Brandy Engler, PsyD
Dr. Brandy Engler (PSY 22512) is a clinical psychologist specializing in relationships and sexuality, addiction and anxiety. Dr. Engler is an active, engaged therapist who tailors therapy toward a client's unique needs. Therapy may include gestalt-relational, psychodynamic and cognitive-mindfulness based techniques.
Dr. Engler has published two books of essays on psychotherapy, The Women on My Couch and The Men on My Couch ( Berkley Books).
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Melissa Carey, MFT
Melissa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 53086). She has varied clinical expertise in a multitude of settings with specialties in eating disorders, anxiety, depression and couples therapy. For the past 6 years, she has been focused on her work with creative artists, processing the experience of being a creative person and the inherent challenges in a creative career. Her therapeutic style is warm and directive, and utilizes relational, solution focused, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy techniques (training by SPI).
Melissa completed her undergraduate studies at University of the Arts where she studied classical dance and received annual talent scholarships throughout the 4 years for demonstrated excellence in the field. After a fulfilling career as a dancer, Melissa returned to school and completed a master's degree from Drexel University in Creative Arts in Therapy, where she received awards for Clinical Excellence. She has a second master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University Los Angeles.
Brooke Bender, LMFT
Brooke is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #78324) and Board Certified Art Therapist (ATCB #12-239) specializing in helping children, teens and adults overcome past trauma, anxiety, and depression. Brooke is trained in clinical art therapy,which helps clients reach and work through painful experiences. Brooke is also trained in EMDR, an evidence -based treatment for trauma that helps clients work on the root causes of their suffering. EMDR may also be used on a variety of relationship-related wounds.
Brooke received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from California State University, Northridge and her master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in Marital and Family Therapy and Clinical Art Therapy. After finishing graduate school, she moved abroad to Chile for a year before returning to Los Angeles to work with children and families in community mental health clinics.
Rachel Shimoni Simons, MFT
Rachel Shimoni- Simons specializes in issues related to past trauma, self esteem, life transitions including marriage and parenting, post partum depression and post partum anxiety, pregnancy loss, and generalized anxiety and mood disorders. Rachel firmly believes in taking a collaborative strength based approach with clients and empowering them to identify solutions. While drawing from experiential, cognitive behavioral, and post-modern theories, Rachel believes in tailoring therapy to each individual client's strengths and challenges.
Rachel is a certified facilitator of both the Parent Project program and the Nurturing Parenting program. Rachel received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
Sarah Mairesse, MFT
Sarah Mairesse is a trilingual (English/Spanish/French) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist ( MFT 98776). Sarah works with adults, teens and couples on relationships, anxiety, trauma, loss, depression,, transitional life periods and addictions using gestalt therapy, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Additionally, Sarah provides EMDR therapy which uses bi lateral stimulation to help process trauma or uncomfortable memories.
Sarah emphasizes relationship building and empowers couples or individuals to tap into their higher selves, explore non violent communication, improve their ability to regulate emotions more effectively, make better choices , form healthier relationships, find balance and create more meaningful experiences.
Sarah has worked with a range of cultures and backgrounds and is comfortable exploring issues of sexual fluidity and race and gender diversity using non judgmental approaches.
Cynthia A. Stevens, Ph.D.
Dr. Stevens holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology( PSY8926 ). With over thirty years experience working in the public sector, her area of expertise is in developing and facilitating mental health treatment processes and workshops that create trust, relationship and sustained change. Her expertise is in couples therapy, relationships with self and others.
Additionally, she has provided consultation and training in the U.S., Asia, Latin America and Canada to business owners, leaders and managers. She offers a unique bridge between the world of academic knowledge and the real time challenges of the personal and business world.
Dr. Stevens uses her interactive, emotional, and intuitive skills to give special attention to the soul’s sufferings and creative manifestations. With a background in Existentialism, she supports her clients as they travel into their depths and to make practical applications along the way. Whether it is current crisis, longstanding maladjustment, or out of an intense desire for personal growth, Cynthia maintains a long-standing commitment to assist people in moving out of disruptive emotions, troubling memories, compulsive and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors and into the terrain of deep reflection and the working-through of emotional conflicts. She received her degrees from Ohio State University but received her education from the people she has served over the past 30 years.
Cymbeline Smith, MFT
Cymbeline Smith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 79658) who values the individuality of each patient and their needs within the context of universal human fears, existential and terrestrial.
If you’re tired of the old tapes in your head, you will be able to address this in session. With seven years of experience working as a therapist with adolescents and adults, Cymbeline most recently has been a program director at Center for Discovery, Beverly Hills for eating disorders and La Ventana Treatment Programs, Encino for dual diagnosis.
In her private practice Cymbeline has specialized in individual & couples therapy. Her previous career as an actress in England with the Royal National Theatre and then co founding her own all-female production company has helped to create a fundamental understanding of the entertainment climate here in Los Angeles.
Rachel Brousseau, MFT
Rachel Brousseau is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 95090) and Registered Drama Therapist (RDT 552). She believes in the power of connection, empathy, and creativity to help individuals and couples struggling to manage relationships, life transitions, stress, anxiety, depression and fears of success, failure and rejection. Rachel enjoys helping clients to discover their possibilities and hidden strengths. Her treatment approach with clients is individualized and integrative incorporating narrative, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches.
Rachel has additional training in maternal mental health and parenting to help mothers and couples who may be struggling with the challenging adjustment to parenthood, postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. Rachel also utilizes expressive arts therapy to help clients connect through personal symbolism, metaphor, art, music, and enactment in a compassionate and non judgmental way that honors the process of personal exploration.
Rachel has found that clients from diverse backgrounds with varied challenges and abilities enjoy engaging creatively as it allows space for healing that can be difficult to access with words alone.
Shari Lee, MFT
Shari is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 50268) who approaches therapy from a creative and collaborative perspective. She has extensive experience working with a diverse population of individuals and couples struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Trauma, Substance Abuse and Recovery as well as Creative Blocks.
Shari received her master's degree in psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She received two years of additional training in Jungian Psychology at the CG Jung Institute of Los Angeles where she presented talks on the relationship between art and psychology. She most recently completed Level 2 Training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, which is a body-centered approach to Trauma Recovery and Relationship Issues. Both approaches explore the ways in which conscious as well as unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can impact our life choices.
In her prior work as a visual artist and arts educator in many settings throughout Los Angeles, Shari learned that the creative process often begins with an idea of what one wants to see, but often struggles to render. By working with the image in a step-by-step way an interactive dialogue with the image can emerge and more meaningful alternatives often unfold. Shari believes that undertaking therapy is a similar process. By cultivating new insight into difficult thoughts and feelings, and developing new tools for working with limiting habits and patterns, the capacity to imagine and create more of what we would like to see and be is made possible. Shari brings warmth and curiosity to each individual’s unique process of discovery at a pace that is specific to you.
Ashley Perl, LCSW
Ashley Pearl received her MSW from NYU and completed her training at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She believes that the therapeutic relationship plays an essential role in relieving emotional pain, healing disconnection and promoting growth.
Ashley is excited about everything we are discovering about the mind and the ways that those discoveries can help her clients live their best lives. She does this by using both psychodynamic theory and evidence-based practice to meet her client's goals. Areas of specialty include: eating disorders, identity, trauma, issues related to faith/religion and depression. ( Lic# 78548)
Cynthia Zaragoza, MFT
Joanna Walling, LMFT
Joanna is a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #99933) who specializes in anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, interpersonal relationships and creativity. Joanna believes in a direct, empathic approach to psychotherapy, borrowing practices from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Depth Psychology. Joanna is passionate about helping clients return to a sense of personal balance, mind, body and soul. She focuses on integrating client-centered psychotherapy with cognitive neuroscience to build emotional tolerance and wellbeing with the support of creative flow.
Practicing since 2012, Joanna enjoys working with adolescents, adults and couples. She trained in non-profit community mental health counseling, serving marginalized communities living with severe mental illness. In addition to practicing therapy, Joanna facilitates learning at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Counseling Psychology department and Relativity School as Adjunct faculty, Thesis Advisor and Research Instructor. Joanna received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and her BA in Art from UC Santa Cruz. In her free time, Joanna enjoys exploring nature through the practice of photography, writing and meditation.
Sarah Goldberg, MFT
Sarah Goldberg is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 47032) specializing in individual and couples therapy working with artists, creatives, teens, trauma, and addictions. She maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, CA.
With over 10 years experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles, and California Institute of The Arts, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are anxiety issues, depression, creativity blocks, addictions, sex and relationship issues and love and sex addiction.
Sarah is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Erika Moreira, MFT
Erika Moreira is a bilingual (Spanish) licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #81466) specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues. Erika's approach to therapy is action-oriented and solution-based. As a therapist and visual artist, she recognizes the value of creativity in the therapeutic process as a vessel for conscious reflection and action. Erika integrates traditional talk therapy with mindfulness-based practices and research-driven art therapy techniques. Erika has extensive experience in providing trauma-informed care and strength-based therapy to individuals and families of diverse culture, education, and economic backgrounds.
Layla Ashley, MFT
Layla Ashley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 40157) with 20 years of experience. Layla specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships/break-ups/dating, couples therapy, life-purpose, overcoming creative and sexual blocks, grief/loss, and building self-esteem/assertiveness. Layla also holds Certifications as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner, and works on both conscious and unconscious levels to facilitate powerful, lasting change. She is grounded in evidence-based methods of changing core beliefs, undesirable habits, pain management, and sleep problems.
Layla’s personal mission is to help people explore the true self or ‘gold’ underneath the layers of conditioned experiences that shape our persona. Layla has extensive study in depth psychology and a background in theology and philosophy, and is fluent in working with symbols, archetypes, dreams, spirituality and meaning in one’s healing journey. Layla believes that a connection with a higher sense of purpose is key to core change and living a fulfilling life.
Zoe Kahn, LCSW
Zoe Kahn is a licensed social worker and graduate of Smith College. Her therapeutic style is grounded in meditation and mindfulness practices with a focus on goal setting in order to make desired changes in your life. Therapy will build on your strengths and eliminate the patterns that are no longer useful to you. Zoe specializes in relationships, life purpose, creativity, anxiety, addiction and depression using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relational Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy as needed.
Navid Messian, MFT
Navid Messian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 90965) who works with anxiety, depression, grief, loss, trauma, life transitions, family, work, sexuality, and relational issues with adults and couples. Navid specializes in depth psychology which utilizes and explores his clients dreams, visions, imagination, and creative energy to find meaning, purpose and direction.
Navid has worked extensively in the field as a therapist working with clients, lecturing on the topic of counseling at the university level, and written on the subject of spirituality and depth psychology.
Erika Nanes, LMFT
Erika Nanes (LMFT 101565) works with adults and couples. She strives to create a warm, accepting atmosphere in which people can reconnect to their strengths. She has trained in several different therapy approaches, including narrative and solution-focused therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, and relational Gestalt, which emphasizes the relationship between the therapist and the client to improve insight into relational behaviors and thoughts. Generally, her sessions involve gentle curiosity about present-moment experience and how that experience has been shaped by messages from other people and the wider culture. While she especially enjoys helping people with creative and academic anxiety, midlife challenges and other life/identity transitions, issues with dating and relationships, and recovery from trauma, she welcomes the opportunity to work with a variety of people and concerns.
Before returning to school for her M.S. in counseling (California State University, Fullerton), Erika earned an MFA in poetry and a Ph.D. in English and American literature. Her many years of experience teaching writing on the college level has given her a special interest in the challenges faced by writers, graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty.
She has also worked with both students and clients from many different cultural and economic backgrounds and feels that therapy can, and should, help to create a more just and compassionate society.