About Us

Our Story

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.

MEET OUR THERAPISTS & COACHES

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 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 also the creator of the Mindfulness App Mindful Minute which can be found in the App Markets.

Barby Rodriguez, MS, AMFT

Barby earned her BA in Psychology and Child, Adolescent and Family Studies and then earned her MS in Counseling Psychology at CSUB. She has worked with kids, teens and adults both in a private and agency setting. She believes wellness is an ongoing journey that can at times be complicated, scary, exciting and with no specific road map. Her hope is to join you in those difficult moments and give you the space to set down the heavy baggage. She self-defines as a genuine, quirky individual who allows for space for laughs and celebration in the therapy room.

Fernando Garcia III, MS, AMFT

Fernando was born and raised in Bakersfield and holds a degree in Liberal Arts from Fresno Pacific University and a Master’s in Psychology from Humboldt State and also currently pursuing a Doctorate in Sport & Performance Psychology. He has worked as a Mental Performance Specialist for local sports teams and athletes. Fernando has a passion for sports psychology and working with the youth. He also successfully leads a private-practice with children, teens and adults.

Robyn Thompson, MS, AMFT

Robyn earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and English and Writing from CSUB and her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Psychology from Nelson Mandela University. She is originally from Port Elizabeth, South Africa and she moved across the world to build a new life and pursue her goals of helping people through the growth and challenges of life. She considers herself an open and genuine person who can join you on your path, and “through curiosity and humor, support you in being a more genuine you”. She enjoys working with both adults and children blending together mindfulness practices and person-centered approaches. Robyn’s strengths lie in relating to cultural differences and adjustments, loss, fear and moving through grief.

Candace Stevens, MS, ERYT-200

Candace earned her Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA and her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Villanova University. She has previously worked as an individual and family therapist in Pennsylvania. Currently, she teaches Yoga, Mindfulness Mediation and Somatic Embodiment. If you are seeking a deeper understanding of yourself and are ready to work towards shifting thoughts / behaviors that do not server your growth and evolution, Candice can incorporate a body, breath and movement-based therapeutic technique that is tailored to your needs.

Irene Skau, Medicine Woman

Irene is a Native American Medicine Woman. She serves as  conduit for spiritual, energetic and Shamanic Healing. In particular, Irene channels strong and subtle energy to reveal shift patterns of emotional blockage at the cellular level. She integrates spiritual messages, chants and songs channeled though the wisdom of our ancestors. Irene is a certified Reiki Master and Ortho-Bionomist. She is a pipe carrier, initiated into this sacred responsibility and prayer practice by her teacher, Blue Bear Medicine Woman. Irene offers one-on-one healing work, Shamanic Lessons, Soul Retrieval, Extractions, Oracle Card Readings and Soul Retrieval. 

Debbie Sansom, Spiritual Counselor

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.

Rachel Lanier

Rachel Lanier, MS, AMFT, APCC

Rachel earned two Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies, followed by a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Bakersfield. She is currently working towards an additional degree in Philosophy to further develop her existential therapy practice. Rachel has provided services to adolescents and adults focusing on the utilization of evidenced-based practices and explorations in existential and mindfulness concepts.
Rachel believes in an individual’s own power and courage to decrease distressful states of being and cultivate meaning. She hopes to join you on your journey of self-discovery, working through difficult moments, emotions, thoughts, and learning to love yourself. 

CONTACT INFO

661-304-7570

mindfulyoupsychotherapy@gmail.com

PSYCHOTHERAPY LOCATION

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

HEALING CENTER LOCATION

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

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2020 © MindfulYou Psychotherapy | All Rights Reserved.

MEET OUR STAFF

Yessica Avancena

Yessica Avancena

LMFT, MBA, CMT

Barby Rodriguez

Barby Rodriguez

MS, AMFT

Fernando Garcia III

Fernando Garcia III

MS, AMFT

Our Services

  • Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Embodiment Coaching
  • Emotional Wellness Counseling
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Native American Healing
  • Shamanic Lessons
  • Oracle Card Readings
  • Reiki
  • Reiki Training

CONTACT INFO

661-304-7570

mindfulyoupsychotherapy@gmail.com

PSYCHOTHERAPY LOCATION

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

HEALING CENTER LOCATION

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

SOCIAL MEDIA

SEND US A MESSAGE

2020 © MindfulYou Psychotherapy | All Rights Reserved.