PathPoint now offers confidential individual and couples counseling to help you throughout the many stages of your life. Our supervised therapists and interns provide services that are individualized, client centered, and strength based. We contract with CenCal Medi-Cal Insurance and accept referrals from The Holman Group.
PathPoint Counseling Center
315 W. Haley Street, Suite 102
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Jennifer Newbold is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and has been with PathPoint since 1986. As Vice-President, she oversees PathPoint’s Behavioral Health Division services, including all Marriage and Family Therapist Interns (MFTI). Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara. During her tenure at PathPoint, she has lent her leadership and clinical expertise to a variety of programs including more recently, Residential Support Services, the Life Skills Center, Paths to Recovery, and finally the Counseling Center which opened in fall 2015.
Jennifer is deeply committed to helping those who have found themselves marginalized by society, whether it is due to mental illness, life circumstance, or sexual orientation. Jennifer and her team adhere to two philosophies. The first is hope - recovery is possible. You can have the life you want. The second is empowerment. You, the client, are in control of your life. You are meaningful and important. Every person should be respected and valued for what they have to offer. She believes in focusing on all aspects of meaning instead of segmenting them. The absence of one characteristic does not mean a life is empty. Everyone has the ability to live a whole life, even if awaiting fulfillment.
Daisy Pereda is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFTI) who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University of Santa Barbara. Daisy’s background includes providing psychotherapy to individuals with severe mental illnesses at the Santa Barbara Assertive Community Treatment Team. Providing therapy for people with a variety of struggles strengthened her ability to adjust the treatment to meet the individual’s needs. In addition to her experience of providing short and long-term therapy to adults in PathPoint’s Counseling Center, Daisy holds the title of Case Manager for PathPoint’s Paths to Recovery program. She delivers services to individuals with moderate to severe mental illnesses including anxiety, major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance use, and grief.
Daisy understands that psychotherapy is never one-size-fits all. She enjoys collaborating with her clients to develop a treatment plan that accounts for the individuals’ unique challenges, values, cultural beliefs, and goals. She walks alongside her clients on their journey to overcome their struggles and utilizes techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, grounding techniques, and self-awareness. By helping people discover and develop the skills they need, Daisy empowers them to live the lives they desire.
Ellen Cook is dually certified as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor as well as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. Ellen was born and raised in the suburbs of Baltimore Maryland and Washington D.C. Ellen began her career in the school system where she co-taught severely emotionally disturbed high school students mathematics as part of an inclusion program in Maryland. Once her own family had grown, she decided to return for post graduate studies in counseling with eventual specialization in addictions. Upon receiving her degree the University of Maryland Ellen started practicing as a counselor for Maryland Family Resources, offering services to children and adults who were referred and often mandated to see a counselor by Children’s Protective Services, the Board of Education, and other community agencies. Additionally, she has provided extensive services to individuals with drug and alcohol addiction through her time at Pathways Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitative Center, Thresholds, Inc. Outpatient Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and finally at PathPoint. Ellen joined the PathPoint’s Paths to Recovery team in 2011 where she currently serves as the Team Leader and Co-Occurring Disorders Specialist.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Ellen uses a client-centered approach to treatment that is driven by goals and objectives. She feels that a therapist must begin a dialogue with their client. This dialogue assists the therapeutic relationship by identifying with the client how they developed their characteristics, beliefs and values. Ellen utilizes problem solving techniques and the reframing and reshaping of thoughts and behaviors for her mental health clients, as well as the motivational scale and readiness scale assessment tools in addiction challenges. Ellen consistently assesses the needs of her clients and adjusts her approach to that which is most appropriate for them.
Kimberly A. Fouche’ is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management with a Minor in Psychology from Ashford University of Iowa, as well as her Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. Kimberly has a background with a diverse population. Prior to joining PathPoint’s Paths to Recovery team, Kimberly assisted with children, adolescents, and teenagers in the school system. Kimberly also has an extensive background working with individuals with substance abuse issues and other co-occurring mental health diagnosis. Kimberly has experience at various outpatient facilities in the Ventura County area including Aegis Methadone Treatment Center. In addition, Kimberly has specialized training in mediation. Kimberly has experience on the crisis team in Ventura County interfacing with children, adolescents and teenagers. Kimberly also has an extensive background with the Military Culture helping families with their medical and mental health needs for over 10 years before she decided to get her degree in psychotherapy. Kimberly specializes with many different therapeutic modalities helping clients with issues including trauma, substance abuse, addiction, anxiety, depression and PTSD just to name a few.
Kimberly believes that the mind can affect the whole person and being sensitive and open to the possibility of healing the mind is a key possible contributing factor to healing the whole body. Kimberly enjoys working with a diverse population and providing support and advocacy in our local community.
Lauren Hawksworth has over thirty years of experience in the mental health field. Her background includes working with developmentally disabled children at St. Vincent’s and Seton School both as a psychotherapist and a residential instructor. She furthered her experience doing therapy with children while employed as a home school liaison in the City of Santa Barbara’s elementary schools. Later her experience with families and children was broadened through an internship as a bilingual therapist for the Isla Vista Youth Projects. She has provided services in licensed residential programs including Devereux, where she directly impacted those with individuals with developmental disabilities. Lauren joined our team over ten years ago. She first began working at PathPoint’s program at Casa Del Mural, where she provided services to individuals with moderate to severe mental illnesses. For the past seven years, Lauren has been Case Manager for PathPoint’s Paths to Recovery program where she partners with individuals experiencing chronic mental illnesses.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist Lauren truly believes in the therapeutic power to influence change in a person’s life. Her primary emphasis in treatment is to encourage self-nurturance and self-care on the part of the client. With that goal in mind, she encourages her clients to seek out activities and relationships that are rewarding to them. Emphasis on the positive is key, as are recognition and appreciation. Her experiences with the disabled and with children has taught her to see beyond the conscious verbal level and incorporate creative approaches.