About Us

Center Founder and Attachment Specialist

Ce Eshelman, LMFT, is an attachment specialist, author, and founder of The Attach Place Center for Strengthening Certified TBRI PractitionerRelationships. With 27 years of experience and training in marriage and family therapy, she began specializing in attachment and trauma healing 18 years ago after adopting her two children from the foster care system.

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

Ce is also a stepmother, grandmother, and rescue dog mother.  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 therapeutic support to make life fulfilling and joyful.

In March 2016, Ce published Drowning with My Hair on Fire: Insanity Relief for Adoptive Parents. It is a compilation of supportive letters to adoptive parents designed for daily inspirational reading.

Ce’s philosophy above all else — love matters.

 

 

Office Manager and Attachment Therapist

Jen Nguyen, LMFT,  received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University and her Bachelor’s in Human Development from the University of California, Davis. Through her professional work and academic training, Jen has 5+ years of experience working with individuals of all age groups, couples, and families, providing successful crisis intervention, counseling, and supportive services. In addition, she has expertise working with culturally diverse individuals and mixed 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), and Neurofeedback. Understanding that each individual comes with his or her own unique set of challenges, her interventions and approaches are always tailored to the individual’s needs.

In May 2016, Jen and her husband brought their first child into the world.  We are all delighted for them.

Therapist

Renais Goddard, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, (AMFT #92450 Supervised by Ce Eshelman, LMFT #27146), received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and has worked as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in community health clinics and middle schools. She enjoys working with people from all walks of life – children, adolescents, adults, couples, and groups. Her clinical experience includes working with depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, grief & loss, recovery from abuse, and more.

As a counselor, Renais helps individuals and families navigate challenging life transitions and heal from pain and loss. Using the evidence-based approach of Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Renais has helped parents and children strengthen their attachment bond, particularly when there has been trauma or separation in the past. Overall, her therapeutic style is based on a deep respect for each person’s individual needs, experiences, personality, and preferences. Through the collaborative process of therapy, Renais helps people tap into their natural creativity and resourcefulness in order to handle life’s stressors and experience more fulfillment and joy.

In her free time, Renais loves cooking, listening to music (all kinds), camping, and
traveling.

NF Technician

Dan Gerard, A.A. is a true Sacramento native who graduated from Rio Americano High School and is now attending college full-time. He has provided neurofeedback at The Attach Place Center since 2012 and has received certification from Bill Scott, the founder of the BrainPaint Neurofeedback System. Additionally, he has provided neurofeedback on location in Chico, CA. Dan enjoys working with children as a coach on the ball field, and as a technician in neurofeedback.

Youth Special Services Coordinator and
NF Technician

Andrea Kersten, B.A., B.S. is finishing up her degrees at the University of California at Davis with a double major in Science & Technology Studies and Psychology. She has obtained two A.S. degrees in Behavioral Sciences and Social Sciences from Sacramento City College.
Andrea is passionate about working with children, having worked for over ten years as an independent child care provider, camp counselor, and a theatre teacher, both locally and abroad in Okinawa, Japan.