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Debbie Weinrich, LCSW
If you are a camp fire survivor and are interested in trauma counseling, please fill out the form below and we will contact you for  a follow-up

Hello, my name is Austin Chase and I offer my clients compassion, understanding, and solution-focused therapy. I attended University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where I obtained my degree in Psychology. After years working in the non-profit sector, I completed my Master in Social Work (MSW) degree at Simmons University in Boston, MA. My experience is very strong with both adolescents and young adults, as well as, adults and those in later adulthood. I have concentrations in Substance Use Treatment, Attachment and Neurobiology, and Motivational Interviewing (MI). I am also an Eye Motion Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) certified clinician, and utilize this approach to assist my clients in working through trauma and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Regardless of approach, I assist my clients in meeting their goals by developing a therapeutic alliance, providing a safe and supportive environment, and collaborating to address any psychological or behavioral factors which are impeding these goals. If you are simply looking for someone to talk to, or want to dive into reprocessing lingering trauma from your past, contact us at Caring Choices for free therapy services. I look forward to working with you!

Austin Chase, MSW, ASW (#98224) is an Associate Clinical Social Worker under the supervision of Cathleen Ouimet, LCSW (# 24437)

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Hi my name is Cathleen Ouimet, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing clinical supervision for Caring Choices/Home Health.  I also currently work as a program manager for Butte County Behavioral Health, and have been in Butte County for almost 5 years.  Prior I was a mental health practitioner for Santa Barbara County for 8.5 years having worked in many spectrums of mental health to include the severally mentally ill population both with Adults,  Children Services,  also the forensic population and treatment courts.  I had a private practice for 5 years providing therapy primarily to couples and adults in the private sector.  Prior I was licensed social worker in New York and lived and worked in upstate New York as a mental health clinician in a small rural community. I’m originally from southern California born and raised, but lived and went to college in New York and graduate school at McGill University in Montreal Quebec. I moved back to California in 2004 and remarried a man with 6 children and now we have tons of grandbabies on the way.  Current count is 11 and 2 more joining the family in the next couple of months.  Yikes…… I love living in Northern California and have always been a country girl.  We have almost 10 acres, 3 horses and dog, several barn cats and I am a total animal lover, they fill my heart.  I enjoy music, family, friends, good wine and food, a good book or movie and lots of laughter.  Along with a good amount of quiet horse time in the county.  I’m also a women of faith and try to live life with kindness to others.  I believe this is what lead me to the field of social work, caring for people and wanting them to experience the happiness life has to offer and to be able to loves oneself and another. 

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Cathleen Ouimet, lcsw

Following a disaster, one of the most important aspects of returning

to a sense of wellness is the ability to heal the emotional damage

created by the cascade of traumas unleashed by an event as

devastating as a wildfire.

Thanks to the grant funding provided by the American Red Cross,

Caring Choices is offering eight free counseling sessions for

community members affected by the Camp Fire and Bear Fire.

Wildfire Resilience Therapy provides survivors with counseling on

trauma, loss, and crisis. This program is currently offered in our Chico

office and via telehealth as needed. 

We are currently taking referrals for our Wildfire Resilience Therapy. Please call our office or fill out the form below to get connected with our therapists. 


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My name is Debbie Weinrich and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Caring Choices.  I have worked as a medical social worker in the past, in private practice, and most recently for the past 10 years at Butte County Behavioral Health providing therapy for adult clients.  Also, I facilitated clinical supervision for MSW interns who were in the process of becoming licensed.  The opportunity to participate in a person’s growth to enhance life skills and walk with them on their journey is fulfilling for me, particularly when they are struggling and lacking hope.  I have a passion to help couples develop skills to stay in highly satisfying relationships and focused on this topic for my thesis.  My husband and I have been married for 38 years. We enjoy taking walks on the beach, in the park, or anywhere in nature.  We have 3 married adult children and 5 grandchildren, with one on the way.  When I am not working, I am caring for my grandchildren, which is a delight for me.  It is a pleasure to be a part of the staff at Caring Choices and I look forward to continuing therapy with Campfire survivors and providing consultation with case managers.     

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