About Us

Martinez therapists at Alhambra Valley Counseling Center


At Alhambra Valley Counseling Center, we believe that each person has an innate ability to reach his or her full potential. The task of psychotherapy is to clarify obstacles and to come to terms with them, by compassionate acceptance and strategic changes. The process of counseling is dynamic and interactive, and at Alhambra Valley Counseling Center, clients are cared for, supported and empowered.

Our professional staff includes five Clinical Psychologists, one Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and one Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Each therapist at Alhambra Valley Counseling Center sets his or her own office hours and reimbursement rates. Many insurances are accepted. Please see our individual profiles, and give us a call if we may be of assistance to you and/or your family. All inquiries are confidential, and we strive to return your call within 24 hours.


Alhambra Valley Counseling Center (AVCC) has been located in downtown Martinez since 1989. The practice began with the two Steves: Dr. Steven Cloutier and Dr. Steven Shelton believed that the Martinez community, and the greater central Contra Costa County, could benefit from an easily accessed, professional psychotherapy center. They invited licensed therapists to join them in providing caring, safe, and supportive mental health services. Each clinician at Alhambra Valley Center is an independent practitioner, offering a variety of mental health and psychotherapeutic services, including psychological assessment.