Journey
Academy

It’s more than a high school
It’s more than a treatment center
It’s more than a healing place for kids to live
It’s the Journey to finding themselves

Journey Academy

It’s more than a high school
It’s more than a treatment center
It’s more than a healing place for kids to live
It’s the Journey to finding themselves

Questions?

My name is Jackie and I’m here to talk to you about your child. I want to understand your struggle. I’ll be honest __ I’ll let you know if TLC can help.

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Journey Academy is located in beautiful wine and farm country, just a short drive from the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1988, Journey Academy offers specialized instruction and therapeutic services to students requiring more emotional and/or behavioral support than is typically available in traditional school settings.

Our environment provides the necessary structure and supervision that is required, but also the flexibility for students to participate in normative high school experiences including attending dances, participating in student government and affiliation with various school clubs.

Students participate in project-based learning opportunities, performing arts, career-technical development, and other hands-on, experiential learning options that focus on a combination of education, community involvement and therapeutic process.

Academics

 Our curriculum follows the common core standards, using teachers who are qualified in their respective areas of expertise and special education.

All classrooms are maintained to a small size of no more than 12 students, allowing for maximum student-to-teacher interaction and permitting teachers and staff to address the diverse abilities of each student.

Teachers, clinicians and support staff help students identify emotional triggers and challenging behaviors to help them find acceptable replacement behaviors to promote success in school.

Residential Living

Students receive 24/7 support and care from dedicated and caring staff. They are provided their own bedroom, healthy, home-cooked meals and academic, mental health, and behavioral support. Youth learn independent living skills, positive coping strategies and healthy communication techniques to improve relationships with their peers, staff and families. Students also participate in off-campus recreational activities, river rafting, ropes course, community involvement, working with animals and volunteer/employment opportunities.

Creativity

Journey Academy offers electives such as music ensemble, creative arts, maker’s lab, radio broadcasting, and reader’s theater. Students have the opportunity to bring their creativity forward with individualized projects and opportunities.

Therapy

Students receive individual, family and group therapy to help them reach their personal and academic goals. Groups are tailored to their needs and interests. Groups often include: Equine Therapy, mindfulness, creative arts, identity spectrum (LGBTQI), adoption/kinship and family relationships, CBT, and narrative therapy.

Additionally, in combination with Individualized Positive Behavior Supports, Non-Violent Communication techniques and Restorative Processes, Journey Academy invites everyone together to reconsider the way conflict is seen and handled within our community.

Overall, services at Journey Academy are strength-based, trauma informed, and grounded in our philosophy of forming connections to self, connections to others and connections to the community.

Life Skills

While at Journey Academy, students have the opportunity to obtain employment, work towards their driver’s license, and take on volunteer work. Students learn independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, and budgeting.

Outdoor Connections

 

Journey Academy’s Outdoor Connections program is an adventure therapy intervention offered to students that assists them to discover their full potential by using outdoor experiential activities. Our highly skilled therapists and recreational counselors use evidence-based practices in adventure therapy and outdoor experiential education, implementing a “Challenge by Choice” approach that may include the following:  

 

  • Enhance appropriate risk taking and personal challenges
  • Match cooperative activities and group initiatives according to group dynamics
  • Teach interpersonal and positive coping skills
  • Provide rites of passage opportunities.

 

Outdoor Connections adventures empower youth to develop trust, increase motivation, build character, improve relationships with others, identify and utilize their personal strengths and evolve as environmental stewards. Outdoor Connections provides clinically grounded and intentional outdoor challenge based activities that may involve participation in the following areas: 

 

  • Wilderness backpacking trips,
  • Whitewater rafting,
  • Winter trips to the Sierra Mountain Range,
  • Indoor and outdoor rock climbing,
  • Challenge ropes courses,
  • Deep sea fishing,
  • Front country camping trips throughout California and a variety of other outdoor adventures.

Journey Academy Directors

Jackie Johansen, MA

Director of Admissions

Jackie Johansen, MA

With TLC since 2013

Education

Masters of Psychology, California State University, Sonoma
Bachelor of Arts in English, California State University, Sonoma

Work Experience

Jackie started off training to be an English teacher but pivoted her focus to psychology after falling in love with the work of Carl Jung. After obtaining her Master’s degree in psychology, she began working in the mental health field by facilitating expressive arts and narrative therapy focused groups for women in drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Excited about working more one on one with youth and families, Jackie began working with clients in various community settings as a Wraparound counselor. In this role she delivered TBS and individual rehabilitation interventions, as well as provided crisis support.

Jackie found her home at TLC where she continues to work with youth and families as the Director of Admissions. She sees the strength and potential in every youth she works with and loves watching their growth journey from intake to graduation.

Although you can most often find Jackie in her office or taking families on tours, she can also be found spending time with the youth while river rafting, dancing at prom or handing out popsicles to the youth after a warm day on the ropes course.

More About Jackie

When not at TLC, Jackie enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dog, Gary. Jackie loves reading and you can always find her nose in a good book. She loves traveling the world and enjoys cooking with flavors she tasted on her adventures.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:(707) 634-9060

Scott Matsuura, MSW

Residential Treatment - Director

Scott Matsuura, MSW

With TLC since 2010

Education

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

Work Experience

Scott first discovered his passion for working with adolescents when he worked as a counselor in a residential treatment program, in South Lake Tahoe. In this role, he gained valuable experience, which he combined with his personal love of the outdoors. This led him to Utah where he worked with teens in a wilderness therapy program.

Scott made his way back to Northern California and worked as a therapeutic behavioral aide, mental health case manager, and therapist. He found a home at TLC working as a residential social worker for Coast and Orchard Houses and co-facilitating the Phoenix Connections group.

Scott’s experience, strong clinical intuition and skill lead him to provide clinical supervision for the house managerial team, individual therapy, and assisting with training and program development. He shined in this position and was promoted to Director of Residential Treatment. He continues to provide supervision and support to the residential team, while also overseeing the program, nurturing staff development and working directly with youth and families.

Additionally, Scott brings his passion and expertise in therapeutic wilderness programs to TLC. He has developed, and instituted, an adventure therapy program that helps residents deepen their connection to self, others and community.

Scott enjoys working with teenagers because of their passion, creativity and honesty. The youth he works with are constantly teaching him and keeping him young and honest. He feels that teenagers are an age group that has historically been overlooked when it comes to rites of passage, mentorship and appropriate independence. He’s inspired to support youth through this important time in their lives by providing structure, care and guidance.

More about Scott

When Scott is not at TLC, he’s often fishing, diving, and gardening. He loves the outdoors and can be found taking time for self-care by hiking, running, or mountain biking. He loves spending time with his friends and family and cooks beautiful meals made from his latest catch and vegetables from his garden. He’s an adventurer at heart and enjoys exploring the different communities in Sonoma County and around the world.

Reese Clark, MFT

Clinical Director of Residential Treatment

Reese Clark, MFT

With TLC since 2016

Education

Masters of Psychology, California State University, Sonoma
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, California State University, Sonoma
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Work Experience

Reese began her career working with adults and adolescents recovering from sexual trauma, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder as an MFT intern providing 1:1 therapeutic service and support.

Upon licensure, she began working in as a therapist and case manager in a residential treatment facility that supported youth suffering with substance abuse, addiction and childhood trauma.

She loved working with adolescents and their families and continued to build her skillset by working in Wraparound as a facilitator and family therapist. In this role she helped students build pro-social relationships, maintain in home placement, and establish a stronger sense of self.

Because of her clinical skill and natural leadership, she returned to the residential treatment program where she worked prior, this time in the role as Clinical Director. In this position, she oversaw the program, directed all clinical services, providing clinical supervision, program development and direct child care.

Looking to diversify her experience, Reese and was drawn to Journey Academy for its values, treatment modalities and connections based treatment philosophy. Reese joined the team in 2016 overseeing the Coast House program and providing case management and staff development. Additionally, she began providing supervision for the staff teams and clinicians. Now as the Clinical Director of Residential Treatment, she continues supervisions, provides agency trainings, program development and leadership.

Reese utilized cognitive behavioral therapies, short term treatment interventions, attachment based treatment models and motivational interviewing to help students overcome challenges and reach their full potential. Reese believes that the key to a healthy future is found in the nurturing of today’s youth.

More About Reese

Reese enjoys being outdoors, hiking and riding her bike. Enjoys time with her friends and family. She’s a lifelong learner and is always jumping on new courses, trainings, and learning opportunities to continue her education in the field and on new subjects that can inform her work.

Anna Richmond

Director of Outpatient Services

Anna Richmond

With TLC since 2006

Education:

Doctoral Candidate, Ryokan College
Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Institute of Imaginal Studies (now Meridian University)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, California State University, Sonoma

Work Experience:

Anna began working with children, teens and families in 1996 at Sonoma County’s Children’s Day Treatment Center. Working along the way to earn her Masters Degree and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Anna has worked in private practice and agency settings, including two Residential Treatment Centers and as a Behavior Analyst for On Our Own, Inc.. Anna was also a volunteer faculty member at Sonoma State University, where she developed curriculum addressing LGBTQQI issues long before they made their way to the five o’clock news.

Anna joined TLC’s treatment team as a clinician in 2006 and quickly made her therapy skills, teambuilding and leadership training an asset to our youth and staff. Using her extensive clinical experience and years as a Challenge Ropes Course Facilitator, Anna has helped cultivate highly skilled group facilitators, developed a Behavior Management Training and created a Summer Therapy Program and curriculum that provides our youth with peak experiences and experiential learning consistent with our Connections Philosophy and Outdoor Connections Programs. She was also key in collaborating with residential treatment staff to create an ongoing legacy that is marked by a positive, welcoming culture where youth (and staff) are empowered to make healthy decisions AND have fun! If you meet her, ask about the Awake-a-thon bonfires and Oreo Olympics!!

Anna stepped up, in 2015, to become the agency’s Clinical Director. She did so while completing her doctoral dissertation en route to becoming a licensed psychologist, and while continuing to see clients and run the Adoptions Therapy Group she created in 2007. As a member of a DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) Consultation Group and student of Daniel Hughes, Anna has used her own attachment-focused style of treatment to work with hundreds of families and to train others using Hughe’s PACE principles. Likewise, she has experience as a Nonviolent Communication Trainer (NVC), is trained in QPR (Question Persuade Refer), CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children), Trauma Informed Care and has a particular interest in Family Systems, Social Learning Theory, Intersubjectivity and Self Psychology, all of which have informed her over her 20-year career.

A former youth put it best saying, “(Anna) changed my life by helping me learn to accept mine and to accept myself as much as all the staff did.” DRN

More About Anna:

Outside of TLC, Anna loves hanging out at the beach and BBQing with friends and family. Though her favorite self-care activities are getting a massage and traveling to Maui, she also enjoys good movies, attending her daughter’s soccer tournaments and camping. Her newest passion is creating songs for her young son.

Jackie Johansen, MA

Director of Admissions

Jackie Johansen, MA

With TLC since 2013

Education

Masters of Psychology, California State University, Sonoma
Bachelor of Arts in English, California State University, Sonoma

Work Experience

Jackie started off training to be an English teacher but pivoted her focus to psychology after falling in love with the work of Carl Jung. After obtaining her Master’s degree in psychology, she began working in the mental health field by facilitating expressive arts and narrative therapy focused groups for women in drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Excited about working more one on one with youth and families, Jackie began working with clients in various community settings as a Wraparound counselor. In this role she delivered TBS and individual rehabilitation interventions, as well as provided crisis support.

Jackie found her home at TLC where she continues to work with youth and families as the Director of Admissions. She sees the strength and potential in every youth she works with and loves watching their growth journey from intake to graduation.

Although you can most often find Jackie in her office or taking families on tours, she can also be found spending time with the youth while river rafting, dancing at prom or handing out popsicles to the youth after a warm day on the ropes course.

More About Jackie

When not at TLC, Jackie enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dog, Gary. Jackie loves reading and you can always find her nose in a good book. She loves traveling the world and enjoys cooking with flavors she tasted on her adventures.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:(707) 634-9060

Scott Matsuura, MSW

Residential Treatment - Director

Scott Matsuura, MSW

With TLC since 2010

Education

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

Work Experience

Scott first discovered his passion for working with adolescents when he worked as a counselor in a residential treatment program, in South Lake Tahoe. In this role, he gained valuable experience, which he combined with his personal love of the outdoors. This led him to Utah where he worked with teens in a wilderness therapy program.

Scott made his way back to Northern California and worked as a therapeutic behavioral aide, mental health case manager, and therapist. He found a home at TLC working as a residential social worker for Coast and Orchard Houses and co-facilitating the Phoenix Connections group.

Scott’s experience, strong clinical intuition and skill lead him to provide clinical supervision for the house managerial team, individual therapy, and assisting with training and program development. He shined in this position and was promoted to Director of Residential Treatment. He continues to provide supervision and support to the residential team, while also overseeing the program, nurturing staff development and working directly with youth and families.

Additionally, Scott brings his passion and expertise in therapeutic wilderness programs to TLC. He has developed, and instituted, an adventure therapy program that helps residents deepen their connection to self, others and community.

Scott enjoys working with teenagers because of their passion, creativity and honesty. The youth he works with are constantly teaching him and keeping him young and honest. He feels that teenagers are an age group that has historically been overlooked when it comes to rites of passage, mentorship and appropriate independence. He’s inspired to support youth through this important time in their lives by providing structure, care and guidance.

More about Scott

When Scott is not at TLC, he’s often fishing, diving, and gardening. He loves the outdoors and can be found taking time for self-care by hiking, running, or mountain biking. He loves spending time with his friends and family and cooks beautiful meals made from his latest catch and vegetables from his garden. He’s an adventurer at heart and enjoys exploring the different communities in Sonoma County and around the world.

Reese Clark, MFT

Clinical Director of Residential Treatment

Reese Clark, MFT

With TLC since 2016

Education

Masters of Psychology, California State University, Sonoma
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, California State University, Sonoma
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Work Experience

Reese began her career working with adults and adolescents recovering from sexual trauma, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder as an MFT intern providing 1:1 therapeutic service and support.

Upon licensure, she began working in as a therapist and case manager in a residential treatment facility that supported youth suffering with substance abuse, addiction and childhood trauma.

She loved working with adolescents and their families and continued to build her skillset by working in Wraparound as a facilitator and family therapist. In this role she helped students build pro-social relationships, maintain in home placement, and establish a stronger sense of self.

Because of her clinical skill and natural leadership, she returned to the residential treatment program where she worked prior, this time in the role as Clinical Director. In this position, she oversaw the program, directed all clinical services, providing clinical supervision, program development and direct child care.

Looking to diversify her experience, Reese and was drawn to Journey Academy for its values, treatment modalities and connections based treatment philosophy. Reese joined the team in 2016 overseeing the Coast House program and providing case management and staff development. Additionally, she began providing supervision for the staff teams and clinicians. Now as the Clinical Director of Residential Treatment, she continues supervisions, provides agency trainings, program development and leadership.

Reese utilized cognitive behavioral therapies, short term treatment interventions, attachment based treatment models and motivational interviewing to help students overcome challenges and reach their full potential. Reese believes that the key to a healthy future is found in the nurturing of today’s youth.

More About Reese

Reese enjoys being outdoors, hiking and riding her bike. Enjoys time with her friends and family. She’s a lifelong learner and is always jumping on new courses, trainings, and learning opportunities to continue her education in the field and on new subjects that can inform her work.

Anna Richmond

Director of Outpatient Services

Anna Richmond

With TLC since 2006

Education:

Doctoral Candidate, Ryokan College
Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Institute of Imaginal Studies (now Meridian University)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, California State University, Sonoma

Work Experience:

Anna began working with children, teens and families in 1996 at Sonoma County’s Children’s Day Treatment Center. Working along the way to earn her Masters Degree and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Anna has worked in private practice and agency settings, including two Residential Treatment Centers and as a Behavior Analyst for On Our Own, Inc.. Anna was also a volunteer faculty member at Sonoma State University, where she developed curriculum addressing LGBTQQI issues long before they made their way to the five o’clock news.

Anna joined TLC’s treatment team as a clinician in 2006 and quickly made her therapy skills, teambuilding and leadership training an asset to our youth and staff. Using her extensive clinical experience and years as a Challenge Ropes Course Facilitator, Anna has helped cultivate highly skilled group facilitators, developed a Behavior Management Training and created a Summer Therapy Program and curriculum that provides our youth with peak experiences and experiential learning consistent with our Connections Philosophy and Outdoor Connections Programs. She was also key in collaborating with residential treatment staff to create an ongoing legacy that is marked by a positive, welcoming culture where youth (and staff) are empowered to make healthy decisions AND have fun! If you meet her, ask about the Awake-a-thon bonfires and Oreo Olympics!!

Anna stepped up, in 2015, to become the agency’s Clinical Director. She did so while completing her doctoral dissertation en route to becoming a licensed psychologist, and while continuing to see clients and run the Adoptions Therapy Group she created in 2007. As a member of a DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) Consultation Group and student of Daniel Hughes, Anna has used her own attachment-focused style of treatment to work with hundreds of families and to train others using Hughe’s PACE principles. Likewise, she has experience as a Nonviolent Communication Trainer (NVC), is trained in QPR (Question Persuade Refer), CSEC (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children), Trauma Informed Care and has a particular interest in Family Systems, Social Learning Theory, Intersubjectivity and Self Psychology, all of which have informed her over her 20-year career.

A former youth put it best saying, “(Anna) changed my life by helping me learn to accept mine and to accept myself as much as all the staff did.” DRN

More About Anna:

Outside of TLC, Anna loves hanging out at the beach and BBQing with friends and family. Though her favorite self-care activities are getting a massage and traveling to Maui, she also enjoys good movies, attending her daughter’s soccer tournaments and camping. Her newest passion is creating songs for her young son.