Welcoming, Authentic Catholic Therapy

Most therapy is designed to help us cope with our brokenness. Healing happens in relationship, especially with God. Why is it that we can pray, receive Communion, and go to confession yet never seem to be healed? 

St. Thomas Aquinas said, "one reception of Holy Communion is enough to completely heal us!" How come it often doesn't work? St. Thomas goes on to say, the reason healing does not occur is due to (psychological) "impediments", meaning things that block healing graces.

We strive to help people discover their psychological impediments and seek healing through the Truths of the Church by means of sacramental graces.  We use therapeutic techniques and teaching, which leads to identifying and removing the impediments that block healing.

Furthermore, for those who are not practicing Catholics, or have limited or no faith tradition, We use traditional therapeutic techniques that increase one's coping skills with any presenting issue or problem. We find that with an increase in coping skills, one can often gain interest and hope towards potential healing.

A ship may sail in different directions, north or south, east or west, driven by various winds, yet the needle of its compass will always point towards the pole star. Likewise, let everything turn upside down, not only about us but also within us: whether we are sad or happy, relaxed or restless, in peace or in turmoil, in light or darkenss, in temptation or assurance, in attachment or aversion, in aridity or ardor, scorched by the sun or refreshed by the dew, always ensure that your heart, soul and spirit, are always, as the needle of the compass, turned towards God our Creator and Saviour, our unique and sovereign good.

             ~ St. Francis de Sales

  • M.A. Counseling Psychology
  • B.A. Human Behavior with emphasis in Chemical Dependency
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

  • Kenneth Bryan Kelso License #LMFT88603

    California Board of Behavioral Science 
  • 2 years Orthodox seminary training: solid understanding of Scripture and church teaching, Extensive training in St. John Paul's Theology of the Body, and Deliverance Ministry training
  • EMDR certified 
  • Internal Family Systmems Informed Therapist
  • Skilled at intergration of faith and psychology 
  • Chandra Sekhar Potnru - Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) 129809 California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Pursuing Psy.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Alliant International University (In Progress)
  • Integration of Salesian Spirituality and Psychotherapy 
  • M.S. in Marraige and Family Therapy, Friends University, Wichita, Kansas.
  • Clinical Pastoral Education 4 Units, (NACC Certified Board Chaplain)
  • Gottman' Marital Therapy Training Level 1 & Level 2 
  • M. Sc. Counseling Psychology, Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong, India
  • Bachelor of Theology, St. Peter's Pontifical Institute, Bangalore, India
  • Bachelor of Philosophy, Suvidya College, India
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Bangalore University, India. 
  • Supervised by Bryan Kelso

 

Registrations:
• Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #106603
• Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #5220
Education:
• Bachelor of Arts: University of San Francisco: Psychology
• Master of Arts: University of San Francisco: Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy
• Completed Masters level courses (over half way towards M. A.) Franciscan University of Steubenville: Theology and Christian Ministry
Certifications:
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Supervised by Bryan Kelso LMFT

  • Individuals

  • Married Couples

  • Children and Adolescents

  • Families

  • Chemically Dependent  

  • Addictions

  • Eating Disorders

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics

  • Sexual Abuse Victims

  • Depressive Disorders

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Child Bearing Loss

  • Post-Abortion Syndrome

  • Sexual Identity Disorder

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder : PTSD and Complex PTSD

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Same sex attraction conflicts

  • Pornography
  • Sexual addictions and related difficulties
  • Scrupulosity
  • Post Abortive Syndrome: PAS
  • Trauma recovery 

Sac. office: Appointments with Bryan or Brieana

Offices too far or inconvenient?

Also available to anyone in California through video conferencing using HIPPA compliant secure software. 

Portal Access for existing clients:       https://bryan-kelso.clientsecure.me/

Modesto office: Appointments with Bryan only

About Bryan Kelso

I'm a married father of five children. I converted to the Catholic faith in 2003 "ish" (it was a 4 year process), after discovering for myself the healing power in the Church. I consequently retired from being a self-employed businessman to become a therapist. This enabled me to share this gift of healing I had discovered for myself with others. I have been blessed with an extensive understanding of Catholic teaching, and apologetic's, especially related to leveraging psychological healing in and though the sacraments.

About Fr. Dominic Savio

Hi there! Fr. Chandra Sekhar Potnuru is my name. Fr. Dominic Savio is what I go by as a priest. I was born in India, a country known for its diverse cultures. I grew up in Catholic but religiously diverse faith with a younger brother and two sisters. I frequented the local non-Catholic Christian church, because the Catholic parish was so far distant from my home. I keep in close contact with my family in India, now with six nephews and a niece. Growing up, I was exposed to a variety of cultures, languages, traditions, and peculiarities. I have visited nine countries, and have been blessed to have a love for all regardless of color, creed or sexual choices. When I first started hearing confessions as a young priest in 2006, I quickly recognized that I lacked the knowledge and skills to help people live joyful lives. After many hours of prayer, I pursued further education for therapy. I have two master's degrees: Counseling Psychology, and Marriage & Family Therapy; I am currently pursuing a doctorate in psychology. I'm integrating "Salesian Spirituality" – a down-to-earth and heart-centered spirituality – with modern therapeutic abilities and approaches. I base my therapy on St. Francis De Sales' exhortation "Live Jesus." I am a kind, empathetic, and non-judgmental therapist. Why overcomplicate things? I have come to accompany you on your journey.

About Brieana Lopez APCC AMFT

Hello! My theoretical orientation draws from integrative and humanistic-existential psychology, meaning I believe in providing well rounded care that emphasizes the inherent value of being human. With my education in Catholic theology, I seek to provide quality care that empowers my clients to develop the confidence to manage their mental health and gain greater fulfillment in their lives by integrating their mental health and Catholic faith. Whether this means addressing childhood trauma or current and brief stressors, my goal is to assist a client in cultivating a greater self-understanding and acceptance of who they are in God.

In my practice, I provide a collaborative approach to treatment as I work in partnership with a client in meeting their desired treatment goal. I offer therapy for children, teens, adults, couples, families, individuals, and parents-child/teen. I have a special interest in existential issues, grief, loss, life transitions, and couples counseling.

I understand the challenge involved and the courage required to address the often painful realities of our mental health, though I affirm and applaud you for taking the step to seek greater self understanding. If you are interested in working with me to improve your mental health, feel free to reach out via email or phone.

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