Sliding Scale Counseling
Leesha Mony, Intern
Leesha graduated from California State East Bay with her bachelors in Psychology and completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy at Dominican University of California in San Rafael.
While completing her bachelor’s degree, Leesha worked at Hospice of the East Bay supporting patients and families who were going through difficult life transitions dealing with issues around grief and loss.
Throughout Leesha’s training she was given the opportunity to work with many diverse communities supporting children and families at East Bay Agency for Children. There, she was able to help children deal with many issues ranging from depression and anxiety to severe trauma. Her role was to provide individual and group therapy to children, help them learn more adaptive coping and emotional regulations skills, while fostering insight and promoting positive self-esteem.
Leesha also trained at Family Paths working to support parents, teens and children who were looking to heal and transform their lives. Her passion lies in helping to empower children, caregivers and parents, while strengthening families and creating a safe place for all clients.
Darcy Dittrich, Intern
Darcy’s clinical work tends to focus on managing stress and difficult feelings, working with perfectionism, navigating relationship challenges, exploring life changes and identity, and substance use. Her goal is to help clients deepen self-understanding, decrease a sense of suffering with mindfulness and perspective, and develop true self-compassion. She has lived experience navigating intuitive eating, multicultural relationships, blended families, chronic pain, and work stress.
Darcy’s colleagues have described her as “compassionate, deep-feeling, inquisitive, and intuitive.” She endeavors to bring warmth, awareness, and connection to her counseling sessions. She enjoys co-creating a unique healing experience with clients, often using humor and creativity to encourage mindfulness, self-compassion, and change. She believes firmly that healing is non-linear, and absolutely that it is possible.
Darcy pursues antiracism, feminism, Harm Reduction, Health at Every Size (HAES), LGBTQ+ allyship, and disability justice. Darcy believes strongly in the importance of client-therapist fit, and offers free 15 minute consultation calls to help explore more.
Morgan White, Intern
Morgan trained at Bay Area Community Resources, where she had the great honor of working with diverse communities within the public school system. Morgan first worked with elementary age children, but spent more of her time working with teens in a variety of different high schools in the North Bay. Morgan’s role was to provide individual and group therapy to students referred through the school based counseling program. Another part of her role was to provide crisis and grief counseling to students, which she did at several different schools during her time with the organization. Morgan supported and treated youth with a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, school based- stressors, grief and loss, and trauma.
Bonnie Burset, Intern
Bonnie focused her earlier education in cultural and language studies and graduated from The George Washington University with her bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies in 2000. She also received a master’s degree from UC Berkeley in Asian Studies in 2002. After returning to school to pursue her long-held interest in psychology, Bonnie graduated from the John F. Kennedy University with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2016.
While in training, Bonnie worked at The John F. Kennedy Community Counseling Center in Concord. During her time at the Community Center, Bonnie worked primarily with teens, adult individuals and couples on a wide range of issues from depression, anxiety and relational distress to complex trauma, self-harm, compulsion and addiction. She worked with clients to improve emotional regulation and coping skills while increasing self-esteem and self-awareness.
Bonnie returned to the JFK University Community Counseling Center as an intern and increased her experience working with couples facing issues around intimacy, conflict, ineffective communication patterns and infidelity. At the Center, Bonnie enjoyed working with a wide array of issues with clients from diverse backgrounds and orientations. Bonnie focused her work on helping clients sort through their emotional losses and interpersonal injuries to increase insight and empower clients to pursue their life goals more effectively.