Ariel Macon-Richard, LCSW, PPSC, is a clinical therapist and supervisor that develops and manages school based mental health programs. She has worked as a supervisor within the school system for the past 9 years. Prior to supervising new clinicians and trainees/interns she worked in both the school setting and outpatient settings as a primary clinician to provide evidenced based treatment modalities to her client’s. She is dedicated to working with youth and families in creating healthier and happier individuals and relationships. Additionally, Ariel has a private practice where she works with a wide range of clients (i.e., youth, adults, groups, couples). Ariel believes in empowering individuals and supporting them with creating harmony & balance in their lives. Ariel’s passion is to teach & inspire people to increase self-care, emotional & mental wellness, mindfulness & authentic connections/relationships. She is constantly growing and integrating mindfulness and wellness in to her career and personal life.
Born and raised in Malaysia, Carol moved to the US for her B.A in Women’s Studies and Int’l Development from Mount Holyoke College. She received her MSW from Simmons College in Boston.
In 2002, she founded and served as Executive Director of MataHari: Eye of the Day, a multi-award winning Boston-based organization working to end violence, exploitation and human rights abuses impacting women and immigrant workers. Carol had been adjunct faculty at Boston College School of Social Work. She served on the Board of United for a Fair Economy, the Resist Foundation and was appointed to the MA Governor’s Council on Domestic and Sexual Violence.
After over two decades of braving the winters of New England, Carol is warmed and delighted to call Los Angeles home. She is the Clinical Director at the Program for Torture Victims in Los Angeles and Orange County where she provides trauma responsive therapy, conducts forensic psychological evaluations and provides expert witness testimony for asylum seekers fleeing state sponsored persecution.
Dr. Claudia Owens Shields is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, specializing in Multicultural Community Psychology. She is an associate professor and the former Chair of the Clinical Psy.D. Program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Shields also served for 12 years as the Director of Clinical Training at Antioch University, Los Angeles, and has been teaching clinical psychology at the graduate level for 24 years¸ emphasizing issues of racial justice, oppression and human diversity.
She has taught graduate-level courses in clinical and diagnostic interviewing, clinical diagnosis, substance abuse, treatment planning, family therapy, professional development, and diversity.
In her private practice, Dr. Shields serves individuals who are coping with the psychological effects of societal stressors, such as homophobia and racism, and resulting depression, anxiety and substance use disorders.
She has worked extensively with the Azusa Unified School District and the Azusa Police Department on hate crime prevention, and suicide prevention through community and school-based interventions. She developed a program designed to reduce suicide among members of LGBTQ populations, by addressing homophobia and heterosexism. Dr. Shields has received commendations from the Mayor of Los Angeles, California’s Governor and was named, by the Century City Chamber of Commerce, as a Woman of Achievement.
Gloria DeLaCruz-Quiroz, LCSW, has been the director of the LACDC/Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Mental Health Program since its inception n 2005. She is a licensed clinical social worker having received her Social Work degree from the University of Michigan.
She dedicated her professional life to bring about change through mental health treatment and the development of mental health programs. While working in Boulder Colorado she was the recipient of a statewide award, The Golden Light Bulb Award for developing a Cultural Consultation Clinic deemed the most Innovative program of the year.
Her training in Trauma and Psychoanalytic Studies has deepened her interest, empathy and compassion for the “Mind” and the “Human Condition.” It is the resiliency in people the engenders her to this work. After many years of working in this field she knows it’s how well you connect with the people you serve and how well you communicate an understanding of them that brings about hope and makes the difference.
José Cabrera is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Board Certified Art Therapist, Brainspotting Therapist, and has trained in EMDR. He served for many years as the clinical director of the Ness Center, where he created and grew the clinical training program, trained, supervised and mentored hundreds of new therapists, and worked clinically with the clients from all walks of life. José completed his Master’s degree at Loyola Marymount University, where he is now on faculty. He was also the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship which gave him the opportunity to research and provide therapy to families and couples in Mexico. José incorporates many techniques in his approach to clinical work, including his passion for art and mindfulness.
Joshua Carroll is a licensed marriage and family therapist who strives to build attuned, connected, and supportive relationships with his clients and supervisees. After receiving his MA in clinical psychology, with a specialization in Child Studies, from Antioch University in 2012, Josh spent three years training as a family therapist and play therapist at the Julia Ann Singer Center on the Los Angeles campus of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. From 2015 to 2018, Josh served as Clinical Director at The Good Shepherd Shelter of Los Angeles, where he worked with mothers and children who had experienced domestic violence. His approach to psychotherapy is heavily influenced by theories of family systems, attachment, trauma, and relational neuroscience. He has a particular interest in dyadic work with infants/toddlers and their caregivers, and with supporting the parents of “challenging” kids. This stems from his deep commitment to helping parents better understand what is being communicated by the often confusing and frustrating behaviors of their children. Josh has maintained a private practice in family therapy in Westwood since 2015.
Sierra Smith has worked in the nonprofit sector in Chicago and Los Angeles for over a decade. With a background in theater and animal welfare, Sierra has held positions in community outreach, higher education, program development and nonprofit management. Sierra is Adjunct Faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles, teaching cultural diversity in the MA in Psychology Department, and is the former External Relations Manager for the MA in Nonprofit Management Department.
Sierra is the Executive Director of Open Paths Counseling Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the ever-evolving mental health needs of diverse communities. Prior to this, Sierra has served as the Manager of Outreach and Engagement for the African American Board Leadership Institute, a nonprofit organization that trains African American professionals for leadership positions on governing boards and commissions.
Sierra served for two years as the Chair of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Committee, and is a board member with the nonprofit economic development firm, Economic Resources Corporation. She holds an MA in Organizational Management from Antioch University and a BA in Theater Arts from CSUN.
Zari was born in Iran and immigrated to the US in 1979 to pursue her studies at Pepperdine University, where she completed her B.A and M.A in clinical and community psychology from Pepperdine University (1984). She pursued her Ph.D at the California Graduate Institute (1991).
She holds a certificate in Psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Wright Institute L.A; is a certified infant mental health specialist from the Early Childhood Foundation of Cedar Sinai Medical Center; holds a level II EMDR certificate, and is trained in neurofeedback.
She has been a supervisor for Valley Community Clinic, where she was also director of the drug diversion program in the 1990’s, is the primary supervisor for Colors LGBTQ youth Program at the Antioch University Counseling Center since 2015 and joined the Open Paths Counseling Center as the Clinical Director in August 2016.
Dr. Hedayat has been a faculty at Antioch University since 1993, where she was the interim director of the trauma specialization program at Antioch University (2014-15) and is currently Affiliate Faculty for he Child Specialization Program. She is also adjunct faculty for the trauma program at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS). She has two publications in the international Journal for the Psychology of Religion and three book chapters in APA published textbooks. She also had the pleasure to serve on the 2005 APA presidential task on enhancing diversity.
Zari is invested in matters of diversity and social justice:
In 2005, she was invited by the APA to partake in their presidential task force on enhancing diversity and contributed to the publication of the final report, published by the APA’s office of ethnic and minority affairs.
From 2011 to 2015, she travelled to Haiti 4 times with a Pediatric surgical team of L.A Children’s Hospital, as a translator (French).
In 2011 and 2012, she was recognized by the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program for her contribution to help bring EMDR training to Palestinian clinicians in the Middle East.
Zari has been in private practice since 1986.