We treat others like Family and extend the same open-hearted, authentic respect we have for each other to you.
To us ‘family’ means
Being Responsive and Engaged
When you are in a tough spot, you want support – and you want it now. Pain tells you something is wrong; instead of ignoring it, you are coming to address it. Pain informs us where we are out of alignment – and we get it. You are reaching for help, and we will be here.
The beauty of this practice is that it is easy to get information and feedback in a reasonable time. We value accessibility, combined talk therapy and medication approach, and have a wide network of referrals. We work hard to be present and engaged when you come in, staying current with your goals and ready to collaborate on your game plan.
We have an incredible assistant on our team to make sure your calls and emails are responded to quickly and that you get your needs met in a reasonable time frame. If you are in a tight spot, we will work creatively with you to find the support you need.
Living Life Bold
In this environment, you will be invited to be brave and go there. We come from a family mindset that each person is a leader and can create powerful change.
Each voice matters. In sharing your vision, by asking for help, others can get behind you and help make it a reality.
Being bold is important in dealing with challenges, like autism for example. As a parent you must be brave and bold to find resources and create possibilities for your child to flourish.
When your teen is suicidal, cowering is not an option. Be bold – find help for your family.
When your couple is in breakdown, it takes courage to face the wounds and forgive each other.
When severely depressed, it takes all you’ve got to get out the door. Come work with a team that boldly believes in you and your ability to get better.
“If you are facing a new challenge or being asked to do something that you have never done before, don’t be afraid to step out. You have more capability than you think you do, but you will never see it
unless you place a demand on yourself for more.”
Giving and Receiving Authentic Feedback
You can count on our team to be direct, authentic, and respectful. People come to us for many reasons, and one of the most common is that we keep it real.
We are intense for many, because we say the things that others shy away from. We will walk straight into the pain, following the energy and shining a light on whatever we are seeing that gets in the way of your goals.
We also regularly share what’s working and joyfully celebrate with you ANY forward momentum.
We will regularly give feedback and ask you how our relationship and the treatment plan is working for you – and then take your feedback!
If something isn’t working, rather than leave it or sit on it, we encourage you to use our relationship as a laboratory where you try new ways of being. Speaking up about what’s missing or where you are uncomfortable and sharing what would be helpful for you are all great ways to create breakthrough in your life.
We welcome that here. We don’t dish what we can’t take!
Sharing Our Connections
You’ll get clinicians who’ve been around the block, have a lot of experience professionally and personally, and are aware of what is and is not within our wheelhouse.
If we can’t offer what you need, we will help you find it. We will make sure there’s a warm handoff if a referral is needed. We will bring our A game and stay the course necessary for you to get better. We ask that you be willing to roll your sleeves up, take on your life, and how you’ve had it up until now.
We are committed to making your experience one of ease and excellence.
Mary Ann Schaepper, Founder
Board Certified, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist
When I’m not in the office, I love to raise a ruckus on Capitol Hill in Sacramento and Washington, for equity and access to mental health care.
Whether working with refugees in Beirut, hiking in Patagonia, connecting with my sisters, or playing with my grandchildren, I love creating space for miracles!
Licensed Couple and Family Therapist, Ph.D., MFT
When I’m not in the office, I love getting together with family and friends, traveling to new locales, and learning something new.
Dubbed the ‘Connectrix’ in my family, I am always on the lookout for ways to build community, whether in my groups, consulting group, a book club, couples get-togethers, or playdates.
Life Coach, BS in Business
When I’m not in the office, you can find me working in the yard, wrestling with my kids, or coaching soccer.
I am committed to making life better for my family, as well as those whose path I cross each day.
Michelle Buckman, Ph.D., RN, PMHNP-BC
MS in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Ph.D. in Nursing Science
When I’m not in the office, I enjoy spending time working in my garden and with friends.
I look forward to waking up every morning and enjoying the beauty in life. I am passionate about helping others move from sadness to a place where they can also experience beauty.