Hi there! Are you feeling depressed, anxious, or stuck? Life can be a journey with unexpected circumstances that can often leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused. Whatever you have experienced, or are experiencing right now, know that you have the right to find peace and tranquility. YOU are valuable and worthy of living a peaceful life with meaning. It would be an honor to sit with you and guide you through this time of healing.
I graduated from Alliant International University in Irvine where I earned my Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. Then, I attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where I earned my Doctor of Psychology in Marriage and Family Therapy. During my studies, I was able to gain an in-depth awareness and understanding about family dynamics, family roles, relationships, trauma, and how these different factors impact our being at an individual level. My research also focused on exploring the impact that adults experience after they had discovered a parents’ extramarital affair. I recognize that this experience can be devastating and very confusing. I invite you to reach out to me if this is an area that you would like to explore, or if this is one that has come up for you recently.
My therapeutic approach naturally takes on a combination of the following orientations: Psychodynamic, Attachment-Based, Existential/Experiential, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and being in-tune with the Mind, Body, and Spirit. Overall, my clinical approach is mostly centered on your distinct needs as person. I believe that individuals need a warm, safe, and sacred space to begin the healing process. Your experience is important to me and my hope is to maintain a sacred healing space to help you explore challenges and find some understanding. My role is to be your anchor as we walk through difficult experiences that may be the source of your depression, or anxiety. My goal is to be your guide and provide you with an open, safe, non-judgmental space to find clarity. I strongly believe that every person has natural strengths that make them resilient and my hope is to find these within you.
I have experience working in community clinics, outpatient programs, intensive inpatient treatment programs, and private practice. I am also proficient in Spanish and would be more than happy to help if you need a Spanish-speaker, or if you know someone who needs a Spanish-speaking therapist.
Treatment Approaches: Psychodynamic, Attachment Based, Experiential/Existential, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Culturally Sensitive, TF-CBT, Mindfulness, Mind, Body and Spirit connection, Aromatherapy
Modalities: Individuals, Teens, Family, Adults
Treatment Issues: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD, Phase of Life Problems/Changes, Spirituality, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Self Esteem, Relationship Issues, Betrayal, Substance Abuse, Adjustment Disorders, Multicultural/Diversity Issues, Stress Management, Anger Management, Self Care
Life is divinely beautiful, but at times it can be difficult to enjoy it when you’re dealing with overwhelming emotions. Think about how your life would look like if you gained greater control of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors? Most of us go through life feeling like we are not in control, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I believe that the mind is the most powerful tool and when utilized effectively it serves to work for you instead of against you.
As your mental health therapist, I will work collaboratively with you to identify the areas in your life where you want to create positive changes, customize a plan that is specifically tailored to your needs, and practice various tools that will assist you in reaching your highest potential. Whether you are an adolescent, teenager, or an adult experiencing family stress, sadness, guilt, shame, anger, pain, fear, grief, and/or isolation; I am here to support you navigate and manage the challenges of life so that you can feel empowered, happy, and confident in being the best version of yourself.
I am a bilingual License Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about self-empowerment, personal transformation, and the art of psychotherapy. I received my BA degree in Sociology with a minor in Applied Psychology and Education from the University of California Santa Barbara. I also earned my MSW degree in Masters of Social Work from California State University of Northridge. I have worked in various clinical settings since 2012, however I have more than 15 years experience working with children, adolescents, and parents. My clinical experience includes working in the following settings: hospital, home health care, mental health outpatient clinic, schools, and a non-profit community mental health center. My diverse experiences have equipped me with the knowledge and skills needed to make an influential impact in the life of others.
My intention is to walk beside you on your journey to emotional healing so that you can be empowered to step outside the shadows of your past and walk freely towards the beautiful destinations of your future. I embrace diversity and welcome clients with various backgrounds, ethnicities, orientations, and cultures. I hope you feel called to share your story with me to unleash the power, strength, and resilience that lies within you. Take the first step and contact me for your inquiry or if you have any questions.
Areas to Explore:
*Alternative Languages: Spanish
My name is Leya Worcester, and I’m a licensed clinical social worker. As a social worker and therapist, my goal is to help you reduce your suffering and move smoothly through life’s challenges. I am a huge believer in the idea that we all possess the knowledge to self-heal or solve our problems, though sometimes we need a helping professional to find the key to unlocking that knowledge.
While I approach every person individually based on their unique needs and preferences, my approach in therapy is largely drawn from Cognitive Therapy, or commonly called Cognitive Behavior Therapy. What Cognitive Therapy teaches us is that much of how we feel and how we behave is drawn from our thought process. We will join forces by looking at your recent thoughts almost as if we are watching a television replay from a football game, and help you find improved ways to respond. My goal as a therapist is to help you learn valuable skills or tools that you can apply in your life long after therapy is over.
I have had the privilege to work with clients who have experienced a range of life issues. Since graduating from USC as a clinical social worker in 2012, I have worked with adults living with severe mental illness, adults experiencing alcohol and/or drug addiction, and adults living with both medical conditions and mental health issues. I hope to be able to work with you soon!
Ages Range: 18 years and up
Specializations: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety
Treatment Approaches: CBT, DBT, Person-Centered/Rogerian, Psychodynamic
Whatever you have been through, or are going through, you have a right to find peace, enjoy your relationships, and create a life you love. Whether you are an adult feeling lost or stuck, a young person struggling to find your way, or a parent desperate to find help for your child, I am here to help you explore solutions and get back on track. My role is to be your mirror, guide, and anchor, as we clarify your goals and navigate your path toward them together. I want to help you build upon your strengths so that you can become confident and resilient in managing your life and its challenges.
I came to this field because I wanted to help people achieve powerful, meaningful transformation in their lives. I received my counseling degree from Cal State Fullerton and have worked in a variety of clinical settings since 2014, including private practice, non-profit, a youth crisis shelter, and a community clinic. This has allowed me to gain a broad understanding of how mental health issues can impact people of all ages and from all walks of life. I also hold a BA in Theater Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in Acting from the Mountview Academy in London, England.
As a person of multiracial and multicultural identity, I proudly embrace diversity in my practice and enjoy working with clients of varying backgrounds, ethnicities, orientations, and cultures. I am passionate about social justice and work hard to create a safe, welcoming environment for all people. I have extensive experience treating teens and young adults. I approach treatment from a foundation of relational-cultural, existential, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems models. With my clinical certifications, I am able to tailor treatment for each client as an individual with unique experiences and needs. I look forward learning about your situation and discussing what you want out of therapy and how I can help.
I know how important it is to find just the right person when life’s struggles feel overwhelming and you want to get help. With a warm, caring, and accepting approach, I have helped many clients feel safe and comfortable enough to overcome plaguing issues, to reduce emotional pain, and create lasting change. Together, using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach, we will work to explore and shift any problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as well develop healthy coping skills for your daily life.
As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am experienced in treating many issues ranging from depression and anxiety, to trauma and chemical dependency related difficulties. I specialize in treating eating disorders and struggles with body image.
I received my Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and my masters in marriage and family therapy from Alliant International University.
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. I look forward to helping you on your journey to a happier and more fulfilled life.
-Body Image Struggles
Hello my name is Jovanna Borquez, I graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in 2016 with a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from California State University Los Angeles. I am a bilingual licensed marriage and family therapist with a passion for children/youth and their families overcome lives challenges.
I treat children and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, behavioral issues, and traumatic events. I utilize interventions that assist with meeting children and adolescents where they’re at and creating trust in a non-judgmental environment to improve functioning.
I also treat adults in individual psychotherapy struggling with a variety of life stressors and difficulties. Through our collaborate work we identify behavioral patterns that contribute distress and implement self-empowerment interventions to assist in reaching your highest potential. I look forward to working with you!
Treatment Approaches/Evidenced Based Practices:
I received my MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy from Antioch University Los Angeles, and received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Louisiana at Lafayette with emphasis on Death and dying and LGBTQ+ inequalities.
I work with children and adolescents struggling with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+ identity, behavioral issues, and traumatic events/major medical diagnosis Cancer/HIV. I work with children and individuals in a relaxing personable manner providing a safe space to be heard and to learn more about oneself. I work from an affirmative lens to witness an individual’s past and current events, while educating with mindful coping strategies to help reach desired goals.
I have years of experience as a therapist in an intensive FSP (Full-Service partnership) program that was in contract with LA County Department of Mental Health, working with children/teens/parents and adults that needed intensive mental health services provided in home and office settings.
Grief and loss
Oppositional Defiant Behaviors
Substance use issues
Children 5 years and up
Adults 18-99 years
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
My name is Nicole Love (call me Nic), and I am a licensed clinical social worker. My goal is to assist/help you work through past and present issues whether it is mental health issues, substance abuse, day to day stressors, etc. While we work together, I would like to help/assist you in building healthy coping skills to make these things more manageable in your everyday life. I believe that people do possess the knowledge to heal to problem solve and to heal themselves. Sometimes that knowledge can be buried deep inside an individual and sometimes people need help to bring that knowledge to the surface, acknowledge it and work it out.
I approach each person individually because each person has specific/unique needs and preferences. The technique that I use the most is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This therapeutic paradigm aids in identifying unhealthy behavior patterns and thoughts that lead to unwanted behaviors and work towards changing those behavior patterns and thoughts leading to healthier behaviors and thought patterns. I also like to incorporate people’s hobbies, interests, etc. because I believe that these things can be useful as coping skills to help with various issues. I myself enjoy playing music (piano and drums), drawing/painting, playing video games and watching horror movies, among other things.
After I graduated from California State University, Bakersfield with my Master’s degree in Social Work, I went into the field of Substance abuse with co-occurring disorders. Being in that field has afforded me the opportunity to work with individuals who have experienced a wide range of issues. I have worked with adults living with mental health issues, substance abuse issues, serious medical conditions, and those with varying degrees of past and present trauma. In my practice, I believe that the client and I are in a working partnership to find ways that will best help them with whatever it is that they are going through. I look forward to working with you!
Treatment approaches Modality
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy -Adults including young and older adults
-Solution Focus -LGBT
-Motivational Interviewing -Individual
-Exposure Therapy -Ages 18 and up
Hello, my name is Zanaeya and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Minor in Sociology. I continued my educational career at California State University, Long Beach where I received a Master’s in Social Work. Throughout my educational and professional career I have had the honor of working with diverse groups of clients of various ethnic makeups, socioeconomic statuses, ages, and sexual orientations/identities.
My primary approach to therapy is non-directive, humanistic, and focused on creating an environment that is safe and accepting of all individuals. I value that the therapeutic process allows for exploration of the past and present challenges that clients face. I am interested in helping clients navigate this journey as a large portion of my career has been in treating individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, trauma, substance use, grief and loss, and role transitions.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little about me. I believe the therapeutic relationship to be one of the most important aspects of the therapeutic process. I look forward to walking with you through the process of finding the best version of yourself.
Age Range: 18+ (young adults, adults, individuals)
Dx: Depression, anxiety, PTSD, adjustment disorders
Specializations: phase of life changes, grief and loss, challenges with self-esteem, effective communication practices, stress management, mindfulness
Strengths as a TH: open-minded, culturally sensitive, empathetic, willingness to challenge
Treatment Approaches: Solution focused, Narrative, CBT, IPT, Seeking Safety, Psychodynamic
My name is Ayisha Winn, I am a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience as a Clinical Therapist. I received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach with a Mental Health concentration in 2013. My work history and education has afforded me the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in being able to work with a diverse population of children and adults with developmental disabilities/mental illnesses, and dual diagnoses. Most of my experience is in the community mental health setting in crisis and intensive programs such as Full Service Partnership (FSP), Wraparound, Recovery Resilience and Re-Integration (RRR), and SB82 working with youth and families who struggle with intensive behavioral and emotional challenges, familial issues, placement removals, and placement stabilization. Throughout my years working in community mental health, I’ve gained a substantial amount of experience with children, adolescents, transitional age youth, and families (biological and foster families). My experience also includes working in the medical clinic setting with adults and the elderly population who struggle with numerous mental health, medical related adjustment conditions, and substance use/dependency disorders. I am experienced working with clients ages 5 through 70.
I am dedicated to providing exceptional clinical care to my clients through use of creative intervention strategies, empathy, providing a safe space, and developing lasting and impactful therapeutic alliances. My energy, positive attitude, use of a non-judgmental approach, active listening skills, motivation, passion and insightful support allow my clients the ability to feel both comfortable and supported in treatment under my care.
Trauma and Abuse
Anxiety Related Disorders
Depressive and Mood Disorders
Grief and Loss
Body image and Self-Esteem issues
Trauma Focused CBT
My name is Vanessa Rivas and I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated from the University of Southern California School with a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2010 and I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicano/a Studies from California State University, Northridge. As an LCSW with a background in ethnic studies, my passion is rooted in community, human rights and in supporting children, adults, and their families through the challenges of social justice. I have worked as a strength- based mental health therapist in non-profit community settings as well as medical settings.
With over 12 years of experience, my purpose is to create a safe healing experience to anyone seeking to heal past trauma, break intergenerational cycles, and develop a sense of awareness and consciousness in their life journey to living an honest, healthy, and fulfilling life. I have extensive experience in working with children, adults, and their families in creating a deeper understanding of their individual and relational experiences.
My areas of expertise include generational violence and trauma, family systems, foster care, domestic violence, incarceration, anxiety, and depression. In my practice, I will create an individualized treatment plan to meet your healing journey and needs while utilizing a culturally sensitive, non- judgmental, kind, and educational approach. My commitment will be meeting you where you are in your journey so that you can meet your goals to your fullest potential.
Children over the age of 5
Dyadic collaboration between children and parents
Child Parent Psychotherapy
Psychodynamic Therapy including Attachment Based
Approach, Relational, and Interpersonal Process
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma and Stress-related Experiences including Childhood Trauma, Survivors of Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Boundaries and Communication
Depression and Mood-related Disorders
Anxiety and Anxiety-related Disorders
Oppositional Defiant Behaviors
Life Transitions and Adjustments
Grief and Loss
Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Domestic Violence Certified Peer Counselor
Hello my name is Estrella Ramirez-Robles and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount St. Mary’s University 2012. Upon graduating I began working as a therapist for a non-profit agency that provides mental health services to a diverse population of primarily low income families. Within this agency I worked, and continue to work, for a program called Wraparound. With this program our target population are families who have open cases with the Department of Children and Family Services or those who have open case with Juvenile Probation. Many, if not all the families we work with have experienced some type of abuse and have gone through extensive complex trauma.
Working in a program like this has given me the experience and knowledge when it comes to working with those experiencing: Depression, Anxiety, Disruptive/Oppositional Behaviors, Adjustment Disorders, as well as ADHD. I’ve provided family therapy as well as couples therapy and conducted groups addressing bullying and prevention groups for commercially Sexually Exploited Children.
My passion has always been to work with children and families who need that extra support to reach their true potential. I want to be that person people feel comfortable in talking too and help them work through those difficult moment in their lives. I want to not only be thought of as a therapist but also an ally; someone who will work side by side to help people reach their goals.
Additionally to working as a therapist, I am also a professor at Mount St. Mary’s University where I teach for both the graduate and undergraduate psychology program. I have been teaching as of 2016 and have taught: Introduction to Counseling, Complex Trauma, Child and Human Development, Theories, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Diversity of cultures. Teaching has given me additional experience needed to not only work side by side with my clients, but also provide education on what each individual may be experiencing and going through.
I am certified in:
My name is Dalia Fullingim and I am a bilingual, licensed marriage and family therapist.
I obtained my M.S. in counseling/MFT from CSU Fullerton in 2015, and have been working as a mental health therapist in various community clinic settings since 2014. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked as an elementary school teacher for five years.
As a mental health therapist, I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups, and I have worked with a broad range of symptoms and diagnoses ranging from ADHD, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, trauma, etc., as well as a broad array of life adjustment disorders. I specialize in and am passionate about working with adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety disorders, and trauma. I am fully certified as a trauma focused CBT therapist, and I have extensive experience working with the CBT modality.
I have a psychodynamic and attachment-theory based orientation which allows me to truly listen to you, to help you explore your past, root causes behind symptoms, and childhood wounds. This helps us to work together to better understand how the past is showing up in the present, which then allows us to focus on the present negative thoughts and negative core beliefs which are holding you back from actualizing your true self. Through the employment of CBT strategies, we are then able to address those negative core beliefs and thoughts, reframe and shift them, and work towards a healthier future.
My belief is that you, the client, hold the answers to your life struggles, that you are
the expert, and that I am simply there to help guide and access those strengths in order to make powerful shifts in the present and future.
I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship which allows you to tell your story, feel heard and validated, and feel that you have a safe place to deal with the struggles of life. Coming from a multicultural home myself, I understand the need for cultural sensitivity and I understand the need for culture to be incorporated into therapy practice.
-Mood disorders and adjustment disorders
-ADHD and behavioral issues
-Divorce and coparenting;
Evidence-based practice certifications:
I treat individuals struggling with anxiety, behavioral issues, depression, and trauma. While working with children and adolescents, I provide a safe and comfortable environment through the use of play in order to assist children increase their communication and freedom of expression. My goal is to help children make sense and understand the challenges they face on a daily basis through a language that comes natural to them. As life continues to throw its twist and turns, I help empower clients to find the tools and strength needed to overcome obstacles that may lie in their path. While working with adolescents and adults, I take a holistic and strength based approach to create a nonjudgemental space, in order to meet individuals where they currently are in life. I collaboratively work with clients to help them navigate through life’s challenges and help them build upon their resiliency. Through this journey, I work with clients to further maintain healthy boundaries, relationships, and create positive change for the future.
Interpersonal Process Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Oppositional Defiant Behaviors
My Name is Sonia Herrera and I am a Bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my Master’s Degree specializing in Marriage, Family and Child counseling in 2011 from California State Los Angeles University. For the past 9 years I have worked different non profit programs such as regular Outpatient Mental Health services as well as Intensive Services Program FSP (Full Service Partnership) and RRR (Recovery Resilience Reintegration). My past working experience includes working with diverse children, teenagers and adults from different backgrounds/ethnicities.
Through my past working experience I have earned a vast knowledge on how to work with clients that have been diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, Conduct Disorder/Oppositional Defiance, and grief. As a therapist I like to meet my clients where they are at and build trust and rapport through an empathetic and compassionate environment in which I can provide active listening, support and guidance.
I am passionate about the therapeutic process and enjoy working collaboratively with my clients to assist them reach their treatment goals, build upon their strengths, learn how to manage life stressors, and improve on their overall functioning.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Areas of Experience:
Hello my name is Mary O’Hern, I graduated from the California State University Dominguez Hills in 2015 with Masters of Art Degree in Clinical psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Since earning my masters I have worked at a residential facility for teens and at a domestic violence shelter. Both experiences have provided me with a vast knowledge of helping clients cope with trauma. I pursued the field of therapy because I am very passionate about helping people find their safe space. Safety is something many take for granted, but it is a core need to help us strive and thrive as individuals.
I treat children and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and traumatic events. I use interventions that assist me to create a safe space where children and teen can fully express themselves. I find it is very important to help children and adolescent clients find their own voices and learn how to use them effectively. This starts with helping them to identify what they are feeling and how to productively express those feeling to the world. I also emphasize various coping mechanisms to help clients be better prepared for any future stress or trauma.
I treat adults in individual therapy struggling with a variety of life stressors and difficulties. Collaboratively we will identify and examine behavioral and thought patterns that have contributed to your distress then we will work on changing for the positive. We will implement grounding, coping, and empowerment techniques to foster growth and a balanced life. I look forward to working with you.
Trauma and stress related experiences including childhood trauma, survivors of trauma, domestic violence survivors, posttraumatic stress disorder
Grief and loss
CANS( Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Scale)
Infancy, Childhood And Relationship Enrichment (ICARE) Initial Assessment
As professor Brené Brown once said, “Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” As a therapist and person I live by her motto. My name is Jacqueline Garcia and I am a bilingual Spanish Speaking Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 7 years of experience working with children, teens, adults, and families. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State of San Bernardino. After completing my B.A., I attended California State University of Fullerton where I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work. My clinical experiences range from mental health outpatient programs, non-profit organizations, and field based community mental health.
I focus on understanding your culture, beliefs, customs, and values. I am passionate about creating a safe therapeutic space to facilitate insight and understanding while laying the groundwork for hope and healing. I specialize in working with and treating children and adolescents who suffer from depression, mood dysregulation, anxiety, trauma, behavioral issues, and a variety of life stressors. I believe that prevention and early intervention is essential when facing adverse childhood experiences. Some interventions include: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy, Dyadic Treatment and Behavioral Therapy. In my work, I believe that creating a safe environment for my clients will help them overcome their challenges. I also specialize in working with and treating adults that are experiencing depression, anxiety, triggers, and/ or disturbing thoughts related to past or current traumas. I assist individuals in strengthening self-confidence, improving relationships, and overcoming major life experiences. I also assist with life transitions such as grief and loss, career changes, and relationship issues.
With dedication and passion, I believe that therapy is a powerful tool that can assist you in improving your quality of life while dealing with life’s adversities. I am here for any question you may have and look forward to beginning this courageous journey with you.
Dyadic with children and parents
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Managing and Adaptive Practice (MAP)
Crisis Oriented Recovery Service(CORS)
Inner Child Work
Age range: Children, adolescents, and adults. 6 years and up.
Specializations: Trauma, Seeking safety
Treatment Approaches: DBT, CBT, TFCBT, Narrative, Play Therapy, Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Strength-Based, Motivational Interviewing
I earned my Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, with an Emphasis in the Latino/a Population from Pacific Oaks College in 2014. Upon completing my Masters I began working for a non-profit agency providing mental health services for various populations, including: lower income families, single parented households, children with a history of different forms of trauma. I continue serving families at this agency and I apart of the Children’s Full-Service Partnership. Within this program, we support families, who may have had cases open with the Department of Children and Family Services, history of psychiatric hospitalizations, cases within Juvenile Probation, at risk of being removed from home or school settings.
One of the benefits to working within the Children’s Full-Service Partnership is being able to obtain a rich experience around working with: Anxiety, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Behaviors Disruptive Behaviors, Separation Anxiety, families with Domestic Violence, children with Autism and Prader Willi-Syndrome.
I am devoted to supporting children and families who seek out the additional support to enhance their lives. I am someone who is willing to support with time and dedication to support people establishing a strong therapeutic relationship with. I want to continue being that support for individuals and families, to further assist in achieving goals in life.
Hello my name is Monica Martinez. I graduated from California State University Los Angeles in 2012 with a Master’s of science in counseling and pupil personnel credential. I received my Bachelor of arts degree in psychology and sociology from University of California, Riverside. I am a licensed therapist with a passion for supporting youth and their families through the challenges of life. I have been working as a mental health therapist in non-profit community mental health settings and private practice. In my 7 years of experience I have focused on helping individuals, couples, and families with a variety of needs and concerns discover strengths to help build resiliency and recover from past traumas. I focus in creating treatment to your specific and unique needs; understanding that each person is different and, as a result, their way of coping with issues is also going to be different. My approach is warm, thoughtful, informative and non-judgmental. I am committed to helping you determine what goals you want to meet in your life and what ways to best meet them. I support you in gaining the self-awareness to understand your goals, identifying obstacles hindering your progress, and feeling empowered to make necessary changes for a healthier and happier life.
My mission is to create a safe, therapeutic environment to facilitate exploration and resolution of underlying conflicts that can lead to depression, anxiety, anger and relationship difficulties. I am a collaborative therapist. I believe that gaining insight in the context of a supportive relationship with one’s therapist will lead to authentic expression, lasting change, and true happiness.
Evidenced based practices
My name is Manuel Cruz and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with 13 years of experience working with families, children, and adults in a multitude of settings. I received my masters of arts in counseling from California State University Fullerton in 2007 and started my career working for a non-profit school based program called Outreach Concern where I worked in the homes and in schools in Los Angeles County with children who were struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. After leaving this position I began working with the Boys and Girls Club in Garden Grove as a therapist in their Family and Youth Outreach program where I would continue my work with families and children struggling with behavior issues at both home and school. Following this position I worked at College Hospital in Costa Mesa as a therapist in their partial hospitalization program. Here I was primarily in charge of running group therapy with adult patients who were suffering from a range of mental health issues including schizophrenia, chronic depression and anxiety, and personality disorders. For the last 9 years I have worked as a clinician with Western Youth Services in Santa Ana working with families and children ages 5 to 21. Much of my work with this outpatient clinic was with adolescents who were struggling with mood issues, behavior problems, and academic challenges. Much of my training and background at my previous position has been in Functional Family therapy which is designed for troubled adolescents and their families. I truly believe that the vehicle for change is the therapeutic relationship and one of my strengths has been my ability to connect with my clients and establish a trusting relationship that promotes growth and change. It would be an honor to walk with you on this journey.
I treat children and adults with problems at school, at work, or at home; problems with friends or with people in the community. Some clients avoid family and friends, some get in too many fights and arguments, and some have a hard time getting things done. Some purposefully harm themselves or are considering ending their lives.
No matter who you are, or where you’re coming from, you are the one who will determine where your story begins. I’ll meet you where you’re at and focus on your strengths. We’ll collaborate to find and treat the root cause of your presenting concerns.
The most important things I provide are a listening and non-judgmental mind, relentless curiosity, deep caring and respect, and authenticity, sprinkled generously with pragmatism, creativity, humor, and insight.
Underpinning my work is my belief in “tribe” (family and community). Tribes come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, colors, cultures, flavors and configurations (I was raised in a multilingual and multicultural home). Our tribes shape how we feel, how we think, how we relate to others, and how others relate to us (sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, sometimes it’s hard to know).
I love this work and look forward to learning your story.
· Ages 5-75
· Individuals, Couples & Triads
· Families, Including Dyadic Parent (Caregiver) and Child
· Veterans, Military, First Responders and Their Families
· Anger Management
· Assertiveness Training
· Communications Skills
· Couples, Triads, & Polyamory
· Dating & Premarital
· Disruptive and Oppositional Behaviors
· Domestic Violence (Offenders)
· Lifestyle choices
· Life Transitions
· Men’s Issues
· Relationships of All Kinds
· Personal Growth, Leadership, Creativity, & Insight
My previous experience includes working as a bilingual (Spanish/English) therapist in the outpatient department of a community mental health agency under contract to the LA County Department of Mental Health. I maintain my connection to the community by serving on the board of the Guidance Center, which provides comprehensive mental health treatment to our community’s most disadvantaged children and their families.
o Victims of Crime
o Childhood Trauma
o Domestic Violence
I use a “person centered” approach sprinkled with bits of Gestalt and cognitive behavioral therapy. Attachment theory informs all of my treatment. The difficult work of therapy is made easier with laughter and healthy doses of fun.
I commend you on taking the steps towards resolving challenges and/or struggles you may be experiencing. My focus as a therapist is to create a safe, empathetic, and accepting therapeutic environment. Together we will address the challenges and struggles you may be facing and work collaboratively to establish effective tools that will aid you in beginning your healing process.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. In my 13 years of clinical experience, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a diverse population. I have worked within community mental health and private practice assisting children, adolescents, adults and families.
As a therapist, I’ve had extensive experience working clinically with children. When working with the birth to five population, I incorporate dyadic work with parents and children to address present issues and form a safe, nurturing environment. I utilize play therapy to assist children to communicate by expressing thoughts and feelings they may not be expressing verbally.
When working with adults, I find it beneficial to use a client centered approach. Through a collaborative and empathetic atmosphere, we will develop individualized treatment goals. I will sit with you in the uncomfortableness and support you through your journey of healing. I tend to gravitate towards a solution focused, cognitive, behavioral, and relational approaches. Nevertheless, I always choose a treatment method that is unique to individual need.
Dyadic with children and parents
Child Parent Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Positive Parenting Practices (Triple P)
Trauma and PTSD
Grief and Loss
Every day, many of us face some form of emotional difficulty that always seem to disrupt our lives ! This is quite normal – we are human after all! I have many years of experience and knowledge dealing with people just like you who want a little help to get through the tough days. I have built my professional career helping people just like you to take control of these tough days – helping adults and children get through traumatic times past and present.
Some specialist areas I am trained in are Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Gang Related Issues, Family Issues, and many more. My symptom-based diagnosis expertise primarily focuses on depression, PTSD, anxiety, suicidal thoughts among others.
I care about all my clients and always take a professional, unbiased position, especially with minors, so they can relax and share their untold stories and worries. I strongly believe everyone’s inner voice should be listened to and that building an emotional alliance is a first important step to collaboratively working together for the best outcome.
Building a trusting relationship as a therapist is my first priority as I help my clients regain their emotional strength and nourish their inner power to positively explore the world with confidence and independence. One size does not fit all and since we are all special and unique, my work is tailor-made for each individual. For young kids, I usually utilize play and art therapy so they can let their emotions vent, while for adults / seniors, I tend to focus on rebuilding emotional strength by exploring past life events and / or relationship conflicts, while seeking unseen point-of-views as I gain a deeper understanding.
Today is the youngest you’ll ever be! It is never too late to free your mind, to be yourself again and enjoy life beautifully. I am here to help and look forward to meeting you soon.