Patrick Cleveland, L.M.F.T.
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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.
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 somatic- based approach is a tool to allow the unconscious to come alive and bring to our awareness.
During my 14 years of experience working in the mental health field, 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 call our business phone number at 562-566-4257.
Mary Denise Walton L.M.F.T.
I am a licensed marital and family therapist and a board-certified art therapist. I received my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Loyola Maramount University in Los Angeles, CA. I have over 15 years of experience working with individuals, families and couples in mental health and personal development. I am certified in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy and parent-child interactive therapy. I have worked a supervisor and clinical director in addiction treatment centers and community mental health. I also enjoy working with couples and utilize the cutting-edge research of the Gottman approach in helping couples heal, connect, and communicate more effectively with each other. I have a lot of experience working with addiction and dual diagnosis. I am very open minded and utilize an integrated, holistic, and client-centered approach to helping my clients address mood disorders, anxiety, grief & loss, and trauma histories. I also focus on building a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients so they feel safe to share their feeling and thoughts in a confidential exchange with acceptance and support. One can only be open to the experience of change and improvement in their life if they feel safe. This is why I aim to provide a therapy space helps to shape authentic, loving but accurate self-awareness. I provided nurturance, guidance, affirmation and compassionate reflection in order to help clients feel grounded in their own decision-making. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our business phone number at 562-566-4257
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 call our business line at 562-566-4257. _________________________________________________________________________________________
Pamela Montazer, L.M.F.T.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I did my undergraduate work in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and completed my master's degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy at Pepperdine University. I have over 13 years of experience in the mental health field working with a variety of issues such as eating disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, codependency, chronic relapse, dual diagnosis, families, adolescents, depression, anxiety, bipolar, psychosis, PTSD and trauma. Having a broad range of experience over the years opened my eyes to the need for adequate trauma treatment so I became trained as an EMDR practitioner. I completed EMDR training with Linda Vanderlaan. Dr. Vanderlaan is a highly respected EMDR therapist and a close colleague of Dr. Francine Shapiro, EMDR’s founder. For more info about EMDR and what it is click here. In studying mind- body approaches to trauma, such as EMDR, I learned about the effectiveness of eastern practices such as yoga and meditation in treating a range of psychological challenges. This prompted me to cultivate my own personal yoga and mediation practice. Personally experiencing the benefits of a mindfulness practice led me to pursue formal training as a yoga teacher, so I could bring those benefits to my clients as well. In 2017, I received 200 hours of formal training as a yoga instructor in Montezuma, Costa Rica. Currently, I specialize in treating a wide range of psychological challenges using mindfulness based and trauma informed approaches.
Additionally, I completed two years of doctorate level study in Forensic Psychology including a specialty course on Organized Crime in Rome, Italy. In addition to my mindfulness and Trauma training, I have received specialized training in Experiential, Narrative, Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavior, Humanistic and Family Systems Therapy modalities. I was selected to present at the Annual Meeting of Institute for Violence, Abuse & Trauma (IVAT) and Sex Crimes and Paraphilia Institute (SCPI) in 2010. I have, also, guest lectured at Orange Coast Community College, participated in several research projects and have been published in MOJ Addiction Medicine & Therapy on Med Crave online. In my work with clients I focus on providing a safe, open, and non-judgemental environment in order for them to share their story, discuss their needs and concerns, and work on overcoming whatever issues they may face or goals they want to accomplish. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our business phone number at 562-566-4257.