With TLC Since 2010
Masters of Social Work, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of California Santa Cru, Santa Cruz, CA.
Associate Social Worker ASW
Scott ﬁrst discovered his passion for working with adolescents when he worked as a counselor in a residential treatment program, in South Lake Tahoe. In this role, he gained valuable experience, which he combined with his personal love of the outdoors. This led him to Utah where he worked with teens in a wilderness therapy program.
Scott made his way back to Northern California and worked as a therapeutic behavioral aide, mental health case manager, and therapist. He found a home at TLC working as a residential social worker for Coast and Orchard Houses and co-facilitating the Phoenix Connections group.
Scott’s experience, strong clinical intuition and skill lead him to provide clinical supervision for the house managerial team, individual therapy, and assisting with training and program development. He shined in this position and was promoted to Director of Residentially Based Services. He continues to provide supervision and support to the residential team, while also overseeing the program, nurturing staﬀ development and working directly with youth and families.
Additionally, Scott brings his passion and expertise in therapeutic wilderness programs to TLC. He has developed, and instituted, an adventure therapy program that helps residents deepen their connection to self, others and community.
Scott enjoys working with teenagers because of their passion, creativity and honesty. The youth he works with are constantly teaching him and keeping him young and honest. He feels that teenagers are an age group that has historically been overlooked when it comes to rites of passage, mentorship and appropriate independence. He’s inspired to support youth through this important time in their lives by providing structure, care and guidance.
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When Scott is not at TLC, he’s often ﬁshing, diving, and gardening. He loves the outdoors and can be found taking time for self-care by hiking, running, or mountain biking. He loves spending time with his friends and family and cooks beautiful meals made from his latest catch and vegetables from his garden. He’s an adventurer at heart and enjoys exploring the diﬀerent communities in Sonoma County and around the world.
With TLC Since 2015
Masters of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French, California State University, Sonoma
Rachel began working with youth with emotional and behavioral challenges in 2011. She provided direct care to residents of various ages in a level 14 residential treatment center in Sonoma County. She followed her interest supporting disadvantaged populations, and began working with homeless adults, struggling with mental illness, in Marin County. She later moved to Petaluma, where she provided counseling services to individuals and families before returning to work with adolescents in 2015.
Rachel was drawn to TLC because of her excitement about working with teenagers and the connection philosophy the agency holds. She enjoys being a support to youth as they explore who they are, come into their own and relate to themselves and others in new ways. She is passionate about working with youth and their families to see their strength, potential and ways to come together stronger as a unit.
Rachel loves being in an environment that nurtures authenticity, community and teamwork. She enjoys the energy of the youth she works with and describes herself as a big kid at heart. She’s committed to learning, growing, and improving treatment approaches. Rachel’s clinical skill and case management ability shine in her work with the youth. She’s facilitates the Phoenix Connection Group, is active in TLC’s summer therapeutic program, and enjoys having fun with the youth on outdoor adventure trips.
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When Rachel is not at TLC she can be found spending time with her ﬁnance and two dogs. Often they are on their family farm or at markets giving organic produce back to the community. She is energetic, loves the outdoors, and enjoys keeping active at work, school and at home.
With TLC since 2009
Associates degree in social and behavioral science, sociology.
Additionally, she has a passion for behavioral science and studied it for over 8 years through additional coursework, work experience and clinical trainings.
Lyz started working in various therapeutic, residential milieus in 1997. She has worked with diverse age groups, including young boys and girls, elderly individuals and teenagers. She found that her passion is working with teenagers because she loves helping them ﬁnd their potential and purpose as they move into adulthood.
She loves helping teenagers through the ups and downs of their experience. She enjoys enriching their years of adolescence with challenges, growth and support. Additionally, she’s passionate about helping youth understand that a diagnosis does not deﬁne who they are as a person, and that they can work through most things in life with the right support system.
Lyz began working at TLC as a relief staﬀ and then quickly moved into more responsibility because of her clinical skill, intuition and gift with working with youth. From her role as relief staﬀ, she quickly became a full time residential counselor, a senior lead counselor, medical coordinator and then manager of Coast House.
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Lyz is called “Mom” by her friends because of her natural ability to nurture, care for, and help others get on track to make good decisions for their future. She loves helping others ﬁnd balance in their lives.
Lyz has a natural gift of making people laugh, feel comfortable and connected. She is experienced by both youth and staﬀ as being funny and joyful, able to connect with youth in a genuine way and having a great sense of style.
She has a wealth of knowledge of alternative music and body art and is never short to ﬁnd a reason to laugh at life or herself.
With TLC since 2012
Drug and alcohol Rehabilitation, Santa Rosa Junior College, 2015
Dual diagnosis certiﬁcates with focus on the Juvenile Justice System and Human Services.
Before coming to TLC, Jami got her start in the ﬁeld working for Community Support Network providing drug and alcohol rehabilitation and advocacy to youth and families. This work fueled her passion of supporting youth with mental health challenges and substance use needs.
Her excitement to work with adolescents brought her to TLC where she started providing direct care to the girls at Coast House. Jami’s natural ability with the youth shined. Within a year she was promoted to senior counselor. She was soon promoted to lead staﬀ and then became the manager of Phoenix House.
Jami loves supporting youth to overcome challenging experiences, to learn new skills and to advocate for themselves. She believes in this work so much and lights up seeing youth make small changes that have a huge impact on their lives. Jami is always active on trips and outings with the youth. She enjoys laughing, camping, and singing with them. Ultimately she loves helping them enjoy their teenage years while building connection to themselves and the community.
As the Phoenix house manager, Jami brings her creativity and passion for the work into the milieu. She enjoys working with the youth because of the energy they have, and seeing them come into themselves as heart-centered leaders.
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When not at TLC, Jami can be found spending time with her own teenage boys, watching football, crocheting gifts for others, and spending time with her family. She loves having fun, being active and trying new things. She is known around TLC as being bubbly, fun, and having a contagious laugh.
With TLC Since 2011
Associates Degree from SRJC.
Bachelor’s Degree, Human Development and Outdoor Education. Prescott College
Certiﬁed Wilderness First Responder
Liz grew up in California and has been working with adolescents with mental health and behavioral needs since 1999.
She started her career working in a residential program that specialized in helping youth with substance use and mental health challenges. She then transitioned to TLC in 2001, so she could expand her skills and experience.
Because Liz is a natural explorer, and has a passion for learning, she temporarily left TLC in 2003 to travel. During this time, she lived in Costa Rica, Tahoe, Idaho and various locations in California. While traveling, she continued to work with adolescents in schools, Juvenile Hall and residential programs.
In 2009 Liz put her roots down in Sonoma County and returned to TLC, where she’s been since. She returned to her position as line staﬀ and quickly became a senior counselor due to her natural leadership ability, clinical skill and ease with the youth. She shined in this role so was a natural ﬁt to become manager of the house.
Liz ﬁnds that working with teens in this setting is extremely rewarding. She loves helping them see their potential, ﬁnd hope and excitement for their future. She’s passionate about helping youth come into their own, ﬁnd community and learn independent living skills.
In this spirit (which is also fueled by her love of the outdoors), she became a lead facilitator and co-developer of TLC’s Outdoor Adventure Program. Liz is active on all the trips and loves providing experiences to youth they wouldn’t have otherwise. Liz believes in the power of mentorship and the outdoors as a way to support the whole person, energize autonomy, individualization, and self-eﬃcacy.
When Liz is not out hiking, snowboarding, or sailing with the youth, she’s at the house with her dog Jameson who the youth have dubbed their house mascot.
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When not at TLC, Liz is spending time with her family, laughing and acting like a kid with her daughter. She feels at home when outdoors and is often exploring new hiking trails and beaches. Liz regularly plays soccer and well loved by her teammates.