Biographies

LAUREL M. ANDRES, L.M.F.T.
2222 East Cliff Drive 1-B
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Office: (831) 475-3459
Email: landreslmft@icloud.com

Laurel Andres began running groups in 1982 at the time of the central coast floods. She coordinated and facilitated emergency mental health services for the Marina District in San Francisco during the aftermath of the Loma Prieta earthquake and has since debriefed and counseled many companies, individuals and families following acute disasters and periods of long term stress. She has completed advanced training in multi-modal approaches to Critical Incidents. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice and is a trainer and consultant to the corporate sector and to public agencies and hospitals around issues of stress management, strategic communication improvement, and balancing work and home life.

SUE BRANDY, L.C.S.W.
2715 Porter Street
Soquel, CA 95073
Office: (831) 476-3638
Email: brandylcsw@gmail.com
Sue has been responding to critical incidents and disasters for the past 18 years. In her work with local police, sheriff, fire personnel, CHP and other first responders, she has provided debriefing and one-on-one response, as well as support to family and co-workers. Sue is trained by and holds a “Certificate of Specialized Training in Emergency Services” from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. As an experienced practitioner of EMDR, she offers this brief individual intervention technique that allows for desensitization and reprocessing of traumatic incidents that lead to Acute and Post-traumatic Stress.
In her work with the Red Cross, Sue has responded to events around 9/11, plane crashes and local floods and earthquakes.

Over the past 20 years her private practice has included providing counseling to adults, children and adolescents coping with “normal” life challenges, as well as contending with traumatic events such as physical and sexual abuse, suicide and murder, victimization and all forms of loss and grief. Additionally, Sue is a part time instructor at Cabrillo College and has provided workshops, consultations and trainings in CISM and multiple other topics to a variety of businesses, groups and agencies.

NICHOLAS A. ROSS, PH.D.
1395 41st Avenue, Suite E
Capitola, CA 95010
Office: (831) 477-7050
Email: nickrossphd@aol.com

Nick Ross began his work in 1990 on a team managing traumatic incidents at Hudson River State Psychiatric Hospital and later as a staff member at BRC Human Services in the Bowery district in New York City. He has served as Director of Youth & Family Services and as a critical incident team responder at Kara in Palo Alto, Calif., where he continues to serve as a Clinical Consultant. There he provided debriefings, crisis counseling, and education both to individuals and to groups of children and adults facing critical incidents such as traumatic deaths in schools, community agencies, and businesses. During the trauma of high school student suicides, Nick has been called upon repeatedly by administrators to support individuals and groups of students, parents, and staff through crisis counseling and ongoing education. He has presented on numerous expert panels regarding issues of grief and death, including at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and the Living with Grief National Teleconference.

Nick is a licensed psychologist and maintains a psychotherapy practice in Capitola and Mountain View serving adolescents, adults, and ongoing men’s groups. Our newest team member, he brings invaluable experience and facility with trauma, life-threatening illness, and death-related issues in a variety of settings.

GLORIA SIMPSON L.C.S.W.
2715 Porter Street, Suite 210
Soquel, CA 95073
Office: (831) 425-4620 Page: (831) 661-2800
Email: GSimpsonLCSW@aol.com

Gloria Simpson has worked in the field of trauma for 30 years. She has worked with first responder client populations providing trainings, consultations, individual and group crisis intervention and mental health services. She has recently contributed to a documentary about 911 dispatchers.  She provides employee support services to law enforcement, fire, dispatch and emergency medical responders. She has experience working with adults, children and families around issues of abuse and trauma.

Gloria provides consultation and supervision to both public agencies and counseling interns.  Her expertise also includes addiction issues. In addition to providing services with the Central Coast Critical Incident Team, Gloria is a hospital emergency room social worker, supervisor/clinical program manager for a private non profit and has a private practice.  She holds a certification of specialized training in emergency services. She received her master’s degree at the University of Southern California.