Brenda Vaccaro

COVID-19 ALERT: Social distancing doesn't have to delay you from getting the support you need. I offer teletherapy!

Brenda Vaccaro

COVID-19 ALERT: Social distancing doesn't have to delay you from getting the support you need. I offer teletherapy!

Professions: Clinical Psychologist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Psychologist - PSY29151
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • MHNet
  • MHNet Behavioral Health
Fees: How frequently we meet following your initial session will depend on your current circumstances and goals, your budget, and the intensity of your need for support. Clients generally achieve more enduring and meaningful changes when they establish a consistent rhythm in weekly sessions, which provides the following:

• Structure & momentum to make changes at steady pace
• Continuity to process & integrate events session to session
• Safety to explore emotionally provocative life events
• Ample support to practice coping skills & stay grounded
• Opportunities to transfer new skills to everyday life
• Space to experiment with new behavior

Intake Interview & Feedback | 90 min | $200
Individual Therapy Session | 50-80 min | $165-200
Couple & Family Therapy Session | 50-80 min | $200-250
Teen Therapy & Parenting Support | 50-80 min | $175-225
Group Therapy & Support Groups | 90 min | $40-75

If weekly meetings aren’t affordable, I encourage you to explore creative scheduling accommodations to keep you within your budget and still benefit from reliable services provided by me or another Spark Center licensed team member. Feel free to ask!

I also encourage you to explore the opportunity to work with a Spark Center therapist who is completing training toward licensure in social work, marriage and family therapy, or clinical psychology if making a commitment to therapy seems financially out of reach.
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1412 S Street
Suite 100
Sacramento, California 95811
605 Standiford Avenue
Suite L
Modesto, California 95350

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My Approach to Helping

It's reassuring to know it's never too late to ignite curiosity about yourself, develop closer, healthier connections to others, cope more confidently with anxiety and depression, and learn to assert yourself more successfully. When you're struggling, it takes courage to let go of what's limiting you to make room for a happier life. I can collaborate with and guide you through this process by helping you identify, understand, and rework ineffective patterns and build new skills and behavior to create the better life you want personally and professionally.

I'll help you cope more skillfully with your emotions, develop more tolerance for uncertainty and change, and work through painful experiences. With informed support, you’ll respond more confidently to life's challenges. My specialties include adults with childhood emotional neglect, trauma, people pleasers, men, teens and young adults, struggling parents, and adoption.

Making meaningful changes in your life and relationships will be challenging and uncomfortable at times, but isn't your well-being worth it? I'll provide the encouragement, humor, and candor you'll need to stay focused. Together we'll learn what you need to accelerate your personal growth and quickly reach the goals that are uniquely important to you.

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Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    • Adults in the Adoption Triadrn• Certified Adoption Competent Therapistrn• Adults with Childhood Emotional Neglectrn• Excessively Self-Reliant Adultsrn• Vulnerability-Avoidant Adultsrn• People Pleasers & Social Anxietyrn• Young Adults & Difficult Transitionsrn• Men Struggling with Emotional Confidence

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Depression
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • First Responders
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Men's Issues
  • Parenting
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Stress
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
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