Our Clinicians

Danetra Smith-Wheeler

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Clinical Supervisor

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I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 17 years of experiences working in the mental health field in the capacity of a therapist, program manager, case manager, clinical supervisor, and as a mental health administrator for a school district. I have worked with children and families of diverse cultures in schools, homes, and group homes. I have provided therapy to children and their families in order to address a variety of mental disorders which included, but is not limited to, depression, anxiety attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and bipolar disorder. I have also worked with children to stabilize them in crisis situations and after they have been discharged from behavioral health hospitals. 

Areas of specialization:

Children

Adolescents

Family

Parent-child Relationship 

Parenting

Parent/child support with in a school setting

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Narrative Therapy

Riverside Location

Dr. Megan Thompson
Psych Assistant

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. 
 

Riverside Location

Tawny Weir
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (97520) with more than 17 years of professional experience in the mental health field. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Riverside in 2004, and hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Pepperdine University School of Education and Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, which I received in 2011. I am trained in various evidence-based practices, including Individual and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Seeking Safety.  I have also served diverse populations, providing individual and group therapy to sexual assault and trauma survivors, systems-involved youth and their families transitioning adults, and older adults, and other marginalized groups facing an array of challenges including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

I adhere to a strengths-based recovery model approach to clinical practice and tailor my services to each individual’s particular needs. I strongly believe in the power of therapy to improve my clients’ overall quality of life, and take pride in the responsible use of interventions that are culturally appropriate and meet individuals where they are at.

Riverside Location

Andrea Lovvorn
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CA LCSW 79900) in California.  In pursuing my goal to become a therapist, I completed a Master of Arts in Pre-Clinical Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master of Social Work from University of Southern California.  I hold a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) in School Social Work, enabling me to understand school systems and potential factors affecting the mental health of children and teenagers in the school setting.  I have advanced training in the area of trauma and depression, and am EMDR trained.

I enjoy work with diverse populations and have helped clients ranging from 2 years old to 90 years old.  I have a range of experience which includes working with early childhood trauma, recent trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, childbirth trauma, military related stressors, caregiver stress, teenagers, end of life issues, adjustment to chronic disease, self-harm, and behavioral challenges.  Each person is unique and I strive to utilize evidence based treatment methods to improve your symptoms as rapidly as possible through individual therapy, family therapy, and/or connection to outside resources as needed.

 

My philosophy is that each of us is striving to do the very best we can, but that sometimes situations or circumstances occur that overwhelm our ability to cope.  As a therapist, I enjoy helping empower others gain the tools they need to improve and enrich their own lives.  What you need to grow and overcome your obstacles will be unique to your situation, and should be driven by your own goals for yourself.  In pursuit of that goal, I am able to utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), solution focused strategies, assertive communication training, anger management training, behavior modification, and a variety of other strategies as needed.  I enjoy providing psychoeducation about your symptoms and providing the information you need to be an active participant in your own treatment plan.

*EMDR TRAINED

Riverside Location

Dr. Manijeh Badiee

Clinical Psychologist-PSY 30484

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I am a licensed psychologist in California (CA PSY 30484). I earned my Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (APA accredited) and received my Masters in Counseling (M.A.) degree from St. Edwards University in Austin. I have done therapy for over ten years. I specialize in clients who are racial/ethnic minorities, queer, transgender, and/or polyamorous. I can provide letters for transgender individuals who pursue medical transition. I have worked with a variety of presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and trauma. In addition to providing counseling services, I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. I teach classes related to therapy and multicultural issues in the undergraduate psychology department as well as the Masters in Clinical Counseling program. I serve as the Diversity Domain Representative for the Society of Psychotherapy, Division 29 of the American Psychological Association.

I am a relational-cultural therapist, which means that I view relationships as central to our growth, honor my client's cultural identities, and explore how "isms" (e.g., racism, sexism, etc.) impact my clients. I view therapy as a collaboration in which we work together to address your concerns as well as help you live a life of meaning. We collaborate to build a strong therapeutic alliance, develop goals, and move at your pace to lead you to a life of improved mental health, enhanced meaning, and greater self-compassion. 

Bilingual in Persian  

Riverside Location

Alexandra Martinez
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I am a licensed  Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 100651). I completed my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University, and also have training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy, and Anger Management.

 

I have worked as a mental health professional assisting children and teenagers who experience anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and various other diagnosis.  I have also worked with adults, families, individuals suffering from severe mental illness, and have conducted group therapy. Additionally, I have worked with a wide array of ethnicities, ages, and am able to conduct therapy in Spanish as well. I use an eclectic and varied approach, as I feel it is important to tailor services to the individual. I offer an unconditional, accepting, and non-judgmental environment where I will be able to provide appropriate, relevant, and culturally sensitive intervention strategies to each unique client, couple, or family.

 

I strive to provide a supportive and compassionate environment to facilitate the exploration of early childhood and present experiences, and help clients make meaning of these experiences which allows for healing and growth. I look forward to getting to know you and am always happy to answer any questions you may have.

Bilingual In Spanish

Riverside Location

Dr. Natasha Kordus
Clinical Psychologist (PSY 18501)
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I am a licensed psychologist in the state of California (CA PSY18501). I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Gallaudet University in Washington DC (APA accredited). I have worked as a psychologist, trainer, and advocate with over 25 years of experience working within both the Deaf and hearing communities.  Fluent in ASL, I have worked at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California and at Saint John’s Mental Health Clinic in Santa Monica, California.  For the past 19 years I have worked at the California School for the Deaf in Riverside, Ca.  I specialize in the assessment of multicultural, Deaf or Hard of Hearing and hearing individuals and I have presented all over Southern California and the U.S. on how to assess, serve and accommodate school-aged Deaf students. I recently completed a curriculum on STEM education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and am writing a book on the Impact of Language Deprivation on Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and Best Practices in Assessment.  I am also Adjunct Faculty for Western Oregon University and I supervise interns here at Collaborate Psych. 

I work with children, adolescents, and adults. My approach to therapy is a bit eclectic in that I have specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but I also include early childhood considerations, feminist thought, and multi-cultural perspectives in my interventions. I believe in working closely with my clients as a team on identifying goals and moving forward towards desired changes. I specialize in trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic illness, grief and loss, adjustment difficulties, as well as diagnostic clarification of ADHD, Autism, or psychotic and mood disorders. As a multicultural, Hispanic woman, I love working with clients from diverse backgrounds and, in particular, specialize in working with members of the Deaf / Hard of Hearing and LGBTQ communities. I am fluent in ASL.

Bilingual in ASL

Riverside Location

Zeruah Reedom
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 106913) in California.  I graduated from Chapman University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Brandman University with a Masters of Arts in Psychology with an Emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy in 2011. I have experience counseling individuals, families, and conducting groups with particular interests in late adolescents and adults. My concurrent employment is with adults in the Calworks/GAIN program who have mental health barriers to college education, training, and employment.  Also, through the program l work with those who are homeless, victims of domestic violence, and in substance use recovery.  I have previous experience at a county contracted agency counseling children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal behaviors, and adjustment issues.  My practicum training included counseling males at a substance abuse recovery center with maintaining sobriety. I also spent many years as a Social Worker helping the elderly and disabled population by obtaining resources to assist with domestic and personal care needs, providing support to caregivers, and investigating abuse cases.    

My career as a Therapist, Social Worker, and a community volunteer has allowed me to work with diverse populations and become culturally sensitive to particular needs. Examples include college students, people of color, and LGBTQI communities. Many of the clients I have worked with have experienced anxiety, depression, grief/loss, life transitions, career obstacles, caregiver stress, self-harming, low self-esteem, codependency, academic underachievement, and the need for effective coping skills.

I am a compassionate therapist whose main focus is to help my client’s through self-determination.   I believe that identifying one’s own inner strength is the catalyst to overcoming obstacles in daily life. I use a variety of treatment modalities to tailor the specific needs of the client including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered, Solution-Focused and Mindfulness Based techniques.   I look forward to assisting you through your journey towards increased wellness.

Riverside Location

Currently not accepting new patients

Gail York 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Monica Cedeno, M. A. 
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Hello, my name is Gail and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW 20316). Most people know us more commonly as LCSW’s. I am also a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work and a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor.


In my practice, I see individuals from all walks of life, with a variety of problems. Their issues range from stress or depression related to everyday life, to living and dealing with severe mental illness such as Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder. I also work with individuals and/or families who have been court-ordered for treatment.

I have extensive training and experience working with PTSD, and Mood Disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. I have also worked extensively with individuals who have Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder. In addition, I work with individuals who have problems with drug and alcohol issues in conjunction with a major mental illness. Further, I work with individuals who have been sexually abused and when appropriate, their families as well.

I work with individuals ranging in age from three, up to and including, geriatrics. My approach to therapy is cognitive, using techniques to help individuals see their problems in a new and more constructive way. I also use psycho education in my practice. I firmly believe that positive support and a non-judgmental approach is essential to providing psychotherapy. I believe that children need a safe and special place to explore their thoughts and feelings and I strive to provide that for them when working with them.  As part of my approach to work with children I provide play therapy as a way to build rapport and trust with a child.  Play therapy provides a fun way for the child to engage in therapy without it feeling like therapy and is also used as tool by me for assessment of the child and their needs.


Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:
•    Individual, couples and family therapy
•    Child therapy
•    Play Therapy
•    Depression & Anxiety
•    Psychotic Disorders
•    Mood Disorders
•    Chronic mental illness
•    Forensics – court ordered treatment and testify in court
•    Trauma Disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress
•    Working with survivors of trauma 

I look forward to assisting you on your journey to finding the best in you

 

Riverside Location

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.

*EMDR TRAINED

Bilingual in Spanish

Riverside Location

Currently not accepting new patients

Elizabeth Dupray
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist (LMFT 102612) who began my educational journey later in life. My life's experiences led me to seek a career more meaningful in helping others. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 2009 studying the different cultures and ethnic backgrounds of humanity in society.   I then earned a Masters of Science in Psychology Counseling in 2011 and both degrees were earned at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA.  

Prior to my education in counseling I worked for many years in the grocery business as a retail clerk, getting to know all the customers who came through my lane. I believe that job was a great training ground for my current career as everyone from all walks of life goes to the grocery store. My keen observation of each person and family dynamics was educational in itself. 

My years of internship and counseling have been meaningful when clients have made progress and I get to be a part of their journey. The populations I have the most experience in is, clients struggling with anxiety, depression, domestic violence, strained marriages and relationships. I have helped women stuck in the cycle of abuse and codependency and understanding the pain from my own life's experiences. I have worked with families and individuals struggling with family members addicted to different substances.


My own experiences of divorce, caretaker of parents on Hospice, family issues, anxiety and other issues has led me to become compassionate, empathic, non-judgmental and non-discriminating with all my clients. I am also experienced in faith-based integration upon request. 


I have experience working with individuals struggling with General Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Anger Management, Parent-Child issues, ADHD and other diagnoses. I strive to connect with understanding and care of each person using therapeutic skills and modalities that may help my clients reach their goals. 

Riverside Office

Katy Mckee
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.
 

Riverside Office

Nikiesha Brooks, M.A.
Psych Assistant
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I am currently a Psych assistant under the supervision of Dr. Tanika Gayle, PSY 23903 (Licensed Clinical Psychologist) and graduate student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in the Forensic Psychology Psy.D. Program. I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix, Gardena and have worked in community mental health for the past 7 years. My experience includes conducting individual therapy, conducting psychological assessments, facilitating group therapy, as well as crisis intervention.  I began working with children ages 5-18 years and their families at the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic in intensive services.

 

I have worked with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in their Vital Intervention Directional Alternative’s Academy with at-risk youths and families, and, also with incarcerated inmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility, Twin Towers Correctional Facility, and Men’s Central Jail. I have also worked with both incarcerated and newly released individual’s in the HealthRight 360 reintegration program in Los Angeles. Most recently, I have worked with individual’s struggling with substance abuse and comorbid disorders at BLVD Treatment Centers San Diego.  

Riverside Location

Crystalk Folk
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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Carol Davidson
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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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 

Riverside Location

 

I am a licensed Marriage and Therapist (CA LMFT86272.)  I completed my Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Hope International University in 2008.  


My clinical experience includes working with adults, adolescents, children and couples, which issues such as codependency, anxiety, depression, grief, adult children of alcoholics and divorce recovery.  I have led workshops in codependency and boundaries, and have co-facilitated groups in “Healing the Mother Wound.”  I am EMDR trained (Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing, and also use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Solution Focused, Family Systems theoretical approaches and Mindfulness techniques. 


In working with clients, I see the client and I as a team, working together to determine goals and treatment that meet the individual client’s needs, while providing a safe, empathetic environment to process and facilitate healing of childhood and family of origin experiences, as well as present issues and concerns. 


I love helping people gain insight, awareness and empowerment in their lives, to achieve wholeness and improved relationships. 
Riverside Location
 

*EMDR Trained

Riverside Office

Dr. Samantha Martinez
Psychological Assistant
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I am a psychological assistant under the supervision of Dr. Tanika Gayle, PSY 23903 (Licensed Clinical Psychologist). I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Loma Linda University in 2020 and my Play Therapy certificate in 2018 from Loma Linda University.

 

My experience has included working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families in public schools and community mental health facilities. In addition, I have experience working with suicidal adolescents in an intensive outpatient program and providing support to families of children with medical illnesses. My training has allowed me to gain experience working with a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma, self-harm, impulse and control issues, behavior and conduct problems, relational concerns, and adjustment difficulties. 

 

I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, and young adults and believe that they have a natural ability to gain insight, grow, and heal themselves. My work focuses on highlighting and strengthening this natural ability to increase self-esteem, and promote better social and emotional functioning. I strive to provide a warm and empathic environment from a non-judgmental, unconditional, accepting viewpoint. I am committed to tailoring my treatment approach to the specific needs of the individual and utilize a variety of treatment approaches including play and art-based therapy, sandtray therapy, client-centered, and mindfulness techniques.

Riverside Office

Margaret N. Wild, Ph.D.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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I have worked as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist Associate since 2007 (License No. LMFT  # 91521, California Board of Behavioral Sciences). My specialties include clinical counseling with children and families and liaison with area child and family service agencies. Therapeutic Certifications and Assessment Training include but are not limited to:  Parent Child Interaction Therapy (2013), Marriage and Couples Counseling, Nurturing  Parenting  Facilitator  Training  (2012), Ages & Stages Questionnaire, Ages and Stages: Social Emotional Assessment Training (2012), Cognitive Behavioral Strategies, Strengths-based Counseling and Trauma Reduction Therapies.

I have also worked as an Adjunct Faculty member at California Baptist University; and is a former Academic Coordinator at the University of California, Riverside. 

Riverside Office

Lily Vega

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Culturally-informed therapist, considerate of client’s beliefs, identities, and backgrounds, incorporating these elements unto treatment.

 

Earned a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in a Marriage and Family therapy from Azusa Pacific University. Furthering my education in school counseling with a credential from the University of Redlands.  I have experience working as a school mental health therapist with students in special education.

 

Providing a continuum of care that includes evaluation, crisis stabilization and treatment for children, adolescents and adults with mental illness, dual diagnosis and/or addiction disorders. 

My experience has included supporting Parent/child in a school setting, Cognitive behavioral therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Therapy 

 

Terapeuta culturalmente informada, considerada con las creencias, identidades y antecedentes del cliente, incorporando estos elementos al tratamiento.

 

Obtuve una maestría en Psicología Clínica con énfasis en Terapia Matrimonial y Familiar de la Universidad Azusa Pacific. Continuando mi educación en consejería escolar con una credencial de la Universidad de Redlands. Tengo experiencia trabajando como terapeuta de salud mental escolar con estudiantes de educación especial.

 

Brindo una atención continua que incluye evaluación, estabilización de crisis y tratamiento para niños, adolescentes y adultos con enfermedades mentales, diagnóstico dual y / o adicción.

Mi experiencia ha incluido el apoyo escolar de padres e hijos, la terapia cognitivo-conductual y la terapia cognitiva centrada en el trauma.

Riverside Office

Darlena Allen
Licensed Clinical Social Woker
Clinical Supervisor
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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

Riverside Location

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Dr. Jasmine Board
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


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. 
 

Riverside Location

Vivian Villalobos
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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AREAS OF SPECIAL FOCUS


With decades of cross-cultural experience providing psycho-education with women, at-risk gang affiliated children/youth and adults in urban context, Vivian has a passion for helping people through difficulties in areas including:
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•    Marriage and Communication
•    Pre-marital
•    Depression
•    Identity issues
•    Children/adolescents with behavioral issues
•    Grief and loss
•    Women's issues
•    Ministry burn out: self-care
•    Military Families    •    Parenting
•    Spirituality and faith
•    Chronic illness
•    Life transitions; phase of life
•    Adult personal growth
•    Relational conflict and issues
•    Anxiety
•    Substance abuse
•    Anger management
•    EMDR Therapy 


    People face tremendous stressors, managing life responsibilities, and relationships. Adversity from childhood experiences, unfulfilled expectations, negative family influences leading to despair breaks relationships and families apart. Addressing origins of pain, acknowledging the present and providing strategic tools helps rebuild, leading to better moments now and ahead. As an empathetic licensed marriage and family therapist, LMFT 107822, Vivian enjoys connecting with clients to explore their unique journey by providing a non-judgmental, safe, welcoming space to grow, to heal, to embrace, to discard. Vivian has life experience with an ex-addict community for over 40 years; gaining professional mental health status as of 2012.  Vivian provides counseling to individuals, couples and families dealing with relationship issues, especially those struggling with addictions and anger.  


    As an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapist, Vivian uses this model for people to heal from emotional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences.  EMDR therapy quickens the healing process. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can, in fact, heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  Using the eight stage detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, Vivian helps clients activate their natural healing processes.


    Having first-hand experience of living abroad with her family raising five children (Adult Third Culture Kids); Vivian understands the unique challenges expatriate families face while moving and living abroad. Not only has Vivian experienced the process of culture shock, and cultural adaptation, she has therapeutic skills to help you and your family transition to/from life abroad, particularly the reverse struggle of repatriation. Whether you are facing immigration issues, migration, or repatriation, let’s talk!


    If your relationships contain codependence, poor communication, adultery, addictions or abuse, now is the time to address those burdens.  If you simply need space to feel seen and be heard without fear of judgment, Vivian is available to hear your story, empower you to face this moment step by step with renewed hope and looks forward to meeting you soon.  


Vivian is a frequent speaker at marriage and relationship workshops, seminars, and churches. For those interested in faith-based counseling, Vivian can integrate theology and psychology in session.

 
*EMDR Trained

Riverside Office

Alexa Bustamante, M.S.

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

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I am currently an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC 8062) under supervision and a post-graduate student at Purdue University Global to pursue my certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. I received my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University and have worked in the fields of mental and behavioral health for 4 years. My experience includes conducting individual therapy, marriage family therapy and couples’ therapy. I have facilitated group counseling sessions relevant to sobriety and mental wellness for high-risk families and children. 

 

My experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and older adults in the rehabilitation center and private practice settings. In addition, I have experience working with crisis intervention for individuals struggling with suicidal ideation. The trainings I received have given me the opportunity to assist individuals experiencing: Depression, Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety, PTSD/trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder, Interpersonal Issues, behavior problems, Intermittent Explosive Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

Understanding what each of us is driven by is not an easy task. Life stressors can be overwhelming and detrimental. Having a safe and supportive space can be an insightful resource for achieving happiness, purpose and fulfillment. I will provide a safe space with a nonjudgmental approach that will assist individuals in a personal journey to healing. For an improved quality of life, I will assist individuals by collaborating a treatment plan sensitive to cultural backgrounds and needs.

 

If you are interested in understanding the way you interact with your world and your overall sense of being, you have come to the right place. In our sessions, I will emphasize the importance of constructive communication to guide the way for healing and self-discovery. 

Riverside Office