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Darlena Allen 

Clinical Director 

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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

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Carol Davidson

Marriage and Family Therapist

Clinican Supervisor

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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
 

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Dr. Tanika Gayle 

Clinical Psychologist

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The core of my work is to help people operate from the best in themselves as an individual and in relationship with others. My work helps individuals develop a state of balance by increasing one true, solid sense of self and the ability to take care of self while working through difficulties that life throws at you. Key tools in accomplishing this are by helping individuals self confront and self validate and stay true to ones' integrity. I work with individuals dealing with everyday life stressors, individuals discovering their sense of identity, and various discomforts such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and family issues. I have a special interest in treating individuals, families, couples, and intimacy issues which includes sex therapy.

In addition to providing therapy, being the owner/clinical director of Collaborative Psychology Group, I currently am the program manager and primary supervisor for Family Support Services at the Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House. It is a practicum training site for marriage and family therapist, social work and psychology doctorate students. In addition I also have a practicum training program at Collaborative Psychology Group for Loma Linda University master and doctoral students. 

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Dr. Natasha Kordus

Clinical Supervisor

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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.

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Robyn Norris 

Marriage and Family Therapist

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My passion lies in helping individuals from a relational perspective and instilling hope
and assurance of ones individual journey in order to help live a life that is of fulfillment. I
believe we all have a story and the right to be heard and seen and that is what I look to offer you within our therapeutic relationship. I believe the therapist-client relationship is integral to healing and as such, it should feel collaborative and free from judgement. 

 

I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents, alongside their
families. I am a firm believer that in order to help the child, we must also examine the family. I have provided such therapeutic services to children and families in community mental health clinics, school-based settings and residential treatment facilities. As such, I have extended training in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy as well as knowledge and training within the 0-5 population. I have experience treating a wide array of issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, attachment concerns, trauma, abuse, grief and loss, change of life issues, divorce, adoption, and relational disorders.

In my professional capacity I have also had experience providing clinical supervision and oversight to pre-licensed and licensed therapist. I take joy in working alongside clinicians as they develop and hone their professional skills and knowledge. I believe that as a clinician or “healer” it is important to be reflective in one’s process in order to provide the emotional space needed for those that we serve.

I work from an eclectic lens, often incorporating cognitive behavioral therapies, client-centered approaches, solution-focused, family systems work and narrative therapy. I am comfortable working with individuals of all sexual orientations and genders. As a clinician, I strive for cultural humility and understanding of ones own individual cultural experience. Most importantly, I look forward to working alongside you to assist in your journey of healing.

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Elizabeth Dupray

Marriage and Family Therapist

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I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist who began my educational journey later in life. My life's experiences led me to seek a career more meaningful in helping others. 

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 are 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.

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Carissa Torres

M.S., ABSNP

Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) #3363

I have worked with children with disabilities for over 20 years. I have worked as a credentialed school psychologist, providing psychoeducational assessment, school-based counseling, and behavioral support for 16 years. I have additional training in school neuropsychology and am currently a Diplomate with the American Board of School Neuropsychology. I also hold a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). 

         I am experienced in the evaluation of children with a variety of disabilities including but not limited to: Specific Learning Disability (SLD) (including specifically Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disability (ID), Emotional Disturbance (ED) and other mental health disorders, as well as Other Health Impairment (OHI) including genetic disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), Epilepsy, and more.

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Dr. Samantha Martinez

Clinical Psychologist

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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. 

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Andrea Lovvorn

Social Worker 

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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.

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Tawny Weir

Marriage and Family Therapist

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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.

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Angelica Thomas

Psych Assistant
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 I am a doctoral candidate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I received my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from National University. My experience includes working in community mental health, working with individuals and couples. I have worked with a diverse population of clients of all ages. I utilize an integrative approach combining cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, mindfulness, and humanistic modalities. I believe the therapeutic process guides clients to increased self-awareness and decreased symptoms. Additionally, I am EMDR trained (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and a Certified Rape Crisis Counselor.  

 

My intention is to help patients heal their relationships and understand trauma's psychological and physical impact. The core of my work is to help patients gain self-insight and awareness, operate from the best in themselves, and improve their relationships with others. I believe the therapeutic relationship is essential to the treatment. I strive to honor my patient’s identities and assist them in exploring intersectionality.

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Dr. Alkenia Blackmon

Psych Assistant
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Hello, my name is Alkenia Blackmon, and I am a Psychological Associate (PSB94027297).

My goal of therapy is to assist  individuals (children to adults), families, and couples with creating positive change in their thoughts, emotions, and overall social functioning by improved decision making, behavioral transformation, self-development, and relationships.

I have diverse experiences working with children as young as four years old to adults up to 73 years-of-age  facilitating individual, couples, family, and group therapy in diverse settings such as academia, hospital and community mental health, non-profit organizations, and private practice. Additionally, I am comfortable assisting clients with varied challenges such as depression, anxiety, grief, oppositional defiant disorder, bi-polar, personality disorder, alcohol and substance use, and many others.

My primary therapy approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but I utilize an integrative approach as well to meet the needs of the client.

I am passionate about all persons living healthier lives, but my greatest passions are aiding children and adolescents with self-development via discovery of their authentic voice and helping couples, mother and daughter dyads, and family members reduce relational conflict, demonstrate mutual understanding, and implement transparent communication toward healthy and kind interactions. Additionally, I am enthusiastic  about assisting individuals with psychological testing to aid with understanding presenting symptoms, to arrive at a diagnosis, and to guide the appropriate and best treatment.

Your well-being and trust are of the most importance to me. I look forward to assisting you with reaching your therapy goals, so your mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual well-being resonate healthiness.

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Dr. danyelle beal

Psych Assistant
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Dr. danyelle s. goitia beal earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her dissertation: Trauma and Resiliency in Black American Women began a journey of breaking the stigma of traumatic events that can plague the Black community. She earned her Masters in Teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies with an emphasis in ABA from National University and her Bachelors in Child Development with an emphasis in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. beal contributed to an anthology titled "Shenomenal Women: that became a #1 Best Seller. Simultaneously, she completed her pre and post doctoral internship supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and within the LGBTQIA2+ communities.

Dr. beal began her journey through ABA in 1997 when she was pregnant with her first baby. She answered a job posting for a child with autism and fell in love within 2 weeks of working with him. Since then, dr. beal has worked in some capacity of leadership over 25 years. Currently, she supports children, families and women who are underrepresented. Dr. beal has held positions as a direct service provider, clinical supervisor, clinical director, program director of a non-public school to owner of a non-public agency, called Loving Hands Family Support Services in Southern California. She provides educational and behavioral support to school districts in the protection of their Black and Brown student population. She trains community agencies on how to safely de-escalate sensitive members of the community who are in behavioral and mental health crises. Finally, Dr. beal teaches School Psychologists who want to become certified in Applied Behavior Analysis and mentors BCBAs who have ethical violations through the BACB to support them in getting back into good standing. 
 
Dr. beal is a highly regarded Psychologist/Behavior Analyst who specializes in developmental disorders and trauma. She is considered a servant leader because she leads with compassion and unconditional regard for anyone who sits across from her. As a trauma survivor, dr. beal has overcome insurmountable odds that has formed her journey through healing which she calls “heart work”. She understands that to truly begin to live a life of intention; one must get to the “heart work” of their own healing journey. This incorporates every aspect of a person's environment and her approach to healing is comprehensive and multi-faceted.

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Keenan Solomon

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Amanda Khalil

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Alexa Bustamante

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

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Ever since I was a child, I have always had a profound fascination with psychology. My passion has always been to build genuine connections with people and establish meaningful relationships. Being a therapist is not just a job for me; it is a calling. I take pride in my clinical and therapeutic abilities and am committed to constantly growing and learning. As a marriage and family therapist, I work with my clients to explore complex issues preventing them from achieving their full potential. I assist clients in developing stress management techniques and improving their relationships. I approach therapy with warmth, empathy, and humor, creating a comfortable and open environment for clients to grow and explore the world around them.

Hi, I am Amanda. I have recently received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. I have had the privilege of working with clients of all ages and backgrounds. Most of my clinical experience has been working with those aiming to address their difficulties with anxiety, depression, and relationships. Throughout my work, I have loved focusing on developing self-identity, coping skills, and communication with individuals. As a first-generation American, I know there are unique challenges that come with that, which has led me to love working with others who experience cultural challenges. Therapeutically, I am very eclectic and draw skills from Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative, and Person-Centered therapies. I believe that therapy is a unique space where you can be yourself, be heard, and be understood. My aim is to create a space that allows you to do so. I am truly passionate about coming alongside you on your mental health journey.

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.

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Delaney Fennell

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

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Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Madison Labella

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) as well as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC). I received a Master’s degree from California Baptist University, where I studied Professional Clinical Counseling and Counseling Psychology. Previous studies have allowed me to obtain an additional degree in
Human Development, which informs my approach with developmentally appropriate practices. I have worked with individuals experiencing anxiety, grief and loss, ADHD, depression, and anger management. Additionally, my experiences have allowed me to counsel adolescents and families of Riverside Unified and San Bernardino schools.
I utilize various therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy CBT), person-centered therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions. Among other aspects of therapy, I am passionate about working alongside individuals, families, and couples to 1) strengthen relationships, 2) improve communication skills, 3)
manage daily stress, 4) alleviate the symptoms of negative feelings, 5) improve self-esteem, 6) manage negative emotions, and 7) facilitate problem solving and conflict resolution. Above all, I strive to offer a warm and compassionate space where clients can feel safe and comfortable to be themselves.

I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a master's in psychology from Cal Poly Pomona. During my time in graduate school, I had the privilege of working with individuals, couples, and families at Ronald McDonald House Charities. I also had experience running therapeutic groups with children and a support group for adults. I value identity work which includes cultural sensitivity and respect for different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs. My style is person-centered, I strive to create an environment that is safe, authentic, and caring. Life comes with many seasons, we experience grief, loss, anxiety, depression, transitional periods, and relational issues, My goal is to provide tools for better coping while getting to the root of the issue. I Also challenge people to confront the parts of themselves that have been left unseen or neglected. Operating from a solid sense of self creates the space to relate more intentionally, learn to self-regulate, and better mange the difficult seasons of life. I love what i do, and it would be an honor to work alongside you during your healing journey. 

Hello, I have been working in the field of mental health since 2019 while earning my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. During this time, I have had the privilege of supporting adults and adolescents in various settings including in-patient treatment, an outpatient community mental health clinic, and school based counseling. I draw from an array of theoretical orientations based on my client’s unique needs including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Attachment Theory, Narrative Therapy, Systems Theory, Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). My therapeutic style is strongly rooted in mindfulness based interventions. I have experienced mindfulness based interventions to be extremely helpful in reducing worry and rumination which so often accompany anxiety and depression. I have worked supporting individuals who are experiencing or have experienced: anxiety, depression, codependency, Intimate Partner Violence, substance use disorders, process addictions, trauma, grief and loss, housing insecurity, current or previously involvement with the justice system, current or previous involvement with the foster care system. My clinical experience has included working with culturally diverse populations from various ethnic backgrounds, religious backgrounds, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. I believe that a safe therapeutic environment is the most crucial element in opening up space to facilitate healing for people. I strive to create a therapeutic environment which is supportive, collaborative, and respects that each individual has a unique lived experience and inherent value.


Pain and stress are inextricable parts of our human existence. I strive to support clients in
developing compassionate responses to their suffering. I firmly believe that all behavior and
emotions are expressions of universal human needs trying to be met. Sometimes the ways we have gotten these needs met in the past have been useful or necessary; but they may no longer serve us. I want to help people become more attuned to what their behaviors, relationships, and emotions can tell them about the needs they have and explore ways they might get these fundamental human needs met in a fashion that will be most fulfilling, affirming, and positive for them.

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