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 29332
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
Kristi Creed, ACSW
Kristi Creed earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in family & children including a focus on military service members and their families. Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Over the last five years, she has used her education and therapeutic skills in an assortment of settings, including rehabilitation hospitals, schools and universities as well as outpatient/inpatient mental health clinics. Recently, she has worked with a hospital forensic community treatment program as a forensic clinician treating patients, writing reports and testifying before the court.
Kristi has a keen interest in working with children. She has specialized training in child play therapy and has worked with children who are: autistic; emotionally disturbed due to trauma; suffering with anxiety; depression, substance abuse, dually diagnosed, adoption issues. In addition, Kristi works with adolescents, adults, and the elderly.
Kristi has completed additional training at the doctorate level that includes, (but is not limited to) neuropsychology, geropsychology (mental health with aging) Latino/LatinX studies, dream analysis, EMDR, Jungian analysis, etc.
Kristi believes in the ability to work collaboratively with her patients to find healing and meaningful paths in their lives. She has learned that within the therapeutic relationship the development of unconditional positive regard, trust, and connection can foster healing and growth. It is her belief that each patient holds the ability to explore and develop his or her own inner wisdom and truth.
Associate Clinical Social Worker ASW70738
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.
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
Miko Allen, ACSW
Miko is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker at Woods Creek Psychological Group. She received her master’s degree in clinical social work from Louisiana State University. She has worked as a clinician for 14 months and has been a licensed Psychiatric Technician since 2013. She has experience working in high-stress work environments including working with families and children in the Child Welfare Services and providing mental health services for adults in the State Correctional facility and State Hospital. She has experience working with children, teens, and adults, complex trauma, emotional trauma, high-risk behaviors, distressing events, and life transitions. Miko is passionate about connecting with patients, and helping them to better manage stress, increase self-awareness, develop healthy habits, and process day-to-day stress to live their best life imaginable.
License ACSW 92589
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.