Meet Our Staff
Dr. VERNITA MARSH
“Live your life on purpose.” For Dr. Vernita Marsh, this is more than just a philosophy, it describes her life’s path and her vision for the future. From an early age, she knew what she wanted, laid out a plan, and set off to achieve her goal. Helping clients in need, training and supervising up-and-coming therapists, and managing her own business, for Vernita Marsh, this is exactly where she was meant to be.
FELLANA RANDALL, LMFT
When you meet Fellana, you are met by her warmth and inviting smile. Immediately you feel comfortable and at ease. Fellana has expertise in treating couples and individual adults and children. Regardless whether you’re single or in a relationship, she can help you develop a satisfying intimate relationship. While Fellana works with a range of clients, she focuses on the challenges that single women of color (WOC) in the Bay Area face when approaching dating and singlehood. It can feel challenging to meet potential partners and avoid toxic relationships.
Her goal is for each partner to develop an understanding and compassion for another’s experience. This approach establishes framework in which strategies can be developed, learned, and practiced to improve communication and resolve conflict.
SITAR MODY-SCOTT, MA., AMFT
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” -- Maya Angelou
When you meet Sitar Mody-Scott, MA., AMFT, you’ll be greeted with warmth, compassion, and openness. She listens with her full self and puts you at ease. She believes that each person has their own truth, and, as a therapist, she considers it her role to walk alongside you in exploring, sharing, and owning your truth. In Sitar's words: “Many of us reach a place in our lives where our familiar ways of being seem to no longer work, and we can feel stuck. Moments like these can be an opportunity to step back from the rush of life and honor our experiences and hardships. These moments can also be an opening to explore what we need to feel better, move forward, make space, and thrive.”
SHIRLEY SMITH, MA., LMFT
A quality that always put people at ease is Shirley’s warm smile, as people easily open up with her. One important strength of Shirley’s is that she sees intimate and vulnerable sides of people that most do not see.
A proud bay area native, Shirley grew up in a traditional Chinese household. However, her parents’ divorce while she was young taught her to grow up quickly. Being raised in the bay area, Shirley felt the two extremes of both the American and Chinese cultures. She has learned to honor both cultures and at the same time find her sense of self. Shirley is fluent in Cantonese. One of Shirley’s goals is to decrease the stigma of mental health as many Asian and Asian Americans tend to keep their feelings to themselves.
YVETTE JACKSON, MS., ICADCII, AMFT
Upon meeting Yvette Jackson, MS, ICADCII, AMFT, it’s hard not to notice her inviting demeanor which communicates a level of warmth, openness, and safety. As a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, she gingerly invites the broken, the wounded, and despondent to share their pain and begin their healing journey. She easily connects with her clients, while also respecting and honoring their willingness to share and seek help. Ms. Jackson’s desire is to be a vehicle to facilitate the healing process.
KAREN JAMES, Psy.D.
Growing up in a big city has allowed Karen to appreciate each person for his or her own unique qualities. Diversity, as she sees it, is not just race/ ethnicity, but a way of speaking; a way of dressing, exotic foods, and the community you come from. As a clinician, she takes into consideration the diversity of values, interaction styles, and cultural expectations. Karen’s style integrates several different perspectives to form a cohesive approach; working from a foundation that primarily consists of the theory that many of our childhood experiences leading up to adulthood shapes our personalities.
DANIELLE BROWN, R.N, BSN
A transplant from New Jersey without the accent, Danielle is an eclectic blend of smiles, odd humor and untraditional hobbies. She is a child of nature. Someday hoping to build an Earthship home and live off the beaten trail, listening to 80’s music all day and modern dancing herself into an oblivion of sunshine. Danielle is enthusiastic about helping others discover themselves and what makes them happy. One of her favorite singers/entertainers is Janet Jackson. A recurring adage of Danielle's comes from a song that Ms. Jackson sang, “What have you done for me lately?” Danielle will often use this question when asking clients to put themselves and emotional health first—"What have you done for yourself lately?”