Dr. McKinlay has over 20 years of experience in private practice working with a wide variety of people and issues. She has helped adults, adolescents, couples and families who are stressed, depressed, anxious and ready to find new ways of dealing with acute or ongoing concerns or issues. Dr. McKinlay has worked with school districts, psychiatric clinics and hospitals to develop programs that best serve populations with a variety of difficulties coping with every day stressors. Dr. McKinlay received her B.A from San Diego State University and her M.A and Ph.D from Alliant International University.
Lic. No. PSY7379
Although a native San Diegan, Dr. McKinlay spent the last few years in the Northeast where she was able to hone many of her skills including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Response) for trauma management and a wide variety of special education skills. Dr. McKinlay has experience with active military, retired military and family members of military individuals. She has found her skills with EMDR invaluable for helping military members with trauma, nightmares, sleep disorders and other highly emotional issues. She is particularly interested in working with service members as one of her own family is currently on active duty with the US Navy.
Dr. McKinlay works with her clients to formulate a mutually agreed upon solution based, goal oriented treatment plan. She uses a Cognitive behavioral approach which combines past experiences with growth in the present. She knows that every client is a product of their past and present which promotes growth toward a healthy future.
Hannah is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who is new to the San Diego Area. She moved from the Bay Area and Central Valley and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages in a variety of settings. Hannah specializes in working with individuals who have physical and/or mental disabilities, co-occurring conditions, and extensive/complicated trauma histories. Hannah is passionate about multicultural practices in counseling and is very experienced in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures. She received her B.A. in Psychology and M.S in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, both from California State University of Fresno.
Lic. No. LPCC7673
Before obtaining her license as a Professional Clinical Counselor, Hannah worked in underserved communities in roles such as counselor, advocate, and responder/crisis de-escalator. Seeing and hearing trauma has fueled her work as she makes it her priority to be present for those who need space, safety and support. She trusts in the potential of all human beings to promote their own healing with the appropriate tools and support and she feels personally honored when people allow her to be part of their courageous journey in healing.
Bertram Barth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 40 years of experience working with adults suffering from crisis reactions, mood conditions, personality problems, and severe mental illnesses. He is experienced as both an individual and group therapist. His approach begins with a trusting alliance between client and therapist, fosters self-understanding and perspective, and builds on successful steps in reaching the goals we identify. Bertram holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from USC.
Lic. No. LCSW8566
Erin has six years experience treating children, teens, and adults—specializing in areas of anxiety, depression, ADHD, and addiction. She received her Associates Degree from Grossmont Community College in Child and Family Development, Bachelors Degree from SDSU in Child and Family Development, and Masters Degree from National University in Counseling Psychology. Erin has provided therapy in various settings including a local inpatient hospital for two years, a crisis house in the community for four years, and Healthy Developmental Services—working with children ages 0-5, for two years.
Lic. No. LMFT112847
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” ~Carl Rogers
Dr. Suzanne Mihlon is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She was drawn to the study of psychology when she was first introduced to Humanistic Psychology in high school. She draws on the foundational theories of humanism such as empathy, unconditional positive regard, and authenticity as well as existential psychology, believing that people’s lives have purpose, value, and meaning. This theoretical foundation, combined with her work experiences, education, and clinical training, have led to a collaborative approach to treatment with her clients, and the incorporation of other therapeutic approaches and theories such process-experiential, emotion-focused, cognitive-behavioral, neurobiology and somatic theories as well as mindfulness and yoga. Dr. Mihlon has particular interest in treating grief and loss and helping women of all ages to find their life purpose and reach their highest potential.
Lic. No. PSY30422
Josie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years in both social service and private sector assisting families and individuals. Josie has worked with a vast range of individuals from minors and their families in the foster care system to individuals using Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).
Lic. No. LMFT115218
Josie earned her Associates Degree in Administration of Justice w/ Specialization in Law Enforcement, at Miramar college and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from San Diego Christian College. (formerly known as Christian Heritage). Josie then earned a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Southern California Seminary.
Michelle Foy is a local, bilingual Spanish/English, psychotherapist who has extensive experience working with San Diego families, children, and adults of all ages in various settings. Michelle has a unique background in physical therapy and integrates neurodevelopment into her treatment perspective. She received an Associate of Science Physical Therapist Assistant from San Diego Mesa College, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Psychology and Master of Social Work, both from San Diego State University.
Lic. No. LCSW64462
Sheryl Aronson has been a Marriage, Family Therapist for over 25 years, specializing in relationships and women self-esteem workshops all over Orange County, California. She was a featured guest/relationship expert on the Montel Williams Show and The Berman Sisters television show in Los Angeles. She has written articles on relationships for the Orange County Metropolitan Awareness magazine and Beach Cities/Valley magazine. Recently she has also published her self-help articles in The Hollywood 360 plus her personal blog on her website.
Lic. No. LMFT23161
Sheryl has also lectured throughout Orange County on topics such as Understanding Your Book of Love, Women and Self-Esteem/I Come First, and The Formula for Creating Positive Change. With the publishing of her memoir, Ms. Aronson will be lecturing on Surviving Breast Cancer/The Spiritual Journey.
Sheryl has a BS in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University and a MA in Psychology from California State University, Northridge.
Jeremy Vargas has 6 years of clinical experience of serving a blended population of teens and families coping with grief, loss and transition and couples struggling with marital discord. His early clinical work took place in a community based counseling center to the local population of Pleasant Hill California. There he gained experience with victims of domestic violence, severe anxiety, depression resulting from the loss of loved ones, and attachment disorders. He has since received training in both inpatient and outpatient settings working with individuals and families of those afflicted with severe psychiatric disorders. He received his B.A in Psychology from the University of California Riverside, and his M.A in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.
Lic. No. LMFT116863
Jeremy’s approach to working with any unit of treatment is that the therapist must meet the client where they are at, and allow them time and space to acclimate to treatment while acting as a guide, mentor and facilitator of treatment. His strong leadership and humanistic approach puts his clients at ease so they can explore problem areas and set attainable goals. He believes in establishing a clear objective for treatment that supports the client in overcoming personal barriers and steady symptom reduction. He takes a solution focused model that challenges each client’s fundamental premise for why their problems occur.
As a testament to his commitment in building a stronger community, Jeremy has worked diligently as a martial arts coach for the past 3 years utilizing his knowledge of the arts to help others reach their potential through rigorous training and self-exploration.
Babette believes there are many paths to healing and is trained to use Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Seeking Safety for trauma recovery. Additionally, she utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strength Based, Gottman, Systems Theory, and Expressive Arts Therapies as appropriate for individual needs.
Babette works diligently to provide a safe, respectful, non-judgmental and collaborative therapeutic environment for clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma history, personality disorders, chronic pain, addiction issues, grief/loss, shame/guilt, relational conflict, LGBTQ, and other life transitional challenges.
Before coming to Fusion Care Group, Babette broadened her experience by working at residential AOD (alcohol and other drug) recovery homes. She has significant experience working with veterans, criminal justice and homeless clients. She also spent a number of years at an outpatient clinic learning to manage symptoms of severe mental health disorders.
Babette received her Master’s Degree from University of Phoenix.
Nadine has more than 25 years of experience working with children of all ages, especially adolescence and their families. Although she was licensed in 2007, her road to becoming licensed was a long one. Born and raised in Iran, she completed her high school in England and came to America when she was 16. Having lived in three different countries, Nadine believes that culture is a very important part of everyone’s journey. She loves to continually expand her knowledge of different cultures and always seeks to be educated by others about their culture.
Nadine has worked in a domestic violence shelter and treated victims and their families. She also worked with adolescence in schools, foster homes and group homes before settling on outpatient. She ran many different groups for teens and enjoyed teaching them independent living skills and worked tirelessly with their parents to help them communicate better with their child.
Nadine received her M.A Degree from Pepperdine University and her Bachelor Degree from Loyola Marymount in Communication Arts. She has experience treating anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, transitional stress, and truly enjoys going through her client’s journey with them. Her methods are short term solution focus therapy where the client returns to their normal level of functioning as soon as possible.
Dr. Kim Nguyen Pierce is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience providing culturally sensitive interventions to children, adults, and multigenerational families. She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Psychology and a Bachelors in Gerontology. Her treatment perspective comes from life span, attachment and developmental theories in combination with practical cognitive behavioral interventions and targeted parenting skills that focuses on solution based treatment outcomes. Dr. Nguyen Pierce is conversant in Spanish and Vietnamese.
Courtney is a native San Diegan and started her professional journey in education supporting San Diego youth and families with academic achievement, behavior modification, community outreach and family support. Recently she worked with transitional age youth, diagnosed with mental health disorders, identify and achieve academic and occupational goals. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, she gained clinical experience working with transitional age youth, adults, couples and families at outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities.
Lic. No. 121094
Courtney became a Marriage and Family Therapist after her own therapy experience changed the way she viewed herself and the world. As a therapist, she believes in the therapeutic process and that all people have the potential to create a life worth living. This journey is a marathon. At some point, we’re all working on something. It’s ok to ask for help. It’s ok to be human. Courtney works with clients to develop individualized goals and align therapeutic work to client’s strengths. Courtney has experience working with trauma, substance use, grief and loss, life adjustments, common mental health diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and PTSD, and relational distress within intimate relationships, parent-child relationships and family systems.
Courtney is an avid Brene Brown fan and enjoys traveling, unique food, authentic healthy relationships and reruns of The Office.
Hello, my name is Christian Urias. I am a Mexican-American Bilingual therapist with 7 years of experience working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. I started my clinical experience working at a day-treatment program where I learned and trained in crisis interventions and worked with adolescents with depression, anxiety disorders, self-harm issues, autism, grief, anger issues, behavioral problems and self-esteem issues.
Lic. No. LMFT#121650
I then continued to grow my clinical experience in an Outpatient Therapy clinic. I worked with children and families of diverse cultural backgrounds with issues related to trauma history, self-image issues, depression, anxiety, self-harm, domestic violence, LGBTQ issues, financial stress, drug use, etc. I have received training in EMDR, CBT, suicide prevention, anxiety and depressive disorders, TBRI (Trust Based Relational Interventions), Motivational Interviewing, TF-CBT.
One of my goals is to create a safe and trusting environment where clients can feel supported and heard. I am committed to helping clients through life’s difficulties, I am committed to helping clients use their personal power in order to achieve their goals and make improvements in their lives.
I was raised in Tijuana, Mexico and moved to San Diego in 2007. I’ve really grown to love living in San Diego. I love cycling, basketball, travelling, being in nature and spending time with friends and family. I recently started learning more about cooking and enjoy it a lot.
Lisa began her experience getting her BA degree in psychology at CSU, while working with abused and neglected children at Childhelp USA. After receiving her Masters degree, Lisa went on to work mostly with teens and families where she learned Evidence Based Practices for helping clients with PTSD. Lisa finally went on to work with adults doing group therapy at a Partial Hospitalization Program in Long Beach and online therapy in West Hollywood.
Lic. No. LMFT#46743
Lisa has honed her skills using DBT, CBT, and Mindfulness techniques to address Depression, Anxiety, and other mood/thought disorders in her clients. Lisa practices non judgement and cooperation allowing clients to feel comfortable. She has experience working with LGBTQ issues.
In counseling, I use compassion and acceptance. Many of our problems have been present for many years and probably will not go away overnight. If there was an easy answer or simple solution, we probably would have resolved it long ago. Often times attempting to figure it out and fix ourselves, can compound our pain and leave us feeling stuck. Using compassion, we can acknowledge our pain and be kind to ourselves. When we are compassionate towards ourselves, we can access inner resources and respond in ways that move us towards a life that we care about.
Lic. No. LMFT#123094
In therapy, I use self-compassion and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support clients in opening to emotions; being kind to ourselves especially in difficult moments when we need it the most; realizing that we are not alone on our journey; discovering our deepest values; and building a life based on what we deeply want.
I like working with adult individuals and incorporating mindfulness, yoga, centering prayer, and other contemplative practices in therapy. In addition to being a licensed psychotherapist, I have a background in teaching yoga/ meditation and a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. I find that our wisdom traditions and spiritual practices can help us find compassion to accept ourselves and live a life that matters.
Bilingual therapist with 10 years of experience working with local social services agencies providing individual, family, and group counseling to a culturally diverse population of clients and families. Worked closely with domestic abuse survivors, school-aged children, and teenagers who experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders. Received Bachelors of Arts in Social Work from SDSU and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from National University.
Lic. No. LMFT#119198
Before obtaining licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist Earned clinical hours at a shelter for immigrant minors, and with local High School and Middle schools providing School-Based therapy. On a personal note, as an immigrant from Mexico, I have overcome language, financial, and cultural challenges, which I couldn’t have overcome without support from family and my community overall. I’m overjoyed to serve my community in strengthening individuals’ mental health to reach their potential.
Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in therapy and social work. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent development from University of California State, Fullerton and her Masters’ degree from USC focused on children and families with a sub-concentration on military families. She spent many years working with foster youth, homeless population and end of life. Jennifer enjoys working with a wide variety of people, backgrounds, needs, and strengths.
Lic. No. LCSW 94580
Gina Drew has been providing individual and group counseling services to children, adolescents, families, and adults for over 25 years. She has worked with diverse populations in the field of education/special education, correctional settings and within the social service sector.
Gina is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and her Master’s Degree in Counseling from National Louis University.
Her expertise includes adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, emotional/behavioral challenges, grief and loss and interpersonal conflict.
Lic. No. LPC10989
Gina has personal experience with grief and loss and recognizes the complexities of single parenting. Gina integrates individual goals and philosophies into her treatment approach in order to achieve positive results in collaboration with her clients. She has the unique ability to find balance and gain perspective in challenging situations. By providing a safe space, Gina will focus on her client’s strengths and their ability to grow and create their own desired outcomes.
Gina’s professional and personal philosophy is that at any given moment you have the power to say, “This is not how my story is going to end”.
Nancy Longtin has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 20 years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois in 1999 then moved to Arizona where she has resided since.
Most of her career has been working for Maricopa County Jails. She supervised the inpatient psychiatric unit at Lower Buckeye Jail for 10 years where she developed skills to effectively help individuals who were in crisis, suicidal or had serious mental illness. The second half of her time working for the county was spent supervising the in-house substance abuse program as well as developing a re-entry program that helped people leaving jail re-enter society with tools for success.
Lic. No. LCSW 11580
Since retiring from the County, Nancy has enjoyed providing counseling to individuals struggling with various life stresses such as low-self-esteem, transitional stress, anxiety, depression and a general feeling of being over-whelmed with the pressures of life.
Nancy believes in the words of Norman Vincent Peale: “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” She uses this principle to help her clients gain confidence and to take responsibility for creating the life they desire and deserve. Nancy employs client centered therapy along with rational emotive and cognitive behavioral therapies to offer tools to her clients to reshape their perceptions and create happiness and peace in their lives. Nancy is engaging, using humor, compassion and empathy with her clients to help them discover their inner strength and personal worth.
I chose to become a therapist after my own personal experience with therapy in my late-teens and early college years. I love what I do. If I have learned anything about myself over the years, it’s that I have to believe in what I do and the vision of those with whom I work. It is trite, but true, if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.
I have experience working with legally-involved – DCS/CPS, probation, diversion, court-ordered – individuals as well as voluntary clients.
Socioeconomic factors/other life considerations with which I have worked include homelessness, joblessness, long-term disability and chronic and terminal illness.
Lic. No. LPC15
Populations whom I have served include: children, 3 years and up; adolescents and teenagers; and adults – all phases of adulthood, including the elderly.
I facilitate many different session types, based on what is needed, including: individual, couple and family – traditional, poly and LGBTQ; and groups – therapy as well as psychoeducation.
I have experience working with individuals managing lives touched with mood and anxiety disorders, including depression and bipolar; grief; domestic violence (offenders and victims); physical, emotional and sexual abuse; custody issues; family reunification; marriage/relationship hurdles; problem sexual behavior; borderline personality disorder/characteristics; PTSD; death and dying; caretaking of ill and aging family members; and life change events, i.e. anything that is a positive change, but also brings with it fear, doubt and lots of unknowns, this includes adjusting to life after giving birth, getting married and children growing up. At the request of a company owner, I developed a curriculum for a group for his employees that focused on anxiety and other issues they were managing due to COVID and all of that secondary fallout.
Additionally, I have experience working with families with children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other sensory disorders and how to accommodate their unique sensory needs while addressing the understandable stress this places on their caregivers.
I have training and/or certifications in specific areas such as family trauma, sexual offending, EMDR, DBT and trauma-focused CBT. I am also versed in CBT, person-centered therapy, motivational interviewing and grief counseling. While trained in multiple modalities, there is no one modality upon which I rely. I focus on my client and meeting him/her/them where he/she/they are at which dictates what approaches I implement.
I believe in collaboration among the client’s entire care team – at times, this may be parents or a spouse or a trusted friend; at other times, it may be a whole CFT and IEP team.
My ideal client (individual, couple and/or family), regardless of the issues that initially bring them to me, is anyone invested in the process and willing to do the work necessary to bring about the changes they want to see in their lives.
In plain English: You already have what you need within you. I merely walk the path with you and help you master the skills to successfully navigate your life. Sometimes I just get to plant a seed, sometimes I get to see the tree blossom – regardless of how long I walk the path with you, I am simply grateful for the experience.
I always like to learn new things, sometimes it’s as simple as the word-of-the-day on the calendar or the list of clinical trainings – hypnotherapy, biofeedback and brain mapping, to name a few – that are on my horizon to pursue. On a more personal level, my learning list includes: learning to knit and crochet, learning ASL and learning impasto painting with acrylics.
Born and raised in Arizona, the desert holds a beauty for me that many do not understand. I love animals and have four dogs that I think of as my children. I keep a running list of animals names for animals on my wish list which includes: a goat, a miniature donkey and maybe a duck, I think Dad and Laffy Taffy jokes are the best and a joke is s success even if I’m the only one laughing. I am an avid reader, enjoy watching movies and spending time and playing cards with my friends and family.
Life is a hero’s or heroine’s journey though many paths which sometimes have obstacles to overcome. Generally we want to feel loved and be loved while sharing our talents and gifts in the world to fulfill an important destiny. Sometimes we forget the greatness of who we are while navigating this sometimes difficult journey.
Lic. No. 23759
Telling our story to a caring supportive person is an important part of our healing journey. A warm smile and a tender heart with knowledge and wisdom is what we all need. To speak our truth and be heard while getting reasonable feedback, support and sometimes new skills is what is needed often times. Dr Bazinet offers a kind heart and a quick mind to offer support and helpful skills to get where you want to go in life. Her joy and passion is to help folks lead happy healthy lives and working with their adversities to grow and transform these to make the future greater than the past.
Dr. Bazinet has had a successful small practice for nearly 25 years, and has about 50,000 hours of clinical experience.
Jennifer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over six years of clinical experience. She has experience facilitating groups and providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families presenting with a variety of issues including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, addiction, homelessness, and more.
Lic. No. 280225
After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University Fullerton, Jennifer decided to pursue a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Throughout her graduate studies, Jennifer was an active member of Psi Chi International Honor Society.
Jennifer believes that every person deserves supportive, compassionate care and that each person’s emotional experience is unique. As such, she is dedicated to providing personalized treatment based on each individual’s needs.
Jennifer utilizes a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, experiential, and systems approaches.
Cybill Bowens-Vargas has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for three years. She has worked as a social worker for 20 years. She has provided services to foster youth, young adults and their families. For the majority of her career, she has worked to find adoptive families for children who needed permanency and stabilize their families.
Cybill received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern University in Louisiana and her Master’s Degree in Social Work for Loma Linda University.
Lic. No. 81623
Dr. Natasha has been working in the field of psychology since 2010, specializing in working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma, as well as individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety and/or interpersonal issues. Natasha’s focus is on providing support to individuals to create healthy and new narratives for their future while achieving success in their emotional life.
Lic. No. PSY 28495
She knows how important it is to take time to get to know each individual who walks through her office door, to tailor treatment based on specific needs, and to provide tangible support to help individuals work through past struggles while building a positive perspective. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling to new countries to learn about different cultures, participating in an adult tap dancing class, and has recently become interested in cooking.
She received her Bachelor of Art’s degree at California State University of Long Beach, her Master of Arts in Psychology at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus and completed her Doctorate at Alliant International University in San Francisco. For her dissertation, Dr. Natasha created a children’s book to help decrease anxiety by utilizing mindfulness activities for children struggling with an upcoming treatment for cancer.
Jessica started her career in psychology by being part of the Counseling and Psychological Services at San Diego State University (SDSU) as an undergraduate student; assisting in co-facilitating small groups for students in academic probation. In 2012, she received her Bachelor’s of Arts from SDSU with a major in Psychology. She began her professional career as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in San Diego, CA, working with children, adolescents and their families.
Lic. No. 119442
She graduated with a Masters of Arts in Couples and Family Counseling from Alliant International University with an emphasis in Latin American Family therapy. Furthermore, Jessica has experience working with individual/families dealing with anxiety, relational issues, women’s health, Latinx, minorities, life transitions, trauma, survivors of crimes and has 2+ years of experience working with children/adolescents in the Autism spectrum.
As a Licensed MFT, Jessica takes a systemic approach to treatment, which she tailors to the specific needs of the individual/family. Moreover, as a daughter of immigrants, Jessica is mindful of her social location and its impact on her clients. As a therapist she aims to create a space of safety and comfort for her clients. Jessica believes that the client is the expert in their life, and that her role is to provide non-judgmental insight to handling difficult situations.
Ime Davis has over eight years of mentoring, mediation, and counseling experience supporting children and families within the academic and social work sectors. Ime has worked with clients diagnosed with ADHD, PTSD, and depression. Throughout her career she has provided a range of therapies, including sandtray and cognitive behavioral therapy to those experiencing substance abuse, behavioral challenges, and domestic violence. She has honed her skills reviewing psychological evaluations, court and medical reports, as well as assessing the strengths and needs of clients. As an advocate for children’s health and wellness, she is committed to supporting youth, resolving family conflicts, and promoting healthy interactions. Ime received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from CSU Dominguez Hills and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from CSU Northridge.
Lic. No. 117473
Passionate about working with youth, especially marginalized youth, and their families, Ime provides clients with an outlet, as well as resources to thrive and become productive adults. At the age of fourteen, Ime lost her mother in a tragic car accident involving a driver who was under the influence of alcohol and PCP. Having a strong support system allowed her to persevere through this tragedy.
Ime’s childhood experience has shaped her outlook on the importance of taking a holistic approach to address substance abuse, mental health, and life issues in order to acquire healthy coping mechanisms. She encourages all to find a healthy balance between mind and body by using simple steps and strategies to improve the way we think, look and feel about self. Ime is a believer in encouraging women who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle while having responsibilities such as, but not limited to: work, school, families, and relationships.
My name is Robert and I would be honored to be your Therapist. I would like to tell you about myself. I have been a Social Worker for the past 20 years and I have worked with a lot of different people in a variety of situations.
The most important thing I need you to know about me and how I work is that I believe Social Work to be a calling and I truly believe in the power of Therapy to change lives. I believe that talking about the things that hurt us provides us with the power to overcome them.
Lic. No. 27072
I am more interested in your strengths than your diagnoses. I am more interested in empowering you to make your own decisions than I am in you doing what is “right.”
Regarding therapy, I am not bound to any one theoretical approach. I tend to utilize a variety of approaches in therapy because I want to provide you with a personalized therapeutic experience.
I need you to know that I will only focus on what you think is important. I will not push you to share anything that you are not comfortable sharing, but I will ask you questions about things I think are important to provide insight into the situation at hand.
I will always be honest with you in every situation, and I will continue to exhibit compassion and empathy towards your situation. One of my favorite sayings regarding therapy is that “It matters because it matters to you.” I look forward to working with you.
Anna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with 13 years of experience working in the social work field. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and Psychology from Concordia College. Upon completion of her B.A., Anna worked primarily with government-funded agencies where she gained extensive knowledge in foster care, adoption, and the family court system. Seeing the disparities in the system, Anna was motivated to make more of an impact on the individuals she served. She went on to receive her Master’s degree from the University of Southern California where she received advanced training in mental health.
Lic. No. 92930
As a clinician, her professional background includes the oversight of psychiatry services in an inpatient substance abuse setting, as the Program Director for homeless services in Los Angeles, as well as in private practice. She specializes in working with patients with substance abuse disorders, anxiety, depression, and low-income populations.
Anna models meaningful therapeutic relationships in her work, guiding patients to discover their true selves. She utilizes a blend of mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy, and solution focused therapy in her work with patients.
Jim Foley has been working in the field of human services for over 40 years. Areas of focus included: juvenile delinquency, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, foster care, trauma recovery and administering numerous county wide health and human services programs. Jim received his bachelor of arts degrees in Psychology and
After moving to California he received his (LCSW) Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked with children and adults in California. He retired from an administrative job in September 2020 and returned to his love of helping people through a clinical role.
Lic. No. 23385
Candice Hendrickson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience in working with a diverse population of people striving to find balance in their life. Candice has experience with adults who suffer from depression, anxiety, pervasive disorders, past traumas, substance abuse disorders, parenting issues, relational issues, and learning to adjust to the changes in life. Candice has a passion for supporting individuals in their journey to overcome challenges they have faced and grow to reach their full potential.
Lic. No. 49672
Candice is experienced with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and believes understanding how our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviors can help us find balance in our life.
Candice received her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Stanislaus and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from National University.
Rochelle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 10 years of experience working in K-12 education serving as an educator, director and therapist addressing the emerging growth of academic needs and disparities, behavior, crisis management, special education, mental health and student wellness.
Lic. No. 102788
Over the years, Rochelle has worked with various community based organizations, healthcare providers, universities, contractors and county agencies. She most recently worked with severely mentally ill individuals in adult custody.
Her clinical experience has been working with childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, crisis stabilization, transition planning and support, learning differences, caregiver support and issues related to race and equity. Rochelle’s current focus is addressing the parallel processes that occur in our everyday lives.
My name is Joe and I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California. I have enjoyed helping people with experiences of depression, anxiousness, feelings of instability, overwhelming thoughts, impulsive behaviors, anger, and men’s issues, just to name a few. I have always been curious about the mind and how it works.
In my early 20’s I found myself unsure about myself and my life and got to work studying, informally, on how to change my thinking, in order to change my life. Since then, I have graduated with my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 2013.
I have learned to use CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Client-Centered counseling tools to help people improve their lives. Through the valuable insights I have gained from all my previous and precious clients, and through my own personal struggles, I have learned to help guide people down their own path through life.
Tess Florez is a is a licensed marriage family therapist, who is passionate about working with individuals, couples and families to assist them in navigating through the emotional challenges in their life to enable them to make the choices they need to live the life they want.
Her approach is attachment-based, relational, emotion-focused, gently directive, compassionate, somatic, mindful and strength-based. Tess has 6 years of clinical experience working especially with families, teens, adolescents and children with relational, behavioral and parenting challenges, anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, complex trauma, grief, substance use and gender identity. She has utilized evidence-based practices such as CBT, TF-CBT, DBT, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Narrative Therapy, as well as more somatic-based, mindful therapies and interventions.
Tess received her Master’s degree in Counseling at Palo Alto University, is certified in grief counseling, domestic violence intervention, suicide and crisis intervention and plans to become certified in EMDR Therapy. She has provided therapy for various underserved populations at a community mental health agency, including their youth residential facility, as well as at multiple elementary, middle and high schools before going into private practice.
Before she became a psychotherapist, Tess worked in the corporate world of finance and accounting and with that, brings personal knowledge and understanding of high stress work environments and work-related mental health issues. For Tess, finance and accounting was a job, but counseling and psychotherapy is a passion and to have finally been able to fulfill and live that passion has been an incredibly meaningful journey for her. Personally, Tess has had family members with anxiety, depression, ADHD, alcohol and substance abuse and schizophrenia, has been a caregiver of a family member with schizophrenia and has experienced the loss of friends and family members, of which the most profound loss was that of her father. Tess’ life experience in conjunction with her clinical experience has enabled her to be with her clients in a way that is truly empathetic, hopeful, and purposeful.
Mark B. Gallo, LMFT, began pursuit of a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the age of 49. His life and prior work significantly inform his approach to psychotherapy. Mark’s proclivity is psychodynamic, exploring root causes, tempered by an integrative client-centered approach with cognitive-behavioral applications.
Mark was raised in a small steel mill town in Ohio. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in the nascent field of Psycholinguistics. Upon graduation he moved to West Hollywood and became an activist at the inception of the ‘first gay city’ in the US. Managing the largest nightclub on the west coast wielded him a strategic position to erode a system that prohibited women not only from employment but also as guests. He hired its first female and disabled staff without regard to race, sexuality, or gender identity. He went on to create inclusive venues in Beverly Hills and the Arts District of Los Angeles.
His therapeutic training began at an in-patient facility for the Mentally Diseased (IMD) with clients including veterans struggling with psychosis, dual diagnosis and PTSD. His experience includes being a Primary Therapist as well as a Group Therapist in residential and inpatient rehab settings.
Mark practices Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) to support couples in distress. Imago Dialogues allow couples to hear, understand and empathize as unconscious reactive behaviors are excavated; missing parts (The Imago) are discovered; and a conscious, loving relationship may see the light.
Mark’s current areas of curiosity include neurolinguistics; “the connectivity of all things”; neuroception; and a very primal, seldom-discussed human drive: spiritual expansion through human connection.
Throughout life everyone feels isolated, confused, anxious and weary. Negative emotions can emerge from these experiences which in turn, can interfere with work, school, relationships, and self-care. Mark challenges you to co-create a safe structure within a therapeutic relationship where a catalyst of self-discovery, healing and change can occur. And he most welcomes you on your journey of healing and growth.
I have always had a desire to see how people can change their lives and make themselves the happiest they can be. I have a passion for looking for those areas and unique moments where I can help them shift perspective and actions. I believe that people are amazing and working in this field has given me the opportunity to be a part of peoples’ lives.
Prior to obtaining my licensure as a Marriage and Family therapist, I earned my clinical hours through an Agency focused on children’s safety. I have over ten years of experience in working with children, parents, and family units who are enduring behavioral issues along with trauma. I am compassionate when working with children and families. Excited to join the team!