Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Fairfield, CA

Meet Our Providers

Maureen Okereke
Accepting:
  • MHN
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Dr. Maureen Okereke, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care 

Dr Maureen Okereke is a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). She earned her Doctorate Degree with  specialty in psychiatric and Mental Health from Brandman University Irvine, California in 2020.  She also obtained a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Charles R Drew  University, Los Angeles California in 2018. Ms Okereke earned a Master of Science of Nursing  Degree/ Registered Nurse through an entry level nursing program to master’s degree from  Charles R Drew University, Los Angeles, California in 2016. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society.

Maureen is committed to providing individualized evidenced based patient’s care that  combines the most effective tools including comprehensive assessment, medication  management and supportive therapies. Maureen has vast experience working with individuals with depression, grief, anxiety, insomnia,  schizophrenia, PTSD, mood disorders and OCD. She also has a passion for working with  vulnerable populations and people with comorbid conditions and substance abuse. 

Maureen strives to establish a warm and caring relationship with you to help in overcoming your obstacles and setbacks and work together towards achieving your goals and living  according to what holds the greatest value in your life. 

Education 

Brandman University, Irvine California
Masters of Science of Nursing in Family Nurse Practice 

Specialties 

  • Depression Disorder 
  • Anxiety Disorder 
  • Mood Disorder 
  • PTSD  
  • Stress management 
  • LGBTQ 
  • OCD
Georena Dearborne-Bynog
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $119

Georena Dearborne-Bynog, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Georena Dearborne-Bynog is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a strong desire to be a support to those that need it. Georena has over 13 years of experience working with children, families, young, and older adults. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work with a concentration in Substance abuse from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and her Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Georena utilizes motivational interviewing, cognitive and rational behavioral, and solution-focused approaches in therapy. While knowing that there is not a one size fits all approach in counseling, Georena has the ability to incorporate creativity and awareness necessary to best meet your needs.

Georena brings a wide range of experience in treating individuals with various needs. Her number one goal is to meet you where you are and focus on bringing you to your maximum potential.

Education

Louisiana State University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem
  • Grief and Bereavement
Joseph Derije
Accepting:
  • MHN
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Joseph Derije, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Joseph is board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, he graduated from Gonzaga University with a Master’s in Nursing. He completed his undergraduate degree from Ohio University. Upon graduation, he trained under Exodus Recovery Foundation. Currently, he provides care for clients in his local community with a focus on team based approach and patient centered care.

Education

Gonzaga University
Master’s of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia
Michael Henry
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $139

Michael Henry, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Philosophy of Care

I began having an interest in therapy and psychology in my early forties as the result of life experiences and my interactions with others. At that time in my life I was a successful farrier (horseshoer), a trade that I had been practicing for almost two decades. At age forty-five I began my quest to become a psychologist, with the final goal to be able to give back to others and help them prosper in life. Nine years later, I passed my final licensing exam and started my practice. That was nine years ago, and five years ago I retired my anvil and last pair of hoof nippers and entered the world of mental health fulltime.

My education journey began at the University of California San Diego, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 1979. Soon after, I attended and graduated from a horseshoeing school in Oklahoma City, then started my small business in San Diego, California, the “horse capital of the world.” The California Institute for Human Science in Encinitas, California became my next alma mater in 2000, where I obtained my Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. My fascination with human connection and bonding led to the publishing of my dissertation in 2005, “The Existential Constituents of Pair Bonding and Their Development Over the Lifespan,” or “how we learn to connect with each other.” I have licenses to practice therapy both in California and Colorado.

Having a love for horses and knowing very well their many benefits to mankind, my practice began using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, an intervention not very well known but gaining popularity in recognition for its effectiveness, in addition to the traditional forms of interventions used in therapy.

My life experience as a psychologist has offered to me the ability to help people with a wide variety of needs in a vast array of circumstances. I am privileged to have the opportunity to be of service to anyone who has a mental health need.

I take traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy (which focuses on changing thoughts and feelings) a step further by using schema therapy which identifies and challenges the beliefs or schema which produce the thoughts and feelings. Change becomes more permanent and automatic as a result.

I believe that results from therapy should be realized from the first session and I focus my treatment in that manner. Willing participants can and will experience positive changes in their lives from the start.

“…be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2

Education

California Institute for Human Science
Master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Specialties

  • Couples Counseling
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Psych Testing
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Anger Management
  • Grief
Michelle Chieme
Accepting:
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Michelle Chieme, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Michelle Chieme is a Nurse Practitioner in the state of California who specializes in the field of psychiatry.  Michelle has a wealth of experience treating adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, and life adjustments. She completed her Master’s Degree of Science In Nursing at Azusa Pacific University. She is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Michelle incorporates a nursing-based approach that is patient focused while also taking into consideration the individual’s environment as a whole. She works collaboratively with clients to determine the best form of treatment that will meet their unique needs while also promoting mindfulness and introspection.

Michelle is passionate about destigmatizing mental health. She especially enjoys working with clients who have been silently suffering from depression/anxiety and are ready to take the first step towards getting treatment. Michelle looks forward to connecting with you in a safe and nonjudgmental space, where together we can work towards building resiliency and getting you back to your best life.

Education

Azusa Pacific University
MSN In Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Life Adjustments
  • Mood Disorders
  • Stress Management

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