Celeste Simmons, Ph.D.
New Clients – I am not currently taking new clients. Please request to be on a waitlist.
Does anyone really want to have to see a psychologist?
I think we know the answer to that, right? Probably not, but here we are.
Maybe you are feeling completely spent on how to make things better in your current situation. Maybe you are overwhelmed and feeling stuck. Maybe you have a difficult (or let’s face it impossible) co-parenting relationship, blended family struggles, children having behavioral/emotional issues, feeling about ready to pull out your hair, or all of the above? If so, I’m glad you are here.
Why work with me?
We probably both want the same thing, for you to feel and be better. My goal is for people to receive services and then to not need me anymore. My hope is that you gain tools necessary to live better.
My goal is to provide competent and comprehensive mental health services that leave my clients better. I want to provide my clients with the resources needed so that they can move forward, whatever that means for them. I would love it if no one ever needed to see a psychologist because life now feels manageable.
My objective in practice is…
Helping people to move past stuck and move on to thrive.
Thrive (verb) – Flourish, succeed, grow
Stuck (verb) – Trapped
When I meet clients for the first time, they typically will have some direction of how to move forward after the first and/or second visit. I provide therapy for general concerns but also have a specialty in working with children and families who are court ordered for services.
If you are ready to get some actionable steps so that you can get un-stuck, call 559-212-3324 for your free consultation or click here.
For those of you that like words and research and “psycho-babble” like me, here is a more conventional about me bio:
Dr. Simmons has had special training/focus in Family, Child and Adolescent therapy. Her training has emphasized working with children and family matters due to very difficult circumstances. Such scenarios include court mandated therapy/evaluations, behavioral issues, substance abuse, high conflict, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Simmons has had experiences providing services for a variety of presenting concerns such as; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Depression, Anxiety/ children experiencing traits of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Suicidal Thoughts/Self Harming Behaviors, exposure to trauma, and issues with foster care. She also has experience with preschool, school aged and adolescent social skills, substance abuse, conducting in-home behavior interventions, anger expression/managing/coping, teen stress management, new mother stress management/adjustment, parent-child dyad observations & feedback. Psychological evaluation experiences have often included; ADHD diagnosis rule out, adjudication referrals for mental health treatment, substance abuse evaluations, IEP, kindergarten readiness, cognitive impairment, trauma impacts on development, developmental evaluation, diagnostic/IQ evaluations, learning style feedback/evaluation, and parenting evaluations for family court. She has collaborated with partner agencies previously, providing mental health support services. Those partnerships have been varied and have included; guardian et litem services for court advocacy for children, drug court clinical assessment and evaluation, adjudication testing/therapy, department of social service referrals for previous abuse and neglect cases, family court referrals for general conflict between children and parents and juvenile court referrals for children in need of supervision (PINS).
Collaboration: Dr. Simmons has also consulted in matters of social-emotional well-being for children and adolescents. Examples of such services include working with educational institutions to help educators better understand how mental well-being or lack thereof, impacts learning. Consultation has been provided to community agencies, educating professionals on the importance of understanding the developmental level of children and how to best work with them. She has been involved in helping tutoring support programs for children exposed to trauma better work with youth, given behavioral challenges and cognitive challenges trauma may have influenced.
In her free time, Dr. Simmons enjoys traveling. She also enjoys outdoor activities like biking and hiking, it is a goal of hers to hike the half dome in Yosemite National Park! She enjoys running and has run multiple road races, a couple of half marathons, and one sprint triathlon. She likes to cook, especially new recipes and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She appreciates a work-life balance and believes it is essential for being able to help others.
It’s not a bad idea to verify that any provider you’re seeking has a valid and active license: Verify my CA license at https: //search.dca.ca.gov/ and NC license at http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/.
- NC License 5536
- CA License PSY31073
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