CLINICAL Therapists

Anastasiya Alexander

Anastasiya Alexander, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Associate IMF92143

Los Angeles is not only the city where I was born and raised, it is also the city where I raised my children and gained 23 years of work experience before I became an Marriage and Family Therapist. My life experiences as an Multi-Ethnic mother living in LA coupled with my education have led me to a place where I feel most at home when I am helping others. Those attachments we make in our early life sculpt and shape how we communicate, interact and develop relationships all throughout our lifetime. Our future can be constructed by better understanding of our individual attachment style. I believe the choices we make can all be traced through deep roots, and that it is my privilege to help you uncover and heal them. I believe the first step is to choose yourself and I want to help you recognize just how wonderful a choice that is!

Andres Ruiz

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Andres Ruiz is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist at Open Paths Counseling Center, specializing in Clinical & Community Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles. He is a highly passionate therapist that focuses his work with individuals, couples, children & families. In addition to his work as a clinician he also teaches psycho-education classes in English and Spanish. His goal is to help client’s search for balance and clarity in their lives, and facilitate awareness of their sense of self to spark a transformative experience that will guide them to healing. Andres was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and is a proud son of two immigrant parents.

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.

Charles Bloom

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Charles grew up in a small midwestern town in Illinois. Growing up he experienced a variety of stressors including trauma and racism. At age 26 he relocated to Southern California and began an extensive education in substance abuse recovery, and trauma. Present day Charles works with Anger Domestic Violence clients to identify maladaptive patterns and change them to positive routines.

My great passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. I help my clients, who include combat veterans, adults and families, to find healthy perceptions of them and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe.

I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual, and so I have been trained in a range of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Somatic Experiencing and NARM somatic approaches to the treatment of trauma.

Christina Lucey-Ventura

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Leonor Guerrero

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

As a Mexican American and bilingual woman, my goal is to make you feel supported and heard. I want to always give my clients a safe space in where they are able to explore their feelings and emotions. I want to provide support in difficult times and together work hand in hand to come up with techniques that will improve their day-to-day life. Most of my experience is around children in where I utilize play therapy to create a safe space for them. I am in my last quarter of my Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles with a specialization in Child Studies.

Lindsay Kresch

Licensed Professional Counselor Trainee
Pronouns: she/her

I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor trainee and licensed life coach. I love helping people to move beyond their past and current issues and move towards a brighter tomorrow. I am currently finishing up my Master’s in Counseling at Northwestern University in Chicago and received my Bachelor of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. After a transformative experience in therapy myself, I moved from my corporate job in Silicon Valley back to graduate school. My background and training are in psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and I generally pull from many other theoretical orientations. My approach to counseling is to collaborate with clients by examining their relationships, worldview, and sense of self so they can create new, more adaptive ways of coping with the everyday stressors of life.

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.

Richard Vasquez

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #105460

I am a multicultural, bilingual/Spanish, speaking MFT Associate Therapist at Open Paths Counseling Center in Culver City, California. After 15 years as a professional educator in the in the Public School systems in California and Texas, a serendipitous turn of events led me to Antioch University Los Angeles and an MA in Psychology. I work with individuals, couples, and families in the community at large and have particular insight and training working with the LGBTQIA community.

Sandi Bohle

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 

Personal change and growth comes from an encouraging, supportive, safe, compassionate, and empathetic environment where an individual can discover oneself and grow. I work from a Psychodynamic approach synthesized with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to help individuals address the various challenges that life and relationships often bring. My goal is to work collaboratively with my clients to help them find healthier ways of being. With a background in addiction and trauma, I am in my final year of the Master of Art’s Degree in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University, Los Angeles specializing in Psychological Trauma.

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.

Susan Lopez

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

I believe compassion, presence, and understanding are key to healing and personal growth. I bring all of these to my approach in my work. I engage clients in a client-centered process meant to facilitate understanding, resilience, and agency in addressing any challenges or difficulties they may be facing. My work draws primarily on Psychodynamic Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. I am fluent in Spanish.

Vanesa Akbarpour

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

I have a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles and received my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. I work in both English and Spanish to help clients achieve greater flexibility and freedom in their lives by helping them loosen rigid patterns that hold them back from deeper life-satisfaction. I work from a psychodynamic and a mindful, non-judging approach to help clients process and examine these patterns and the emotional pain behind them, so they can create new, more adaptive ways of coping with the rigors of life.