Dr. Goldie Barajas
PSB 94027716

I am Dr. Goldie, a bilingual (English and Spanish) psychologist (PSB94027716), supervised by Dr. Marlene Elizalde-Peschek (Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY30285). For many, it is difficult to ask for help given the multitude of messages received surrounding doing so. Society, at times, can be harsh and send messages such as, “get over it.” Our friends and family may also find themselves out of words for how to help. It is completely normal to feel lost, confused, anxious, depressed, conflicted, you name it. Your experience is valid. I can support you as you try to make sense of your life. I have experience working with Latinx/Latine children, adolescents, and adults both in the realm of providing psychotherapy and conducting psychological testing to rule out diagnoses such as, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and mood disorders among others. I also have solid experience working with individuals who have difficulties regulating their emotions and/or are going through life transitions/difficulties (i.e., starting a new school/college, ending a relationship, having relationship issues with friends and/or family, experiencing work burnout, LGBTQ+ identity issues and more).

My treatment approach is based on dialectics, which means I will support and challenge you to reflect on different perspectives, and ways to navigate stressful situations. When working with you, I will consider various factors in your life that play a role into who you have become. I will also ask thought-provoking questions to prompt you to reflect on who you want to be. My role is not to tell you what to do. My role is to facilitate the journey toward self-improvement. My treatment is individualized to meet the needs of my clients. For example, if I am working with a child, my interventions will incorporate art and play therapy, as well as family therapy. Regardless of the stage of life you are in, I operate through the lens of being multiculturally sensitive, as well as holding myself accountable for maintaining cultural humility, which means to take an active approach toward understanding your lived experience through your perspective. My duty as your treating psychologist is to facilitate the journey toward finding a life worth living for you.

Joanne Choi
Psychological Associate

My name is Joanne and I am a predoctoral Psychological Associate. My journey in the field of psychology began ten years ago when my son was diagnosed with autism. This led me to return to school and pursue a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Soon after, I received my board certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). After working in the field of ABA for many years I began to recognize that there is a need for appropriate diagnostic assessments as well as psychotherapy for families and individuals affected with autism and other intellectual disabilities. Therefore, it led me to continue my education as a Doctor of Psychology in Applied Clinical Psychology. My passion is to continue to support individuals and families with life challenges that come with a diagnosis as well as providing the appropriate diagnostic assessment to ensure they are on the right path to success.

Larissa Montalvo
PSB 94027768

Sometimes what we need the most is to talk and truly be heard. By fostering a warm and non-judgmental space, I welcome children, adolescents, and adults of all backgrounds to express themselves authentically. I approach psychotherapy in a compassionate and understanding manner while working collaboratively with clients to create personalized goals. I am committed to helping clients improve their relationship with themselves and others and by exploring past and present experiences, I help clients achieve greater self-awareness, deepen their self-acceptance, and live a more meaningful life. I am currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Applied Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. After receiving my master’s degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, I worked in a variety of community-based roles within the nonprofit and education industries. My experience afforded me the opportunity to work with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds, including the three years I spent working with children and families in Kuwait as an education specialist. Since entering the mental health field, my experience includes working in private practice settings providing individual psychotherapy and psychological and neuropsychological assessments.

Modality: 

  • Children 
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Individual

 

Treatment Approaches: 

  • Psychodynamic therapy including an attachment-based and internal object relations approach 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 
  • Person-Centered 
  • Solution focused
  • Relational 
  • Play Therapy 

Specialties: 

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress Management
  • Life Transitions and Adjustments
  • Boundary Setting
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Communication Issues
  • Parenting Mindfulness

Claudia Doty, M.S.
Clinical Executive Director

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

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

Who I Am

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

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

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

What I Do

 

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

 

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

 

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