Mary Ruth Cross

Mary3 (1)Mary Ruth Cross is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Counselor Educator with over 20 years experience in the mental health field. Mary Ruth is Adjunct Faculty with the University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus. She has also been on faculty with John F. Kennedy University and been a nationally recognized speaker on play therapy. She works in private practice in San Ramon CA and is the Clinical Director for Tree House Family Counseling Services, PC where she trains and supervises interns and trainees. Mary Ruth is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor as well as past president for the California Association for Play Therapy and a member in good standing with the Association of Play Therapy, California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Counseling Association.





Jennifer  Hector                                       

Mary11 (2)Jennifer Hector is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 10 years’ experience working with children, teens, and families. Through the use of play, expressive arts, and relational and somatic therapies, Jennifer assists children and families in resolving problems and achieving a greater sense of well-being in their relationships.

Jennifer holds specialized training in sensory processing disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, parent-child bonding, trauma resolution, and mindfulness practices.  She has provided psychotherapy and behavioral support in public school, private agency, and home environments.

Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University specializing in Somatic Psychology and Developmental Trauma and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University. Her holistic approach considers all aspects of a client’s life and encourages the innate capacity to heal in a safe and sacred space.



Marta A .  Gea  Franca

Mary13 (1)Marta A. Gea Franca M.A., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist.  Marta has extensive experience providing therapy services to children, adolescents and parents at public schools and community agencies settings in the Bay Area.

Marta graduated from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology/Sophia University with a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology and Creative Expressions Certification. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Graduate Studies in Early Childhood Special Education by Portland State University.

Marta is passionate about working with children, adolescents, parents and families. She believes that each person is on his/her own journey and has the innate drive to grow, mature and heal. As a therapist, her role is to provide the appropriate support and guidance to facilitate each person’s unique growth and healing process.

Marta is a bicultural therapist. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She has lived half of her life in USA and half in Brazil. She has a deep understanding of acculturation issues and she is sensitive to clients’ diverse cultural experiences.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. – Lao Tzu




Jolen  Philbrook

Jolen Philbrook Jolen loves to inspire and empower you, as you make the necessary changes in your life. She makes you feel relaxed with her easy going nature. She is compassionate, uplifting, and supportive.   Jolen’s warm and reassuring style helps you feel secure as she guides you to achieve freedom, strength, and success in your life. She believes each person has the power and answers within themselves as she guides you to finding them. She teaches you how to find the power within yourself to transform your perception, integrate and energize a new way of being with strength, balance and joy.

Jolen Philbrook holds a Behavioral Therapist degree and is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist along with being a Certified Life Coach. She is a graduate of The California Institute of The Healing Arts and Science. She has completed her advance training for spiritual awareness with the Church of Essence. She is a licensed Spiritual Practitioner with the Center for Spiritual Living. She has been studying the spirit, mind, body connection since 1976. Jolen is a #1 best-selling author of the Gratitude Book Project, Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude, Reflections, The Power Of Your Dreams and her newest book From Tears to Triumph.