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Counseling and Assessments for Adults and Children

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Keiko Y. Miller, Psy.D., MSCP

Executive Director / Owner

Availability: Currently, Dr. Miller is only accepting patients for evaluations and assessments
Phone: 925.885.6070

Dr. Keiko Miller is the owner and executive director of Aspire Neuropsychological Services. She is a neuropsychologist with extensive experience in neuropsychological and psychological evaluations of adults and children ages 12 months+.

She also conducts Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) evaluations, behavioral medicine health assessments (presurgical psychological evaluations), Learning Disorder (LD) assessments, independent educational evaluations (IEE), and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity (ADHD) assessments.

Dr. Miller has worked in the field of Autism since 2003 and the field of neuropsychology since 2009. She earned her Psy.D. degree in 2011 and Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) in 2019 from the California School of Professional Psychology. She holds an active license in California. Dr. Keiko Miller is an active member of the American Psychological Association (Clinical Neuropsychology Division), Contra Costa Psychological Association, and the International Neuropsychology Society.

Happiness is contagious. The more we spread our smiles, our joy, and our cheer, the more we spread love to those that need it.

Dr. Keiko Miller

Kathy Friend, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Therapist

Availability: Accepting New Clients
Phone: 925.885.6070

Kathy Friend is a compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over thirty years of experience counseling adults and older adults in a variety of settings within healthcare, mental health and social services programs. At Aspire, she will work with you to address issues, such as anxiety and depression, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship conflicts, stress management, trauma, isolation and loneliness, illness and disability, and caregiving to aging parents. Kathy provides individual, family, and couples counseling. She holds an MSW from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Ohio State University. Prior to Aspire, she worked for 15 years supporting older adults and their caregivers at Caring Hands, a program of John Muir Health. Previously, she provided counseling to adults and older adults at Jewish Family and Community Services of the East Bay, with a focus on helping Holocaust Survivors.

We all have a story. Telling a trusted someone brings us closer to healing and peace.

Kathy

Robyn Holmes-Cannon, MA, LMFT

Licensed Clinical Therapist

Availability: Accepting New Clients
*Limited Sliding Scale Openings*
Phone: 925.885.6070

I draw on a range of approaches to address the difficulties an adult, child or adolescent may be experiencing. Play and creative therapies are used when working with children as play is the language and primary mode of self-expression for children. As a child plays out their experiences in therapy they have the opportunity to process their feelings and wishes associated with their experiences and are able to do this processing within the safety and containment of the therapeutic relationship. Parental involvement is also part of the therapy and may include support in developing healthy attachments, managing behaviour and strengthening the parenting relationship.

EMDR is another approach I use when working with all age groups that can help with distressing life experiences and trauma that has left a lasting negative impact. EMDR can be used to help resolve the impact of many different types of experiences and is also effective in treating anxiety and depressive symptoms in adults, adolescents and children. It is often highly beneficial to combine EMDR with mindfulness-based practices as learning skills for coping with stress, anxiety and depression will provide internal resources to alleviate these symptoms in the short and long-term.

Sometimes the relationship between a child and parent can become strained due to life circumstances, temperament, or personality differences. Theraplay-based therapy and Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) are approaches that can help to repair a strained parent-child relationship and in turn the strengthening of the relationship often reduces a child’s challenging behavior.

The first step is to get in touch so that we can talk through your concerns, and together, decide a way forward in helping to resolve your child’s difficulties.

Every moment is an opportunity for a new beginning.

Robyn

Vanessa Torres

Administrative Assistant, Intake Coordinator

Vanessa is your first point of contact when you call Aspire Neuropsychological Services, Inc. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. Vanessa is also trained in LGBTQ+ patient care. She is polite, respectful, and she will help you every step of the way when you schedule your first appointment.

You have to aspire to do better not only for yourself but for those that come after you.

Vanessa

Koa The Therapy Dog

Resident Service Dog (owned by our executive director!)

Koa’s job at Aspire Neuropsychological Services, Inc. is to comfort our clients by providing unconditional love. Koa is not always in our office, though if he is, he will come say hello. He loves belly rubs! If you prefer that he not approach you or join you in your session, that is absolutely okay! Just let your clinician know.

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