Meet our Therapists

SARA ACHARYA

MFC #99389

Areas of Expertise: 

Anger Management, Sexual Abuse, PTSD, Co-parenting, Cutting, DBT, CBT, Inner Child Work, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Bipolar, ADD/ADHD, Suicidal Ideation, Personality Disorders, Couples

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in the field for over 10 years. I work with children, adolescents, couples, and families experiencing challenges with anxiety, mood, relationship problems, and life transitions to identify their strengths and help them find their best selves and move towards richer, more fulfilling lives.  I received my B.A. from Cornell University and my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California.

I believe therapy is a journey of joint exploration and discovery.  I work in a collaborative manner and strive to ensure that the counseling I provide is individualized, trauma-informed, culturally-relevant, and strength-based.  

I provide individual, couples, and family counseling using interventions from a variety of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Some areas I specialize in include trauma and abuse, cross-cultural issues, parenting, phase of life challenges, and eating disorders.

As a musician and vocalist, I also enjoy working with creative individuals who would like to increase their confidence in their work and overcome blocks to creativity and peak performance.

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TINA BADIYAN

MFC #103040

Areas of Expertise: 

Relational issues, Anxiety, Depression, Parenting, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Postpartum Disorder, Women Issues, Phase of Life Issues 

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose heart is dedicated to the service of my clients. I believe that every person has talents, skills and abilities to address whatever obstacles come in life, and often times it’s about strengthening what is already inside. 

I operate from a place of genuine curiosity and exploration, and see myself as a teammate with my clients in their journey. I am skilled in utilizing both Narrative and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, families and couples affected with depression, anxiety, relational issues, life transitions, eating disorders and more.

 

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University, an AMMFT accredited program. I also teach psychology classes in an undergraduate university setting.

EMMA BOGDANOFF

MFC #100228

As far back as I can remember I wanted to help people feel comfort. I was always asking questions and wanting to know more about how people related to their world. In particular, I took an interest in why people get caught in their own mental traps leading to destructive behavior. While earning my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Stetson University in Deland, FL, I discovered how my life-long fascination with behavior and attitudes could help people work through difficult issues.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2012, I have worked with individuals with eating disorders and addiction, which reflect other underlying issues and trauma. I assisted many clients replace self-destructive behaviors (eating disorders, self-harm, substance abuse, and other maladaptive coping skills) with acceptance and self-love. I have broadened my scope to work individuals struggling with anxiety and depression. I have found using CBT and mindfulness helps clients build their own tools to live a full and meaningful life.

I believe therapy can benefit everyone who sincerely wishes to see a change in his or her life. Appropriate therapy can relieve feelings of distress, increase satisfaction in interpersonal relationships, create skills for managing anxiety, and help grow greater personal awareness and insight. Difficult changes have no specific design, but with help, you can learn from them, grow with them, and be better because of them.

BRITTANY BURKE

MFC #93581

Brittany is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in the treatment of adolescents and adults with co-occuring disorders. She received her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from California Lutheran University in 2010.   Upon completion of her graduate program, she quickly discovered her passion for working  in  the treatment setting. Over the past 9 years, she has worked treating individuals with substance use disorders, eating disorders, and a variety of other mental health issues. She has  training in EMDR and has experience working with several different treatment modalities such as DBT, Family Systems, and CBT. She is passionate about the work she does and strives to create  a trusting and nurturing environment that fosters growth. 

LYNN COHEN

LCSW #16171

Lynn Cohen is a licensed clinical social worker who holds a masters degree from Hunter School of Social Work in New York.  Post licensing I advanced my studies at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute as well as the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute.

 

I have a psychodynamic approach to therapy, helping people to gain insight into their lives and their patterned behaviors and relationships in efforts to make wanted/needed changes. My therapeutic style is collaborative and interactive. I see my role in the therapeutic process as a privilege and strive to create a place where client's can be who they are without judgement. A place to make meaning out of the past rather than to react to it. Through insight, warmth, compassion and humor I hope to establish a trusting rapport and provide clients with a safe space to share their vulnerabilities.

 

I have had a significant amount of experience both in my private practice and at a mental health inpatient facility where I served as Clinical Director. I work with individuals and couples in treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders and trauma.

ARIELLE DERHY

MFC #105226

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (105226) who specializes in treating anxiety and depression. Providing therapy is my passion and I provide a non-judgemental space where clients can safely and openly express themselves.

Sessions with me are, engaging and collaborative. With extensive training in psychodynamic therapy, I will focus on how past experiences have influenced your current thoughts and behaviors. Additionally, I will challenge negative thought patterns that are not serving you and help you replace those thoughts with healthier, more adaptive ways of thinking. I support my clients toward greater awareness of feelings, and provide them with tools that empower them. I see my clients as  experts on their lives, with the belief that we all have the innate capacity to heal ourselves.

CRISTINA DEMARTI

MFC #113803

Areas of Expertise:

Aging Issues, Anxiety Disorders, Anger Management, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Career, Child/Adolescent Issues, Coping Skills, Depressive Disorders, Divorce/Separation, Domestic Violence, Family Conflict, Grief and Loss, Infidelity, LBGTQ Issues,  Life Transitions, Marital and Premarital Issues, Men's Issues, Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders, Parenting Issues, Peer Relationships, Postpartum Issues, Self-Esteem, School Issues, Trauma Related Disorders, Relationship Issues, Stress Management, and Women's Issues.

 

As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Long Beach, I have extensive professional experience working with children, teenagers, adults, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds dealing with various mental, emotional, behavioral, and relational difficulties.  I am trained in various evidence-based therapeutic practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused approaches, grief therapy, humanistic approaches, solution-focused therapy, psychodynamic approaches, family system approaches, and emotion focused therapy.  

When you meet me, you will find that I am an open, honest, easy to talk to person. 

 

Discussing your personal life with a complete stranger can be uncomfortable and difficult.  I will cultivate a safe, empathetic, nurturing, culturally sensitive therapeutic environment where we can look at your issues in a new way.  I will provide support and constructive feedback to help you effectively address whatever you are facing in your life.  Through compassion and understanding, I will collaboratively work with you to help you build on your strengths so you can attain the personal growth you are committed to accomplishing.  I will help you to think about yourself and your challenges in a new way so that you can get "unstuck."  By taking a whole person care approach, I will inspire and empower you to be self-determining as you create and embrace a healthy, meaningful, and fulfilling life. 

MARIBEL ECK

LCSW #64294

Areas of Expertise: 

Anxiety and Depression, Behavior Modification, Substance Abuse , Christian Counseling, Eating Disorders, Family Therapy, Women’s Issues, Abuse(Physical, Sexual), Anger Management, Grief/Bereavement

Maribel is a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience helping people overcome addiction, depression, anxiety and relationship issues. She strives to create a safe, authentic environment that provides her clients with the space to begin the process of healing. Her eclectic therapeutic approach is both compassionate and direct with a focus on challenging clients to step out of their comfort zones, fostering growth and, ultimately, leaving them better prepared to face life’s challenges.

Maribel received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University.

SPENCER FIGUEROA

MFC #45991

Areas of Expertise: 

Anxiety (Panic, Phobia, & Social), Depression, Mood Disorders, Shame Reduction, Co-dependency, Addiction, Couples, Phase of Life Issues

Spencer Figueroa received his Bachelors Degree from University of the Pacific and Master's Degree from Antioch University. He is the Director of Fig Tree Therapy Center and has been a practicing psychotherapist for ten years.

He has experience treating high risk teenagers and their families in L.A. Unified School District. Additionally, he has been the Primary Therapist at Journey Malibu where he treated individuals and groups struggling with various addictions and co-occurring disorders. He also led and managed a large group psychotherapy practice before becoming the Director of Fig Tree Therapy Center.

He is skilled in helping clients with a number of challenges, most notably, addiction, shame, anxiety and depression.

He believes client development and growth comes primarily from ones ability to step into what is uncomfortable. "These experiences stretch us and strengthen our capacity to tolerate life's challenges. With each choice to experience things head on, the psyche becomes more resilient and more capable of the next experience. These opportunities are to be welcomed not avoided."

He utilizes existential, interpersonal and relational modalities to help clients gain self-awareness, self-efficacy and get connected to their will, responsibility and action.

He believes momentum is created with a high level engagement and synergy between therapist and client. His primary interest is that clients are feeling progress from therapy and meeting their objectives. He actively supports clients in the execution of the awareness they have gained outside of therapy.

MARIAN FORMANES

MFC #100892

Areas of Expertise: 

Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Anxiety, Art Therapy, Child or Adolescent, College Aged Student Concerns, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping Mechanisms, Depression, Family Conflict, Family of Origin Issues, Fear, Guilt, Highly Sensitive Trait, Life Purpose, Perfectionism, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, Teens, Women's Issues

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and registered art therapist who guides people towards living a more authentic life through genuine connection. 

 

Do you struggle with being true to your heart and feel restricted by fear and shame, familial pressures, cultural/religious expectations, emotional sensitivity, or comparing yourself to others? 

 

I have specialized services for creatives and creatives-at-heart, helpers and caregivers, and those with Filipino/immigrant backgrounds. I often engage my clients using humanistic, post-modern, and acceptance and commitment treatment orientations.

 

If you are motivated to gain insight about yourself so you can take desired action in your life, you’re a good fit for working with me!

 

Together, we can explore with curiosity, not judgement, the hand life has dealt you. I use creativity, “out-of-the-box-thinking”, and lightheartedness at times, so we can discover what you need to return to yourself.

VICTORIA GOLDFARB

MFC #83632

Areas of Expertise: 

Adjustment disorders, Anxiety disorders, Mood disorders, Phase of life issues, Identity issues, Parenting, Divorce, Women's.

 

With support/consultation she is competent to treat self-harming behavior and eating disorders too.

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Research has shown that the relationship between the therapist and the client is the best predictor of success in psychotherapy. When I enter the room with my clients, it’s with a healing intent. By being genuine, observing closely, listening attentively, and reflecting the feelings underneath the words, I create a safe environment for my clients to express their deepest feelings and thoughts. My clients and I work together to “make sense” of how their relational histories and life experiences have organized their sense of themselves and their view of the world. This “making sense together” may result in my clients being able to better “hold their own” in all their relationships, tolerate and manage their unpleasant feelings, and become more resilient, less easily injured, and calmer in the face of adversity.  I also teach my clients cognitive behavioral, relaxation and mindfulness techniques to help them cope with difficult or unpleasant feelings.

When I work with couples, I create a safe environment where my clients can acquire the tools they need to clarify what they need and want from each other, including whether to stay together or to separate. I was trained in Imago Therapy, the goal of which is to move from an “unconscious” relationship, characterized by “power struggles” to a “conscious” relationship. The tools of Imago Therapy allow couples to have greater empathy and compassion for each other, and to communicate with each other in a way that is respectful and, if the decision is made to stay together, intimacy promoting.

I work with families using concepts and techniques from Multi-Generational and Structural Family Therapy.  During initial sessions, I ask each family member to describe their view of the issues that have brought them into Family Therapy.  In subsequent sessions we might look at relational patterns in previous generations to identify how they may be influencing current relationships.  I teach family members communication skills to help them communicate effectively during the sessions, and hopefully at home. Throughout therapy I observe the relational patterns among the family members, share my observations and suggest modifications to behaviors that are creating problems. Finally, I may work with different subsystems of the family, e.g., parents or siblings, to reinforce changes in dynamics that may be necessary to promote healthier functioning in the entire family.

Being a psychotherapist is my second career.  I became a member of the California Bar in 1987 and began my legal career as a litigator, but quickly learned I’m a peace-maker, not a fighter.  I was naturally led towards mediation, which combined my bachelor’s degree in psychology, from the University of Chicago with my law degree from UCLA.  In the fall of 2009, I returned to Cal State Dominguez Hills, committed to a path of life-long learning, to earn my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  I thought that the education and clinical training I would receive would make me a better divorce mediator, which it did.  However, as I completed my 3,000 hours of clinical training at Airport Marina Counseling Service (AMCS), a community mental health clinic in Westchester, CA, I learned that I loved being a psychotherapist!  While at AMCS I was privileged to work with individuals (both adults and children), couples, families and groups.  I also taught parenting classes, using the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting curriculum.

HEIDI JACKSON

MFC #111127

Areas of Expertise:

ADD/ADHD, Adoption, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Behavior Modification, CBT, Depressive, DBT, Divorce/Blended Family Issues, Domestic Violence, Family Therapy, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Men Issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Personality Disorders, End of Life Issues, Sexual Abuse, Victims of Abuse, Assault, Trauma

I am a licensed mental health therapist in Los Angeles, California. My education and professional background gives me an effective approach to counseling. My approach is Humanistic and Client - Centered. I work to provide clients with tailored treatment plans that can be integrated into their daily lives.

I have extensive experience working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, career development, self-esteem issues, and PTSD. I work with trauma survivors (physical, sexual, emotional) and clients with physical symptoms (headaches, sleep disturbance, digestive problems, muscle tension) connected to psychological processes (stress, anger, worry, dissociation).

In addition to psychotherapy, I teach and practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques. While I might have the expertise in psychotherapeutic treatment, you are the expert on you. Therefore, I consider this work a collaborative endeavor.

CHARLOTTE HAIGH

MFC #118734

As a fellow human, I know what it is to experience pain, fear, and self-doubt. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I work hard to help my clients move through their challenges and to come out stronger on the other side.

 

My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, relationship issues/codependency, and navigating major life transitions. I also work with couples who are facing challenges such as extramarital relationships, co-parenting, or simply drifting apart.

 

There is no “one size fits all” approach to therapy. I draw from an eclectic mix of theories including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic theory, attachment theory, and mindfulness-based practices to help you get where you want to be. I see therapy as a collaborative effort and will be on your team throughout your journey. Together, we will set goals that will help you move forward and regain a sense of purpose, joy, and serenity in your life.

 

I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University and a Master of Science in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach.

 

The first step is reaching out for support. I celebrate your courage in seeking a new perspective on your life. Let me help you continue to take steps towards your goals. You are stronger than you think.

JOSEPH JANOWSKI

MFC #112228

Areas of Expertise: 

Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Bipolar, Brief Solution Focused, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Depressive Disorders, Divorce/Blended Family Issues, Family Therapy, Men Issues, Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorder, Victims of Abuse, Assault, Trauma

DR. JENNIFER LARSEN

PSY #27179

Areas of Expertise: 

Anxiety, Depression, Substance abuse, Adjustment, Trauma

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and enjoy working with all kinds of people. I provide collaborative, prescriptive strength-based therapy in a supportive environment. It's your life, let me help you live it the best way you can.

Born and raised in Hawaii, I received my education from the University of Colorado and The California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles where I obtained a doctor degree in psychology. I have extensive experience in providing mental health services in different settings and various modalities since 2005, including inpatient and outpatient treatment, residential rehabilitation treatment, and school-based services, as well as clinical supervisory experience.

TRAVIS MASSMAN

MFC#96865

Areas of Expertise: 

ADD/ADHD, Adoption, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Bipolar, Depressive Disorder, Group Therapy, Women Issues, Divorce/Blended Family Issues, Domestic Violence, Family Therapy, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Men Issues, Pain Management, Personality DisordersSexual Abuse Victims of Abuse, Assault, Trauma

JUSTIN MINK

LCSW #88990

Areas of Expertise: 

Addiction, Dual-Diagnosis, Anxiety, Depression, Psychogenic Pain (TMS)

Considering therapy is a big decision - one not to be taken lightly. Take your time, ask lots of questions and make an informed decision based on what feels right to you. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I work to create a safe and secure environment where in each session, the world can slow down, and together we can compassionately explore, understand, and transform behaviors, thoughts, and patterns that may be holding you back from ultimately living the life you want to experience. My style as a therapist is warm and challenging, direct and engaging.

My areas of expertise include Addiction (and Dual-Diagnosis), Anxiety, Depression and Psychogenic Pain (TMS). I approach my work utilizing an eclectic framework of treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strengths-Based Therapy and Psychodrama.

I received my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from USC, where my concentration was mental health. Prior, I earned my bachelor’s degree. in Business from NYU, but years ago, I left the money, the expense account and the world that was New York City corporate advertising. I was done helping brands, done supporting pocketbooks. ​I wanted to help others in a different and more personal way - help others overcome the everyday, the ordinary, the extra-ordinary, and the unique qualities you possess that make you and individual.

KIMBERLY MENDOZA

MFC #114108

Areas of Expertise: 

Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Trauma, Grief/Bereavement, Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), CBT, Autism, Bipolar, ADD/ADHD, Suicidal Ideation, Co-dependency, Women’s issues, Self Esteem, Cross-cultural issues

I am a bilingual (Spanish/English) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (114108). I believe therapy is a transformative experience, a journey of joint exploration and discovery. I have dedicated my career to working with individual, couples, and families utilizing interventions from a variety of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Somatic, Psychodynamic, Solution-Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Strength-Based. My approach is warm and welcoming. I strive to establish a non-judgemental, peaceful and safe environment where clients can openly express themselves. I genuinely believe that everything you need to live the life you want is already in you, this is the core belief that guides my therapeutic work. Together we will nurture the strengths that have led to your resiliency and we will develop a plan that is unique to you and your needs throughout your healing journey.

KATHERINE MINK

LCSW #87749

Areas of expertise: Trauma, LGBTQIA+, Shame/Perfectionism, Women’s Issues,

Anxiety, Substance Use/Addiction, Body Image

“Know all the theories, master all the techniques, but as you touch a human soul be just another human soul.” - Carl Jung

My areas of speciality include working with the LGBTQIA+ population, trauma,

addiction, body image, and shame/perfectionism. I am most passionate about working

with young professional women to explore life balance, focusing on developmental

trauma, perfectionism, and burnout. I utilize EMDR Therapy as well as psychodynamic

and self-compassion approaches to support my clients’ growth and healing.

I use my sense of humor, kindness, and warmth to help you grow. I’m your supporter

and advocate. I ask you to dig deep, to question long-standing assumptions about

yourself, your experience, and society. I walk alongside you, asking you to clear out old

ideas and experiences so you can make room for new ones. We work together, using

the therapeutic relationship to empower you, help you define your future, and live your

most authentic life.

I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social worker with over 5 years of

experience in the field. I obtained my Master’s degree in Social Work just down the

street at USC, and my BA from The Colorado College where I double majored in

Spanish and Religion.

NADIA NAIM

MFC #112681

I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Southern California. During my schooling, I worked with children, teenagers and parents from varying economic and cultural backgrounds. In my time there I gained the therapeutic skills to work with students dealing with depression, anxiety, family conflict, self-esteem and grief. I also worked with sexual abuse survivors under the trauma informed model, and learned how to empower clients from being victims to people who thrive.

Following graduation, I worked at Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic where I worked with children ages 0-10. I am trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy, a trauma based model aimed to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her caregiver. Through working with children, I discovered that often times parents of children will have unresolved trauma that would show up in parenting. It was then I began working with adults individually and used an eclectic approach to help individuals uncover past experiences in order to bring awareness into current patterns. After becoming licensed, I completed the Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training, a research-based roadmap for helping couples compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams.

Currently, I work with children, adults and couples. As a therapist, I feel it is important to tailor my approach to each client differently depending on what they bring into the room. I believe that with the right therapeutic relationship, an individual can discover their true self and become empowered to face life's hardest challenges. People often seek therapy when they are feeling stuck in some sort of way. Challenges are a normal part of everyday life, although it is the way we respond to these events that determine how they will affect our day to day emotions and actions. I believe that we as people have an innate wisdom within ourselves to help guide us to the healthiest version of oneself. Although this knowledge is sometimes hard to recognize, within this is where I can help. 

Therapy is a collaborative partnership that brings awareness to underlying issues that have caused challenges in relationships, work and everyday life. I incorporate mindfulness to help you acknowledge your thoughts and feelings with compassion. I help clients relieve negative patterns and put in place positive ways of navigating through the world.

Having a safe space where one can feel seen and accepted can help facilitate you in achieving your greatest potential.  I will help you get to the root of what’s causing your current life struggles towards a state of great clarity, peace and wholeness.​

DR. CHRISTOPHER M. RECUPERO

PSY #16737

Area of Expertise: 

Anxiety disorders, adjustment/phase of life transitions, depression, grief and loss, cognitive-behavioral therapy, stress management, alcohol/substance abuse, co-dependency, relationship difficulties, crisis intervention, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) work/life issues, critical incident stress, and return to work issues.

Christopher M. Recupero, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY16737) with over twenty years of experience in both the private and public sectors.

 

He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in counseling psychology, and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Boston College. He completed a pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at Mount Sinai Services at Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York City.

 

He utilizes a collaborative problem-solving approach with his clients utilizing cognitive behavioral techniques centered on goal attainment and symptom reduction. He is active and directive in his therapeutic approach, guiding clients to develop their strengths, gain insight and change behavior. He believes that instilling hope and forming a therapeutic alliance with his clients is the foundation to successful treatment.

NANCY REED

MFC #50376

Area of Expertise: 

ADD/ADHD, Anxiety and Panic Disorder, Bipolar, Depressive Disorde, Divorce/Blended Family Issues, CBT, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Women Issues, Transgender Issues

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 16 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. I support clients with an integrative approach, encouraging insight, healing and growth.  Modalities include humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal and narrative therapy. I invite collaboration in a safe and expansive space for change.

 

I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Santa Monica and have worked in outpatient and residential settings, including private practice, substance use recovery and school-based programs. I strive to help clients reduce anxiety and depression, cultivate their strengths and remember who they really are.

JENNIFER RIVAS

MFC #105750

Area of Expertise: 

Relationship/Interpersonal Problems, Grief and Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Stress Reduction, Mood Disorders, Social Anxiety, Parenting Skills, Co-dependency, Cultural Diversity, Immigrant Populations, Anger Management, Trauma & PTSD, Coping Skills & Self-Esteem.

Treatment Orientation: Psychodynamic, Multicultural, Trauma Focused, Integrative, Humanistic, Attachment Based, Family Systems.

 

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with over eight years of experience treating children, adolescents, teens, and young adults. My therapeutic style is an eclectic approach based on the individual needs of my clients, utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Attachment Theories. I specialize in treating attachment issues, anxiety, depression, communication skills, boundary setting, and self-esteem.

 

I incorporate therapeutic strategies based on CBT, DBT, Systems Theory, Attachment Styles and Client-Centered Therapy. Drawing on this wide spectrum of approaches allows me to tailor therapy to meet the specific needs of each individual, based on their unique needs, goals and background.

 

My goal is to assist you in gaining self-awareness, developing healthier relationships with self and others, and trying new strategies to get your needs met in an effective way. I strive to facilitate a safe space where you can be your authentic self.

VIRIDIANA LUNA RODRIGUEZ

MFC #109604

Area of Expertise: 

Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Brief Solution Focused, Depressive Disorders, Family Therapy, Sexual Abuse, Victims of Assault, Trauma, Women Issues, CBT

Life can throw us some unexpected challenges, yet we have the power within to overcome them. My approach is to help you tap into your innate strengths, guide you towards a path of self-discovery, and living a more authentic life.  Perhaps you are currently struggling with relationship difficulties, unresolved trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, low self-worth, or feelings of self-doubt. I am here to validate your experience and help you navigate through these challenges.

 

I have experience working with people from all walks of life and in a variety of settings, including the non-profit sector, ABA, community mental health, and crisis stabilization. I have been trained in evidence-based modalities (ex: Seeking Safety, Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing), and utilize a strength-based, mindfulness, trauma-informed, eclectic approach tailored to each person's specific needs. 

 

As a first-generation Xicana, I understand the cultural impact on various aspects of a person's life and integrate this into my therapeutic work with BIPOC. I strive to provide a non-judgemental, supportive environment to talk about the difficult things in life. I also offer sessions in Spanish.

LUC ROLIN

LCSW #68938

Area of Expertise: 

Depression/Anxiety, Anger Management, Couples and Family, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Parenting, PTSD, Child Abuse/Child Development, Trauma

Luc Rolin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work, both from UCLA. Luc's practice addresses the mental health needs of individuals, families, and couples affected by life changes and challenges. He strives to create an environment that allows for clear, authentic, and supportive collaboration between therapist and client in order to establish and achieve goals. Such collaboration allows formation of a therapeutic relationship to help resolve symptoms of mental disorder, stress, relationship problems, and difficulties in coping in the social environment.
Luc's therapeutic style is primarily from the humanistic perspective and draws upon on knowledge of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and existential therapy.
Previously, at Prototypes Outpatient Mental Health Treatment Center, Luc provided in-office and field services to adults, adolescents, children, and families facing environmental stress and psychological disorders, including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and social and relationship difficulties. Luc has specialized training in childhood development, psychological trauma, cognitive behavioral therapy, relational, and attachment-based psychotherapy.

STEVEN ROWE

MFC #84270

Area of Expertise: 

Anxiety/Depression, ADD/ADHD, Behavior Modification, Chemical Dependency, Cultural issues, Divorce, Eating Disorders, End of Life Issues, HIV/AIDs Issues, Gay/Lesbian issues, Men’s Issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Victims of Abuse, Personality Disorders, Women’s Issues, Anger Management, Conduct/Disruptive Disorder, Parenting, Immigrant, PTSD, Couples, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Asperger's

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over ten years experience. With multi-cultural sensitively and using an eclectic and personalized approach in my Practice, I strive to facilitate and create an interactive and therapeutic working relationship unique to you. I emphasize the human experience and how we each cope and handle life's surprises, challenges and demands.

I believe in starting with trust and how the exchange between therapist and client must be collaborative in order to be successful. I will work to assist my clients on their goals, help them achieve more balance, adopt a healthier outlook, gain insight, overcome blocks and guide them to a greater sense of self-awareness and understanding in their daily lives.

With compassion and empathy, I am dedicated to providing you with exceptional care and devising creative and individualized treatment plans. I look forward to what we can accomplish together for you.

Steven Rowe has a BA and MS in Psychology from California State University Los Angeles. He is also a member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists) and LAGPA (Lesbian & Gay Psychotherapists Association)

JANETH SCHMIDT

MFC #103971

Area of Expertise: 

Grief and loss issue, Adjustment disorders, Mood disorders, Self harm behaviors, Anxiety disorders, Post traumatic stress disorders, Parent/child relational problems, Domestic/dating violence and abuse, Partner relational problems, Physical, sexual and emotional abuse

Janeth Schmidt received her Master of Clinical Psychology from California State University in San Bernardino, CA in 2010. She started her clinical work in community mental health agencies serving clients in underrepresented and underserved communities. She has extensive experience with field based crisis programs. Janeth is now a program manager for a community mental health agency and a clinical supervisor for master’s level staff who are working toward licensure. Janeth’s current clinical work in a private practice setting speaks to her passion for continued work in direct client care.

She utilizes a variety of techniques and skills drawn from recognized therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic theory, play therapy, attachment theory, Gestalt theory, mindfulness and Emotionally Focused Couples therapy.

Janeth believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, her first goal is to join with clients and instill a sense of trust in the therapeutic process. Janeth realizes the importance in identify all aspects of an individual’s life that impact their well-being including their physical health, support systems, work or school environment and faith/spirituality. She provides extensive psychoeducation to establish clear expectations at the onset of therapy. Janeth is particularly passionate about client’s ability to tell their own story in a way that increases insight, highlights their strengths and elicits hope for their future.  

CYNTHIA SIADAT

LCSW #76525

Area of Expertise: 

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Stress Reduction, Life Transitions,

Caregiver Stress, Aging, Memory Loss and Dementia Related Illnesses, Co-dependency, Coping with a Spiritual and/or Existential Crisis, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion

 

Treatment Orientation: 

Relational & Strengths-Focused, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, CBT-informed (how we think affects how we feel, how we feel affects how we behave, and how we behave affects how we see ourselves), Psychoeducation, Groups, and Existential Theory

I may be the therapist for you if you: 1) are a high achieving individual or an individual whom others commonly rely on who is dealing with symptoms of depression, anxiety, or another chronic life stress and are in need of a warm, honest and compassionate listener to talk to; 2) you are committed to being proactive in your overall wellness and life long learning; 3) and you are in need of healing and recharging by taking an hour a week to focus on you. Self-care is of the utmost importance because YOU are your longest relationship. I have an informal, conversational therapy style that incorporates elements from CBT, strengths-based, existential, and humanistic theory. I believe my clients are the experts on the topic of their lives and I am here to bear witness and support their self-exploration. I have over 10 years helping individuals and groups navigate issues of depression, anxiety, caregiver stress, coping with grief and loss, coping with significant life stressors and transitions, and aging related stressors. It takes courage to reach out and to be open to engaging in a conversation about the hard parts of life. It is important that you know that you are not alone in this and you’re already taking brave steps to get the help you need.

ESHAN SUN

MFC #104583

Area of Expertise: 

Anxiety, depression, relationships, addiction, spirituality, mindfulness

You're looking for someone to help you with a very important task, namely, how to be happier. How do you pick the right therapist to help you? A good place to start is to trust your instincts. Once you've picked someone, stick with them for a couple of months, then ask yourself if your life has improved. If so, then you've found a good fit. If not, it might be time to look elsewhere. I invite you to meet with me to explore whether I am the right therapist for you. I have a practical approach to therapy that focuses on how to make your life better, because when your life gets better, you feel better.

 

Finding effective and competent help is crucial to having a better life. I treat adults with depression, anxiety, addiction, and relationship issues. I specialize in helping professionals stay sober. At the core of my work is a deep spiritual understanding that freedom and love are essential to leading a good life, and that misunderstandings about freedom and love keep many people from finding real joy and happiness.

 

Eshan Sun is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (License No. 104583) who received a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

GAYLA TERZIAN

MFC #107831

Area of Expertise: 

Anxiety Management, Artists and Creative Professionals, Couples Work, Development of Effective Self-Care Practices, Grief/Bereavement, Integration of Spiritual Experiences and/or Altered States of Consciousness, Life Transitions, Mindfulness/Meditation/Somatic Breathwork

I hold my Master’s in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Spiritual and Depth Psychology. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California (#107831). Guided by a rich life experience, intuition and excellent training, and fueled by an enduring passion for self-discovery and healing, I strive to be receptive and completely present for my clients.  I believe that developing a deep and compassionate connection with the inner self and learning to relate with the natural wisdom of the body lead to a more satisfying, happy and authentic life, including improved self-esteem, lessened anxiety and better relationships.  

Depending on my client's unique needs, I utilize various types of talk therapy, somatic practices, energy work, mindfulness, and breath-work to lessen negative symptoms and increase self-awareness. I emphasize the importance of consistent self-care and aim to motivate my clients by assisting them in creating individualized self-care routines that are simple, effective and easy to implement. I believe wholeheartedly that everyone has the capacity to heal given the right tools and nurturing.  

When I am not working, I continue to hone my therapeutic skills and deepen my own process of self-discovery.  I consider lived-experience, my own personal struggles and victories, and my continued journey of healing my greatest assets as a therapist.  I love to write, paint, travel, meet new people from all over the world, and spend quality time with my dog, Billy.

DR. KANDICE TIMMONS

PSY #29004

Area of Expertise: 

LGBTQIA+ Issues, Trauma & PTSD, Mood Disorders, Relationship Issues, Grief, Family Conflict, Anxiety, Identity Issues, Emotional Disturbance, Depression, Coping Skills & Self-Esteem

 

Treatment Orientation: Psychodynamic, Multicultural, Trauma Focused, Integrative, Solution Focused, Humanistic, Attachment Based, Family Systems.

My name is Dr. Kandice Timmons and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY29004). I earned my Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from Loyola University New Orleans. I went on to earn my Master’s Degree (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology and my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Antioch University Santa Barbara.

My clinical background is focused on working within many multicultural contexts including but not limited to the LGBTQIA community, adolescents with emotional disturbances and transitioned aged youth (16-24). In practice, I am cognizant of the importance of working with the needs of the client, and utilize my foundational understanding of psychodynamic theory and other therapeutic interventions to assist the client in working through obstacles to promote positive change and growth.

In life people journey through many paths and transitions and will inevitably face challenges and obstacles along the way that may require additional support. My training allows me to compassionately help other’s utilize their strengths and discover resources to address these challenges. Using a non-judgmental and supportive approach to therapy, I draw upon my education and experience as well as humor to create a positive therapeutic relationship to facilitate your movement along your journey.

 

COLIN THOMAS

MFC #115350

Areas of expertise:

Psychodynamic therapy, motivational interviewing, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, couples, children, teens, adults, family therapy, group therapy. 

Colin has worked in mental health for over 15 years. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Psychology from Morgan State University in 2003. He received a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in 2010. 

MELINDA VYVYAN

MFC #99496

I specialize in PTSD, trauma treatments in areas such as abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and other toxic stress relationships or experiences. I also help people understand and manage depression, anger and anxiety while cultivating self-compassion.

 

Working with couples and families includes clarifying ones needs, facilitate growth and change, and embrace their unique differences. I use an integrative approach rooted in relational, attachment modalities, focusing on how we relate to others and ourselves through compassion and vulnerability. Through EMDR and Somatic awareness we can resolve PTSD and other negative experiences, and through cognitive and mindfulness we can unlock the mind's power to heal.

 

I received my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with an emphasis in mindfulness practices. I am also trained in Attachment Focused EMDR, and TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model), which is a biological Model focused on balancing of the nervous system so one can experience a sense of continued well-being.

 

I have extensive experience working with children with Autism, using Applied Behavioral Analysis. Based on these experiences with children and their extended families, I recognized the other family members own needs for additional emotional support, and therefore provide sibling or family therapy.

RISA WILLIAMS

MFC #89984

Area of Expertise: 

Self esteem issues, Imposter Syndrome, Time Management skills, Social anxiety and ADHD

Treatment Orientation:

CBT, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy and Positive Psychology

 

Risa Williams (LMFT 89984)  is a clinical therapist specializing in anxiety and stress reduction with a Master's in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and a Master's in Fine Arts from New York University: Tisch School of the Arts. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, meditation, goal-setting, Narrative Therapy and Positive Psychology techniques to help clients rework negative thought patterns into more positive ones. She believes that even the smallest mental changes made consistently toward positivity can have a big overall impact on your life. She is also a professor at Pepperdine University and Woodbury University, a writer and book author, and leads stress reduction workshops in Los Angeles. She enjoys working with creative clients who are motivated to make positive changes to their lives.

DIANA WILSON

MFC #84694

Area of Expertise: 

Anxiety, Depression , Mood Disorders, ADHD , Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders, Anger Management, Substance-Related and Addictive Problems, Adjustment, Relationship Issues

I work primarily with adults and adolescents dealing with depression, anxiety, stress management, ADHD, substance use, and anger management, as well as problems in relationships, effects of trauma, and grief and loss. My approach is to use a combination of psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based techniques.

I work to create a relationship with my clients built on acceptance and understanding in which they can explore issues they are struggling with and lower their defenses. My goal is to help them gain insight, get in touch with their emotions and discover automatic programs that are driving their behavior. I encourage them to release outdated ways of functioning in the world so that they can become free of self-limiting thoughts and behaviors and get their needs met. I employ cognitive behavioral strategies to help clients identify and reframe self-defeating thoughts, make behavioral changes, and challenge inner barriers.

 

I received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. I have provided individual psychotherapy for adults and adolescents dealing with depression, anxiety and trauma-related concerns in a community mental health center and through a program funded by DCFS. I also worked with children with emotional and behavioral issues at a facility in Culver City. In addition, I have provided psychotherapy for adults struggling with substance dependence and co-occurring disorders in a substance abuse treatment center in Torrance.

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