Our Commitment To You And Your Health During These Uncertain Times


We are aware of the growing strain and emotional uncertainty for people in our community during this pandemic. Anxiety and depression can become an added issue due to fears of the unknown and feelings of helplessness. Some people are feeling isolated, lonely, and bored. Others are becoming stressed due to their children being cooped up in the house most of the day.


We have a team of counselors ready to help. We use a safe and secure Teletherapy service to provide you with the best research-based mental health care. Don’t wait to get the help you need.

Teletherapy Program For Children


We offer a special Teletherapy program for children who are having emotional and behavioral problems. Our therapists create a therapy toolkit designed for your child, with daily activities and target goals. The parent and child check in via Teletherapy each week to monitor progress and provide support.

  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Treatment Plan
  • Target Behaviors
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Relationship Enhancement
  • Use of Worksheets and Video Training
  • Therapeutic Play Activities
  • Guided Relaxation Exercises
  • Parental Stress
What Exactly is Teletherapy?


Teletherapy is providing therapy through a live video connection, over the internet. You are provided the same treatment as you would in person, it’s just done through a computer! If you’ve ever used Skype on your computer or FaceTime on your iPhone, you’ve used the same type of technology teletherapy uses.

During therapy sessions, the client and therapist can see, hear, and interact with one another in real time, using webcams, headsets, or mobile device.

Teletherapy FAQs

Teletherapy is the use of video and audio technologies to support long-distance services between therapists and their clients.

TheraNest is a practice management application that Abalance Client-Centered Counseling uses to organize appointments, notes, and billing. TheraNest is HIPAA compliant and secure.

You’ll need the below to join a Teletherapy (online therapy) session with your provider:


  • A computer, tablet, or phone (no applications or software to download).
  • An external or integrated webcam.
  • An external or integrated microphone.
  • An internet connection with a bandwidth of at least 10 MBPS. We recommend an Ethernet cable over Wifi when possible to ensure you receive the best possible connection through your internet provider.


Shut down all background applications to ensure you receive the majority of your internet’s bandwidth, especially applications that use your camera.

If you’re using a Desktop or Laptop, we recommend:


  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari


We recommend the below if you’re using a tablet or mobile phone:


  • Android – Google Chrome
  • iOS 11 or newer (iPhone or iPad) – Safari
How Do I Join A Session?


You will either join from a URL link or from your Client Portal.


To join from the URL: copy and paste the URL link you receive from your provider into an internet browser window.


To join from the Client Portal: click your Appointments tab, find your appointment, click “Start Session.”


Allowing Camera and Microphone Access


Your internet browser should prompt you to “allow” camera and microphone access. This is a critical step! Otherwise, your provider will not be able to see or hear you in the session. If you have trouble allowing access, this guide can help.


Waiting Room

When you first join the session, you will be in the virtual waiting room. This is where you will enter the name you want your provider to use, as well as check your settings to make sure you are using a strong internet connection and have good video and audio connectivity.



Professional Therapy with a Client Focus

There are times in life when we can feel off balance and can’t seem to snap out of it. When our own natural support system just isn’t enough, it may be time to reach out to a professional counselor to start the process of therapy. We have created a safe, comfortable and professional environment to discuss the issues in your life. We recognize the importance of a good therapeutic relationship and strive to build a positive rapport. We treat each client with respect and dignity.


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Our Team

Our mission is to improve the quality of lives for individuals with behavioral and emotional challenges by providing exceptional mental health services using the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices helping our clients to become more active and productive members of the community.
Valerie Lamke


Eric Garcia

MA, Registered Associate PCC

Michael Lospinoso

MA, Registered Associate PCC

Samantha Moreno

MSW, Registered Associate CSW

Marissa Preciado


Mae Grimme

MSW, Registered Associate CSW

Bergen Filgas


Rachael Cresci


About us

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Why choose a therapist at Abalance Client-Centered Counseling?

Our office is dedicated to providing the best mental health services to ALL people in our community regardless of income.

We have a team of professionals that are continually sharpening their skills as mental health providers and attend regular training from the Clinical Director. Having a competent and knowledgeable therapist is only part of it.

We are also a group of caring and compassionate people that strive to make your time with us a safe, comfortable and rewarding experience.

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression Disorders
  • LGBTQ+ Gender Issues
  • Play Therapy
  • Child Disruptive Behavior
  • Childhood Trauma

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Abalance Client-Centered Counseling is accepting new clients in all three (3) of our Central Valley locations in Modesto, Merced, and Turlock California.

No. You can contact us directly and we will get your insurance eligibility established and schedule your first appointment. Your Health Plan may require an additional call to get a registration number after you have already established as a client in our office. We have a team here to help guide you through these things if you need assistance.

Yes, we currently accept HPSJ and CCAH MediCal Insurances only. For other insurances, we provide an out-of-network option for you to bill your insurance and get reimbursed for up to 80% of your therapy costs in our offices.

No, we treat mild/moderate symptoms for a variety of issues, but not alcohol and drug issues. If you have an addiction or are seeking sobriety, we refer out to a professional that treats substance abuse.

Weekly sessions are the best care option for mental health outcomes, but we also provide an every other week option, or Teletherapy if you have a hectic schedule.

We can see clients as young as 2 years old. A session is a once a week appointment lasting 50 minutes.

Yes. Our staff can get you in touch with the transportation coordinator from your Health Plan to arrange necessary transportation to-and-from the therapy office.

The Best Thing In Play Therapy

We have advanced training in play therapy and utilize several treatment options to best fit the needs of our youngest clients. We have specially designed Play Therapy Rooms at each office, dedicated to enriching the therapy experience and reaching our goals.

why choose us

Abalance Client-Centered Counseling is dedicated to providing effective mental health counseling to our community in the Central Valley.


We have over 15 years of clinical experience to provide the most effective treatment options. Our team of therapists have specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Play Therapy.

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We recognize the importance of a good therapeutic relationship and strive to build a positive rapport with each client. And we treat each client with respect and dignity.

Well Counseling

You will learn skills of mindfulness and how to balance thoughts and feelings; and begin to build insight into your issues and have a plan to reinforce your goals.


Teletherapy is provided by using long-distance technologies so that clients and therapists do not have to be in the same place at the same time.

Transportation Assistance

Transportation is provided by your Health Plan. If you have problems with getting to your appointments, we are able to help arrange a ride.

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Our office is dedicated to providing the best mental health services to ALL people in our community regardless of income.

Abalance Client-Centered Counseling
Offices Located Throughout The Central Valley California

Phone: (209) 262-4387


SATURDAY: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

SUNDAY: Closed

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