Beth Jakubanis, LCSW, President
After a career in the entertainment and advertising fields, Beth entered the helping professions in 2001 as an elementary school teacher. She brings the experience gained in the classroom into the therapeutic relationship to help parents understand their children on a deeper level.
Beth obtained her Master’s degree in Social Welfare when she realized that she was called to make a deeper and more lasting impact on the lives of the families she was serving by helping them with the emotional struggles that were keeping the children from learning in her classroom. While at UCLA Beth worked as a research assistant for Dr. Todd Franke, studying the effectiveness of the school based intervention Parent in Control.
After graduating from UCLA Beth received her clinical training from the Child and Family Guidance Center in Northridge. While there she offered individual, family, group, school based, and day treatment services families with a variety of needs. She received specialized training in research informed models of family therapy, parenting, substance abuse and trauma recovery models. She also worked with LGBTQ and gender variant youth and their families.
Beth currently works in Woodland Hills group private practice which she founded. She focuses her work on helping parents understand their children better and become the parent they know that they can be through parenting classes, family and individual therapy. Beth has authored a chapter in the MCAT review guide for Barron’s educational publishing on psychology to help future medical students get into medical school. Beth is also a professor at CSU Northridge, proudly teaching and mentoring the next generation of therapists, teachers and social activists to make a positive difference in the world.
Ami Patel, LMFT
Upon completing her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Ami began her professional counseling experience in a variety of settings, including school based services, outpatient therapy centers, residential treatment centers and rehabilitation centers. Through these experiences, she has been able to practice evidence-based practices such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which has helped to enhance her expertise in working with “at-risk” populations.
Since 2012, Ami has held a position as a Non Public School Clinician at Vista Del Mar, where she provides individual and group therapy services to children and young adolescents, to assist them in developing skills to improve upon their self-esteem and overall well-being. In addition to helping these individuals, Ami also believes in working collaboratively and therefore provides additional support and psycho-education to parents and other family members. With these clinical experiences in the field, she has had the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how child development impacts an individual’s ability to thrive.
Delia Lopez, AMFT
Upon completing her Master’s degree, Delia began her counseling experience in a variety of settings, including intensive outpatient services, outpatient therapy centers, nonprofit agencies and school-based mental health services for several of our local school districts.
Delia is bilingual and fluent in Spanish which has afforded her the opportunity to work closely with the Latino and Hispanic populations by providing therapy, parenting therapy, immigration evaluations, and psycho-education services.
All of these experiences have allowed her to apply Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy, Solution Focus therapy, Trauma Focused CBT and Narrative therapy. Her clinical experience includes counseling children and teens struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, psychotic disorders, reactive attachment disorders, ADHD, and anger management.
Delia thrives on connecting with children and their families and has a unique ability in bonding effortlessly with them and in doing so providing a safe space for them to begin the healing process.
Shira Makler, LMFT
Shira discovered her passion for the therapy profession during her undergraduate internship at the University of California Davis where she worked with children who experienced physical and sexual abuse.
Shira has completed trainings in both domestic violence and sexual assault and has spent the majority of her clinical career working with trauma survivors. Shira has worked with the Los Angeles Police Department as an advocate for domestic violence victims providing on scene crisis intervention. In addition, she has worked as a therapist in a domestic violence shelter and in an outpatient setting. Shira loves helping clients make the change from victim to survivor and regain control over their lives.
Shira has also worked with probation youth and in a community clinic setting. She has worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, and family stress.
Shira is dedicated to helping her clients manage life stressors in a healthy way.
Young Kim, LCSW
Young knew very early on that she wanted to work in a helping profession. She graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Masters degree in Social Work with honors and distinction. In the Master of Social Work program, Young’s concentration was in children, youth and families. She has clinical experiences working in a variety of settings which include working on a women’s unit at Metropolitan State Hospital, on a Behavioral Health Unit at Riverside County Inpatient Treatment Facility and working at various community healthcare systems. In addition to working at SoCal Therapy Center, Inc. she currently works in Behavioral Health Services serving adolescent, adult and geriatric clients at one of the top five largest health systems in the United States.
Young enjoys providing individual, group and family therapies. She works from a cognitive-behavioral therapy approach (CBT) when providing individual counseling to adolescents (ages 13+) and adults of all ages who are suffering from various conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and self harming behaviors. Young helps her clients increase their awareness and strengths when dealing with challenging mental health issues and stressors. She does this by promoting changes in unhealthy thinking, behavioral patterns and attitudes that can prevent clients from living their best life. Young believes that clients can be empowered to live optimally if taught awareness and problem-solving skills. She also enjoys working from a family system approach when it comes to counseling teens and their families. Young focuses on solution based modalities while partnering with families in the areas of parent and child conflicts, behavioral issues, unhealthy communication and parent education/training. Young has helped and given hope to many clients and their families.
Young is a passionate advocate when it comes to providing culturally sensitive mental health services in the Asian American community. She understands the stigma of mental health services to Asian Americans and wants to bridge this gap. Young helps clients break down cultural barriers such as feelings of shame, guilt, embarrassment and isolation which can prevent Asian Americans from seeking help. She also understands that cultural conflicts can increase mental stress as well. She is active in community outreach providing mental illness awareness and education. Young has completed research on therapy and acculturation issues in the Korean community and speaks on topics related to mental health to local Korean organizations in the community.
Rachel Coates-Campbell, LCSW
Rachel Coates-Campbell has been working with children and families for over twenty years. Rachel loves working with parents and families. She has extensive knowledge in the area of child development and school-aged challenges which will help you understand your child and their needs. Rachel’s career has focused on school-based social work and home-based services for preschool-aged children. When working with younger children Rachel uses a play therapy approach. Parental involvement is an important component to all work with children. With adolescents and adults Rachel uses Problem-Solving and Cognitive Behavioral therapeutic approaches.
In addition to working with the younger crowd, Rachel works with adults, couples and seniors. She has experience working with couples to heal their relationships and she enjoys helping clients move past the grief and loss of a divorce. She is talented in working with individuals who are anxious, worried or sad to rediscover their joy. Rachel uses multiple approaches in working with clients such as CBT, MI, and solution focused therapy to name a few. This eclectic approach allows Rachel to connect with clients and guide them in finding their path to health and healing.
Rachel is here to help and support clients as they walk their own path of success, discovering their own strengths and solutions to the challenges that cause distress.
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Brandy Reid is an experienced licensed therapist offering 12 years of experience with a demonstrated history of working in community mental health and now private practice. Brandy Reid is also a podcaster and author.
Brandy Reid specializes in working with clients whom have diagnosis or unwanted experiences concerning trauma, depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, substance use, homelessness, anger management, Family reunification, parenting, resilience, self-esteem, adjustment disorder, divorce, grief, and abuse. Brandy Reid utilizes various modalities but would classify her therapeutic orientation with CBT, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy. Brandy has specifically worked with clients between the ages of 13 years old and 25 years old.
Brandy Reid graduated with her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Pan African Studies from California State University Northridge in 2008. She then went on to obtain her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2011. Brandy has also earned a Doctorate in Psychology for Organizational Management and Consulting from Phillips Graduate University in 2019.
Brandy enjoys traveling, crafting and expressing herself through artistic endeavors in her free time.
Call now for a therapy appointment if you or your child need therapy, counseling, parenting advice, parenting classes and support or psychotherapy for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), Asperger’s, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression, Grief or Bereavement, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Gender Variance.