“We believe in the “health of the helper” and are continually deepening our understanding of the Three Principles and how they impact our perceptions of reality. We believe that in order to teach happiness we must first be happy ourselves, if we are to teach well being we must be well. We believe in the value of simplicity found from having a quiet mind. Out of a quiet mind flows the peace and tranquility, which is shared with all we come in contact with. In the calm, the work we are given to preform is done quickly, easily, and with a deep degree of satisfaction.
This quiet mind can best be seen in children who are very young. As children we cared little for the future and were much more about the “now”. We had basic needs and wants. We were not plagued by the past longing for what could have or should have been done. We were not anxious, for the future consumed by what might be. We just were. As trainers we desire to capture that innocent essence of childhood. This desire alone is the willingness that creates the opportunity for awareness to appear. This is where we experience hope and truly benefit from the beauty of simplicity. We are truly grateful for the work that we do and look forward to work with you through your discovery of your innate health.”
Steven R. Crouch
Steven was born and raised in Southern California and 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, was 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; and considers himself 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. 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 the year before. 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 allows 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 quite 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 a small community of Lamont, Ca. 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 we’re agricultural labors 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 priceless. As a student of Bakersfield Community College, Steve became interested in construction wrk and decided to venture into building a career in concrete construction. Owner and operator of Velasquez Concrete Construction form 1983 to 2014, when at that time Steve decided to follow his heart’s desire to work with the 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 the 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.
As part of our mission at PMC we have expanded our network of providers by opening our traineeship / internship program to local colleges. we are pleased to welcome Shaun as one of our recently graduated Master’s degree students. He received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Dubuque and returned home to finish his education. Shaun has a great deal of expertise working with families of children who have special needs. A willingness to continue his curiosity into the application of the Three Principals make shaun a true find.
Leann graduated from Lindsay High School, in the middle of California’s agricultural heart. She graduated with a Bachelors from University of Phoenix and went on to receive her Master’s from National University in Bakersfield. She worked at 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 and is now one of our licensed clinical staff. She has been a very interracial 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 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, a warm sense of peace, she did not learn from school it was with her always.
Jenny came to PMC after much persuading from Steven. Jenny worked as a teacher at St. Johns’s Lutheran School with children. The qualities of commitment, heart compassion and non-wavering for anything less than the best was what stood out when Steven met Jenny. She underwent a large growth experience when she volunteered to become part of the Stephen’s Ministry Team at her church. Stephens Ministry Volunteers are trained to provide one to one counseling to hurting people in a confidential Chirst-centered approach. Jenny deepened her knowledge of helping others in times of tragedy and became hooked on reaching out to help the hurting in our community. When the intensive outpatient program came into being, Jenny was the go to person for the job providing consistency and compassion. She currently works as a 3P life coach seeing individual clients and is one of our lead coaches in charge of the IOP in Bakersfield. The next big thing for Jenny is growing IOP into outlining areas, training other group leaders and starting our Parent to Parent support group based on the Three Principles. She is a dedicated mom of two children. Steven and Renee are grateful to her for sense of order in times of chaos, willingness to see past the blemishes and simple grace.
Tina started her traineeship with PMC and is now graduated with a Master’s degree in counseling from National University working on her internship hours. When Steven was taking on a set of trainees he spoke to Tina on the phone and told her he needed to know nothing else she sounded “normal” and had the job. Tina just has that way about her. She 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 step sons a daughter-n-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.
Kristal was in the same graduating class with Tina and met Steven in much 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 son 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 to help out anywhere 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. Amada 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 having him available for collaboration.
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.
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 and are grateful for her calm presence.