Residentially Based Services

Residentially Based Services

 Scott Matsuura, MSW - Residentially Based Services - Director

With TLC Since 2010

Masters of Social Work, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, 2010.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of California Santa Cru, Santa Cruz, CA, 2010.
Associate Social Worker ASW

Work History
Scott first discovered his passion for working with adolescents when he counseled at a residential treatment home in South Lake Tahoe in 2004. This experience and his love for the outdoors led him to Utah where he gained valuable experience working with teens in a wilderness program.  Scott experienced a deeper calling for working with youth and gained a deep appreciation for the creative clinical interventions found in a wilderness setting, which integrated traditional and current therapeutic practices.  After wilderness, Scott returned to Northern California and worked as a therapeutic behavioral aide, case manager, and therapist.

Scott moved to Sonoma County and started working at TLC after he graduated in 2010 is a residential social worker for Coast and Orchard Houses.  Scott can also be found co-facilitating the Phoenix Connections group, collaborating in staff meetings and wearing a cape with his fellow Avengers.

Scott enjoys the positive environment TLC embraces, because it provides a deeper sense of belonging to each youth as it empowers the youth to individuate healthily. He is also moved by TLC’s connections philosophy as he witnesses youth develop strong relations to self, others and community.  When he’s not biking to and from work, Scott enjoys fishing, diving, and gardening.


Stephanie Tower, MSW - Orchard House

 With TLC since June 2010

Masters in Social Work, California State University, Hayward 2009
Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Minor in Psychology, California Sate University, Sonoma 2007

Work Experience
A “born and raised” native of Sonoma County, Stephanie spent her years prior to TLC in the Army, traveling the world, working in child welfare as a child protective services worker for the counties of San Diego and Contra Costa.  She also worked as a parent educator for the California Parenting Institute in Santa Rosa and as a THP client advocate in Oakland.  Stephanie was pleased to find her way back to Sonoma County in June of 2010 and find a home working on TLC’s dynamic residential team.  Stephanie is a passionate advocate for each youth and family on her caseload as she strives to provide strength-based, quality treatment tailored to each family’s unique needs.

In addition to case management, Stephanie is an integral part of staff development and program implementation as well as co-facilitator of the Phoenix House Connections Group. Stephanie makes her way around campus with her handsome sidekick, Simba, a golden retriever who plays basketball, fetch, and offers cuddle time to the residents. When Stephanie isn’t at TLC, she is likely to be camping, exploring a new country, or planning a gourmet meal to share with her family and friends.

Josh Lydon - Residential Social Worker - Coast House

With TLC Since 2015

Rachel Carr - Residential Social Worker - Phoenix House

With TLC Since 2015