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)
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)
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).
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
Supervised by Marla Holt, LMFT
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
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 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
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.
“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.
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.