About Pine Meadow Counseling
Steven and Renee Crouch have worked together in the health care industry since the beginning of their marriage in 1992. They met while working in the same department at college and married 6 months later. PMC was founded in 1994 and became a non-profit 501c3 in 2008 under the category, “educational organizations”. This distinction allows PMC to not only partner with local colleges but expand their services into underserved areas.
Together, they went into healthcare from the administrative side working in a large physician organization. This job gave them both experience in network development, provider relations and insurance contracting. Their lives moved them back to the mental health world when they formed the consulting firm S.R. Crouch and Associates. Their consulting projects ranged from building and managing locked psychiatric units in med/surge hospitals to managing emergency room physician recruitment. During this period of their marriage, Steven had a small private practice but it was not what he had envisioned it to be. In 1997, Steven’s dad encouraged him to attend a “Psychology of Mind” workshop. The workshop unveiled a new approach to the helping profession. This new approach had been proven effective in Santa Clara County with community revitalization, The Department of Corrections, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and schools. After Steven and Renee went to a workshop at UC Berkley, the world of Psychology as they both knew it, took a huge leap forward into a realm they never imagined.
Albert Einstein once said, “Never lose a holy curiosity. Stop every day to understand and appreciate a little of the mystery that surrounds you, and your life will be filled with awe and discovery to the very end”. This is how Pine Meadow began its journey of discovering how everyone creates reality from the inside out. Steven and Renee continue to point to thought as the source of our experience. The team at Pine Meadow has grown greatly and expanded to many locations.
PMC believes in the “health of the helper” and the Three Principles: Mind, Consciousness and Thought. In order to teach happiness, we must first be happy ourselves. In order to teach well being, we must first be well. The value of simplicity is found from having a quiet mind. Out of a quiet mind flows peace and tranquility, which is shared with all we come in contact with.
This quiet mind can be seen in children who are very young. Children care little about the future and more about the “now”. They have basic needs and wants and are not plagued by the past longing for what could or should have been done. The trainers at PMC desire to capture that innocent essence of childhood. This desire alone is the willingness that creates the opportunity for awareness to appear.
Steven R. Crouch
Steven was born and raised in Southern California. He attended Los Angeles Pierce College before moving for Graduate school in Bakersfield. He started S.R.Crouch & Associates, a healthcare and mental health practice consulting firm shortly after graduating. He is the Founder and President of PMC.
During his career Steven has worked as a consultant starting psychiatric programs in medical/surgical hospitals. He was also the administrator of a large medical group in Kern and Ventura Counties and taught at the local University. He began working with the Three Principles at the start of his counseling career and became a passionate educator of interns and trainees concerning the impact this understanding could have on individuals, families, employers, teachers and communities in general. Steven loves to fish, sit on the beach, garden and cook. Having lost a son and being a cancer survivor, he has personally seen the value of appreciating the moments in life. Steven considers himself extremely blessed to have the most fabulous wife by his side (this is an entirely voluntary statement from Steven) along with Corbin, Canon and Ivy, his three children.
Renee was born and raised in Bakersfield California. She moved to Santa Monica and received a Diamond Certificate from the Gemological Institute of America. Upon moving back to Bakersfield, she began work on her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and graduated in 1993 from Cal State University Bakersfield. She married Steven one year prior to graduation. Running S.R.Crouch & Associates for 10 years, she realized her true passion was for helping others. Renee returned to college and received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from National University. She is the Co-Founder and Administrator of PMC, as well one of our licensed clinical staff.
Her work as a counselor gives her the opportunity to teach children and adolescents her understanding of the Three Principles and how they are continually at work in their lives creating their unique perception of reality. Renee has a heart for working with care givers and those suffering from cancer. She cared for Steven during his four year battle with cancer and the lingering effects of that cancer. Having a quiet mind was the only thing that gave her comfort during uncertain times. Through her work with the Carsen Russell Crouch Endowment Fund at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Renee has been able to reach hundreds of medical staff personnel concerning the end of life issues parents experience when faced with the loss of a child.
Steven met Steve in 1993 when they became neighbors. Years later, they became reacquainted and discovered they had a shared passion to work with struggling youth. Steve grew up in the small community of Lamont, Ca. He is happily married with two adult children, who bring him pride and happiness, and four grandchildren that are absolutely the best a grandfather could ask for. Steve’s parents were agricultural laborers and traveled to various counties in California, following the seasonal crops. Second to the last of fourteen children, 7 brothers and 6 sisters, it was often difficult to get a whole lot of attention or a word in otherwise, but life was good and the memories are priceless. As a student of Bakersfield Community College, Steve became interested in construction work and decided to venture into building a career in concrete construction. As the owner and operator of Velasquez Concrete Construction form 1983 to 2014, Steve decided to follow his heart’s desire to work with youth. He received an Associates Degree from the University of Phoenix in 2010, with a concentration in psychology. Steve has joined our team and is now working in the youth Intensive Outpatient Program. His knowledge of the Spanish language will enable us to reach out to the Hispanic community with the message of hope that comes from understanding the 3P’s. Steve’s sense of calm, secure, passion shows through in how he works with kids and the results he gets. It was by no accident that Steve and Steven ran into each other after all those years. We are very grateful for the chance to see him grow in his passion.
Leann graduated from Lindsay High School, in the middle of California’s agricultural heart. She graduated with a Bachelors from the University of Phoenix and went on to receive her Master’s from National University in Bakersfield. She worked for the County in the Department of Health and Human Services helping unemployed mothers overcome obstacles in order to become more self-sufficient. Leann has been with PMC since 2012 when she started as a trainee. She is now one of our licensed clinical staff. Leann has been a very integral part of the development of the PMC Intensive Outpatient Program for teens. She will be opening an IOP site in Tulare County and will be the director of this exciting and very much needed program for teens in and around Porterville. Leann is married to her husband Jeff and they have three children. Reading, family and travel are her passions. We are very lucky to have such a dedicated person working for us that has a true heart for helping others. What she brings to her work is a warm sense of peace that she did not learn from school, it was always with her.
Tina started her traineeship with PMC and is now graduated with a Master’s degree in counseling from National University. Tina has a presence about her that is rock solid, and at the same time kind and caring. This rock solidness has helped Tina work at PMC as our Clinical Care Coordinator for IOP. She spends endless hours on the phone with insurance companies trying to get them to see how much our kids need this program. When she is not on the phone, Tina sees various families for counseling and is preparing to do great work with many military service families. In the past, Tina had worked as a substitute teacher, office administrator and worked with adults with disabilities. She has a daughter, two stepsons, a daughter-in-law, and a very supportive husband who serves in the Army Reserves. We are so grateful for her tremendous organizational skills and ability to make work seem simple as she effortlessly gets it all done.
Shannon Ashburn was born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca. She attended Bakersfield High School and graduated from California State University Bakersfield. Shannon received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University. In 2010 she joined our team as a trainee and finished her internship becoming one of our Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.
Shannon has dedicated her career to helping those affected by trauma. Her experience with this hurting population, spans well over 10 years. She is trained in Trauma-Informed Practice and has assisted individuals and families in overcoming barriers to safety and self-sufficiency. Shannon’s gift is in educating our guests’ on how trauma does not need to define their life and how to look beyond the problem to the possibilities of a peaceful “now”.
Shannon is married and stays very active with her three children. Her children have taught her how to balance the perceived hectic hurried pace of school, sports and career. She has learned how to slow down to the speed of life from the inside out. Shannon is a treasure we are glad to have on our team.
Kristal was in the same graduating class with Tina and met Steven in much of the same way. She was born and raised in Taft California, where she currently lives and works at Taft Community College. Kristal stayed on at PMC after her traineeship to complete her hours as an MFT Intern. Her commitment is beyond expectations, coming in to sees clients every Saturday without fail. Steven has always enjoyed Kristal’s sense of humor and contagious laugh. Kristal is a devoted mom to her cool son Ethan, who has shown her the value of every moment and taught her the art of simplicity.
Steven met Amanda when she showed up at PMC wanting to volunteer and help out where she could. She had heard of the work being done at PMC through several people in the community and felt God leading her to become curious. Her curiosity about PMC, and the approach used, changed everything she had learned in the past. Amanda became so energized when she understood the simplicity of the Three Principles, she expanded the hours she wanted to work with clients. Amanda has a Master’s degree in Social Work and began at PMC working with children in one of the most underserved schools in Kern County. Amanda is a gem that PMC is fortunate to stand beside in her adventure.
Continuing his desire to learn and grow in the field of psychology, Aaron has joined our team as a recent graduate with his Master’s degree in Counseling. Aaron will be continuing on with his internship at PMC. We are excited to see Aaron grow as an administrator, bringing the Three Principles into the business sector. Aaron’s ability to approach, what seems like problems to most, from a birds eye view, allows him to draw others into their own innate health. Welcome Aaron to our team!
Albert Ma, M.D.
Dr. Ma works on a consultative basis with our “Youth Intensives”. He is Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry committed to working as a true team player. Dr. Ma values the team approach PMC has developed with him and his practice. We are very grateful to have him available for collaboration.
Her title says it all “Guest Relations Coordinator”. Jessica is a master at all tasks. She directs traffic by phone, fax, email, text and foot to all of the many PMC locations. As a student, Jessica and Steven met while he was acting as chaperone on a week long Tall Ships trip with our local charter school. Jessica demonstrated a very calm state of mind during the stormy seas on that trip, which hands down qualified her to work at PMC. We all benefit from and are very grateful for her calm presence.