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

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

Irma Fragoso
MA, LMFT 127103

Irma Fragoso is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#127103) that views therapy as a collaborative, trusting, and safe space where a person can come and feel heard, understood, and open to growing into their best of version of themselves. She received her Masters from Azusa Pacific University in 2017 where she learned how important it is to be culturally and spiritually sensitive to her clientele. I am a clinician that will support, encourage, and challenge you in seeing the hope within yourself to empower yourself to be the change you need. My goal is for you to feel validated and willing to create the changes you need to better your relationships with others. When working with children, I look for ways to be invited into their world and use play therapy as a way to understand their “language” to work through their struggles. I also invite parents, when appropriate, into the session to better their relationship with their children and understand how they view their world. Working with young adults, I seek to create a trusting and nonjudgmental space where they can feel validated while fostering resiliency, emotional regulation, and growth. I also work with adults in creating an environment that fosters growth, empowerment, and insight so that they have the skills they need to face any challenges. My hope is that we continue working together to create the narrative that suits your needs, improves your well-being, and empowers you to advocate for the services you need

Languages Spoken:

English

Spanish

 

Modality:

  • Adults
  • Young Adults
  • Adolescents (Age 13 – 17)
  • Children (Age 7 – 12)
  • Dyadic with children & parents

Treatment Approaches:

  • Client Centered
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Solution Focused
  • Narrative
  • Bowen
  • Psychodynamic
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Play Therapy

Specialties:

  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief & Loss
  • Impulsive Behaviors
  • LGBTQ+
  • Panic Attacks
  • Peer Relationships
  • Parenting Issues
  • Relational Problems
  • Self Esteem/ Self Harm
  • School Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma

Diana Ibarra
MA, AMFT 127753

My name is Diana Ibarra, M.A. I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #127753 Navigating life and relationships can be hard and stressful. As your therapist, I work to provide a safe, and comfortable environment where we can work together to process those difficult moments, without judgement.I will walk with you on this journey of healing, learning, and growth with respect, compassion, and authenticity. My goal is to teach clients how to handle/cope in difficult times, pass on my skills, and for clients to gain the confidence they need. In the therapeutic process, we will work together to get to the core of the problem. I work with individuals, couples, children, and families. I treat individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, trauma, work/school stress, self-esteem issues, and addictions. My approach to the therapeutic relationship is developing rapport based on trust and respect for the client while working together towards their goals and overcoming challenges in their life. 

Languages: -English -Spanish 

Modality: -Individual -Children -Adolescents (13-17 yrs old) -Adults (18-50 yr olds.) -Older Adults (65+ yr olds) -Families -Couples -Groups 

Treatment Approaches: -Psychodynamic Therapy including Attachment Based Approach, Relational Therapy, and Interpersonal Process Therapy -CBT -EMDR -Relational -Mindfulness -Play Therapy 

Specialties: -Depression -Anxiety -Grief -Parenting -Relational Issues -Body Image -Personal Growth -Life Transitions -Family Conflicts -Infidelity -Coping Skills -Behavioral Issues -Stress

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)


Modalities-Individuals-Couples-Children-Family


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


Experience/Trainings

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)


Education

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

Brenda Chavelas
LCSW 101040

Hello! My name is Brenda Chavelas and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from USC with a Master’s in Social Work in 2015. I gained my experience providing mental health treatment to children and adults in the greater Los Angeles community in the outpatient mental health setting. As an outpatient mental health clinician I provided individual mental health therapy, family therapy and provided collateral sessions to supportive family members with client consent. I also facilitated collateral group therapy for parents of youth in treatment and provided group therapy to adult survivors of domestic violence. I have experience working in the education setting collaborating with school administrators, counselors and teachers, coordinating mental health services for high school students.
 
I am fluent in Spanish and provide solution-focused, client-centered care. I utilize open ended questions to join my client’s in exploring their strengths to understand and overcome adversity. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy as a modality to support my clients and utilize other techniques including mindfulness, problem solving, and titrated exposure strategies to facilitate the therapeutic process. I utilize open ended questions as an assessment to meet my clients where they are in order to ensure client safety and wellness throughout treatment.
 
I treat children, adolescents and adults living with depression, anxiety, grief, gender identity exploration, and body image factors. I also treat survivors of trauma including childhood trauma, intergenerational trauma, domestic violence, and community trauma. I like to create a peaceful and welcoming environment in order to support my client’s in developing a sense of safety. I encourage the exploration of tools and strategies in daily life that facilitate wellness outside of the therapeutic session. I believe that my client is the expert in their life and with their permission I can mirror their strengths to remind them of their fortitude and resilience

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. 

Bricia Rojas
LCSW 117575

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for assisting people overcome various challenges in life. I have experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults with various cultural and adverse backgrounds. I specialize in depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and life transitions. I utilize a strength-based approach. My therapeutic style is sincere, collaborative, and person-centered as we all have different needs. I believe that change happens when we understand how previous life experiences and adversities have affected our current stressors. My goals are to provide a safe, empathic, and collaborative therapeutic environment to help you overcome stressors. I work with your individual strengths to help you understand and develop healthy ways of coping. I look forward in working with you!

Modality: 

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Young adults
  • Families
  • Adults

 

Treatment Approaches: 

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy, including Attachment based theories
  • Culturally sensitive 
  • Trauma-informed
  • Play therapy

Specialties: 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Family conflict
  • Life transitions
  • Personal growth
  • Body image and self-esteem
  • Grief and loss

Destiny Aguirre
MS, Registered AMFT 128039
Supervised by

It takes courage to ask for help. You might be hesitant about starting therapy and that’s okay. You do not have to struggle alone. Whatever obstacles or concerns you may be dealing with, we can work through it together. 

Hi, my name is Destiny Aguirre and I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #128039. I earned my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of La Verne. I also earned my Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Child Development from Cal State Fullerton. 

I genuinely care about helping my clients grow, find purpose and reach their goals. Our sessions together will consist of a supportive, safe, and non-judgmental environment to help you through your current struggles. I utilize a variety of treatment approaches that are tailored to fit your needs in order to find healing. 

Modality:

  • Children, Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults
  • Individual, Family, Couple&Groups 
 

Treatment Approach

  • Psychodynamic therapy including attachment based approach, relational therapy, and interpersonal process therapy. 
  • Client centered therapy
  • Play therapy 
  • Relational therapy 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy 
  • Trauma-focused CBT 
  • Adlerian Therapy 
  • Culturally Sensitive 
 

Specialties:

  • Trauma Focus
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Harm
  • Family Conflict 
  • Gender and Sexual Identity 
  • Self-Esteem
  • Life Transitions
  • Relationship issues 
  • Medical Issues 
  • Behavioral Issues. 

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!

Miles Levy-Nordhoff
AMFT 136991

Talking about your feelings can be intimidating. It requires immense courage and vulnerability to explore emotions with a stranger. My goal as a therapist is to create a safe space to allow clients to feel willing to share their experiences, challenges, and insecurities. I offer empathy, validation, and perspective to encourage clients to be more comfortable being their genuine, authentic selves, which we all deserve. I work collaboratively with clients to overcome issues of anxiety, depression, life-stage transitions, and emotional struggles. I have experience working with adults, teens, and children and have received specific trainings in psychodynamic psychotherapy, prolonged exposure therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and suicide risk and assessment. I have been noted by clients and colleagues for my ability to hold space free of judgment and criticism. The most important aspect of any therapist-client relationship is building rapport, and that is my priority. I am here to support you along the way to achieve your goals.

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Families

 

Treatment Approaches: 

  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Specialties: 

  • -Anxiety
  • -Depression
  • -Life Transitions
  • -Stress
  • -Self-esteem
  • -Relationship Issues
  • -Education and Learning Disabilities
  • -Academic/School Issues

Amber Moland MS, AMFT 130201
Supervised by Dr. Joselyn Ayala-Encalada
PsyD, LMFT 96987

My name is Amber Moland, and I am a registered associate marriage and family therapist with experience treating minors, adults, and families. My approach to treatment is client-centered using various theories such as solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and play therapy. Additionally, my emphasis is placed on offering genuine empathy, collaboration, identifying client’s strengths and having cultural awareness. My specialties include but are not limited to stress related experiences, depression, anxiety, personal growth, relationship issues, family conflict, and self-esteem. With the passion to serve as a guide and support, I look forward to working with you.

 

 

Tracy Brown
M.A., Registered AMFT 119455

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+

Specialties ·

– 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

Dong Eun Lee
AMFT 135552 Ph.D.

I am an associate marriage and family therapist who is committed to helping clients learn how to manage their life challenges. I treat children, adolescents, adults, elderly, couples, and family through individual, couple, and family therapy. I believe in taking a collaborative approach to helping clients reach their goals. As a bilingual (English/Korean) and bicultural therapist, I provide culturally sensitive therapy that honors the client’s own cultural identities. 

Treatment Approaches 

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
  • Restoration Therapy 
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Culturally Sensitive

Specialties: 

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Family Conflict
  • Couples & Relationship issues 
  • Self-Esteem
  • Body Image
  • Personal Growth
  • Trauma & Stress Related Issues
  • Loss & Grief
  • Life Transitions

Maria Kamel-Delgado
MA, AMFT 137585

Hello, my name is Maria Kamel-Delgado, and I am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services, with an emphasis in Mental Health Recovery, from California State University, Dominguez Hills. I received my Master’s in Marital Family Therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In addition to this, I have associate degrees in Psychology and in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

I have experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, and couples. I have experience working with clients who struggle with trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, relational issues, and self-esteem issues. I like to create a warm and welcoming environment, to help make my clients feel as comfortable as possible opening up to me about their symptoms and difficulties in life. I believe that this is the most effective way to positively create a working therapeutic relationship with my clients. I feel it is my responsibility to advocate for my clients to provide them with the best resources and services possible. I treat all of my clients with an overwhelming sense of unconditional positive regard, in order to provide my clients with a safe space to speak freely without any fear of judgment. My treatment approach is Client Centered and Strengths Based, through the use of several different techniques including Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Modality: 

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Individual
  • Adults
  • Couples

Treatment Approaches

  • Client Centered Approach 
  • Strengths Based Approach 
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
     

Specialties: 

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Body Image

Languages: 

  • English
  • Arabic

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