Pacific West Counseling has a dedicated team of mental health clinicians providing help and healing to clients at our offices in Los Angeles and Ventura, Calif. These independently affiliated clinicians have many years of experience providing high-quality psychological care. They offer psychological services in a caring environment.
All clinicians at Pacific West Counseling Center are licensed by the State of California. These licenses include:
- LMFTs: marriage and family therapists
- LCSWs: clinical social workers
- Ph.Ds: licensed clinical psychologists
Note: All clinicians are independent contractors specializing in a range of treatment approaches and may be contacted directly on their business phone lines.
Katrina Wood, Ph.D
Dr. Wood (PSY 17362) is an author, lecturer and blogger focusing on psychotherapy and emotional healing. Her new book is “This Is Love: How to Heal and Transform Your Relationships.”
She writes the psychotherapy blog Healing Psych. Dr. Wood also produces a line of digital relaxation CDs for children and adults.
Note: Katrina Wood does not have openings for counseling at this time.
Rachel Baum, LMFT (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Relationships issues, challenges of parenting, depression, anxiety, grief and trauma. Utilizes an integrative treatment approach: psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies. Adults, children, couples and families. Play therapy with children.
Rachel Carfora, LCSW (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Depression, anxiety, codependency and relationship issues. PTSD and veterans’ issues. Life transitions, cancer, aging, grief/loss, LGBT and transgender. Incorporates mindfulness, solution-focused therapy and psychodynamic theory.
Allison Chase, MA, LMFT (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Adolescents and young adults struggling with self-esteem, body image, peer and family relationships, depression and anxiety. Utilizes an eclectic approach of cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused and psychodynamic therapies. Works with individuals, couples and families.
Terry Curtis, LMFT (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Depression, anxiety, stress, physical abuse, post-traumatic problems. Experience with terminal illness and loss and grief. Cognitive behavioral therapy. Life stressors and difficulty with interpersonal relationships. Individuals suffering with chronic pain and related problems. Self-esteem issues. Family and relationship difficulties.
Steven Frank, MA, LMFT (Ventura)
Specialty areas: Trauma/PTSD (EMDR certified), anxiety and mood disorders, grief/loss issues, crisis intervention. Works with adults and adolescents. Individuals, couples and families. LGBTQ. Cognitive-behavioral approach. Specialized training in EMDR.
Monique Gary, LCSW (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Mood and anxiety disorders, childhood trauma, severe emotional disturbances, adjustment issues, personal growth and self esteem. Works with children adolescent, adults and families. Specialized training in EMDR. Utilizes a mix of client-centered and solution-focused interventions.
Christina Gentry, LMFT (Ventura)
Specialty areas: Anxiety/stress, depression, Christian-related concerns, ineffective communication and emotional expression, divorce and parent-child relational problems. Children (ages 8 up), adolescents, adults, couples, families. Certified facilitator for Prepare/Enrich, a relationship inventory and skill-building program for premarital and marital couples.
Claire Girolo, LMFT (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Anxiety disorders, couples counseling, grief and loss, creative conflicts, life transitions. Psychodynamic psychotherapy with particular interest in object relations. Additional training in mindfulness-based treatment approaches.
Lauren Goldstein, LCSW (Los Angeles)
Speciality areas: Young adults in their 20s and 30s, women’s issues, gay/lesbian/bisexual issues, personal growth, self esteem, mind-body health, relationships and interpersonal challenges. Grief and loss.
Marilyn Hagoes, MA, LMFT (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, parenting challenges, Christian counseling, adjustment issues and relationship difficulties. Works with teens and adults; individuals, couples and families. Treatment strategies include cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic and family systems therapies. These strategies are tailored to the individual’s needs and goals.
Randi Halcon, MS, LMFT (Ventura)
Speciality areas: Depression, anxiety, panic disorders, parenting issues, addiction, family systems, bipolar, ADHD and life transitions. Works with adolescents, couples, families and adults. Utilizes a collective approach of humanistic, cognitive behavior and psychodynamic therapies.
Sasha Hawkes, LMFT (Los Angeles)
Speciality areas: Postpartum depression, childhood sleep issues, depression and anxiety. Families, couples, children. Utilizes psychodynamic and family systems approaches.
Sandi Homchick, LMFT (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Depression, anxiety, parenting, grief and loss, relationship issues, life transitions and stress management. Works with children, teens and adults; individual, couples and family therapy. Utilizes psychodynamic, family systems and mindfulness approaches.
Matthew Jansky, LMFT (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Anger management, workplace conflict, depression, anxiety, PTSD, behavioral and substance addiction, coping with health and phase-of-life problems. CBT for acute symptom relief, psychodynamic therapy. LGBTQ-affirmative therapy. Domestic violence counselor. Individuals and couples.
Nicole Kanke-Vasquez, LMFT (Ventura)
Specialty areas: Sexual trauma, PTSD, substance abuse, codependency, bipolar/depression, grief/loss, suicidal ideation, self-harm, adolescence (oppositional defiance, anger management, parent-child conflict), adults, couples therapy, LGBTQ, self-identity, family conflict. Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT, emotionally focused and contemporary psychoanalysis.
Kayse Key, MFT (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Life transitions, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, relationships, personal growth, addictions, career, grief. College and transitioning from college. Adults, couples, adolescents, young adults. Play and educational therapy for children.
Steve Lorentson, LMFT (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Depth psychotherapy for individuals and couples. Relational issues, depression, panic and anxiety. Works with posttraumatic stress, anger and stress management issues.
John Muntner, MFT (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Adolescents and adults. Individuals, couples and families. Anxiety, depression, life transitions, interpersonal relationships, obsessive-compulsive, self-esteem, sports-related issues, coping with divorce and stress management. Integrative approach including cognitive-behavioral, narrative and psychodynamic therapy.
Julia Murphy, MFT (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Depression, anxiety, stress, mood disorders, ADHD, Asperger’s, learning disabilities, parenting issues, divorce. Extensive experience with children, teens, adults, families. Uses integrative approach tailored to client, including cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, psychodynamic theory, attachment, mindfulness, neuroscience.
Jennifer Niles, LMFT (Ventura)
Specialty areas: Anxiety, social anxiety, relationship issues, depression, trauma, grief/loss, life transitions, ADHD, self-esteem, body image and sexuality issues. Works with children ages 10 and up, adolescents, individuals, couples and families. Utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems and client-centered approaches.
Barbara Robertson, LMFT (Ventura)
Specialty areas: Adults, older adults, adolescents, preadolescents (age 9 and up). Individuals: Depression, anxiety, stress, mood disorders, addictions, anger management, self-esteem building/assertion training. Couples: Communication and intimacy, arguing constructively, dealing with differences. Divorce. Families: Parenting, family systems, resolving conflict.
Kristin Scalfaro, MA, LMFT (Ventura)
Specialty areas: Individuals, couples. Depression, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, life-transition issues, grief/loss, trauma. Divorce, co-parenting.
Melissa Showers, LMFT (Ventura)
Specialty areas: Grief and loss, phase of life anxiety (marriage, divorce, empty nest, work problems), relationship strengthening (communication techniques, intimacy issues, psych education regarding children and parenting). Art and play therapy for children, and depression and addiction counseling. Utilizes an integrative eclectic approach with both cognitive behavioral and solution-focused therapies.
Jody Tompkins, LMFT (Ventura)
Specialty areas: Anxiety and depression, couples, substance-abuse recovery, cancer patients and family members. Life transitions, anger management, grief and bereavement. Adolescents, play therapy for children, parenting.
Ilene Weingarten, LMFT (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Anxiety/panic, depression, relationship issues, money conflicts, life transitions, recovery/loved ones of those in recovery. Provides services for individual adults, teens, families and couples. Trained in family systems for work with families, couples and teens. Works with those impacted by trauma using psychodynamic and mindfulness-based approaches.
Karen Wiener, MA, LMFT (Los Angeles)
Specialty areas: Depression, mood disorders, anxiety, chemical dependency. Coping with grief and end-of-life issues. Teens who are experiencing behavioral problems at home and in the classroom. Adolescents, adults, older adults, couples and families.
Cheri Williams, LMFT (Ventura)
Specialty areas: Christian, religious, non-religious, depression, anxiety/stress, couples, grief/loss, seniors, autism, anger management, bipolar, personality disorder, panic disorder. Integrative approach, primarily focusing on cognitive behavioral, solution focused, narrative, psychodynamic and family systems.
- View Wilshire/Valley mental health specialists (Encino, Burbank, Santa Clarita)
Note: All mental health specialists are independently affiliated with Pacific West or Wilshire/Valley therapy centers. Once assigned, clients should contact their therapists via their direct phone lines or email.