Here at Uplift Counseling, we believe in a holistic approach to help individuals navigate their journey in the healing and recovery process. Our vision is to deliver compassionate, meaningful, and culturally sensitive care that empowers individuals and their families to overcome barriers and significant life challenges. Services include outpatient behavioral health counseling and/or substance use assessment and treatment. Utilizing evidence base practices, our team is dedicated to providing counseling to individuals seeking support in personal growth, relationship difficulties, major life changes, family issues, stress, anxiety, depression, and substance use, as well as appropriate linkages and referrals to support services within the community. Counseling services are available to individuals, couples, families, and groups. Contact us today for more information.
Our vision is to deliver compassionate, meaningful, and culturally sensitive care that empowers individuals and their families to overcome barriers and significant life challenges.
Behavioral Health Counseling
Substance Use Assessment Treatment
Lavina L.G. Camacho, MS, MFT, LPC
Behavioral Health Administrator
Mrs. Camacho serves as the Behavioral Health Administrator for Uplift Counseling Services. A daughter of Guam, she is a proud graduate of the University of Guam where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She also holds a Master of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Counseling from Capella University. Prior to joining WestCare Pacific Islands in 2020, Ms. Camacho was employed with the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center and the Department of Public Health and Social Services. She has over 16 years of combined experience of social work, wraparound care coordination, and counseling in the behavioral health field working with early childhood, adolescent, young adults, and family systems. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist.
Samantha Eliptico, RRC, CSAC
Ms. Eliptico joined WestCare Pacific Islands in 2014 and currently serves as the Administrative and Financial Manager. In this role, she oversees all the Administrative and assist our Foundation office with Financial activities for the organization. She has over 20 years of experience in accounting. Ms. Eliptico also pursued an interest in counseling and received a Certificated Substance Abuse Counselor certification. She provides individual and group counseling to those experiencing substance misuse. Ms. Eliptico is also a Risk Reduction Counselor providing testing and counseling services to those at risk of HIV/STI.
Marleen Castro, MSW
A Licensed Bachelor Social Worker, Ms. Castro is Uplift Counseling Services’ newest team member and serves as a Counselor with the program. Prior to joining WestCare Pacific Islands, Ms. Castro was a Social Worker with the Department of Public Health and Social Services where her primary role was to assist our island’s people as we navigated through the “new normal” with COVID-19. Her experience also includes working with individuals enrolled in the Guam Recovery Family Program and Guam Adult Re-entry Court. Through her various roles in working with diverse populations, Ms. Castro demonstrates her compassion and dedication to supporting others in their recovery and healing journey.