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"I have been counseling for 31+ years. I am a published author of the book Maturation Through Marriage and The Enticement of Divorce and am available for seminars in churches and group organizations. I have 34 years teaching experience with at risk high school students. Extensive internship training with alcohol and substance dependent patients equips me to work with clientele with these issues. I am an ordained minister with 3 years of full time Christian service which equips me for pastoral counseling. Having personally experienced the pain of divorce, I can empathize with spouses who are experiencing marital discord."
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"I have been counseling for 31+ years. I am a published author of the book Maturation Through Marriage and The Enticement of Divorce and am available for seminars in churches and group organizations. I have 34 years teaching experience with at risk high school students. Extensive internship training with alcohol and substance dependent patients equips me to work with clientele with these issues. I am an ordained minister with 3 years of full time Christian service which equips me for pastoral counseling. Having personally experienced the pain of divorce, I can empathize with spouses who are experiencing marital discord."
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"I prefer to work with adults and children that are motivated to improve their relationships with family, friends, and others. I also work on issues of grief and loss. One area where I specialize, is working with parents who have experienced the loss of a child."
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"I prefer to work with adults and children that are motivated to improve their relationships with family, friends, and others. I also work on issues of grief and loss. One area where I specialize, is working with parents who have experienced the loss of a child."
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"It takes courage to seek help during challenging times and the task of choosing the "right" therapist can be overwhelming! I have 20+ years of experience. Clients appreciate my humor and direct approach. From the initial phone call, my goal is to create a strong, healthy therapist/client relationship, which is a necessary foundation for change. I work with clients of ALL ages and backgrounds. I specialize in divorced families, couples, parenting issues, play therapy, relationship concerns, mood disorders, addictions, adjustment issues, and life coaching. I can help...and if I can’t, I will find you someone who can! "
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"It takes courage to seek help during challenging times and the task of choosing the "right" therapist can be overwhelming! I have 20+ years of experience. Clients appreciate my humor and direct approach. From the initial phone call, my goal is to create a strong, healthy therapist/client relationship, which is a necessary foundation for change. I work with clients of ALL ages and backgrounds. I specialize in divorced families, couples, parenting issues, play therapy, relationship concerns, mood disorders, addictions, adjustment issues, and life coaching. I can help...and if I can’t, I will find you someone who can! "
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"More than 15 years of experience assisting the Mexican/Latino families in their own language has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. It has been a privilege for me to help families from Bakersfield and from all over Kern County. Respecting and understanding their culture, values, and background are important facts to assist people in distress to find the best solution to their personal and family conflicts."
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"More than 15 years of experience assisting the Mexican/Latino families in their own language has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. It has been a privilege for me to help families from Bakersfield and from all over Kern County. Respecting and understanding their culture, values, and background are important facts to assist people in distress to find the best solution to their personal and family conflicts."
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"With more than 25 years of experience in the fields of child psychology, neuropsychology, and education, Dr. Valos enjoys serving youths, and their families, as they complete the psychological assessment process. The purpose of a psychological assessment is to provide possible explanations surrounding a child's observed struggles and inherent strengths. In addition to psychological/neuropsychological testing, Dr. Valos is highly skilled in the areas of differential diagnoses, parent coaching, and the development of creative interventions to support youth at home and in classroom. "
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"With more than 25 years of experience in the fields of child psychology, neuropsychology, and education, Dr. Valos enjoys serving youths, and their families, as they complete the psychological assessment process. The purpose of a psychological assessment is to provide possible explanations surrounding a child's observed struggles and inherent strengths. In addition to psychological/neuropsychological testing, Dr. Valos is highly skilled in the areas of differential diagnoses, parent coaching, and the development of creative interventions to support youth at home and in classroom. "
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"While I approach therapy from a Cognitive Behavioral perspective, focusing on challenging thoughts and changing behaviors, I do so with the primary focus on respect for my patients and their individual issues. I want you to feel supported in session but also know that you will be challenged and tasked with completing goals in between sessions. I greatly enjoy helping my patients reach their own goals to be successful in their life, especially in the areas of social relationships, academics, employment, and self-care."
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"While I approach therapy from a Cognitive Behavioral perspective, focusing on challenging thoughts and changing behaviors, I do so with the primary focus on respect for my patients and their individual issues. I want you to feel supported in session but also know that you will be challenged and tasked with completing goals in between sessions. I greatly enjoy helping my patients reach their own goals to be successful in their life, especially in the areas of social relationships, academics, employment, and self-care."
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"Having a hard time navigating life? Feel as though you keep falling back into the same old patterns which don't produce what you intended? Having difficulty with your child, spouse, family or loved ones? Have the thought that addressing your innermost pain means there is "something wrong with you?" Let me help! In my practice I strive to help people access their best selves, lives, and potential. I assist you in navigating through your life. My goal is to spread the word that everyone will need an impartial confidant and that seeking help is normal. I would be honored to assist you on your journey of transformation. "
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"Having a hard time navigating life? Feel as though you keep falling back into the same old patterns which don't produce what you intended? Having difficulty with your child, spouse, family or loved ones? Have the thought that addressing your innermost pain means there is "something wrong with you?" Let me help! In my practice I strive to help people access their best selves, lives, and potential. I assist you in navigating through your life. My goal is to spread the word that everyone will need an impartial confidant and that seeking help is normal. I would be honored to assist you on your journey of transformation. "
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"Recovery is not for people who need it, it is for people who want it! I want to be along this journey with you! I will walk along side you each step of the way, encouraging you to be your best self. Children and teens are my passion, adults suffering from depression, anxiety, self-injurious behavior, and or trauma. I have extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Perspectives. "
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"Recovery is not for people who need it, it is for people who want it! I want to be along this journey with you! I will walk along side you each step of the way, encouraging you to be your best self. Children and teens are my passion, adults suffering from depression, anxiety, self-injurious behavior, and or trauma. I have extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Perspectives. "
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"Hello! My name is Carrie Campbell. I am a Christian, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist eager to help Adults and Children reach their fullest potential. I am an inspirational speaker and do annual conferences and workshops. I make evening and weekend appointments for your convenience. I will walk with you through your most difficult times and help you to conquer and overcome your greatest obstacles. You have the power inside of you. Allow me to help you release it and let it shine. Please call me. Working together we can heal your past and help you reach your goals."
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"Hello! My name is Carrie Campbell. I am a Christian, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist eager to help Adults and Children reach their fullest potential. I am an inspirational speaker and do annual conferences and workshops. I make evening and weekend appointments for your convenience. I will walk with you through your most difficult times and help you to conquer and overcome your greatest obstacles. You have the power inside of you. Allow me to help you release it and let it shine. Please call me. Working together we can heal your past and help you reach your goals."
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"I have received my master’s of science in Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Fullerton. I have been practicing for over a decade and has experience working with youth, families, adults, and couples struggling with a variety of issues and life stressors. I practice from a psychoanaliytic standpoint helping people to understand how their past has influenced their present actions. "
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"I have received my master’s of science in Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Fullerton. I have been practicing for over a decade and has experience working with youth, families, adults, and couples struggling with a variety of issues and life stressors. I practice from a psychoanaliytic standpoint helping people to understand how their past has influenced their present actions. "
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"We all struggle at times and our struggles are our own, do not compare what may feel catastrophic to you to what others are dealing with. I have been practicing for 10 years and revolve my practice around person-centered therapy; non-judgement, genuineness & positive regard. I will accept you for who you are and we will start where you are. My goal is helping you reach your goals. I find that humor, compassion, and authenticity allows my client's to feel comfortable and progress at the same time. Since 2010, I have provided intensive therapy at institutional, residential and outpatient levels of care for adults and adolescents. "
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"We all struggle at times and our struggles are our own, do not compare what may feel catastrophic to you to what others are dealing with. I have been practicing for 10 years and revolve my practice around person-centered therapy; non-judgement, genuineness & positive regard. I will accept you for who you are and we will start where you are. My goal is helping you reach your goals. I find that humor, compassion, and authenticity allows my client's to feel comfortable and progress at the same time. Since 2010, I have provided intensive therapy at institutional, residential and outpatient levels of care for adults and adolescents. "
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"I am an associate professional clinical counselor. I provide therapy to children, adults, couples and families experiencing emotional and relational challenges. While cognitive behavior therapy is most widely used, I focus on the individual needs of each client to meet their needs. I will work with you to strengthen inner health, resolve conflicts and promote positive growth in an open, safe, empathetic environment."
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"I am an associate professional clinical counselor. I provide therapy to children, adults, couples and families experiencing emotional and relational challenges. While cognitive behavior therapy is most widely used, I focus on the individual needs of each client to meet their needs. I will work with you to strengthen inner health, resolve conflicts and promote positive growth in an open, safe, empathetic environment."
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"Clients' needs may vary but most share the same theme of wanting to work toward positive change. My experience with working with such a diverse client population and education in sport & performance psychology has provided me with an approach that I am confident can help almost anyone in need. Therapy has the potential to be a space where clients' can explore their concerns and issues with professional guidance with the focus to achieve their individual goals. Getting symptoms under control, exploring mental blockage, and so many more obstacles can be effectively addressed with the right support."
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"Clients' needs may vary but most share the same theme of wanting to work toward positive change. My experience with working with such a diverse client population and education in sport & performance psychology has provided me with an approach that I am confident can help almost anyone in need. Therapy has the potential to be a space where clients' can explore their concerns and issues with professional guidance with the focus to achieve their individual goals. Getting symptoms under control, exploring mental blockage, and so many more obstacles can be effectively addressed with the right support."
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"I have been providing psychotherapy and psychological testing in the Bakersfield area for 13 years. I studied and trained at the Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology, an APA-approved program emphasizing theological and psychological integration as a foundation for providing support to people and relationships that are hurting and broken."
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"I have been providing psychotherapy and psychological testing in the Bakersfield area for 13 years. I studied and trained at the Biola University, Rosemead School of Psychology, an APA-approved program emphasizing theological and psychological integration as a foundation for providing support to people and relationships that are hurting and broken."
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"Is the arguing getting unbearable? Or just the silence? Distrust? Disconnection? Let's quickly focus on the most serious issues you face. Get ready for a compassionate, yet very "problem-solving" approach as you and I work together to untangle the knots that keep you stuck. If you are prepared for your life to get better, give me a call."
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"Is the arguing getting unbearable? Or just the silence? Distrust? Disconnection? Let's quickly focus on the most serious issues you face. Get ready for a compassionate, yet very "problem-solving" approach as you and I work together to untangle the knots that keep you stuck. If you are prepared for your life to get better, give me a call."
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"Do you want to do and feel better? I work with those who are ready to work towards their goals be it at home, school, work, community, and/or in their relationships. Many want to feel better about themselves, be aware of their unique strengths, and utilize their strengths to help them deal with their weaknesses. They also want to improve their relationships are ready to look within themselves and work towards the better by changing how they think, feel, and do. I believe my clients are doing their best and wanting the guidance of experienced professionals who can work with them to help them change their lives for the better. "
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"Do you want to do and feel better? I work with those who are ready to work towards their goals be it at home, school, work, community, and/or in their relationships. Many want to feel better about themselves, be aware of their unique strengths, and utilize their strengths to help them deal with their weaknesses. They also want to improve their relationships are ready to look within themselves and work towards the better by changing how they think, feel, and do. I believe my clients are doing their best and wanting the guidance of experienced professionals who can work with them to help them change their lives for the better. "
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"ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS FOR EVENINGS & WEEKENDS. If you are looking to change/work through issues that are causing you or your loved ones depression, anxiety, arguements, contact me to schedule an appointment. I have worked with teenagers, young children & geriatric. I have been helping families & individuals for over 15 years. I help clients find techniques that work for them. My clients are the experts of their own lives & are the only ones who can create their change. Problems are inevitable, however with strong coping skills triumph over difficulties is possible. "
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"ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS FOR EVENINGS & WEEKENDS. If you are looking to change/work through issues that are causing you or your loved ones depression, anxiety, arguements, contact me to schedule an appointment. I have worked with teenagers, young children & geriatric. I have been helping families & individuals for over 15 years. I help clients find techniques that work for them. My clients are the experts of their own lives & are the only ones who can create their change. Problems are inevitable, however with strong coping skills triumph over difficulties is possible. "
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"Anger. Guilt. Resentment. These are the common themes we all struggle with, today. Sadness is all too real when we hurt, and when we do not cope well, or do not know how to cope with our anger, guilt, and/or resentment, we can become depressed. What you will see, is a vicious cycle; a depressed person then becomes angry, and resentful, and can start to feel guilt. We are all able and capable of making better decisions for ourselves and for our loved ones. There is no shame in asking for help...only regret in never trying. I can help you."
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"Anger. Guilt. Resentment. These are the common themes we all struggle with, today. Sadness is all too real when we hurt, and when we do not cope well, or do not know how to cope with our anger, guilt, and/or resentment, we can become depressed. What you will see, is a vicious cycle; a depressed person then becomes angry, and resentful, and can start to feel guilt. We are all able and capable of making better decisions for ourselves and for our loved ones. There is no shame in asking for help...only regret in never trying. I can help you."
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" If you’re looking to change the course of your life, decrease depression, anxiety, or any other issue that is causing you or your loved one pain, contact me to schedule an appointment. I have worked with youth, adults, and geriatrics for over fifteen years, and truly enjoy working with these populations. I enjoy meeting every client and helping him/her develop a treatment plan that is designed by them and for them. I have experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR. Please do not delay reaching out and asking for help. "
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" If you’re looking to change the course of your life, decrease depression, anxiety, or any other issue that is causing you or your loved one pain, contact me to schedule an appointment. I have worked with youth, adults, and geriatrics for over fifteen years, and truly enjoy working with these populations. I enjoy meeting every client and helping him/her develop a treatment plan that is designed by them and for them. I have experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR. Please do not delay reaching out and asking for help. "
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"You're hurt and angry again. You're thinking, No matter how hard we try we have the same arguments over and over again. I am so tired of fighting. What happened to the way we used to be? I want to be happy again. You can learn to reconnect emotionally and create a more caring and fulfilling relationship. For more than 20 years I've worked with couples and families helping them find a better way to live and love."
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"You're hurt and angry again. You're thinking, No matter how hard we try we have the same arguments over and over again. I am so tired of fighting. What happened to the way we used to be? I want to be happy again. You can learn to reconnect emotionally and create a more caring and fulfilling relationship. For more than 20 years I've worked with couples and families helping them find a better way to live and love."

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Oppositional Defiance Therapists
All children are oppositional from time to time. But their behavior can become incessantly and openly uncooperative such that it stands out relative to other children. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (or sometimes referred to as "ODD") tends to be evidenced by frequent temper tantrums, excessive arguing with adults, the questioning of rules, active defiance and refusal to comply with adult requests. You may also see deliberate attempts to annoy or upset people, blaming of others, being touchy or easily annoyed by others, frequent anger and resentment, mean and hateful talking when upset, a spiteful attitude and revenge seeking.

These therapists can help with oppositional defiance in Kern County or provide counseling for parents handling an oppositional defiant kid in Kern County, oppositional defiant teen or oppositional defiant children in Kern County.

How can I tell if a therapist is right for me?
Therapists in Kern County are able to work with a wide range of issues. They offer in person sessions as well as Teletherapy in Kern County

For example, if you're seeking a marriage counselor in Kern County you'll find that most therapists are trained in marriage counseling or couples counseling in Kern County and couples therapy. And they welcome families for family counseling in Kern County or family therapy in Kern County.