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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 Elba Chavez, and I am a Bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW 93425). As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am able to assess, diagnose and treat mental health disorder(s) hindering an individual’s social, emotional, physical, recreational and/or day-to-day functioning.
My clinical experience includes providing direct services to children as young as two-years-old, and diversifying to the older adults population. I am able to facilitate Individual Therapy, Family Therapy and Group Therapy. I also have experience linking and referring Clients/families to other resources that will further support Clients/families, as needed. I have experience implementing and incorporating the Evidence Based Practices (EBP) of Family Functional Therapy (FFT), Trauma-Informed Treatment (TFCBT), and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Currently, I am participating in a consultation group with an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certified provider for this modality. I have worked with Clients/families cope with multigenerational trauma, parent-child relational conflicts, sibling rivalry, attachment and bonding issues. Additionally, I have provided mental health services to address diagnosis of Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders, Disruptive Impulse Control and Conduct Disorder, Attention Deficits Hyperactivity Disorder. I understand that “one size does not fit all,” which is a phase that inspires me to be creative and utilize different treatment approaches to achieve treatment focus, which include the use of play interventions, art interventions, talk therapy, cognitive behavior interventions, behavioral interventions, narrative therapy interventions.
I am motivated to provide high-quality mental health services. I value developing a professional relationship with clients and I strongly believe in the importance of being integral and treating Clients with dignity and respect. Thank you and I look forward to collaborating with you.
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
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.
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
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 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
Hi, my name is Jean Pierre Bravo and I’m a culturally sensitive professional that helps individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, self-esteem issues, trauma, identity issues, family issues, and relationship issues . I meet my clients where they’re at and have a holistic approach when treating them. I create a safe environment for individuals to be their authentic self. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is vital to the success of their process, so I offer an empathetic, transparent, and authentic self. I help individuals become aware of their issues, restructure their negative thoughts, help them confront their unfinished business, and live more fully in the here and now. I integrate creative art directives to help individuals reach their therapeutic goals and express things in a non-verbal, metaphorical, and symbolic way. I help individuals reach a new level of autonomy, authenticity, and self-awareness.
*Alternative Languages: Spanish
Hi! I am Daneeka Suzanne Wood, a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW 88792). I received my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from California State University, Long Beach and my undergraduate (BASW) degree from Whittier College.
Working with children and families has provided me with the knowledge and experience that I apply to most, if not all, challenging situations. I treat youth and adolescents struggling with such issues as: depression, anxiety, body image, abuse and trauma. Each teen or young adult is their own person, and part of my job is to advocate for their voices to be heard because they deserve to be healed. I have worked with adolescents in family units, foster care, college-level, grade school level, and those experiencing homelessness.
I also treat adults with such issues as: mood disorders, relationship issues, addiction, work-related stress, eating disorders/habits, and identity crises. Adults are incredibly resilient, and through such approaches as a Strengths Based or Client Centered, I’ve found that each person adapts and thrives in their own way, and that’s completely okay! There’s not one specific way in healing, and I remind my clients of that.
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to be here! In our sessions, my goal is to create a safe and cathartic experience, whether that looks like you wanting to have a conversation, or maybe you just need someone to listen.
Youth and Adolescents -Individual Therapy -Group Therapy -Telehealth
-Individual Therapy -Group Therapy -Telehealth
Treatment Approaches: -Client Centered Therapy -Family Systems Therapy -Strengths Based Approach -Inner Child Therapy -Cognitive Behavioral Therapy -Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Specialties: -Depression -Anxiety -Body Image
-Physical/Emotional Abuse and Neglect -Isolation
-College Aged Student Concerns -Antisocial Personality -Dissociation
Hello, my name is Caterin Munguia, I have a Master’s in Social work and am currently registered as an associate clinical social worker in California. I work with individuals between the ages of 12 and 60, I have experience working as an individual therapist as well as a group therapist. Some of the diagnoses that I have experience working with are depression, anxiety, personality disorders, general life stress, and trauma. My specializations are in Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Adjusting to changes in life, and intimate relationship stress. As a therapist, my strengths consist of creativity, keeping my client’s perspective and life experiences in mind, and openness to clients’ thoughts on the treatment they are receiving. The treatment approaches I take consist of CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, ACT, Psychoeducation, and MI. All of these approaches are done from a trauma-informed perspective.
Treatment Approaches · Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)· DBT, Mindfulness, ACT, Psychoeducation, & MI
Specialties · Life transitions· Anxiety· Depression· Self-esteem · School/Behavioral issues· Personal growth· Coping Skills· Trauma
My name is Tracy Brown. I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, BBS #119455. I have a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelors in Psychology from UCLA. I also have a Masters Degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. I provide therapy for individual adults, couples, children, and families seeking help with managing various emotional and mental health challenges. I help my clients to identify their problems and work through issues that may be impacting their interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships. I also help my clients to process grief/loss and heal from traumatic events. I specialize in encouraging and empowering my clients to identify their strengths and recognize their resources in order to discover solutions to their problems. I also equip my clients with effective clinical tools and healthy coping skills to manage mental health challenges, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I’m particularly interested in engaging my clients in mindfulness practices in order to help them gain awareness, reduce feelings of stress or discomfort, and maximize their therapeutic experience. As a therapist, I am compassionate, curious, empathetic, easy-going, dedicated, down-to-earth, and goal-oriented and optimistic. I also have a healthy sense of humor which helps my clients relax and enjoy their therapeutic sessions. I am intentional about creating a safe, sacred, non-judgmental space for my clients to be their authentic self so they can freely, unashamedly work through their issues with my professional guidance and support. Ultimately, my desire is to encourage, equip and empower my clients with the tools and resources needed to freely live the life they desire and deserve to life.
Treatment Approaches · – Client-centered – Strength-based – Collaborative
Modalities-Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Family Systems
Ages– Individuals 13+
– Anxiety – Depression – Body Image – Family conflict – Grief/Loss – Multicultural – Parenting – Relationship Conflict (couples) – Self-Esteem – Situational Stressors (school, work, economics) – Social Stressors (conflicts, injustices, social media) – Teen challenges – Faith-Based/Spirituality
Ages: 12 and up: adolescents, individuals, groups, couples
Hello, my name is Lauren and I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I continued my education at California State University, Los Angeles where I received a Master’s in Counseling in the School Based Family Counseling program. I have experience working with a range of clients including children, adolescents, and adults dealing with life adjustments, depression, anxiety, behavioral and academic issues and the effects traumatic events. My primary approach is to center therapy on the client, their needs, and desires for change. I meet every individual where they are and use their personal preferences as a port of entry to healing. I believe every individual has the skills, power, and knowledge within to manifest the change they desire for their lives. To assist in the unique expression of children I use play therapy and developmentally appropriate approaches including using toys, games, song and dance when applicable. In working with adolescents, I find it is important to collaborate on creating an environment of trust, non-judgment, and allyship. Working with families and couples I often use dyadic work to facilitate better communication among all parties and to build a foundation of understanding and support. I am interested in guiding clients through their unique difficulties by co-creating a safe, unbiased, and authentic healing container. I work together with my clients to identify feelings and behaviors (past and present) that contribute to their current condition. It is my goal as a therapist to empower and motivate my clients to align to their best self and find the solutions that lie within and act upon them to create a more balanced and purposeful life. Together we will find a way through and I look forward working with you!
Areas of Focus and Specialties:
Allowing yourself to sit with your difficult experiences and accept yourself in the process is one of the toughest yet powerful things one can do. My name is Annalise Wintz and I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker. Healing is a tough and windy road that takes courage to go down. Yet, you are here — showing up for yourself. I believe mental health deserves the same, if not more, recognition and attention as physical health. We must listen to our bodies and focus on what we can control. I am passionate about self-empowerment and showing you how to utilize and implement all the tools you already have within yourself. I take a holistic and eclectic approach to treatment and will tailor sessions in a way that will best fit your needs. I specialize in working with teens and adults that have experienced various forms of trauma, struggle with boundaries or communication, are depressed or anxious, or are struggling with gender and/or sexuality issues. Much of my professional work and dedication has been with working with the LGBTQIA+ community. Your past and current self does not determine who you may become to be. My hope is to provide a safe space for you to discover your best and highest self. Picture your goals and know that the tough work in therapy can help you achieve them. I hope to sit alongside you in your vulnerability and walk with you towards healing. Modality: – Adolescents – Teens – Young adults – Adults Treatment Approaches: – CBT – Motivational interviewing – Psychodynamic – Humanistic – TF-CBT – Narrative – Holistic – Culturally sensitive – Trauma informed – Harm reduction – Exposure therapy – Eclectic – Feminist approach – Strength-Based – ACT Specialties: – LGBTQIA+ issues – Gender & identity related issues – Trauma – Boundary setting – High risk