This page contains the bios of the primary therapists who work at Daybreak Counseling Center in Long Beach, CA. Daybreak Counseling Center Long Beach Therapists | Long Beach Psychotherapy

Daybreak Therapists

Lisa Goldfein, LPCC

Lisa Goldfein, LPCC, BC-DMT 

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor and board certified dance/movement therapist. I received my master's degree in Somatic Psychology: Dance/Movement Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. My education incorporated a Buddhist mindful approach with a blend of western psychology. I have worked in the mental health field for more than 14 years in an acute adult psychiatric setting, a geriatric psych unit, an IOP/PHP program, a perinatal mood/anxiety disorder specialized unit, and an adult Chemical Detox unit. In the perinatal program, I specialized in helping women deal with postpartum depression and attachment issues with their babies.
My approach to psychotherapy and counseling is eclectic and holistic in that I believe in working and creating an individual treatment approach unique to each of my clients. I am person centered but also psychodynamic in that I believe that the unconscious is an important door to lasting change where one can uncover the root of patterns of behavior. As a classically trained Indian dancer, my journey as a therapist began with my connection to dance and its capacity to heal and express my inner challenges. I believe in the mind/body connection as the body is a canvas uniquely shaped and moved by our experiences ...a manifestation of our unconscious. A somatic- based approach is a tool to allow the unconscious to come alive and bring to our awareness.
I have gained extensive experience in dealing with anxiety, depression, substance abuse issues, grief, trauma, families, couples, LGBTQ issues, multicultural issues, postpartum depressions, and self-esteem. I am half Indian and Japanese; I speak Japanese and Malayalam. My unique background gives me an insight into multicultural issues, and the challenge of finding identity. I also run workshops in the community on self-care, stress-management, women’s empowerment and support for moms. I also offer advanced training in authentic movement for clinicians, an approach based in Jungian depth psychology.
I understand that reaching out for support and finding the right person to guide you through your journey to healing can be a challenging process. I believe we all have the capacity to heal and see ourselves as whole, and my training as a therapist puts me in the unique position to guide you through that process. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please feel free to give me a call at 562-395-0645.

Hanh Dang, LCSW

Hanh Dang, L.C.S.W. 

I am a licensed clinical social worker  and have a master's degree in social work from California State University, Long Beach.  I utilize a variety of modalities in my psychotherapy and counseling work. I also specialize in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, which is amongst the most effective and heavily researched approaches. EMDR Therapy is a neurobiological approach that targets difficult memories from the past that form problematic patterns contributing to current issues, such as difficulty trusting, perfectionism, self- doubt, anxiety, depression and PTSD. I have been fully trained in EMDR Therapy and meet with experts in the field on a monthly basis for regular consultations. In addition to guiding you through reprocessing the past, I also incorporate humanistic, mindfulness-based, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques to help you find peace in the nature of impermanence and approach life in a gentler way. 

Being a Queer, first generation Asian American therapist, I am familiar with the cultural barriers and challenges of identifying as an immigrant, a woman, and a member of the LGBTQ+ community both professionally and personally. During the troubled time in my life, I was fortunate to cross paths with healing professionals that showed me hope. Since then, I have made it my life's mission to pass on that hope for others. I constantly strive to provide a safe and healing space for all my clients, including those from underserved and underrepresented minorities.  I also enjoy working with couples and utilize the cutting edge research and techniques of John Gottman and his approach to helping couples learn to better communicate, work through conflicts, and re-establish a healthy connection with each other.  I can also provide therapy in Vietnamese.

I truly believe that therapy is a collaborative, mutually respectful process between two authentic human beings, not an expert telling a client what to do or how to feel. If you’re interested in this approach, I’d love to hold the light and guide you on your path to a happier, more insightful, and more fulfilled self. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please feel free to give me a call at 562-315-8911 

Yana Newberg

                                                                                      Yana Newberg, L.M.F.T. 

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and received my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Krasnoyarsk State University in Russia. After graduating in 2001, I started working in community mental health and now have over 17 years of experience in counseling and psychotherapy with adults, groups, families, couples, and children. I am passionate about helping others and through my counseling work I have been able to support clients who were struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, work related conflicts, and issues. 

I am deeply interested psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapy and in 2015 I became a part of 5 year certificate program in psychoanalysis at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute to enhance my skills as a therapist and to eventually become a psychoanalyst. My study and training are ongoing. The last several years of my practice were focused on providing therapy for children with anxiety and adults with psychological trauma who were subjected to domestic violence and different types of abuse and neglect in childhood. I also enjoy working with couples very much and utilize the E.F.T. (Emotion Focused Therapy) approach that focuses on the love and connection in the couples relationship and ways to restore it. 

My professional interests and expertise are in the area of psychological trauma, sexual abuse, loss and dealing with chronic anxiety and depression. Many of our experiences come from a place of great suffering and fear. Often, this entails surviving harsh challenges and as a result, pieces of our personal stories may be missing, either because they are forgotten or too painful to talk about. Restoring one's personal history can prove to be invaluable in healing pain. It can connect the past and the present forming continuity and hope for the future. My goal as a therapist is to provide assistance and encouragement for every one of my clients in exploring these personal stories as a way of coping with pain and finding meaning. I provide a caring and safe environment where my clients can get to the source of their problems and feel safe, seen, heard, and understood. Working together, we can achieve your goals of living a more joyful, loving, and productive life as well as any other issues or concerns you would like to address. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please feel free to give me a call at 949-784-9553

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