Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
License #: LMFT109142
Office: Brea, Los Alamitos
Elyssa cares deeply about creating a genuine and safe environment to help her clients progress and grow. She is passionate about assisting her clients reach their goals, process difficult experiences, and overall, find ways to heal. Elyssa believes that each person deserves support to manage life challenges and gain the tools needed to overcome barriers.
Elyssa works with people from different backgrounds that face a broad range of challenges including anxiety, depression, relationship conflict/struggles, grief/loss, trauma, and more. She is committed to guiding clients through their trauma, coming alongside them in their healing, and supporting them as they navigate life changes. In addition, she has several years of experience and a passion for working with active military, veterans, first responders and their families.
• BA in Psychology, Pepperdine University
• MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Southern California
• EMDR trained
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
It can often feel like we have to go through struggles in life alone, however, receiving care in relationships has the power to heal even the most painful and difficult parts of our lives. In therapy, Debbie offers a warm and safe space to be known and cared for as clients begin or continue their journey of healing and understanding.
Debbie has experience working with depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, attachment issues, trauma and abuse, life transitions, shame, grief, identity issues, and premarital and marital counseling. She is also clinically trained and certified in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy.
• MA in Clinical Psychology emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University
• MA in Theology from Talbot School of Theology
Paola is passionate about helping those who are hurting and creating space for people to be deeply heard. She offers an empathetic, warm environment in which clients can freely tell their story without fear of judgement. She believes every person has intrinsic value and that their story matters.
Whether dealing with depression, anxiety, or spiritual issues, Paola enjoys working with individuals as they begin their journey towards healing and growth.
• BA in Psychology, UC Irvine
• MA in Clinical Psychology, Azusa Pacific University
Through many different roles throughout his career, Mike has provided pastoral care and support to children, adolescents, individual, couples, and families. He works with his clients to create a safe and welcoming space where people can be heard and understood in a way that leads to increased hope and healing.
Prior to pursuing his MA in Clinical Counseling: MFT at Azusa Pacific University, he served 12 years in pastoral ministry in two churches and as Director of Community and Church Relations at Biola University for the past 17 years. He is also a Spiritual Director at the Center for Spiritual Renewal at Biola University. Mike has also taught courses in theology and spiritual formation at Talbot School of Theology and Biola’s School of Education.
As an MFT Trainee, Mike offers support and works with clients in the areas of anxiety and depression, grief and loss, identity issues, couples counseling, family conflict, divorce recovery, spiritual issues, trauma and abuse.
• BA in Psychology, Biola University
• MA in Christian Education, Talbot School of Theology
• MA in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Talbot School of Theology
• MA in Clinical Psychology, MFT, Azusa Pacific University (in progress)
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Office: Santa Ana, Brea
Donna strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment where clients are able to address their unique challenges. She aims to help her clients feel understood and heard. Donna is committed to providing compassion and support to her clients, while helping them learn and progress towards healing and wellness. She enjoys working alongside her clients to create and build healthier relationships, improve communication and intimacy, and help repair broken ones.
Donna has her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy. She volunteered at Orange County Ronald McDonald House, where she provided comfort and support to the patients and their families. Donna has experienced working with many individuals that suffer with chronic pain. Her research interests include working at CSUF Fibromyalgia Research & Educational Center with participants ages 50+. She works with individuals and couples.
In these settings she has gained experience with anxiety/depression, chronic illness/pain, grief/loss, relationship struggles, parenting challenges, and children’s issues.
• BA in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton
• MA in Clinical Psychology, emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University