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.
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.
Rita Funk, ACSW
Early in my life, I knew I was meant to work with people who were hurting… hurting from all the challenges they have been faced with in their lives. This inspired me to become a therapist. I love working people of all kinds who are facing down the challenges in front of them. I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW87741) and supervised by Beth Jakubanis, LCSW and received my MSW from CSU, Northridge.
I have been working with children and families for several years in schools, community agencies and hospitals. Working with teens and adolescents is one of my gifts. I designed and implemented a school program at a local charter school which ameloriated risk factors in adolescents by strengthening their social, emotional and academic skill sets. After developing and successfully implementing the programs, I went on to train teachers how to help children who were struggling with a variety of difficulties and ultimately led to anxiety, depression, and trauma in the students.
I also help people who are struggling to understand a life changing medical diagnosis by helping them understand what the diagnosis means and learn to adjust to the new circumstances in their lives. I developed this speciality when working in hospital settings such as the emergency room and intensive care unit of a local hospital. I understand the feelings of powerlessness, grief and loss faced by those whose health has been compromised and how to help them through the fear and uncertainty related to their medical conditions. I can help them to live their best life in spite of the fear and uncertainty.
Another of my passions is working with parents and grandparents who are finding it difficulty to know exactly how to manage their kids behaviors. I work with them to come to a deeper understanding of their kid’s needs and how to get the behaviors they are looking for. The joy of a parent when they, as a family, find their way back to a loving household inspires my work every day.
I consider it to be special work when I can help women who are struggling to find their path professionally, romantically and interpersonally. So much is asked for from women in our society that it is easy to become overwhelmed and lose their direction. It is incredibly rewarding to guide a woman in discovering her unique gifts and the joy of their journey.
Brandy Reid, LMFT
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.
Darya Potyagova, LCSW
Our bodies and minds have all of the necessary tools to heal, sometimes we just need a little bit of help activating them. I can help guide your inner-wisdom through compassion, mindfulness, and carefully individualized tools to help awaken the strength within you. In doing so, assisting you to allow yourself the ability to overcome the obstacles that are standing in the way of your path to healing, and stepping into being your most authentic self.
My name is Darya Potyagova. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#86931). I was born in Kiev, Ukraine, but immigrated to California with my family at the age of four. Even though I have been here for over 20 years, I have managed to preserve my native tongue, and speak Russian fluently. I live with my daughter Anastasia Marie and our three very fun cats Hamlet, Louise, and Tybalt. As you can tell from their names, I am a big fan of Shakespeare. I graduated from Hollywood High Performing Arts Magnet with honors from the theater program. The performing arts has and will always hold a special place in my heart. Before theater, I was trained in classical ballet, and eventually got into modern jazz, and hip hop. My love for all things psychology sparked when I started my first year of community college. Since attending my very first psychology course, I knew that that was where my heart belonged. I attended Los Angeles City College right after graduating high school. From there, I transferred to California State University of Los Angeles, and at the same time, starting taking online classes from Dubna University of Nature, Society, and Man located in Moscow, Russia.
I have been in the field of psychology for over 10 years. My specialties include helping my clients overcome Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, LGBTQ+ related issues, Gender Identity, Couples Counseling, Divorce, Infertility, Infidelity, Substance Abuse, Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Addiction, Anger Management, Familial Conflicts, OCD, End of Life, Grief, Parenting Counseling, Overcoming Stress, and Trauma. I have experience working with clients all along the age spectrum from ages 5 to 95. I believe that the process of evolving is ongoing, and with each new year comes a new set of lessons to be learned.
I approach my practice from a holistic standpoint. I believe that all we need is ourselves and our willingness to heal. I follow the wisdom of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Be impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.
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.