BAKERSFIELD BEHAVIORAL STAFF
MBA, LMFT, Division Chief Executive Officer
Yessica Avancena, MBA, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in children, adults and blended family structures. She is also the current Division CEO of Aspire Behavioral. Her work experience includes both private clinical practice and County Mental Health/Hospital roles where she was in leadership and management. She is a psychotherapist that is UCLA-trained in Mindfulness Application Practices which have been shown to be effective to treat ADHD, Anxiety and Mood Disorders as well as overall stress reduction. She has received additional training in the areas of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which utilizes awareness and mindfulness concepts along with progressive relaxation and guided meditation techniques for symptom reduction. Trained in alternative healing methods such as guided meditation, essential oils, and Reiki healing energy, she uses an empathetic and client-centered approach to change which meets the individual where they are for a holistic approach to healing. She is bilingual in Spanish/English and bi-cultural with extensive knowledge of Hispanic culture.
Clinical Manager M.S., AMFT, APCC
Rachel earned two baccalaureate degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies, followed by a master’s in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Bakersfield. She is currently working towards an additional degree in Philosophy. Rachel provides services to children, adolescents, and adults focusing on the utilization of evidence-based practices and explorations in existential and mindfulness concepts.
Barby Rodriguez, B.A., M.S., is a recently graduated Marriage and Family Therapist, trainee. Barby earned her second baccalaureate in psychology with a minor in child, adolescent, and family studies, followed by a master’s degree in counseling psychology from California State University, Bakersfield. Barby has provided services to children and adolescents as an Intervention Specialist focusing on the utilization of evidenced-based practices. In addition, she has also worked with minors, adults, couples, and families at CSUB’s University Counselor Training Clinic.
Daisy is a CSUB Alumni who graduated in 2016 with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She is currently in pursuing her M.S. in Counseling Psychology at CSUB and is currently in her third year doing her traineeship as a Clinic Manager. Her experience includes working with individuals from a variety of life stages, as well as families and couples. As a soon-to-be graduate, she looks forward to learning more and acquiring more experience to continue helping the community.
Chelsea Acosta is one of our receptionists you’ll see at our front desk usually in the evening at Aspire Behavioral Health. She was previously an office manager for a private medical practice specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology after graduating UEI with a certificate in medical billing and insurance coding. Originally, Chelsea had plans to become a registered nurse, but after taking a coding and administrative management course she realized she enjoyed the administrative side of the medical field more, as she’s able to be the voice for patients.
Jens is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee here at Aspire Behavioral Health during his internship. Jens is a graduate from Humboldt State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology. After obtaining his BA, Jens decided to move down to Bakersfield to enjoy the wonderful air quality of the area. He is currently in his third and final year of the master’s program for counseling psychology at California State University Bakersfield. He has experience working with minors, teens, and adults at the CSUB counselor training clinic. Jens incorporates a mindfulness and DBT based approach.
Estella is a friendly, loyal, outgoing individual who loves to learn and take on new challenges. As a bilingual medical assistant born and raised in Kern County, Estella enjoys helping others feel better whether it be with words of encouragement, a smile, or dressing a wound. Estella’s everyday goal is to be a positive voice in somebody’s day. She graduated from Milan Institutes medical assisting program in Bakersfield, CA in 2016 and a month later began working in the field consistently ever since. When she is not working Estella loves to spend time with her family, and devote her time to her church where she has have been a serving member since 2015. Estella Says, “I love serving my Pastors and the children’s ministry where I interact and teach children of the age group 6-12 years.”
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