(Independently affiliated with Wilshire/Valley)
Wilshire/Valley has a highly specialized team of therapists providing a variety of treatment modalities, languages, and therapeutic issues and treatment populations. They help clients across our three centers in Southern California. These independently affiliated clinicians have many years of experience providing high-quality psychological care. They are licensed as:
- LMFTs: marriage and family therapists
- LCSWs: Clinical social workers
- Ph.Ds: licensed clinical psychologists
- View professional opportunities at Wilshire/Valley.
Note: All therapists 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 titled, “This Is Love: How to Heal and Transform Your Relationships.”
Dr. Wood writes the psychotherapy blog Healing Psych. She also produces a line of digital relaxation CDs for children and adults.
Note: Katrina Wood does not have openings for counseling at this time.
Caryn Bickel, LMFT (Encino & Santa Clarita)
Specialty areas: Holistic treatments for mood, trauma, grief/loss, behavior, addiction. Certified in Evidenced Based Practices including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and interpersonal therapy for treatment of anxiety, PTSD and depression. Works with children/adolescents, families and individuals.
Terry Birnie, LMFT (Burbank)
Specialty areas: Mood disorders, anger and stress management, relationships, parenting, couples therapy, ADD, young adults and life transitions. Provides services for adolescents, adults, couples and families. Utilizes a Integrative approach comprised of Cognitive, Cognitive Behavioral, psychodynamic and Solution Focused Therapies. Training in mindfulness meditation, adult ADD, couples counseling and addiction.
Linda Bonilla, MS, LMFT (Burbank)
Specialty areas: Post-traumatic stress disorder, recovery from sexual assault, adult survivors of sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, panic disorders, premarital, marital and relational issues. Christian therapy. Works with adults, teenagers and children. Individual, couples and family therapy. Utilizes psychodynamic and family systems approaches.
Leisha Borja, LMFT (Encino)
Specialty areas: Trained in Evidenced-Based Practices, including Seeking Safety (addressing trauma and addictions of self-harm, substance use, etc.), Functional Family Therapy (conduct problems in youth and their families) and Cognitive Behavioral (anxiety and depression). Experience in working with adolescents, adults, and families.
Marti Briscoe, PsyD, LCSW (Burbank & Santa Clarita)
Specialty areas: Addiction, domestic violence, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, grief, couples therapy and crisis intervention. Mind-Body, Gestalt, developmental and cognitive therapies. Certified in Integrative Body Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing (a subtle and non-invasive approach to addressing trauma), Critical Incident Stress Management and EMDR.
Patty Carberry, LMFT (Burbank)
Specialty areas: Grief and loss, children, depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relationships, couples therapy, military families and life transitions. Works with individuals, couples, children, seniors and families. Utilizes family systems and client-centered therapies. Extensive experience with children.
Allison Chase, MA, LMFT (Encino & Burbank)
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.
Tina Cruz, MFT (Encino & Santa Clarita)
Specialties: Depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), parenting issues and anger management. Children, adolescents, families, couples, Latino families and blended families.
Hamid Dadashi, LMFT (Encino)
Specialty areas: Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety/panic, grief and loss, addiction, relationship issues including premarital counseling. Works with individuals 13 and up, couples, family therapy. Special training in DBT, motivational interviewing. Utilizes CBT, solution-focused, family systems, psychodynamic. Bilingual: Farsi.
Kathleen DeFronzo, LMFT (Encino)
Specialty areas: Depression, anxiety, addiction, grief and loss. Divorce, relationships, life transitions, parenting. Issues of abuse, women’s issues, codependency, eating disorders. Employment issues, anger management. Individuals, families, couples, teens and children. Licensed therapist since 1989.
Nikki Gabriel, LMFT (Encino & Santa Clarita)
Specialty areas: Depression, anxiety, anger and stress management, relationships, parenting, couples therapy, conflict resolution, young adults and life transitions. Provides services for adolescents, adults, couples and families. Utilizes an integrative approach composed of Cognitive, Cognitive Behavioral, psychodynamic and solution-focused therapies.
Monique Gary, LCSW (Burbank)
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.
Yung Lee Goldson, MA, LMFT (Burbank & Santa Clarita)
Speciality areas: Interpersonal relationships, struggles with the challenges of life, realizing potential for a fulfilling life. Theoretical orientation includes psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral and family systems approaches.
Matthew Jansky, LMFT (Encino & Burbank)
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. LGBTQI-affirmative therapy. Domestic violence counselor. Individuals and couples.
Nicole Kanke-Vasquez, LMFT (Santa Clarita)
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.
Mazda Lakpour, LMFT (Encino & Burbank)
Specialty areas: Mood and anxiety, anger and stress management, co-occurring disorders, adjustment issues, personal growth and self-esteem. Experienced with adults, teenagers, couples and families. Utilizes an integrative approach of solution-focused, cognitive behavioral and hypnotherapy interventions. Bilingual: Farsi.
Julie Lee, LCSW (Encino)
Specialty areas: Depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, childhood abuse/trauma, parenting/co-parenting, anger and stress management, relationship issues, and Christian counseling. Experience in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Children, teens, families, individuals and couples.
Elizabeth Malamed, MA, LMFT (All locations)
Speciality areas: Integrative Body Psychotherapy, depression and anxiety, chemical dependency, anger management, relationships and couples, gender and sexuality issues (LGBT, KAP professional). Spirituality, creativity, alternative communities; increasing joy and satisfaction in life. Adults, adolescents and children.
Linda Malerba, LMFT (Santa Clarita)
Specialty areas: Addiction/12 Step, Anxiety/stress management, depression, sexual abuse, personal empowerment, relationship empowerment, life transitions. Couples, singles, children 7-18, seniors, blended families, LGBTQ. Therapeutic approaches: Faith-based, family systems, Solution Focused, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
Barbara E. May, MA, LMFT (Encino)
Specialty areas: EMDR, addiction, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, panic, life transitions, parenting and co-parenting, premarital, career path. Couples, singles, children 11 and older, step or blended families. Integrative therapeutic approach: psychodynamic, solution focused, attachment theory, spiritually oriented, mindfulness meditation.
Denise Middleton, LMFT (Encino)
Specialty areas: Interpersonal relationships, couples therapy, family conflict, parent-child interaction, attachment, maternal and infant mental health. Works with individuals, couples, children, and families. Utilizes an integrative approach composed of psychodynamic, family systems and client-centered therapies.
Ana Montenegro, MA, LMFT (Encino)
Specialty areas: Depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), defiance, parenting issues, relational problems, adjustment difficulties and anger management. Uses cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy as treatment modalities. Children, adolescents, individuals, families, couples, Latino families and blended families. Bilingual: Spanish.
Julia Murphy, MFT (Encino)
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 and neuroscience.
Marie Ohannessian, LMFT (Encino & Burbank)
Specialty areas: Anxiety, trauma, life transitions, self-esteem and mood disorders. Provides cognitive-behavioral strategies, Solution Focused, client-centered and family systems approach in a supportive collaborative form of communication. Works with children, adolescents and adults. Extensive experience with young adults. Bilingual: Armenian.
Ingrid Oliansky, MA, LMFT (Encino & Burbank & Santa Clarita)
Specialty areas: Anxiety, depression, panic, women’s issues, body image, self-esteem, relationships, stress management, grief, career transitions, life transitions, LGBT/gender queer. Individuals, couples and adolescents (16 and older). Utilizes a mix of client-centered and Solution Focused interventions.
Jami Opyan, MA, LMFT (Encino)
Specialty areas: Anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, life/career transitions, codependency, grief and loss, self-esteem, creativity and spirituality. Works with individuals and couples. Utilizes cognitive behavioral, Solution Focused and psychodynamic approaches.
JJ Rogers MA, LMFT (Encino & Burbank & Santa Clarita)
Specialty areas: Coping with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, grief, life transitions, compulsive behavior and addiction using a humanistic experiential approach. Teens, adults, couples, families. Certified in Integrative Body Psychotherapy.
Laurence Rose, LMFT (Encino & Santa Clarita)
Specialty areas: Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, attachments issues, grief and loss, ADHD and relationship issues including parenting. Works with individuals 10 and up, couples and families. Specialized training in EMDR. Utilizes family systems, psychodynamic. Bilingual: French.
Mitra Kahrizi-Rund, LCSW (Encino)
Specialty areas: Medical-social work dealing with physical issues impacting psychological health, grief and loss with adults as well as children. Coping with trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression. Special training in CBT, Solution Focused, family systems and psychodynamic. Bilingual: Farsi.
Jessica Sanchez, LMFT (Encino)
Specialty areas: Depression, anxiety, family and relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, couples counseling, life transitions and multicultural/acculturation issues. Special interest in pregnancy related issues, including but not limited to anxiety and depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period and transitions into motherhood. Utilizes psychodynamic therapy. Bilingual: Spanish.
Nicole M. Ward, LMFT (Burbank)
Specialty areas: Anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, depression, grief/loss, relationship issues, self-esteem, mindfulness, parenting, social anxiety, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue. Trained and experienced in Evidence Based Practices: Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, multisystemic Therapy and Incredible Years. Works with individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents.
- View Pacific West Counseling mental health specialists (Los Angeles, Ventura)
Licensing: All clinicians affiliated with Wilshire/Valley Therapy Centers are licensed in the State of California.
Wilshire/Valley management team
Art Wood, CFO, Wilshire/Valley Therapy Centers
With a background in entertainment and production, Art Wood serves as CFO for Wilshire/Valley Therapy Centers, incorporating more than 25 years of management and business experience, as well as a keen interest in the field of psychology.
LaShandra Batiste, MS, intake coordinator. With a master’s degree in counseling, works as an intake specialist at Wilshire/Valley Therapy Centers, assisting individuals and families in scheduling therapeutic services.
Darien Peterson, BA, intake coordinator. Currently working toward a master’s degree in educational counseling. Has been with Wilshire/Valley Therapy Centers for the past three years in general administration.
Osker Rodriguez, general assistant. Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences. Works at Wilshire/Valley Therapy Centers, assisting individuals and families in obtaining therapeutic services.
Belia Velez, MSW, general assistant. With a master’s degree in clinical social work, works as an administrative assistant at Wilshire/Valley Therapy Centers, assisting individuals and families in multiple aspects of therapeutic services.
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Note: All mental health specialists are independently affiliated with Wilshire/Valley or Pacific West therapy centers. Once assigned, clients should contact their therapists via their direct phone lines or email.