Our Providers

Dr. Julia Evans, PhD

Clinical Psychologist /Neuropsychologist

Dr. Evans, Ph.D. 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. Jason Dorin, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Dorin 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.

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Dr. Kalyan Dandala, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Kalyan Dandala is passionate about changing the status quo for psychiatric care when it comes to both medication management and the treatment of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Dr. Dandala has nearly 20 years of experience with medication management and firmly believes the best results are achieved when you individually tailor treatment for each patient. Given the holistic approach BWI provides to patients, Dr. Dandala is very excited to integrate medication management and TMS to further care provided to our patients.

Dr. Dandala is a leader in TMS and is a Clinical Consultant for the most preferred TMS system by physicians: Neurostar. His goal is to make TMS available to as many people as possible and was the first Physician in Washington State to make it available to Medicare and Medicaid patients. He continues to work with the National Clinical TMS Society to expand TMS treatments to pain, addiction, dementia, autism and other diseases on top of depression and anxiety.

Dr. Dandala is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has several publications and is a member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the Clinical TMS Society.

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Dr. Brooke Davidson, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Davidson 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.

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Dr. Rasoul Malekjah, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Malekjah 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.

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Dr. Stephanie Van Stralen, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Stephanie Van Stralen 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.

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Dr. Vanessa Zizak, PhD ABPP-CN

Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Vanessa Zizak 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.

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Dr. Hussah AlKharafi, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist

Dr. Hussah Alkharafi 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. Nonnette Mosley, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Nonnette Mosley 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.

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Dr. LeighAnn DeJesse. PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. DeJesse 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.

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Dr. Diane Dunne, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Diane Dunne, Ph.D. 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!

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Dr. Stephanie Oleson, PhD

Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist

Dr. Stephanie Oleson 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. 

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Dr. Erik Welsh, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Welsh 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.

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Dr. Jacob Spencer, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

After acareer in technology, Dr. Jacob Spencer, PhD 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.

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Dr. Renee Prince, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Renee K. Prince, Ph.D. is a California Licensed Clinical Psychologist with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. In addition, she has an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Larned State Hospital in Larned, Kansas, and postdoctoral work with San Diego-area practitioners.

For psychotherapy, Dr. Prince’s work focuses on adults of all ages. She has experience in Co-Occurring or Dual Diagnosis, Depression and Anxiety, Stress, Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, Life Coaching, and Adjustment Disorders. Psychological approaches include Cognitive-Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral, Psychodynamic, and Client-Centered therapies.

As well as being a psychotherapist, Dr. Prince has a passion for assessment and ten years’ experience in testing as a Graduate Student, Post-Doctoral Fellow, and Licensed Psychologist with clients from all walks of life ages 4 to 80+ years old. She has had extensive experience in testing for ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, and other Neurocognitive and Psychological Disorders.

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Dr. Marian Nashed, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Nashed 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.

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Dr. Timothy Lynch, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Timothy Lynch 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.

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Dr. Andrew Miller, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Andrew Miller 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.

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Dr. Robert Arguelles, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Arguelles is a licensed clinical psychologist who graduated from the Wright Institue in Berkeley California. He completed his post-doctoral work at the Faculty and Staff assistance program at UCSF, working with employees and students to address a variety of mood disorders originating from the workplace and at home. His work includes clients from 16 years old to adults. He has experience in dealing with chemical dependency, life transitions, relationship issues, anger management, and culturally related stressors particular to Asian American and Pacific Islanders. Dr. Arguelles has expertise in Solution-Focued Consultation, Motivation Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and various Psychodynamic Interventions. 

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Angela Alvarado, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Angela 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.


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Arabelle Estrada, MSN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Arabelle Estrada is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Samuel Merritt University in the San Francisco Bay Area. She enjoyed seven fulfilling years as a Registered Nurse in various areas of practice and eventually became the Director of Nursing at an addiction treatment center in the Pacific Northwest. She then obtained a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Seattle Pacific University and holds a national certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She has experience treating patients in multiple specialties including primary care and behavioral health. She is well versed in treating mental health disorders with medication management and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). She is passionate about helping others and her goal for her patients is to individualize and optimize outcomes.

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Dr. Jaime Spray, PhD

Registered Psychological Associate

Dr. Spray is a registered psychological associate (PSB-94024787) working under the supervision of Dr. Jason Dorin, PsyD (PSY-27470). 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.

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Dr. Rose Rutherford, PhD

Registered Psychological Associate

Dr. Rutherford is a registered psychological associate (PSB-94025846) working under the supervision of Dr. Jason Dorin, PsyD (PSY-27470). 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.

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Kathy Le

Registered Psychological Associate

Kathy Le is a registered psychological associate working under the supervision of Dr. Van Stralen. 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.

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Jen Rodriguez

TMS Technician

Jennifer Rodriguez is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Sociology focused on Health and Social Welfare. She is a TMS Technician working under the supervision of Dr. Dandala, MD. Jennifer has dedicated herself to being fully certified and has received the Certified TMS Technician designation. Being a TMS technician allows her the opportunity to develop close relationships with patients as she works with her patients on a daily basis. Jennifer is warm, considerate, understanding and compassionate. She is always willing to go out of her way to ensure patients have a wonderful experience at BWI. A fun fact about Jennifer is that she enjoys cooking new recipes and spending time at the dog beach with her family dogs, Willow and Wyland.

 

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Our Advanced Doctoral Trainees

Alyssa Serpa

Alyssa Serpa is an advanced doctoral trainee 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 Rosemead School of Psychology (2022). Her clinical training includes conducting individual therapy with adults and psychological assessment with teens and adolescents. Alyssa has treated adults experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, derealization/depersonalization disorder, and conversion disorder. She holds a special interest in neuropsychological assessment, in which she hopes to help clients increase their understanding of their neurological functioning and the ways in which it affects their daily lives. Her aspiration is to offer kind, attentive care that provides clients with answers and a clear path toward improving their lives.

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Benjamin Joly

Benjamin Joly is an advanced doctoral trainee  studying clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Benjamin received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, with minors in Criminal Justice and American Studies, from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Additionally, he spent the last two years working as a doctoral practicum trainee for multiple Community Mental Health settings in the greater Los Angeles area. His clinical interests are working with adult populations who are dealing with chronic mental health symptoms and diagnoses and looking for assistance in making their day-to-day functioning more manageable. Benjamin strives to develop the most open and comfortable rapport with all my clients, and seek to ensure that they are prepared and willing to discuss any matter during therapy, regardless of intensity. He enjoys watching the New England Patriots and relaxing on the beach.

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Blake Song

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.

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Chris Costanza

Chris Costanza is an advanced doctoral trainee studying clinical psychology at the University of La Verne. Chris earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Louisiana State University and his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of La Verne. His clinical training includes serving in community-based addiction treatment and private practice settings as a therapist and diagnostic assessor. His clinical interests are working with adult populations who are experiencing physical and mental health stressors and assisting them in improving their overall quality of life and happiness. Above all, Chris strives to create a warm and welcoming therapeutic environment to offer support and encourage healing and growth.

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Doori Jeong

Doori Jeong is an advanced doctoral trainee studying clinical psychology with neuropsychoogy track from Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology. Doori has years of experience working with various mental health concerns in different settings. Before she joined the team, she has provided neuropsychological assessment and therapy to adults and children in community mental health, rehab hospital, private practice, and VA hospital. She has been trained in Relational Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), and Aceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Doori is also part of a neuroscience lab, involved in research related to the cognitive and psychosocial disabilities in Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum.

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Eric Bridges

Eric is an advanced doctoral trainee 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.

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Eugene Reznik

Eugene Reznik is an advanced doctoral trainee at Loma Linda University who is interested in becoming a neuropsychologist that can work with a variety of patients. He received his B.A. in Integrative Biology as a pre-med from UC Berkeley at Berkeley, CA. Eugene is particularly interested in mapping psychopathology such as Autism, ADHD, early-onset psychosis, and anxiety via brain imaging to further add concrete data to different clinical presentations. Additionally, he is currently a psychotherapist at Indian Health, serving the Native American community.Eugene was trained in professional ballroom dancing for ten years and in his downtime, he enjoys watching NBA basketball, traveling, and spending time with his family at the beach.

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Ferzin Irani

Ferzin Irani is an advanced doctoral trainee studying 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. 

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Jana Elrabaa

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Jana Kukla

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Laura-Ashley Whitaker

Laura-Ashley Whittaker is an advanced doctoral trainee studying clinical psychology at Azusa Pacific University and currently holds a MA in Clinical Psychology. Her doctoral training has included working at APU’s Community Counseling Center in collaboration with Azusa Unified School District. Laura-Ashley’s focus is working with children and adolescents in the community, and she gains perspective through a systems and trauma informed lens. She has training in evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Play Therapy, and Seeking Safety. Her research goals include utilizing Narrative and Expressive therapies with children who have experience adverse childhood experiences and medical trauma. She holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography with a minor in Writing from California Institute of the Arts and values the importance that art and creativity have in lifespan development and quality of life. She hopes to continue her education to become a licensed pediatric clinical psychologist, and work at a local children’s hospital.

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Melissa Petrossian

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Ratiana Karapet

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.

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Sally Kim

Sally Kim is an advanced doctoral trainee at Azusa Pacific University. She 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.

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Scott Briggs

Scott Briggs is an advanced doctoral trainee at Loma Linda University. He received his B.A. from Brigham Young University in advertising but determined to switch course to graduate training in clinical psychology to utilize professional skills to help others heal and thrive. Scott’s previous clinical experience includes working with veterans at the Loma Linda Veteran Affairs hospital where he assessed new clients to determine their mental health needs and how to direct veterans for success in mental health services. Scott also has previous experience conducting psychotherapy with a variety of presenting cases at Riverside San Bernardino Indian Health, Inc. where he practiced the importance of providing a safe and healing space for every client’s unique story and circumstances, as well as effective interventions to facilitate client change. With interest in a private practice of his own in the future, Scott is currently developing his skills in actuarial methods of assessment to compliment his previous training in person-centered approaches. In his free time Scott enjoys working out at the gym and relaxing with his favorite shows.

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Shir Atias

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.

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Tanya Diaz

Tanya Diaz is an advanced doctoral trainee studying clinical psychology at Loma Linda University. Tanya graduated with a B.S in Biology and minor in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and has received her M.A in clinical psychology from Loma Linda University. Tanya has previous experience conducting psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessments with adolescents and adults of diverse ages. Her previous training includes modalities such as CBT, DBT, and EFT as well as neuropsychological assessment of learning disabilities, developmental delays, and serious mental illness. In addition to BWI, Tanya is also training with the Center for Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States at UCLA. Tanya’s research interests include serious mental illness, health psychology, neuropsychology, and cancer biology. She enjoys music, dancing, movies, and comedy shows.

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Veronica Yamashita

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.

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Our Administrative Team Members

Emily Goodwin

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.

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Julie Best

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.  

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Jordan Martinez

Jordan received his Medical assistant and Phlebotomy certifications at AUMT institute. He previously worked at Southland Neurologic institute offering a wealth of industry knowledge. One of Jordan’s goals is to continue helping patients and individuals in any capacity! Jordan is continuing his education by working to get his certification with NASM to become a personal trainer and fitness coach. A fun fact about Jordan is that he enjoys going to sporting events & exploring different places! But, most importantly, rooting for the Lakers!

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