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.
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.
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.
Jessica Anishban, LCSW
Jessica Anishban is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who loves to work with clients to achieve their dreams. Jessica has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California Southern University. She has been in practice for 5 years.
Jessica is skilled in working with client’s from different ages, ethnicities, and cultures. She works with clients who struggle with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Trauma, to name a few. She has worked in many different settings such as agencies, hospitals, non-profits, private practice, and rehab facilities.
Jessica takes a creative approach when working with children by using techniques such as Executive Functioning, Cognitive Behavioral, Social Skills and Sand Tray. Jessica is also currently training her Golden Retriever in Animal Assisted Therapy so they can provide healing work together for Jessica’s clientele.
Monica Ramirez, LCSW
Monica utilizes a variety of therapy techniques when working with her clients, such as mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, positive parenting strategies and more! Monica approaches her work with her clients from a trauma informed perspective, which means that she looks first at the impact of big and little traumas on her clients and how they have shaped her clients’ daily life and way of being in the world. She combines her trauma informed care with culturally informed care that understands and consciously responds to the ways that our social identities inform how we experience the world. Monica believes that her relationship with her clients is the most important factor in her clients’ healing and she takes extra care to build a relationship that encourages her clients to give feedback/collaboration in an emotionally safe space.
Monica specializes in working with people who are attempting to navigate through difficult life transitions. She has a great deal of experience with a diverse array of clients which includes children, adolescents, adults, military personnel, LGBTQI, and seniors who have a variety of symptoms such as depression, anxiety, parenting issues, relationship issues, grief/loss, stress management, more serious diagnoses and so much more.
Monica obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. She conducts services in both English and Spanish. Ultimately, Monica values connecting with others and has big dreams of one day being able to serve underprivileged communities on a grand scale. Currently, Monica feels honored to be able to work with individuals from all walks of life in their pursuit of personal growth. Monica believes that the well-being of her clients enhances the well-being of our community, and ultimately the well-being of us all.
Holly Wood MS., LMFT
Holly Wood is a therapist who is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and live happy, healthy, rewarding lives. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Trauma Specialist, and Clinical Sexologist. She specializes in providing counseling and psychotherapy services to adults, couples, teenagers, and families who are struggling with issues related to Trauma, Sex, Gender, LGBTQ+, Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, PTSD, Grief and Loss, Parenting, Substance Use, and more. She uses a truly integrative and collaborative approach, utilizing empirically supported treatments to assist clients in healing and developing a renewed and healthy life.
Holly graduated with her B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies from UCR and then went on to obtain her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Loma Linda University. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Human Sexuality from the California Institute of Integral Studies, focusing on social justice as it relates to gender and sexuality .
Holly has utilized Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy when working with Families who have children with problematic behaviors and/or substance use, to guide the child’s healing journey and teaching the family how to support the child’s health and growth. Holly also works with survivors of sexual assault, with several years of experience counseling individuals who have experienced sexual assault and trauma, she is committed to helping clients develop fulfilling, pleasurable sex lives.
Holly has post-master’s training in Sex Therapy from AASECT, she is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and is certified in Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT). She truly believe that trauma is the source of pathology, and that all beings have within them the capacity to heal. Furthermore, she is dedicated to fostering a safe environment, working with each individual to develop the necessary skills to achieve lifelong change to improve their quality of life.
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.