I have over 10 years’ experience in the social services and mental health field. Counseling is not only what I do, but what I love. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana and my Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University Dominguez Hills. I have worked in a variety of settings including but not limited to: a psychiatric facility for children and adolescents, private psychotherapy practices, an emergency shelter, after-school programs, a maternity home, dialysis clinics, a hospital, and community based therapy programs. I have trained employees and organizations on various mental health topics and helped develop programs that promote emotional/behavioral health.
I work with individuals from all walks of life, from children to seniors. I love what I do and enjoy helping others learn skills that improve their quality of life. I am here to work with you on the obstacles life can sometimes throw your way, in a healthy safe environment.
My specialties include:
– Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
– Phase of Life changes
– Grief and Loss
– Mood Disorders
– Life Stressors
– Family conflict (Family therapy)
Making the decision to seek therapy is a very personal yet empowering choice. I believe in an active and collaborative approach to the therapy process and am honored to be a passenger on an individual’s journey to their most authentic self. I encourage and allow sessions to be client-driven, focusing on the importance of self-acceptance, personal effort, and meeting individuals where they are.
I have a passion for working with children, adolescents, and adults as they grow and develop who they are in relation to the world. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development from San Diego State University and my Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. I have a history of working with children, transitional age youth, and adults with extensive family trauma through community based mental health and inpatient psychiatric services. I have worked with families through relationship struggles, conduct and behavior problems, and communication difficulties. As we collaborate together, I will encourage and challenge individuals to identify and own their personal definition of success.
My specialties include:
School failure or drop in grades
Oppositional and/or defiant behaviors
Grief and Loss
I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker with a BA in Psychology and Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in Community Mental Health. Prior to receiving my MSW, I began my career in mental health as a case manager with a local community agency that serves homeless veterans, youth, and survivors of domestic violence. In addition, I have experience in working with at-risk youth at a community agency in Long Beach providing psychotherapy and psychoeducational workshops to promote the value of higher education and academic motivation to underachieving middle school students.
In my final year of graduate school, eager to expand and utilize my Social Work degree to it’s full potential; I pursued an internship in a medical setting where I spent most of my time working in an Emergency Room in West Los Angeles. I have two years of experience as a Medical Social Worker in which I’ve gained experience with crisis intervention, collaborative case management, motivational interviewing, patient advocacy and brief psychotherapy.
My passion as a Social Worker lies in mental health. My mantra as a Social Worker is always empowerment. I believe that each client possesses the inner strength, gifts, and capabilities of creating a happy, healthy, and prosperous life for him/her self. I believe that my role is simply to act as a guide in this process of self-discovery. My goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for my clients to be able to express themselves fully in order to achieve the most fulfilling life possible. My approach is very holistic in the sense that I take into consideration each individual’s spiritual, physical and emotional health and believe that all of these variables play equally significant roles in the overall wellbeing of a person.
Currently Supervised by: Crystal Olivo, LCSW – LCSW 66044
In my 18 years’ experience in the social services and mental health field, my practice has focused on helping teens, families, and individuals work through various issues associated with trauma and loss. My trauma informed approach incorporates not only understanding of the current triggering event(s), but also the family, cultural, and historical elements that can contribute layers of complexity and multi-generational components.
I am trained in depth oriented and family psychotherapy. I received My Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University of Dominguez Hills, Master of Arts degree in Community Psychology from Antioch University of Los Angeles and My Doctorate from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. I have worked with various populations such as severely emotional disturbed children, adolescents and families, as well as providing gang intervention therapy. My vast experience also includes private practice, addiction therapy, and community based therapy clinics.
I have provided therapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples, groups and families. Further more, my research in trauma has lead to me leading a multitude of in-service trainings pertaining to trauma, child abuse, and elder abuse with clients as young as two years, through the elder years. I most enjoy my work with all ages and populations in relation to mental wellness, mindset, and positive psychology. My goal for my clients is for them to reach their fullest potential based on their own values.
My specialties include:
– Positive Psychology
– Couples Therapy
– Grief / Loss
– Life Stressors
– Family conflict (Family therapy)
Currently Supervised by Miyume McKinley, LCSW
The relationship I build with clients is my priority. I have ten years of experience working in the County of Los Angeles with underserved communities and I am continuously driven to assist others in challenging and turbulent moments. As a community mental health therapist, I focused on providing services to probation youth and their families by implementing Functional Family Therapy. I also have experience providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to children. These prevention and intervention models draw from individual strengths and help resolve emotional difficulties.
I have a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California and a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach in Child Development and Family Studies. I am fluent in Spanish. I take on a multicultural, strength-based perspective. I understand and recognize the differences, strengths, and uniqueness to individuals and communities.
Together we will build the skills that are necessary to obtain a greater sense of self-awareness and a strong foundation for healthy relationships.
Grief and bereavement
Couple/family related issues
La relación que construyo con los clientes es mi prioridad. Tengo diez años de experiencia trabajando en el Condado de Los Ángeles con comunidades marginadas y continuamente me veo obligado a ayudar a otros en momentos desafiantes y turbulentos. Como terapeuta de salud mental comunitaria, me centré en brindar servicios a los jóvenes en libertad condicional y a sus familias mediante la implementación de la Terapia Familiar Funcional. También tengo experiencia brindando Terapia de Conducta Cognitiva enfocada en trauma a niños. Estos modelos de prevención e intervención se basan en las fortalezas individuales y ayudan a resolver las dificultades emocionales.
Tengo una Maestría en Trabajo Social de la Universidad del Sur de California y una B.A. de la Universidad Estatal de California, Long Beach en Desarrollo Infantil y Estudios Familiares. Hablo español con fluidez. Asumo una perspectiva multicultural y basada en la fuerza. Entiendo y reconozco las diferencias, fortalezas y exclusividad para individuos y comunidades.
Juntos desarrollaremos las habilidades que son necesarias para obtener un mayor sentido de autoconciencia y una base sólida para relaciones saludables.
Las especialidades incluyen:
Pena y duelo
Suicidario / autolesionarse
Problemas relacionados con pareja / familia
For over 15 years, I have had the honor of supporting individuals and their loved ones in various settings (schools, community centers, group homes, medical hospitals, government facilities, homes, detentions centers, summer camps, etc.). The amazing and resilient clients I have supported have come from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances. I provide my clients with genuine human regard and skilled clinical services and meet them where they are to help them arrive to a place of healing with a renewed outlook on their life.
I utilize a whole-person, eclectic, humanistic approach with cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. I received a Bachelor’s Degree from Tuskegee University in Social Work, a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Youth and Family Services and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from California State University – Long Beach, and hold a License in Clinical Social Work. I am a lifelong learner and continue to receive trainings several times a year.
My specialties include:
– Depression (including postpartum)
– End of Life
– Parenting concerns
– Grief and loss
– Foster youth/ kinship care
– Sickle Cell Disease patients/ caregivers and other hereditary diseases
About Me ☺
I’d first like to acknowledge your courage in reaching out, and thank you for taking a chance in living a happier and more fulfilled life. Hello, I am Alma Nicole Duarte, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with over 6 years of experience in working with at-risk teens, adults, and families in a variety of situations from foster care, human trafficking, addictions, and homelessness.
I believe in the power of relationships and how a therapeutic relationship can help you overcome many obstacles. I will meet you where you are at emotionally, and wait for the change to happen on your own terms. My approach is client-centered, genuine, nonjudgmental, and with an unconditional positive regard. I am here to listen to you and help you make a change in your life through an objective lens.
When you are ready to have someone listen, reach out, and there are people waiting to help you. I am here waiting patiently to help ☺
My specialties include:
University of California, Davis- Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Development & Minor in Chicano/a Studies
Argosy University, Orange County- Masters of Art in Counseling Psychology/ Marriage and Family Therapy
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #97017
Acerca de Mi ☺
Educación Primero, me gustaría reconocer tu valentía en buscar ayuda y darte las gracias por querer vivir una vida feliz y plena. Hola, soy Alma Nicole Duarte, una Terapeuta Matrimonial y Familiar licenciada en California con más de 6 años de experiencia trabajando con adolescentes, adultos y familias en varias situaciones. Desde familias en crianza temporaria hasta sobrevivientes de la trata de personas, adicciones y falta de vivienda.
Creo en el poder de la comunicacion y como una relación terapéutica puede ayudarnos a superar varios obstáculos. Estoy aquí para ayudarle y esperar pacientemente a que usted haga los cambios que guste ver en su vida. Mi enfoque está centrado en el cliente: genuino, sin prejuicios, e incondicional. Estoy aquí para escuchar, y con mi experiencia y perspectiva objetiva ayudar hacer un cambio en su vida. He trabajado con traumas, abuso emocional, abuso físico y sexual, problemas de ira, depresión, ansiedad, dolor y pérdida, problemas de relación, trastorno de estrés postraumático, trastorno de la conducta y trastornos del estado de ánimo.
Cuando esté listo para que alguien lo escuche, busca ha esa persona, porque ahí personas esperando para ayudarle. Yo aquí estoy esperando pacientemente para ayudar ☺
I have spent over 20 years working with individuals, couples, small groups, and large groups on concepts that build intimacy, communication skills, conflict resolution, forgiveness, and reconciliation. My greatest quality is that I am a great listener. My compassionate approach allows my clients to trust me and provides me opportunities to assist them in finding solutions to some of life’s most challenging issues.
I am ideally suited to give Relational Counseling. I offer insight, options, and tools for couples to apply immediately, and hopefully change their lives. For those not married, I go through a series of classes that help them determine their suitability for marriage and the discovery of self.
The factors that make my practice unique, is that I use metaphors, illustrations, and handouts to fortify the concepts that I am trying to build within my clients. I am able to establish a genuine rapport and trust with my clients, and therefore can move a lot sooner towards solutions.
My specialties include:
– Relationship Issues
– Family Conflicts
– Anger Management
– Sexual Addiction
– Impulse Control
Vanessa Volpicelli, LMFT, earned her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. Vanessa has received post-graduate, specialized training in treatment modalities aimed at strengthening parent-child interaction. As a certified yoga instructor, she incorporates proven techniques that foster inner healing and relaxation offering instant comfort and lasting benefits for her clients. With a nurturing approach, Vanessa is confident in the ability of therapy to reveal what is already within you to revive your sense of purpose and your own ability to feel good.
Vanessa is passionate and skilled in the treatment areas of reuniting families, enhancing individual self-worth, and inspiring personal growth through discovering, encouraging, and implementing practical solutions. Her areas of focus include children with oppositional behaviors and ADHD, teens suffering from anxiety and/or depression, and clients of all ages processing trauma and grief. Vanessa is also trained in parent, child, interaction therapy (PCIT) for children ages 0-5.
I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master of Art’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. I’m deeply passionate about both empowering and helping others to heal and grow.
I like to work from a trauma focused lens of care as I am trained in EMDR and Trauma-Focused CBT, but also utilize various holistic approaches to include Mindfulness Meditation, Breathwork, and Somatic Body Movement.
I have extensive experience working with at-risk children and transitional aged youth in the home, school and community settings, however I also enjoy working with adults of all ages. I’m all about honoring my client’s healing process and meeting them where they are.
I provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for all of my clients and work collaboratively to assist them with processing some of life’s most stressful and traumatic issues/events. I want my clients to have the important human experience of being heard, understood and validated, while ultimately encouraging each individual to be their best, most authentic, higher-self. I truly look forward to hopefully having the privilege of working closely with you and being a part of your life’s journey.
Esther Jou, AMFT, APCC
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #99997
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #3990
Most of us want to live a happy and meaningful life where we can enjoy what we do, feel valued and supported, and look forward to the future. Sometimes there are challenges that might make you feel overwhelmed, stuck, or helpless. I want to be there for you and support you in finding ways to overcome these obstacles. I will provide a secure space for you to feel comfortable being your true self, and together we will work collaboratively on processing the challenges you face and developing skills to manage and overcome these hindrances.
I work with a wide range of clients; from children, adolescents, and their families to adult individuals and couples. I have a client-centered counseling style where I provide my clients with empathy and unconditional positive regard to help facilitate genuine change.
I want to empower you and help you realize your true potential so you can live the life you want.
I am also fluent in Mandarin Chinese and have experience with acculturation issues, cultural identity, as well as generational gaps between immigrant parents and their children.
I have a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology (Marriage & Family Therapy) from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).
*Currently Supervised by Crystal Olivo, LCSW
我的心理治療方式以個人中心治療為主(Person-Centered Therapy). 我注重人的正面成長和發展，並且以提供治療師我本身的真誠(Genuineness)、無條件尊重(Unconditional Positive Regard)和同理心(Empathy)來幫助提高你的獨立性與自我實現的能力.
我對於移民家庭在美國的文化適應,涵化(acculturation), 文化認知, 家人之間的代溝…等, 有相關經驗, 能幫助協調溝通及認知調整.
When hardship and challenges create stress in our lives, it is important for us to seek support. Through guidance and self-determination, we are able to learn new positive coping skills to help restore ourselves and our relationship with others. Using a strength-based approach combined with the person-in-environment theory, we can better understand the impact of stressors in our everyday lives, and the changes needed to reach our life goals.
I understand that no single approach is fitting for every individual, and so I am fluent in English and Spanish, and I have been trained in a range of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Caring For our Families to address common life stressors including Mood Disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Adjustment Disorders, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
My experience includes seven years of working with children, adults and families in the community through the collaboration with non-profit organizations and other community resources. My educational background includes a Bachelor in Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California- Riverside and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California.
With a passion for helping people through some of life’s greatest challenges, I will support and work with you to achieve your therapeutic goals. I strive to provide a safe and healthy environment in which we may work collaboratively to improve emotional well-being and overall quality of life. I am experienced in helping individuals, couples and families work through depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, self-esteem and body image issues, eating disorders, transitional issues as well as many other issues as they pertain to relationships.
I take a comprehensive approach in my work that takes into consideration your life experiences, biology and social environment, all of which influence who you are, in order to understand and change those patterns you may be repeating to your own detriment.
As an objective, non-judgmental listener, I am easy to connect to. Building solid, trusting relationships is among my greatest strengths as a therapist. It is essential for me to help you work on your issues by facilitating communication without fear of criticism, and securing a sense that you feel accepted. I strive to create a safe, productive place for you to grow, learn and change.
My major therapeutic modalities include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Emotion-Focused therapy and DBT. Together, we can work towards developing a more grounded, balanced perspective and a healthier approach to facing life’s many challenges
My specialties include:
-transitional and adjustment issues ( phase of life problems)
Supervised by Miyume McKinley, LCSW
Systems/Dynamics. My clinical background is in working with various groups including children, adolescents, adult individuals, couples, and families. I have worked in a variety of settings including Inpatient, Outpatient, Residential, In-Home, Community Mental Health, and Schools.
In my work with clients, my goal is to gain a deeper understanding of you and of how you see the world. I understand that dealing with life’s challenges and finding balance can be extremely difficult and overwhelming. I will actively work with your strengths and walk alongside you as you develop effective coping skills and gain a new understanding of self. I provide a safe and supportive environment and will work closely with you on enhancing and developing the skills needed for optimal growth and achievement. The road ahead may be difficult, but together, we will develop an individualized plan to support you throughout your journey of achieving balance, overcoming challenges and finding inner peace.
My specialties include:
-Dissatisfaction in Life
-Grief and Loss
My name is Crystle Olivo, LCSW. I have a BA in Psychology and Social behavior from University of California, Irvine and a Masters in Social Work from University of Southern California. I have over 8 years’ experience in working individually with children (ages 5+) and adults, dealing with anxiety and depression, trauma, physical/sexual abuse, domestic violence, and adjustment issues.
I provide a safe, supportive environment in which you can explore areas of your life where you feel less than satisfied. I use a combination of Mindfulness, Psychodynamic therapies and cognitive behavior therapy to help you have a more balanced fulfilling life.
I believe that healing occurs in the present moment. I also help you develop a kind and caring experience of yourself and life circumstances.
Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles. Prior to his graduate studies, Dr. Nelson earned his B.A. in Psychology from Chapman University in Orange, California.
Before enrolling in his doctoral program, Dr. Nelson worked in the non-profit mental health sector in Orange County, CA as a Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist (TBS). In this capacity, he acquired crucial skills in working with children and adolescents whose severe behaviors put them at risk of being placed in group homes or other more restrictive levels of care. During graduate study, he identified psychological testing and assessment as his primary area of professional interest, and actively pursued training opportunities that emphasized development of those skills.
Since that time, Dr. Nelson has performed outpatient psychological assessments, as well as individual and family therapy, for South Coast Children’s Society, Providence Community Services, and the Neurobehavioral Testing Unit at the Orange County Health Care Agency. Dr. Nelson completed his post-doctoral training by conducting psychological assessment and psychotherapy in private practice settings, with locations in Newport Beach and at Peninsula Family Wellness Center in San Pedro. While testing and assessment remains his primary area of activity, Dr. Nelson also sees adults, children, and adolescents for individual and family therapy.
Dr. Nelson also has expertise in the subject of cults, and the unethical processes of psychological coercion and undue influence used by cultic groups and other manipulators. He offers private consultations and conducts professional training workshops on this topic.
Professional affiliations include service on the Executive Committee for the Orange County Psychological Association (OCPA) as 2015-16 Secretary and 2016 Graduate Student/Early Career committee chair; Dr. Nelson served previously as 2013-14 OCPA Treasurer. He is also a member of the California Psychological Association (CPA).
“Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” ~ Virginia Satir
No two people are alike, therefore no two treatment plans are alike. I believe each individual should have a treatment plan created specifically to meet his or her needs. Whether you are struggling with Depression, Anxiety, self-esteem, parenting, and/or you are having occupational and/or educational stressors, I can help! Together, we will work collaboratively to help you identify triggers to your negative thoughts and feelings, obstacles, and self-limiting beliefs and identify therapeutic techniques you could use to manage, cope, and minimize what you may feel is standing in your way.
I work with children, adolescence, teenagers, adults, individuals, families and couples utilizing systemic therapy. The forms of systemic therapy I specialize in include Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. I have extensive experience with children/adolescents/teenagers/adults with Depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Anxiety. I am also experienced in areas including major depression, life coaching, parenting, substance abuse, marital separation and divorce, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bereavement, and post traumatic stress disorder.
A little about me: My name is Dr. Nina Ashrafzadeh, Psy.D. I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Life Coach, and Certified Parenting Instructor, with an extensive background in Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. I went on to receive the degree of Doctor of Psychology in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University – California School of Professional Psychology.
Psychotherapy is important to salvage ones mind and body; when your mind is happy so is your body.
I always wanted to assist those in the community with overcoming emotional challenges. I have over 16 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. I’ve worked with El Nido Family Centers for 16 years providing psychotherapy and case management services. I am trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. I obtained my Master’s degree from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. I am fluent in both English and Spanish. I look forward to meeting with you to talk and develop new ways of overcoming life’s challenges.
My specialties include:
-Trauma and PTSD
Dr. Teri D. Davis is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of offering evidence-based treatments for a wide-range of mental health concerns including anxiety, PTSD, depression, substance abuse as well as sexual trauma. She specializes in treating these conditions in women, including women of color and military populations with formal training in women Veterans and military-related mental health care.
Dr. Davis is also a college professor of undergraduate and graduate-level psychology with Cal State University-Fullerton and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles.
Dr. Davis is also a researcher with the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Healthcare System (VA) where she investigates how to better the treatment of depression and relative mental health conditions in primary care settings. She holds a dual research appointment at UCLA where she studies sexual trauma and resulting mental health conditions in culturally diverse populations, largely including women. To date, she has published 12 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics.
Dr. Davis hails from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and has lived in California for nearly 10 years. She enjoys college football season (Go Sooners!), spending time with family and friends including her new puppy, (Zeb), cooking and community service efforts.