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.
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.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing services in West Los Angeles through Open Paths Counseling Center and Another Way: Stopping Violence and Abuse, a domestic violence intervention project at Open Paths. I help abusers and survivors and supervise trainees and interns learning the work. I am Co-chair of the Association for Batterers’ Intervention Programs and I participate in the Westside Domestic Violence Network. I am a Trans-Woman, and I am starting a program for Gender non-conforming (LGBTQIA) clients. However my primary specialty is working with attachment and trauma, especially as they affect perpetrators and survivors of Intimate Partner Abuse and Violence.
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.