Meet Our Team

At The Relationship Place Counseling and Therapy, we have a diverse group of therapists on staff.  Schedule a consultation today and we can help you find the perfect therapist for you.

Dr. Dana McNeil, PsyD, LMFT
Founder of the Relationship Place
Certified Gottman Therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couple Relationship Therapist

I am a warm, non-judgmental and genuine therapist. My goal is for you to feel like you’re talking with a trusted confidant. I want you to feel comfortable, supported, and safe so we can work to make your relationship better. Regardless of what you tell me, it won’t surprise or scare me or cause me to judge you.

Dana is a gifted, compassionate, and practical therapist and the founder of The Relationship Place.

Dana proactively sought pre-marital help with her partner before they were married. They worked together through the communication exercises in John Gottman’s book, The Seven Principles to help ensure their marriage would be a success – and it has been!

Dana has achieved the highest level of training possible in the Gottman Method of couples therapy. She has special interests in working with all clients, including those who live out-of-the-ordinary lives or have alternative relationships.

Farnaz Safaei

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

I believe that counseling is a pathway for growth and healing. I promise to always create a non-judgmental and safe environment where you can feel comfortable to explore your feelings and thoughts.

I understand that we all go through challenging times in life, and we experience painful and unwanted feelings, I will listen to you with empathy and will bring kindness and hope into therapy room every session where you can feel comfortable with processing your feelings.

Savannah Schwenning

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

From my youngest years, I knew that my heart belonged in working within the helping profession.

I believe that our relationships and connections with others play a pivotal role in finding our meaning and fulfillment. Relationships can be so rewarding, exciting and love filled and can also be very complex, lonely and overwhelming. I recognize the value in working on our relationships and identifying our needs, wants and fears.

Sabrina Manriquez

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

I have felt a passion for helping others and encouraging growth for as long as I can remember. After working with families who have a child with a developmental disorder, I became enamored with assisting couples in creating a collaborative and caring relationship to foster an environment of abundance.

I believe that a secure relationship with yourself is essential in creating lasting and healthy relationships with others. I center my work around the belief that the human experience is truly fulfilled by the connections we have with both ourselves and the people in our lives. I care deeply about being a guiding hand to assist others in reaching goals and meeting the best version of themselves.

Samuel Guntner

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

Originally starting my career in the arts, I have found my work in supporting others to be far more fulfilling than any art piece.

I love empowering people to live the lives they want and to hold space for them through their toughest trials. We are beings that thrive on connection and love. Seeing individuals as part of larger systems of connection and the impact of interpersonal life makes clear the importance of working with people as they navigate their relationships.

Jareny Castillo

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

As human beings, we are hardwired for connection. We navigate this world meeting different souls at multi-levels.

Despite our innate yearning for connection, we were not given a handbook on how to successfully navigate relationships. Even in the best possible relationships, you are going to get hurt sometimes and no matter how much you love someone, you will at times also hurt that person. Not because you want to but because we are human.

The great news is that there is room for repair, beautiful growth, and love. Let's explore that handbook together.

Melissa Beal

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

From an early age, my heart always has been passionate about helping and supporting others.

As a first-generation Mexican immigrant, I have the fortune of having first-hand experience of the struggles that life inevitably can present to us and learning how having healthy relationships around us is crucial to navigating through it.

What fulfills me as a therapist is when the person in front of me feels accepted, seen, and listened to. Being able to create solidarity, bring support, and help others realize their power is one of the most satisfying parts of this profession.

Isabella Bendix

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Therapist

I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families in outpatient settings.

My work has focused on helping clients manage anxiety, depression, trauma, crisis issues, grief, and loss, among other concerns. I am passionate about working with couples who want to restore trust, build a stronger connection, foster greater intimacy, manage conflicts, improve communication, and prepare for future life transitions such as parenthood or marriage.

Cara Weinstock

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Counselor

The decision to become a therapist was easy for me, for I knew I wanted to work in a profession where I could make a difference in people's lives.

I found that therapy allowed me to provide people with insight and inspiration to be the best version of themselves. My education introduced me to a systemic approach, where I have learned of the various ways relationships impact individuals. I recognize that relationships are incredibly diverse for they bring together people with different cultures, backgrounds, and sexualities. I aspire to create an atmosphere for my clients where they feel comfortable to explore all aspects of their relationships and to challenge themselves. I feel passionate about helping people develop healthy communication patterns and strengthening their relationships.

Payton Larsen

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

I believe relationships are central to a meaningful life. They have the power to harm and to heal. Relationships with ourselves, our partners, families, friends, and beliefs all influence our quality of life.

However, relationships are challenging to navigate, and thus can be distressing when they are not fulfilling or healthy. It is my passion to help clients improve these relationships and move towards a place of healing and growth. Ultimately leading to a deeper sense of connection to oneself and others.

Tierra Terrell

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

The way people foster connection with one another has always fascinated me, especially in intimate relationships. In school, psychology was one of my favorite subjects, but I was unsure of how to incorporate my interests into a career I was excited about.

After a few years of unfulfilling work in higher education, I discovered the field of marriage and family therapy and began my journey towards becoming a couple’s therapist. I was particularly drawn to the realm of sex therapy because sex is often viewed as “taboo” despite the fact that most people engage in sexual activity at some point in their lives. Just as you would let someone start driving without passing driver’s ed, I believe we should be preparing people for successful intimate relationships by providing accurate and inclusive sexual education.

Victoria Savory

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Counselor

The relationships we form and nurture are at the center of our lives. I believe the quality of our relationships can affect the quality of our lives.

However, relationships can be difficult to manage at times. Therapy can be a transformative space for people to explore and manage the relationships in their lives, including the one with themselves. I became a therapist because I believe that with a safe and comforting environment, therapy can help us interact in healthier and more compassionate ways.

Sarah Wallace

Associate Clinical Social Worker
Individual and Couples Counselor

I want everyone to have a safe and healing space to share and work on life’s difficulties. I believe relationships are one of the most tender parts of the human experience.

The quality of our relationships shape how we feel and motivate the choices we make. I believe that all people are looking for a deep and meaningful life and I am grateful to support my clients in working towards that.

Vernay Justice-Royster

Clinical Supervisor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

It is my belief that effective therapy requires an authentic human connection. It requires that all involved are both physically and emotionally present and have the courage to be vulnerable.

I am a compassionate, non-judgmental, and genuinely caring therapist.  I believe in treating all people with respect, dignity, and acceptance, no matter what. I enjoy building on my clients’ strengths and watching them thrive. My clients describe me as authentic, down-to-earth, supportive & welcoming. I am also known to hold people accountable so they can generate change. I am a solution-focused therapist who loves working with clients who are motivated for change and getting to where the rubber meets the road.

Lucy Millan

Clinical Supervisor
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have always wanted to work with families and individuals in the helping field. I am grateful for the opportunity to share in the experiences of others and support them through difficult times, while helping them explore their thoughts and feeling

I commit to creating a positive environment for clients to explore their thoughts, allowing them to build on their strengths in order to overcome barriers. I am here to help you navigate issues, build upon what is working, and offer tools to help you move forward.


Jacob Caltrider

Office Manager

We’re different. We believe that if someone has the courage to reach out for help, we should be here to help them. Every step of the way - not only in the Counselor’s office, but from the initial phone call. We’re here to lend an ear - we’re here to help - and we love what we do.

Coming from a performance background, it was always my job to understand where someone is coming from, even if I may not personally resonate with where they’re at. To bring a truthful performance to the stage, you need to have a lot of empathy. I feel like The Relationship Place is the perfect organization for me to work for, because I truly care about people, and I want to help in any way that I can. This job gives me access to such wonderful resources and such amazing people. I’m so proud to be part of The Relationship Place team.

I feel that the Therapy/Counseling experience should start right at the beginning. Some offices will send you through a bunch of robots, pushing numbers to get through menus, only to end up not talking to any real person by the end of the call. Others might have someone answer the phone, but they may only seem interested in taking information, or getting their job done before closing time.


Bianca Cordero

Executive Assistant

Hi! I’m Bianca, one of the friendly faces you’ll see when walking into our office. I’m so excited to talk with you! Working at The Relationship Place… we really are amazing. It’s further proved to me that your purpose at work needs to align with your purpose in life. I strongly feel my purpose is to help people & I know we make a difference being that open ear for you, our clients.

I understand not one single approach works for every individual, and by knowing that, we aim to be the best version of ourselves for you. There is a real person on the other end of that phone. We get that. We’re here for YOU.

So, take the first step. Call us. Take comfort in the fact that we are here to listen without judgement, speak without prejudice, and help without entitlement. You’re the real rockstar, we’re just here to help remind you. All our clinicians are incredible so let us set you up with your perfect fit.

Pamela Hungerford

Pamela Hungerford

Client Ambassador

I feel that every person I meet is a new relationship. We build relationships here.

I am one of the staff members that will answer your calls with compassion and kindness. I understand how important my job is to create a welcoming atmosphere for our clients and therapists. Whether you’re coming as an individual or with a partner/group, we have someone here for you. You work collaboratively with your therapist to make sure all your needs are met. Reach out to us so we can help. We want you to call with confidence that we’ll hear you out and fit you with the right therapist. We will ensure you have the best experience not only walking in our doors but also when you leave. I love what we do here at The Relationship Place, and I look forward to welcoming you!

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Michelle Davison

Operations Assistant

Hi! My name is Michelle, and I am honored to be one of the first people you will connect with when you call The Relationship Place. I know how painful it can be to feel alone in your struggle, and how difficult it can be to take that first step to ask for help. When you reach out to us, you will reach real people who have empathy for what you are going through and who genuinely care about your well-being.

As a graduate student for Couples and Family Therapy, my purpose is to support people in opening up and healing. I am passionate about the life-changing impact therapy has once you take the leap and embrace it. Be assured that when you reach out to us, we will treat you with the same compassion we would a close friend or a family member. At the Relationship Place, we pride ourselves on really being present and hearing you with compassion and empathy. When you come in to see one of our therapists, you will get much more than just a listening ear, you will be given tangible tools to reach your goals. I am grateful to be a part of this team and hope you come see us soon.


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