Dr. Susan B. Day, Ph.D.
Dr. Susan Day is the president of Woods Creek Psychological Group, A Professional Corporation, and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing psychology in the city of Sonora for about fifteen years. She received her Masters degree in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Meridian University in Petaluma, California in 2008.
Dr. Day offers a range of therapeutic options for her patients including talk therapy, art therapy, sand tray therapy, authentic movement, dream work, focusing/hypnosis work, Imaginal Psychology (IP), internal family systems (IFS), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). She is experienced in helping people who are suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, attachment disorder, somatic disorders, and attention deficit disorders. She works with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families. She conducts research on dream sharing and facilitates dream exploration groups. She facilitates group supervision for psychological interns and licensed clinicians.
Dr. Day became a Registered Nurse in 1975 and worked at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California as an Intensive Care Nurse and was the Charge Nurse of the Cardiac Rehab Program for several years. Before gaining her Ph.D. in psychology, she developed and facilitated group therapy programs at both Tuolumne County Behavioral Health, and Calaveras County Behavioral Health Services, assessed and counseled individuals in crisis, as well as those with substance abuse and anger management issues.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY 23349
Dr. Xan Devaney, Psy.D.
Dr. Devaney specializes in individual therapy with adults and older adolescents, and conducts mental health evaluations. Her work is insight oriented, motivational, and focused on narrative. Ms. Devaney provides depth oriented brief therapy predominantly through conversation, though body oriented and artistic modalities are often also employed. She holds masters and doctorate degrees in psychology, from Meridian University.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY 30785
Vanessa Spiteri, LCSW
Vanessa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Woods Creek Psychological Group. She received her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work with a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Michigan State University. She has worked as a clinician for 9 years and is passionate about helping people thrive socially and emotionally. Vanessa has experience in working with families, couples, adults, and children in many different settings. She specializes in working with couples, the LGBTQ community, and individuals with substance use disorders, infertility, depression, and anxiety. She has experience working with patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, parenting concerns, grief and loss, and anger issues. Vanessa works from an integrated, person-centered approach and places an emphasis on connecting with the patient and empowering the individual to create the change they envision.
License LCSW 81169
Christopher Mankowski, MA
Christopher Mankowski is a Registered Psychological Associate. He received his Masters degree in Psychology from Meridian University and is currently writing his dissertation to complete his PhD in Psychology. The foundation of how he works with clients is based on a compassionate presence firmly rooted in the intelligence of the body, cultivated through 20 years of meditation and somatic practices. He works with a variety of approaches but most often draws on imaginal and depth psychology, art and movement therapies, and somatic/relational frameworks on trauma and attachment.
He has previously worked as a Wilderness Therapy Guide and traveled the world as a performer and facilitator in the realms of dance and theater, working on solo projects, in ensembles and supporting cross-cultural collaborations.
Christopher deeply believes people are not designed to figure out everything alone. He has found that with the right support, witnessing, and honest reflection, our innate intelligence and creativity helps us meet our own suffering and grief and loss. As we are able to become more truthful with ourselves and others, we are able to discover more authenticity, aliveness, and integrity in our lives.
Registration #: PSB94027300
Diana Miller, MA
Diana is a Registered Psychological Assistant with a Master’s in Psychology from Meridian University. She is currently writing her dissertation, which explores abandonment between mothers and daughters and their self-expression, as part of the degree requirements for a PhD in Psychology at Meridian University. Diana has most recently worked as a therapeutic social worker for foster children and resource families, an applied behavior analyst for children with autism spectrum disorder, a counselor with a wilderness adventure and leadership program for youth in the Sierra Nevada, and a certified coach with Scalar Heart Connection. Diana focuses on transforming pain and suffering into a trusting sense of self and a fulfilling life within the frameworks of imaginal psychology, creative arts therapy, mindfulness, Jungian psychology, compassion-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She invites all people experiencing a range of relationship issues, emotional wounds, inter-generational and personal trauma, transitions, addiction, low self-worth, loss and grief, overwhelm, and lack of purpose. She is sensitive to issues regarding identity, sexuality, gender, culture, and systemic disparities. Through compassion, gentle curiosity, and a relational style, Diana creates an accepting atmosphere that allows people to visit unloved or neglected parts of themselves as guided by their imagination, wild nature, and storytelling.
Rekha Khuon, MA
Rekha Khuon is a Registered Psychological Associate. In 2022, she earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is in pursuit of her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology with expectations to graduate in 2025.
Rekha specializes in working with people with anxiety, depression, trauma, postpartum & perinatal mood disorders, eating disorders & thoughts on disordered eating, immigration & acculturation issues, relationships, and life & career transitions. She has additional training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Domestic Violence, Applied Suicide Interventional Skills Training, and Seeking Safety. She has experience working with individuals from adolescence to middle adulthood.
She is passionate about transpersonal depth work. Her clinical interest and scholarly work is focused on complex trauma and attachment wounds, breaking intergenerational trauma cycles, and holistic and integrative healing practices. Previously, she also received a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Macro Social Work and became licensed in California as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has five years experience working with patients in a clinical setting.
Cassy Buckingham, BS, MLS
Cassy Buckingham, BS, MLS is a Practicum Intern at Woods Creek Psychological Group. Cassy is committed to fostering a judgement-free, safe environment for individuals where authentic expression and emotional healing can occur. Through somatic, Jungian, depth, and client-centered modalities, plus an integration of art, dream work, active-imagination, embodiment practices, and psycho-analytics, Cassy invites individuals to access their own creativity and sense of empowerment to take the next steps in living a freer and more fulfilling life. She advocates for social justice, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. She is sensitive to indigenous ways of knowing and is dedicated to inquiring deeply, understanding and respecting diverse cultures and identities, and holding space for ethnic, spiritual, and experiential diversity. One of Cassy’s areas of interest is working with children and teens.
Cassy currently attends Pacifica Graduate Institute, pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Depth Psychology. She has a Level Two Certification in Dream Tending. She also has a graduate degree in Medical Laboratory Science and has been a licensed Medical Laboratory Scientist since 2010.
Dr. Barbara Briner, DAOM
Dr. Briner serves as vice-president on the board of the Woods Creek Psychological Group. She is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, holding both a Masters and Doctorate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (2005 and 2011 Five Branches University, CA, USA). She is a Medical Qigong instructor, state and nationally licensed for acupuncture. She co-owns Sierra Acupuncture where she has been practicing for the last 14+ years with a passion for pain release, both physically and mentally. Before she moved to the US in 2001 she spent over a decade as a Swiss MD specializing in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in several Swiss Psychiatric Trauma Centers (i.e. Waldau Psychiatric University Hospital, Opiate Rehabilitation Station, Psychiatric Double Diagnosis Station, Systemic Family Therapy Station, City Behavioral Ambulatory Center in Switzerland) as well as maintaining her own psychiatry & psychotherapy practice in Bern, Switzerland.
Licensed Acupuncturist AC 10896, Diplomate of Oriental Medicine Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM) 29438
John Day, MBA
John Day serves as Chief Financial Officer (CFO); Treasurer of the Board of Directors; and Administrative Supervisor for the corporation. He has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Health Care Administration from National University in San Diego, California.
John worked for Bay General Hospital in Chula Vista, California as a systems analyst and Rehab Coordinator from 1971 to 1976. He performed feasibility studies for Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California, while obtaining a masters degree between 1976 and 1978. From 1978 to 1982 he worked for J.P. Scripps newspapers in San Diego as their internal auditor. In 1982 he opened a public accounting and tax office in Santa Barbara, California and later joined the CPA firm of McGowan, Thompson and Starlin in 1989 as their small business manager. In 1996 he and his family moved to Sonora, California while continuing the accounting and tax practice in Santa Barbara via telecommuting. During this time he authored two accounting workbooks for non-accountants. He retired from public accounting in 2018.