Behavioral Health Manager
Sunni is the Behavioral Health Manager who has been with TruEvolution since 2014. They started as the Lead Community Organizer building and creating community partnerships. They later became the Director of Programs, curating events for the community. Their passion for mental health led them to joining the Behavioral Health Department as the Care Coordinator. In this role they engaged and listened to clients about needing a mental health provider that had cultural humility. They have recently completed their Master’s in Social Work program at Simmons University, with an aspiration to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), with an emphasis in trauma.
Marlene M. Ferreras, PhD., is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and has been with TruEvolution since May, 2023. With an educational background in marital and family therapy and theology, she has a strong understanding of family systems and spiritual care. Her experience in a variety of settings provide both breadth and depth into the diverse ways that theology, religion, family life cycles, and mental health converge. Her therapeutic practice draws on decolonial approaches to spiritual care and counseling, postmodern feminist, womanist and mujerista approaches, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Family Systems Theory. She has completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method for couples therapy and is trained in Trauma Resiliency Model Level 1. Marlene's services are provided via telehealth in both English and Spanish.
Andrea Alvarez is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Marymount California University in 2019. Andrea is passionate about working with individuals to improve their mental health, and is especially interested in working with high-risk adolescents and young adults. By using Positive Psychology principles, she strives to provide individuals with a safe space to enhance their well-being. Andrea Alvarez provides her services in both English and Spanish and is available for virtual and in-person sessions.
Marrenda is a Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2012. After having graduated, Marrenda has dedicated the past 10 years in working with a variety of populations including vulnerable youth, adults, and families. Marrenda is hopeful that her foundation in working with families and individuals across different avenues will aid her in assisting clients through their own personal healing journey. Marrenda is passionate about serving members of the LGBTQ+ community and helping individuals obtain the resources they need. Her services are provided in English.
Jarell is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California Riverside in 2020. He is passionate about people’s healing and their limitless potential to grow into the people they are meant to be. Almost every person is wounded and Jarell seeks to use therapy as an avenue to explore with clients the anatomy of their wounds so that anyone may find healing and evolve to their fullest potential. Jarell is especially passionate about youth and young adults in the LGBTQIA community.
Natalie is a Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University. In 2021 she received a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Psychology from California State University of San Bernardino. Natalie has been working with youth and their families in the Riverside community for approximately four years. She is passionate about assisting diverse youth in completing positive life choices and promoting mental awareness. Natalie is an advocate for individuals finding their true potential, vulnerability, and achieving their desired quality of life. Natalie is excited to work with clients who express and share their life stories for others to learn from.
Behavioral Health Team
TruEvolution’s Behavioral Health team offers individual, couples, family, and group therapy to support the emotional and physical well-being of clients. We are committed to providing services that are affirmative, sex-positive, culturally competent, and trauma-informed care to address the mental and emotional health needs of members of the community with a special emphasis on the needs and strengths of the LGBTQ+ community. Services include:
and Family Therapy
Services and Linkage
Assessment & Referral
As part of the organization’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for the clients we serve, TruEvolution will guide and support clients so that they will: