Nancy Ruiz-Barnes
LCSW 79552/Supervisor

I am Mrs. Nancy- thank you for taking the time in reading a little more about me. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience as a Clinical Therapist. I completed my Master Degree in Social Work from California State University of Long Beach. I can use a variety of theories to conceptualize & help guide me throughout treatment including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focus and Crisis Intervention. 

It takes a lot of courage and bravery to share your story. Often times people process a lot of hurt and disappointment as the root of the cause for “problem”. Therefore, the therapeutic process can be very challenging and difficult. As your therapist I will go at your pace and really get a sense of what is needed to achieve your goals. I will create a safe space where kindness & compassion is felt, through my presence, body language, tone of voice and genuine energy for empathy. My goal is for you to be transparent, feel validated and connect what needs to happen in order for healing to occur. 

My experience includes working with the following populations: 

  • Post Postpartum Depression
  • Women’s Support 
  • Victim’s of Crime
  • Immigration issues
  • Children 
  • Adults 
  • Elders 
  • Families 
  • Couple’s
  • Gender/ Sexuality 
  • ADHD 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Trauma 
  • Hospital environment 
  • Clinic settings 
  • Outpatient 
  • Treatment Approach/Types of Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Modality Individuals· Family

*Alternative Languages: Spanish

Cassandra Meza Carrillo
MSW, LCSW 87238

True to the social work perspective, Cassandra’s mission is to provide empathy and a safe space throughout your journey of self-empowerment and self-discovery. She approaches treatment holistically by taking into account all aspects of a person’s life. She emphasizes the importance of meeting you where you are at and going at your own pace. As Abraham Maslow once said, “In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.”

Cassandra Meza graduated from the University of Southern California with a Masters in Social Work with a focus on severe and persistent mental illness. Cassandra received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of La Verne.

As a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Cassandra has worked as a field-based therapist and an inpatient psychiatric social worker. She has experience working with individuals’ age 3-60 years old. Cassandra has provided socio-emotional counseling to patient’s with diagnoses ranging from ADHD, PTSD, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has provided parent education and worked with families in establishing structure and behavior change through behavior modification. Cassandra has experience advocating for students and their families in all aspects of life. She has facilitated processing groups for at-risk high school youth, and facilitated an anxiety group for children ages 7-11. Cassandra has also facilitated adult groups consisting of problem solving, coping skills, and relapse prevention. While Cassandra has diverse experience, she specializes in treatment with adults and families.


  • Individual
  • Family
  • Dyadic with children and parents
  • Couples
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults

Treatment Approaches

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Managing and Adaptive Practice (MAP)
  • Play/Art Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Crisis Oriented Recovery Service (CORS)

Jason Nerio
MS, LMFT 123814

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to read a bit of me. I take it that because you have come across my page, you may require some mental or emotional support. By using my experience, knowledge, and training as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, my role will be to guide you through your journey of healing, growth, and meeting your own personal mental health goals. If you feel like you are ready to take that next step in your journey, I will be able to work alongside you by working at your pace to understand your experiences and needs while providing a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment. I have experience working with a wide range of clients and families, all with different needs and presenting problems including trauma, anxiety, depression, behavioral/emotional disturbance, family conflict, life transitions, among many others. If you are interested in starting this process with me, I look forward to meeting you and beginning your journey together.

Teens (15+)

Treatment Approaches:
Client Centered

Seeking Safety
ART Therapy

Jordana Moore
MS, LMFT 114628

It is often forgotten that our mental health is just as important as our physical health and I want to commend you for taking the step to prioritize your mental health today. Hello, my name is Jordana Moore and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pepperdine University and my Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. My years of experience working with issues stemming from adverse childhood experiences has enriched my ability to be an empathetic therapist and have a deep understanding of the impact of trauma on one’s daily functioning. 

I have extensive experience treating those with issues related to depression, anxiety, emotional disturbance, behavioral issues, substance abuse, trauma, and challenges adjusting to life events for both adolescents and adults. I seek to build a trusting relationship by meeting clients where they are in hopes of better understanding their unique experience, fostering skills to improve functioning, and promoting resiliency. I work collaboratively with parents and caregivers to address and resolve familial conflict. I pride myself in creating a safe space for you to process past and current experiences in an effort to develop insight into how you can find healing and meaning in your life. 

I firmly believe in employing therapeutic approaches that best suit my client’s needs. My goal is to ensure you feel validated, supported, and known. Whatever struggles you face that impact your mental health, my hope is to help you build new skills, enlighten your perspective, and improve your well-being beyond the therapy room. 


  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Individual 
  • Adult
  • Dyadic with Children and Parents
  • Family

Treatment Approaches

  • Trauma-Informed 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Process/Insight-Oriented Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing


  • Trauma
  • Parent-Child Conflict
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Dealing with Systems of Probation and DCFS Personal Growth
  • Substance Abuse 

Phu Luu
MS, LMFT 96859

My name is Phu Luu. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (#96859). I’ve received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, followed by a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of La Verne. As a psychotherapist, I assist people to rediscover their True Self and to move closer to becoming whole again. Whether your challenges involve experiences of shame, anger, fear, confusion, guilt, or numbness; or whether you’ve been trying to hold it together from the wounding of life experiences and unfinished business, I offer a safe and supportive space to facilitate growth and healing. My clinical experience has afforded me the privilege to work with a variety of issues, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, existential concerns, blocked creativity, relational problems, life transitions, growing pains, personal development, and transpersonal/spiritual experiences. Whether your concerns revolve around control or trust issues, low self-esteem, difficulty giving and receiving love, or you’ve been neglecting your own needs, my goal as a therapist is to help you align with who you are, cultivate and strengthen self-esteem, discover/rediscover your true potential, increase self-awareness and insight, and improve harmony of your inner and outer worlds.

Treatment approaches:

  • Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Active Imagination
  • Guided Imagery
  • Meditation
  • Gestalt/Psychodrama
  • Experiential
  • Narrative
  • Solution-Focused
  • Cognitive-Behavioral
  • Reality Therapy
  • Positive Psychology 
  • Humanistic-Existential
  • Transpersonal Psychology


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Empowerment
  • Personal growth
  • Life transitions

Jennifer Novis
MS, LMFT 123426

I have been working in the field of mental health for 11 years and I have extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, relationship issues and trauma. I also have experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community as well as clients belonging to “alternative” religions.  My approach combines client-centered, psychodynamic therapy, depth psychology and cognitive behavioral therapies.  

My therapeutic style is warm, interactive, and non-directive. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Working together we can identify beliefs and behavior patterns that contribute to distress and work toward reducing that distress in both the short and long term. 

It takes strength to reach out for help and it can be hard to move toward change, but you have taken that first brave step. I look forward to working with you. 

Treatment Modalities:




Depth Psychotherapy






Bipolar Disorder


Complex trauma

Relational issues

LGBTQIA+ issues

Women’s issues 

Lisa Catanzaro
MS, LMFT 122538

Hello, my name is Lisa Catanzaro. Through empathy and support, I am here to help you through challenges you are facing. It can be hard dealing with so many different stressors and issues, and trying to navigate through it all may feel overwhelming. It is important to note that you are here, trying today, to begin to feel better and I am here to help you through whatever that path may look like. 

I work collaboratively with children, teens, and adults with a variety of different issues. I meet clients where they are at and I spend time creating a safe, non-judgmental, comfortable environment. I use play therapy and expressive arts with children, as this helps them communicate what they may be going through in a more relaxed setting. I also provide dyadic work with parents and children. This can assist parents in understanding their child’s experience and it may help parenting be a bit less stressful. With teens, I focus on providing support by learning about their interests and creating a space where they feel heard and understood. In working with adults, I use a collaborative process to create an individualized approach. Through the therapy process, I incorporate valuable skills and strategies so it may feel more manageable to handle what life throws our way. 

Through this process of working on ourselves, it isn’t always easy or clear. I can help provide some support, relief, and resources as you are on this path to helping yourself. I look forward to meeting and connecting with you!


  • Children  
  • Teens  
  • Adults

Treatment Approaches:  

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  
  • Person-Centered  
  • Play Therapy 
  • Family Systems  
  • Humanistic  
  • Culturally Sensitive  
  • LGBTQIA+ Affirming


  • Self-Esteem  
  • Relationship Issues  
  • Depression  
  • Anxiety  
  • Bereavement  
  • Coping Skills  
  • Parent-Child 
  • Relational  
  • Family Conflict  
  • Parenting  
  • Stress  
  • Adjustment  
  • Personal Growth  
  • Phase of Life

Clarice Stout
MA, LMFT 126162

Hello! I am Clarice Stout, a Licensed  Marriage and Family Therapist. Sometimes the stress & anxieties of life in personal, relational, work, or school issues can become overbearing. My approach to therapy is honest & empathetic while working with individuals, couples, adolescents, children, teens, and families. My aim is to explore different options that can help all clients with any of their stresses in life.I provide a reflective focus that is caring and understanding to help remove emotional blocks in order to lead clients to feel unstuck and reach their goals. My goal is to support all clients to move toward enduring growth.

I specialize in treating stress management, depression, anxiety, grief, anger management, trauma, adjustments, life transitions, addictive behaviors, & more. I have experience in helping clients of all ages, even those who are in the population group of transitional age youth, which is considered young adulthood.

I enjoy working with clients in any stage of life and I love helping people find their own power within themselves. My aim is for all clients to feel comfortable and supported during their time of healing and growth in therapy. 

Treatment Approaches ·  Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)·  Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ·  Play/Sand Therapy·  Emotionally Focused·  Family / Marital·  Internal Family Systems (IFS)·  Jungian·  Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)·  Motivational Interviewing·  Narrative·  Positive Psychology·  Psychodynamic·  Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)


Ages-Children (5-11)-Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)-Young Adults -Adults

Specialties ·  Life transitions·  Anxiety·  Depression·  Self-esteem ·  School/Behavioral issues·  Personal growth·  Coping Skills·  Trauma


Areas to Explore 

Alcohol Abuse·  Anger Management·  Behavioral Issues·  Family Conflict·  Grief/Loss·  Education·  Internet Addiction·  Marital and Premarital·  Divorce·  Peer Relationships·  Relationship Issues·  Sexual Addiction·  Sleep or Insomnia·  Spirituality·  Stress·  Trauma and PTSD·  Communication·  Fears·  Sense of Self·  Sexuality·  Women’s Issues


Prepare and Enrich: Certified (Premarital Counseling) ·  Gottman Level 1 Clinical Training: Gottman Method Couples Therapy· Trauma Focused-Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Training ·  SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment): Trained (Alcohol & Drug Screening)


Hope International University- Marriage and Family Therapy M.A.Whittier College- Child Development B.A.

Ligia Orellana
LMFT 122659

I treat adolescents who struggle with depression, grief and loss, anxiety, life transition related issues. I also specialize in Adult populations who have survived and have been impacted by trauma. As well as going through life stressors and transitions impacting their daily living. 

When working with adolescents and adults, I meet them where they are and help get to know their inner world and story of life experiences that have created them as individuals. Family systems theory is used as a way to understand their story of who they are from their own lens. I use narrative therapy and individual cognitive therapy with the goal to help them gain insight into the connection of their past experiences and present actions, in efforts to help them gain confidence in understanding themselves and managing any emotional distress on their own. 

My role with adolescents and adults is to be a non-judgmental witness to their life story and assist in their growth as an individual. As well as a guide to foster improved functioning, resiliency, and increased insight into themselves. My foundation is strength based and my ultimate goal is to help you gain not only an increased insight, but also an increased confidence to cope with life’s tribulations.


Adolescents (from age 14)

Treatment Approaches:
Individual Cognitive Behavior Therapy 
Cognitive Processing Therapy 
Psychodynamic Therapy 
Narrative Therapy 
Family Systems 
Culturally Sensitive

Trauma and Stress Related Experiences including childhood trauma, survivors of trauma, inti-mate partner violence. 
Co-morbidity with substance use related disorders 
Life transitions 
Personal Growth 
Relationship Issues

Robert David Casas
MSW, LCSW 102376

I received my Masters degree in Social Work with a concentration on Integrated Health at California State University, Long Beach. 

It is my mission to support and empower individuals and families through humility, compassion and collaboration; I have experience working with children, teens and adults in various social service agencies such as: Progressive Resources, Respite Cordova, Premiere Health Care Services, YMCA, Whittier Union High School District and Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse. 

Through these agencies I have gained knowledge in working with children, teens and adults both self-referred and court mandated reporting symptoms. such as but not limited to  anxiety, depression, bereavement, bi-polar, anger, substance abuse, homelessness, marital issues, life adjustments and various forms of trauma. 

In addition, I have gained a strong interest in working with parents and families affected by complex conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other special needs. I have both professional and personal experiences in supporting parents and siblings in social support group settings. I also have past experiences as a social support/community integration staff member for children, teens and adults diagnosed with ASD.Overall, I am devoted to supporting and empowering the well-being of all individuals and families. Through a collaborative and humble approach, we can develop a plan for growth, enrichment and improved self-compassion. 

Thank you for taking the time to meet me. 

Raquel Martinez
MSW, ACSW 91884
Supervised by Nancy Ruiz-Barnes LCSW 79552
Social Skills & Mozzaz Clinician

My name is Raquel Martinez and I am a bilingual Registered Associate Social Worker. I earned my Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Southern California. I also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cal State University Northridge.

I am passionate in my belief that mental health is as or more important than physical health.I believe that therapy is a collaborative journey to deep self-discovery. This journey is a collaboration between the client and therapist, and it will require honest caring without judgment.Therapy is not a “one size fits all” which is why I dedicate to learning from my clients lives and current situations in order to create a tailored strength based approach that is holistic and guided by the individual needs of the client.

I have had the opportunity to work with different populations to include: teens, adults, older adults, homeless, and veterans.  I have experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have worked with patients with diagnoses ranging from ADHD, PTSD, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Substance Use Disorders, and Developmental Disorders. My personal and diverse professional experience in the field of mental health enables me with being comfortable counseling diverse groups of individuals. 

I am guided by commitment, passion, and dedication. Thank you for reading about me and I look forward to working with you!

Veronica Salcido Rodriguez
MS, AMFT 109425
Supervised by Nancy Ruiz-Barnes LCSW 79552

Hi my name is Veronica Salcido Rodriguez and I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach and received my Master’s from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. 

I am a bilingual therapist who has experiencing working with children and their families. I have experience with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, identity, and relationship issues. I do my best to create a welcoming, supportive, and safe environment as we work on our therapeutic relationship and explore the concerns and stressors that are brought into each session. 

I use a variety of techniques and treatment approaches when working with clients because I believe that I must meet my clients where they are at and no client is the same so I must adapt the theoretical orientations to meet their needs. Through a collaborative approach I help clients identify the obstacles and help remove them while providing empathy and support. I am passionate about helping others, I am hardworking, and always think of what is in the best interest of the client. Thank you for taking the time to meet me and I look forward to working with you!


  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Individual
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Family


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress Disorder
  • Family Conflict 

Treatment Approaches:

  • Client centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral
  • Bowen Family Therapy
  • Structural Therapy
  • Culturally Sensitive


Dr. Jessica Vartanyan
PsyD, LMFT 108362

My name is Jessica and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of California, Irvine. After completing my B.A., I attended Alliant International University where I earned a Doctorate of Psychology in Couple and Family Therapy. 


My clinical experiences include working with children, adolescents, and adults from culturally diverse backgrounds. I also have experience working as a therapist in school-based counseling programs for K-12th grade students. 


In addition to therapy, I am also passionate about teaching. I have worked as an adjunct professor and co-teacher for various Master’s level courses at Alliant International University including MFT Theories & Techniques Lab, Diversity and the Family, and Group Therapy. 


I strongly believe that each individual has their own special strengths. My goal as a therapist is to ensure that my clients are aware of their strengths and are feeling empowered despite the challenges life may bring. 


Thank you for visiting my page. I look forward to meeting with you. 

Modality: Individual, family, group

Age: Children (6-10), Pre-Teens/Tweens (11-13), Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults. 

Treatment approaches: Cognitive-Behavioral, Art therapy, Play therapy, Mindfulness

Specialties: Life transitions, Anxiety, Depression, Self-esteem, Family conflict, Parenting skills, School/Behavioral issues, Personal growth

Alternative Languages: Armenian and Turkish