Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (92633) in California. I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and my Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University.
My journey in the mental health field began in 2011 where I was working at an inpatient psychiatric hospital conducting assessments with new patients, individual therapy and leading psychoeducational groups. This population consisted of the more mentally ill with psychotic symptoms and suffering from homelessness. From there I shifted my focus to the adolescent population where I have several years of experience. I worked in a wraparound program working with adolescents who were involved with the probation system as well as Child Welfare Services. These adolescents suffered from a multitude of diagnosis and issues including but not limited to ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, anger management issues, self harm issues, suicidal ideation, domestic violence between parents, divorce issues, substance abuse issues, child abuse issues, etc. I also have experience working in an EPSDT School Based program conducting individual and family therapy with children ages 5-18. During this time I also experienced students who had IEP’s and needed their therapists to attend the IEP meetings in order to advocate for their needs. I worked individually with parents on parenting techniques that could better serve their family and help to improve their teens current situation. I believe in treating the family as a unit in order to help alleviate symptoms and behaviors. Everyone contributes to a family members distress. Adolescence is such a delicate period of time in everyones lives and who they become is shaped largely from these life experiences. I enjoy working with this population and helping them to make adolescence a bit more manageable for themselves and their families. My most recent experience has been a program manager of a child abuse prevention program. Families involved with this program had open CWS cases on their children due to various reasons such as abuse, inability to care for their children, etc. with the goal of family reunification.
I don’t approach every client, family or couple the same way. We are all unique beings and should be treated as such. I offer a down to earth, genuine relationship with my clients that allows them to grow and improve their quality of life. I take a collaborative approach to therapy and work with you in creating goals, you are the expert in your own life, I am simply here to ride along with you and offer guidance when needed. I am trained in different modalities and use different approaches based off your specific needs.
Licensed Clinical Social Woker
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CA LCSW 88232) in California. In my journey to become a therapist, I completed a Master of Arts in Psychology from University of Phoenix and a Master of Social Work from University of Southern California with a concentration in children and families and sub-concentration in military. I am a veteran spouse and understand the military lifestyle and culture. I have worked in the medical setting from dialysis to psychiatric/medical hospital to hospice. I am concurrently working in a nonprofit that provides both substance use treatment and mental health treatment to those who are connected with the judicial system in a diversion program. I am very passionate about my work and enjoy the reward of seeing my clients take control of their journey and thrive.
I enjoy working with diverse populations and have helped clients ranging from newborns to 104 years old. I have a range of experience which includes working with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, childbirth trauma, military related stressors, caregiver stress, end of life issues, adjustment to chronic disease, self-harm, behavioral challenges, schizophrenia and other chronic mental health disorders, judicially connected and mandated clients, anger management, sexual crime victims, and LGBT. I strive to meet my clients wherever they are at and I will hold the hope for them while we work together to navigate their journey to holding their own hope.
My belief is that everyone is striving to do the very best that we can, but that sometimes situations or circumstances occur that challenge us and cause us to be overwhelmed by life. As a therapist, I enjoy helping others gain the tools they need to improve and enrich their own lives. What you need to grow and overcome your challenges will be unique to your situation, and should be driven by your own goals for yourself. In pursuit of those goals, I will utilize many different strategies such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), solution focused strategies, anger management training, and motivational interviewing as needed. I enjoy providing the necessary information and coping skills you need to be an active participant in your own journey.
Dr. Katerina Prossr
I am a licensed clinical psychologist (30544). I received a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work from California State University of Sacramento and a Phd in Clinical Psychology from California Graduate Institute in Irvine.
I was born and raised in a communist Czechoslovakia for 13 years. After escaping my country with my family, I spent a year in a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, where I met many families from various countries. This experience gave me a great understanding of coming to a country not speaking English, the acculturation process necessary to survive in a dominant culture I knew nothing about, and the struggles and hardship that came along with starting a new life and leaving the rest of my family behind. My life experience taught me to have a great appreciation for diversity and I have developed a strong passion for other cultures and their beliefs.
My experience includes working for 14 years with adults with severe psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia/schizoaffective d/o, bipolar d/o, major depression, OCD, anxiety, and various personality d/o. I also have an experience with the geriatric outpatient PHP and in the adolescent inpatient unit. This included dual diagnosis, symptom/mood/stress management, relationship building, community integration, conflict resolution, medication compliance, relapse prevention, bereavement, sexual/physical abuse issues, and crisis intervention. Past experiences include working in a level 14 group home with children and providing services in a skilled nursing home focusing mainly on psychological testing and mental status testing for use of dementia drugs. My work experience also includes individual/family therapy in an outpatient clinic with children and adolescents (ages 3-17). Certificates obtained include drug and alcohol certification, and children/adults anger management therapy certification. I follow the cognitive behavioral theory because I truly believe that changing one’s thinking changes one’s behavior.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
My name is Crystal Folk and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 240044) in southern California, with over 10 years of experience. I have worked with clients across the life span; with experience ranging from toddlers to young adults in foster care, school aged kids, college students, couples, families; and homeless and elderly populations.
I am comfortable supporting clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, self-esteem, and issues of grief and loss. I have helped people navigate the complex aftermath that results from physical trauma or emotional abuse.
My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, being sensitive, and meeting each client in the space that they are in. My counseling approach pulls from several theories, but I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, and Client Centered Therapies.
Here's what you can expect in a session with me: I will tailor our dialog and develop a treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs and goals. I like to provide feedback, share suggestions, and encourage home practice from our previous sessions, so you can see the interventions used in action.
I strongly believe in the healing process of therapy and my strength is in helping you to heal by being a supportive presence. It takes courage to seek help for a more fulfilling and happier life. I applaud you for taking the first step towards a change. I am here to support and empower you, and I look forward to working with you!
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, you just need to take the first step. –Martin Luther King
Monica Cedeno, M. A.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 52054) with over 12 years experience working with children, youth and their families. I grew up in Western New York, visiting my parents' native Costa Rica and other Latin American countries regularly, and learning to speak English and Spanish simultaneously in my childhood.
I obtained my undergraduate degree at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York in Clinical Psychology and Spanish. I went to Oviedo, Spain for a semester to complete my dual major coursework in Spanish and further hone my Spanish language knowledge and skills.
After graduation, I worked in a group home for children and youth 5-14 years old as a Child Care Therapeutic Aide. I became a Cornell University Certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention instructor, training new staff as well as Therapeutic Foster Parents. I was also paired with the Clinical Social Work Interns to co-facilitate a TheraPlay group, the beginning of my deepening into attachment theory in clinical work. Our work in the group home also laid the foundation for my approach as a strengths based, trauma informed, client centered and creative clinician. I decided to pursue a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy in San Francisco. I have always had a connection to the arts in my life, from music to drawing and painting to theater and dance. I have experienced first hand the capacity of the arts and creativity for holding the intangible things in life such as grief and loss. I know their role in healing and providing insight. Combining my passion for counseling and the arts felt like exactly what I had been preparing for all my life. As part of my program, I completed a summer abroad in Saas Fee, Switzerland at the European Graduate School with many of the pioneers in this burgeoning area of this field.
As a therapist, I have worked with children at risk of or experiencing homelessness, children with diagnoses ranging from adjustment or anxiety disorders, to ADHD to Bipolar Disorder. I have worked with youth with Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. I have worked with youth diagnosed with autism, speech disabilities, or intellectual disabilities. I have worked with families who have experienced separation issues and trauma due to divorce, domestic violence, deportation, immigration or child welfare issues. I have worked with families who have adopted or fostered youth with trauma in their histories. I have worked with many youth who have struggled with anxiety and school refusal due to being bullied or abused. I have worked with young people struggling to overcome the anxiety related to transitioning from high school and adolescence to adulthood.
I am proud to be an Ally to the LGBTIQ community and strive to be of service to youth and families in all communities regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, age, immigration status, sexual identity, gender identity or expression. I am proud to be a Latina and to be of service to the community. My hope is that in healing our families, we can also heal our communities and the world. I hope to be an advocate for my clients and their higher selves. I strive to teach my clients skills that will cultivate long term change, not only symptom reduction, and will lead to improved fulfillment in family relationships and improved ability to be advocates for themselves.
Bilingual in Spanish
Currently not accepting new patients
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT 102260) with over 4 years of experience as a therapist working with children, adolescents, families, couples, and individuals. I have experience with a broad range of mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and Psychology from California State University San Marcos in 2014 and completed my Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2017. I am currently in the process of completing my Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology at the same institute.
I have a great passion for helping those in need and strive to provide hope for a better tomorrow. I focus on creating a safe and uplifting environment that is helpful in healing each individual. I provide a supportive and compassionate environment for the individual to begin the exploration of their core emotional issues, gain insight into their strengths, and guide them to move forward to experience a positive mindset. Through psychotherapy, I can help you to move through your distress to a place of peace and healing. Wherever you are in life, I meet you there. I have a deep belief that every person has the ability to heal, and together we can explore the struggles you are having difficulty with to alleviate presenting symptoms. My approach is collaborative and client-centered. I implement Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Intervitiveing techniques throughout our journey together to assist in resolving your distress. My approach to psychotherapy is tailored to target your individual needs, implementing other evidence-based practices when needed. I look forward to developing a therapeutic alliance with you.
Licensed Clinical Social Woker
As a licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW27187) who has worked in the field of mental health for over 25 years, I bring forth a vast array of both academic and professional experience. Working with children of at each age of development, navigating family systems, is but a few of those experiences. What I have uncovered in my journey of support, has been the missing component of “helping the helpers”; whether it be clinician’s, Administrators navigating new or existing roles, the need for supporting our helpers, is palpable and real. Experience has driven me to hyper focus, on these helpers, to improve their quality of care; thereby improving the quality of care for those they service and their love ones. I began my educational attainment working towards my Masters in Social Work at Cal State San Bernardino. I elected to further my education through specializing in Infant and Preschool Mental Health, which followed with a Specialty Certification from Alliant International University. In addition to providing therapy to families, children and help professionals, I provide for the personal growth and development of upcoming therapists through Clinical Supervision.
To be human is to feel stress, to feel overwhelmed, and at times, to even feel alone. I welcome the opportunity to hear your experience, through providing my undivided attention, and support. Your thoughts, feelings, and needs are not only worthy of being heard, they deserve respect and regard. It is my goal to create an environment in which you feel safe, and empowered to share your unique story. Together we will not only set your goals, but identify, and work towards your preferred reality.
My experience includes working with children with behavioral issues at home/school, working with families on co-parenting issues, working with children of separation/divorce, working with foster children/families, working with blended families, and working with Depression and Trauma. Also, assisting therapists navigate the unique challenges of the profession. The strength based theoretical approaches which inform my work includes: Attachment-Based Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Reflective Supervision. It is my belief that, not only are we individually, equipped to solve the human condition, but that, in addition, we are the authors of our own story. If you will allow me to utilize my journey to witness your story as you write and re-write your Narrative, you will learn the following:
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think” - A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie-The-Pooh
Associate Clinical Social Worker
I am a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (#73653) in California. I received my Bachelors of Art in Sociology from California State University San Marcos and my Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California.
I have over 5 years of experience providing mental health treatment in a variety of settings. I am concurrently working in an Emergency Department providing mental health treatment to psychiatric and trauma patients. I’ve worked at a nonprofit agency where I treated children, adolescents and their families through psychotherapy, as well as a substance use residential treatment facility in which I treated homeless veterans. Each position has provided me the experience of working with clients who suffer from a variety of issues which include Substance Use Disorders, depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, grief and loss, childhood trauma, caregiver stress, end of life issues, self-harm, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Schizophrenia and other chronic mental health disorders. I was also a military spouse so I understand the military lifestyle and the stressors which accompany it.
I am passionate about helping my clients lead fulfilling lives, and as a Social Worker, I am focused on a comprehensive approach to mental health. I start by meeting each client where they are on their road to self-discovery and empowerment. Together we then begin work to process through past traumas, identify current stressors, and highlight strengths. We move towards identifying healthy, creative and adaptive ways to cope, with the purpose of helping clients experience a sense of relief and recovery. I utilize Solution-Focused techniques, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral interventions, and mindfulness. For younger clients, ages 12 and under, I add therapeutic play to these techniques to help them feel safe in a predictable and supportive environment. I truly look forward to meeting you and walking on this journey together.
Dr. Megan Thompson
I am a Psychological Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Tanika Gayle, PSY 23903 (Licensed Clinical Psychologist) and completed my Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University in 2017. I completed my Masters in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University in 2012.
My practicum experience has included working with adolescents and adults in a behavioral hospital. I provided group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy. I worked in an inpatient facility and also worked with the aftercare groups. I have experience in working with depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, self-harm, adjustment difficulties, conduct disorders, eating disorders and behavior and impulse control issues.
I was also a teacher for thirteen years working with a variety of cultural backgrounds and populations such as working with students in special education. My time as a teacher has also given me experience in working with middle school students specifically, and helping them navigate through this transitional time.
From my experience working as a middle school teacher, I have developed a passion for working with adolescents and helping them navigate through these often, tumultuous years. My work with this age level in particular focused on building self-awareness and empathy, as well as healthy self-esteem. I have also worked with students in special education helping these students to build their own social awareness and to learn and establish healthy boundaries.
My therapeutic approach is to learn about each client and adjust therapy styles to meet their needs, typically using Cognitive Behavioral, Client-Centered techniques. I believe in working with each client to assess their personal goals and in working as a team to create a treatment plan and approach that will be most beneficial in providing therapeutic services. I look forward to meeting you and assisting you on this path.
Jasmine Board was born in Los Angeles county and raised in Carson, CA. She has wanted to be apart of the mental health field since her high school Psychology class. Jasmine Board has participated in the NAMI WALKS since 2007. She has been working as a working as a therapist since 2014 and received her License in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2019 (LMFT 116674). She received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2013. She received her Masters’ degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, Irvine in 2015. She currently holds her Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University, Jasmine Board has held office positions such as Psychology club president and student advisor, MFTSO representative and treasurer, I-MERIT representative, and SAC DMFT representative until 2017. Jasmine Board has also taught Masters’ classes and clinically supervised Masters’ students.
Plus, she has participated in multiple mental health conferences such as AAMFT and NCFR from 2014 to 2019. Jasmine has six years experience in working in inpatient, outpatient, school, group homes, STRTP, residential programs, and hospital settings. Jasmine has a passion for working with the underserved populations such as the homeless, veterans, substance abuse, prisoners, foster care system, adolescents, and the severely mentally ill. Jasmine’s theoretical lens is a combination of Solution Focused therapy and Narrative therapy. She believes that its important to collaborate with different professionals and the clients to help increase the well being and progress of the client. She thinks its important to be an advocate for the clients and also help the client’s become advocates for themselves. Jasmine wants to be able to help the clients find what triggers them (Anxiety,Trauma, Depression, etc) and help them find peace and other solutions to overcome any mental health issues.