With over 15 years of experience working with youth and their families in various contexts, I am a therapist with a great passion for working with at-risk youth and those who have experienced trauma. Youth are such a vulnerable population, and helping them to realize their strengths and resiliency, as they grow and learn from their experiences, is a great honor. I use a variety of modalities in my work, along with the skills and knowledge I have gained from my own experiences to create a therapeutic environment that is safe, welcoming, and nonjudgmental.
I have been trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and specialize in equine assisted learning and therapy. I have had the opportunity to work with many different cultures, and have a great appreciation for diversity. My experience working with runaway, homeless, foster, and probation youth in a shelter setting was some of the greatest training I have experienced, and am grateful for the opportunity to have been able to learn so much from these amazing young people. I was also on the Western States Youth Services Network’s Community Youth Development team for 7 years and facilitated youth development trainings for youth services agencies all over the Western United States. This experience gave me the opportunity to work with a variety of community agencies that provide services to young people, and help them to develop their youth programs. I also have had the opportunity to work abroad which further expanded my understanding of other cultures. I lived in Malawi, East Africa for 2 years where I worked with local villagers to better understand the needs of the “girl child,” and helped them to develop and implement a life skills curriculum at Nanthomba Primary School. I also taught a group therapy seminar to psychology students at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Community Youth Development from Springfield College in 2010. My Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy is through Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology, a COAMFT accredited school. I received the Alliant International University Educational Stipend Award in 2013, funded through California’s MHSA.
I have been working at Citrus Counseling Services (CCS) since 2013. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Recently, I have been given the opportunity to manage CCS’s ChAT program, which provides mental health service to youth 0-17 year olds who have been the victim or witness to a crime. I am looking forward to further developing this program, and providing services to a population that has a very special place in my heart.
I am a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. I have felt the calling to the field of counseling, since I was a young child & began to experience the treasure that a loving presence, support, and hope can bring to a person’s life. I am passionate about providing care for children, teens, and families experiencing some of life’s many challenges. I love using playful, creative techniques and each client’s inherent strengths to foster growth and healing. It has been a privilege to walk alongside many youth and their families through experiences of trauma, unexpected change, anxiety, depression, and stress. My work with abused and neglected children & teens has led me to dedicate heart-felt time and energy to learning the most effective tools for building strong positive relationships. I received my B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Child & Family from California Lutheran University and an M.S. in Marital & Family Therapy from Loma Linda University.
• B.A. in Psychology emphasizing on Family & Child Development from California Lutheran University
• M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Loma Linda University
License: Licensed Marriage and Family Intern
• Dyadic Art Therapy
Hello! I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). I specialize in Child, Teen and Adult counseling. My therapeutic background extends to a variety of previous occupations working as a youth pastor, a house parent at a group home for severely abused and neglected children and teens, as well as with children whom are developmentally delayed and/or on the autistic spectrum. My background has helped to equip my abilities to serve children and their families struggling with the realities of life’s complexities related to residual effects of trauma, spectrum disorders, sensory challenges, developmental delays, defiant behaviors, anxiety, and depression. Life is complex enough! I find deep purpose in walking alongside other’s in their struggle’s to support him/her towards gain’s in understanding and loving each other as well as themselves more fully.
In a typical session, you can expect that I will utilize evidence-based therapy interventions that best fit your current needs. In other words, the therapy I provide has been found in the research to be an effective tool. The therapeutic modalities that I utilize most frequently to support my client’s include: PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy), Floortime, Play Therapy w/ sandtray, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, sensory support through interventions from the Alert Program, and EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) for teens and adults. Personally, I tend to speak to my clients in a very down to earth manner, as I enjoy collaboration and playfulness as tools in supporting families.
I received my B.A. in Psychology, emphasis in child and family from Azusa Pacific University and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, thrift store shopping, reading, and sipping on another cup of coffee.
• B.A. in Psychology/Family & Child from Azusa Pacific
• M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Cal. Baptist University
License: Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
• Parent education
I was born and raised in Sri Lanka, an island in the Indian Ocean. I attended a Christian high school and colleges where I learned the importance of serving humanity. I served as a pastor in churches in Sri Lanka, India and California. After a decade in the ministry, I realized the need for further training in psychology to meet the emotional needs of the people I served. As a Clinical Psychologist, I feel better equipped to serve individuals and families by integrating psychological tools I have acquired.
My wife and I have three adult children and several grandchildren. The study of psychology and family therapy has helped me to be a more understanding husband, father and grandfather. My rudimentary understanding of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam has helped me to understand the cultural nuances that are critical to providing culturally sensitive psychotherapy to people of other faiths who come through the doors of CCS.
If you are experiencing problems relating to relationships, depression, anxiety and hopelessness, CCS provides a wide array of Evidence Based Therapies that can help alleviate your problems and help you gain mastery of your life.
• B.A. in Liberal Arts from Pakistan SDA College
• M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Loma Linda University
• M.A. in Psychology from Loma Linda University
• M.S. in Public Health from Loma Linda University
• Pys.D. in Psychology from Loma Linda University
License: Clinical Psychologist
• Marriage & Family
I have always loved listening to people’s stories and walking alongside them as they navigate through life. I am passionate about helping individuals and families develop healthier, more positively connected relationships. As a wife and working mother of four, I am aware of how challenging it is to live a balanced life; therefore, I find it incredibly rewarding to help couples and especially mothers, particularly those who are struggling with Postpartum Depression. I am also passionate about helping young adults as they approach different stages of life. I am trained in the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models and desire to not only help those who have experienced significant trauma but also those dealing with everyday stressors, to find peace, joy and hope in this otherwise chaotic world.
• B.A. in Liberal Studies from University of Redlands
• M.S. in Marital & Family Therapy from Loma Linda University
License: Licensed Marriage and Family
• Postpartum Depression
I have over 25 years of experience in a number of sub fields of psychology, including substance abuse, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, forensics, sexual and physical abuse, anger, and grief cases. I worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, providing intervention, advocacy and mediation services on a regular basis. I am currently a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the director of Alliance Counseling in the Pasadena area where I provide psychotherapy and spiritual guidance services for individuals, couples, and families. In addition, I work full time as a staff psychologist at Patton State Hospital and served as Chair for the Department of Psychology for 2 years. I am also a member of the Board of Directors of Division V –Psychopharmacology of the California Psychological Associations and is working for the advancement of prescription writing privileges for California psychologists.
• MA in Psychology
• MA in Theology
• PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller University
License: Licensed Clinical Psychologist
I was drawn to this field by my passion for helping those who cannot help themselves. Mental Health has a negative stigma, which causes individuals who need help the most, avoid seeking therapy. I want to bridge the gap between avoiding and seeking services.
I think my ability to actively listen and be nonjudgmental has helped in my profession. To listen and hear individuals share their story without fear of persecution or condemnation has allowed me to provide better services and help those in need.
License: LPCC Intern
I have worked for 10 years in adult mental health for the VA, forensic psychiatric institution, and outpatient psychology service. I work with a range of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety. A significant amount of my practice is spent in reducing negativity and rebuilding the intimacy of couples. Trained in a theological seminary prepared me to deal with religious/spiritual dimensions of client’s experience in spiritually integrated psychotherapy. I use assessment tools to track treatment progress. I provide specialist psychological assessment using a semi-structured interview and self-report measures such as the MMPI-2/ MMPI-2-RF and a battery of other psychological instruments. I draw upon different models to explain mental health difficulties and emotional and interpersonal distress. I find the biopsychosocialspritual model particularly useful in understanding what might be contributory factors to the presenting issues. The main model of therapy that I use in my clinical work are psychodynamic models, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral models. I assess clients suitability for psychological therapy and for the type of therapy most appropriate for their psychological needs. I am a certified trauma professional, a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), member of the Association of Moral Education (AME), and a member of American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS).
• BA in Theology from Northern Caribbean University
• MA in Islam & Middle Eastern Studies from University of Manchester
• MA in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
• MA in Theology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
• PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
License – Psychologist
• B.S. in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University
License: Licensed Occupational Therapist
• Behavioral & sensory processing dysfunction
Bio: I have been working with children and their parents for the past 12 years. I spent 10 years working for the Riverside County Office of Education as an instructional assistant and behavioral interventionist for preschoolers with an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. During that time, I worked with this population in both the classroom as well as the in-home setting using a therapy model known as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Additionally, I worked for a Title 1 elementary school in Buena Park as a school counselor for 2 years. I have worked on the SART/EIIS team for almost two years working with children ages 0-9 that have experienced trauma, abuse, or who have difficulties with their physical and emotional regulation. I use a variety of models including: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Theraplay, “Watch, Wait, Wonder”, Floortime, Sandtray, General Play Therapy and Behavior Modification. I greatly enjoy working with children and their parents on a variety of issues and work to be a collaborative partner in helping parents & caregivers develop a more effective way of relating to a child who does not respond to traditional parenting. Throughout the counseling process, I work to find a creative, realistic, and trauma-informed approach in helping families meet their goals and identify myself as a “translator” for behaviors that often feel unmanageable and overwhelming (for both the parent and the child).
• University of Phoenix, Bachelor of Science in Human Services
• The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy specialization
• Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, #98283
• NCAST PCI Feeding Scale
• NCAST PCI Teaching Scale
• Level 1 Theraplay and Marschak Interaction Method (MIM)
• Sibshop First Generation Facilitator
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Adoption Issues
• Anger Management
• Anxiety and Panic Disorders
• Child Abuse
• Adoption/Foster Care/Kinship Care Issues
• Behavior Modification
• Developmental Disorders/Delays
• Divorce/Blended Family Issues
• Family Therapy
• Learning Disabilities
• Play Therapy
• Parent Support/Training
• Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Stress Management
• Children 0-9
• Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
• Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
• Watch, Wait, Wonder