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MindfulYou Centers were created with healing in mind. We treat individuals, teens, children as young as 5, Couples, and Families. You can receive traditional psychotherapy specializing in each individual therapist’s areas of expertise such as Mindfulness Based Therapy, DBT, CBT, Positive Psychology, among many others; or you may prefer an alternative approach to your healing path to include somatic trauma work, Reiki treatments, meditation practices or Native American healing and more. Call our office to schedule and intake appointment with one of our specialized therapists and coaches. You will be glad you decided to embark on your road to healing!

Come learn mindfulness techniques such as the STOP technique and 4, 7, 8 breathing or enroll in one of our Native American healing classes or Shamanic practices. If it is body healing that you are seeking, Reiki treatments are relaxing and de-stressing, let MindfulYou staff help you and your family reach a place of peace, happiness and joy.


Yessica Avancena, LMFT, MBA, CMT

Yessica Avancena is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who also holds a Master’s in Business Administration and is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher. She is certified by the MAPS Corp for cutting-edge Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy and currently offers integrative sessions. She is the founder and CEO of MindfulYou Psychotherapy and Healing Center. Her intuitive work in the field of psychotherapy has incorporated cutting-edge Mindfulness practices with talk therapy to non-judgmentally walk along the path towards healing for her clients. She provides therapy for families, couples, children, and adults as well as Mindfulness consulting and Executive Coaching. She also provides clinical supervision for her hand-picked Associate Clinicians. She is the creator of the Mindfulness App Mindful Minute which has a Mindfulness Masterclass and guided meditations that can be found in the app markets. www.themindfulminuteapp.com in addition, she is a self-published author of children’s mindfulness storybooks. Please find her book I Am the Mindful Mountain on Amazon.


Stephanie David, MS, AMFT

Stephanie earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Child, Adolescent and Family Studies. She went on to earn her MS in Counseling Psychology at California State University of Bakersfield.

Her clinical work experience includes adolescents, teens, adults, couples, and families. Stephanie utilizes various modalities, including mindfulness practices, CBT, DBT, and trauma informed techniques in her therapeutic approach. She believes that at the base of every conflict, is a human being struggling to navigate complex experiences, and need only the tools to do so effectively.

Stephanie likes to bring her authentic self and energy into the room, recognizing that true growth stems from empathy, as well as a genuine, human connection.

Emily Glossbrenner, MS, AMFT

Emily was raised in Bakersfield, CA, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters in Counseling Psychology Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialization in trauma, at California Lutheran University.

She has a passion for working with first responders as well as children and their families. Since earning her degree in Counseling Psychology, she has done ABA therapy with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, school-based individual and group counseling with ages 5-18, individual adult counseling, and substance use counseling utilizing Recovery Model techniques.

Emily enjoys using art and play in therapy when working with children and adults as well as trauma-informed techniques, mindfulness, and narrative therapy practices. She believes that every person has a unique story that is to be honored and shared in their own way and that we all have the power to decide how our next chapter will go.  

Karl Weaver AMFT

Karl Weaver, AMFT

Karl is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a passion for helping others. He has maintained a commitment to helping individuals, families, and children build healthy relationships and reduce mental health symptoms. While attending the University of Phoenix in Bakersfield, CA, Karl completed studies in Human Services, earning a Bachelor’s degree.
He then decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling by attending the Marriage and Family Therapy program at the University of Phoenix and obtained his AMFT Registration in 2019. Since graduation, Karl has enjoyed working with adults, families, and children using Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques, as well as using several types of strength-based approaches to improve client autonomy and self-confidence.

Karl Weaver AMFT

Marty Hosier, MA, AMFT

Marty is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She has earned two Master’s degrees, one in Marriage and Family Counseling from Brandman University, and another in Forensic Psychology from Walden University. Marty spends her free time traveling, playing board games with her family, and painting. Marty’s approach can be described straightforward and honest diffused with humor and love. Marty is a person-centered therapist who utilizes various modalities, such as Mindfulness, EMDR, CBT, DBT, and Solution-Focused.

Marty works with children, teens, adults, and couples who are struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, ASD, first responder stress, and gender/identity issues.

Gisela Gonzales, LMFT

Gisela is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has earned a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Counseling/Marriage, Family, & Child Therapy. She has 10 years of clinical experience working with adults, couples, families, and adolescents.

Gisela uses a holistic approach that combines a variety of Western modalities and Eastern philosophies. She acknowledges no two individuals are the same and that what works for one person may not work for another, therefore, will meet you where you’re at in your journey to collaboratively establish an individualized plan.

Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, major life changes; or simply feel lost, disconnected, or unable to find meaning/purpose. She will work with you to identify what is currently causing you distress, and the areas you seek to resolve/improve; then compassionately guide you toward your goals. Her passion and goal are to assist you to achieve a more balanced, meaningful, joyful, and purpose-driven live.

Stacy Kuwahara, LMFT

Stacy is a Spiritual Counselor, Channeler and Energy Intuitive. She has a MA in Counseling Psychology and has worked as a therapist and in mental health for decades but is now directed to work as a Spiritual Counselor, supporting others in their spiritual journey. Her divine purpose aligns with providing a space to support others while they navigate and connect to the True Self and the wisdom we have available for healing and growth. Stacy’s intention is to support you while you connect with your purpose and light, moving through our human experiences grounded in light and love while learning tools to embrace our limitless potential. The opportunity in this time is to live fully and authentically, grounded in Spirit.

Karl Weaver AMFT

Cristina Santos, MA, AMFT

Cristina was born and raised in the Central Valley where she received her Bachelors of Science in Human Services. Cristina later earned her Masters of Science in a dual degree program Marriage and FamilyTherapy (MFT) and Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC). Cristina has a passion for people of all ages and stages of life. She has experience working with children utilizing play and art therapy techniques. She provided therapy to individuals dealing with a variety of issues such as: trauma, grief & loss, substance abuse, and many other mental health conditions that one may struggle to overcome on their own. Cristina utilizes person-centered and a variety of trauma-focused techniques in her work with individuals and their families. She prides herself in growing and evolving as a therapist, regularly attending workshops that may assist her in better serving her clients and their loved ones. Cristina’s goal is to walk life’s path alongside those she serves, utilizing empathy and compassion each step of the way.

Lisa Dumas, Certified Yoga Therapist, 500 hr Yoga Teacher

After the gifts of movement and breath helped her overcome disordered panic and anxiety, Lisa now dedicates her life to empowering others with the skills to soothe their anxious minds and bodies. A yoga therapist offers evidence-based practices that can help relieve anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, digestive issues, injury, sleep issues and pain. Based on your unique, individual body and mind, Lisa intends to compassionately offer you the tools that will be most useful, such as accessible movements, breath techniques and other appropriate skills from the paths of yoga, mindfulness and science. Your initial session will include intake, discussion and an introduction to a set of practices to explore. In a follow up session, your progress will be assessed, and your practices may be expanded or enhanced to continue to serve you. This service is not covered by insurance.

To find out more about working with Lisa, please visit her website: lisadumasyoga.com

Andrea Nehesi , MA, Spiritualist

Andrea Nehesi is a spiritualist with over 15 years of service in women’s healing arts and 20 years of practice as a multi-cultural interdisciplinary healing artist.  It is her mission to help women deepen their relationships with the Divine through sacred feminine healing arts and heart centered practices. Academically she holds a Master’s in Education and teaching credential.

She is a Sacred Woman Practitioner graduate of the Queen Afua Wellness Program and a Kemetic Reiki Practitioner certified by the Ra Sekhi Temple. Devoted to her ministry, Andrea serves as an ordained priestess in the Iseum of Quimera and in the Order of the Magdalene Mystery School.

Andrea offers education for women to learn techniques that integrate healing arts and ancestral reverence in their daily spiritual practice. Her primary ministry is the facilitation of Women’s Red Tents and the Lotus Vibes Drum Ensemble. As an educator, Andrea speaks at spiritual centers, universities, and community panels. In her own spiritual practice, Andrea offers songs of invocation, prayer, ritual dance, and mystical ceremonies to deepen her relationship with the Sacred Spirit.

Debbie Sansom,  Spiritual Intuitive Guide

Debbie Sansom serves as a Spiritual Counselor, Reiki Master, Medium, Channel, and Meditation Guide. It is her joy and purpose to assist by bringing through messages of Love and Light to transform energy blockages through the Alchemy of the Violet Flame, awakening remembrance of the Divine Truth of Their Being. Mediumship connects others to their loved ones in Spirit for deep heart healing. Debbie is an experienced Reiki Master and offers Reiki Attunements at all levels. Incorporated also into sessions are crystals, Angelic color sound vibration, and essential oils.

Contact Info

Bakersfield: 661-304-7570

Fresno: 559-696-8394


MindfulYou Psychotherapy Bakersfield

1701 Westwind Dr., Suite #111 Bakersfield, CA 93301

Healing Center Bakersfield

1701 Westwind Dr., Suite #112 Bakersfield, CA 93301

MindfulYou Psychotherapy Fresno

191 W. Shaw Avenue #110 Fresno, CA 93704

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