CLINICAL Therapists

Allan Mouw

I’m an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist having attended Antioch University with an emphasis in trauma.

I’ve endured and worked through many traumas in my life, overcoming challenges in the areas of health, family, career and relationships,
among others. As a result of these experiences, my pragmatic education at Antioch and training at Open Paths, and the significant help I
received along the way from numerous therapists, I’d like to give back. I’d like to help those struggling in their lives whether it be
from trauma, life transitions or other difficulties. Whatever comes up, we can handle it together.

I believe, with the right guidance, we all can find hope and meaning in our lives. As a clinician, I believe empathy, curiosity, non-judgment and holding a safe space are of critical importance. I offer hope and a path forward while focusing on where you are now, working together to foster change and find meaning. I focus on family-of-origin issues, thought processes, mindfulness techniques, relational issues and trauma treatment modalities, among others.

Alyssa Skoller

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Alyssa is completing her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Using her bachelors degree in Kinesiology combined with years of passionate therapeutic exploration she strives to create a non-judgmental and expectation-free space for support. She works from a collaborative strengths-based approach, assisting and supporting others to be the author of their own lives.

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.

Anna Von Haumeder

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Life can be painful; full of obstacles and difficult choices. Often times we fall into defeating or self-destructive patterns of behavior in order to cope with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. These feelings can be rooted in painful relationships or trauma. The good news is that we have all we need within us to heal and grow. My goal as a therapist is to help you draw upon your hopes, talents, skills, desires, and values to help you make meaning out of challenging life circumstances (past, present, future) and to create new opportunities for personal growth.

I completed my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Long Beach and received training at the Long Beach Trauma and Recovery Center

Bo Gabriel

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist | 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.

Catey Appel

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainees

I believe that every person has the capacity to heal. Through an integrative, mindful, and collaborative approach to therapy, I help my clients discover how to best help themselves. I am very passionate about helping people develop meaningful connections to their inner selves, while encouraging and supporting strong interpersonal relationships. I am currently finishing my MFT degree at Antioch University. I am originally from New York and moved to California after completing my Undergraduate degree at Duke University. 

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.

Darlene Escobedo

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

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.

Diamond Lee

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Diamond Lee, MSW is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience working in clinical direct practice, community collaboration, and program management roles in non-profit and government settings. Diamond received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California and her Bachelors of Art degree in English and History from Emory University. Her academic and professional career have focused on a range of systems change efforts with racial justice issues impacting Black and Latinx communities including, criminal justice reform, Black infant and maternal heath, mental health, and other health disparities.

As a reflection of her own journey from repression to liberation and authenticity, Diamond seeks to apply an interdisciplinary therapeutic approach to promote wellness by addressing both the individual and societal conditions in which we live. She is a dog mom, travel enthusiast, and spiritualist who loves experiencing new things and volunteers for several community based organizations in her South Los Angeles community.

Domenique Harrison

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 

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.

Gina Polesetsky

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainees

Gina Polesetsky was drawn to this work after experiencing the healing powers of therapy in her own life. Previously, she earned an A.A. and B.A. and is in her final year at Pepperdine University completing an M.A. in clinical psychology with MFT licensing. She brings to this role life experience as a Latina woman, a mother, a certified victim advocate specializing in sexual trauma, an educator, an owner of a successful entertainment agency, and a passion for helping others. Gina believes in the resiliency of the human spirit and views therapy as an opportunity to discover and strengthen the coping skills that help us navigate the ebb and flow of life, while taking the time to examine what is and isn’t working for us personally and in our relationships. She views a non-judgmental and compassionate connection with another person as key to helping people feel healthy, whole, and empowered; and, she looks forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals.

Janine Canal

Janine Canal – Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Janine received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology focusing on Social Sciences and Public Policy, with a minor in Psychology from Florida State University. She is now finishing her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. Janine’s most recent work has included working as a crisis counselor. She provides services in both English and Spanish, and her therapeutic approach is specific to the unique needs of the client, integrating a variety of modalities with a Narrative and Attachment-based perspective. As a clinician, she focuses on providing clients with a supportive environment in order to help them reach their goals.

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.

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.

Jorge Martin

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainees

Hi, my name is Jorge and I am working towards a Masters degree in Marriage & Family therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills. My approach is collaborative, honoring my client’s experiences as a source for self-understanding as well as a catalyst for healing and transformation. My goal is to partner with my clients to understand where they have been, clarify what they want and work towards their vision. I work with couples, families and individuals. I speak Portuguese / Eu falo Portugues.

Kat 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

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainees

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

Licensed 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)

Michael DePillars

Associate Social Worker

Michael DePillars brings a wealth of experience to his profession. He has been directly involved with counseling and intervention as they relate to disability, mental health, probation, and diversion programs. Michael has provided individual and group therapy for at risk youth and their families. He is highly knowledgeable about, and maintains close connection to, economically disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles through his work with many agencies. He is deeply compassionate and inspirational due to his personal history and experience overcoming significant physical and economic burdens over the last twelve years of transformation from client to professional in the field of Social Work.

Natasha Sanders

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Creating therapeutic relationships along with providing a safe environment is my claim to fame. For every child, adult, and family my goal is to become a change agent that can be a positive impact or simply put a smile on your one’s face. I will continue to put my best foot forward while practicing to service and respect diverse communities, society, and providing endurance, change, and hope in someone’s life.

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.

Rimppi Rai

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Sarah Lipshy

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainees

Sarah Lipshy is an MFT Trainee at Antioch University, specializing in Child Studies. Through Sarah’s own experiences in therapy, as well as working through the many challenges life has to offer, Sarah has developed a passion for working with children, families, and individuals. Sarah aims to create a safe and nurturing space for clients to work on self discovery and personal growth. 

Simeon Simov

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 

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 Elkins

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Our lives don’t always work out as planned. Sometimes we might feel we’re in control, but other times it can seem that life is taking us places we’d rather not visit and once we’re there, we must find ways to deal. Therapy can help. Because each of us is unique, I believe there are as many approaches to therapy as there are clients and therapists.

Wherever you are in life, I will work collaboratively with you, using a variety of approaches to try to find what is needed at this time, whether adjusting the path you’re on, forging a new one, making sense of past events, letting those events go, or anything else. I seek to provide a safe space where you can look at what you need to look at, and do what you need to do, to come to a better place.

I am currently completing my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University. My previous degrees are from Northwestern University (Bachelor of Music) and Columbia University (Juris Doctor).

Steve LeSieur

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 

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.

Viviana Caro

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

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

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

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.

Yousuf Syed

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

I am currently receiving my Masters at Touro University Worldwide. As a South Asian American Muslim, I have come to understand the many ways in which the pressures of family and communal expectations has shaped the way I navigate the world. Experientially, I have found myself in activism within Muslim organizations to tackle issues of racism, engaging in community outreach, and challenging the social policies that exist among us. My hope is to guide and help create new narratives for those who are feeling isolated, depressed, and fearful in a collaborative effort that feels safe and intentional. I also intend on working with young people who are currently transitioning into adulthood and are finding their way.

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.