Meet our Therapists
Sara Acharya, LMFT
Areas of Expertise:
Anger Management, Sexual Abuse, 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.
Leeor Brahms, LMFT
You want to grow in self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth. All three concepts have one word in common. Only when you do things for yourself, only when you solve your own problems, do you grow in your self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth.
My philosophy stems from the inherent belief that the only way to solve your problems is to go through them. That discomfort you feel in reality is the bridge towards enlightenment. Therapy with me will push you past where you are comfortable—into the unknown. It is a scary thing to do what feels unnatural, but if you are brave enough to face your shadow, I can tell you now you will achieve the greatest reward of all —self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth.
The only prerequisite for change is the desire to take that first step. Your responsibility is to show up and practice the habits of a future you whom you can smile back at in the mirror and confidently say, "I actually love what I see." My commitment to you is to provide you new experiences and understandings that will elevate your relationship with yourself. Therapy is a gift of self-discovery, and I want you to embrace the joy that comes out of finally putting yourself first.
I am proud to work with individuals who are navigating the bumps of phase of life transitions, anxiety, and relationship & intimacy concerns. In addition to being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am a proudly certified Master Neurolinguistic Programmer, Hypnotherapist, and Life Coach. Basically, my passion lies in tapping into the power of the unconscious mind to manifest whatever life you desire. My strength is helping you eliminate negative emotions, release limiting beliefs, and encourage you to dream again. Imagine how magical it will feel to finally lead with your badass self.
My approach with clients is as unique as the individuals themselves. As I get to know you and have a better sense of what makes you special, we’ll co-discover a life that is actually worth living. I am so excited for the adventure you are about to go on. Because change is always happening. Allow it to be so.
Lynn Cohen, LCSW
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.
Cristina Demarti, LMFT
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, 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.
Joseph Janowski, LMFT
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 PsyD
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.
Natalia Melancon, LCSW
Areas of Expertise: Depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, trauma, grief and loss, life transitions, women’s issues, codependency, relational and cultural issues.
Natalia graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a Master’s of Social Work degree in 2019. She has worked with former inmates, adolescents, adults, and families, as well as with court-mandated and senior citizen populations in a group setting.
Natalia always aims to create a warm, accepting, trustworthy relationship with her clients. Her goal is to build a therapeutic alliance where they feel accepted and respected for their individuality, have the right and capacity for self-determination, and are fully involved in the treatment process from beginning to end.
Natalia comes from the perspective that clients are the experts in their life, and her collaborative approach is to make sure they have a voice in how their treatment process is unfolding, feel empowered, heard, validated, and heal at their own pace. She uses an eclectic mix of cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness to treat depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, LGBTQIA+ and life transitions issues.
Dr. Christopher Recupero PhD
Areas 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.
Anthea Orlando, LMFT
Areas of Expertise:
Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Depression, Mood Disorder, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Multicultural Concerns
Anthea is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In 2013, she earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Community Psychology, from Antioch University – Los Angeles. Anthea received her license to practice in August 2020, when the pandemic was in full swing.
Anthea’s professional experience includes working with children, adults, and seniors in private practice and non-profit settings. Through the California Victim Compensation Board, a state-run service, she worked with families who reported domestic abuse. In addition, she has counseled at elementary schools, and visited homeless shelters in the Los Angeles area.
Anthea’s therapeutic approach is strength-based and collaborative. In session, Anthea and the client employ an array of therapeutic techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy, humanistic psychology, mindfulness, and a touch of psychodynamic therapy. Every client’s situation is unique, and so the treatment is tailored to meet the individual’s needs and expectations.
Marissa Ruiz, LMFT
Areas of Expertise:
Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Victims of Abuse, Assault and Trauma
I am a mother of four adult children and six grandchildren. I have one grand daughter and 4 grandsons. I have been with my spouse 22 years and he has 8 grandkids. Together we have 14 grandkids.
I am a survivor of domestic violence over 25 years ago. This experience made me passionate about learning and getting certified for domestic violence. I began my education at East Los Angeles College, BA at Cal State LA and MA MFT at University of Phoenix Pasadena. I teach domestic violence classes for perpetrators on a designated day. I work full time with LA County and have been employed for 20 years.
I try to exercise regularly and potty training my puppy. I like to virtual paint with yaymaker. I love going to Disneyland and Lego land with my grandkids.
I am experienced with domestic violence and child abuse.
Eshan Sun, LMFT
Areas 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.
Dr. Kandice Timmons PsyD
Areas of Expertise:
Trauma, 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.
Holly Anguiano, LCSW
Areas of Expertise:
adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, chronic health issues, women's issues, multicultural issues, relationship issues, parenting issues, work-related stressors, codependency, phase of life issues, life transitions, shame, self-esteem, grief/loss.
Holly Anguiano received her Master's in Social Work (MSW) from Portland State University in 2009. She currently holds her LCSW in the state of California. She has spent over a decade in the field of medical social work, providing crisis support and counseling to patients with both acute and chronic health issues facing a number of psychosocial and mental health issues. Holly takes a collaborative approach to therapy using an eclectic style to address the unique needs of the individual. She pulls from evidenced based models such as CBT, ACT, motivational interviewing, solution-focused, and narrative therapy. Holly's approach is strength-based in nature and helps empower clients to incorporate mindfulness, self-care, and self-compassion into their daily lives.
Emma Bogdanoff, LMFT
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.
Arielle Derhy, LMFT
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.
Spencer Figueroa, LMFT
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.
Maribel Eck, LCSW
Areas of Expertise:
Anxiety, Depression, Relationship/Interpersonal Issues, Grief/Bereavement, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Life Transitions, Parenting , Women's Issues, Integration of faith/Spirituality
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.
Jaime Haasch, LMFT
Areas of Expertise:
ADD/ADHD, Adoption, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Behavior Modification, Bipolar, Brief Solution Focused, Chemical Dependency, Christian Counseling, Compulsive/Ethnic Issues, Depressive Disorders, DBT, Divorce/Blended Families, Family Therapy, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Group Therapy, HIV/AIDS Related Issues, Infertility, Medication Management, Men Issues, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Pain Management, Sexual Abuse, Victims of Abuse, Assault,Trauma.
Hello, my name is Jaime Haasch and I earned my Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University so I may help you overcome life’s challenges and increase confidence, coping skills and contentment. I use a strength based approach; together we will find and focus on your internal strengths and resources & put you on the healing journey towards health, satisfaction and fulfillment. We can use cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and other modes of talk therapy to cultivate more insight and understanding of your personal experiences and promote peace and well being in your life.
Yasmin Lopez, LMFT
Areas of Expertise: Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Sexual Abuse Trauma, Latinx Cultural Issues, Womens Issues, Solution Focused, Psychodynamic.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 5 years of experience. I provide therapy from an eclectic style, to assist my clients with their current needs. I also use a psychodynamic approach to explore underlying issues to current life stressors. My style is interactive, easy going, with the use of humor to build rapport with my clients. I enjoy working interactively and collaboratively with clients, while providing a safe space to discuss life stressors.
I am bilingual (English/Spanish). I am trained in a variety of evidenced based practices such as; Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Seeking Safety.
Nadia Naim, LMFT
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.
Jennifer Rivas, LMFT
Areas 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, 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.
Daniel Sapoznick, LCSW
Areas of Expertise:
Foster Youth -- ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Cultural Integration & Individuation, Depressive Disorders Divorce/Blended Family Issues, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Medication Management, Men Issues, Substance Use / Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Victims of Abuse, Assault, Trauma
Narrative, Solutions-Focused, Psychodynmaic / Mentalization-Based Psychotherapy
Daniel Sapoznick (LCSW) is a therapist who enjoys helping people identify, explore, and resolve issues at the heart of what often seem like day-to-day moods or feelings. Daniel grew up in an 'alternative family environment', which largely informed his decsion to become a Social Worker and psychotherapist. Philosophically, Daniel is particularly attentive to the unique nature of the role of a therapist, and prefers to err on the side of curiosity and humility when working with people. He deeply believes that despite now decades of experience as a helper, each person he works with is ultimately their own expert, and the answers to questions of resilience and transcendence begin from within, even if they may need a helping hand from time-to-time.
Gayla Rega, LMFT
Areas 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.
Melinda Vyvyan, LMFT
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.
Tina Badiyan, LMFT
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.
Brittany Burke, LMFT
Brittany is a licensed marriage and family therapist who works with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, body-image issues, and life-transitions. She received her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from California Lutheran University in 2010. Over the past 11 years, she has worked in a variety of mental health settings, ranging from residential treatment to outpatient Brittany utilizes a client-centered approach that honors the strengths and motivators of the individual. Brittany is passionate about the work she does and strives to create a trusting and nurturing environment that fosters growth.
Shera Daroga, LCSW
Areas of Expertise:
Gender/Sexuality issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Life transitions, Grief & Loss, Chronic Illness, Relationship/family challenges
I'm Shera and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received my Masters degree from the University of Southern California. I have over eight years of experience in medical social work and private practice.
Have you been feeling isolated or lonely lately? Needing support, whether LGBTQIA+ , sexism, racism, ableism, or anything else that resonates with you? Let's work together to build your sense of self. Ready to make a significant shift in who you are and how you show up in life? Or questioning your purpose? Or perhaps you're struggling with all that is happening in our world these days and need an outlet to talk about it.
I work with adults using my sense of humor, kindness, and warmth to help you grow. I’ll be your supporter and advocate. Together we will dig deep and challenge the stories you've continued to tell yourself about your life, your experience, and society. Let's undo the old ideas and experiences so you can make room for new ones.
As a woman who is part of the LGBTQIA+ community and biracial, I value holding a safe and brave space for all clients’ intersecting identities — culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity. My goal is to empower you to live your most authentic life.
Annie Fuller, LCSW
Areas of Expertise:
Anxiety, Depression, Complex Trauma, Adjustment issues, Relationship and Family issues.
Annie Fuller is an LCSW with over five years of experience providing individual and family psychotherapy to adults, adolescents and children. She received her Masters degree from Hunter College's Silberman School of Social Work in New York City. Annie takes an integrated approach to therapy that is both relational and person-centered, believing therapy is a collaborative experience in pursuit of understanding the authentic self and healing through the therapeutic relationship. Each individual has different needs, and Annie uses her background in psychodynamic approaches, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma-focused therapies to conceptualize each unique individual's treatment. She aims to create a safe healing space for all clients through an empathetic, culturally competent and equity-oriented approach.
Victoria Goldfarb, LMFT
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.
Dr. Christopher Marquart PsyD
Area of Expertise:
Anxiety and Depression management, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions. Substance Use
Our experiences shape us and how we look at the world. Oftentimes they give us a sense of strength and direction in our lives, but other times we are confronted with obstacles that keep us from reaching our goals. Together we can explore these obstacles and create a better understanding of how you can work through them, leading to more satisfying experiences and more confidence in your direction in life.
I received my Master’s and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology Los Angeles, as well as a master’s degree in public communication from American University.
My work and training along with my own personal experiences has given me empathy and an appreciation for the trauma of everyday life we all must go through. Sometimes these traumas are easy to identify and the path to healing and growth is somewhat clear. But other times, the true causes of our pain are less clear and despite our efforts we cannot alleviate or manage this pain on our own. However, with help, time, and work our trauma can become something we still carry with us, but does not stop us from moving forward.
Mary O'Connor, LCSW
Areas of Expertise: Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Complex Trauma, Relationship issues, Coping with major life changes.
As a psychodynamically trained therapist from Smith College School for Social Work, I specialize in treating adults with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and complex trauma. I believe that these problems are often rooted in early life experiences that might have felt challenging, scary, or unsafe. I utilize attachment and trauma theory to help my clients understand themselves, heal past wounds, and develop healthier relationships. My approach to treatment is one of warmth and curiosity. The most important part of therapy is the therapeutic relationship and my priority is to provide a clinical environment that feels safe, comfortable, and secure as we begin to work together.
Luc Rolin, LCSW
Areas of Expertise:
Depression/Anxiety, Anger Management, Couples and Family, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Parenting, 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, LMFT
Areas 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)
Dr. Deborah Simon PhD
Areas of Expertise:
Adjustment disorders, Anxiety and Mood disorders, Phase of life/Transitions, Parenting, Body image, self-esteem, and self-acceptance in women, ADHD and Learning Differences.
I began my career as a school psychologist. As my interest and curiosity in the students and families with whom I worked grew, I pursued and completed my Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, now Alliant International University. I am dual certified as both a clinical psychologist and school psychologist. This has nurtured my awareness of how one's school experiences, along with our parents, family, and friends shape our relationship with the wider world.
My background and experience of more than 25 years has helped me develop an approach to therapy which is curious, collaborative, and solution-focused. I frequently gravitate towards a developmental and psychodynamic perspective, but I am also keenly aware that each individual is unique, and there is no one-size fits all. This approach enables me to think deeply about who you are and how you came to be the person you are today, and to draw upon other types of therapy as needed. My initial goal is for you to feel comfortable sharing various aspects of your life history, and to feel seen and heard. It is only then that the real work begins. From there, we can develop a dynamic, collaborative, and evolving relationship with you leading the way. I am grateful to those of you brave enough to share your journey with me.
Colin Thomas, LMFT
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.