Dr. Joselyn Josephine Ayala-Encalada
Psyd, LMFT 96987
Clinical Director of Behavioral Health/ Supervisor

Hello. My name is Joselyn and I am a Bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.I graduated from Alliant International University where I received my Doctorate in Psychology, as well as my Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Irvine where I majored in Psychology and Social Behavior, and minored in Chicano Studies. 

 

Symptoms and behaviors I have worked with before are youth with depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant behavior, conduct disorder, ADHD, auditory or visual hallucinations, suicide ideation, self-harming behaviors, low-self esteem, family conflict, and trauma, among others. 

 

As a therapist, I firmly believe the importance of being an ally and partner in this journey where my client feels supported, cared for, acknowledged, validated, and heard. I feel that one of the best qualities I have, as a therapist, is being transparent. Transparency builds trust and honesty. The therapeutic relationship I develop with my clients is crucial in the overall progress of treatment. 

As a bilingual therapist, I primarily work with monolingual Spanish speaking parents and their children. Although I can provide treatment within different modalities, my main “lens” of treatment is through Functional Family Therapy (FFT). FFT is an approach to working with family with youth at risk. My main focus through the use of FFT is to strengthen relationships in the family by opening up communication and reframing negative behavior’s by putting them within a positive relational context. 

It will be such a blessing and pleasure to be able to help you in whatever difficulties or struggles you may be going through. It is my passion to not only help you in the moment, but to also provide you with skills that you can take and use after the treatment is over, to be able to better help you through this journey of “Life.” 

Treatment Approaches:

· Family Systems

· Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

· Solution Focused Therapy

· Functional Family Therapy 

· Art Therapy

Modalities:

· Individual 

· Family

Claudia Doty, M.S.
Clinical Executive Director

Hi! I’m Claudia Doty, Clinical Executive Director for Heredia Therapy Group.   My goal is to manage our objectives, programs, and processes to offer an excellent service to you and your loved ones.

I am deeply passionate about supporting the mental, emotional, and social development of youth, especially those in foster care.  That drive stems from my experience growing up in the system and the years I’ve spent working with families in the social service field. 
I believe caring for our mental health is crucial, as it affects us all in some capacity—whether it’s through our struggles or through those of people we know and love. 
My hope is that we can continue to provide quality therapy services to create a safe and supportive community.
 

Who I Am

I’m a Clinical Executive Director with a Masters of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the California State University of San Bernardino.  

I’ve spent more than 11 years working with kids and families touched by adoption and foster care, leveraging my personal story to guide them through the process.  My work as a foster youth mentor for the Children’s Bureau has allowed me to support vulnerable people as they navigate the challenges and risk factors of foster care.  Additionally, my personal experience as a foster child has also empowered me to work with prospective parents and participate in conferences to find ways to increase community opportunities.
 

When I’m not working, I enjoy socializing, being active outside, cooking, and anything to do with animals!

What I Do

 

As a Clinical Executive Director, my role consists of setting and carrying out our practice’s strategies, policies, and procedures, ensuring all operational activities run smoothly.

 

I’m here to serve as a liaison between you, your family, and our team of health care professionals to facilitate your healing process.

 

To learn more about how we can support you, contact us today!

Dr. Cindy Bautista PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist 32442

Early childhood and pre-adolescence can be a challenging time for children and parents alike. Parents often feel unprepared or do not understand their role in supporting their child’s emotional development. During the early childhood years, the quality of the relationship that is developed between the child and the parents can greatly influence the growth and development of the child. Parents play a critical role in modeling how to respond to strong feelings. Children need help and practice to develop their capacity to cope with and manage a variety of emotions. Feelings and behavior are closely linked; therefore, when feelings are not well managed, children’s ability to think can be impaired and maladaptive behaviors can result which could negatively impact the relationship between the child and parent. Sometimes parents can feel lost or have a painful sense of not being a “good enough” parent, even a well-meaning and conscientious parent is not free from reacting with anger or frustration when their child misbehaves. I am determined to create a safe space to discuss these frustrations and insecurities about parenting in order to strengthen and foster the relationship between the child and the parent.

 

I specialize in treating children and young adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and relational difficulties. I provide individual and dyadic family therapy utilizing an attachment-based theoretical framework. With a collaborative approach, I treat a variety of concerns including, early trauma, anxiety, depression, parent-child relationship problems, developmental and behavioral concerns. My view of the therapeutic process helps to support the many needs of the child, including healthy development, family relationships, and social and academic support.

 

My training in Play Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, allows me to integrate various relational concepts and modalities into my work with families. The collaborative therapeutic work will facilitate development of stronger relationships, social skills and coping tools to confront life’s challenges.

Modality· 

  • Individuals
  • Dyadic work with parent and child
  • Family

Specialties: 

  • Parent
  • Child Relationship problems
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Family Conflict
  • Parenting skills
  • Peer Relationships
  • School Issues

Age· 

  • Toddlers 
  • Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)·
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)


Treatment Approach/Types of Therapy

  • Attachment-based
  • Play Therapy
  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Trauma Focused
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Psychological Testing and Evaluation


*Alternative Languages: Spanish

Nancy Blumrich, B.S.
Finance Executive & HR Director

Hello!  My name is Nancy Blumrich, and I’m the Finance Executive and HR Director here at Heredia Therapy Group.  I lead and support all departments in their administration, finance, and human resources efforts.

My passion for helping others is what brought me to the mental health field.  I live by the saying: “I can’t change the world, but if I can impact one person at a time and make a difference, my mission is completed here on Earth.” 

Our mission is to help the community see that they are not alone.  We are all in this together, struggling in different areas of our lives.  

Who said life was easy? Life is beautiful but not easy.  Finding your purpose in life is what will get you through the hard days.  Get inspired by somebody or something.  Be kind and do whatever makes YOU happy.  After all, this is your life to live!
 

Who I Am 

I’m a Finance Executive & HR Director with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the California State University of Dominguez Hills.
 
I’m a bilingual interpreter and translator certified by the California State University of Los Angeles and a state-licensed notary public.  I have more than 10 years of experience in the mortgage business. I worked as a legal representative for a loan company, preparing statements and supporting evidence, negotiating with clients, handling settlements and court arrangements. Later on, as a loan processor, I supported teams with mortgage operations, compliance, funding, and documentation.  I’ve always strived to offer the best solutions for my team and my clients throughout my career.
 
Outside of our practice, I enjoy outdoor activities, trying new foods and spending time with my family.  
 

What I Do 

As a Finance Executive and HR Director, I coordinate with all departments to provide staff training, implement process improvements, and promote efficient operations for financial success. 
 
I also ensure that all our programs and processes comply with applicable laws, rules, and regulations, identify areas of opportunity and prepare action plans.  
 
My goal is to make sure we are in top shape to provide the best care for you and your family. 

To learn more about how we can help, contact us today!

Dr. Michael Evans-Zepeda
Psy.D, Psychological Assistant PSB 94024891
Working Directly Under the Supervision of
Dr. Marlene Elizalde-Peschek , LCP 30285

It takes vulnerability and courage to reach out, especially when we are in pain.  When working with clients, I do my best to co-create a safe containing environment that allows us to explore, integrate, change, and accept difficult aspects of our lived experience.  This is accomplished through the exploration of how the past comes into the present moment and by working in the relational space between therapist and client. Therapy is an ongoing process that helps us build our reflective capacity, emotional intelligence, and innate resiliency.

 

I specialize in working with individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children that have experienced repetitive and developmental trauma.  I also specialize in the treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse which often co-occur with trauma.  I have experience in working with individuals struggling with adult ADHD.  I deeply understand the challenges of care-taking and being a member of the sandwich generation.  I have a strong affinity for veterans, first responders, law enforcement, their families and the challenges that come with those chosen professions.  I am also LGBTQIA friendly. 

Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about me and how I work. I look forward to meeting with you!

Modality:

  • Children
  • Dyadic with Children and Parents
  • Adolescents
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Family

 

Treatment Approaches: 

  • Play Therapy
  • Child Parent Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy including Attachment Based
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Somatic Based Therapy
  • Mindful Practices

 

Specialties:

  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Substance Abuse
  • Men’s Issues
  • Adult ADHD
  • Oppositional Defiant Behaviors
  • Family Conflict
  • Life transitions
  • Parenting Issues
  • Relationship Issues