About Spark

Spark Center for Self Development

We’re as passionate about your personal growth as you are.

Spark Center is a therapy, assessment, and education center located near the bustling midtown, R Street Corridor, Ice Blocks, & Southside Park areas of Sacramento. Spark was founded in February 2017 by Executive Director and clinical psychologist Dr. Brenda Vaccaro following nearly two decades as a therapist in both private practice and community outpatient mental health organizations.

Our team is made up of mental health and life coaching professionals whose knowledge, skills, and experience intersect to provide you with informed guidance to action as you explore, define, and progress toward your goals.

In addition to our knowledge about the common issues that bring people into therapy, each of us has developed niche expertise that we’ve honed through deliberate experience as well as extensive and focused education and training. We often collaborate across our areas of expertise to define what type and level of support is aligned with your well-being.

Of course, your ups and downs are woven into the fabric of your life—how you view yourself, the world, and others, what you wish for and worry about, how you connect (or don’t connect) with the people close to you, what you know about yourself and don’t care to know. We aim to understand the contexts and complexities of your life, not just a set of symptoms or diagnosis.

We draw from several evidence-based and other effective therapeutic approaches to develop the right plan for your support:

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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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Brain-based, Attachment-focused Therapy

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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Culturally Responsive & Inclusive Therapy

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Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

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Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy

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Flexible Family-based Therapy

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Harm Reduction Therapy (HRT)

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Humanistic & Compassion-focused Care

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Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

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Motivational Interviewing

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Narrative & Strength-based Therapy

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Trauma-focused Therapy

Our Space

Yes, we even designed our office to promote your well-being!

We’ve tried our best to create a calm, comfortable, and refreshing environment to balance out the inevitably provocative work of personal development. We hope you’ll experience a sense of security, creativity, and vitality here.

Our Blog

Be Nice: It’s All About Self-Talk

If you take the time to really listen to the things you say to yourself every day, you may be shocked at how harsh you can be. We all say to ourselves things like, “Well, that was a stupid thing to do,” or “You will never get this right.” Could you imagine...

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