With a wide variety of specialties and experience, our team is well prepared to meet your unique needs. We can help you find the therapist and office that’s right for you. Click on any of the names below to get more information about our staff, including their training, experience and office locations.
Biography: Dr. Amanda Courvoisier is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. She has a passion for helping people struggling with anxiety, depression, attachment issues, and relational concerns, among many others. Amanda uses a trauma informed perspective and helps people get to the root of their issues, assisting them in working through patterns that have caused them to become stuck in life. She works with adolescents, adults, and couples. In addition, she is certified through Prepare-Enrich to provide premarital counseling and has experience and a heart to help couples with affair recovery.
Biography: Dr. Anna Huang earned her doctoral and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology. She has experience working with children, adults, couples and older adults. She is certified to conduct pre-marital and couples therapy with the Prepare/Enrich program. She particularly enjoys collaborating with emerging adults to navigate life transitions. Dr. Huang enjoys working with individuals who experience depression, anxiety, family and divorce issues, relationship issues, culture/diversity issues (she is proficient in Mandarin Chinese), and a desire for self-awareness and personal growth. She strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals to better understand themselves and connect with others.
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: Bruce is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who received his Masters of Science degree in counseling from California State University, Fullerton. He enjoys working with individuals, couples, and adolescents. Bruce has experience coming alongside clients struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, attachment injuries, and spiritual difficulties. He is passionate about strengthening marriages and helping couples overcome relationship difficulties, including the devastation of infidelity. Bruce and his wife of 37 years volunteer as Community Pastors and mentors at their church. Bruce has been trained in Emotion-Focused Therapy with founder Dr. Les Greenberg, completed an externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, trained in couples work with Drs. John and Julie Gottman, and is currently working toward certification in EMDR therapy. In his counseling, Bruce endeavors to provide a nurturing, non-judgmental environment where clients receive encouragement and support as they work through the challenging issues of their lives.
Biography: Carolyn received her master of arts degree in marriage family and child counseling from Pepperdine University. She is actively involved in her church and is part of their lay counseling training team teaching on anxiety and phobic disorders. Carolyn is a senior staff therapist and individual supervisor. She has advanced training in EMDR used in trauma recovery.
Biography: Claudia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a master’s degree from Barry University. She has more than 20 years experience as a therapist. She enjoys working with clients on a variety of issues. Her areas of experience include depression, anxiety/stress management, parenting (particularly the emotionally challenging or defiant child), couples/marital issues, grief/loss. She is trained in biofeedback and holds certification in prevention and treatment of domestic violence. Claudia is also fluent in Spanish.
Biography: Colleen is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, with her master’s degree in psychology at Brandman University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from University of California Irvine. Colleen is passionate about helping kids of all ages, preschool through college. She is also attentive to the needs of parents and the trials that come with raising children. Colleen’s areas of special interest include depression, anxiety, and life on the autism spectrum.
Biography: Corynne Keirnes is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. She enjoys working with teens, college students, individuals, and couples as they work through emotional and relational struggles. Corynne is experienced in the areas of anxiety, depression, and marital and family distress. She is a certified Prepare and Enrich Facilitator and enjoys working with both engaged and married couples as they face challenges in relationship.
Biography: Courtney is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University and Bachelors degree from UC Irvine. Courtney is passionate about working with individuals, couples, adolescents, young adults and women. Drawing from her training and life experiences, she feels a calling to help those experiencing emotional regulation issues, anxiety/depression, family conflict issues, relationship struggles as well as spiritual and identity issues. In her counseling, Courtney strives to provide a non-judgmental environment where clients receive support in finding healing, wholeness and fulfillment within themselves as they work through the challenging issues of their lives.
Biography: Donna holds a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Drawing from her training and life experiences, she is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families experiencing relationship challenges, career and life transitions, anxiety, depression, and spiritual concerns. Special areas of focus include panic and obsessive-compulsive disorders, infidelity, grief/loss, and chronic illness. Donna has completed specialized training in EMDR therapy and Somatic therapy for treating stress, trauma, and PTSD. She is also certified to use the PREPARE-ENRICH curriculum with pre-marital and married couples.
Donna has been actively involved in lay counseling and leading small groups through her church for many years. She also has over 20 years experience working in the corporate realm, where she focused on developing team environments for facilitating interpersonal collaboration and growth. She holds advanced degrees in bioscience and business, and she continues to consult as an executive coach to individuals and businesses.
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: Emily Kirkbride is passionate about people thriving in their relationships and daily lives, specifically individual growth that takes place in community and relationship with others. She has her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Emily works with individuals, couples, families, and groups to move a person toward holistic health and well-being. Emily has worked extensively with young adults and adolescents. She specializes in life transitions, women’s issues, eating disorders, grief, trauma and issues that arise around parenting, sexuality, and spirituality.
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: Holly Morris is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University. Holly has experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, personal growth issues and life-stage transitions. She is trained in EMDR, specializing in trauma recovery. She is also certified to counsel premarital and marital couples through PREPARE/ENRICH. She has a passion to partner with the people she counsels to help them receive God’s healing and experience fulfillment in their relationships with God and others.
Biography: Jaclyn Yorkey specializes in Emotion Focused Therapy for couples, working with children and adolescent developmental issues, helping parents navigate communication, boundary setting, and discipline, Play Therapy, Pre-Marital Counseling, and is a Certified Family Wellness Instructor. She is actively involved in her church helping with marriage enrichment programs and pre-marital classes.
Biography: Jacqueline has a Master’s degree in Marriage and family Therapy from Hope International University. Jacqueline is a United States Air Force veteran with 20 years experience working as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Jacqueline has a strong desire to help couples, families, adolescent and adult individuals find hope and healing as they work through anxiety, depression, illness related struggles, attachment issues, ADD/ADHD and challenges associated with military life. She is also interested in working with pastor’s wives and other women in ministry who struggle with relationships, spiritual growth and finding balance. Jacqueline is very involved in her church where she works alongside her husband who is the Assistant Pastor. She leads the marriage ministry, teaches new members bible study, and oversees the children’s church ministry. She is also the coordinator for the church’s health and wellness programs and women’s retreats.
Biography: Jerry Davelaar is a licensed marriage and family therapist. He received his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology. He also received a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary School of Theology. After serving the church for 15 years as a pastor, 10 years as a senior pastor, Jerry returned to his work as a therapist. His areas of interest are: working with individuals seeking help for anger, shame, trauma, guilt, anxiety and depression; working with couples and parents seeking hope and help with marital and family issues. He has a special interest in working with pastors and their spouses regarding family and church struggles.
Biography: Jim Masteller is a licensed marriage and family therapist. He received a doctorate in ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary and a masters of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Jim is the founder and CEO of CIFT. Jim has served as an Army Chaplain for 20 years, a pastor for 9 years and has been the founder and director of CIFT for 20 years. He currently continues to provide oversight to CIFT, carries a limited case load, is part of the leadership team for a church plant and serves on the Board for Overseas Missionary Fellowship International.
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: Kandis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Hope International University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton, in Psychology. Kandis is passionate about helping adolescents and teens who struggle with cutting and other forms of self-harm, as well as self-esteem issues. Kandis works with all ages of individuals to help them find hope and support as they work through anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and grief/loss. She also has a heart to work with adolescent and adult children of alcoholics. Previously, Kandis worked in youth ministry and is passionate about fostering an environment that provides hope, healing and spiritual growth.
Biography: Kelly is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree from Hope International University. She has a heart to help people find balance of mental, physical and spiritual wellness to fulfill God’s plan for their lives. Her desire is to facilitate a process of growth for those experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, trauma, attachment, acculturation, life transitions, personal growth and spiritual issues. She especially enjoys working with women, young adults, couples, men and families, from different backgrounds and cultures, applying the approach that best fits her clients’ needs. She is passionate to walk alongside her clients to reach their full potential, finding hope when they may feel hurt, overwhelmed, and distressed. Kelly is certified in Prepare/Enrich, a comprehensive tool used in both pre-marital and couples therapy. She is also a Certified Domestic Violence counselor. Kelly and her husband have been active leaders for several years at their local church, working in the worship and youth ministry. Kelly is fluent in Spanish with a passion for also serving the Latino community.
Biography: Ken earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. Most recently, Ken completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Trauma Disorders Program in Baltimore, MD, where he specialized in treating individuals with complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and histories of sexual abuse. He completed his predoctoral internship at VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in New York treating Veterans with PTSD and substance abuse issues. Ken works primarily with adults and couples with a variety of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship and interpersonal difficulties, substance abuse problems, issues related to childhood abuse and developmental trauma, gender and sexual identity, and religious 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: Kevin Van Lant is a licensed psychologist who received his doctorate from Rosemead School of Psychology. While maintaining a clinical practice at CIFT, Kevin is also a full-time professor at Biola University where he teaches courses in psychology and pastoral counseling. He works primarily with depression, anxiety, addictions and those suffering from long-term emotional and spiritual distress. Kevin speaks on a broad range of topics including mens issues, child development, parenting, marriage, and general dynamics within all relationships.
Biography: Kimberly is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, who completed her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. She earned her Bachelors degree at Cal Poly Pomona University in Hospitality Management. Kimberly enjoys working with couples, adults, and children. Her areas of interest are depression, anxiety, self-concept and identity concerns, relationship distress, and life stage transitions. Kimberly is certified in Prepare and Enrich, a comprehensive assessment tool used in both pre-marital and marriage therapy, and also trained in Levels 1 and 2 Gottman marital therapy, a three level marital therapy training program educating therapists in leading research about effective marital therapy.
Biography: Lareina Cheung is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University. She is passionate about working with individuals, children/adolescents, couples, and families that are going through: Anxiety/Depression, Trauma/ Abuse, Identify Issues, Grief/Loss, Relationship Struggles, Spirituals Issues as well as Couples Counseling. Lareina is bilingual in English and Cantonese. She strives to provide a nurturing and safe environment where clients can receive encouragement and non-judgmental support as they reach therapeutic goals.
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: Lisa Dunn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family therapy from Pepperdine University. She has a passion for working with individual women and families. Lisa also has extensive experience in treating children and adolescents and enjoys using play and art therapy in session. Her areas of experience include anxiety/stress management, depression, grief/loss issues, relationship issues, parent coaching, special needs children, life transitions, marital relationship enhancement and premarital counseling. Lisa and her husband lead a long term couple’s small group and she is active in her church’s children’s ministry.
Biography: Lishelle Grant is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University. She enjoys helping women, teens and couples work through barriers to emotional, relational and spiritual wholeness. Lishelle is experienced in the areas of depression, anxiety, parenting, marital distress, grief/loss and trauma/abuse. She is actively involved in church leadership and has a passion for mentoring women, leading small groups and missions.
Biography: Mark is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has an extensive background in foster care, a field that focuses heavily on early childhood trauma and abuse, as well as attachment difficulties. This has spurred a strong interest working with children and families who are currently suffering from these issues. Mark also works with adults whose relationships, marriages and personal lives continue to be impacted by these same critical developmental experiences, compromising their ability to experience love and freedom more fully.
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: Meghan is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, who completed her Master of Arts degree at Hope International University. Meghan especially enjoys working with adolescents, college-age women, young adults and parents. She is certified in “Active Parenting Now” instruction and facilitation, a practical curriculum for parents with children of all ages. She is also certified in Prepare and Enrich, a comprehensive assessment tool used in both pre-marital and marriage therapy. Areas of experience and interest are depression, anxiety, grief, early childhood and family of origin issues, relationship issues, in addition to personal growth and life stage transitions.
Biography: Mike is a licensed marriage and family therapist, he completed his masters degree at Asusa Pacific University and four years of doctoral studies at California Graduate Institute. His professional experience spans 34 years including: Directing a Counseling Center; teaching graduate psychology courses at Cal. State Fullerton; Private Practice; and ‘being on staff as Pastor of Care, Counseling and Recovery at a local Church. He and his wife of 35 years, joyfully serve at a local church. Mike is involved in teaching and training Stephen Ministers, leading support groups, consulting with church staff as they encounter difficult personal and ministry challenges.
Biography: Natalie Watts is an Associate Marriage and Family therapist with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Natalie is passionate about being a source of support for people through times of hardship. Natalie has experience working with young adults, women’s issues, and relationship problems. Areas of interest include working with children and adolescence, couples, identity issues, spiritual issues, anxiety and depression, phase of life issues, and personal growth.
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: Dr. Berg-Martinez earned her doctoral and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology. Most recently, she was a supervising and training psychologist at Western Youth Services in Santa Ana, CA, where she treated a wide range of children and their families, including those with histories of trauma, anxiety, attachment difficulties, and young children with disruptive behaviors such as aggression and school behavioral problems. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA T.I.E.S. For Families, specializing in working with foster and adoptive children and families. She completed her internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) with Project HEAL, specializing in child and adolescent trauma. At all of these settings, she also was involved in school consultation and advocacy for her clients. She has training in several evidence-based practices including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Adoption-Specific Psychotherapy (ADAPT), and Incredible Years (IY) parenting groups. She is passionate about helping families come together and heal from whatever has divided them. She tailors her approach to each individual’s and family’s strengths and needs. She strives to help family members better understand themselves and each other through reflecting on their own and others’ experiences, while teaching concrete skills, in a compassionate environment. Dr. Berg-Martinez provides therapy and psychological testing with children, parents, and individual adults. Berg-Martinez speaks on a wide range of topics including behavioral skills for parents and teachers, trauma and vicarious trauma/secondary traumatic stress, self-care, child development, and foster care and adoption.
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: Rachel Adams is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, from Azusa Pacific University. She has experience working with children ranging in age from kindergarten through the teen years. Rachel is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, allowing her to help clients work through trauma. She is also certified in Prepare and Enrich, allowing Rachel to help premarital and married couples. Rachel enjoys helping clients come to realize their full potential and loves being able to help facilitate healing. She has been involved in various mission outreaches and loves serving her church by being involved with the children’s ministry.
Biography: Rob Fisher is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and Los Al Team Leader, who specializes in building healthy relationships and reviving those in need of repair. He received his Masters of Science degree from Fuller Seminary School of Psychology and enjoys working with couples, families, individual adults, and teens. His areas of interest include relational challenges, depression, addiction and parenting. He enjoys speaking locally and has recently led seminars on pre-marital preparation, marriage enrichment and parenting. Rob has also been an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Concordia University Irvine, relishing the opportunity to pour into our future leaders and difference makers. He has been trained in relationship enhancement, including PREPARE/ENRICH, FACES, and Emotion-Focused therapy and uses these tools and modalities to bring about hope, healing and growth. As a former youth minister, Rob has firsthand knowledge of ministry life and, thus, seeks to partner with local pastors and churches to meet the ever growing needs of the body at large. He delights in the opportunities to sit with those in ministry and offer encouragement, support, prayer, or resources.
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.
Biography: Robyn has over 25 years experience working with adult individuals and couples. She received her masters and doctorate degrees from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. Robyn has spent several years studying and working with severe relational issues, trauma and attachment problems. and internal integration. She is the author of the book The Relational Brain. Her approach incorporates assessing how people relate to themselves first which affects how they relate to others. Spiritual development is also a significant area of interest for Robyn.
Biography: Ryan is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who completed his master’s in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Biola University with minors in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries. Ryan has nearly six years of experience working with children in ministry and group environments. In these settings he has gained experience with family conflict, anxiety, relationship and spiritual problems as well as grief and loss. Ryan is passionate about inspiring positive change in individuals, couples, and families in a way that helps to facilitate strong relationships.
Biography: Samantha is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who earned her Master’s degree at Hope International University. She has served as a lay counselor at her church for 20 years before deciding to pursue a career as an MFT. Samantha enjoys working with women, men, couples, and families. Her areas of therapy include depression/anxiety, trauma, relational and spiritual issues, grief/loss, parenting conflicts, and sexual issues of past and present. Samantha also has a keen understanding of ministry conflicts and church wounds. She is a shepherd who walks alongside her clients on their journey toward healing.
Biography: Sarah is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who completed her Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at California State University, Long Beach. She enjoys working with adults, adolescents, and couples on their journey towards healing and growth. She is committed to providing support and compassion in a safe environment to empower her clients and help reach their therapeutic goals. Sarah’s areas of experience and interest include depression, anxiety, trauma/abuse, phases of life issues, personal growth, and the demands of life in ministry.
Biography: Dr. Shirley Liao is a licensed psychologist who received her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology in Biola University. Shirley also obtained a master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis on marriage, family and children counseling from California State University, Fullerton. In addition, she has a certification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, where she was a Psy.D. candidate from 2013-2016. Shirley has also been trained in EMDR. Since 2008, Shirley has maintained a private practice in Tustin, working with individuals, families, and couples. Shirley has years of experiences working with adults who experienced trauma during childhood and who currently suffer from the effects of the past trauma (as manifested in symptoms of anxiety, depression, and complex trauma or in struggles with attachment, relationships, identity and/or spiritual issues). Shirley is also interested in clinical consultation, supervision and training, cultural/diversity issues, and enjoys discussing and speaking on topics such as grief/loss, effective parenting and mindfulness. Shirley is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Shirley is not currently taking new clients, but would conduct a brief phone consultation to properly refer clients to an appropriate therapist.
Biography: Steve is a Licensed Psychologist and received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. He completed his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at The Albert and Jessie Danielsen Institute at Boston University. He also obtained a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from the Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot School of Theology. Steve works primarily with adults and couples with a variety of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relational and emotional issues, development trauma, gender and sexual identity, and religious and spiritual issues.
Biography: Susan Underwood is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her master’s degree from Hope International University. Susan works with couples, individuals and families who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship issues. Susan is certified in Prepare and Enrich, which is a system that helps premarital and married couples understand each other from their individual blueprints. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) which she implements when working with trauma recovery and relationship injuries. She has also worked with women and children in a ministry setting for the past 15 years. Susan is passionate about helping her clients achieve positive change and a sense of wholeness in their lives.
Biography: Tanya Ward is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters of Science Degree from Vanguard University. She works with clients on a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, marital problems, reactive attachment disorder, Play Therapy and parent-child relationships. Tanya also works with couples going through infertility, miscarriage or traumatic birth experiences. She is EMDR trained to work with trauma and is a certified Prepare/Enrich Counselor for premarital therapy.
Tanya offers short-term and long-term therapy for children, adolescents, couples, families and adult individuals. She is passionate about working with children, adolescents and their parents in helping them navigate the difficult developmental stages and transitions and help create a healthy attachment in the process.
Biography: Terry Taylor is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree from Vanguard University. She has a deep desire to promote intimacy, forgiveness and growth within marriage and family relationships. Terry works with individuals and couples on a variety of issues. She has taken advanced training in sexual dysfunction and sexual addiction through The American Board of Christian Sex Therapists. Terry also has an extensive medical background stemming from her 25+ years as a Registered Nurse. She has been married for over 35 years and has 2 grown children. She is active in her home church. “I believe that God has a plan and purpose for everyone’s life and that He desires us to walk together through difficult times on our journey.” Terry is also certified for pre-marital therapy through the Prepare/Enrich program.