Yessica Avancena

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 bilingal in Spanish and bi-cultural with extensive knowledge of Hispanic culture.

Courtney Rayne

LCSW, Division President

Courtney Samari Rayne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Division President for Aspire Behavioral Health. She has provided psychotherapy services and consultation since 2007in various capacities working with children, adolescents, adults and families. In addition, she has developed and directed behavioral health, medical, and substance abuse programs for several organizations in Kern County.She has a passion for involving creative expression using art, yoga, and other mediums into the therapeutic process. She also has specialized training in the field of somatic psychotherapy which is a holistic therapeutic approach, incorporating a person’s mind, body, spirit, and emotions into the healing process. Courtney’s other treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. All of which are evidence-based treatment approaches that seek to increase an individual’s ability to increase self-awareness of the mind and body, identify and challenge distortions in thought, improve coping skills and problem solving capabilities, strengthen internal resources, and re-gain a sense of overall well being.

Maria Martinez

Office Manager

Maria Martinez, a Bakersfield native, began her career as an office manager in 2004 where she managed a construction company for five years. She then decided she wanted to expand her knowledge and obtained her Associate’s in Science, and began working as a Medical Assistant in 2010 in Lead, Supervising, and Management positions before becoming the Office Manager for Aspire Behavioral Health. Maria has a passion for people, and is proud to assist those in the mental health community. When she’s not working, she’s spending time with her husband and their three children. She enjoys traveling to new places, and experiencing new things with her family.

Rachel Lanier

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 has provided services to children, adolescents, and adults focusing on the utilization of evidenced-based practices and explorations in existential and mindfulness concepts.

Barby Rodriguez


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 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.

Ka’i Morrow


Ka’i (pronounced Kah-EE) is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working towards her licensing hours. Born and raised in Hawaii, she moved to San Diego to complete her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Clinical Counseling at Point Loma Nazarene University before relocating to Bakersfield with her husband. She has experience working with a range of individuals, including children, adolescents, adults, and couples. She especially has a heart for children and adolescents and sees great value in the authentic human experience of connecting with others. Humor and authenticity play an important role in her interactions with those around her and she takes joy in walking alongside others when they need it most. She works mainly through a Cognitive-Behavioral lens, looking at the ways our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs influence our behavior and overall wellness. When she’s not working, she can be found watching the Office for the nth time, cuddling with her kitty (Hiwa), and spending time with her family.

Daisy Espinoza


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 continuing to learn more and acquire more experience to continue to help the community.

Chelsea Acosta

Administrative Assistant

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 Blum


Jens is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee here at Aspire Behavioral Health for 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 Hernandez


I am a friendly, loyal, outgoing individual who loves to learn and take on new challenges. I am a bilingual medical assistant born and raised in kern county, I have always enjoyed helping others feel better whether it be with words of encouragement, a smile, or dressing a wound. I feel that my everyday goal is to be a positive voice in somebody’s day. I graduated from Milan Institutes medical assisting program in Bakersfield Ca in 2016 and a month later began working in my field consistently ever since. When I am not working I love to spend time with my family, and devote my time to my church where I have been a serving member since 2015, 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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