Dr. Julia Evans, PhD
Clinical Psychologist /Neuropsychologist
Dr. Julia Evans (PSY28398) is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychological evaluation, cognitive rehabilitation, and psychotherapy. She obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loma Linda University and completed her fellowship at UCLA, pre-doctoral internship at Vanderbilt University, and Bachelor’s degree from USC. Dr. Evans also received clinical training at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and Loma Linda University Behavioral Health Institute.
Dr. Evans works with a variety of clients, with particular focus on the adult and geriatric populations. Dr. Evans’ clinical specialties include traumatic brain injury, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, attention deficit disorder, and mood disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Disorders. Dr. Evans incorporates a range of therapeutic treatments, tailoring treatment to the individual needs of each client. Psychological approaches include cognitive rehabilitation and Cognitive-Behavioral, Client-Centered, Individual & Family Therapy.
Dr. Hussah AlKharafi, PsyD
Dr. Hussah Alkharafi (PSY31366) is a neuropsychologist with expertise in evaluating and treating adults, and older adults with mental health challenges as well as medical/neurological, and neurodevelopmental conditions. Although she relies on science-based practices, her strength-focused approach is one of compassion and mindfulness.
Dr. Alkharafi earned her doctoral degree in psychology from Pepperdine University. She received the majority of her clinical psychology and neuropsychology training in medical centers including UCLA, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Alkharafi completed both her internship and neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship at West Virginia University School of Medicine.
Dr. Stephanie Oleson, PhD
Dr. Stephanie Oleson (PSY32717) is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in neuropsychological evaluation, cognitive rehabilitation, and psychotherapy. Dr. Oleson earned a master’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University and completed a doctorate in clinical psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. She subsequently completed her internship at the University of Alabama – Birmingham VA Medical Center consortium and two-year neuropsychology fellowship at UCLA Semel Institute.
Dr. Oleson has specialized training in assessment of adults with neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, movement disorders) as well as broad experience in assessment of individuals with various neurological and psychiatric conditions including traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, ADHD, and mood disorders. Dr. Oleson additionally has experience in cognitive rehabilitation/cognitive skills training and supporting caregivers of those with cognitive impairment. She has expertise and publications in the relationship between lifestyle factors (diet, exercise, cardiovascular health) and brain function.
She also provides psychotherapeutic interventions for individuals with mood disorders, anxiety, and history of trauma. Her therapeutic approach primarily involves use of cognitive behavioral and goal-focused techniques. She is certified in providing cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for treatment of PTSD. Dr. Oleson strives to create a supportive therapeutic relationship with consideration of individuals’ diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Dr. Natalie Do, PhD
Dr. Natalie Do (PSY33488) is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in neuropsychological evaluation, cognitive rehabilitation, and psychotherapy. Dr. Do earned her Bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine, obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loma Linda University, and completed her fellowship at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica. She also received clinical training at UCLA’s Semel Institute, Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente.
Dr. Do has specialized training in the evaluation of adults/older adults with neurological disorders, including neurodegenerative conditions (i.e. Alzheimer’s), traumatic brain injury, and various cerebrovascular diseases. She also provides psychotherapy for individuals experiencing a wide range of mood disorders by utilizing interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and cognitive processing therapy (CPT). Dr. Do is passionate about working collaboratively with patient family, caregivers, and treating providers to provide tailored treatment recommendations, support, and interventions.
Dr. Joy Suh, PhD
Dr. Joy Suh (PSY33672) is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of adults and older adults with a spectrum of neuropsychiatric conditions. Dr. Suh earned her doctorate degree from the Fuller School of Psychology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the California Rehabilitation Institute.
Dr. Suh brings expertise in neurodegenerative conditions (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease and movement disorders), brain injury (traumatic brain injury and stroke), and a range of psychiatric and medical illnesses. In addition to neuropsychological assessment, Dr. Suh has experience in cognitive rehabilitation and psychotherapy. She primarily utilizes CBT, ACT, and DBT interventions.
Dr. Vanessa Zizak, PhD ABPP-CN
Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist
Dr. Vanessa Zizak (PSY26871) is a board certified, licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist specializing in diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychological conditions in adults. She also works as a clinician and P.I. at the VA Hospital in Long Beach and has an academic appointment at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Zizak earned her doctorate specializing in Neuropsychology at Palo Alto University. She completed her internship at the West Haven, Connecticut VA Hospital and two year Fellowship at the Long Beach VA Hospital in Neuropsychology. She has also trained and conducted research at Stanford University in the Depression Research Clinic and Department of Surgery; UCSD / VA hospital in a Parkinson’s disease lab and at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Clinic; USCF/VA hospital at the Memory and Aging Center (clinical trials); and went on a visiting fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Dr. Zizak has expertise and publications in the areas of mild neurocognitive impairment, dementias (Alzheimer’s disease), stroke, movement disorders (Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Disease), traumatic brain injury, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. Zizak is experienced with supporting caregivers of family members with cognitive and behavioral disorders. She enjoys hiking, boating and reading in her free time.
Our Licensed Providers
Dr. Jason Dorin, PsyD
Dr. Jason Dorin (PSY27470) graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in Psychology before earning his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, Malibu. He then continued his studies at Pepperdine University in West Los Angeles and received his Doctorate of Psychology. This program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and meets strict academic requirements to ensure the students receive the best training possible in providing therapy.
Overall, Dr. Dorin’s experience has ranged from working with patients between the ages of 2 to 75 with considerable experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Among these age groups, he has worked with people representing various cultures and backgrounds. He has also worked in schools with children and adolescents experiencing emotional and behavioral problems. Additionally, Dr. Dorin has provided a range of psychological assessments to children on the autism spectrum and those affected by genetic disorders and learning disabilities.
Dr. Dorin most recent work has been as a staff psychologist at adult assisted living homes, where he treated patients experiencing a number of emotional and behavioral problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. In addition to this, Dr. Dorin continued with a group practice at Harbor Psychiatry Mental Health, Newport Beach. He enjoys working collaboratively with his patients and providing guidance in finding solutions. Above all, he believes that the relationship between patient and therapist is the cornerstone in achieving the patient’s goals.
Dr. Stephanie Van Stralen, PsyD
Dr. Stephanie Van Stralen (PSY28471) graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Counseling and Social Change from San Diego State University. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings including hospitals (UCSD Moore’s Cancer Center and SHARP Pain Rehabilitation Program, San Diego) and at several university counseling centers. She completed her APA-accredited internship at California State University, Northridge and her postdoctoral fellowship at Loyola Marymount University. Before beginning at Brain Wellness Institute she spent several years as staff psychologist at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to therapy she is passionate about training and has supervised interns and post doctoral fellows.
Dr. Van Stralen has extensive training in evidence-based treatments for anxiety and depression. Her therapeutic approach integrates relational and psychodynamic theory with more present-focused cognitive behavioral techniques with the goal of understanding how early experiences may have impacted current concerns. Dr. Van Stralen utilizes a multicultural lens when working with clients, considering diverse beliefs and backgrounds. She believes the relationship between the therapist and client to be the most important tool in therapy. Dr. Van Stralen strives to create a space of safety, empathy, support, and challenge.
Therapy with Dr. Van Stralen will focus on decreasing symptoms, increasing coping, learning new ways to care for yourself, and gaining insight into the origin of your concerns. You will be provided with a collaborative relationship with a professional who is there for you and wants you to succeed. Goals for therapy are discussed and agreed upon at the start of therapy to help facilitate an effective experience.
Dr. Van Stralen enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and couples. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and managing stress (work/life balance). She has a particular interest in working with athletes, Veterans and their families, members of the LGBTQ community, and adults on the Autism Spectrum.
Dr. Brooke Davidson, PsyD
Dr. Brooke Davidson (PSY31050) is a licensed clinical psychologist; she completed her PsyD at Alliant International University in 2016. Her clinical training experiences have primarily involved conducting therapy and psychological assessments with children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of clinical environments. She has worked at private practices, schools, residential treatment facilities, in-homes, and in community mental health clinics. She specializes in treating and addressing behavioral difficulties, depression and anxiety disorders, childhood abuse and neglect, disrupted family environments, legal involvement, and cognitive and developmental delays. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with victims of trauma in addition to patients with dual diagnoses and suicidal ideation.
Dr. Davidson is experienced in conducting Dialectical Behavior therapy, for both groups and individuals, as well as cognitive, personality, ADHD, and learning disorder assessments. Her therapeutic orientation tends to be a combination of psychodynamic/systems and behavioral and her particular interests include working with youth and adults who have experienced trauma, and individuals affected by anxiety.
Dr. LeighAnn DeJesse. PsyD
Dr. LeighAnn DeJesse (PSY26322) is a licensed clinical psychologist providing psychotherapy for adults with a wide range of psychiatric problems. She provides evidenced-based treatment for individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, communication and relationship difficulties, and challenging life transitions. In addition to working with adults across the lifespan, Dr. DeJesse has a clinical specialty in the geriatric population. She is well-versed to address the mental health concerns of older adults, and individuals with cognitive impairment or a dementia. She has a particular interest in working with individuals with chronic and complex disabling disease, and with caregivers to reduce caregiver burden and stress.
Dr. DeJesse utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to facilitate change and help her patients improve their overall quality of life. She places emphasis on the therapeutic working alliance through establishment of defined treatment goals, and transparency throughout treatment. Broadly, she enjoys helping patients build resilience and hope to face life’s ongoing challenges. She also values helping her patients identify and create meaning in their life, particularly during periods of transition. Dr. DeJesse tailors interventions and treatment to the individual and their needs, to best increase overall well-being and meet treatment goals.
Dr. DeJesse received her doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco. She completed her predoctoral internship at the VA Western New York Healthcare System, and her postdoctoral fellowship in Geropsychology at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. She worked as a staff psychologist at the Santa Rosa VA Outpatient Clinic on a home-based primary care team and in an outpatient behavioral health clinic. Dr. DeJesse has extensive experience working and consulting with interdisciplinary treatment teams in various clinical settings including inpatient medical units, skilled nursing facilities, and primary care clinics.
Dr. Andrew Miller, PsyD
Dr. Andrew Miller (PSY32929) is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of service in the field of mental health. He views therapy as a collaborative process where he combines his knowledge and years of experience with the client’s own expertise about themselves to create conditions where the client is able to maximize their own growth. He uses interventions from the humanistic and cognitive behavioral perspectives to help further guide and facilitate this growth process.
Dr. Miller earned his Doctorate of Psychology from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles California and completed his APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at Pacific Clinics in Pasadena, California. He has worked for over 6 years conducting individual therapy in multiple community mental health settings and has experience providing group and individual therapy to military veterans through the VA. Additionally, Dr. Miller has worked with individuals recently diagnosed with psychosis at the UCLA Aftercare program and has worked for over 10 years providing therapy and case management in the inpatient psychiatric hospital setting.
Dr. Miller has experience providing treatment to individuals diagnosed with a variety of issues, namely depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. As a therapist, Dr. Miller uses his years of experience to help his clients face and grow from the challenges that emerge from these various diagnoses and ultimately help empower them to live a more fulfilling life moving forward.
Dr. Rasoul Malekjah, PhD
Dr. Ross Malekjah (PSY24792) is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and is also credentialed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology by the prestigious Council for the National Register. Dr. Malekjah provides counseling and psychological services with care by taking the time to listen to clients and helping them take an active role in their own psychological well-being. He uses a collaborative approach and incorporates empirically supported, evidence-based psychological treatment modalities to deliver high quality counseling and psychological services. Some therapeutic modalities used include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Adlerian, Gestalt, Behavior Therapy (BT), Family Systems, Multicultural, Brief SolutionFocused, and Mindfulness. Dr. Malekjah focuses on instilling hope and optimism, increasing clients’ feelings of self-empowerment, personal growth and psychological health, and improving the quality of clients’ day-to-day lives by enhancing their subjective sense of well-being or happiness.
Dr. Malekjah completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He completed a Master of Science Degree in Marriage, Family Therapy (MFT) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) where he conducted research on the relationship between self-esteem and happiness. His clinical training at CSULB included performing non-directive play therapy with both sighted and visually impaired children, children with autism, ADD/ADHD, and those with multi-sensory deficits. Dr. Malekjah then completed a second Master’s Degree (MA) in Psychology as well as a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in San Diego, where his doctoral research project involved studying sexual satisfaction and body image in men. This research was presented at the California Psychological Association (CPA) in 2008 and during that same year, his research was also accepted for presentation at the San Diego Psychological Association.
Dr. Malekjah’s diverse clinical experiences include providing care for patients at a psychiatric hospital and also, at a residential treatment facility focusing on crisis intervention and management of addictions. Dr. Malekjah’s Post-Doctorate training in San Diego involved working with visually impaired young adults and geriatrics. He has been an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate level psychology courses at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Malekjah has also had a private practice working with children, adolescents, families, couples, and seniors and his clinical experience has entailed past work with depressive disorders, anxiety and panic disorders, PTSD, grief/loss, ADD/ADHD, workplace conflict, OCD, chronic pain, relationship/marital difficulties and infidelity, substance use/abuse, anger management, body image concerns, LGBTQIA-related counseling, life adjustment or transitions, sexual concerns, and emotional management.
Dr. Timothy Lynch, PsyD
Dr. Timothy Lynch (PSY26537) has been a clinical psychologist for the past 20 years, having graduated Pepperdine University with a Masters in Clinical Psychology in 1993 and a Doctorate Degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2001. Dr. Lynch has had specialty post- doctoral training in Forensic and Criminal psychology, as well as post trauma therapy with active-duty Marines and Sailors at Camp Pendleton for the past 14 years. Dr. Lynch is a combat deployed US Army veteran himself. Clinical interventions Dr. Lynch offers include: EMDR, Alpha Stim, and CBT psychotherapy. Dr. Lynch specializes in working with adult individuals suffering from PTSD, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
When not providing clinical services, Dr. Lynch enjoys sailing, surfing, and kayaking. He has recently been trained in offering Equine assisted therapy for combat related PTSD veterans and continues to provide services for PTSD identified veterans.
Dr. Jacob Spencer, PhD
After a career in technology, Dr. Jacob Spencer (PSY27901) studied psychology with a desire to connect with people and assist in their healing. Dr. Spencer received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Pacifica Graduate Institute and studied philosophy at the University of Iowa. He has been privileged to help patients work through depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, and addictions, among other issues. His work experience is diverse, from assisting troubled youth in elementary and high school, treating at-risk populations of all ages in community mental health clinics in Carson City, NV and Victoria, BC, to leading a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and nursing staff at an inpatient crisis treatment facility in a maximum-security prison.
Dr. Spencer assists his patients using an integrative approach that combines elements of humanistic, relational, depth, solution-focused, narrative, cognitive, and psychodynamic perspectives in the best manner for each unique patient. He believes strongly that therapy is a collaborative process to empower patients and he recognizes that seeking help is a critical and optimistic first step in the healing process.
Dr. Erik Welsh, PhD
Dr. Erik Welsh (PSY28070) is a clinical psychologist licensed in both California and Nevada. His interest in depth psychology and analysis began during his undergraduate studies at Sonoma State University where he was inspired to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr. Welsh has experience providing brief and long-term therapy, program development, clinical supervision, and training. Dr. Welsh works with individuals, couples, and first responders to address the capacity of awareness in addition to the ability to engage in change.
Dr. Welsh views therapy is a space to both share and express oneself without the presence of judgement. Therapy is a collaborative journey that is based on empathy and compassion, which allows for a relationship-based form of therapy that integrates insight within the treatment. He views therapy as a medium leading to long-lasting change to help you identify what obstacles are getting in the way of your professional and personal growth.
Dr. Welsh has worked within schools, residential adolescent and adult treatment centers, non-profit therapy organizations, substance use treatment facilities, clinics, private practices, and correctional facilities. He specializes in treating anxiety, ADHD, depression, and substance use. Dr. Welsh is focused on his interests in Jungian psychoanalysis, in addition to cognitive behavioral therapy, client centered therapy, and motivational interviewing.
Dr. Nonnette Mosley, PsyD
Dr. Nonnette Mosley (PSY17339) has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 2001. She has worked in the field of mental health for over 20 years. Dr. Mosley has worked in a variety of diverse settings, specializing in the treatment of adolescents, young adults, adults, couples and families. Clinical issues include depressive and mood disorders, grief/loss, trauma (PTSD), sexual abuse, substance abuse, attentional problems (ADHD), relationship issues, work difficulties, personality disorders, self-esteem, self-injurious behavior, stress and anger management, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Mosley has considerable experience working with dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders. She offers individual therapy, couples therapy and family therapy in addition to comprehensive psychological and psycho-educational testing for diagnostic clarification and attentional problems (ADD/ADHD).
Although Dr. Mosley was trained from a psychodynamic perspective, she tailors her therapeutic approach to the needs of the individual. She utilizes psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), and family system approaches. Her focus in therapy is to establish a relationship with individuals that fosters trust. Her primary goal is to provide a therapeutic atmosphere that facilitates emotional growth, self-actualization and the development of positive coping skills that assist individuals in managing life stress.
Dr. Mosley completed her undergraduate work at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She went on to complete a Master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling at the California State University, Fresno. In addition, she earned both a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Fresno. She remained at Alliant to complete a Post-Doctoral Master’s degree in Psychopharmacology.
Dr. Marian Nashed, PsyD
Dr. Marian Nashed (PSY33190) earned her doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology within the Child and Adolescent track, and received a master’s in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology as well as a master’s in psychology from Pepperdine University.
Dr. Nashed’s work is focused on treating both the mind and the body by integrating interventions from evidence based modalities such as CBT, DBT, and ACT. Using this integrative treatment approach, Dr. Nashed works toward improving self-regulation and mind-body awareness for issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and behavioral concerns.
While Dr. Nashed specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families, she has expanded her work to include young adults. Her experience primarily lies with treating anxiety, trauma, ADHD and relational concerns.
Additionally, Dr. Nashed collaborates closely with caregivers to best address behavioral and emotional concerns. She guides parents to reduce conflict at home and increase family harmony. Dr. Nashed holds the philosophy that with the right guidance and support, children have a natural propensity for personal growth and resilience.
Dr. Elliott Hastings, PsyD
Dr. Elliott Hastings (PSY33656) is a licensed clinical psychologist who completed his doctorate degree from California Southern University. He has over 20 years of experience in working with teens and adults who have a wide range of issues, specializing in treating issues related to addiction and substance abuse. He believes that being understood by someone who is compassionate and knowledgeable is essential to becoming the best person we can be. We can be our own worst critics and sometimes it helps to have someone experienced alongside us in our journey.
Dr. Hastings utilizes evidence-based practices to help you see past self-criticism and judgement. Each person is different, and everyone has their own strengths. Recognizing those strengths and utilizing them is usually a great place to start. He tries to understand the person first and then works together on solutions that will build self-esteem and empowerment.
Dr. Diane Dunne, PhD
Dr. Diane Dunne (PSY12609) is a Licensed Psychologist through the California Board of Consumer Affairs, Board of Psychology who has worked in clinical settings with individuals, couples and groups for over 29 years! Being a psychologist has been her life’s passion because she feels a deep caring and compassion for others. Her inner sense of calm and her easygoing spirit cause her to be very approachable and easy to get to know in the therapeutic process.
Dr. Dunne obtained a doctorate in Philosophy with a specialization in Clinical Psychology from William Lyon University in San Diego. In her training to become a Licensed Psychologist, she served an approved 3-year Internship by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) at Brea Hospital Neuropsychiatric Center in Brea, CA. She also holds certifications as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in Medical Hypnosis from the National Board for Hypnotherapy and Hypnotic Anesthesiology and from the Institute of Medical Hypnosis. She holds an M.A in Education in Counseling and Guidance from California State University, San Bernardino. She graduated from California Polytechnic University, Pomona with a BA in Education. In addition, she is a Life-Credentialed Teacher and she holds a Pupil Services Services Credential with a specialization in School Counseling and School Administration. She has taught Law and Ethics, Counseling Practicum/Internship, Introduction to Counseling and Guidance and Statistics as an Adjunct Professor in the Counseling and Psychology Departments at three universities within the California State University System.
As a Clinical Psychologist, she has provided inpatient and outpatient treatment. She has provided couples and divorce therapy, treatment for co-dependency issues, life transitions, women’s and men’s issues and spiritually focused therapy. She has also helped patients with weight issues and following gastric bypass surgery, pre and postpartum depression, pregnancy and infertility, geriatrics, chronic pain and medical issues, insomnia, low self-esteem and grief/loss issues.
During the Covid-19 Virus, she has assisted people of all ages to make the necessary changes in their lives to adapt to their circumstances and move forward in their lives. She has assisted patients who have diagnoses such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, in addition to many others. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Indirect Hypnosis, Spiritually-Focused Therapy, Meditation, Mindfulness, Progressive Relaxation and various other therapeutic approaches to assist her patients to accomplish their personal goals.
Her expertise involves utilizing short term, evidenced-based treatment modalities to explore and address the patient’s issues. She will develop a personalized treatment plan with clearly defined goals and objectives that will be addressed throughout therapy in order to assist you in reaching your dreams and goals!
Our Marriage & Family Therapists
Angela Alvarado, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Angela Alvarado (LMFT125073) is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). She began providing psychotherapy in 2017 counseling students, faculty and staff at the California Baptist University Counseling Center. Angela also received her master’s degree in clinical counseling at California Baptist University (2018) following the completion of her bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University of San Bernardino. For the past two years Angela worked at an agency contracted with the County of San Bernardino that provides services for high-risk, dual-diagnosed, homeless and foster transitional youth and their care-givers on a multidisciplinary treatment team.
Angela has experience working with teens, young adults, individuals, couples and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. Angela’s experience includes but is not limited to helping client’s work through symptoms of major depressive disorder, bi-polar disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, PTSD and adjustment disorder using various interventions adapted to the client’s specific therapeutic needs. Her most commonly used psychotherapy approaches that she incorporates in treatment are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), client-centered therapy, solution focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and structural family therapy. She is also trained in faith integration Christian therapy if a client desires that. Angela has a passion for teaching effective communication, healthy boundaries, and emotional regulation. Her calling in life is to help with the transformation of individuals and families using her education/clinical training and life experiences to enrich the client’s therapeutic experience.
Emily Andersen, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Emily Andersen (LMFT139163) graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University. She received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University.
Before beginning at Brain Wellness Institute, Emily has been a primary therapist in substance abuse treatment at Akua Mind and Body as well as a primary therapist working with eating disorders at Center for Discovery. Emily has also been a Program Director at Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment in Laguna Hills, CA and Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program in San Diego, CA. She is currently working towards earning her certification as an eating disorder specialist. Her therapeutic approach integrates psychodynamic theory and internal family systems. Emily also integrates CBT, DBT, Health At Every Size®, Intuitive Eating, and the Body Positive into her therapy work with clients.
Emily is passionate about providing access to care for clients with eating disorders as well as providing care that is culturally competent and inclusive of all races, ethnicities, ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, disabilities, economic status and other diverse backgrounds.
Emily believes the therapeutic relationship is of upmost importance in regard to positive outcomes for clients and she strives to create a space of empathy and support. She enjoys working with adults and specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and other co-occurring issues including substance use, depression, anxiety, OCD, and body dysmorphia.
Melinda Mojica, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Melinda Mojica (LMFT129686) is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA and her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. She began providing psychotherapy in 2011 at the Loma Linda University Counseling and Family Sciences Clinic working with individuals, couples, families, and children. Upon completing her degree, she worked at a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles County that serves mostly court mandated individuals. For the past four years Melinda worked at an agency contracted with San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health that provides services for transitional age youth, including those who are experiencing homelessness or are in the foster care system.
Melinda has experience working with teenagers, transitional age youth, young adults, individuals and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. Melinda is bilingual and she has often worked with the Spanish speaking population. Melinda has helped client manage symptoms of major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, and adjustment disorders by using client centered therapeutic techniques. She likes to incorporate techniques from solution focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Melinda enjoys enriching others’ lives through teaching effective communication, healthy coping skills, and positive self-worth. Melinda feels that it is a privilege to be a part of an individual’s transformation journey and it is her desire to be able to use her knowledge and training to help others live more fulfilling lives.
Our Post Doctoral Fellows
Dr. Jaime Spray, PhD
Registered Psychological Associate
Dr. Jaime Spray is a registered psychological associate (PSB94024787) working under the supervision of Dr. Jason Dorin, PsyD (PSY27470). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California – San Diego (UCSD), Master of Arts in Psychology, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Health track) at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University – San Diego.
Dr. Spray completed her APA-Accredited pre-doctoral internship in community mental health at Four County Counseling Center in Indiana as part of the Heart of America Psychology Internship Program. She then completed a two-year pediatric psychology fellowship at Children’s Hospital New Orleans where she worked on the consultation-liaison service, in multidisciplinary medical clinics, provided outpatient treatment, and conducted comprehensive psychological evaluations.
Dr. Spray specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She has experience in outpatient, inpatient, residential, school-based, multidisciplinary medical clinics, inpatient medical settings, and private practice. Her approach to treatment is primarily cognitive behavioral integrating evidenced-based cognitive behavioral interventions, solution-focused, family-systems, and mindfulness based approaches. Dr. Spray specializes in treating individuals with anxiety, mood disorders, patients coping with medical conditions, behavior management training for parents, trauma, and comprehensive psychological evaluations.
Dr. Rose Rutherford, PhD
Registered Psychological Associate
Dr. Rose Rutherford is a registered psychological associate (PSB94025846) working under the supervision of Dr. Jason Dorin, PsyD (PSY27470). She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Counseling at Creighton University, Omaha, NE and her Doctorate of Psychology (PhD) degree in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.
Dr. Rutherford completed her pre-doctoral internship in community mental health at Alafia Mental Health Institute in Los Angeles. She then completed her post-doctoral hours at Reasons Eating Disorder Center at BHC Alhambra Hospital, Rosemead, CA where she was part of the multidisciplinary medical team, and provided inpatient treatment, and conducted comprehensive psychological assessment and treatment plan.
Dr. Rutherford specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families. She has experience in outpatient, inpatient, residential, inpatient hospital settings, and private practice. Her approach to treatment is primarily cognitive behavioral integrating evidenced-based cognitive behavioral interventions, solution-focused, family-systems, and mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Rutherford specializes in treating individuals with major depressive disorder, PTSD, anxiety disorder, ADHD, neurodevelopmental disorders, bipolar and related disorders, patients coping with medical conditions, behavior management training for parents, trauma, and comprehensive psychological evaluations.
Dr. Kaitlin O'Brien, PhD
Registered Psychological Associate
Dr. Kaitlin O’Brien, PhD is a registered psychological associate (PSB94026937) and clinical neuropsychology post-doctoral fellow working under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Oleson, PhD (PSY32717). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University; Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills; Master of Science in Counseling, Family, and Human Services; and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (Spanish Language Psychological Service and Research Specialization) from University of Oregon.
Dr. O’Brien completed her APA-Accredited pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA. She is currently completing her two year post-doctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology at Brain Wellness Institute.
Dr. O’Brien specializes in providing bilingual (Spanish) neuropsychological assessments and evaluations for adults with a wide array of concerns, such as neurodegenerative disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, and conditions related to brain insults and injuries (stroke, traumatic brain injuries, epilepsy). She also provides bilingual (Spanish) cognitive remediation and rehabilitation for adults with cognitive and memory impairments as well as individual therapy for adults specializing in anxiety, depression, and trauma. Her primary therapeutic approach uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an emphasis on values. She uses a multicultural framework to inform her conceptualization and treatment of clients. Her primary goal in assessment and psychotherapy is to create a strength-based, client-directed, validating environment to provide answers, support, and guidance in pursuit of clients’ goals.
Dr. Constance Ortega, PsyD
Registered Psychological Associate
Dr. Ortega is a registered psychological associate (PSB94026771) who is practicing under the supervision of Dr. Brooke Davidson, PsyD (PSY31050) and Dr. Stephanie Oleson, PhD (PSY32717). Dr. Ortega earned a Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, in 2022. She also earned a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology in 2018. During her time in graduate school, she gained experience working with various populations through her practicum and internship placements. She has experience working with individuals in substance abuse rehabilitation, working with individuals who are on conservatorship, and working in a private practice setting administering various types of psychological assessments.
Dr. Ortega completed her pre-doctoral internship in a private practice setting in which she provided psychological evaluations and completed psychological test administration. She specifically conducted neuropsychological assessments, cognitive and academic achievement assessments, and autism spectrum disorder assessments.
Dr. Kate Diasmaidze, PsyD
Registered Psychological Associate
Dr. Kate Diasmaidze, PsyD is a registered psychological associate (PSB94027718) and clinical neuropsychology post-doctoral fellow working under the supervision of Dr. Natalie Do, PhD (PSY33488). She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Northridge, Master of Science and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University. She received clinical training in neuropsychological assessment at Semel Institute for Neuroscience of UCLA and Pacific Neuroscience Institute of Providence Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica.
Dr. Diasamidze completed her APA-Accredited pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at Sheridan VA Medical Center. She is currently completing her two-year post-doctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology at Brain Wellness institute.
Dr. Diasamidze has training in working with adults/older adults with an array of medical/neurological (e.g., Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury) and psychiatric presentations in various medical settings (e.g., acute inpatient, residential, outpatient). She also provides evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), CBT for Insomnia, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for individuals with mood disorders and trauma. Dr. Diasamidze helps patients and caregivers with individually tailored care, assessment, intervention, and treatment recommendations.
Our Registered Psychological Associates
Alyssa “Lyssa” Serpa is a registered psychological associate (PSB94027592) working under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Oleson, PhD (PSY32717). She is pursuing her doctorate at Rosemead School of Psychology. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fresno (2017), and M.A.s in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Northridge (2020), and from Rosemead School of Psychology (2022). Her clinical training includes conducting individual therapy with adults and psychological assessment with adults, teens, and adolescents. Alyssa has treated adults experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, derealization/depersonalization disorder, conversion disorder, gender identity concerns, bipolar disorder, autoimmunity, military service, and interpersonal dynamic issues. She also has experience with neuropsychological and general assessment, the knowledge from which she integrates with her therapy cases to develop a holistic view of the person. Her passion is caring for her patients’ minds, bodies, and spirits, and her aspiration is to offer kind, attentive care that provides them with a clear path toward thriving.
Eric Bridges is a registered psychological associate (PSB94027535) working under the supervision of Dr. Hussah Alkharafi, PsyD (PSY31366). Eric is pursuing his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. He is passionate about providing a safe therapeutic space and interventions tailored to the needs of his clients. He believes a therapist’s warmth, positive regard for his clients, and ability to connect are central to effective therapy. His training included a rotation at Hillview Mental Health Center, where he conducted individual and group therapy. He also conducted neuropsychological assessments at the Southern California Healthy Aging and Rehabilitation clinic at the Huntington Hospital and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. He is highly interested in the overlap between mental and physiological health, which led him to write his dissertation on the intersection between anxiety and gut health. Once he graduates, he plans to continue conducting individual therapy with adults in a private practice setting.
Ferzin Irani is a registered psychological associate (PSB94027574) working under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Van Stralen, PsyD (PSY28471). She is pursing a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Ferzin received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from San Jose State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Transpersonal Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Ferzin worked in a variety of settings as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (North Carolina) and most recently provided psychotherapy to adults with a history of anxiety disorders and complex trauma.
During this time, Ferzin completed a three-year training called Somatic Experiencing which lends understanding and practical interventions for resolving trauma. Ferzin brings an integrative orientation to working with clients, what she likes to call a ‘top down and bottom-up’ approach. She is a minister in a Universalist Sufi tradition and offers respect and curiosity in bringing your spiritual orientation into therapy. Her previous training sites were with an LA Department of Mental Health clinic, Whittier College Counseling Center, and the California Institute for Women—a women’s prison. In her downtime, she likes to grow flowers, visit art museums, and spend time with friends and family.
Registered Psychological Associate
Kathy Le is a registered psychological associate (PSB94025246) working under the supervision of Dr. Van Stralen, PsyD (PSY28471). She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology at University of Los Angeles (UCLA) and Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at Pepperdine University. She is currently earning her Doctorate of Psychology (PhD) at California Southern University.
Kathy’s therapeutic orientation is a combination of evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) and humanistic therapy. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Person Centered Therapy in her work. In therapy, Kathy tailors each treatment plan and interventions to suit the needs of her clients.
Kathy is culturally competent and adept in exploring the interpersonal and generational issues that are present in her clients. She specializes in treating individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and relational conflicts. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds in many different life stages. During her time at Pepperdine University, she worked with children and adolescents within the Santa Ana Unified School District as well as adults at Turning Point Center for Families. She also has experience in teaching parenting skills.
Kathy is passionate about creating a safe space in which clients can heal and grow. Through empathy and humor, she strives to create an environment where clients can explore issues, set goals, and implement change.
Sally Kim is a registered psychology associate (PSB94027598) working under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Miller, PsyD (PSY32929). She is pursing her doctorate in clinical psychology at Azusa Pacific University. Sally earned her B.A. at UCLA, M.A. at Biola University, and M.A. at Azusa Pacific University. She has experience working with school-aged children and adults in community mental health. She prioritizes and values each client’s experience and narrative to foster insight and change through issues pertaining to diversity, trauma, and development. Sally views the therapeutic alliance as a pivotal element of healing and welcomes her clients with empathy.
Registered Psychological Associate
Sierra (Cici) Lowry-Shephard (she/her) is a registered psychological associate (PSB94027579) working under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Miller, PsyD (PSY32929). She is currently in her fourth year of doctoral studies in clinical psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology. She previously completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in expressive arts therapy at William James College in Boston, Massachusetts as well as a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Biola University.
As a biracial-black woman, she is passionate about providing culturally informed care, and seeking resources to gain perspectives about different areas of diverse identities and the intersection of those identities. Over the past several years, Cici has provided support and treatment to a broad range of folks with different challenges including anxiety, depression, bullying, and general life adjustments, across a variety of treatment settings. As such, she has a love for adolescents, and young adults. She enjoys moving through meaning-making processes, and helping clients find empowering solutions that fit well with their values. In her free time, Cici enjoys spending time in the sun, playing with her cats, and going on motorcycle rides.
Our Advanced Doctoral Trainees
Amanda Feigin is an advanced doctoral trainee at Loma Linda University, where she is pursuing her PsyD degree. Amanda earned her B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College. At Hoag Hospital, she is training on the inpatient Chemical Dependency Unit where she provides individual and group therapy for adults with substance use disorders. Amanda also trained at Loma Linda University’s School of Behavioral Health Resiliency Clinic conducting psychotherapy with a diverse group of adolescents and adults. She has experience providing treatment to individuals with a range of diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders. She also trained at an elementary school in Redlands conducting psychological assessments. Amanda’s research interests include cultural and psychological factors in health behavior and outcome, as well as implicit bias in patient-provider clinical interactions.
Annabelle Patton is an advanced doctoral trainee at Rosemead School of Psychology. She earned a B.S. in Psychology, graduating Magna Cum Laude with minors in Spanish and Business from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2020) and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology (2023). Her clinical training includes conducting individual therapy with adults and psychological assessment with teens and adolescents. Annabelle has treated adults experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, and phase of life problems. She holds a special interest in psychological assessment, in which she hopes to help formulate comprehensive understandings of individuals’ psychological functioning and guide diagnoses, treatment planning, and interventions. Annabelle’s aspiration is to pursue Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy on her own mental health farm after finishing school.
Antony (Tony) Assaf
Antony (Tony) Assaf is an advanced doctoral trainee working under the supervision of Dr. Brooke Davidson (PSY31050). Tony is pursuing his doctorate in clinical psychology at Azusa Pacific University. Tony earned his B.A. at Cal State Fullerton and M.A. at Azusa Pacific University. He has experience working with adults in inpatient and outpatient settings and is looking forward to his journey in community mental health. He prioritizes and values authenticity and humor to build rapport with clients, and typically focuses on working with clients experiencing ADHD, anxiety, substance abuse and anger issues. Tony typically utilizes interventions such as CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, Harm Reduction, and Anger Management to help guide treatment, depending on the client’s needs.
April (Zixuan) Feng
April (Zixuan) Feng is a doctoral trainee studying clinical psychology at Azusa Pacific University. She holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from New York University and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With experience in various settings, including a college counseling center, private practice, and a non-profit organization, she has provided comprehensive counseling services to diverse client populations. Her clinical interests focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders, trauma-focused therapy, mood disorders, and applying positive psychology to enhance well-being and personal growth. She is dedicated to providing a warm and supportive environment for every client, integrating person-centered therapy principles into her practice. She provides therapy in both English and Mandarin Chinese.
Blake Song is a doctoral trainee studying clinical psychology at Pepperdine University. He received his B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from UC Irvine in 2017 and completed his M.A. in Psychology at Pepperdine University in 2020. In addition to his involvement at BWI, Blake is also currently a psychotherapist at a community mental health clinic in the Los Angeles area. He aspires to become a board-certified neuropsychologist, mental health author, and psychology professor. Blake has assisted in research studying the psychology of decision making in the legal setting and coordinated research examining patient outcomes at a dual diagnosis treatment center. Currently, he is researching the use of humor in psychotherapy for his doctoral dissertation. Outside of his professional endeavors, Blake enjoys cooking, producing music, and spending time with his cat.
Cassandra Reyes is an advanced doctoral trainee pursuing her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University. When working with clients, Cassandra adopts an integrative therapeutic approach that places a strong emphasis on cultivating a therapeutic alliance. She brings prior experience in facilitating psychotherapy sessions with adults, both in individual and group contexts. Cassandra’s previous clinical experience includes working with adults in community mental health at an outpatient psychiatric hospital. Cassandra enjoys exercising, traveling, baking, and spending time with her family.
Christopher Perez is an advanced doctoral trainee working under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Miller, PsyD (PSY32929). He has a passion for supporting individuals on their journeys toward mental and emotional well-being. He has a background in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and offers a unique approach, centered around fostering secure, resilient relationships and understanding deep-seated emotional responses.
Grounded in the principles of attachment theory, Christopher’s work emphasizes the intrinsic need for human connection and the patterns that can emerge when these bonds are challenged. Recognizing that past traumas and experiences shape current behaviors, he works with his clients to identify and repair these attachments, facilitating healthier interpersonal dynamics and personal growth.
Furthermore, Christopher integrates mindfulness techniques into his therapeutic practice, enabling clients to cultivate a heightened awareness of their thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. By fostering a space of non-judgment and present-moment awareness, he helps individuals navigate their emotions with greater clarity and equanimity.
Cole Van Anrooy
Cole Van Anrooy is an advanced doctoral trainee studying clinical psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Portland with a BA in Psychology and minor in Biology. Cole also completed his MA in Clinical Psychology at Rosemead in 2022. For the past two years, Cole has worked at the Biola Counseling Center, providing therapy for undergraduate students, graduate students, and community clients. Cole has worked with a variety of presenting concerns such as mood disorders (anxiety and depression), LGBTQ+ difficulties, spiritual challenges, loneliness and relational difficulties, and addiction. Cole’s aim is to be a board-certified private practice therapist and mental health author. Cole is motivated to provide quality therapeutic treatment that will help clients achieve their goals, while having a patient and gentle compassion that allows his clients to feel safe. In his spare time, Cole loves to be outside surfing, hiking, or running. He also loves creative endeavors such as writing and film.
Greyson Walbrink is an advanced doctoral trainee pursuing a PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. He earned his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and received his B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. He has previous experience in various clinical environments, including conducting psychotherapy with young adults in a community college healthcare setting, adults in a community mental health clinic, and leading psychoeducational outreach programs targeted toward young adults. He implements several approaches according to each client’s needs including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy among others.
Greyson strives to create a safe and secure therapeutic environment that is welcoming and facilitates personal growth for all individuals. In his free time, Greyson enjoys spending time with his friends and family as well as playing music.
Jessica Lopez is an advanced doctoral trainee studying clinical psychology at Azusa Pacific University. She received her B.A. in psychology from Boston College in 2018 and her M.A. in clinical psychology from Azusa Pacific University in 2022. She has clinical experience in several settings, including Azusa Unified School District, community mental health, and forensic settings. She also has 4 years of experience working as a substance use disorder counselor in a medication assisted treatment program. Jessica’s research interests include complex trauma and addiction, and she operates through a strengths based lens. She believes in tailoring treatment to the unique needs of each individual while fostering a strong, empathic therapeutic relationship.
Joshua Kelly is an advanced doctoral trainee pursuing his PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the University of La Verne. He received his B.A. In psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and received his M.S. in Clinical Psychology. Josh has previous experience working in university mental health centers as well as with adults of diverse backgrounds. Josh uses an integrative therapeutic approach and prioritizes utilizing culturally adapted treatments. His clinical issues include transitional age youth and LGBT-related issues. Josh enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family during his free time.
Kelsi Werner is an advanced doctoral trainee pursing a PsyD in clinical psychology at The California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant University. She holds a B.A in Psychology from The University of Colorado at Boulder and, an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University. Kelsi has over eight years of clinical experienceprimarily working with children, teens, and adults in a variety of settings including in-patient psychiatric hospitals, intensive outpatient programs and residential treatment centers. Her clinical interests include neuropsychology assessments, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Kelsi strives to provide a safe and collaborative environment with all her clients. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, good restaurants and spending time with friends and family.
Lauren Mendoza is an advanced doctoral trainee pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology. She earned a B.A. from Biola University, M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care at Talbot School of Theology and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology. Her clinical training includes conducting individual therapy with adults and psychological assessment with adolescents. Lauren is committed to treating her clients with empathy, genuine kindness, and dignity. She aims to partner with her clients to explore their experiences, provide space for cultivating insight, understanding, and healing, and to honor each client’s whole self and unique treatment goals.
Mariana is a an advanced doctoral trainee pursuing her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Channel Islands, and her M.A. in Psychology from Los Angeles Pacific University. Mariana has previous experience in conducting psychotherapy and psychological assessments with children, adolescents, and adults of diverse backgrounds. Mariana takes an integrative therapeutic approach and prioritizes the therapeutic alliance in her work with clients. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults of varying mental health severity and backgrounds. Her clinical interests include severe mental illness and neuropsychology and hopes to work in community mental health and open her own private practice. Mariana enjoys spending time with her friends and family in her free time and engaging in creative activities.
Mary Ann Armanious
Mary Ann Armanious is an advanced doctoral trainee pursuing a PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. She earned her M.A in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University and her B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Child Development at Cal State Los Angeles. She utilizes several approaches that best fit the client’s needs such as CBT, TFCBT, Psychoanalysis, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Play Therapy, Humanistic, and more.
Mary Ann has experience in providing individual therapy to several populations across a variety of settings. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in treating a broad range of disorders such as anxiety, depression, trauma, personality disorders, ADHD, autism, etc. Mary Ann has provided therapy for school districts, community mental health centers, and with the court-mandated population.
Mary Ann has a passion for working with diverse and marginalized communities and makes sure to advocate for their needs. Her own strong ties to her cultural background gives her additional insight and interest in how her client’s ethnic and racial identities can be accessed as strengths in the work in therapy. She uses a highly collaborative approach in her work with clients meaning that she makes sure that each client has a role in their therapeutic work.
McKenzie Marchan is an advanced doctoral trainee pursuing a PsyD in clinical psychology at the University of La Verne. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of La Verne. McKenzie has received extensive training in various settings, including providing therapy to young adults at a college counseling center, adolescents at a middle school, and leading social skills groups for children with autism and ADHD. Her clinical interests involve working with children from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of diagnoses.
McKenzie has experience administering psychological assessments and providing individual therapy, with a strong focus on creating an inclusive and empowering therapeutic environment. She is dedicated to offering a safe and empathic space where she meets clients where they are, guiding them on their unique path of personal growth. In her free time, she enjoys visiting Disneyland and taking her pug to the beach.
Melissa Melgoza is an advanced doctoral trainee at Rosemead School of Psychology. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton (2020) and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology (2023). Her clinical training includes providing individual therapy with young adults and conducting cognitive and psychological assessments on adolescents and young adults. Melissa has treated clients experiencing anxiety and depression. She holds a special interest in working with emerging adults as they navigate their college and post-college years. In her free time, Melissa enjoys attending game nights, walking on the beach, and volunteering at church.
Nicollette Balassanian is an advanced doctoral trainee pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. She received her M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology and her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. Her clinical experience includes working with children, teens, and adults from culturally and linguistically diverse populations by providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy. Nicollette strives to provide a safe, encouraging, and collaborative space for her clients to reach their therapeutic goals. When not conducting assessments or therapy, Nicollette enjoys game nights, podcasts, and spending quality time with her friends, family, and cats.
Patricia Bianca Torres is a licensed marriage family therapist and predoctoral clinical psychology trainee. She has almost a decade of experience in working with those who experience anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. She specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She also conducts neuropsychological assessments under the supervision of Dr. Joy Suh, Neuropsychologist.
Ratiana Karapet is an advanced doctoral trainee studying clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. She earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She also received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior, as well as criminology, law, and society from the University of California, Irvine. She has two years of experience working in diverse mental health settings, including an inpatient psychiatric hospital, intensive outpatient program, and community mental health. Her clinical interests include treating adult individuals who struggle with mental health conditions and substance use issues that impair their ability to live a life that aligns with their goals and values. Ratiana highlights her clients’ resilience and encourages her clients to utilize their strengths to improve functioning across different domains of their lives. She enjoys true crime documentaries and spending quality time with her loved ones.
Roheena Khan is an advanced doctoral trainee studying Clinical Psychology, with a Health Emphasis from the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences, with a minor in psychology from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Additionally, she has spent the last year working as a doctoral practicum trainee at a concussion clinic. With a profound interest in neuropsychology, she is driven by a dual passion for understanding the complexities of the human mind and addressing mental health disparities in underserved populations. Her dedication to working with underserved minority populations stems from a recognition of the systemic barriers they face in accessing mental healthcare. Her goal is to contribute to the field of psychology by conducting research that sheds light on the unique challenges faced by minority communities. Outside of her clinical interests, she enjoys watching basketball, especially the Miami Heat. She is also a cat mom to Rain and Mochi!
Sabba Beizai is an advanced doctoral trainee at Loma Linda University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, and her M.A. from Loma Linda University as a part of her PsyD program. Her previous clinical experience consists of providing individual therapy with patients from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds at the SBH Resiliency Clinic in Loma Linda. Sabba also has previous experience conducting cognitive assessments for possible learning and developmental disabilities through Redlands Unified School District. Sabba is interested in working with diverse adult patient populations and is passionate about the importance of cultural consideration in treatment. She aspires to create an understanding and empathetic environment while implementing effective interventions.
Sarah J. Martinez is an advanced doctoral trainee at California Baptist University, where she is actively pursuing a PsyD degree. She received her B.S. in Emergency Medical Care from Loma Linda University in (2009) and obtained her M.S. in Counseling Psychology with specialization in professional clinical counseling from California Baptist University in (2019), and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology California Baptist University (2023).
Sarah has over five and a half years of experience providing psychotherapy and case management services to a diverse population of individuals, couples, families, college-students, and group therapy. Her specialties include providing psychotherapy services for those experiencing anxiety/OCD, mood disorders/depression, PTSD, Relationship&Self-Esteem Difficulties,Substance Use Disorders, Violent Trauma, and Personality Disorders.
Sarah utilizes a Psychodynamic Therapy approach, is extremely motivated,and enjoys incorporating Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness in collaborating with her work with clients. Sarah has a special interest in helping individuals gain awareness in their identity formation.
In her free time Sarah enjoys photography, the beach, and playing with her puppy Charlie.
Sarah Reilly is an advanced doctoral trainee pursuing her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. She received her BA majoring in Psychology at Connecticut College. Sarah’s previous clinical experience includes working in a residential setting with adults diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Dual Diagnosis, and other Mental Health Disorders at Clearview Treatment Programs in Venice, CA. Her previous training at Clearview included modalities such as DBT, CBT, Positive Psychology, and ACT. Sarah also has experience working with couples striving to improve their relationships. Sarah’s research interests include post-traumatic stress disorder, serious mental illness, personality disorders, attachment theory, and more. She enjoys skateboarding, skiing, beach walks, watching comedy, reading, and spending time with family and friends in her spare time.
Shir is a doctoral trainee pursuing her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University. She received her BA majoring in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Shir has volunteered her time during COVID as a mental health coach, assisting her peers in undergrad with their current struggles by implementing mindfulness modules. Shir’s previous clinical experience includes working with children at a private clinic, Center For the Developing Mind, incorporating play therapy with children struggling with ADHD, ASD, selective mutism and more. Shir’s research interests include relationship between the mind and body, in the health perspective, the relationship between chronic illness, pain, and mental illness. With her interest in opening a private clinic of her own in the future, Shir is currently developing her skills in assessment and therapy. In her free time Shir enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing activities of arts and crafts.
Tiffany is a an advanced doctoral trainee pursuing a PsyD in clinical psychology with a concentration in Primary Care Psychology at Loma Linda University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside and her M.A. in Psychology at Loma Linda University. Her clinical interests include primary care psychology and finding ways to enhance patient-provider communication. She is passionate about providing culturally sensitive care and greater access to care to underserved populations. Throughout her clinical training, Tiffany has worked in integrated care sites to effectively collaborate with adjunct healthcare professionals to provide whole-person care to her patients. Tiffany is passionate about providing a safe, empathic space for her clients to grow and heal at their own pace.
Travis Marchman (he/him) is an advanced doctoral trainee working under the supervision of Dr. Natalie Do, PhD (PSY33488). He is currently studying clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University. Travis’s clinical interests include pediatric neuropsychology and working with members of ethnic, sexual, and gender minority groups. Previously, Travis trained at an inpatient psychiatric hospital and a treatment center for eating disorders. In addition to his training at Brain Wellness Institute, Travis is a research assistant at a pediatric neuropsychology research lab. He is also the mental health education coordinator at the Mindsight Institute, where he works under Dr. Dan Siegel on issues related to interpersonal neurobiology.
Veronica is an advanced doctoral trainee pursuing a PsyD in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology. Veronica has earned a B.S in child development with an emphasis in counseling and family services from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She has also earned her M.S in marriage and family therapy from the University of La Verne. Veronica is a licensed marriage and family therapist working in private practice and has spent the last two years working as a doctoral practicum trainee. She has experience in numerous settings, most recently in addiction recovery. Her clinical interests are working with children in any capacity utilizing an integrated treatment approach that best fits client’s needs. Veronica strives to build an empathetic and genuine relationship with clients while they explore ways to move through their discomfort. She is looking forward to broadening her skills with psychological assessment with children. Veronica enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her loved ones, and watching true crime documentaries in her free time.
Wendy Ponce is an advanced doctoral trainee studying clinical psychology at California Baptist University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Barry University in 2016. She has also completed a M.A. in Forensic Psychology (2019), as well as an M.A. in Clinical Psychology (2022) at California Baptist University. In addition to her involvement at BWI, Wendy has also provided psychotherapy at community mental health clinics within the Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino areas, providing psychotherapy in both Spanish and English. She aspires to become a board-certified forensic psychologist.
Wendy has published research exploring associations between multiracial discrimination, religious/spiritual struggles, and race-based traumatic stress. Currently, she is researching the use of cultural humility and compassion within clinical psychology training to prevent clinician/therapist burnout as her doctoral dissertation. Outside of her professional endeavors, Wendy enjoys baking, yoga, dance, and volunteering in her community.
Our Academic Tutor/Intervention Specialist
Mrs. Owens has been an educator for 33 years. She holds a K-12 Multiple Subjects Credential from CSU Sacramento, an Education Specialist Credential from Cal Poly, Pomona, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Chapman University. Mrs. Owens is a Certified Orton-Gillingham Instructor through the Dyslexic Training Institute, (DTI) San Diego.
Mrs. Owens provides specialized interventions to children in grades Kindergarten through high school, with a variety of learning differences, including children with dyslexia, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, Sensory Integration Disorder and Anxiety. She also has extensive experience working with families with children with Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) and is knowledgeable in Special Education law. In addition to learning intervention services, Mrs. Owens offers consultation services for families in need of guidance and support prior, during and after IEP meetings, including classroom observations.
Mrs. Owens has been an active member of the Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexic Association, a current member of the Southern California Tri Counties International Dyslexic Association and Decoding Dyslexia California, and has been very proactive in her community in educating the public about dyslexia and other learning differences. She has presented several free informational workshops on learning differences at her local libraries, and has attended several professional workshops and conferences in the last 33 years in order to stay current in her desire to provide the best interventions possible for the children and families she serves. Mrs. Owens believes in working closely with the parents of the children she serves in order to provide a complete and comprehensive intervention plan.
Our Administrative Team Members
Emily Goodwin is an Administrative Assistant who joined our team in October of 2020. Emily is currently a doctoral student pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. She earned her master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oral Roberts University. Her field experiences include working as a student clinician at a court-mandated outpatient treatment facility for domestic violence offenders and substance use as well as in the psychiatric emergency room of a general hospital in Denver. Emily’s current research interests include traumatic brain injury (particularly within the criminal justice population), neuropsychological assessment, executive function, and psychopathy. She hopes to become a Forensic Neuropsychologist, specializing in assessing neurocognitive functioning within the criminal justice population. A fun fact about Emily is that she loves all things music! She has played the trombone for 13 years and also enjoys playing the piano, singing, and listening to orchestral pieces of music.
Julie is an administrative assistant with a thorough understanding of the different ways to interact and clearly communicate using her extensive knowledge of her past learnings and experiences. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in music from CSU Long Beach. She later earned her Master’s degree in Education from CSU Long Beach and an Associates of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies from Cerritos College. Her training in education has taught her to utilize and formulate ways to establish trust and friendship with those around her. Her minor in music has shaped many lives over 18 years as a piano teacher for children ages 6-13 years old.
Monica is a certified healthcare assistant with a background in healthcare and hospitality. Her knowledge and experience in various work environments honed her communication, problem-solving, and client satisfaction skills. She finds joy in going the extra mile in assisting others. Monica loves free-diving, hiking, boxing, and hanging out with the cutest dog in the world, Loki.
John is a highly motivated administrative assistant with years of extensive experience in program management, interpersonal communication, and administrative oversight. He is an outgoing professional with a track record of building a long-term relationships and is dedicated to customer satisfaction by delivering focused customer solutions. In his free time, John loves to bake desserts, travel, and go on food adventures with his family.
Lorraine is a versatile and skilled individual who has worked in various fields and positions. She works well in high-pressure settings with minimal supervision in both leadership and team roles. During her free time, Lorraine loves spending time with her son and watching unpopular documentaries. She is also an advocate for Autism support groups.