151 Kalmus Drive
Building C, Suite 100
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Administrative: M-F 9 AM to 4 PM
Counseling: M-F 8 AM to 8 PM
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Our Costa Mesa Staff
Biography: April Twenhafel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters of Science Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. April works with clients on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, spiritual direction, and identity development. She is also a certified Prepare/Enrich Counselor for premarital therapy. April offers short-term and long-term therapy for children, adolescents, couples, families and adult individuals. April has had tremendous success in helping individuals work through painful experiences that rob them of the joy of their lives. April’s approach to therapy is very relational. The therapeutic approach often focuses on the early significant relationships on the ongoing emotional development of the individual. She also assists families in developing more effective problem-solving strategies and explores how each member of the family impacts and is impacted by other family members.
Biography: Dr. Audrey Milburn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her masters and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology with Marital and Family Therapy specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Audrey enjoys working with premarital couples, marriages, adolescents, missionaries, individuals in ministry, young adults, and parents. She is certified in Prepare and Enrich and The Couple Checkup, comprehensive assessment tools used in both premarital and marriage therapy. Audrey is bilingual in English and Kinyarwanda. She spent 21 years overseas and understands cross-cultural issues. Areas of experience and interest are depression, anxiety, acculturation issues, burnout, grief, early childhood, attachment, and family of origin issues, relationship issues, emotional regulation, and adjustment difficulties.
Biography: Brittany is completing a PhD in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California where she is also earning a Master of Arts degree in theology. Brittany completed her predoctoral internship at California State University San Marcos; and has received training in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, community clinics, and inpatient hospital settings. Brittany has a holistic and relational approach to therapy. She works primarily with adolescents and adults, and sees couples for premarital and marital counseling. Brittany’s goal is to come alongside others and create a safe space for healing and growth. She specializes in helping young adults with difficult life transitions, people who have a conflict around two or more aspects of identity, and people who have chronic or debilitating physical conditions.
Biography: Doris is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who completed her Master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Drawing from her professional and life experiences, she has a strong interest in working with adolescents, adults and families who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, loss, shame, guilt, relational and intergenerational cultural issues. Doris also has a special interest in walking alongside the chronically ill and their caregivers. Her passion is to help her clients find healing, wholeness and fulfillment within themselves and with those most important to them.
Biography: Dr. Heather Schroeder is excited to rejoin CIFT after completing her pre-doctoral internship at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Heather holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, a masters in psychology, and a masters in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has been working with clients since 2007 and has a passion for walking alongside those who are hurting, struggling, and wanting to grow.
In addition to her graduate work, she has received specialized training working with individuals dealing with intimacy disorders/sexual addiction through IITAP (International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals) and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist candidate. Heather has experience working at one of the top residential sex addiction programs, as well as working in a professionals’ treatment program with professionals facing addiction issues/problems at work, and helping clients work on addressing relational problems, sexual identity issues, anxiety, depression, abuse history, grief, health issues, and spiritual issues.
Dr. Schroeder believes that each client, both individuals and couples, have a unique story to tell and is committed to helping her clients share and explore the struggles they face. She understands that therapy can be a difficult, yet rewarding process and works with each of her clients to determine the best approach to address the issues they face.
Biography: Julie is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who completed her Master’s degree from Hope International University. As a therapist, Julie desires to come alongside people and empower them in reaching their full potential as they find more honesty and resiliency in themselves. In her work, she is passionate about helping people foster strong, nurturing relationships. Julie has experience working with women in Uganda and South Africa who were victims of trauma, abuse, and violence. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) which she implements when working with trauma recovery and relationship injuries. Her areas of focus include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, couple’s counseling and premarital counseling.
Biography: Julissa is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who completed her Master’s degree at Azusa Pacific University. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Concordia University Irvine. Julissa is certified in Prepare and Enrich, a comprehensive assessment tool used in both pre-marital and marriage therapy. She has a heart for helping people find hope, healing, and spiritual growth. Julissa’s areas of experience and interest include depression, anxiety, couples counseling, relationship struggles, trauma/abuse, grief/loss, family conflict and spiritual issues.
Biography: Kevin is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. He also has a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Talbot School of Theology. He has experience working with emerging adults, individuals, and pastors in regards to individual and corporate spiritual development as well as the supporting the needs of those in ministry. Kevin is certified in Prepare and Enrich, a comprehensive assessment tool used in both pre-marital and marriage therapy. Areas of interest are anxiety, depression, shame, OCD, early childhood and family of origin issues, relationship issues, sexual addiction, identity formation, spiritual issues, as well as personal growth and life stage transitions.
Biography: Laura is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She completed her master’s degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her passion and experience with adolescents, young adults and families, help provide a warm, comfortable and safe environment to work toward growth and healing. Laura’s BS in Education from USC and MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary enable her to come along side people facing issues in adolescents, young adults, spiritual issues, life transitions, parent/child problems, premarital counseling and family problems.
Biography: Lauren is a Licensed Psychologist who earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary, where she also earned a master’s degree in theology. She works with adults, adolescents and couples, creating a safe environment for her clients to grow and find healing. She enjoys working with individuals who experience depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, grief, relationship issues, and identity issues. Lauren also has interest in spiritual and religious issues, including how spirituality can be utilized in working through difficult life experiences. She seeks to help people find a sense of wholeness and peace within themselves and in their daily lives.
Biography: Marlene is a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist with a master’s degree from California State University, Fullerton. She and her husband have been married 45 years. They have raised nine children and are enjoying their 12 grandchildren. She has been active in her church as a women’s Bible study teacher and small group leader. Marlene’s personal life experience and professional experience have equipped her to work effectively with adolescents, adults, individuals, couples and families. She specializes in helping people with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, life transitions and spiritual issues. Marlene has been trained in Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples and EMDR Therapy. Marlene incorporates psychology and spirituality in collaboration with her clients so that they may experience increased sense of inner harmony resulting in improved relationships and functioning in all areas of life.
Biography: Mary Zollman has over twenty-five years of clinical experience, the last nineteen of which have been in her practice with Center for Individual and Family Therapy. Mary has experience working with clients with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, college transitions, and medical concerns.
After completing a B.A. in Communication at Pepperdine University in 1990, she earned her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Phillips Graduate Institute in 1993. She worked as an intern for California Family Counseling Center in Encino, before moving to Orange County, where she currently practices as a Licensed Psychotherapist in Orange, CA. at Center for Individual and Family Therapy.
For more information about psychotherapy or to make an appointment; The fastest way to reach Mary is to phone her at 714-558-9266 x984. If she is not available, leave a message with some good times to connect over the phone.
Biography: Matt has a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He has been working in family law in San Diego and Orange County since 2009 and continues to practice family law on a part-time basis with a firm in Irvine. Matt has also worked with Laura’s House, a shelter and resource center for victims of domestic violence, as a legal clinic volunteer. He is certified in the Prepare-Enrich program, which is an assessment tool for both married and unmarried couples who want to understand and improve their relationship. He has also been trained in the New Ways for Families counseling program for separated or divorcing couples. He is also trained in EMDR therapy. Matt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University. Matt has experience working with many individuals that have been hurt and burdened by the pain of divorce and custody battles caused by domestic violence, infidelity, addiction, or irreconcilable relational differences. This experience has given him a passion for working with individuals and families that are contemplating, experiencing or recovering from a divorce. Matt also has a particular interest in working with children and teenagers, both individually and within the context of family therapy.
Biography: Paul is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who moved back to Orange County from Portland, Oregon, where he received his Master’s of Arts in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling from George Fox University. Paul is married with three kids, and enjoys working with couples, families, and individuals struggling in the different places in life that come up, including family conflicts and relationship struggles. Paul has volunteered for years in high school, college, and young marrieds groups, as well as in worship bands, and has a soft spot for adolescents and their families.
Biography: Rachael is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who earned her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University. She feels a calling to work with those who are suffering, and is passionate about supporting and guiding her clients in reaching their full potential. Rachael has a heart for helping people better understand themselves while improving their lives and relationships. She strongly respects her clients, and values connecting to their unique stories. Rachael volunteered at Salvation Army’s drug rehabilitation center for two years, has facilitated anger management, grief, and process groups, and has extensive experience working with children in a variety of settings. Her overseas work with orphans strengthened her passion for struggling children. She has special interest in working with trauma, substance recovery issues, anxiety, depression, and shame.
Rachael is Level Two trained in EMDR, an empirically effective method for treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma-based symptoms, including long-term relational issues, anxiety, and depression.
She enjoys working with children, teens, and adults.
Biography: Robbyn is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who completed her Master’s degree at Chapman University. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Robbyn cares about helping individuals and couples restore healthy relationships with others while finding a sense of identity in themselves. She is experienced in and passionate about talking through feelings of hopelessness, grief and loss, and cultural diversity issues. Robbyn has years of experience working with Asian Americans, college students, individuals in ministry, and those who want to discuss questions about spirituality and purpose of life. She strives to meet each person exactly where they are on their journey, and offer them acceptance and hope for their future.