Lettie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1979. She received 48 Continuing Education Units from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA in 1984. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University in 2001. She became a Board Certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker on May 5, 2008.
She worked for the County of Santa Clara in the Social Services Agency for over 20 years working in various departments including, Aging and Adult Services; Children and Family Services; Clover House Visitation Center; and the Children’s Shelter.
In 2009 she began her own private practice at Counseling and More offering behavioral health services to the people in the City of Tracy, CA where she resides in order to better aid the people in her community and the tri-valley area. She provides therapy for ages five to older adults and enjoys the variety of providing individual, couples and family therapy.
Lettie’s goal is to create a safe place for clients to be able to do the processing and therapeutic work necessary to spark change and enable healing. Her approach to behavioral health is multifaceted and includes holistic and cognitive components in addition to focusing on each individual spiritual, emotional, psychological and relational need.
HAWANYA LIMA, LcSW
Hawanya Lima, ASW, comes with over eight years of therapy experience. She received her bachelor's degree at Cal State University of Long Beach and pursued her graduate degree at San Jose State University. Hawanya‘s experience varies vastly and she has worked with a diverse population including foster care/and group home adolescents, pregnant and parenting teens, couples, family units, and individuals. She pulls from a variety of methods to reach a customized approach for individuals.
Hawanya believes in meeting individuals where they are, and providing guidance and tools to overcome obstacles, develop growth and self empowerment.
LEATHER NeVAREZ, lcsw
Leather Donaldson-Nevarez earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Phoenix in 2009. She went on to earn her Master of Social Work from California State University East Bay in 2013. She became a board certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker on January 29, 2020. In March of 2014 while working towards her MSW Leather began working as an ASW Intern for Lettie Ordone at Counseling and More in the City of Tracy, California where she remains to this day.
Leather conducts therapeutic sessions with her clients using a holistic approach. Her goal is to develop new life skills as partners with her clients to accomplish goals they have established at the onset of counseling. Leather has successfully experienced helping her clients to feel less depressed and/or anxious. She has helped them build positive parenting skills through the development of resources. She aids her clients to get through life’s difficult changes, while improving relationships with their friends and/or partners and creating a less stressful environment for themselves.
As a trained and experienced therapist Leather knows a lot about how to slow down your hectic life, explore your dreams and thoughts through mindfulness practices, trauma informed interventions, play therapy and develop new ways of coping creatively. She is also an EMDRIA approved EMDR therapist.
Let go of judgments; own who you are. Let Leather help you manage anxiety and insecurities so that you can feel comfortable with yourself and improve your ability to connect with others.
Lisa Hill, LMFT, pHd
After over 20 years of counseling individuals, couples, and families, I have unequivocally learned that people will do the best that they can, at any given moment, with the resources they have. A person without knowledge will act unknowingly, hurt people will hurt people, people with addictions will pursue their destructive habits in the face of useful advice, and people who have hope will thrive. After serving hundreds of clients in the Criminal Justice System for three decades, I found that most people who ended up there lacked the prerequisite knowledge or skills to make a better choice at the moment.
My Master's degree in clinical psychology and a doctorate in human services have prepared me to work with people with many different clinical issues. My Christian beliefs play an essential role in my life and treatment philosophy. I believe that anyone can change if given the opportunity and the right resources. I apply a systemic therapeutic model. Systemic therapy seeks to understand the individual in relationship with others, rather than in isolation.
Using a four-step metamorphosis model that starts with exploration and ends with maturation, I work collaboratively with clients to identify their deeply rooted behavior patterns that may have developed early in childhood. I am a highly engaged therapist. I use up-to-date research, real-life stories, and humor to engage with my clients. I am most rewarded when I see them discover the many "aha" moments that result in a positive metamorphosis of healing.