“There is hope. There is help. This is the message I want clients to hear.”
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.
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.