Kenny graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from William Jessup University and has been working with clients as a drug and alcohol counselor since 2014. He first began counseling in the addiction field at the Salvation Army in Sacramento. He then worked at Valley Recovery Center for both the Intensive Outpatient and Inpatient programs. In August 2016, Kenny jumped at the opportunity to work for Recovery Happens Counseling Services, as he was well aware of the program’s impact in the community. Along with his experience of working with duel-diagnosis clients using talk therapy, Kenny has also been certified in Brainspotting, a therapeutic approach for complex trauma which helps clients enter into deeper levels of self-connection. Kenny strives to empower individuals and families toward holistic wellness; encompassing the mind, body, and soul. He desires to give back to others what was given to him: freedom from the slavery of chemicals and other unhealthy immediate gratifiers, intrinsic motivation, healthy interpersonal relationships, traumatic healing, belonging, psychological peace and physical well-being.
Kelsey Harter has a bachelors degree in biology from California State East Bay and is currently pursuing her master’s degree for Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University. Kelsey is a clinical team member at Recovery Happens, as well as at Next Move Sacramento. She has worked with clients recovering from addiction, homelessness, and those with mental illness. She views therapy as a collaborative effort between the client and therapists and supports her client’s unique individuality, life experiences, and personal story. Kelsey has a passion for guiding her clients through their journey of finding peace and balance in life.
Cheyenne Powning is a CCAPP Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician (RADT) currently in her final semester of internship for her Chemical Dependency Certification. She has attended the University of Oregon, University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University, as well as being a very proud alumni of Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Having been inspired through her volunteer work at Sutter Memorial Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, she found herself searching for a way to effect positive change in the lives of others. She began her career in recovery services by joining Recovery Happens in June of 2017 after working previously in the legal field and as a private yoga instructor. Having attended multiple trainings on meditation, mindfulness and body awareness as well as continuing education with the Prison Yoga Project, Cheyenne now brings her expertise to our Mindful Meditation Group to facilitate the resilience and grounding of our clients. As an addiction counselor, Cheyenne seeks to facilitate the process of change through recovery with a focus on empathy, compassion and accountability.
Amy Sowers is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor under the supervision of Dr. Angela Chanter, Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Amy is devoted to helping individuals, couples, and families discover courage and clarity throughout the many seasons of life. She offers treatment for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, teen issues, marital/relationship issues, grief and loss, stress management, and spiritual growth. Her past clinical experience includes working in a residential treatment center and at UC Davis Children’s hospital specializing in adolescent trauma. Amy received her Bachelors degree in Psychology at William Jessup University and graduated in 2017 from Western Seminary for completion of her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Valuing authenticity, compassion, and space for humor for the soul, Amy leads with kindness and commitment in walking with her clients through change and healing.
Alex Derevyanchuk is a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician (RADT) in the state of California practicing as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. He is currently finishing his last semester of internship, at American River College, in order to acquire his CADCll certification. He is also trained in Brainspotting and is near completion of receiving his certificate in that specialization. Alex has been working in the field of Substance Abuse for the last four years. Before joining the wonderful team at Recovery Happens in June of 2017, he worked for three and a half years, at a group home for adolescents struggling with substance abuse and behavioral issues. During that time Alex was a lead staff in the boy’s home, as a Child Care Counselor. He additionally led psychoeducational groups with supervision from a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Alex’s personal experience of overcoming substance abuse, working in an inpatient environment, along with his education has given him a great deal of insight and ability to attune to his clients needs. He believes that addiction must be approached through a family systems model, which was why Recovery Happens was so appealing to him. Apart from providing individual sessions, he also facilitates multiple groups.
Alex considers it an honor to continue the legacy of Jon Daily and to carry his message of restoration and wellness to the individual, the family, and to our community as a whole.
Melissa Herrmann, Founder of Maliza Consulting and Co-Founder of M3 Transformations, has spent the past 17-years focused on working directly with children-at-risk and vulnerable women across the globe. Her efforts have entailed establishing and directing numerous children’s homes and residential facilities, developing community based programs, training thousands of professionals and organizations around the world, and providing lay trauma counseling and psycho-education. Her program models have been recognized by multiple governments, which led her to assist the government of Rwanda in nationalized orphan-care policy reform. Her work was in collaboration with organizations such as UN, USAID, and World Vision.
Melissa has sat on numerous counsels, collaborative groups, and NGO board of directors seeking to provide insight into policy reform and program development for traumatized populations. Her efforts have spanned Africa, Latin America, Asia, the South Pacific, and North America. Melissa has her MA in Human Services and Counseling from Regent University (2017) and her BA in Sociology from Vanguard University (2003). In 2010, Melissa was the recipient of the American Red Cross Hero Award. She currently works as the Operations Director at Recovery Happens, as well as a clinical team member of Next Move Sacramento.
As a Business Development Executive, Mr. Peterson is known for building “Best in Class” organizations for companies and industry leaders both domestically and internationally. His record includes developing new markets and building strong teams.
By establishing and managing robust C-Level relationships, Mr. Peterson has orchestrated large scale negotiations and presentations to both multi-billion-dollar companies as well as volunteer service projects, building lasting relationships with clients utilizing his developed servant leadership qualities, an ingrained sense of humor, and his impeccable moral and integrity standards.
Also known for developing and implementing successful growth strategies Mr. Peterson has turned around divisions and expanded them into market leaders. In addition, he identifies, enters and dominates new markets, and crafts and institutes processes and procedures that improve the customer experience.
His expertise in all these areas has been an asset to the Recovery Happens team. As the Director of Communications he manages professional community relationships, assists in marketing, and invests in team development.
Amy Rose has been in the field of chemical dependency for the past 13 years. She graduated from American River College with a CADC II certification, the highest standard in the field of addiction. She is currently attending Sacramento State to obtain her MFT license.
Amy is passionate about helping individuals remove shame, learn to live in authenticity and vulnerability, and aiding entire family systems into health and wholeness. She considers it a privilege to walk others through their struggles with chemical dependency.
Amy has experience both in outpatient and intensive outpatient levels of care. She is active in the 12- step community and has been sober since 2002. Amy specializes in individual counseling, family counseling, facilitating parent support groups, and gender specific recovery groups revolving around wellness from chemical dependency and co-dependency. She also focuses on educating individuals and families on self-care tools, healthy boundaries, building self-esteem, and obtaining long-term healing.
Dr. Chanter, the late wife of Jon Daily, is a licensed clinical psychologist with a degree from John F. Kennedy University. Her expertise working within family systems extends to diverse populations and with issues relating to depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, eating disorders, parenting, divorce, grief, life transitions, and relationship issues. She is also certified to perform Child Custody Evaluations and Divorce Mediations.
Dr. Chanter co-founded Full Circle Treatment Center in Roseville, CA as well as her current private practice, Therapeutic Solutions 360. Additionally, she functions as the Clinical Director of Next Move of Sacramento’s Mental Health Department.
Dr. Chanter joined Recovery Happens in 2012 and built the Recovery Happens Masters and Doctoral Internship Program (CAPIC). Her passion to train and mentor clinicians has transformed our organization. Dr. Chanter officially accepted the position of Recovery Happens Clinical Director in January 2017, and we are excited about the expertise, professionalism, and enthusiasm she brings to our team.