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Thomas Buckley

Executive Director, BSW, CADC III

Tom Buckley is the Executive Director for Aspire Counseling Services, Arroyo Grande. Tom has spent the last 20 years living in Southern California, where he graduated from Cal State University, Los Angeles with a degree in Social Work.  Tom then pursued his certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, first as a CAS (Certified Addiction Specialist) , then CADC (California Alcohol and Drug Counselor), and now is a CADC III. Tom has been a pillar in the Southern California social services community, having worked for and developed programs in group homes, county mental health, Skid Row Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Jails, residential and outpatient behavioral health services, etc.

Mr. Buckley is a sought after speaker and presenter on various topics related to mental health, addiction, prevention/early intervention, recidivism reduction, harm reduction, Naloxone, community advocacy, etc…Tom is a third generation San Luis Obispo native, having graduated from SLO high in 1996. Tom also is a husband and father of twin 19 year old sons, which aids him in understanding the struggles of our young clients, as well as their parents. Tom believes in transformation and giving people the chance to change. Tom lost his father to addiction and brother to suicide, has overcome his own addiction and mental health issues, and lost over 200 pounds, all in which help him guide those he works with to find their own recipe for happiness, health, and success.

Vanessa Probert

Admissions/Office Manager/Counselor

Vanessa is a Santa Maria native who has a passion for helping and motivating people. Having struggled with addiction herself and with family, she decided to take her passion for helping people and turn it into a career in the drug and alcohol counseling field to help people through their recovery paths.
Vanessa is currently enrolled in the Drug and Alcohol Counseling program at Allan Hancock College and currently holds a Registered Alcohol Drug Technician (RADT) credential. She is also a licensed Zumba and Fitness Instructor, as well as an avid hiker. Vanessa enjoys dancing, spending time with her kids and being outdoors, and is heavily involved in the local Alcoholics Anonymous Community.

Destinee Gannuscio

Mental Health Therapist

Destinee is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She received her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Counseling, both from California State University, Fullerton. Destinee has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) through EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs and is a Yoga Alliance accredited 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (200-RYT). She completed her graduate studies research on bridging the gap between yoga and mental health, focusing on the use of mindfulness practices in decreasing trauma-based symptoms in individuals with a history of physical and sexual abuse, and she has become increasingly passionate about working within this population and modality.

Destinee has experience working with trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, addiction, and difficult life transitions, among a number of other issues. Her theoretical orientation is eclectic, consisting primarily of EMDR, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt, and Somatic work. She has worked with individuals of all ages and enjoys exploring creative ways to engage clients in the work and improve their overall quality of life.

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