CLINICAL Therapists

Allan Mouw

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Allan is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee attending Antioch University with a specialization in trauma.

Allan has endured and worked through many traumas in his life. As a result of these experiences, his training and the significant help he has received along the way from numerous therapists, Allan, in turn, would like to give back and help those struggling in their lives whether it be from trauma or other life challenges.

Allan believes, with the right guidance, we all can find hope and meaning in our lives. As a clinician, he believes empathy, curiosity, non-judgment and holding a safe space are of critical importance, focusing on family-of-origin issues, thought processes and mindfulness techniques, among others.

Andrew Amick

Andrew Amick, Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Andrew is a MFT Trainee studying at Antioch University Los Angeles, specializing in LGBTQIA+ studies. He earned his B.A. in Sociology from CSU Dominguez Hills, focusing on activism, social justice, community organizing, education, drug policy and prison reform, and carries this awareness into his therapeutic practice. He has a natural love of humanity, art, religion, spirituality, culture, and a fascination with the dynamics of how these factors create the realities we live in. As society evolves, so does our need for novel and effective approaches to helping others live better lives, and his long-term goal is to join the movement of therapists and researchers now at the frontier and intersection of psychedelic-assisted therapy and neuroscience.

Bo Gabriel

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee | Supervised by Marli Kakishima • MFT #48679

I believe psychotherapy is a collaborative experience, as we are innately relational beings. A therapeutic relationship rooted in empathy and authenticity allows a safe space to understand the self and how we relate to others. Though I lean toward humanistic approaches, I use a variety of modalities and techniques based on each person’s goals and needs. With a background in the arts, I enjoy working creatively in the therapeutic environment to facilitate awareness and shed light on coping mechanisms, relational dynamics, and personal needs.

Carol Rodriguez

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

I am currently an MFT trainee finishing my Clinical Psychology Master degree specializing in Spiritual and Depth Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. Additionally I have worked for almost three years at Antioch University Los Angeles as Bridge Program Coordinator.

My therapeutic style is eclectic as I found out that no therapeutic approach fits everyone. I work with emphasis on Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches where the client is the real expert of his/her/their own story. I consider myself just a facilitator, who provides assistance seeking that change and growth happen for the highest benefit of getting a happier and transformative life. I am a truly believer that every single human being possesses within the potential to grow learning through self-discovery to find the answers to their issues.

Christina Lucey-Ventura

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Christina received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Prior to that, she attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, where she double majored in Sculpture and Fashion Design. After working in the fashion industry in New York City, she was compelled to pursue a career path that was more aligned with her empathetic nature and passion for social justice.

She is now finishing her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles, and is grateful for the chance to work with a diverse range of clients at Open Paths. Her therapeutic approach is non-judgmental and compassionate, integrating a variety of modalities.

Ciara Bogdanovc

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Ciara has an educational background in Forensic Psychology and is working toward her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has experience in working with adolescents and adults. Ciara has specific training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and applies a variety of therapeutic approaches to her practice. Openness and genuineness are priorities in her practice.

Cristin Alatorre

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Cristin Alatorre is currently working towards her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has over seven years of experience working with families and children to help them achieve their goals. She utilizes a variety of modalities and techniques while simultaneously providing a non-judgmental, empathic, and safe environment to all clients.

D’JOY ROBINSON

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Married, Mother of 6, Grandmother of 18, Great Grandmother of 5 which tell my entire life’s story. BA in Sociology, Minor in Women’s Study, MA in Christian Counseling. Current working on MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. I enjoy Classic Cars and Motorcycles. Always grateful for another day to try and get life right!!

“Joy” is looking for a chance to help anyone. Thanking God for another chance to get it right by spreading “Joy” everywhere she can. Giving back and righting wrongs that were taken from her world!!!

Waking up each day is another day to try to change the things that were wronged in your life. Everything can be changed if only and even in your mind to walk in complete “Joy” and peace for you alone.

Darlene Escobedo

My name is Darlene Escobedo and I am currently working towards a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. My goal is to be of service by deepening our sense of meaning and purpose, both personally and in our communities. I am interested in humanistic and existential approaches to help meet our deepest fears and sorrows with empathy and compassion.

Deshanna Finn

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

My goal is to work collaboratively with clients to provide services unique to their needs. I aim to create a safe and supportive space that allows for self-growth, inclusivity, and compassion. I am nearing the completion of my Masters of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles with both a specialization is Child Studies and a specialization in Applied Community Psychology. Both have shaped my work with families, children, couples and individuals.

Domenique Harrison

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

I am currently studying clinical psychology with a marriage and family therapy emphasis at Pepperdine University. With a background in community public health and Christian theology, I hope to bring a well-rounded perspective to the Marriage and family therapy trainee team.

Flo Aliviado

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
Pronouns: She/ Her

I am currently completing my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. I believe in the inherent wisdom unique to each person’s experience and embrace the reality that we are relational beings who are constantly being informed by both our internal and external environments. It is my goal to hold an authentic and empathic space in which the client feels empowered to explore their feelings, beliefs, and behaviors in relation to themselves and others. As an Asian Latina and a person of the global majority, I feel honored to be serving the Open Paths community in both English and Spanish.

Gina Ali

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

I am currently completing my Master’s degree at Antioch University Los Angeles, with a specialization in LGBTQ studies. My identity as a Queer Egyptian Muslim Womxn has given me the opportunity to see the world from an intersectional lens and truly influenced my journey to become an affirmative psychotherapist. I am fluent in both Arabic and English with an increasing passion in working psychodynamically and better understanding the unconscious part of our existence.

Janine Betts

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Janine Betts is in the process of getting her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University. Her goal is to be of service in the community.

Jeff Eamer

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

I aspire to three fundamental ways of being with myself, and my clients: kindness, hopefulness, and possibility.

And I believe with enough desire, determination, and courage a happy, healthy, and rewarding life is possible.

Jennie Nystrom

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

I take a person-centered approach to therapy where my role is to be a positive guide and my clients act as the authority. I believe it is essential to create a non-judgmental atmosphere in which my clients feel safe to explore feelings, thoughts and behaviors. I am currently completing my final year in the Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University.

Jonna Tamases

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Life can feel so hard sometimes. Maybe you’ve had dark, dark times. Maybe you’ve felt ripped apart. Maybe there’s a small voice inside you saying, “I’m so tired of being in pain.” As I listen to you and HEAR you, I look for the small signals that point toward the deeper truths inside you that are yearning to be known. Together we uncover the beliefs, patterns, and past events that shape your experience. I can help you find new ways of thinking, new ways of relating to others, and new ways of experiencing life. I believe peace and and fulfilling connection are possible for you. I see you as vast, powerful, and creative.

Kate Recto

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Each of our lives is unique, and our experiences are often shaped by the stories we tell and the meaning we create about them. I see therapy as a journey of self-discovery, healing, and integration – and I believe in the power of creative expression in that process.

My goal is to provide support in the movement toward greater authenticity and self awareness, and to empower folks in accessing increased choices in life. It is my honor and passion to work with anyone willing to discover what healing looks like for them, and to collaborate in creating a sense of fulfillment and wholeness.

I am currently studying at Antioch University to receive my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. I am working towards a specialization in LGBTQ Affirmative Counseling, and I have profound interest in Spiritual and Depth Psychology.

Kenshasa Conley

I am currently in my final year of Antioch University’s Master’s of Clinical Psychology Program. I work from a very person-centered way of approaching therapy. I believe in creating Brave spaces, where we can collaborate on finding positive, constructive, genuine, alternatives of processing the challenges life offers with a belief that we are all authors with an amazing story to tell. What is your story?

Lauren Blalock

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

My approach to therapy is collaborative, non-judgmental, and compassionate. I empower you to uncover the unconscious motivations, behaviors and beliefs that currently guide your life. I believe that by gaining honest, self-accepting awareness around your current life experiences, you gain choice regarding how best to move forward. I work through an integrative approach, combining the best of psychodynamic, interpersonal, relational and depth perspectives. I have a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and a certification in personal development coaching from IPEC.

Lazaro Cardenas

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

I am a MFT Associate with over six years’ experience in areas of domestic violence, anger management, couples therapy and family therapy. I have been part of Another Way for over five years. As part of this great program, I know that no single approach is right for every individual or family, and so I have been trained in a range of different therapy modalities, including CBT and family systems. (Bilingual: English/Spanish to better serve our community)

London Gatewood

We all approach life differently. There are times when life gets us down and we may need help getting back up. In those times it is when we need to access our best coping tools in order to get back to our best selves. I like to work psychodynamically with an understanding of attachment styles. Our early experiences tend to shape how we approach life and its many obstacles. I like to meet the person where they are and work toward their desired goals. I have experience working in a community setting helping families and individuals integrate back into their communities and recover from challenging events. I earned my Bachelors of Psychology from California State University, Northridge and my Masters Of Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy will be attained from Antioch University.

Manuel Hernandez

My name is Manuel Hernandez. I am a MFT Trainee with over 2 years’ experience in areas of anger management, domestic violence, couples therapy and self-empowerment. I have been part of Another Way for a little over a year. As part of this great program, I strive to be of service to the community we serve. (Bilingual: English/Spanish)

Melissa Klass

Marriage and Family Therapy Associate, IMF #99675, Supervised by Marli Kakishima MFT #48679

We already have something in common! We both want you to thrive, to be successful, and to live a balanced and rewarding life. Initiating psychotherapy can be a big step. I enjoy working collaboratively with people to change their patterns and narratives that no longer serve them. I utilize a variety of modalities to best serve each individual’s needs, including psychodynamic therapy, client-centered therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

michelle vogel

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee
Pronouns: She / Her

My passion as a therapist is to help folks find healing, change and hope through processing their experiences from the past to better understand their present life. My goal is to be compassionate, kind, present and humble while holding a space where the client feels seen, heard and validated. As a Latinx, queer, femme person I understand the complexities of intersecting identities and my aim is to be culturally sensitive while taking into consideration wider social forces that can hinder growth and self-discovery.

I am currently in my final year of the MA in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University. I hold an MA in Equality & Diversity from London Metropolitan University and a BA in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton.

Monica Gomez

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Hello/Hola, I am currently a student in California State University Long Beach Master’s in Counseling program, emphasis MFT. I work from an intuitive and integrative approach. My background is in community mental health and ethnic studies. I work both in Spanish and English.

Nina Lamaria

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

My name is Nina Lamaria , and I use she/her pronouns. I am in my final year of Antioch University’s Clinical Psychology Master’s program, with a specialization in LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapy. Though I have experience in crisis counseling, I also work from a psychodynamic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed perspective to help increase resiliency, insight, and self-acceptance. As a queer and mixed-race person of color, I recognize how intersections of identity can impact our lives and mental health.

Patrice Le Goy

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

I have been a Trainee at Open Paths since May 2017 after previously working for over a decade in the entertainment industry. I was drawn to Open Paths because of the value they place on serving diverse clientele and the excellent training they provide.

I consider myself to be very fortunate to have found this wonderful center where I have been able to meet other people who are dedicating their lives to supporting people when they are in need. I have been working with both individuals and couples and have found real fulfillment in my work with clients. My focus is on providing clients with a supportive and caring environment in order to help them reach their goals.

Sasha Melendez-Goldman

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Sasha is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who has experience working with adolescents and adults. Her goal is to create a safe therapeutic environment where clients are the experts of their experience. Through collaboration, Sasha hopes to help her clients become their authentic selves. With the understanding that every person is unique and there is no “one size fits all” approach to mental health, she tailors her approach based on individuals and their needs.

Sharon Korobkin

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

My name is Sharon and I have worked at Open Paths for nearly 5 years because I love it here. I am currently working as both an MFT Associate and Intake Coordinator. I studied Development Psychology at UC Berkeley and obtained my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at LMU. My experience has included significant work with young children, but my clientele has ranged across the lifespan, as well as with couples. I also have been co-facilitating parenting groups here at OP for two years and love doing it! I am currently preparing for my licensing exam and hope to continue seeing clients at Open Paths.

Shelley Stevens

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Shelley has been working in Los Angeles as a CCAAP certified addictions counselor for over 13 years. Before becoming a counselor she had a long career as an Equity stage manager.

She has discovered through her work with mental illness and addictions that she has an attunement with people that have endured significant trauma in their lives. She has chosen the trauma specialty at Antioch University to deepen her knowledge.

When working with clients Shelley has observed the courage it takes for people to inhabit difficult psychological spaces, and the fortitude of spirit they possess to resolve them.

Simeon Simov

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Therapy is an opportunity to engage in a healing relationship unlike most others. The focus is on you, your feelings, your thoughts, your strengths and your insecurities. I make it my job to provide a safe, empathic and nonjudgmental environment with the goal of creating a space in which you will find the courage to explore parts of yourself which have been forgotten, disowned or are otherwise too painful to face. This will in turn help you form a kinder, more compassionate relationship with yourself and others and foster psychological healing and growth. My background is in work with foster children who have been through severe trauma, but I am competent in working with all populations. I am currently in my fourth quarter of my masters program in clinical psychology at Antioch University.

Steve LeSieur

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

I place a high value on expression and communication as powerful agents of change. To grow is to extend beyond the boundaries of what is comfortable and routine. When we get stuck, often a kind of expression wants to surface and be communicated. At times we must listen to the smaller voices that whisper beneath the cacophony of our intrusive thoughts. There is so much about ourselves that we have yet to uncover, embrace, and integrate. I aim to form an empathetic alliance with clients, listening carefully so that together we may learn what wishes to be expressed, and what wants to grow.

Steven Lizardo

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 

Steven provides services in both English and Spanish, working from both Jungian and Narrative approaches. Steven hopes to provide the space for growth, assisting the client achieve their personal goals for therapy.

Viviana Caro

As Bilingual (Spanish) my therapy approach is specific to the unique needs of the individual and I strongly believe that each person holds the answer to their own wellbeing. I work from non-judging, empathic and supportive approach to assist clients to find their strengths and determination to confront difficult emotions, experiences and overcome the challenges of their lives. I received my Bachelors of Psychology from the Konrad Lorenz University in Bogota Colombia, and currently completing my final year in the Clinical Psychology Master’s program at Antioch University with a specialization in spirituality and depth psychology.

Yolanda Medina

Yolanda Medina is a Marriage Family Therapist Trainee currently attending Cal State Dominguez Hills. She attended West Los Angeles college and received an Associates of Arts, with an emphasis in Behavioral Sciences. After graduating, Yolanda transferred to San Francisco State and began working with children, ages 3-16, who had developmental delays. Soon after, she earned her Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Psychology. Yolanda Medina’s most recent work has included working with at risk adolescents and their families. She has guided youth who were at risk of joining gangs, to engage with goal-oriented individuals, and to develop a positive outlook on life. She also assisted them to develop healthy ways to communicate and grow with their families.

Yolanda is bi-lingual and has worked with a variety of age groups and ethnicities. She specializes in working with at risk youth and families but is open to working with all clients. Yolanda believes everyone has a life purpose. She believes hers is to support individuals, as they discover what brings them happiness, to regain their sense of self, and to cope with their current life circumstances.

Yvonne Co

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

In individual therapy, I strive to create a safe environment in which you can discover your truest self. Finding your internal compass enables you to chart your own course and actualize your full potential. We will set goals that advance your true self, work to eliminate behaviors that impede your goals, and, where necessary, learn to accept what cannot be changed.

In couple therapy, I move partners towards secure functioning. I am a Level 2 trained therapist in the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT). A fundamental PACT tenet is that only secure functioning relationships based in true mutuality, justice, fairness, and sensitivity survive and thrive over a lifespan. Understanding your partner’s brain and attachment style, and how to regulate his or her arousal, can help you diffuse conflict and build a secure-functioning relationship. Everyone, regardless of past experiences or current problems, can craft a relationship that is secure functioning.

I received my M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University, J.D. from Harvard Law School, and B.A. in English Literature from Smith College. I have worked with individuals, children, and couples. I also have completed Level 1 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.