The Wisdom Training Center

Partnering to Empower a Thriving Community

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Stacy Brittain, Founder and Director

LMFT #53328; Supervisor, Founder and Director of The Wisdom Training Center

Stacy tailors her work as a Marriage and Family Therapist to the client, recognizing the uniqueness within each person: the therapeutic tool box contains a variety of interventions, not a “one-size-fits-all” tool. She uses the four spheres of biological/psychological/social/spiritual in her assessment strategies, believing that good mental health is found when these areas are well-balanced. Her exploration starts with where a person is today--this is where Stacy finds fertile ground for growth.

Stacy has years of training and experience in dream interpretation, incorporating dream work into the counseling room, and teaching regular classes on how to understand ones own dreams. Stacy has a certification from the Allender School for PTSD and the healing of Trauma, and is a Certified Brain Coach from the Amen Clinics. As a degree-holding Master Herbalist, Stacy specializes in supporting the nutritional aspects of healing and growth. 

Stacy was a collegiate and pro-volleyball player earlier in life. After her pro volleyball career ended, not ready to earn money sitting in a chair, Stacy set out on a 15 year carpentry career. A passion for healing through nutrition propelled her to earn a Masters in Herbology from The School of Natural Healing in 2000. In 2001 she got tired of digging ditches and crawling under houses and through attics, and began to ask God, “What next?” In 2005, He spoke to her in a dream, and she began the journey to MFT licensure.

Building on 25 years of leadership in healing, recovery, and prayer groups, Craig’s aim as a Christian life coach is training wise, loving, faithful believers. His approach includes healing prayer, confession, conflict resolution, and inspiring clients to grasp and pursue the destiny Father has for each of us--all while listening to each person's story with a deep respect for their unique place in God's love.. Craig holds a counseling certificate from the Allender Center in trauma and abuse recovery. He led Menlo Church's program in addiction recovery for 12 years, serving men in the Bay Area. He now teaches faith building classes in the Wisdom Training School, leading the study of such seminal books as Healing Presence, by Leanne Payne, and Bold Love, by Dan Allender.

With 18 patents, a career as a product designer and innovation guru, Craig is well-suited to design and build our unique therapy tools used in our Friendship Power Programs. He also leads the company, directs the Board, writes strategic plans, creates marketing materials, negotiates contracts, and keeps Stacy sane.

Craig loves creative wood working, event planning, art projects, beach volleyball, and backpacking when his body is functional. Elliptical machines are not his favorite. Craig doesn’t just like Tigger, rather he is Tigger. Bouncy, bouncy fun he can be.

David Maddalena, Registered MFT Intern

IMF 95005; MDiv, MA Counseling Psychology (Santa Clara University); Supervised by Martha Thorson, LMFT #77527

David has been a pastor for over 20 years, focusing on helping people of all kinds--in and out of the church--gain clarity and grow in strength. Throughout multiple careers (pastor, writer, educator, speaker, artist) David has worked to open up lines of communication, freeing people to connect with others, and, for those on a faith journey, with God. 

No matter what he's working on, David has always gone out of his way to sit with people to consider the joys and struggles of life. Today, he's pursuing a licence as a Marriage and Family Therapist to deepen the skills needed to help his fellow travelers. 

As a collage artist focused on re-purposing popular images to tell new stories, David is always on the lookout for meaning hidden in unlikely places.

David works with individuals of all ages, couples, and families.

Joyce Liu, Counseling Trainee

Graduate Trainee, supervised by Stacy Brittain, LMFT #53328

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Joyce provides an encouraging and safe space for people to heal.  She partners with clients to develop habits for healthier relationships, overcome fears and identify ineffective mindsets, and establish new coping strategies and belief systems.  She enjoys helping clients find their voice to express themselves, as well as journeying together into greater self-acceptance and hope.

Angela Li, Counseling Trainee

Graduate Trainee, supervised by Stacy Brittain, LMFT #53328

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Angela is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who is completing her Masters Degree at Western Seminary, San Jose.

Angela works with couples, adults and teens.  She desires to provide a safe place for clients.  Angela is passionate about helping people get unstuck, seek healing, restore inner peace, and make meaning out of ups and downs of life.  She enjoys providing support in areas of premarital counseling, couples issues, anxiety, depression, life transitions, family of origin issues.  She also believe that therapy is a good investment in teens and children.            

Besides English, Angela speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin.  Growing up in two cultures, she respects and welcomes diversity.  She received training in Gottman Couples methods, Prepared and Enrich Premarital Counseling, anxiety disorders, DBT, play therapy interventions, and couples communication.  

Earlier in life, Angela worked as a software engineer for more than 12 years.  She received her B.S. in Computer Science from University of California, Davis.  Though she enjoys intellectually challenging projects, she has always been passionate about helping people on life issues.  Angela is married and lives with her husband in the South Bay.  She enjoys snorkeling, swimming, acrylic painting, hiking, and badminton

Counseling, school programs, therapist training,
coaching, support groups, and faith-based classes
in the Silicon Valley
Phone: (650) 793-4966

The Wisdom Training Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public benefit corporation, C3821846