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).
You can read reviews, interviews, commentary, and articles about Dr. Engler in: Men's Health, Women's Health, The Times of London, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Good Men Project, New York Post, The Irish Examiner, Redbook, Whole Life Times, xojane, Men's Health, Glamour, Brides, Vanity Fair Italia, Women's Health, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic Magazine, Madame Figaro, The Huffington Post and O Magazine.
Virginia Gilbert, LMFT
Virginia is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 49578) and has been seeing clients for 14 years. She specializes in the treatment of divorce (especially high-conflict divorce), intimate partner betrayal, and sex and love addiction. For those of you who like knowing what treatment modalities your therapist uses, Virginia draws from narrative therapy, solution-focused, mindfulness, CBT, DBT, and trauma resiliency. Her work is informed by attachment theory (how our early attachment experiences shape our current relationships) and 12-step principles.
Other things you might want to know about Virginia: She graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English, and Antioch University Los Angeles with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology. She did her clinical training at the Southern California Counseling Center, and worked for a year at the Center for Healthy Sex, where she treated people struggling with sexual compulsivity. Other treatment settings that Virginia has worked in includes an adolescent residential treatment facility and a drug rehab.
Lastly, Virginia is also a freelance writer and is currently writing a book about transcending divorce.
Shazi Mahmoudi, AMFT
Shazi is a bilingual (English/Farsi) Marriage & Family Therapist Associate (AMFT#94831) who strongly believes in the strength and resilience of human beings. Her role as a therapist is to stay as committed as possible to finding a client's preferred way of relating to their life and their relationships. She is attentive to determining what's working and not working for her clients, and collaboratively, she will commit to a journey towards achieving their identified goals.
Shazi's approach to therapy is relational, warm, encouraging, insight-orientated, and strength-based. As a minority in her own country and
her second home, the US, she's struggled with a sense of belonging and being different in her own ways. Shazi is passionate about working with those who identify as people of color and minorities in general. As a refugee, she is very familiar herself with the effects of transitions, struggle to build a community, and finding your people. It would be her honor to help clients through their own life transitions.
Shazi is also passionate to use her knowledge and experience around the forces of eating disorder, grief and loss, self-esteem, body image, depression, anxiety, and relationship challenges. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), and TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model) to help those seeking relief from effects of past traumas or phobias. EMDR has the power to act as an accelerator to the therapeutic process.
Shazi is supervised by Brandy Engler.
Lauren Marimon, ACSW
Lauren is an associate clinical social worker. Her practice is grounded in her firm belief of the trans-formative power of therapy. She works with clients towards self-understanding, growth, and finding their path to their authentic self.
Lauren specializes in issues related to anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationships, maternal mental health, life transitions, work-life balance, self-esteem and identity. She has a special interest in working with women transitioning into motherhood and experiencing perinatal challenges including infertility, miscarriage, anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety. Lauren has trained at the Seleni Institute in NYC.
Lauren’s style is empathetic, warm, intuitive, and non-judgmental. Her approach to therapy combines the use of psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based models. She works collaboratively with her clients to determine the best approach and feels the strength of the therapeutic relationship is central to the success of the therapy.
Lauren is supervised by Brandy Engler.
Rachel Shimoni Simons, LMFT
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.
Jackie Agboke, LCSW
Jackie is a licensed clinical social worker who works with adolescents, adults, and families from a variety of backgrounds. Jackie’s areas of specialty include working with individuals who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, substance abuse, life transitions, and interpersonal issues. Jackie is a compassionate and straight-forward therapist who is committed to the healing process.
Every human has an innate ability to heal, grow, and flourish. In her work with clients, she wants to support individuals in tapping into their resources and creating solutions to problems they may once have seen as unsolvable. As a therapist, she provides a safe and fostering environment where you can freely explore these issues. Jackie wants to help you embrace practices that elevate resilience and nurture self-compassion. She can challenge your thinking in a positive manner and collaborate with you to be purposeful in creating a life you want.
Jackie received her MA in Social Work from the University of Southern California School of Social Work and her BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University.
Judi Brooks, LMFT
Having worked as a Mental Health Consultant and Psychotherapist for over 20 years, Judi has had a multitude of experiences that have added to her capabilities to provide service within the therapeutic relationship to individuals, couples, and families.
Judi's specialty areas focus on parenting, children struggling with challenging behavior and/or special needs, processing and integrating grief and loss, marital issues/healthy divorce, interpersonal difficulties, developing appropriate boundaries, as well as life impact from anxiety and depression. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy foundations, as well as incorporating Humanistic, Biological, Positive Psychology, and Holistic perspectives, clients are able to increase their awareness of maladaptive practices and infuse or replace these with more functional skills, improve interpersonal relations and increase their quality of life.
Judi is committed to working with diverse and underserved people, utilizing heightened awareness of cultural morés in African-American and Latino populations.
In addition to being a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and bilingual in English and Spanish, Judi is certified as a Behavior Intervention Case Manager (BICM), as well as a Trainer from the Center on the Social Emotional Foundation for Early Learning (CSEFEL).
Jillian Clark, LMFT
Jillian Clark is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic # 104385). Jillian specializes in working with both individuals and couples. Jillian uses CBT and other evidenced-based therapies for anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction. She also enjoys exploring identity, creativity and life transitions.
Jillian graduated from Pepperdine University.
Peter Carley, LMFT
Peter Carley is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT 40082) who has been seeing clients for 18 years. He works with couples and individuals, focusing on re-framing problems and building upon successes.
He specializes in gender issues, parenting/adoption issues, including the troubled teen, healthy boundaries, LGBTQ Affirmation, addiction recovery, and life transitions. Peter tailors his treatment to each individual/couple, drawing upon narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. His work is informed by attachment theory, particularly how family of origin informs our current relationships.
Peter graduated from New York university with a B.A. in Dramatic Literature and worked for 15 years in the entertainment industry before returning to school at Antioch University-Los Angeles, where he earned his M.A. in Clinical Psychology. He completed his clinical training at the Southern California Counseling Center and worked for UCLA as a drop-in counselor for 5 years. Other treatment settings that Peter has worked in serve those in twelve-step drug and alcohol rehabilitation as well as the chronically mentally ill and homeless communities.
Sam Zia, LMFT
Sam Zia (LMFT 106352) is a Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in sex therapy, anxiety, depression, as well as working with survivors of abuse. Sam creates a safe environment, to allow for a free expression of feelings, without fear of judgment. Sam’s treatment approach includes elements of CBT, Narrative therapy, Psychodynamic, and Family systems.
Sam graduated in 2011 from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with an MA in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. Sam is AASECT-trained, and is an active member in the sex positive community. Sam also hosted Playboy Radio’s The Couch on Sirius/XM, helping anonymous guests address their sex/relationship issues.
Samantha Moss, LCSW
Samantha is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, and addiction/substance abuse. Samantha has extensive experience working with relationship issues and maternal mental health issues including postpartum depression and adjustment to pregnancy and parenting.
Samantha utilizes an individualized and strengths-based approach incorporating techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness. Samantha works collaboratively with the client to identify and change unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviors in order to improve overall mental health and life satisfaction. Samantha graduated from University of Southern California. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings in London and Los Angeles.
Sarah Goldberg, LMFT
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.
Lauren Maher, AMFT
I am passionate about helping people reduce stress and anxiety in order to find a path towards happiness and healing. As an associate marriage and family therapist (AMFT 97668), I work collaboratively with my clients to define their needs and goals, and tailor an approach that works best for them. I work with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma/PTSD, and relationship issues, as well as those who are simply seeking greater self-awareness and insight. I believe in drawing upon my clients' inherent strengths and sense of resiliency. I am particularly interested in the link between the body and mind, and enjoy teaching my clients practical tools to help reduce stress and anxiety. I am trained in both EMDR and Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM).
In addition to my counseling work, I am a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and yoga instructor. Since 2001, I have taught yoga, mindfulness, and meditation in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, wellness centers, and a residential eating disorder facility. Prior to specializing in the wellness industry, I worked for many years as an actor in film and theatre. I have a great respect for the creative process and for unique issues that artists face while pursuing their dreams and goals.
I am supervised by clinical psychologist Brandy Engler (PSY 22512).
Bahareh Shayegan, LMFT
Bahareh Shayegan is a bilingual (English/Farsi) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic # 110511). She has a collaborative approach and is passionate about working with women, artists, creatives, highly sensitive people, and the gifted among other populations. She is experienced in helping them with wide variety of issues including relationship issues, work-life balance and mood issues such as depression and anxiety among others. She is passionate about helping her clients honor their temperaments and live more fulfilling and authentic lives, where they manifest their dreams and thrive.
Bahareh has a strength-based and creative approach to therapy and can draw on a number of modalities including experiential, CBT, humanistic, psychodynamic, depth psychology, and mindfulness-based approaches to help her clients. She has various training in Trauma informed care and can draw on Trauma Resiliency Model to help those who are dealing with effects of trauma.
She has worked in variety of settings (including Community Mental Health clinics and residential treatment centers) and with diverse populations, families, children and teens with developmental delays and/or with behavioral issues, adults with chronic mental health issues and more. She finds it her greatest calling to help her clients heal and lead the best life they can lead.
Amy Kaufman, LMFT
Amy Kaufman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 88869) who approaches therapy from a creative and strength-based perspective. She specializes in anxiety, depression, dual diagnosis/substance abuse, eating disorders, and identity issues. Amy works with adults, couples and teens. Amy's treatment approach blends person-centered with feminist and narrative therapies, always leaving room for laughter.
A native Angeleno, Amy graduated from Pitzer College with a BA in sociology, and received her MS in psychology from Cal State Long Beach. She is consistently humbled and amazed by the resilience and determination of her clients.
Layla Ashley, LMFT
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.
Grenda David, LMFT, MBA
After spending twenty years climbing the ladder to become a corporate CEO, I found myself disillusioned and in deep questioning about what this life is all about. My search propelled me toward working with children who had been abandoned in the streets of India, and ultimately a personal calling to become a therapist.
My life’s journey inspires my work. Growing up in an alcoholic family, I’ve healed my own addictive patterns with food and maintain a fifteen year weight loss of more than 100 pounds. I’ve successfully navigated divorce and co/step-parenting, and enjoy working with couples/families who want to do the same. I work with couples struggling with low libido and have years of experience working with male sexual dysfunction at southern California's largest urology clinic.
I have advanced training in trauma with the Los Angeles Institute and Society of Psychoanalytic Studies.
I have served as President of two non-profit boards and in executive leadership positions for non-profits, universities and healthcare companies.
Stephanie Sandoval, AMFT
Stephanie Sandoval is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT 106449) who provides individualized and integrative therapy for adults and adolescents. She specializes in anxiety, depression, grief and loss, sex therapy, sex addiction, emotional management, self-esteem, eating disorders, social anxiety, trauma and PTSD, and self-expression and creativity.
Her treatment approach with clients is unique and collaborative, blending in elements from different techniques and tailoring their treatment according to each individual’s needs. Stephanie is experienced at incorporating psychodynamic, client-centered, humanistic, gestalt, existential, cognitive and dialectical behavior, and mindfulness-based approaches.
Stephanie is accepting, empathic, and compassionate. She will meet you wherever you’re at in life and provide a safe, therapeutic environment for health, healing, and recovery.
Stephanie is supervised by Brandy Engler.