Sharon Volner, LMFT
Clinical Director Mental Health Programs, Thousand Oaks
“My philosophy is that people, whether they are struggling with mental health or addiction issues, need to know their reality. With a loving, supportive, and caring environment people can get through anything.”
Sharon brings a broad range of experience to her role as the Clinical Director of La Ventana’s Thousand Oaks Chemical Dependency Program. She has over twenty years experience working with at-risk youth, couples, families, and adults in the field of mental health and addiction. She has worked at various rehabilitation centers with youth and adults struggling with issues of addiction and their underlying psychological causes. Sharon has worked as a trainer and operator on a crisis suicide hotline. Sharon has worked directly with the homeless population in assisting them in stabilizing severe and persistent mental health and substance dependence as well as gaining housing and employment. Sharon maintains a private practice in Westlake and is a Clinical Supervisor to registered interns working towards their licensure. Sharon’s approach is multi-modal: she addresses the biological, psychosocial, spiritual, and nutritional aspects of addiction and treatment. Sharon earned her MS in Counseling with Distinction from California State University. She is a member of CAMFT, and a Co-Leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop in efforts to help young girls develop empowerment and leadership.
Jamie Davis, M.A, MFTI
Mental Health Program Manager
Jamie Davis, M.A. MFTI has been actively working in the field of mental health since 2008. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a B.A. in Psychology in 2007. While living in Honolulu, Jamie learned from listening with an open heart about the life experiences of other that she had a passion for helping those struggling with addiction. She also witnessed the impact on relationships with friends and family members. Her background in medical assisting has also provided Jamie with a knowledge of medication management and administration as well.
Jamie began her early work in residential dual diagnosis treatment centers as a staff while she attended graduate school at Pepperdine University. Jamie’s passion for others has since grown along with her professional experience. Jamie has worked along side professionals in both in-home behavioral services for children with special needs as well as in school based programs. She completed her practicum hours at an eating disorder treatment center and pursued a path in management as an assistant director of a large treatment facility.
In 2013 Jamie graduated from Pepperdine University with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. As a registered MFT Intern, Jamie has gained training and skills in evidence based approaches to treatment. She is well versed in CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and has a goal of learning more skills in attachment theory. While Jamie has grown in her skills as a clinician, she also had the opportunity to learn and grow as an administrator. IJamie gained the skills and abilities to hire and train staff while to providing supportive leadership to a team of dedicated staff. As a member of the La Ventana family, Jamie hopes to continue to grow the out patient mental health program in order to provide mental health services to those in need of services and community support.
Maren Sullivan, LCSW
“It is a privilege to help people through their personal struggles… I am inspired daily by our clients ability to persevere and overcome”
Maren is an LCSW and earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California in 2006. Maren has been working in the mental health field for over 12 years, dedicating a majority of her career to the practice of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Trained in DBT back in 2008, Maren was the was the clinical leader of the DBT program while working for Los County Department of Mental Health. She was also the Field Coordinator for LA County DMH MSW intern program for LA’s top MSW programs, providing supervision and comprehensive training. Trained and certified in the delivery of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Maren has a particular passion for the treatment of postpartum depression and women’s health issues. She has extensive experience providing assessment, diagnosis, and individual therapy to a wide array of mental health diagnosis and quality of life issues. She believes in working collaboratively and is committed to the delivery of evidenced based practices to help clients reach their goals.