Meet The Attach Place Team

Our mission is to support you and to provide competent, attachment-based services to those who seek stronger connections, emotional healing and wellness, lasting relationships, and loving family lives. We believe that Love Matters in every relationship. We practice therapy that way, too.

Ce Eshelman, LMFT

Attachment and Trauma Specialist and Founder of The Attach Place

Ce is the author of Drowning With My Hair On Fire: Insanity Relief for Adoptive Parents and the founder of The Attach Place. With 34 years of experience and training in marriage and family therapy, she began specializing in attachment and trauma treatment 24 years ago after bringing her two children home from the foster care system.

 

Ce has been fortunate to receive training from master psychotherapists, including the late Virginia Satir and Karyn Purvis, James Framo, Francine Shapiro, Marsha Linehan, Sue Johnson, Bruce Ecker, Pat Ogden, Daniel Siegel, Daniel Gottman, Peter Levine, Dan Hughes, Bruce Perry, Bessel van der Kolk, and many more.

 

Ce is also the stepmother of 2, grandmother of 2, and rescue dog mother of 6! She learned in the thick of raising her own children from difficult beginnings just how important it is to cultivate a loving relationship, quality friendships, work/life balance, and trauma-informed support to make life fulfilling and joyful.

 

Her book, published in 2016, is a compilation of supportive love letters to adoptive parents designed for daily inspiration for thriving in one of the toughest jobs on Earth--parenting traumatized children.

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Jen Nguyen, LMFT

Pre-Conception through Peripartum Specialist, Therapist and Office Manager

Jen received her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development from the University of California, Davis.  

Jen has experience working with individuals of all age groups--couples, children, and families.  She knows from personal experience that there is a need for compassionate therapy for women who are in every stage of planning a family--pre-conception, pregnancy, birth, peripartum, and the grief from loss that often accompanies the journey. She welcomes these women into per practice with open arms.

Jen has expertise in working with culturally diverse individuals and families, supporting them with cross-generational and acculturation issues. Recognizing the complexity of human behavior, she employs the use of a spectrum of theories to guide her to effectively identify each individual's needs.

In her work, she utilizes evidence-based treatment approaches with
specialized training in attachment-based approaches, Theraplay(c), EMDR, and Neurofeedback. Understanding that each individual comes with unique challenges, her interventions and approaches are always tailored to the individual's
needs. When necessary, Jen provides therapy in Vietnamese.  She and her husband have two daughters and a son.

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Alcira Ascencio, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist and Trauma-Informed Specialist

Alcira is an attachment and trauma-informed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has extensive experience working with children and families and provides therapy in Spanish when requested. Alcira enjoys supporting and training new therapists as they move into working in the field.

 

Alcira is certified in EMDR and trained in both Internal Family Systems and Trauma-Focused CBT, which make her a good choice for people healing from traumatic life events.

 

Alcira provides therapy virtually from The Attach Place in San Diego and enjoys working with parents and children to strengthen their connections and create healthy, engaged families. 

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Andrea Kersten, MA

Youth Services Coordinator, Youth Coach, NF Technician, and all around office Unicorn

Andrea graduated from the University of California at Davis with a double major in Science & Technology Studies and Psychology before completing her Master of Arts degree in Counseling at UCSF.

 

Andrea is passionate about working with children, having worked for over ten years as an independent child care provider, camp counselor, and theatre teacher, both locally and abroad in Okinawa, Japan.

 

Andrea coaches children and teens and facilitates all special programs for youth at The Attach Place. Currently, she facilitates all of our social skills groups for children from difficult beginnings and our Tween Strictly Social monthly support group for youth diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum.

Jennifer Berry, BA

NF Technician and Office Assistant

Jennifer graduated from California State University, Chico, with a Major in Musical Theatre. She is passionate about working with children, having worked as an assistant preschool teacher, theatre teacher, and independent childcare provider in New York City and Sacramento, CA.  She is a certified BrainPaint practitioner.

Karyn Combo Speakman

Karyn Speakman

Parent Moderator for The Love Matters Parenting Society Membership

Karyn Combo Speakman is the mom to 4 adoptive children who came into her life when they mutually needed each other. Karyn and Rich have been married for 22 years. Every day she learns how to better meet the needs of their kids so that she can support and encourage them to heal the hurts of their pasts. It is a ceaseless journey of love, understanding, and growth. 

 

For fun, she loves to play in the kitchen, host parties, explore nature, and spend time with her people.

 

Karyn began here as a parent in The Love Matters Parenting Society Membership; and after the first year she was skilled and practiced to the point where her insights for other parents were invaluable to all.  We asked her to join our team at The Attach Place as a Parent Moderator in the LMPS membership.  She said, "Yes."  Yay!

Kennah Beijer, BA

Blog Assistant

Kennah graduated from San Diego State University with her degree in Psychology. She is passionate about child development, foster youth, and mental health advocacy. Kennah has spent over 6 years as a full-time nanny.  She regularly volunteers with different youth organizations in Sacramento and she plans to eventually return to school for her Master's degree in Counseling.

 

Currently, she works behind the scenes at The Attach Place making our blog run.  We are grateful.

Kennah Beijer

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