Associates

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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.

 

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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.