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Welcome to

The Growing Place

Counseling Center

“We seek to develop healthy communities by fostering the emotional, mental and spiritual health of individuals and families.”

Who We Are

The Growing Place is a counseling center in Chico providing therapeutic, hope-centered, and strengths-based counseling and coaching services to children, youth, adults, and families.

Our compassionate team facilitates inner healing opportunities to those who may have experienced trauma, tragedy, or grief.  They empower clients to effectively navigate life challenges such as abuse, stress, depression, addiction and recovery.  The team also supports and equips those seeking counsel or coaching through life transitions, career development, or building deeper communication with a family member or significant other.

The Growing Place is a non-profit operation with an ever-growing professional and qualified team, providing an ever-widening scope of therapeutic services. We are committed to offering excellent, honoring, and creative life-changing services to Chico and the surrounding area as licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Associates, and Life Coaches.

The Growing Place Team

Jenna Rhein

Lic. Marriage & Family Therapist
LMFT #137739


Jenna Rhein is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master of Arts Degree from Northcentral University.

Jenna’s therapeutic style is eclectic using a solution-focused perspective with a holistic approach that looks at how the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected.

Jenna is passionate about creating an open, warm, and empowering environment for her clients to be honest without judgment. Jenna believes in creating a partnership with her clients that is strength-based and client-centered.

Services include individual, couples, family, or group sessions across the lifespan. Jenna is also running a teen program called OASIS during the summer to discuss life skills, boundaries, healthy relationships, and coping skills.

Jenna believes that together, we can work on addressing the root problem to any past or current difficulty and build meaningful social connections today.

Holly Nielsen

Lic. Marriage & Family Therapist
LMFT #137602
Assoc. Professional Clinical Counselor
APCC #9408


I employ a mindfulness-based eclectic approach to facilitate insight, awareness, and self-efficacy for my clients of all ages; from youths to older adults.

I have experience working with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma and PTSD, communication issues in couples and families, and substance use, among others.

Clark Noonan

Assoc. Marriage & Family Therapist
AMFT #116698


Clark is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Clark is an experienced practitioner of Brainspotting Therapy. He has walked alongside clients with diverse backgrounds and struggles. This includes his work in inpatient treatment facilities, as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) working with foster youth, and in private practice settings where he worked extensively with men and couples. Clark is passionate about helping clients with trauma, addictions, and struggling relationships. He believes that each client has a story to share and feels privileged to join clients along their journey.

Clark Noonan

Joanne Nitchman

Lic. Marriage & Family Therapist
LMFT #111720


Hi. I’m Joanne Nitchman, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have a heart for people. I have had my share of trials in life and I believe in the value of counseling. God called me into counseling to help others through life’s hurts and struggles.

Through the use of my strengths of empathy and understanding, I believe I can help people change the negative thoughts they have by helping them focus on truth.

I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families to help them have the best relationship possible. I have found that the attachment we form as infants has an impact on our relationships into adulthood.

Are you having trouble in your relationships? Sometimes all it takes is someone to listen, to care, to walk beside you in order to overcome those challenges.

Allison Benz-Rossan

Lic. Marriage & Family Therapist
LMFT #119226


Hi I'm Allison, I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have been a therapist for over 15 years.

My treatment speciality areas are;
Couples Therapy
Parenting Issues
Behavioral issues in children, adolescents and teenages
Substance Abuse Issues
Grief and Loss

I have an integrative approach to therapy and use a combination of person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, and motivational approaches.

My basic belief is that as long as there is Hope anything is possible. I strive to help my clients find the Hope in their lives and make that Shift toward healing to reach their full potential.
I believe God called me to work for Him and be a support for you. I would be honored to walk along with you on your journey for a time.

Cody Scheer

Assoc. Marriage & Family Therapist
AMFT #134033


Cody is a young Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about helping people who are struggling with life's challenges. He has experience working with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and anger management. Growing up as teenager and young adult he experienced many of these afflictions himself and has dedicated his studies and work toward helping those suffering from the same. He specializes in children, teens, and young adults, but is open to working with all ages.

Cody uses a person-centered, strengths-based approach with his clients. He believes everyone is capable of change. He also uses an ACT therapy model mixed with positive psychology to help his clients improve their lives. With proper care and support anyone can flourish. It is his mission to help each person along their journey to excellence.

Cody Scheer

AJ Petelin

Lic. Marriage & Family Therapist
LMFT #137559


AJ’s seeks to facilitate her clients in discovering and embracing that they are stronger than they think. Understanding why they think, feel, and act and that their circumstances no longer need to define them. People do have the power to change. Each client is empowered to create new patterns of thinking, feeling and acting that are able to forgive, dream, and hope again. AJ comes alongside each of her clients as they grow in their commitment to make the changes necessary to begin to thrive in life.

AJ has extensive experience. She uses an eclectic style, but finds most value in CBT, DBT, Schema Therapy and EFT.

AJ Petelin

The Growing Place Team

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Individual Therapy

Couples Therapy

Family Therapy

What The Growing Place Offers

Trauma Recovery
  • Transformational Prayer
  • EMDR and Brain Spotting
Various Groups
  • Grief and Trauma Recovery – Adults
  • Oasis for Teens – Teens Only
  • Pure Desire – Men’s Group
  • Children
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Families
Special Education
  • Parenting through Love & Logic
  • Boundaries Class
  • Nurtured Heart Training
Life Coaching
  • Life Plan Development
  • Spiritual Growth & Healing
  • Leadership Coaching


530 588 0448

Phone (Tap to call)

(530) 588-0448


1074 East Ave., Suite A-4
Chico, CA 95926


Office Hours

M – F    9 – 5