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Koala Smiles Counseling

Our Current Providers


Shawnda Brese, MA, LMFT
Owner of Koala Smiles Counseling

Shawnda is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Child & Adult Mental Health Provider. She earned her Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University and a Bachelors Degree in general psychology from Saint Martin’s University with training in Women’s Studies. She specializes in treating depression, anxiety, relationship matters, stress and grief, but have experience in a wide variety of life struggles as well. Shawnda is most comfortable working with teens and adults, but can work well with preteens and younger children if needed. Provides individual services or family therapy sessions or a combination depending on the needs of your situation. She also provides couples / marriage therapy. 

Her therapeutic approach is person-centered, meaning that treatment is based on individual and family needs. Her techniques are generally pulled from the Structural Family Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Models. She is also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).


She has a passion for working with children and believes that all children and families should have the opportunity to be happy and thriving. Her goal is to make your life easier and more peaceful by giving you and your child tools to get through the more difficult circumstances that inevitably happen in life.

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