Assistant Clinical Director
Angelica Ruiz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She graduated from UC Irvine with a BA in Psychology and from California Baptist University with an MS in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology. She has a warm, welcoming demeanor and prides herself on providing a safe and nonjudgmental environment for her clients. Over the last 4-5 years she has worked in various settings including: community mental health, outpatient hospital settings, and inpatient locked facilities. Angelica is experienced in coordinating care for children, adolescents, and adults while working alongside social workers, medical staff, probation officers, and families of client's. Her experience encompasses a mixture of intensive case management, crisis intervention, early intervention services, medication management, along with individual, couple, and family therapy. She is certified in Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and utilizes a plethora of modalities including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. She strives to provide a holistic approach to therapy in order to assist individuals in achieving an authentic state of being and stabilize emotional difficulties.
Hola name is Julie Fuentes, I am a bilingual Spanish speaking Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I graduated from California State University Los Angeles with my Bachelor’s in Psychology and attended National University for my Master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy. I have worked in the mental health field for over 10 years in various settings and with age groups 0-80 years old; in inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, foster care, psychiatric hospitalization, correctional and residential youth. I have experience working with children, adults and their families, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. I also has extensive clinical experience working with culturally diverse individuals from various ethnic backgrounds. I am certified in Child Parent Psychotherapy. As a therapist, I will accompany you on your journey of healing and empower you in reaching your mental health goals.
Hello, my name is Jose Ramirez and I am a bilingual (Spanish and English) Licensed
Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) who specializes in working with families, couples,
teens, and adults. I began working with Family Preservation, which is a program, that
provided services to families who wanted to remain as a unit by using and developing their
Protective Factors (parental resiliency, social supports, concrete supports, social and
emotional competence of children, and knowledge of parenting). In this field I worked with
Domestic Violence, sexual assault, suicide prevention, and substance usage. After this I
transitioned to working and helping teens and their families away from the probation
system, and also worked in private practice helping individuals and couples develop their
communication and empathy skills to improve their bonding and attachment to one
another. My preference in therapy is to use the Psychodynamic approach to build a
therapeutic relationship to set a foundation of trust to process ones’ concerns, thoughts,
feelings, and past trauma in a safe environment, then use a mixture of Solution Focused
Therapy and Narrative Therapy to rewrite your story line into a positive and prosocial life,
that everyone is meant to live by. I’ve just finished my training in EMDR (Eye Movement
Desensitization Reprocessing) and taking clients to process their past, to let it go, to think
of your desired future goals, and instill that into your mind, heart, soul, and life.
Hello! My name is Ylissa Aquino and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated from Pitzer College (One of the Claremont Colleges in California) with a BA in Psychology and Loma Linda University with an MSW - Master in Social Work. I’ve had over 5 years experience working at a crisis residential treatment center in which I served adults 18 years old and up that had severe persistent mental illness, those who struggled with dual diagnosis, and those who were homeless. I’ve had experience serving elders and those with mental health issues at adult day health care centers. Additionally, I also served at the school district counseling kids from 5 years old through high school. I have counseled those with a variety of issues from symptoms management, preventing crises, grief/loss, relationship issues, domestic violence, helping those in the justice system, substance use/dual diagnoses, mood disorders, trauma, career searching/career development, and more. My modalities include: Task Centered Practice, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Recovery Centered Client Systems, Client-Focused Therapy, and Crisis Intervention. I believe that each person is unique and the expert of their own lives. I'd be honored if we can work together - to engage in a recovery journey to help get you “unstuck” and bring you closer to explore your hopes and dreams.
Hello, my name is Shelley Quinones. I’m a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist who is certified in EMDR. I have been licensed for roughly 20 years and have been in the field for over 30 years. I received my BA in social work from Cal State L.A, in 1993 and a MA in marriage and family therapy from Hope International University in 1996. I am currently working on my Doctorate in marriage and family therapy with National University. I take a client-centered, supportive approach collaborating with you using Adaptive Information processing (AIP), cognitive behavioral, and solution focused therapy. My specialty includes using EMDR to help decrease depressive and anxious emotions that are a result of any traumatic events. I am a hearing ASL-user and am available to work with Deaf ASL-users or hearing clients.
Hello! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I graduated from the University of La Verne with
my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and earned my Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from
California Baptist University. My passion for helping others and being a part of their support system
began as an undergraduate, when I saw the benefit of having my own strong, loving support system. My
experience includes individuals and groups at the community college level, domestic violence survivors
and their children, as well as adults and adolescents looking to receive support and help with a variety of
issues related to depression, anxiety, grief and loss and everyday stress. I take a client-centered
approach and use evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical
Behavioral Therapy, Narrative and Solution-Focused.
Hello! I am a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with my BA in Sociology and Master's Degree in Social Work. For nearly a decade, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with diverse populations across varied settings. My experience includes providing services to children, adolescents, adults, and families through school-based counseling, community mental health clinics, and telehealth. The treatment modalities that are utilized include: warm welcoming therapeutic rapport, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Systems Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques. I look forward to meeting you and working with you to achieve your therapeutic goals.
Hello, my name is Erica Plata and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. As a clinician, I specialize in working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment issues, grief and loss, relationship issues, family problems, work/school issues, couples therapy, stress management etc. I take pride in being a therapist who strives to provide all my clients with a safe and caring environment where one can build on strengths, work towards change, and ultimately experience healing in different aspects of ones life. As a therapist I work to empower my clients and help them to resolve their issues by addressing past pain, living and grounding oneself in the present moment, and moving towards a hopeful, content, and balanced future. I always strive to provide a healthy and positive therapeutic experience.
Graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2005
License No. 92562
Taipai Michelson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with a passion for assisting teens and adults in overcoming life's obstacles.
She graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in music and spent many years teaching students and helping them achieve their artistic goals. Wishing to have an even more significant impact on people's lives, she entered the field of psychology and obtained a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Touro University Worldwide.
To provide optimal care to her clients, she became certified in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). These evidence-based tools allow her to address a wide range of mental health concerns, from anxiety and depression to trauma-related issues, with a comprehensive and effective approach.
She combines her extensive life experience and psychological training, in a warm and empathetic environment, to empower clients to navigate challenges and discover their inner strength and resilience. She takes daily inspiration from seeing therapy lead to self-discovery, healing, and positive change.
I feel privileged to have an opportunity to be a part of people's lives as they learn to find their inner strengths and greatness. I strongly believe that the therapeutic alliance is a way of guiding you to find new insights and learn the necessary skills to cope with life's challenges. My experience in the pat 20 years includes working with adults, adolescents, and families in various settings including outpatient and in-patient community mental health and non-profit agencies.
My theoretical orientation includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, EMDR. The goal of these therapy treatment and interventions are to help people manage their mood symptoms, learn coping skills to live healthier lives, and improve interpersonal relationships. I am sensitive and compassionate to multicultural and diversity issues.
I look forward to assisting you.
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