Meet Our Team
“Words cannot describe how thankful I am for having a devoted team, more like my family, to help me fulfill my vision. I could not have accomplished my dream of assisting treatment centers in creating productive members of society without their dedication. I am honored and so proud!”
Kimberly Lou - Integrative Life Mentor - Group Facilitator
Kimberly Lou is an integrative life mentor who coaches top CEOs, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and world-class athletes around the world. She helps them accelerate and thrive, through mental focus, emotional fitness and physical training. Her approach is perfect for people looking for more than just standard life-coaching, in order to excel at the maximum level of their ability.
Kimberly Lou’s own story was one of addiction, eating disorders, and professional and personal burnout. But she changed the story of her life and believes that every person has that same ability to take control of their own story. As a result of her success, Kimberly has appeared on E! Entertainment, MTV, HBO, ESPN, MSNBC, and ShowTime, among many others. But her greatest joy in life is acting silly with her daughter, Summer.
“I’m proud to be a part of Guiding Hands Healthcare because I have the opportunity to share a new perspective of healing with people in need. Additionally, Guiding Hands Healthcare allows me to engage with clients and better understand how to serve them in their times of need.”
Bryan Aleman – Group Facilitator
Bryan dropped out of high school at the age of 15. He associated with negative influences and was placed into a recovery treatment center. Unfortunately, when Bryan was released, he began using drugs immediately and, as a result, became homeless. Bryan attributed this experience to a negative belief system, one that said he was “not enough” and that the world was a cruel place. It wasn’t until he experienced a nasty breakup and then witnessed his brother’s addiction, as well as that of other close relatives, that he was given the gift of desperation, accepted his recovery, and changed the story of his life; he then devoted his life to helping others who wanted to sustain their own recovery.
As a fitness professional, Bryan Aleman believes that physical fitness and mental health go hand in hand. Trained and well versed in the Pranayama breathing technique (Breathworks), Bryan aspires to help individuals in need through his personal experiences in life and group facilitating skills. Bryan is passionate about his practice and its benefits because he has the opportunity to support clients through hard times in their recovery and guide them to a new way of living. As an artist, Bryan believes it is never too late to make your life a masterpiece.
“I chose to work with Guiding Hands Healthcare because I could see that the team is hardworking, and they genuinely care not only about clients but also about supporting the treatment center staff. As we all know, working in this field can be challenging. However, I love the way they support me and how we encourage one another.”
Adam Leiter – Group Faciliator
Adam is an RADT certified practitioner, a certified yoga instructor, group fitness instructor, and life coach. Adam has personal experience in recovery from addiction. And his journey has inspired him to grow as a leader as a healer and to be of service to others. Adam is honored to work with people from all walks of life on their journey out of addiction and he finds it extremely rewarding to bring value and assistance to clients as they move forward with their lives. In his spare time Adam likes to work out, swim, cycle, play sports, practice yoga,
“I was happy to come aboard with Guiding Hands Healthcare because I was able to see the care and concern that people like Kimberly Lou, Bryan, and Andrea possess for hurting individuals trying to find their way. They have a model of caring that many in this field have lost. I’m glad to be part of the team.”
Tim Jalowiec M. Div., CATC IV - Group Facilitor
Tim has worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor for 16 years and brings a great deal of professional and life experience to bear with those with whom he works. The first decade of his life saw more tragedy and trauma than any little boy should have to face. These experiences shaped his approach to life, and not for the better. However, Tim was exposed to and embraced solutions that would change the course of his life forever. As a result, he has earned his B. A. in Biblical Studies, M.Div. and his CATC-IV certification through CAADE. Tim enjoys facilitating groups in creative ways and loves helping others find hope. Tim enjoys reading, studying, and day hiking with his BFF, Lori, with whom he has been married for 19 years. Together they have four adult children and a beautiful granddaughter. Last but not least, Tim’s fur baby Otto, a 9-year-old dachshund, goes everywhere with him. Otto, along with Tim, can be seen doing therapy with group members.
Tim Jalowiec M.Div., CATC-IV
“Being a part of Guiding Hands Healthcare has provided me with the privilege of offering compassion, inspiring hope, and teaching others the necessary skills to overcome their current circumstances. They teach you the essential skills needed for the field, but they also provide support every step of the way. I feel like I am home.”
Andrea Barrero – Director Of Operations and Group Facilitator
Andrea Barrero is an RADT certified practitioner, an experienced professional in customer service and operations. She has worked in the customer service industry for the past 7 years. Delivering on quality satisfaction, retention, and experience. She has two Associates Degrees in Business and Architecture. She has a passion for inspiring others and providing quality service.
Andrea has enormous compassion for people going through life’s challenges and transitions, and feels privileged to work with those who are seeking support by helping them with art. She has trained in using the creative process to explore the conscious and unconscious, discovering feelings and experiences where there are no words. With the focus being on the process and materials, art therapy does not require art skill or experience. She creates the space to safely process, without judgement, and nurtures the courage to be imperfect.
To practice her own self-care, Andrea enjoys spending time outdoors with family, friends, and her furry baby (Koa). She enjoys yoga, spending time at the beach, reading and traveling the world.
“Being part of the team at Guiding Hands Healthcare has given me the experience and tools to fine-tune my skills and a family environment to thrive and grow. I love each person on our team and the unique style we each bring to the table. I feel so supported!”
Nico RADT Certified Group Facilitor
Nico is our RADT certified practitioner with a huge heart for people. He believes that connection is the opposite of addiction, profoundly desires to connect with those struggling and help them achieve the same freedom he’s found in sobriety. His past of battling various addictions and overcoming trauma creates an understanding, relatable perspective to meet people where they are at and take them to the next level. Nico knows the power of the mind and strives to help others recognize the truth of who they really are. Bringing brightness to every room he enters, he hopes to help others step into their true selves and create the mindset of infinite possibilities. Nico enjoys adventure outdoors, hiking, surfing, and hanging with family and friends in his spare time.
Cecily Renteria –Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Cecily Renteria is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #113224) under the supervision of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Erin Lae (LMFT #52711) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Amy Field (LMFT #50105). She brings nearly 20 years of experience working with people of all ages and backgrounds in various community non-profit agencies.
Cecily has been supporting adolescents, teens, and adults as a therapist since 2017. She holds the therapeutic relationship and views her healing work with clients as sacred. Her experience includes working with a wide range of presenting issues, including anger management, anxiety and depression, LGBTQIA+, recovery, substance use disorders, and trauma and PTSD.
In 2019, Cecily graduated with her Masters in Counseling Psychology, emphasizing Marriage and Family Therapy, Profession Clinical Counseling, and Depth Psychology. She approaches her work with clients with empathy and compassion. She uses various modalities through a depth-oriented lens, which includes using metaphor, myth, symbols/archetypes, and dreams and images to inform her work with clients.
Natasha Fahti R.D., RADT
As a young girl, Natasha grew up in a health-conscious household. Most dinner table conversations revolved around the nutritional value of food. As a result, Natasha chose Nutrition in college and graduated with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the California State University of Long Beach.
She also completed her dietetics internship program, working with hospital patients, and has worked in hospital settings for the past four years. Natasha is super passionate about what she does and is excited to positively share her experience to impact and promote healthy living and lifestyle through Nutrition.
“I feel incredibly honored and grateful to have the opportunity to work with Guiding Hands Healthcare to touch others’ lives positively. It feels good knowing I’m in the right place.”
Justine Edwards, RADT
Justine is an IPEC-certified life coach who empowers clients to feel, heal, transform anxiety, overcome negative thought patterns, and embrace self-confidence! She knows what it feels like to live many years dealing with crippling anxiety and panic attacks. She has worked with numerous people who want to move from feeling disconnected, anxious, and self-loathing to empowered, present, and confident in themselves.
In her free time, Justine enjoys the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and hanging with family and friends.
“I joined Guiding Hands Healthcare because it instantly felt like a family-based company. Everything about the company displays hope for growth. Guiding Hands Healthcare is on a mission to grow, and I want to be a part of that journey. During my time at Guiding Hands healthcare, I will strive to give my very best and nothing less.”
Ronald Ochoa, RADT T, MFT Trainee
Ronald has an extreme passion for Life. He states, “Figuring out our purpose in life is one of the most difficult challenges.” Although he has many aspirations, there is one thing for sure. Helping people with mental health challenges and addictions is exactly what he wants to do.
Daisy Mae –Emotional Support and Therapy Dog
Daisy Mae is naturally feisty, cute, and so so lovable. She brings her dynamic energy to all her interactions with others and the world while living in the moment.
She is light hearted, is often the life of the party, and has a great sense of humor; however, she does know how to take things seriously, uses her keen observation skills to assess her audience and adapt quickly when she has to. Daisy Mae is fantastic at balancing her work life and playtime; after a morning of the zoomies, she is ready to face the day.