struggled with mental illness as a teenager which led me to a career helping teens. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 16 years experience working with teens and mental health. I specialize in addressing a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, academic stress, divorce/co-parenting issues, and parent-child conflict. I also counsel adults who are struggling with family communication issues, work-related stress, depression, anxiety and other mood and personality disorders. I am available for In-Office, Walk n’ Talk and Video sessions. I also provide clinical supervision.

Maritza Noriega-Chicas, LMFT

Hi I’m Maritza.  I’m a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 8 years of experience providing mental health services to children, adolescents, young adults and families. I have experience using different therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to treat anxiety, depression, and trauma. I specialize in working with culturally diverse populations and am fluently bilingual in Spanish. I’m passionate about helping others and am committed to supporting, encouraging, and guiding individuals in addressing their mental health needs. I am available for In-Office, Walk n’ Talk and Video sessions.  I also provide clinical supervision.

Angelica Maulucci, LCSW

Hi I’m Angelica and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, bilingual in Spanish. I have had the honor of working as a pediatric and adolescent social worker for hospital patients, school mental health clinician for 6th-12th grade students, and resource specialist for homeless & refugee families. I am deeply passionate about trauma-informed youth empowerment, social justice, and using the arts as a medium to process and heal. I am available for Video sessions

Jacqueline Leong-Abad, LMFT

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Hi, I’m Jacqueline and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who grew up in the Bay Area. My personal and professional experience led me to work from a framework of understanding the impact of early attachments, generational trauma, power & privilege, and systemic oppression in one’s life. I use Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills to empower my clients to achieve their goals. I have experience providing individual, family, multi-family, and group therapy and have worked in multiple settings including schools,  residential facilities, hospitals and community-based programs. I am available for In-Office, Walk n’ Talk & Video sessions.  I also provide clinical supervision.

Sandeep Sandhu, ACSW

Hi, my name is Sandeep Kaur Sandhu. I’m a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker. I have over 10 years of social work experience which includes expertise in counseling, rehabilitation and dual diagnosis (substance & mental health) in both inpatient and outpatient settings including my work with parents through the Department of Family Children Services.  Most recently my skill set was enhanced by providing case management services as a medical social worker in inpatient hospitalization.  I enjoy working with teens, adults, and families. I am also trilingual in Punjabi & Hindi. I will be taking new clients in February 2023.

Michele Brister, APCC

Hi I’m Michele Brister and I’m a registered Associate Clinical Counselor. I provide individual and group counseling to school-aged children and adolescents. I’m passionate about helping youth develop coping skills, and positive attitudes & experiences necessary to succeed in social, educational, and home settings, so they can lead happy, healthy, and productive lives. A few areas of expertise include children who experience low self-esteem, anxiety, ADHD, and behavioral concerns. I am available for In-Office sessions.

Catalina Favila,

Hi, I am Catalina Favila. I am a registered Associate Social Worker with over 7 years of experience providing discharge planning, supportive counseling and case management services in varies settings including healthcare, in-home, schools and community-based settings. I specialize working with youth, adults, older adults and families.  I am also bilingual in Spanish.  I am not currently taking new clients.

Angele Devezin, MSW

My name is Angele Devezin and I am a Student Intern at Jacob’s Ladder Therapies. I grew up all over the world as a child of the Navy. I joined the Air Force right out of high school and served 10 years. During my time, I started volunteering to help survivors of sexual violence. I continued this work as a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program manager. I also worked as a violence prevention integrator, which focused on developing programs that addressed the intersection of interpersonal violence and community. I am working on my Master’s degree in Social Work at Tulane University. I will be available for In-Office and Video Sessions in November 2022.

Naomi Gomez, ACSW

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Nanyonjo Mukungu, AMFT

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