Kelly Battaglia – Clinical Director
My name is Kelly Battaglia. I am a Coachella Valley native and a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. During my undergraduate studies, I began my work in this field as a behavior therapist, utilizing principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to help children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Pervasive Developmental Disabilities. Working closely with families learning to cope and even thrive in the face of new challenges inspired me to get my Master’s Degree and become a therapist.
I currently work with Individuals (children, adolescents, adults), Families and Couples and I have been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) by the Linehan Institute and offer a comprehensive DBT program, as well as Skills groups. Please click on the DBT Program and Services tabs for more information about my specialties.
B.A. in Psychology – Chapman University
M.A. in Psychology (Marriage Family Therapy emphasis) – Chapman University
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #86123
Additional Training and Experience
Intensively trained in DBT by the Linehan Institute
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment
Professional Activities and Memberships
CAMFT- California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Alison Campbell – Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #99716
Alison C. Campbell, AMFT continues her lifelong journey of discovery and engagement with healing, the psyche, and the power and beauty of human resilience, with her work at Thrive Counseling. She has her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Depth Psychology, from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and has served as a therapist for children and adults, couples, victims of domestic violence, adult survivors of child sexual abuse, rape and human trafficking victims, and those suffering from grief, and PTSD. She has more than a decade of intensive training in mindfulness and meditation, for both groups and individuals, and has experienced its transformative power both personally, and through countless clients. Her other interests include hiking, spirituality, running marathons, contemplative education, and tending to her large and rowdy family of cats and dogs.
Amisha Samuels – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist # 93737
My name is Amisha and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I am passionate about providing psychotherapy for those seeking to create a healthier, happier and more meaningful life. I received my Masters in Clinical psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2012. I have experience providing services to children, teens, adults, couples and families struggling with a variety of issues. My specialties include treatment for depression, anxiety, self-esteem, adjustment issues, and families with children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders or other developmental disabilities.
For individuals and couples; therapy offers a unique experience for self-development and increased understanding of reoccurring patterns in your life. Through awareness of how the past has affected your present; it makes it more possible to have a happy future. I utilize a solution focused and strength based approach to help the unit reach goals that have been created collaboratively. I incorporate cognitive behavioral techniques as it can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to manage stressful life situations.
I listen actively and will offer feedback, suggestions and tools to help you cope and improve the quality of your life. Working together, we will find the best solutions by building on your strengths. I offer a safe environment to allow you to express yourself though neutrality and non-judgment.
Sarah Parker – California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #104022
After enjoying the desert for many years, I have relocated my practice from Orange County to Palm Desert to experience the peace and serenity of this beautiful Valley on a full time basis. In over 5 years of providing individual, couples and group counseling, I have seen extraordinary transformation and growth in my Clients. Many had agonized for months or years with issues such as: infidelity, excess worry, overwhelming sadness, hoarding, job loss, career transition, sexual abuse, bipolar mania and depression, alcohol and drug addiction, loss of a parent or spouse, and disordered eating. My Clients appreciate my straightforward and non-judgmental approach. I will challenge you to be your best!
I believe that relief comes from understanding the root cause of your current difficulties. This allows you to self correct when you re-experience the thoughts and emotions that are keeping you overwhelmed and stuck today. I truly believe each person deserves to know their worth as an individual and to feel capable of making decisions in their own best interest, so they can live a meaningful and joyous life!
Masters degree Marriage and Family Therapy, Alliant International University (School of Professional Psychology)
California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #104022
Advanced Studies in Relational Psychoanalytic Interventions and Principles
CAMFT- California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Rebecca Hames – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #96196
Hi, I’m Rebecca and as a marriage and family therapist I believe everybody deserves to be understood and heard. I’m someone who listens to understand you and the challenges holding you back from living the life you imagine for yourself. I help teens, adults and couples who want to make a change in their life but find themselves trapped by uncertainty, fear, grief, anxiety, or other life obstacles. Together, we find the edges of your comfort zone and expand them – sometimes gently and sometimes boldly – to bring about real transformation.
One of my areas of specialty is working with straight spouses and mixed-orientation relationships. When your spouse comes out, your world is flipped upside down and so much uncertainty comes up. I get it…I’ve been there. I know my story but I’m interested in understanding yours and helping you navigate the complicated emotions that come along with learning your spouse’s sexual identity.
I’m curious and will ask a lot of questions to help you uncover answers that I believe are already inside of you. I listen, not just to your words, but also to the emotions driving your story. When change needs to happen, it helps to have support and I hope you reach out.
Gregory Gomez – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #109071
Having grown up in Southern California, I am honored to serve the Coachella Valley area. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills, and completed my Master’s in Psychology at Brandman University with a Marriage and Family/ Professional Clinical Counseling emphasis. I have worked in mental health for over 5 years helping those recovering from substances with co-occurring disorders, children, couples, geriatric and the LGBTQ population. I have had the privilege of facilitating many types of groups such as bereavement, co-dependency, and stress tolerance. This has enabled me to promote, teach and utilizes skills that are necessary for growth, change, and most importantly, joy. I currently hold certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Late Life Depression through the County of Riverside, and look forward to serving the Palm Desert area.
Trained in ASIST suicide prevention
Certified CBT Therapist for Late Life Depression, County of Riverside
Starr Sullivan – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #53970
I am Starr Sullivan, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles and have been honored to serve the Coachella Valley since 2006. For more than a decade I have provided individual, couples, group and family therapy. My expertise is in the realm of family systems, addiction and co-occurring disorder treatment, as well as supporting clients seeking relief from depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mood and personality disorders.
I understand that life can be challenging and complex. Seeking support to get through the struggles is a wonderful step toward healing, personal growth and experiencing authentic joy. I am deeply committed to providing my clients with a safe space to process their feelings, thoughts and experiences, as well as to share therapeutic tools for positive change. My approach is non-judgmental, empathetic and collaborative. I enjoy working with my client’s on creating goals to help enhance contentment within themselves and their lives. I would be privileged to support you on your journey.
Sara Baker – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #105385
Sara Baker, LMFT is a Palm Springs native and lives to help elevate individuals within her community and beyond to their highest potential. She has an extensive background working with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing difficult situations in which they are seeking a safe, supportive, therapeutic environment. Her specialties include working with trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, couples, families, self-esteem, abuse, grief, addiction, and so much more. She received her education through the University of California, Los Angeles and the Chapman University system earning both a BA and MA in Psychology.
Sara believes the power of transformation is possible for anyone who is willing to connect, accept, grow, and flow in the present moment. Sara compliments her therapy practice as a trained Yoga Instructor, as she helps clients to slow down, reconnect to their breath, and enhance their mind-body connection. She harnesses the power of meditation and mindfulness in both her personal life and clinical sessions, allowing for clients to tune into the present moment, quiet the mind, and feel their most authentic self. Outside of session Sara loves to connect to herself through travel and trekking, giving her the opportunity to feel grounded and embrace with nature and the universe.