Associates

Mike Randleman, MS, LMFT #99238

My goal as a therapist is to create a supportive environment where you feel seen and heard. It is a space for collaboration, a space to empower and challenge and, finally, a space to change.

I received my Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from California State University-Northridge in 2015. I worked for two years at OPICA Adult Day Center working with clients and families facing the challenges of dementia and other cognitive issues. I then studied for three years at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills where I was trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, including specialized training in the Couples Therapy Program.

In my private practice I work with adult individuals, couples and families with an emphasis on dealing with relationship conflict, depression, anxiety and issues surrounding life transitions (job loss, career change, adjustments to parenthood). Before transitioning into mental health, I spent years working in the entertainment industry making hundreds of television appearances, as well working as a writer/director. These experiences give me a unique understanding of the challenges that artists struggle with while attempting maintaining healthy and balanced lifestyles. That understanding provides many paths for us to address those challenges in therapy.

Currently, my passion project in working with late-onset parents and their families and I am currently expanding my graduate thesis, Parents of A Certain Age, into a book for people in their late 40’s and early 50’s who are entering the exciting, but challenge-laded world of parenting and to prepare them for the first time they get the question, “Are you the parent or the grandparent?”

 

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Trina Chan, M.A., MFTi (IMF95326)

I received my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, California. As a therapist bilingual in both English and Mandarin, I had the opportunity to work at the Asian Pacific Women’s Center, Los Angeles where I worked with adults, children and families, providing individual, group and family therapy to survivors of domestic violence. Prior to that, I was involved with The Samaritans in Hong Kong, offering assistance to those with suicidal tendencies or in general distress. I have experience in working with a broad range of issues, including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, family and relationship issues and behavioral problems, amongst others. I am also a Certified Life Coach.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Drama with Education Studies from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, I taught English and Drama to high school students and subsequently spent a year at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles. My training in Drama, Film and Theatre and in ‘the Method’ have provided ideas and techniques to develop exercises that are effective in relaxation and healing.

My training and experience have encouraged me to approach every situation with an open mind, to be flexible, creative and empathetic. Life’s challenges often present an opportunity for growth and personal development. I am passionate about helping individuals to gain greater insight and self-awareness, explore relationship patterns, understand past experiences and how they continue to impact life in the present, and work towards making certain changes in order to experience greater satisfaction in their lives. Honesty and respect are qualities that I value highly and I believe strongly in creating a safe, open and non-judgmental environment in order for individuals to feel comfortable expressing themselves and to work through difficult and complex issues.

 

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Francine Duran M.A., MFTi 99916

Many years ago in grad school, I remember a professor challenged us students to review our dash (-). The dash that goes between our date of birth to our present journey – the now!

What does it look like? How has it been so far? What happened? What did not happen? Did you get stuck somewhere on your journey due to fear of something? Are you not sure what that something is? Perhaps it’s fear of being inadequate; fear of it not working out; or fear of not knowing how to move forward? So many thoughts and questions were evoked in my mind by this assignment.

Let’s talk about your dash. Let’s review the challenges that have kept you from living a fuller, happier, more productive life. Let’s work together in a comfortable, safe environment and explore moving your journey forward.

I gained my Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California Graduate Institute of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from California State University, Northridge. Currently, I am in my 2nd year of psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, where I am pursuing a certificate in psychoanalysis. In addition to my academic experience, I have worked in the mental health environment for 16 years and the community college field for 10 years.

My experience includes providing therapeutic services for the DAZ foundation (a multifaceted organization), including high conflict court-ordered parenting, anger management, domestic violence and divorce coaching. In this clinical setting, I also provided therapeutic intervention to individuals experiencing emotional distress, coping with and adjusting to life transitions, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, and being victims of violent crime. Furthermore, I review and assess for other underline disorders and I proceed with the appropriate interventions. I am devoted to and passionate about helping individuals grow into their own authentic selves and to achieve their fullest potential.

 

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Fredrick Edo, MFTi

I began as a psychotherapist as part of my clinical training while at Antioch University in Los Angeles. I had the opportunity to work with children, families, and adolescents at the Family Service Agency of Burbank. After receiving a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Child Studies, I continued with the agency for an additional year. I am currently a doctoral student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in conjunction with doing therapy with adults, couples, and families at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology Counseling Center. The nature of my work as a psychotherapist is to strive for a safe and secure environment in the space that the client and I have together. This safe space aids in the process allowing the clients to work on challenging issues in their lives. My theoretical orientation is primarily psychodynamic with a focus on the object-relations approach. Together we build a meaningful relationship as client and therapist.

One of my areas of expertise is sports psychology. I understand the challenges and joys of competitive sports as I had the opportunity to play Division I athletics in college. My doctoral dissertation examines various emotional and physical aspects of exercise. I employ various sports psychological techniques to help athletes of all ages and levels including visualization, positive self talk, stress management, and coping with injuries. I enjoy witnessing athletes rediscover their joy and fun in playing their chosen sport.

My background in theater arts and comedy can help me to at add light humor in the room on occasion. The integration of my personality with this relational approach allows for a comfortable, safe, and secure setting during the process of therapy. I invite the client to talk about true and honest feelings. The act of honesty relinquishes defenses and brings about what I consider to be the ultimate goal of therapy; to reveal what is not conscious while the client experiences my genuine support. Growing together and working together, therapy can be a profound journey for both patient and therapist.

 

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Karen Peterson, PhD (PSB94022255)

The process of life requires us to bend, to meld, and to accommodate. I seek to provide support to individuals who are navigating the turbulent waters of change, whether transitional developmental periods such as adolescence and midlife or the challenges that accompany loss. This may include the ending of a relationship, death of a loved one, or a change in your career or life path. My intention is to support you in greeting this time of change as an opportunity to shed old patterns and behaviors that no longer serve you and to release the bonds that may be holding you back. By deepening our understanding of your unique gifts and challenges, we can make well-informed decisions about the therapeutic interventions available that will support you in improving your relationships (with yourself and others) as well as your overall your quality of life. Ultimately, I believe in order for transformative healing to take place, it is important to address issues holistically, considering the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels of your experience.

I offer assessment of current psychological, emotional and cognitive functioning through the administration and interpretation of personality inventories, projective tests, intelligence and achievement tests, as well as tests specific to referral questions, such as developmental tests and neuropsychological tests. Psycho-educational testing can provide parents and/or young adults with insight into their unique strengths and weaknesses while providing practical recommendations for implementing strategies to increase opportunities for success, within the home and learning environment such as obtaining testing accommodations for testing (including the S.A.T.).

I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. My clinical training and experience embraces a comprehensive array of perspectives including psychodynamic, as well as humanistic, behavioral/cognitive, systemic and medical/biological. In addition, I have extensive training and experience in the administration and interpretation of a broad range of psycho-diagnostic assessments.

 

Kate Polich, M.S., MFTi 96523

We all confront challenges in our lives and at times struggle to cope, both with the situation we’re in and the emotions we feel. These challenges can leave you feeling defeated, depressed, anxious, or hopeless. They can make you feel as if you are missing out on the life you want to live, unable to find peace and happiness. Whether you are struggling with life’s everyday challenges, plagued by a past traumatic experience, or even just seeking greater fulfillment and happiness, I believe that the support and assistance of a non-judgmental other can make all the difference. With appropriate support, you can make the changes you want to make and transform your life. Whether what you are experiencing feels mild or unbearable, no problem is too minor or too severe to be explored, processed, and ultimately healed in a therapeutic
setting.

My goal is to create a comfortable, compassionate, respectful, supportive therapeutic environment where you feel genuinely understood and have the ability to explore and work through your deepest and most personal issues. This personalized, psychodynamic therapeutic approach will help you come to a greater understanding of the underlying reasons behind your behaviors. Central to my approach to therapy is the belief that the path to fulfillment starts with discovering your unconscious. Lingering in your unconscious are the barriers that keep you from the person you want to be and the life you want to live. As such, much of our work together will focus on helping you discover and more fully understand the unconscious motivations behind your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. By increasing this awareness, you will be able to make different
choices. You will discover your path to a more meaningful, fulfilling, and whole life. You will find the strength to relieve your discomfort, regain control of your life and reach your extraordinary potential and purpose.

Before receiving a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, I completed my undergraduate work at The University of Southern California where I studied Business and then continued on at USC, receiving my first Master’s Degree in the field of Communications. Central to my experience at USC was competing as a member of USC’s NCAA Division I Women’s Swim Team. Being an athlete all my life and competing in my sport through college has shaped much of the way that I navigate through life. I continue to be involved in the sport, now owning a company called Head Above Water, which offers children and adults the critical, life- saving experience of learning how to swim. I’m originally from the suburbs of Minneapolis, having also lived in Arizona before settling in Los Angeles nearly 15 years ago.

 

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Geoffrey Gershenson, PhD, LMFT #101371

I welcome each person who comes to my office with warmth, respect, and a safe, non-judgmental environment. As a bilingual therapist (English or Spanish) I serve people of all ages, offering individual and family therapy. My approach to therapy varies with the person, but always begins with humility, with a sense that life challenges all of us at one time or another. I treat you as an equal, and we work collaboratively on the issues that concern you, at a pace you determine. I listen closely and actively, because I want to understand life as you feel and live it. We may work psychodynamically, exploring together the underlying emotional and relational patterns that shape personality and link your past to the present and future. I have seen how this work can be transforming, helping not only to diminish symptoms but to pave the way for personal growth, self-confidence, and a new sense of possibility.

My background is that of a former college professor who taught politics, philosophy, and literature at universities in California and Canada, with a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. I’ve traveled widely and lived in different countries in Latin America, Europe, and Africa. On weekends these days, I am involved in youth soccer in the Long Beach area, where I occasionally referee. Life has taught me to appreciate the vastness of the human experience, the uniqueness of each person, and the richness inherent in diverse cultures, traditions, and people.

I am broadly trained as a therapist, receiving an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California and completing additional training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Family Service Agency of Marin. I have worked as a bilingual psychotherapist at both the Family Service Agency of Marin and For The Child in Long Beach, serving adults, children, and adolescents. I have expertise across a broad range of issues, including anxiety, depression, family or relationship issues, life transitions, loss, trauma, and personal growth.

 

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Wayne Reynolds, MA, LMFT #101173

I am interested in working with people who feel stuck, want to move forward with their lives and sense they need to make a change. Perhaps this desire for change could be with regard to work, a creative endeavor, a family issue, a pattern in intimate relationships, or even about one’s relationship to self. Sometimes a person will know exactly what they need to work on, but sometimes it’s the feeling one doesn’t even quite know what the problem might be—and that’s where the exploration begins. In either case, I believe a therapist is someone who could assist with one’s desire to change—to be able to know and feel what one is going through—and to have the chance to experience and learn how to navigate towards something new—to no longer feel stuck.

I work with anxiety, depression, phase-of-life, trauma, and relationship problems. At the Maple Counseling Center I was trained and supervised in my work with adults, couples, and young adults ages 12 to 17. The supervisors were psychoanalytically oriented which has enhanced my understanding of a number of key elements in therapy: the importance of the exploration of the therapeutic relationship, understanding patterns of behaviors/relationships as well as their possible links to childhood, and how the past can affect one’s life today.

I have a long history and relationship with addiction and recovery; I have been clean and sober for over 30 years. This has helped in my work with patients with addictions as well as their families.

I have a Bachelor of Arts from UCSD; a Master’s in Fine Arts from AFI; and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University.