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   Ektha Aggarwal, LCSW

Ektha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the growing field of gerontology and mental wellness with a focus on trauma healing and redefining independence through various life stages. She has extensive experience treating mental health conditions such as anxiety disorder, depression, PTSD, behavior disorders and psychosomatic conditions with children and adults. Ektha applies evidenced based treatment modalities to help clients address challenges in relationships, parenting, life transitions, chronic illness and grief and loss. 

With her vision of helping clients manifest their full potential, Ektha has introduced non-traditional modalities of therapeutic treatment, such as crystal healing, meditation and trauma focused yoga into her practice, allowing clients to maximize well-being through defining and utilizing their strengths to overcome limitations.

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Univeristy of California, Irvine
Master of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach

Licenses, Certifications & Awards: 
TF-CBT Certificate
Interpersonal Psychotherapy Therapy
Suicide Prevention Training Certificate
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training Certificate

    Kimberely Beeli, LCSW

Kimberely is a highly effective therapist and coach specializing in relationship counseling and solution-oriented therapy. She has over twenty years, and over 10,000 hours of experience working with individuals and families. She derives great satisfaction in helping clients to build healthy partnerships that lead to greater happiness and fulfillment.

Licenses, Certifications & Awards:
CTI Program
ASP - Adoption Service Provider State Certification

  Patty Berry, LCSW

Ms. Berry is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has worked with a diverse population of clients, at all level of functioning, and in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient.  Patty enjoys working with adults, children, adolescents, families and couples.   Her deep love of people and the human spirit has moved her to work with clients of all ages and backgrounds for over 25 years.  She believes deeply in the art and science of therapy as a healing tool.  Patty’s philosophy is to help people of all ages find their own strength and hidden resources as a key to championing their circumstances and moving towards a more fruitful life.  An objective eye and a willing client can help “move us out of a seemingly hopeless spot into a place where we can flourish again and grow from challenging life situations.”  Life can ultimately be enhanced by accepting experiences and incorporating them into a new way of living.  Moving forward can become a gift rather than a burden.    

Master of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor Degree, Rutgers University

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Julia Cassidy, RD, MS, CEDRD

Julia became interested in nutrition after learning and understanding how food is medicine and fuel for the body. 

Julia Cassidy (RD, MS) received her Bachelor degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from California State University, Long Beach. To further her education, she completed her MS degree in Exercise Science and Fitness at California University of Pennsylvania. 

Her background includes providing nutrition counseling and education to patients suffering from eating disorders and heart disease, those who are in need of weight management, as well as working with athletes and individuals who want to improve their health. Julia primarily specializes in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorders. Through individual counseling she emphasizes science based nutrition research as guidance to promote health and awareness. Julia’s belief is that having a healthy relationship with food is the baseline to attaining the tools necessary while on the road to recovery.  The core ingredient for success for patients with eating disorders can be summed up in the words of Hippocrates:

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  

Bachelor Degree, California State University, Long Beach
Master of Science, Exercise Science and Fitness, California University of Pennsylvania

   Talese Fernbach, MASEP

Talese is a Sport Psychology Consultant and a Mental Performance Coach. She has a Masters of Sport Exercise Psychology (MASEP), specializing in social, performance and health exercise psychology, with an additional kinesiology focus. She has also received extensive training in several psychology theories and techniques used within sport or performance psychology. Two of these techniques are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Talese passionately assists individuals and groups in breaking down mental barriers that impede their performances, allowing their performances to become more confident, optimal and enjoyable. Talese has had extensive experience working with individual people wanting to achieve a healthier lifestyle, athletes, coaches, as well as organizational groups and athletic teams.
Talese feels that developing mental awareness is a key component when working with clients. Talese focuses on the performer's mental game as it influences their performances.  She believes that everyonecan limit their performance potential by what they believe, think and perceive. Talese uses many effective techniques to help her clients reach their empowered and confident optimal performance.

Bachelor of Science, Arizona State University
Master of Sport Exercise Psychology, Argosy University

  Jill Gravois, LCSW

Jill has been in the helping profession for sixteen years and graduated with her Master’s in Social Work from Cal State Long Beach in 2010. Since 2008, she has been doing therapy with adults in various stages of life individually and in groups. While working with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, she worked in both medical and mental health settings doing what she feels she has been called to do. With the Department of Mental Health, she has trained in Interpersonal Therapy, Seeking Safety, Crisis Management, and Problem-Solving Therapy.  In the last few years, she has begun deeply exploring the mind-body connection through training in Trauma-Informed Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, and Integrative Body Psychotherapy, EMDR, and on her own personal journey. She has also practiced yoga for twenty years. Jill believes we cannot keep what we do not share, and so enjoys using her expertise to assist others with experiential therapy. She helps clients to maximize their potential and remove psychological and other barriers to feeling fully alive and satisfied with oneself and with one’s life. Jill offers therapy in both English and Spanish.

Jill ha sido una profesional en los servicios humanos por quince años y se graduó con un Maestria en Trabajo Social de la Universidad de California de Long Beach en 2010. Desde 2008, ella ha hecho la terápia con adultos en várias étapas de la vida individualmente y en groupo. Mientras trabajó con el Departamento de Salud Mental del condado de Los Angeles, ella trabajó en ambientes médicas y de salud mental haciendo lo que ella cree que le llamó el corazon y espíritu. En estos ambientes, se entrenó en Therápia Interpersonal, El Buscar Seguridad, El Manejo de Crisis, y Therápia de Resolver Problemas. En los últimos tres años, ha explorado de manera profunda la conexión entre la mente y el cuerpo hacia entrenamiento en El Yoga Informado por La Trauma, La Meditación de “Mindfulness,” y la Terápia Integrativa Córporal, EMDR, y en su camino personal. Ella ha practicado el yoga por veinte años. Ella cree que no podemos quedarnos con lo que no compartamos, y por eso disfruta utilizando su sabiduria para apoyar a los de mas por medio de las therápias de experiéncia. Ella ayuda en aumentar al máximo la poténcia para sentirse completamente vivo y satisfecho y minimizar o quitar los desafios sicológicos y corporales que le perjudiquen. Jill ofrece la terapia en español y inglés. 

Master of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach, 2010

   Lisa Heemer, LCSW

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 30 years, Lisa is committed to providing clients of all ages a safe, supportive and respectful environment for meting challenges and changes in their lives. Her dedication to serving children, youth, families, and adults across the age-spans reflected throughout her professional career, which includes practice in diverse and cross-cultural communities.

Lisa strives to practice with compassion and integrity, and believes "hope and awareness are important ingredients for change and building resilience." Her approach to therapy gives individuals a unique opportunity to share their own story and to become more comfortable and confident discovering strengths, support systems, problem-solving skills and strategies for coping with situations or, at time, painful struggles in life. She is inspired by working with clients of diverse backgrounds to understand and express their experience in ways that are meaningful to them.  

Master of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1984
Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Texas A&M University, College Station 1980

Licenses, Certificates, and Awards:
LCSW, 1987

   Rosa Maria Kolts, LMFT 

Rosa Maria is a Marriage, Family, Individual therapist specializing in children, teens, and adults and is a Bilingual/Bicultural Spanish therapist. Rosa Maria earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the Catholic University Jose Simeon Canas in El Salvador, Central America. She completed her Master in Science Degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked for Pacific Clinics, Florence Crittenton, The Guidance Center, and Harbor Regional Center. She has worked in the Mental Health Field for more than 18 years. Rosa Maria started her work in the mental health field volunteering for the Free Counseling Clinic at the Catholic University in her country of origin. Since her arrival to the US, she has worked as a full time clinician, administrator, clinical supervisor, parent educator and in-home behavioral counselor. She has accumulated a wide variety of experience working with teen parenting programs, developmental disabilities and as a parent educator.

Rosa Maria has collaborated with UCI Irvine in the research project “Promoting Women’s Health” as Spanish Speaking Counselor for Women Survivors of Cervical Cancer.

She belongs to The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She volunteers at her daughter’s school and is an active member of the PTA (Parent Teacher Association).    

Master of Science, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Catholic University Jose Simeon Canas in El Salvador, Central America

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   Tamineca Lollis, LCSW

Tamineca is a graduate of Syracuse University and a licensed clinical social worker.  She has expertise in treating adults, couples, adolescents and children.  Ms. Lollis feels passionate about helping her clients towards a life of healing, forgiveness, love of self, and love of others.  
Tamineca believes that if her clients' minds and emotions are in balance, they will be able to live the life they want.  

Tamineca is trained in DBT and has success with clients using that technique in an individual therapeutic setting and in a group therapy model.  

Bachelor of Arts, Syracuse University
Master of Social Work, Syracuse University

Licenses, Certificates & Awards:
LCSW, 2013
Non Violent Crisis Intervention Training Certificate, 2015
TF-CBT Certificate, 2015
Child Therapy 0-5 years old Certificate, 2015
Positive Parenting Program Certificate, 2011
Suicide Prevention Training Certificate, 2009

  Hillary Marshall, LCSW

Hillary has 18 years of experience in the helping profession. During this time, she has helped children, teenagers, adults, and families resolve conflicts and successfully cope with adverse physical, mental and behavioral health issues. She also has treated homeless military veterans as well as individuals with intellectual issues, post traumatic stress, eating disorders, codependency, and chemical dependency.

Her counseling approach is strength-based, person-centered, and trauma-informed. She offers a range of services, including art therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, and group therapy. As a bilingual person who speaks Spanish and English, she is equipped to provide effective care to individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Master of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor in Sociology with minors in Women's Studies and Spanish, University of California, Irvine

   Sue McWayne, LCSW

Sue is an LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) specializing in adult therapy and has expertise in PTSD,Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Grief Counseling and End of Life Issues. Although she works with a broad spectrum of clients. Sue has a special interest in working with military families and the senior population.  

She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, School of Social Work and has over 20 years experience. Sue has been the recipient of the Justice Award from St. Joseph/St. Jude Healthcare for her outstanding work in the community. In addition, Sue was awarded for her Outstanding Scholastic Achievement from the Sociology Department at CSUF.  

She is an interactive solution focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methods and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Bachelor of Arts, California State University, Fullerton
Master of Social Work, University of Southern California

Licenses, Certifications & Awards:
Justice Award, St. Jude Healthcare Plan
Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award, CSUF

  Michael Silverman, LCSW
Since obtaining a Masters of Social Work Degree from California State University Long Beach in 1993, Michael has assisted and supported many children, teens, adults, and families. In working with runaway teens, He has helped them get off the streets and rebuild their relationships with their families, leading to a more fulfilling life experience. 

There is no manual that comes with being a parent and sometimes it feels as though parents don't know which way to go. Michael helps parents better understand their children and teens who are suffering from depression and ADHD. Additionally, children and teens that he works with designs tools that will help them cope with life’s stressors along with becoming more productive at home and at school in an environment that feels safe to talk. 

Mr. Silverman has extensive experience working with the gay and lesbian community in individual and couples counseling. 

His strength is in building a comfortable environment to openly talk about concerns without judgment or criticism.

Bachelor of Science, Organizational Communications Business Management, University of Portland, May 1983
Master of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach, December 1993

Licenses, Certifications & Awards:
NASW 1991

  Evangelina (Eva) Reina, LCSW

Eva Reina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 20 years of experience helping children and families. She also has a strong background in program development, management, leadership, and training.  She is passionate about preparing the next generation of professional social workers and has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at USC for the last twelve years. 

Bachelor of Arts, Behavioral Science, National University, 1994
Master of Social Work, University of Southern California, 2003


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