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Daybreak Therapists - Long Beach

Long Beach Psychotherapy and Counseling

Patrick Cleveland, L.M.F.T.
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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.
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.


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         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 call our business line at 562-566-4257


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 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. 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.


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Sara Fakhraei, L.M.F.T. 

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am delighted to offer a friendly and genuine
holistic approach that delivers real results and lasting transformation. I began this journey seeking an answer to a simple yet profound question, “What is the secret to Happiness”?
After graduating with a master’s degree in counseling psychology from National University in 
Costa Mesa, CA I began my own self-discovery & transformation while studying spirituality and alternative modalities such as Reiki energy healing, meditation, and yoga to find deeper meaning to our existence. I dedicated 3 years of deep training with Dr. Kathy Kangarloo, PhD Esoteric Studies, to learn and practice spirituality as the inner energy existing in humanity. I have studied and learned a variety of belief systems, spiritual practices, values, ethics, and other discourses we use to give life meaning. In 2017, I was certified as a Yukt yoga teacher and a Reiki master and combined positive psychology, love based emotional focus therapy, yoga therapy, mindfulness, breath work, and energy healing to enhance the therapeutic experience for my clients. In a collaborative effort I with my clients toward achieving healing, happiness, contentment, wellbeing, and personal development. Together we identity and replace thoughts and believes that no longer are serving you with a positive, loving, and compassionate mindset.
I find great joy working with teens, parents, couples, and individuals challenged with relational
issues and family conflicts, life transitions, self-esteem, spirituality, and self-development.
Happiness is your birth right rooted in healthy relationships. We all secretly seek a secure
relationship that allows “me to be me”, where we are accepted, respected, and loved me for who we are. My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe space for you to express yourself, be validated, feel understood and respected. In my work with teens I incorporate a fun approach called “A-Z of a Happy Life” to assist them to create self-love by re-discovering their selves by exploring their unique traits, and making
smooth transition to the new world. For Couples and individuals with relational challenges, I utilize the evidence based Gottman couple's therapy modality to increase intimacy, respect, and affection in a safe space that promotes healthy boundaries and love-based connections.
Regardless of challenges you are facing, together we will help you create harmony and balance
in all aspects of your life, access your full potentials, activate your spiritual power, heal your
relationships and achieve heartfelt transformations.
Allow this Journey Begin...Changing the world begins with accepting and loving yourself wholly!

To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our business line at 562-566-4257.


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Kiana Tinsley, L.P.C.C., L.M.H.C. 

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor in California as well as a licensed mental health counselor in New York. I completed both my undergraduate  work in psychology and counseling and my master's degree in mental health counseling at the City University of New York- Queens College. I have worked in substance abuse clinics, community mental health clinics and day programs serving various populations in New York City.  I have over seven years of experience in the mental health field in which I have worked with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol addiction, suicidal ideation, grief, peer relationships, women’s issues, self-esteem, dual diagnosis, schizophrenia, personality disorders and trauma. I enjoy working with young adults and adults to help them achieve overall fulfillment in their everyday life. I also enjoy working with couples utilizing emotion focused therapy to help them build and re-establish the loving connection in their relationships. My individualized person-centered approach to counseling and therapy allows for natural rapport and trust to take seed. I have a passion to support clients in realizing their potential and developing into their optimal selves. It is important for me to help people expand on their possibilities, strengths, and confidence. I provide a safe and supportive space where my clients can unpack their difficulties, express emotions, and most importantly begin the healing process. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our business phone number at 562-566-4257


Alex Feldt Daybreak Counseling Center

Alexander Feldt, A.M.F.T.

I am an associate marriage and family therapist with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.  After working in various community-based and non-profit settings, I have acquired a broad base of experience working with adolescents, couples, and adults on issues such as relationship issues, work stress, depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol addiction, bipolar disorder, and personality issues.  I believe much of our discontent and unease in life comes from rejecting our inner selves, and thus embracing ideas like “I’m defective,” or “there’s something wrong with me.” Through my practice, I create an atmosphere of acceptance and safety that helps my clients explore these obstructive beliefs and reprocess them in the context of a safe environment. I’ve developed my own personal flavor of therapy that draws from a wide variety of approaches including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, attachment theory, narrative, and humanistic therapies.  This blended approach has allowed me to help a wide variety of people in very different places in their lives overcome obstacles that have often followed them for decades.  I have also found a passion for working with couples, helping each partner build the trust and security required to be their whole and honest selves in their relationships.  I don’t believe couples therapy is about rescuing “on the brink” couples. Rather, couples therapy is about helping each partner flourish and achieve meaning in the life project that is their relationship.  I weave this approach into an emotionally-focused therapy model that helps couples under my care not only survive but thrive.   To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our business phone number at 562-566-4257

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Noelia Castellanos Daybreak Counseling Center

Noelia Castellanos, L.M.F.T. 

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I received a master’s degree in counseling, with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from California State University, Long Beach. I have over 6 years of experience working in non-profit and community mental health clinics, which included facilitating domestic violence support groups, teaching parenting classes and completing mental health assessments for foster care youth. I am trained in numerous evidenced based practices including Child Parent Psychotherapy, Incredible Years and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. I am a therapist because I am passionate in wanting to eliminate the stigma that is often surrounded with seeking help. I strive to offer a humanistic, client-centered approach that focuses on one’s ability to use true strengths to find wisdom, growth, healing, and fulfillment within themselves. I have worked with individuals, couples and families in dealing with numerous life issues such as depression, stress, anxiety, self-esteem and trauma. I am bilingual and can provide services in Spanish. I also enjoy working with couples utilizing emotion focused therapy which focuses on providing each partner a sense of security, protection, and comfort for the other, and supports couples in creating a positive sense of self and the ability to effectively regulate emotions.My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe nonjudgmental space to help clients reach their true potential.  

Daybreak Counseling Center, Long Beach California 90808

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2:00 pm-9:00 pm

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2:00 pm-8:00 pm

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2:00 pm-8:00 pm

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