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.


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.

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.

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.

Fresno Staff

Karl Weaver AMFT

Marty Hosier, LMFT

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.

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.

Karl Weaver AMFT

Toni Alvarez, MA, ACSW

Toni is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with families and teens. She also enjoys working with adults to create a safe and judgment-free space for everyone to explore their innermost thoughts and feelings. She believes it is possible to create a joy-filled life to fight back against untruths. She uses Emotional Focused Therapeutic techniques and knows that identifying and acknowledging one’s emotions is key to creating a life worth living. There is hope.

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.

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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