Meet the Staff

wanettaWanetta Roetcisoender, LCSW

Lic. No. 26353

Wanetta was raised in a large family in a Mennonite community in Pennsylvania. She was raised in a family that was transitioning out of the Mennonite/Amish church and culture to a simple, Bible-believing faith. She attended Christian school throughout her childhood, and she became a professing believer at a young age.

Wanetta attended Bloomsburg University and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in social work and a concentration in children with special needs. She then attended the University of Maryland at Baltimore and graduated with a master’s degree in social work (MSW) with a specialization in health social work in 1999. While in Baltimore, she worked as an intern providing therapy to HIV/AIDS patients and socio-economically disadvantaged people. After receiving her MSW, she went on to work for a foster family agency specializing in children with disabilities and severe behavior problems. Wanetta has also worked in hospice, providing counseling for patients and families facing terminal illness. Wanetta began working at ACTS in 2007 as an intern and generalist practitioner seeing individuals, couples and families under the supervision of Bonnie McLaughlin, MFT. She received her LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) license in 2010. She continues as a generalist practitioner with specialties in Christian therapy, grief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems theory. Wanetta lives in Palmdale with her husband and two children.

sherrie-winner-bakerSherrie Winner-Baker, LMFT

License No. MFC 53197

Sherrie received her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, Calif.  She has worked as a therapist for years in both a community agency working with DCFS, Family Preservation at-risk families, and more recently with private clients at Associated Christian Therapy Services. Sherrie provides therapy with a sensitive heart of compassion and an empathic style that reflect some of her own personal experience, as well as professional skill. She integrates biblical principals with therapeutic orientations including attachment theory, psychodynamic and family systems. She has extensive experience working with survivors of trauma, child abuse, victims of domestic violence and grief, codependency and addictive disorders, family dysfunction, blended families, attachment, and anxiety disorders. She welcomes working with individuals, families, couples, groups, children and adults of all ages.

Prior to becoming a marriage and family therapist, Sherrie spent many years working in social services in a variety of environments, where she provided counseling, small group facilitation, case management, living skills, parenting and community integration. Sherrie’s clientele also included people with developmental disabilities and spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injuries, mental illness, and the elderly.

She lives with her husband in a mountain cabin. They have three grown children and are blessed with delightful grandchildren.

Sherrie draws upon the Lord as the Source, Center and Wonderful Counselor to guide her and her clients through the healing process.

IMG_6394Kevin Belsby, LMFT

License No. LMFT 32075

Kevin Belsby, LMFT, started working with Associated Christian Therapy Services 1992. His formal training includes receiving his M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1990. This degree had an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. At that time Kevin was serving as a Senior Pastor of a Foursquare church in Mojave CA. When he took a church in Northridge he resigned at ACTS and within a short time took a “tent-making” occupation as a full-time professor at The King’s University in Van Nuys California. Throughout his tenure as a Senior Pastor at Pathway Christian Fellowship in Northridge CA and his full-time occupation as a seminary professor he has been committed to providing quality therapy from a biblical perspective to individuals, couples and families. In 1998 Kevin and his partners began a center for a ministry to pastors and their churches called The DPER Life Center. Through this center Kevin and his partners have been offering therapy to church leadership and seminars for various kinds of leadership topics. In November of 2014 Kevin and his wife sensed a change and began a move back to the Antelope Valley. Kevin started back with ACTS and works with individuals, couples and families on a variety of issues. His primary training has been in Family Systems Therapy. He specializes in family and couples work associated with relational difficulties. He also specializes in helping church leadership deal with the unique problems associated with pastors and their families Kevin is the oldest of three brothers.  He is married to Jolene and has three beautiful daughters, two grand-daughters, a grand-son and one one the way.

OsasOsas Otasowie, MFT Intern

Reg. Intern No. IMF 74133

Supervised by Wanetta Roetcisoender, LCSW

Osas Otasowie is a registered intern with a master’s degree in marriage, family & child therapy from University of Phoenix in Ontario, CA. She works as a therapist in a community agency’s Family Preservation program with at-risk families, and more recently with private clients at Associated Christian Therapy Services. Osas integrates her biblical values and personal experiences with her professional training in therapy. Her theoretical orientations include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused and Family systems theory. Osas works with children, youths and adults of all ages, individuals, couples, families and groups. She is a pastor and public speaker. She was born in Nigeria and lives in Palmdale with her husband and four children.

bonnie-mcLaughlin-mftBonnie McLaughlin, LMFT

Lic. No. MFC 31478

Bonnie McLaughlin is a licensed marriage and family therapist.  She graduated from Cal State Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, and from Phillips Graduate Institute with a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.  She began her private practice in the Burbank/Glendale area in 1990, where she worked with couples, families and individuals on issues related to relationships, parenting, substance abuse and recovery from childhood abuses.

Bonnie has also done corporate workshops and speaking engagements at various schools, churches and professional organizations on topics including child abuse, stress and anger management, substance abuse, parenting, communication, and relationships.

Before becoming a therapist, Bonnie was an elementary school teacher and principal at a private, Christian elementary school.  She also worked for three years for the Crippled Children’s Society in their summer camps, caring for and providing activities for physically handicapped children and adults.

After having worked for 17 years in the San Fernando Valley, she moved her practice closer to home in the Antelope Valley in 2007, where she resides with her husband.

Bonnie has had many life experiences that lend themselves to compassionate and supportive guidance of others who may be struggling in their own current life circumstances.  Her training in family systems includes an integrated, biblically based approach that is sensitive to and respectful of wherever a person is on their own spiritual path.  She is also trained in cognitive behavioral and solution focused techniques.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this type of psychotherapy, we welcome and thank you for the referral.

cornelia-gCornelia G. (Bunny) Bjorge, LMFT

License No. MFT 35634

A licensed marriage and family therapist and graduate of Trinity College of Graduate Studies, Bunny offers therapy with a caring heart.  She integrates personal applications of biblical truths with appropriate psychological techniques, individualized to meet people where they are in an environment of genuine acceptance and concern.  She likes to help people set clear-cut goals with workable strategies to meet their potential as individuals and in relationships.  She has also received specialized training in thought field therapy, play/sand tray therapy and emotion focused therapy.  Some areas of expertise and experience include women’s issues, codependency, anxiety, child therapy, depression, and the healing of emotional wounds from trauma, abuse and neglect.  Wife, mom and grandmother, Bunny has lived in Lancaster more than 50 years and served 24 years at ACTS.

rick-olson-mftRick Olson, LMFT

License No. MFC 27410

Rick Olson, MFT, began Associated Christian Therapy Services, Inc, in July of 1990.  He has been committed to providing quality therapy from a biblical perspective to individuals, couples and families.  His formal training includes receiving his MA from Talbot Theological Seminary in 1978, and a short time later he received his MA in marriage, family and child counseling from California Family Study Center in 1985.

Prior to opening ACTS, Inc., Rick was a youth pastor, a social worker and program director in a couple of group homes working with probation and foster teens.  He also, along with two other therapists, opened the Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Antelope Valley Hospital.

Rick works with individuals, couples and families on a variety of issues. His primary training has been in family system therapy. Even with individuals, Rick works from the perspective of the family and how one relates in the context of the family.

Rick is the oldest of four children.  He is married to Linda and has two beautiful daughters who are both married with a total of three grandsons.