We are a small team of talented professionals with a range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.
Hailey Hicks, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist PSY31396
Dr. Hailey Hicks graduated with her doctorate degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus. She relocated to Bakersfield, a place she now calls home, to finish her internship at Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (formerly Kern County Mental Health). Dr. Hicks has several years experience evaluating and providing therapeutic services to children and families in outpatient community mental health, court-mandated and non-court-involved adults and families in private practice, and incarcerated youth. She is also a part-time lecturer in the Psychology Department at California State University, Bakersfield. In her free time, Dr. Hicks enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching Netflix, and doing arts and crafts. She would be honored to work with you!
Jason Giffard, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist LMFT85907
Jason Giffard received his Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Fullerton. He has been practicing for over a decade and has experience working with youth, families, adults, and couples struggling with a variety of issues and life stressors. Jason is a unit supervisor and clinical supervisor at Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. He teaches part-time in the Psychology Department and Master’s of Counseling Program at California State University, Bakersfield. Jason has also been featured in several local news stories, where he provided expertise on various mental health behaviors and conditions. He is a Bakersfield native, and, in his free time, he enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and cycling as often as possible. Jason looks forward to the opportunity to work with you.
Desiree Sams, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT103310
Desiree Sams also graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Master’s of Science in Counseling and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has provided mental health services helping survivors of intimate partner violence, youth needing counseling at school within the Kern county K-12 school system, and adults transitioning out of the foster care system. During the last few years, she taught at California State University Bakersfield in both the counseling and psychology departments in subjects such as Couples and Sexuality in Counseling, Family Therapy, Psychology of Sexual Orientation, and Positive Psychology. Some things Desiree likes to do to unwind is work on her cross-stitch and listen to records. She looks forward to going on this therapeutic journey together.
Laura Toomey, AMFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT101121 Clinical Supervisor: Jason Giffard, LMFT
Laura Toomey graduated with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Bakersfield, and is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Laura has experience working on a variety of issues with elementary school students in the Kern County school systems and children, adolescents, families, and adults in the community. She also teaches at California State University, Bakersfield, for the Psychology Department. Laura is a Bakersfield native, and in her free time, she likes to move—dancing, doing yoga, kayaking, and traveling. She looks forward to moving through your therapeutic process with you.
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