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Spark Center for Self Development

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

At Spark Center, building a better life means becoming a better partner, friend, parent, mentor, advocate—enriching your experience in all the meaningful roles you inhabit. Whether you’re a self-professed self-help junkie or taking your very first steps toward making changes in your life, you’ll receive services and support that are uniquely adapted to your strengths, challenges, and needs. Our core team therapists have developed niche expertise acquired through extensive and focused education, training, and experience. We work collaboratively across these areas of expertise to ensure that our clients are receiving the most thoughtfully planned and personalized support. We’re devoted to designing a plan that works for you!

Spark Center is a psychotherapy, assessment, and education center located in the R Street Corridor & Southside Park area of Sacramento founded in 2017 by Executive Director and clinical psychologist Dr. Brenda Vaccaro following 15 years of experience as a therapist in both community outpatient mental health organizations and private practice. Spark Center integrates the most up-to-date research (i.e., developmental, psychosocial, and interpersonal neurobiology) into innovative practice. We provide effective personal growth services, including individual, couple/family, and group psychotherapy, workshops, as well as assessment, life coaching, and consultation.

Our Team

BRENDA VACCARO, PsyD

Founder & Executive Director

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

SPECIALTIES:

  • Adults w/Childhood Emotional Neglect
  • Men Building Emotional Confidence
  • Therapeutic Parenting Support
  • Adults in the Adoption Triad
  • Young Adults & Difficult Transitions
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LA TANYA TAKLA, EdD, LMFT, LPCC

Director, Inclusive Mental Health Initiative

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

SPECIALTIES:

  • Couples
  • Grief & Loss
  • Ethnic Minority/Multicultural Issues
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TARA LINDAHL, PsyD

Director, Therapeutic Assessment Services

Psychological Assistant

SPECIALTIES:

  • Collaborative & Therapeutic Assessment
  • Learning Disabilities & ADHD
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Attachment Loss & Relational Trauma
  • Personality & Psychotic Disorders
  • Perinatal Mood Disorders
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TRAVIS NELSON, MFTT

Marriage & Family Therapy Trainee

SPECIALTIES:

  • PTSD & Trauma
  • Veterans & Military Families
  • Social Justice & Racial Trauma
  • Men & Fathers of Color
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JASMINKA RAINEY, MSW

Associate Clinical Social Worker

SPECIALTIES:

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Anxious Tweens, Teens, & Adults
  • Therapeutic Parenting Support
  • Self-Regulation & Distress Tolerance
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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MARLENE ROSE

Life Coach & Behavior Analyst

SPECIALTIES:

  • Women in Transition & Baby Boomers
  • Behavioral Analysis & Feedback
  • Values & Life Patterns Assessment
  • Career Transition Strategies
  • Leadership + Impact Coaching
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Consulting Providers

KARISA BARROW, PsyD

Consulting Provider, Gender & Sexuality Founder & Executive Director, inMind

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

SPECIALTIES:

  • Consultation/Training, Gender & Sexuality
  • Gender Affirmative Assessment & Psychotherapy
  • Bereavement & Loss
  • Life Transitions
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JAMIE FRAZIER, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

SPECIALTIES:

  • Transgender & Gender Diverse Affirming Care, Consultation, & Training
  • Eating Disorders
  • Food, Weight, & Body Image Issues
  • DBT & Mindfulness-focused Treatment
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RACHEL PEPPER, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

SPECIALTIES:

  • Gender Specialist for Youth & Adults
  • Teen Coping Skills & Identity Development
  • Family Members/Parents of Trans Identified Teens & Adults
  • Transitional Aged & Foster Youth
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SARAH SPINNER, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

SPECIALTIES:

  • Eating Disorders & Body Image Concerns
  • Sexuality & Sexual Intimacy
  • PTSD/Complex, Chronic, & Single Traumatic Incident
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy for Relaxation/Mindfulness, Creative Blocks, & Performance Improvement
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Our Approach

Seeking relief and getting help are not signs of weakness. In fact, distress is often a call for meaningful change–not an indicator of failure. We can support you in a non-shaming way that recognizes and leverages your resilience. Our priority is to make therapy a valuable, constructive experience and relatable to everyday life.

Our team has developed the experience, skills, and knowledge to help you revise the life patterns that are stifling your growth. With the right support, you’ll learn to connect and cope more effectively with your emotional experience. You’ll develop more tolerance for uncertainty and change. And you’ll begin to respond more flexibly and skillfully to the inevitable ups and downs in your life, work, and relationships. Of course, transforming longstanding, ineffective patterns in your life to become a healthier, happier person will be inevitably challenging and uncomfortable at times. We happen to believe your well-being is worth it.

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EXPLORE

How have your experiences shaped you and how you relate to others?

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DEFINE

What are the life patterns that are limiting you and your relationships?

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INNOVATE

How can you build a life aligned with your strengths, values, and goals?

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LAUNCH

What actions are necessary for you to move forward with a happier, healthier life?

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