Dr. Townsend received her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. In addition, she has worked for Sacramento County as a Workforce Coordinator and Social Worker at the Department of Human Assistance. At the Department of Human Assistance she learned the core values; compassion, trust, and integrity which she incorporates in helping to improve the lives of those she serves.
Dr. Townsend has worked with hard to serve families who have been homeless and unemployed. Also, she enjoys working with families to reunify and restore healthy communication. She has spent a significant amount of time working with non-custodial parents to help them have safe and nourishing interaction with their loved ones. The reunification of family is sometimes lengthy and uncomfortable for all involved, but Dr. Townsend gets great pleasure in seeing the joy on both the parents and children’s’ faces.
Dr. Townsend has had the experience of working with families as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Social Worker with the County of Sacramento. She loves helping families to become self-sufficient and to learn how to change unhealthy behaviors.
Dr. Townsend uses a variety of therapies to meet the needs of the population she serves. Her main focus is on Strength Based, Choice, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. She feels you need to show others what they cannot see in themselves.
Dr. Townsend enjoys being involved at the County helping low income students receive scholarships to the college of their choice. At Healing Pathways she becomes involved in other community activities as it is an important part of her commitment to the community she serves.
When Dr. Townsend is not working she is listens to music or spends as much time as she can with her family. Family is an important part of her life. Her mother, daughters, and grandchildren bring her so much joy.
Dr. Townsend received training from The Pacific Institute through her employment at Sacramento County. She enjoys and practices the positive articles she receives from them. A positive quote from the Pacific Institute (Winner’s Circle Network, 1997-2018), states, “When you choose to respond to the world in positive, productive ways, it is easy to predict a positive, productive future – one you create yourself, day by day”.