Staff Profiles

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Pamela Brider, LCSW #96447

Clinical Approach: My work experience and the populations I've served are very broad, therefore I have had to be well versed in several therapeutic modalities. I am solution focus, strength based, and I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as narrative therapy to assist individuals to rewrite their stories, and reclaim their lives. I work with all individuals as an LCSW, but my passion is the re-entry population. I love to assist individuals that society has given up on and help them rebuild their lives one success at a time. I believe in people's abilities to recover and change just as I have changed. The person I am today is not the person that I have always been, and it is my greatest desire to continue assisting others to see and live up to their full potential. I will continue to work to stop the rate of recidivism within people of color and continue working to bring individuals out of the darkness and into the light.

Specialties:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Anger Management

  • Bipolar

  • Christian Counseling

  • Compulsive Gambling

  • Couple/ Marriage

  • EAP

  • Factitious Disorder

  • Grief

  • Learning Disability

  • Pain Management

  • Panic Attacks

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Spousal Abuse

  • Impulse Conduct Disorder

  • Trauma

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Lauren Passoff

Lauren Passoff is a LCSW who has been practicing in the field of Social Work since 2006. From a young age, Lauren always felt an innate calling and passion for helping others. She expressed always having possessed empathy for other people’s life experiences. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University.

Since her completion of her MSW degree, Lauren has held a variety of positions within the field of Social Work both on the micro and macro levels. One of my passions for this field is the ability to be creative and continuously grow and expand in the in the ways we can exercise our influences as social workers. Historically, Lauren has been a top-performing Licensed Clinical

Social Worker and executive leader with a track record of success providing care services from

early childhood to end of life care clinically, in direct service as an LCSW, and as a competent administrator across non-profit and private sector spaces, driving and developing quality programs for success, servicing the largest possible pool of clients. Extensive experience in social work and MBA education translates to broad range of skills directing operations, building high-performing teams, developing leaders, growing business, assessing processes for continual improvement, ensuring compliance, and achieving goals. Lauren is a cross-functional leader, cultivating collaboration and building internal and external partnerships to enhance performance. She possesses an exceptional ability to assess processes, develop action plans, and execute to produce positive outcomes. Lauren encompasses a thorough understanding of group and individual dynamics combine with strong interpersonal communication skills resulting in overall organizational success.

In direct clinical practice, Lauren focuses on evidence- based practices to guide her approach to treatment. This includes, but is not limited to Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis. Lauren has significant experience working with children and families that have been involved in the child welfare system, and clients with complex needs ranging from mental health support, educational advocacy, medical advocacy and literacy training, support with special needs and disabilities, domestic violence, and family conflict.

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Tele-Therapist Deanna Aghbashian, LCSW #92080

Treatment Approach: My educational and professional background has provided me with opportunity to work with a variety of clientele. I began my educational experience at Azusa Pacific University where I graduated with my bachelors in Sociology and Business Administration. I then decided to pursue my master's in social work. I attended the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Child, Youth, and Families. After school, I worked at my final internship as a Foster Care and Adoptions Social Worker. While there, I became Certified in Safe Home Assessments and worked closely with the child welfare system. After some time there, I moved on to work as an Adoption Specialist. I worked with incoming resource families and extended family members to become certified to resources families (used to be known as foster parents). I eventually moved on to work at the County of San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health, where I worked on the Community Crisis Response Team as well as assist the Major Disaster Team. I have experienced working with children, adolescents, and adults going through thoughts of suicide and homicide. I engage with my clients to process the triggers of current and past stressors in their lives to ensure that they remain safe. I have been trained to assess and determine whether a psychiatric evaluation is necessary. On this team, I gained tremendous exposure to crisis situations, and was able to cultivate my ability to remain calm and objective during episodes of extreme stress. I currently am working on my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Loma Linda University, and working at Wings of the Future as a psychotherapist.

The biggest lesson I have learned at my time working in foster care and with the crisis response team is that relationships are essential for change and are imperative to useful therapy. I utilize a Relational Gestalt approach. I enjoy working with people on their thought process, actions/reactions, and how it relates to their life experiences and if it helps or hinders their daily lives. I believe that most people have experienced events that have impacted their lives. It is my goal to help identify these events and help my clients move through them.

I believe that each person has unique impressions and experiences, and so my treatment is tailored to their individual needs. I have a client-centered approach and firmly believe that clients are the change-makers and have the power to guide their own recovery. It is my goal to provide an empathic and engaging style throughout treatment while providing a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental space. I have trained to work with all ages and especially enjoy working with adolescents, young adults, and adults. I continue to work with suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety and trauma. I am sensitive to multicultural issues and welcome working and learning from people from a variety of backgrounds. I hope to work with you in exploring your emotions, concerns, and trauma/significant events to help you find some relief and develop long-term solutions that bring positive results.

Specialties:

  • Anxiety

  • Adolescent

  • Adoption

  • Children

  • Family

  • Depression

  • Psychotherapy

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Tele-Therapist April McClellan, LMFT #107848

Clinical Approach: My name is April McClellan, and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. I completed her master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy at the University of Phoenix in 2010, and I have over 10 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings (outpatient substance abuse treatment, community mental health, nonprofit, and private practice). I have also facilitated anger management groups and grief counseling support groups for victims of crime in the city of Los Angeles. I have provided clinical and administrative supervision to associate social work and marriage and family therapy interns, and I have a comprehensive range of clinical experience working with individuals and groups in the following areas:

  • Depression and bipolar disorder

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Child and adolescent issues

  • Complicated grief

  • Anger and stress management

  • Trauma and abuse

  • Suicide assessment and risk reduction

  • Couple’s conflict

  • Group psychotherapy

  • Dual diagnosis (mental health and substance abuse)

  • Self-esteem issues

My approach to therapy is collaborative in the development of treatment goals and ongoing assessment and evaluation of therapeutic relationship and progress. Services include individual, couples, family, and group therapy. I have been trained in Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (IND/CBT); Triple P Parenting (PPP); Seeking Safety (SS); Moral Resonation Therapy; Motivational Interviewing, Crisis Oriented Recovery Services (CORS), FOCUS for Families and Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment Tool (CANS). I utilize a variety of techniques and skills and therapeutic modalities (Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, relaxation techniques, mindfulness, psychoeducation, and behavior modification) that can assist the client in maximizing his/her potential in their mental health and wellness.

I believe in working in partnership with my clients, utilizing their strengths and willingness to face challenges and achieve their goals. I embrace the importance of identifying all aspects of a client’s life that impacts their well-being including their physical health, support systems, work and/or school environment and faith/spirituality in the therapeutic process.

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Tele-Therapist Patricia Holden, LCSW #22999

While I have conducted family, couples and group therapy, my current focus is individual therapy with adults and geriatric clients. I have also worked on psychiatric crisis teams with major hospitals in Los Angeles and surrounding counties for many years. Techniques I utilize are based on client need, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); challenging maladaptive thinking, cognitive distortions and behaviors; and Insight-Oriented Therapy (assisting clients in self-understanding, self-awareness, and self-actualization.

  • Specialties:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Panic Attacks

  • Relationship Issues

  • Women’s Issues

  • Marital problems

  • Workplace issues

  • Some Personality Disorders

  • Psychotic Disorders

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Tele-Therapist Keisha Owens

Clinical Approach: I have a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals, families and groups across many clinical areas. I approach treatment from the point of whole person care. I enjoy working in collaboration with a multidisciplinary staff and utilize Motivational Interviewing, Trauma focused CBT, Harm Reduction Interventions with populations from diverse cultural groups, ages and backgrounds.

Specialties:

  • Depression

  • Bipolar

  • Individual Special Needs

  • Anxiety Disorder

  • Domestic Violence

  • Behavior and Discipline Challenges

  • Self-Harm Behavior

  • Anger and Stress Management

  • Trauma and Abuse

  • Family and Relationship Issues

  • Children/Adults with Special Needs

  • Suicide Assessment and Risk Reduction

  • Chronic Mental Illness

  • Self-Image and Self Esteem Issues

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Tele-Therapist Irmgard R. Alarcon, LCSW #93187

Therapeutic approach: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy. Hello, my name is Irmgard Alarcon. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been in the Mental Health field for over 10 years. I have worked in a variety of settings such as schools, non-profit mental health agencies, psychiatric hospital, and private practice. I have provided assistance to children, teens, and adults through individual and group therapy, acute crisis treatment, family preservation counseling, and domestic violence case management and support groups. I use a variety of therapeutic. approaches, individualized to each client’s needs, such as Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, and Humanistic Therapy. My therapeutic style involves meeting each individual where they are at in their unique journey. I like to work as a team with my clients where we can have difficult conversations, work on resolving issues, and collaborate on treatment plans that are tailored to their personal needs and experiences. A passion of mine is to provide support and encouragement to empower individuals to gain strength, confidence, hope, self-love, and a sense of control of their life. I believe the most important component of therapy is for a client to feel comfortable and safe to share without judgement, from a warm, genuine, and understanding therapist. It takes a lot of courage and motivation. to reach out for additional support. If you are looking for someone to help you develop to your maximum potential and become your best self, then I look forward to meeting you soon. My Credentials: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Master of Social Work from Azusa Pacific University, bachelor’s in science, Human Services from California State University, Fullerton. Seeking Safety Training, Domestic Violence Training. Therapeutic approaches: Client-centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy.

Specialties:

  • Anxiety

  • Communication problems

  • Depression

  • Divorce and Separation

  • Domestic violence

  • Empowerment

  • Family Conflicts

  • Relationship issues

  • Self-Esteem

  • Stress

  • Teen Issues

  • Women’s Issues

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Tele-Therapist Brian Thong, LCSW #98552

Clinical Approach: I have worked with children with special needs (primarily Autism). My role was to improve social skills and overall functioning through play. I have also worked with typically developing children in a school setting, mediating problem-solving on the playground when disputes between students arose.

I have most recently worked with homeless Veterans, ensuring that they obtain and maintain housing, providing referrals to mental health services, and maintaining their overall quality of life. I am a strong proponent of self-determination and I want to help people make the right decisions for themselves. Together, we will develop a plan that will best serve you and your unique needs to create the life you envision for yourself.

Specialties:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

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Shonda Webb Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-Certified Addiction Specialist

My name is Shonda Webb, and I am a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. I have been working in the field as an Addiction Specialist for almost 18 years, assisting others with overcoming addictions to substances, as I was once chronically addicted myself. I started using at 12 years old and by the time I was 14, I was addicted to many substances including alcohol and opioids. Struggling as a young mother, and wife, with an intense, insatiable desire to serve my God sober,

I knew I had to allow God to help me with a breakthrough. He helped me through my faith, determination, counseling, and education. I have worked in all areas of substance abuse treatment starting with outpatient. I have worked in Residential treatment, sober livings, navigation for treatment and other services. I am also a published Author of a book called “Addicted to inspiration” (a 365 Day Recovery Devotional book). I wrote this book to encourage others and share my experiences, faith, strength, and hope. I work with others to discover the root of their use and provide counseling to assist them with developing their own tailer made recovery system, according to their needs, and were they feel they are in each process. I also provide education, support, and I possess a genuine empathy and unconditional regard for those who struggle and desire assistance.

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Tele-Therapist David Disano, LMFT #86775

Therapeutic approach: As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I have been practicing for over a decade with a wide range of psychological struggles, especially life transitions (quarter, mid, three-quarter life), conflicts of identity, historical traumas, the corrosive and overwhelming experience of addiction, anxious and depressive complexes and rumination. I am trained as a Jungian Analyst, working from a depth approach to explore the symbolism of psychical material. Additionally, I regularly implement cognitive behavioral tools to decrease symptoms and psychoeducation to increase client awareness.

Specialties:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Divorce and Separation

  • Relationship issues

  • Substance Abuse

  • Couples Therapy