Incorporated as a nonprofit in 1979, Open Paths Counseling Center was formed as a compassionate response to the lack of affordable mental health services in Los Angeles. We believe that quality mental healthcare should not be reserved for the few and the privileged. We are proud to offer skillful, compassionate, culturally-sensitive counseling services in a safe and comfortable environment.  Our fees are sliding scale based on family income, to assure affordability. Most services are offered in English and Spanish.

OUR MISSION

Open Paths Counseling Center’s mission is to meet the evolving mental health needs of the community through quality counseling for individuals and families at affordable fees; free therapy programs for at-risk children and youth in local schools; and a highly respected therapist training program.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ALBERT RAYMOND

Owner / Principal – AJR Management & Consulting Group

Michelle L. Kazadi, Esq.

Owner / Principal – Law Office of Michelle L. Kazadi

Carter Armstrong

Senior Vice President, Film & TV, Peermusic Publishing

Derek Majors

Associate Dean – Los Angeles Community College District

Matthew S. Rosen, Esq.

Partner – Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher, LLP

Roberto Quiroz, MSW

Retired – Former Director of Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health

ADMINISTRATION

Sierra Smith

Executive Director

Zari Hedayat, Ph.D., LMFT

Clinical Director

Kendall Evans, LMFT

Another Way Program Director and Clinical Supervisor

OPEN PATHS IS A RECOGNIZED TRAINING CENTER AND IS HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER BY INTERN APPLICANTS THROUGHOUT LOS ANGELES, WITH OVER 11,000 HOURS OF OUTPATIENT SERVICES OFFERED YEARLY.

CLINICAL Team

Anastasiya Alexander

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Associate

Andres Ruiz

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Andrew Amick

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Bo Gabriel

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Charles Bloom

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Christina Lucey-Ventura

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Ciara Bogdanovc

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

D'Joy Robinson

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Deshanna Finn

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Domenique Harrison

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Gina Ali

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Janine Betts

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Jeff Eamer

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Jennie Nystrom

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Jonna Tamases

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Lauren Blalock

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Leonor Guerrero

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Lindsay Kresch

Licensed Professional Counselor Trainee

London Gatewood

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Manuel Hernandez

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Melissa Klass

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

michelle vogel

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Monica Gomez

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Nina Lamaria

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Patrice Le Goy

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Richard Vasquez

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Sandi Bohle

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 

Sharon Korobkin

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Shelley Stevens

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Simeon Simov

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Steve LeSieur

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

STEVEN LIZARDO

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 

Susan Lopez

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Vanesa Akbarpour

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

All therapists are carefully selected by our clinical staff in order to meet Open Paths’ professional standards of excellence, so that our clientele receive the most effective and compassionate mental health care possible.