Devoted Beyond Reason...For Good Reason

It is the mission of SYC to provide the highest level of expertise, devotion, and accessibility to individuals and their support systems, so that they may flourish as equals in society, unimpeded, understood and loved, as we all desire for ourselves. It is the vision of SYC that each individual be provided with the necessary supports and opportunities to participate in living experiences which empowers them to achieve their highest potential in the least restrictive environment.

As caring is the cornerstone of our values, we are committed to act with compassion, integrity, and honesty. SYC team members are not only expected to be experienced but also passionate about upholding these values while providing a foundation of support to each individual we serve.

Treatment Philosophy


Exercising compassion in our approach to treatment as we value individual needs and consider interventions that promote a better quality of life.


Each program is designed to have high levels of accountability. Treatment progress is data-driven and transparent to all parties involved.


SYC is grounded in evidence-based practices. We explore all research-based methods when designing treatment interventions.


Our measure of effectiveness is to yield positive and sustainable long-lasting changes for each individual.


We base our work on a person-centered model, one that emphasizes the elements of advocacy and promoting choice for the individual.

We're Here For You...

Stephanie Young

Stephanie Young


Ms. Stephanie Young has been in the mental health profession for 20 years. Initially, she worked as a Crisis Counselor and Clinical Director before founding her own agency to help individuals who have developmental disabilities and/or mental health issues. As a licensed psychotherapist, she has counseled many individuals, their families and supports in all age groups and placement settings to address behavioral problems aimed towards improving their quality of life.

She respects the dignity of those whom she serves, yet is compassionate and probing during the interview processes to gather data that results in comprehensive individual assessments, individual behavior plans and crisis prevention support procedures. Her tenacity in utilizing community services has been instrumental in achieving a high level of placement success. Because of her enthusiasm, knowledge and promptness, Ms. Young has been successful in establishing a reputable agency whose services are highly regarded and sought-after.

Stephanie Higgins


Through dedication and strength, Stephanie Higgins has developed an excellent team of behaviorists, crisis counselors, clinicians, and support staff to provide the highest level of expertise, devotion, and accessibility to individuals, so that they may flourish as equals in society, unimpeded, understood and loved, as we all desire for ourselves.

With a past background as a Title I School Teacher, SED Special Day Teacher, Crisis Counselor, and FUSD Union Representative, Stephanie’s experience has guided her to support an organization that continues to grow with service distinction within the developmental disability field. She is able to utilize her leadership capacity to translate vision into reality.

Jack Close


Jack has over 30 years of experience as an accounting and finance manager in a variety of industries. He has been involved in all facets of business operations, developed robust systems, and been instrumental in implementing advanced technological tools in several operational areas. His experience and leadership in these areas allow his fellow team members the freedom to spend more time exercising their talents with clients. Outside of the office, he enjoys volunteering with various youth and faith-based organizations.

Jessica Rodriguez

Operations Manager

Jessica has been in the Management Field for over 15 years. She brings a wealth of administrative and leadership experience to support SYC’s vision which includes maintaining and supporting the behaviorists, crisis counselors, and clinicians. Jessica’s true passion is helping others; the connections and relationships with the Regional Center Service Coordinators, Home Administrators, and Individuals. Jessica strives to promote excellent behavioral services through community outreach and SYC growth development.

Marques Guy

CSS District Manager

Marques Guy has served and supported the developmentally disabled community for the last 10 years. His focus and drive in working with this population comes from helping people who haven’t found their voice and are unable to speak up for themselves. One of Marques’s passions is teaching; every time he has an opportunity to teach someone the skills of advocacy, self-help and problem solving, he sees that all the difficulties incurred along the way are worth his hard work. Stephanie Young Consultants has played a large part in this, as they have encouraged Marques to use the foundational skills he has, as well as providing the resources and tools to help make sure he does the best job possible.

Shawna Parks

Staff Accountant

Shawna has over 20 years of small business bookkeeping, with a history of working in the mental health and developmental disabilities service industry. She has extensive knowledge of accounting practices, specifically in non-profit.  As a member of the SYC Corporate office team, her primary responsibilities include payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable.  When she is not hard at work, you can find Shawna busy in her craft room with her pug snoring at her feet.

Shawna Parks

Kayla Rodriguez

Kayla Rodriguez

WPA Coordinator

Kayla received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Grand Canyon University in 2018 and went onto receive certification in a Post Baccalaureate program studying Communication Science Disorders in 2020. She is currently in her graduate program studying Speech-Language Pathology and has an earnest desire to advocate for her future clients and families. She has been instrumental in coordinating the Whole Person Assessments, including new referrals, coordination, and distribution at Stephanie Young Consultants. She keeps the WPA department running smoothly with positivity and her strong work ethic. Kayla demonstrates her ability to review collateral, organize the interview process and distribute reports to the Regional Center. She also coordinates between staff, families, clients, the Regional Center, and other healthcare professionals. Kayla continues to grow professionally and the knowledge she has gained at Stephanie Young Consultants has been an invaluable asset in her career.

Angelica Dolter

HR Coordinator

Angelica brings extensive experience within the human resources field to the SYC team. She has practiced Human Resources in a variety of industries allowing for the opportunity to work in all areas of HR. She has a strong background in coordinating with management and personnel to achieve organizational goals. As a member of Stephanie Young Consultants' Corporate team, Angelica is dedicated to building positive employee relationships, creating a company culture that promotes growth, and providing support to SYC Managers and employees.

Angelica Dolter

Andrea Reyes

Administrative Assistant

Andrea earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, as well as Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Mental Health, from San Diego State University. Together with her education and extensive experience in the behavior field, she uses her wide set of knowledge and skills to contribute to the success of Stephanie Young Consultants and the positive impact they make in the field of developmental disabilities and mental health. As Administrative Assistant, Andrea is able to utilize her ongoing dedication and passion for making a lasting difference in lives by being the support role for the SYC corporate office, ensuring an organized and efficient work environment for the SYC corporate team. When she is not working, Andrea loves to explore different coffee shops, practice her hobby of film photography, as well as spend time with her husband, dog, and family.

  • SYC Is The Epitome Of Professionalism And Knowledge In The Area of Which It Specializes. ...
    "SYC is the epitome of professionalism and knowledge in the are of which it specializes. The Resident's Palace has used SYC services since starting of operations in 2008. Each of the team members has exhibited care, concern, and kindness toward me and my clients and staff always, during this relationship. SYC is awesome!"
    Phyllis Bolton, Resident’s Palace ARF
  • I love working with SYC. They are very attentive to our clients’ needs......
    "I love working with SYC. They are very attentive to our clients’ needs and I know that our residents are receiving the best behavioral support possible with them. Their reports are always on time and are leaps and bounds better than other behaviorists that I’ve used in the past. SYC’s professionalism and attentiveness make my job as a business owner so much easier, I highly recommend them."
    Elise Jenkins, Mt.Helix/Valle Linda ARF