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Meet our Therapists

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Sara Acharya, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

License #99389

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.


Jen Bloom, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

License #141174


Areas of expertise: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, identity issues, women’s issues, young adults, work and life transitions, relationships (familial, social, and professional), the search for life’s purpose, intergenerational trauma, foster/adoption, health challenges, grief and loss, anger management, cannabis overuse/addiction, screen overuse/addiction (social media and gaming).


Maybe you're overwhelmed, maybe you feel nothing. Maybe you're lost. Maybe you're running in too many directions at once. Maybe the world has stopped making sense. I invite you to sit down with me. Let's work together to come back to peace, strength, sweeter awareness, and maybe even some joy.


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have worked in Intensive Outpatient, community mental health, and private practice settings. My clinical training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy (talk therapy), somatic practice (using the body), and depth psychology (exploring the unconscious), as well as evidence-based practices including DBT, CBT, mindfulness, and addiction psychology. I often include art, images, writing, role-play, meditation, and easy movement into sessions. 


I have a few areas of ongoing focus:


  • Untangling creative blocks or facing workplace challenges, like stress, career changes, and complex work environments. I work with artists, actors, writers, and other professionals including those in the tech, medical, and entertainment industries. 

  • Many of my clients are students at the grad and doctoral level working through the psychological challenge of the thesis and dissertation processes.

  • Parenting, (in)fertility, gender roles, and body image. 

  • individuals navigating anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. 


I have an MA in Counseling from Pacifica Graduate Institute, an MFA in Directing and Acting from Trinity Repertory Conservatory, and completed yoga teacher training at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. In my therapy practice, I draw on 25 years as a theater artist and teacher in a variety of collegiate, corporate, not-for-profit, and entertainment settings. 

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Brittany Burke, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

License #93581

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. 

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Hanaa Daoudi, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist      AMFT License #143058

under Licensed Supervision

Areas of Expertise:

Anxiety, Behavior Modification, Brief Solution Focused, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Depressive DIsorders, Divorce/Blended Family Issues, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Infertility, Panic Disorders, Pain Management, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Issues, Prenatal Issues, Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Women Issues, Couples, Family

The ability to be vulnerable in it and of itself is a courageous act worthy of being applauded. Trusting your therapist with such intricate moments sprout as clients feel heard and validated on their terms. Being educated in the art of therapy has taught me many important lessons. My background in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley has taught me the important contributions our surrounding environment plays in shaping the individuals we become. It also taught me to embrace that emotional wounds do not discriminate and do in fact fill the plotlines of every individual at one point or another. Furthering my education at Pepperdine University taught me to become an observant in the world around me- especially in the intricacies of trauma.


Residuals of frustration are a natural consequence to feel when our bodies are constantly hijacked by reminders of our unhealed wounds. In such moments, the ability to think clearly becomes jeopardized. The emotional brain takes over and encourages one to act on impulse. Our bodies go into a survival response of fight, flight, freeze or fawn. With time, our nervous system becomes on the constant lookout for any perceived threat- and our ability to function outside of our trauma becomes compromised. 

It's not uncommon for clients to spiral down a path of self-blame and feel as if they themselves are the villains in their stories. Trauma can be scary and can filter the lens in which we define ourselves and the world around us. This can cause one to feel stripped of their agency. Therapy can empower clients to regain that sense of control. The goal is to understand and reframe the plotline of our past stories. . It starts with a simple spark that helps clients interconnect the ways trauma is integrated into the mind and body. The goal is to equip clients with the tools to become observers of the process as it unfolds. Every individual stems from unique circumstances that will sprout unique ways of coping.


Becoming aware of their triggers and the ways in which clients respond to those triggers ignites the initial pathway to recovery. As clients continue to challenge long held assumptions, clients become active agents in their own change. They see their expectations being challenged and learn to rewrite their trauma narrative into one that incorporates the truth of their resilience. It starts with the client; therapy is an aid that helps clients understand the truth behind their potential. It works to equip them with the tools needed to think objectively, Therapy takes work and can feel uncomfortable at times, but with self-dedication and collaboration-positive outcomes always remain possible. 

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Maribel Eck, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

License #64294

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.


Annie Fuller, LCSW

License #100548

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.

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Jenn Hourani, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist    AMFT License #142135

under Licensed Supervision

Areas of Expertise: 

Anxiety, Anger Management, Boundary Setting, College & Graduate Student Issues, Cultural / First-Generation Issues, Grief/Loss, Life Transitions, Perfectionism, Relationships, Work/Life Balance, Self-Discovery, Self-Esteem

Welcome, I'm Jenn, and I’m happy to see you here. As a therapist, my work is informed by my clients' life journeys, as well as my own. Raised by an immigrant single mom, I cherish community and I understand the complexities of feeling like an outsider. As an ex-tech employee, I value balance and resistance to corporate norms; we should not be “producing” at the cost of our health and relationships. Having trained in narrative therapy, I find it crucial to notice the influences around us - our culture, society, relationships, and families of origin. With all this "noise" of the world around us, I feel it's more important than ever to define our own values and write our own stories. In therapy, my style is "business casual", balancing depth with humor, talking with skill-building. I offer a trusted space for you to speak freely, while also challenging you to grow through self-compassion instead of self-criticism. Together, we will uncover your strengths, celebrate your victories, and call upon your inner wisdom to help live the life you want. My practice embraces all genders, bodies, cultures, and types of love. If you’d like to collaborate, please reach out.

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Lori (Lo) LeChien, AMFT/APCC

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist    AMFT License #142883

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

APCC License #15160

under Licensed Supervision

Areas of Expertise: Anxiety, Codependency, Children of Alcoholic Issues, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Depressive Disorders, Divorce/Blended Family Issues, Domestic Violence, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Transgender Issues, Victim of Abuse, Assault, Trauma, Women Issues



Welcome to a safe and supportive space where you’re encouraged to tap into your creativity, playfulness, and self-expression! I’m a forward-thinking therapist who works with adults, children/teens, couples (poly/open/committed), and families eager to make changes. If you’re on a journey of identity and self- exploration, battle addiction or codependency, have difficulties navigating and establishing boundaries, and/or suffer with anxiety, depression or childhood/family trauma, you’re not alone. You can move beyond feeling stuck or hurt. You can break harmful patterns and build healthy, sustainable relationships. With an antiracist and LGBTQIA+ affirming perspective, I take a systemic approach that considers the social, economic and cultural contexts of each client. Through art, music, mindfulness, and play therapy interventions, I create a space for exploring creativity and self-expression as a form of healing, transformation and building resilience. As a client-centered therapist, I trust you know yourself best. My aim is to empower you to define your needs and guide the path toward your goals. With each new day, you have the opportunity to learn, to grow and to make desired changes even if it takes time and even if mistakes are made along the way. I look forward to supporting and working with you!


Dr. Christopher Marquart PsyD

License #30104

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

License #95965

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.

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Jennifer Rivas, LMFT

License #105750

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

License #27930

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

Treatment Orientation:

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.


Stacy Vitale, LMFT

License #49965

Areas of Expertise: 

Parenting issues, Anger management, Communication problems, Family issues, Life purpose. Mood disorders, Postpartum Depression, Self love, Young Adult issues


Treatment Orientation:

Cognitive Behavioral Approach

I was drawn to the helping profession through my passion for relationships, experiences, and a desire to understand the emotional processes of healing. Life experiences have provided me with an ability to understand common patterns which affect most people in their journeys. I have a passion for emotional healing that improves relation and overall quality of daily experiences for individuals and family. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and

have been practicing since 2000. I initially started therapeutic services with under represented minority groups. Focusing on child and adolescents at risk due to lack of resources, and crisis stabilization. After about 11 years I decided to take time off to stay at home with my children. Being a first time mom gave me new perspectives on mental health with first time mothers, depression and anxiety of being a mom whether it is stay at home or a working mother. This prompted me to re educate myself and get experience with perinatal mood disorders.  More recently I have been working with young adults transitioning into college. Helping with maladaptive internal and interpersonal psychological dynamics. Utilizing cognitive behavioral approaches to encourage clients to focus on thoughts and behaviors and encourage to make changes. I enjoy engaging in therapy with teens, young adults through older adults who have a desire or need for hope and change. Helping people find connection and improve communication is a privilege for me. My goal is to serve others and make a difference as I assist in the navigation of life challenges. In addition to my training and education I have children of my own and understand the struggles that parents experience along with various dynamics of family relationships. 


Holly Anguiano, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

License #71100

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.

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Emma Bogdanoff, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

License #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.

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Cristina Clarke, AMFT/APCC

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

AMFT License #143447

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

APCC License #15341

under Licensed Supervision

The human in me sees the human in you.

Hello, I'm Cristina Clarke. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Human Sexuality from California State University, Northridge, and a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, including a specialization in School-Based Family Counseling, from California State University, Los Angeles.

My therapeutic philosophy centers on collaboration and compassion, delving beneath the surface to uncover personal narratives. As an Afro-Latina, my counseling style is rooted in trauma-informed and culturally relevant counseling, recognizing the unique influences shaping each individual's experiences. Utilizing a diverse range of therapeutic modalities such as Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness-based CBT, Family Systems Therapy, Humanistic therapy, Attachment-based modalities, and Compassion-Focused Therapy, I tailor my approach to address the specific needs of each client.

With extensive experience, I guide individuals through a spectrum of challenges, including anxiety, low self-esteem, identity development, grief, relationship stressors, women’s issues, multicultural concerns, and trauma. My aim is to provide a nurturing space for healing and self-discovery. Embracing an inclusive perspective, I affirm and celebrate diversity in my practice, supporting LGBTQ+, neurodivergent, and CNM/Poly partnerships. I invite you to embark on a journey towards elevated self-compassion, self-discovery, and fulfillment as we explore and navigate the intricacies of your unique story together.


Cristina Demarti, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

License #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, 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. 


Maria Rheba Estante, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

License #129514 (CA), #5000358 (MA), #1011 (FL)


Areas of Expertise: 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania, Excoriation Disorder, Perfectionism, Immigration/Racial Identity, Asian-American Mental Health, Women’s Issues


I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in California and Massachusetts and registered as an out-of-state Telehealth provider for Florida. I provide a collaborative solution oriented and strengths-based approach. Every individual is unique and deserves a wholistic person centered supportive experience in therapy. Your personal autonomy and self-determination are honored.


Born in Asia, raised in Canada, and based in California, I am an alumnus of Golden Gate University in San Francisco with a Masters in Psychology. My professional background includes working with a dual diagnosis population, crisis mental health, OCD and related disorders, intensive outpatient and short-term residential treatment, supportive counseling for students with IEP/504 plans, and contracted mental health services for justice involved individuals under supervision of Federal Probation (pre-trial and post-conviction). I have worked in diverse culturally sensitive environments in both the public and private sector.


My therapeutic style utilizes evidence-based modalities: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Inference-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Habit Reversal Training, Internal Family Systems, and Solutions Focused Brief Therapy. I am a certified Level 1 SFBT therapist and completed the Gottman Method level 1 training for couples counseling.


Victoria Goldfarb, LMFT

License #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.


Joseph Janowski, LMFT

License #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


Yasmin Lopez, LMFT

License #142883

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.

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Natalia Melancon, LCSW

License #108570

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.

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Dr. Christopher Recupero PhD

License #16737

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.


Luc Rolin, LCSW

License #68938

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.

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Dr. Deborah Simon PhD

License #21812


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.


Melinda Vyvyan, LMFT

License #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.

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Elley Berg, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist    AMFT License #126755

under Licensed Supervision

Areas of Expertise:

Anxiety, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Depressive Disorders, Divorce/Blended Family Issues, End of Life Issues, Friendship Issues, Spirituality, Pet Loss/Grief, Relationship Issues, College/Student Life Issues, Caregiver Fatigue


Hello and welcome. My name is Elley (she/her), and I’m honored to be considered as your potential therapist. I understand that committing to a therapeutic practice takes effort and resources, and I appreciate all the steps you have taken to arrive here. We might work well together if you value a holistic approach to wellness and find yourself desiring more meaningful connections with yourself and your loved ones. In session, you can expect me to be a curious and open-minded collaborator as we explore your life and tend to the parts that you want to better understand or change. While others have described my style as playful, creative, and intentional, my approach is guided by meeting each person where they’re at and moving at the speed of trust. I invite and affirm all identities and kinds of relationships.

Regardless of what brings you to therapy, I am committed to honoring your experiences and holding your stories with care. I work with teens and adults of all ages, and more recently, I am deeply drawn to supporting people through the unique challenges of grieving the loss of a beloved pet.

If you’d like to connect further, I would be delighted to hear from you.


Leeor Brahms, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

License #131633

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

License #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.

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Arielle Derhy, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

License #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.


Spencer Figueroa, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

License #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.


Theresita Gonzalez, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

License #110098

Areas of Expertise: 

ADHD Anger Management Behavior Modification Bipolar Brief Solution Focused CBT Chemical Dependency Depressive Disorders DBT Divorce/Blended Family Issues End of Life Issues Group Therapy Personality Disorders Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorder Sexual Abuse Victims of Abuse, Assault, Trauma


Hola, my name is Theresita Gonzalez. I am a bilingual, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 5 years of experience treating adults and Spanish speaking clients.

I graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I am also a graduate from University of Southern California where I obtained a Master Degree in Social Work. My clinical work includes working with adult with severe mental illness in a psychiatric hospital setting in addition to working with children and families at community based mental health agencies within Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. I have provided therapy in both individual and family settings working on issues which include depression, anxiety, grief/loss, relationship issues, life transitions, anger management and trauma.

As a therapist, my goal is to provide a safe, caring and a nonjudgmental space to help client’s process life challenges and struggles. While providing empathy and support, I work with everyone to promote positive change to enhance their quality of life.

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Michael Keshishian, LMFT

License #86502

I am a licensed  Marriage and Family Therapist with experience working in private practice, community mental health agencies, and school based settings.  I work with individuals, couples, and families from a variety of cultures who are struggling with anxiety, depression, relational concerns, phase of life transitions, unforeseen life circumstances, and other significant challenges.


Therapy is a unique and pleasant opportunity that everyone deserves to experience. We all deal with stress, problems and unforeseen changes that can be made easier by working with a qualified professional. By focusing on your core strengths and established skills, I can better equip you with the tools necessary to obtain the results you want and deserve. My experience and training has allowed me to tailor my treatment approach and therapeutic style to cater to your unique needs. I believe that therapy begins by creating a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive environment that will allow you to gain insight and clarity about your true self, daily interactions, and goals.


I strive in providing the highest standard of care to each of my clients by utilizing a crystallized understanding of how to incorporate traditional effective psychological and therapeutic approaches with current groundbreaking research. While being a qualified clinician trained in many approaches is a key feature of any effective therapist, I believe the core components of any successful therapist includes being authentic, genuine, and compassionate, while having a collaborative relationship with the client. I will use this balanced approach with you as we work together to bring you to a place of personal strength, comfort, and success.


Laura Marhevka, LMFT

License # 139643


Areas of Expertise:

Domestic Violence, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Suicidal Ideation, Relationship Issues, Parenting Skills, Depression, Anxiety, Co Parenting Issues, Work Related Stressors, Stress Management, DBT, CBT, Seeking Safety, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Manage and Adapting Practices.


I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 8 years of experience. My professional experience includes working with children, teenagers, and adults in non-profit settings and with female survivors of domestic violence.  I have worked with children, adults and teenagers who have experienced anxiety, depression, PTSD, abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault to psychoeducate, help them overcome their symptoms/behaviors to live a healthier and happier life.  My work with parents has focused on improving their parenting skills and learning to co-parent with one another with respect and being heard from each other.  I have facilitated group therapy and provide individual counseling to female survivors of domestic violence so they may stop the cycle of abuse, gain their self worth back and learn to live safely again.  


My goal has always been to provide a safe and comfortable environment for my clients.  While utilizing an eclectic therapeutic approach, from solution focused to cognitive behavioral and evidence based, I am focused on bringing patience, compassion and a direct style so all of my clients can be met with nonjudgement, validation, respect and be challenged so that they can learn to live authentically, overcome their stressors and live a life that brings them happiness and peace.  In our sessions I will strive to meet you where you are at and collaborate with you to create goals for yourself.   


Nadia Naim, LMFT

License #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.​


Gayla Terzian, LMFT

License #107831

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.

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Steven Rowe, LMFT

License #84270

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)


Eshan Sun, LMFT

License #104583

Areas of Expertise:
Asian-American Professionals, Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, Spirituality, Mindfulness


You're a successful professional who has achieved much in your life, and yet, despite all of your successes, you're still unhappy. You find yourself angry with other people, worried about how things will turn out, disappointed when things don't go your way, and frustrated with all of the above. You know that there has to be more to life than your robotic routine, but you haven't been able to figure out what that is yet.


I was in the same situation that you're in, and I've learned how to do better. I speak from personal experience, not from book learning. I specialize in helping Asian-American professionals bridge the gap between cultures, overcome their harsh inner critic, and develop true confidence and self-respect.


Happiness is your natural birthright. It is my privilege and joy to work with clients and help them discover what is blocking them from the happiness that is already inside of them. If you would like to work with me and discover more of what's in you, please reach out. I look forward to hearing from you.

Eshan Sun is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he received a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology.

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