Center Founder and Attachment Specialist
Ce Eshelman, LMFT, is an attachment specialist, author, and founder of The Attach Place Center for Strengthening Relationships. 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 Clinician
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 experience working with individuals of all age groups, couples, and families, providing successful crisis intervention, counseling, and supportive services. In addition, she 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), 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. When necessary, Jen provides therapy in Vietnamese.
Jen and her husband have two daughters.
Attachment and Trauma-Informed Therapist
Alcira Ascencio, LMFT, 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 interns and actively consults with new therapists as they move into working in the field. Alcira is trained in EMDR and Trauma-Focused CBT, which makes her a good choice for people healing from traumatic life events.
Relocating from Southern California, Alcira enjoys Sacramento and is looking forward to working with parents and children to strengthen their connections and create healthy, engaged families.
Neurodevelopmental Therapist and Attachment Specialist
Teri Gelgood, LMFT, has worked with foster and adopted children and their families for over 25 years in various capacities and settings. These include: Social Worker and Staff Development Trainer for Child Protective Services; Mental Health Clinician for County Mental Health; Mental Health Clinician for a non-profit agency and provider of Educationally Related Mental Health Services at multiple school sites; and she is currently in private practice in El Dorado County, also, where she specializes in the area of neurodevelopmental trauma and disabilities. Teri is also the creator of various programs, including Healing Difficult Beginnings: A Neurodevelopmental Parenting Approach and Neuro Developmental Integration Therapy which utilizes neurodevelopmental movements and primitive reflex integration to help mature and organize the areas of the brain impaired by developmental trauma. Teri also has extensive experience testifying in court and has been qualified as an expert witness.
Youth Special Services Coordinator and