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DR. NHUNG PHAN, PSY.D., QME

  • I am a licensed clinical psychologist with specialization in depression, anxiety, LGBTQ, and psychological/neuropsychological testing. My main theoretical approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamics/Psychoanalysis.
  • I currently conduct forensic evaluations of competency to stand trial. Other assessments include psychological/neuropsychological testing, psychiatric evaluations for workers’ comp, evaluations for court ordered clients, treatment of veterans and other populations, and evaluations of inmates/prisoners from a regional center in San Bernardino and state prison in Delano, CA.
  • I have administered research specific inventories to patients who had Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Major Depressive, Alcohol Use, and a plethora of disorders from the DSM-5. I worked on program development and resource building for innovative programs that were funded by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). I administered neuropsychological/psychological tests to clients referred from clinicians for differential diagnosing.
  • I practiced at the Juvenile Drug Court in Orange, CA., where I administered psychological tests and assessments to determine client eligibility for the court. I practiced in an elementary school setting, providing counseling services for elementary and middle grade students who experienced behavioral, personal problems, or difficulties with academics. I also provided psychotherapy to geriatric clients suffering from dementia, pain disorders associated with medical conditions, and myriad other psychiatric and mental disorders at a clinic.
  • School: Alliant International University
  • Degree: Doctor of Clinical Forensic Psychology, Psy.D.
  • Year Graduated: 2011
  • License No. and State: PSY28271 California
  • Additional Credentials: Certificate 1– Sex and Couples Therapy,  2014   Certificate 2– Division of Workers’ Compensation/Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME), 2016
  • Specialties: Testing and Evaluation · Depression · Anxiety · Parenting
  • Issues: Anger Management · Anxiety · Codependency · Divorce · Domestic Abuse · Family Conflict · Infidelity · Learning Disabilities · Relationship Issues · Sleep or Insomnia · Transgender · Trauma and PTSD Mood Disorders · Personality Disorders · Psychosis
  • Sexuality: Bisexual · Gay · Lesbian · Heterosexual
  • Alternative Languages: Vietnamese
  • Ages: Children (6 to 10) · Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13) · Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19) · Adults · Elders (65+)
  • Treatment Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) · Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) · Existential · Person-Centered · Psychoanalytic · Psychodynamic

Antonia Allison, LMFT

  • I am a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist with a specialty in Addiction Treatment. I remain in the direct service of in-patient drug treatment by providing therapy to all levels of care (LOC) from detox to IOP. My knowledge in this field allows me to provide relevant therapy for those affected by someone else’s chemical addiction as well as those with non-chemical addictions. I also do teletherapy, via online sessions.
  • I have worked with clients impacted by addiction and it’s offspring of codependency in domestic violence shelters (3), the LGBT Center in Los Angeles, and Court-ordered clinics. I have also taught Parenting, Child Abuse Intervention and Batterers’ Intervention classes. My first graduate degree is in Spiritual Psychology from University of Santa Monica. Doing my own foundational work as a “spiritual being having a human experience ” set my understanding of the obstacles in the human experience. I graduated from Argosy University and expanded my knowledge and experience through years of focused internship. Now, licensed and on a panel with colleagues in the addiction field, we provide psycho educational instruction as an adjunct to the graduate program of different colleges. Our first topic in two parts is “Drug Treatment Overview”.
  • I work actively with my clients providing different analogies to assist in the deconstruction of obstacles to manageable portions. One fact stands above all that I learned in both graduate programs-it is not the model or methods I use with client that evoke a successful outcome. It is my lack of judgment about the issues of my clients since healing cannot take place in an atmosphere of judgment.

 

  • School: USM 2003, Argosy University
  • Year Graduated: 2011
  • Degree: Master of Counseling Psychology, MA
  • License No. and State: LMFT 96322 California
  • Additional Credentials: Certificate: Prepare/Enrich 2008 40 Hour Domestic Violence Training (3) 2000, 2003, 2010 40 Hour Batterers Intervention Training 2014
  • Specialities: Addiction Anxiety and Depression
  • Issues: Codependence Relationship Distress Work Stress, Trichotillomania
  • Sexuality: Heterosexual, Bisexual, and Gay
  • Alternative Languages: None
  • Ages: 13-100+
  • Treatment Orientation: Choice, REBT, Person-Centered, Gestalt, and Psycho-dynamic

Dr. Jackie Nguyen, Psy.D.   

  • I am a psychological assistant and  my main theoretical approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution  Focus, and Motivational Interviewing. I have provided psychotherapy to  children, adolescent, adults, and older adults addressing myriad of psychological issues (i.e., anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc.).   I also do teletherapy, via online sessions.   
  • I have administered neuropsychological/psychological  tests to clients for differential diagnosing such as dementia, mood  disorder, neurodevelopmental disorder, and executive functioning. I have practiced  in multidisciplinary settings including school setting, community center,  inpatient hospital, and outpatient counseling center. 

 

  • School: The Chicago School of  Professional Psychology, LA Campus
  • Degree: Doctor of Clinical Psychology,  Psy.D.
  • Year Graduated: 2016 
  • Psychological Assistant No. and  State:   PSB94023403    California   
  • Specialties: Testing and Evaluation · Depression  · Anxiety 
  • Issues: Academia · Anger Management  · Anxiety · Bipolar · Depression · Divorce · Domestic Abuse · Family  Conflict · Learning Disabilities · Psychosis · Relationship Issues · Sleep or Insomnia 
  • Alternative Languages: Vietnamese
  • Ages: Children (6 to 10) ·   Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13) · Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19) · Adults ·   Elders (65+)    
  • Treatment Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) ·   Solution Focus · Motivational Interviewing · Person-Centered 

Veronica Choi, LMFT

  • I am a Spanish-speaking licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in treating children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families. I also have experience working with those who have been impacted by trauma. I believe that therapy is a process of working together to explore that which might lead to greater healing and satisfaction in your life.  I also do teletherapy, via online sessions.
  • I completed my graduate practicum at an adult substance abuse rehabilitation program where I saw individuals and couples and led women’s support groups and an anger management class. After finishing my M.S. I went on to work at an agency that focused on DIR (Floor Time), a social-emotional therapy for children with Autism where I rose to a supervisor position and had the opportunity to work with many Spanish-speaking families of children with Autism.  
  • It was there where I also received training in and was able to utilize behavioral strategies with the children and families that I served. Later I worked at a nonprofit counseling children with depression, anxiety, and trauma and with children in the foster care system. My training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been a valuable tool in helping clients to become “unstuck” from their trauma.  
     

 

  • School: California State University Fullerton  
  • Degree: Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, MA  
  • Year Graduated: 2007  
  • License No. and State: LMFT 99192 California  
  • Specialties: Autism Spectrum Disorder -Trauma  
  • Issues:  ADHD -Anxiety -Autism/Asperger’s -Depression -Trauma  
  • Alternative languages: Spanish 
  • Ages:  Children (6 to 10) -Preteens (11-13) -Adolescents (14-19) -Adults  
  • Treatment Orientation:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) -Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) -Developmental Individual-difference Relationship-based (DIR/Floor Time) -Behavior Therapy -Person-centered   

Amber Carpenter, LCSW

  • I am a licensed clinical social worker with specialization in depression, anxiety, substance use and co-occurring disorders. My main theoretical approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamics/Psychoanalysis and Strengths-Based Practices. I currently provide counseling to individuals and groups seeking assistance in these and other areas.  
  • I worked In Behavioral Health for over 9 years. During that time, I served as Prevention Coordinator for the region managing overseeing efforts to reduce underage drinking and substance use problems in local areas. In recent years I have focused on providing direct engagement counseling services that are innovative and evidence based with co-ocurring populations, adults, youth and children. As a project lead, I worked to incorporate strength based practices in therapeutic treatment settings and committed to developing and enhancing effort towards client engagement with forensic populations. In 2010, I was awarded the NASW Award of Recognition for Social Advocacy. 

 

  • School: University of Southern California  
  • Degree: Master of Social Work, MA 
  • Year Graduated: 2012  
  • License No. and State: LCSW74603 California  
  • Additional Credentials: Certificate 1: Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor 168252IV, 2016 Certificate 2: Certified Prevention Specialist 0500217b, 2016  
  • Specialties: Addictions · Depression · Anxiety · Co-Occurring disorders · Schizophrenia · Bi-Polar  
  • Issues: Anxiety · Codependency · Divorce · Domestic Abuse · Family Conflict · Parenting · ADD/ADHD · Relationship Issues · Grief and Loss · Trauma and PTSD · Mood Disorders · Personality Disorders · Psychosis 
  • Sexuality: Bisexual · Gay · Lesbian · Heterosexual
  • Alternative Languages: None  
  • Ages: Children (6 to 10) · Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13) · Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19) · Adults · Elders (65+) 
  • Treatment Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) · Strengths-Based · Person-Centered · Psychoanalytic · Psychodynamic 

Dr. Gabriela Costardi, Ph.D.

  • I am a registered psychological assistant. My main theoretical approach is Lacanian Psychoanalysis/Psychodynamic Therapy. I currently provide therapy for children from 3 years old and their families, as well as individual counseling for teenagers and adults in Ontario, CA.
  • I practiced at Maple Counseling Center, CA., where I provided child and family therapy, and individual counseling for adults. I run parenting skills groups and practiced in a preschool setting, assisting staff and students to reach their best potential in a classroom setting.   

 

  • School:University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Degree:Doctor of Psychology, Ph.D.
  • Year Graduated:2015
  • License No. and State:PSB94022736 California   
  • Specialties:  Psychotherapy
  • Issues:  Anxiety – Depression – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders – Trauma and PTSD –  Mood Disorders – Personality Disorders – Psychosis. Transitions in the life cycle and existential issues: child phobia, school adjustment and learning skills, participating in the social link, professional issues, relationship conflicts, parenting demands, sexual dissatisfaction,finding desire in life. Disruption in the life cycle: Divorce-Death
  • Sexuality:  Bisexual · Gay · Lesbian
  • Alternative Languages:  Portuguese, French
  • Ages:  Children (3 to 10) · Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13) Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19) · Adults – Elders (65+)   
  • Treatment Orientation:Psychoanalytic · Psychodynamic  

Dr. Dana Mathews, Psy.D.

  • I am a registered psychological assistant and my primary therapeutic approaches are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Mindfulness. I work with children, adolescents, adults and older adults and have extensive experience addressing social anxiety, depression, substance and behavioral addictions, sexual assault/abuse and trauma, and difficulties associated with giftedness and learning.
  • I have experience administering and interpreting psychological tests for issues such as learning difficulties, mood dysregulation, giftedness and executive functioning. I have practiced therapy in settings such as college counseling centers, substance abuse clinics, trauma/crisis centers, and outpatient testing centers.
  • I strive to provide my clients with a safe, accepting environment from which they can explore their difficulties, strengths, and identities. I work collaboratively with my clients to figure out their goals, strategies to change their unhelpful patterns, and skills to achieve the things they want from life.
  • School: The Chicago School of  Professional Psychology, LA Campus
  • Degree: Doctor of Clinical Forensic Psychology,  Psy.D.
  • Year Graduated: 2015 
  • Psychological Assistant No. and  State:   PSB94023178    California   
  • Specialties: Social Anxiety, difficulties associated with giftedness and learning, sexual assault/abuse and trauma, substance/behavioral addictions
  • Issues: Depression, anxiety, child therapy,  relationship issues, testing and evaluation, life transitions, gaming/internet addiction, perfectionism
  • Alternative Languages: None
  • Ages: Children (6 to 10) ·   Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13) · Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19) · Adults ·   Elders (65+)    
  • Treatment Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic

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Tiama Rucker, MFTI

  • I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. My primary theoretical approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rogerian psychotherapy, Solution Focus, and Narrative Therapy. I provide psychotherapy to children, adolescent, adults, individuals, couples, and families in office as well as teletherapy. I have extensive experience addressing symptoms derived from trauma.
  • I attended California Baptist University where I received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. My education included an emphasis in Christian perspective as well as cultural sensitivity. I have had the opportunity to work in both the private and community sectors of the field. It was in the community sector that I learned to address the primary as well as secondary needs of individuals; including those in financial distress and in need of community resources.
  • “Seeking help takes a great deal of courage and strength;” therefore, I focus on creating a safe environment for clients to open up and feel heard and validated.  My approach in therapy will take into consideration your own unique values, experiences, cultural identity, and other factors important to you, because you are unique.

 

  • School: California Baptist University
  • Degree: MS Counseling Psychology
  • Year Graduated:2016
  • License No. and State:#97474 Associate Marriage & Family Therapist,  California
  • Specialties:Trauma,Depression, Anxiety, Attachment, Family Conflict, Relationship Issues, Parenting,
  • Issues: Depression, Anxiety, Child Therapy,  Relationship Issues, Sexual Orientation, Transitioning, Trauma
  • Alternative Languages:None
  • Ages:Toddlers (2-5), Children (6 to 10) , Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13), Adolescents (14 to 19) ,Adults, Elders (65+)    
  • Treatment Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Rogerian, Solution Focus, Narrative Therapy Mindfulness, and Psychodynamic.