CLINICAL Therapists

Alicia Ramirez

Alicia Ramírez

MFT Trainee

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, currently in my final year of Antioch University’s Masters of Clinical Psychology Program.

With a background in the fields of music and the arts, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Cal State Northridge and shortly after graduating, began working with a wide range of populations including children, young adults and seniors in both group and one-on-one settings.

One of my goals is to create a safe, humorous and collaborative space for clients to explore their own ability to access greater insight, clarity and self-awareness. I gravitate towards humanistic, psychodynamic and in-depth psychology approaches – and I’m fluent in both English and Spanish. I look forward to connecting with you and exploring together the ways we can help you help yourself.

Allan Mouw

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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.

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

Anthony Phillips

Anthony Phillips

MFT Trainee

Anthony Phillips here your Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, specializing in African American Families and Trauma. Through spiritual healing and various holistic modalities, my hope is to one day unite these two worlds under one roof in an effort to be an agent of change in someone’s life. Ultimately, my goal is to assist each client with deciding their destination and how we as a team can get there. I’m here to take the journey with you!

Ariana Martinez

Ariana Martinez

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Ariana is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. Through her own experiences and work with various populations, she has developed a passion for providing accessible and affordable mental health care to anyone and everyone. Ariana aims to create a safe and trusting environment through collaboration with her clients in order to work towards personal growth and self-exploration.

Arline Dominguez

Arline Dominguez

MFT Trainee

Arline Dominguez is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Arline’s recent work has included working with at-risk youth in helping them identify strengths and develop new skills to help them achieve their goals. She believes that through a collaboratively created, non-judgmental and supportive relationship people can begin to feel empowered to begin their journey to self-discovery and personal growth.

Briana Bedran

Briana Bedran

Taking the step to go to therapy is not always the easiest, but here you are. We all deserve time to honor and care for self. I am an MFT trainee at Antioch University and my goal is to provide a safe and brave space to welcome and explore your true self. I truly believe that in creating a therapeutic relationship, healing will flow naturally.

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.

Cecelia Adams

Cecelia Adams

MFT Trainee

Cecelia Adams, C.P.R.P., is a Marriage and Family Therapy trainee currently pursuing her Master of Science degree at California State University Dominguez Hills. She has been a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) for several years, and has experience working with children and families in crisis, those experiencing homelessness, LGBTQI and BIQPOC communities, and a variety of age groups and ethnicities. Her pronouns are she, her, hers.

Cecelia believes that healing is a compassionate and empowering process, and she is passionate about creating a safe therapeutic relationship based on an individual’s specific and unique experiences and needs. She believes healing is an ongoing process and that people have the power and capability to access their own inner wisdom and inner healer to help effect change. She believes in therapy as a co-creative process and encourages clients to explore their strengths and honor the process that brought them to the present moment.

Cecelia believes that social context, environment, and dominant messages in society affect mental and emotional health, and her therapeutic perspective includes integrating an collective, contextual, and individualistic approach to healing.

Chanel Mucci

Chanel Mucci

MFT Trainee

My name is Chanel Mucci and I am completing my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, specializing in LGBTQ Affirmative Psychology. Previously, I earned my B.A. in women’s and gender studies from Loyola Marymount University which furthered my growing passions around intersectionality, bodily empowerment, and social justice.

My approach to therapy is integrative, trauma-informed, and rooted in empathy. Together, we can get curious about patterns and stories that maybe once kept you safe, but no longer serve you. I’m here to support and nurture your growth toward a more authentic self, while collaborating on how to get there.

Daniel Rico

Daniel Rico

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

I am currently attending the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. I am completing my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a Los Angeles native, Navy veteran and bi-lingual in Spanish an English. I take a Symbolic-Experiential approach to therapy. I believe in the importance of shaping meaning between family members. I also believe that experience changes families, not necessarily education. And I focus on the family’s emotional system in the present moment rather than the past. “Life isn’t mind over matter, it’s the present over the past and present over the future” – Carl Whitaker, M.D. I hope our path in therapy is towards well-being, compassion, self-esteem, self-responsibility, and a safe space to explore and express your emotions.

David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

I am currently an MFT trainee finishing my master’s degree at California State University Dominguez Hills. I am open to different approaches when it comes to my therapeutic style. An eclectic approach provides me with the ability to utilize different perspectives and ideas when working with clients. I am bilingual, Spanish, and English. I am passionate about providing the client with a respectful, humble, and safe space to create a working alliance where the expert is the client. I work with an emphasis on a humanistic and psychodynamic approaches where the client is the real expert of his/her/their story. I believe that change and growth needs consistency, challenges, empathy, a positive approach as well s a non-judgmental stance to obtain our goals. I believe that we have the capacity and power to within ourselves a commitment to grow and change.

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.

Emily Ford

Emily Ford

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Setbacks, roadblocks, and defeats are obstacles standing between where you are now and where you want to be, and each one represents a different level of challenge. My therapeutic foundation is holistic, integrative strength-based, emphasizing the mind-body connection. Guided by effective techniques such as mindfulness, educated insight, and genuine curiosity. I support my clients in making full use of the strengths and resources available to them in themselves and their environment, thereby empowering them to live more fully in the present moment and find hope in their future.

Currently, I am in my second year of the Masters of Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Los Angeles with an emphasis in Applied Community Psychology.

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.

Gabriel Marks

Gabriel Marks

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

My name is Gabe Marks and I am currently in my final year of Pepperdine University’s MFT clinical psychology program. Due to my own background and upbringing as an inner city Los Angeles Native, I am highly knowledgeable in regard to the social inequities of our society, and am currently focusing on the ways in which historical trauma in minority communities affect the family dynamic and thus the individual.

Given this focus on historical trauma and its results within the family and the individual, I tend to look at the individual from a bio-psyho-social perspective, wanting to understand the individual in terms of their position in society and the ways in which the person is shaped by their environment. From this perspective, I try to work from a more integrative approach, tailoring the methods of the therapeutic environment to each individual’s unique background and current situation.

Gina Polesetsky

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

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.

Ilana Behar

Ilana Behar

MFT Trainee

I view psychotherapy as a tool for identifying and exploring alternative perspectives to help clients leverage creative ways to manage problems and navigate life’s stressors. My experiences and personal development provide me with insight into how growing up in multiple socio-cultural contexts can affect identity formation and ultimately the direction we take in our lives. I seek to foster a safe and collaborative space to help empower individuals and families identify and reach their potential. I am completing my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University.

Jacqueline Morris

Jacqueline Morris

MFT Trainee

I am in my 2nd and final year of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Antioch University, specializing in Psychological Trauma. My professional background and experience includes providing substance use counseling to teens, working with pregnant and postpartum women, and facilitating psycho education groups for all ages.

My current professional goals include assisting in reducing the stigma of therapy in the black community and working to help heal and strengthen black families by disrupting repeated cycles of trauma which jeopardize health and wellness.

Utilizing an authentic and intuitive approach to therapy, I work collaboratively with clients to gain insight, explore experiences, and reach their goals.

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 Trainee

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.

Kristina Hall

Kristina Hall

MFT Trainee

Kristina is finishing her final year at Mount Saint Mary’s University’s Masters of Counseling Psychology Program specializing in Marriage & Family Therapy. As a South Central LA native, she understands first hand how generational trauma, environmental factors, and systemic racism create obstacles that impact the overall quality of life and stress for minorities. Kristina collaborates with her clients to process and heal from their past, acknowledge their present, clarify their goals for the future, and create the best plan that leads to their best self. She believes that no matter what anyone has been through, everyone is capable of making changes in their life, healing, and reaching their greatest potential. Kristina is very passionate about guiding people through healing and transformation.

Lady Dione Bevel

Lady Dione Bevel

MFT Trainee

Lady is currently working on her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She believes in a non-judgemental, compassionate, and genuine approach to psychotherapy. Her goal is to meet clients where they are and help guide them through life’s challenges.

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)

Leanette Estrada

Leanette Estrada

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

I am currently a Marriage and Family Trainee and specializing to work with counseling Spanish-speaking clients. I am finishing my first year of my Master’s program at Mount Saint Mary’s University-Los Angeles. I also graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s with my Bachelor’s in Applied Psychology and Political Science. My goal is that with the skills and knowledge I acquire, I will be able to help end the mental health stigma that exists in minority communities. I believe in the power of therapy and how it can influence those who seek guidance to pursue a better life for themselves and their loved ones.

Maureen Teefy

Maureen Teefy

My name is Maureen Teefy and I am currently in the process of completing a Masters in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University. I have been a crisis text counselor with the crisis text line. As a crisis text counselor, the goal is to bring the individual from a hot moment to cool calm. My own ‘lived experience’ with crisis, trauma and resiliency uniquely suit me to the task of helping others find their way to resources in the community and the strengths within themselves to find a way forward. I am also a certified Peer Specialist in Transitioning youth. As the third of nine children in a large Irish Catholic family I am especially interested in family and couple dynamics.

 

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.

Ryan Hampton

Ryan Hampton

MFT Trainee

I am a Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee currently attending Pacific Oaks College, with specializations in African American families as well as trauma. I have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC San Diego and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Pepperdine University. Since 2014, I have supported young adults and teens working through addiction, trauma, homelessness, and a wide variety of mental health challenges. This has helped me gain a greater appreciation and respect for individuals of all backgrounds and life experiences.

My approach is centered around collaboration, empathic communication, and curiosity. My goal for my clients is to assist them in creating the life story they want to live, by building self-understanding, practicing self-acceptance, and developing the unique personal strengths they bring to the world.

Sarah Lipshy

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

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 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.

William Graper

William Graper

MFT Trainee

Transitioning from a career in Fashion to Psychology, William is passionate about how the world around us affects our inner lives– how we think, feel and behave is directly influenced by our circumstances, choices and culture.

Currently completing his Masters in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University, William takes an active-directive approach to therapy, rooted in philosophy, spirituality and empirically-based psychological principles.

Yani McBride

Yani McBride

MFT Trainee

Yani is a compassionate, empathetic, and culturally competent trainee. She is completing her Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University. Her ultimate goal is to create a safe environment where clients feel heard, understood, and living up to their fullest potentials. She practices a humanistic and integrative therapeutic approach as she believes it is essential to meet the clients where they are at any point of their journey. Through these concepts, she aims to teach her clients’ to feel empowered to make desired changes in their lives and develop a more positive relationship with themselves and others.

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.