SANTA CLARITA STAFF
Executive Director, SUDCC IV-CS
Monique L. Cleveland is a Bakersfield native who has been in the alcohol and drug counseling field since 2015. Having dealt with her husband struggling with substance abuse and him, unfortunately, passing away from his addiction, Monique has always had a passion for helping others in recovery and wanted to save others from losing loved ones to addiction. Monique completed her Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Phoenix in 2009 and completed her Master of Psychology from Walden University in 2013. She currently holds a Substance Abuse Disorder Certified Counselor credential (SUDCC IV) and is a CS- Clinical Supervisor. Monique has worked with diverse populations since 2006 and has worked in individual and group settings at an intensive outpatient treatment center before joining the Aspire team. In her free time, she enjoys sleeping, watching reality TV, spending time with her family and friends, listening to all types of music and traveling.
Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services, MA, AMFT
Meet Kelly Kozlowski, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services at Aspire Santa Clarita! Kelly has been working with people struggling with addiction and mental health challenges for over the past few years. Her own struggles with mental health growing up allow for a unique understanding and compassion for individuals who are struggling with any type of mental health problem. Kelly views mental health and substance abuse as complex, integrated issues that need ongoing support from not only a treatment team, but from family, friends, and loved ones.
Kelly graduated with two Associate Degrees from her hometown community college, College of the Canyons, in Liberal Arts of Science and Sociology in 2015. Kelly then went on to get a Bachelor’s Degree from Brandman University in Social Sciences in 2016. Kelly then continued her education at Brandman University by obtaining a Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling in 2018.
Kelly is a big believer in working with the client to help alter the cognitive mind, to allow the client to apply it to his/her behavior, action, and daily life. This theoretical evidence-based practice is known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Kelly loves to utilize Aaron Beck’s work within her treatment approach to help individuals and families heal within and throughout their therapeutic journey. Borrowing from Aaron Beck the founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, “There is more on the surface than what our eyes can see.” Each individual is unique in their own way, but there is so much more within the individual that we do not always see.
In her free time, Kelly spends time with her family and friends and enjoys exercising, hiking, going to the river, snowboarding, and spending quiet time at home.
Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor
Melissa Flowers has been a substance use disorder counselor for five years. She received her education at ICDC college and completed the addiction studies program in 2010. Melissa has worked on a voluntary and professional basis in the community and in a residential treatment setting. She has provided drug and alcohol related services at various locations and facilities, including the William S. Hart District and KHTS AM radio. She is skilled in client-centered assessments and treatment planning. She provides a compassionate understanding of those suffering from addictive disorders. For the past 21 years, Melissa has worked with specialized populations in healthcare including but not limited to special-needs adolescence, HIV, hepatitis C and the elderly. Melissa is a charismatic and caring counselor dedicated to helping those who suffer.
John Marshall has been working in substance use disorder treatment since 2012. Having completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge, in 2016, John became a registered SUD counselor the following year. John has experience working in detox, residential, and outpatient settings. John has worked with various demographics in the field, specializing in young adult programs and dual diagnosis. As well as working directly with homeless veterans. John is passionate about educating clients living with substance use disorders and offering superb client care. John thrives on running relapse prevention skills and anger management groups. John is an active member of the recovery community within the Los Angeles area and provides voluntary support to those in need outside of his employment. John is excited to join the Aspire treatment team and offer excellent support to our diverse set of clientele.
AMFT, BA, MA
Tiffany Olson, BA, MA, is a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate of Mental Health Services at Aspire Santa Clarita. Tiffany’s passion for helping others has been evident throughout her academic and professional journey. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development in 2015 and went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling from Brandman University, which she successfully completed in 2021.
Tiffany has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse since 2021. During her traineeship, Tiffany provided compassionate care to a diverse range of individuals, couples, and families from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. She provided support and guidance to individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, addictive behaviors, LGBTQIA+-related issues, codependency, grief and loss, life transitions, and self-esteem. With a focus on evidence-based practices, Tiffany utilizes various therapeutic modalities to meet the unique needs of each client. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Narrative Therapy. Tiffany is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest research and best practices in her field.
Tiffany recognizes that seeking help can be difficult and takes tremendous courage. She strives to create a safe and supportive environment for her clients to explore their thoughts and feelings, gain insight, develop coping skills, and achieve their goals. Her dedication to her clients’ well-being and growth is reflected in her compassionate and collaborative approach to therapy. Tiffany’s warm empathetic, and non-judgemental approach to therapy has helped her build strong relationships with her clients and make a positive impact in their lives.
In her free time, Tiffany spends time with her family and friends and enjoys going to concerts, playing board games, and traveling.
Intern Therapist of Behavioral Health Services, MA, AMFT
Christopher Guzman is a Marriage Family Therapist Associate for Mental Health Services at Aspire Santa Clarita. Christopher graduated from University of Phoenix with his Masters in Counseling in 2022. Chris is a mental health professional with seven years of experience in the field. For six of those years, he served as a mental health technician in the psychiatric acute wing of a hospital, where he gained valuable experience in working with patients with diverse mental health conditions and needs. Currently, Chris is pursuing his certification to become a licensed therapist. Christopher has a passion for helping people and it is evident in everything he does. He is dedicated to his field and strives to provide the best possible care for his clients. Christopher is excited to continue supporting and empowering his patients on their journey towards optimal mental health. In his downtime, Christopher enjoys spending time with his family and running around being silly with his kids. He also enjoys playing video games or going to the archery range.
Lyzah Dones is the Administrative Assistant at Aspire Santa Clarita. Lyzah earned an Associate of Arts in English from the College of the Canyons in 2018, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Southern New Hampshire University in 2020. Lyzah then changed course, following her passion and obtaining a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Southern New Hampshire University, completing the program in 2022. During grad school, Lyzah focused on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, taking lessons from Donabedian’s three-part framework of quality care in healthcare. By understanding and applying Donabedian’s model, Lyzah can assess and improve the quality of care provided to Aspire’s patients. Lyzah is committed to ensuring that the facility’s structure, process, and outcomes are constantly evaluated and improved upon to provide the highest level of care possible.
Lyzah’s passion for patient quality care goes beyond just administrative tasks. She has a deep sense of empathy for patients seeking mental health and substance use treatment and understands that patients seeking assistance require compassionate care and support. Lyzah actively works to ensure that the facility’s mission of providing the highest quality of care to patients is upheld.
SUD Counselor, RADT
Justin has lived in Santa Clarita for the past 38 years. Justin received his BA in Psychology in 2005 from Cal State Channel Islands. After graduation, Justin worked at St. Jude Medical as a Biotech Engineer and worked with heart patients who needed pacemakers or ICDs. Wanting to give back to families in the SCV community, Justin has worked with Carousel Ranch and the Special Olympics to help improve the lives of both children and adults. Justin struggled with a SUD for years but has been able to stabilize and maintain his sobriety since 2021. Justin now works for Aspire Counseling Services as a substance abuse counselor.
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