CLINICAL Therapists

Ainslee Ericson

Ainslee Ericson, Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, is in the process of getting her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University. She also is a Registered Yoga Teacher and has experience teaching at sober living facilities, universities, and studios in the LA area. In her spare time, Ainslee enjoys world traveling, swimming, and singing.

Ajah Love

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Through the use of a strong therapeutic alliance I aim always to be the listener, advocate, and safe space that my client needs. My passion, although quite the task, is to be able to help anyone who asks for it- regardless of presenting problem. Some of my favorite theoretical approaches would be Gestalt, CBT, and Family Systems, but my overall goal is to truly understand the individual in the room in order to tailor a specialized approach that will assist them through their journey, to reach their goals. I am currently enrolled in Pepperdine’s M.A Clinical Psychology program with an emphasis in MFT.

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

Andres Ruiz is a marriage & family therapist trainee 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.

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.

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.

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.

Karla DeLeon

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Support, safety, and acceptance are some of the qualities we look for in a trusting relationship. I aim to create an environment that embodies all these qualities along with creating a space for self-growth and overcoming adversity. I work collaboratively with my clients in efforts to support the change they want to see within themselves. As a bi-lingual, Latinx, queer, gender-nonconforming person, I aim to create spaces that allow for inclusivity of all people. I work with children, individuals, families, and couples of all identities. A majority of my experience is working with children and using play-therapy to create a space for a child to express and communicate their feelings. I am in the final quarter of my Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles with a specialization in Child Studies.

Kristen McCaffrey

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Student from Oakland University, Michigan, in pursuit of a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health. Has a background in Sociology with specific regard to stereotype threat and stigma. Pursuing clinical practice to provide equitable mental health therapy in a safe and humanistic setting.

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.

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)

Martin Ramirez

Martin Ramirez, Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, received his bachelors degree in Biology from UCLA and is currently enrolled in the masters program at Antioch University working toward his Clinical Psychology degree. Martin currently works at Open Paths as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee providing services in both English and Spanish. “It’s not true that people stop pursuing their dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing their dreams.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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.

Michael Cormier

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, CADAC II works with clients looking for meaning, relief, balance, empowerment, and improved relationships with themselves and others. He has worked in the field of Addiction/ Co-occurring disorders for over ten years and specialized in crisis intervention and family work. He is thrilled to be part of the team at Open Paths.

Michael Modresky

Michael Modresky (he/him/his) is a marriage and family therapist trainee. He works collaboratively with individuals, couples, and families. Michael believes in cultivating a supportive, compassionate environment for clients to achieve their goals. He is currently earning a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Antioch University, specializing in LGBTQIA psychology. In practice, Michael aims to honor the unique life experiences and challenges of LGBTQIA people. As a queer person himself, he strives to create safe space where clients from all backgrounds can feel celebrated and empowered.

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.

Sandi Bohle

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

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.

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

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

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.

Vanesa Akbarpour

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

I am currently finishing up my Master’s in Clinical Psychology at 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.

Yourie Gibson

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT #92294, Supervised by Laurie (Loretta) Dubin, LMFT, MFC #16824

Starting the therapy process often brings up anxiety and fear, yet let us acknowledge and honor your courage to take steps towards change. I strive to provide a safe, supportive, client-centered space for you to share and process. Together, we can work towards better understanding yourself and your goals for growth and healing. I earned my Masters at Antioch University specializing in Spiritual Depth Psychology and Trauma Studies. I work within a psychodynamic framework including mindfulness, cognitive behavioral and narrative approaches. As a wounded healer myself, I believe in continuing my own therapeutic work as well.