Trina Chan MA, LMFT 119831 California

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, bilingual in both English and Mandarin. I received my MA degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, CA and I am also a Certified Life Coach. I completed several years of my training in private practice in Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach, and received supervision that was mainly focused on psychodynamic approaches, with an emphasis on the relationship between client and therapist.

I have worked with a diverse population, ranging from providing individual and group therapy to women and children survivors of domestic violence at the Asian Pacific Women’s Center, to providing support to those in emotional distress and with suicidal tendencies at The Samaritans in Hong Kong. I have experience in working with anxiety, trauma, depression, grief and loss, family and relationship issues and life transitions, amongst others.

After graduating with a BA degree in English and Drama with Education Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK and prior to pursuing a career as a psychotherapist, I 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 unconscious processes 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.

Francine Duran M.A., AMFT 99916

I’ve learned that the richest experience in life is realizing and understanding one’s emotional self.  Once we gain this knowledge, we can begin to realize and understand our self-experience and how much the emotional self and the rational self, play-out in our daily lives, and the importance of balancing our emotional and rational selves.  

My interest is to help you understand not only the present symptoms and issues you may be experiencing, but also to promote the idea of a more meaningful life.  I understand the obstacles we run into and the difficulty we find ourselves in, whether it is in a relationship, employment, or just personal growth. Often, along our journey we get stuck and don’t know how to get unstuck. Therefore, we stay stuck and life may become very heavy.  Lets explore the heaviness in your journey and lets become enlightened. 

I provide a safe non-judgmental environment to explore YOU in the here and now.  

Francine holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasize in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California Graduate Institute of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  In addition, she holds a Certificate in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the New Center for Psychoanalysis.  She is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with the California Board of Behavioral Science #93316.  The service provided by Francine is supervised by Michael J. Whitman, Psy.D .

Lucy Singleton, M.A., AMFT 103403 is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Los Angeles native. She completed her Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Lucy has worked with a diverse clinical population of adults, teens, and families since starting her career. She enjoys building working relationships that are based on authenticity, non-judgment, and trust.

Lucy is dedicated to creating and maintaining a safe, therapeutic space for adults and adolescents to navigate the challenges and joys that life may bring. She uses a collaborative, attachment-based approach to help people with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, life changes, family dynamics, parenting, and trauma. She uses the therapeutic relationship to empower clients to nurture the parts of their lives that may need special attention, given their unique needs and goals.

In addition to working creatively with teens, Lucy is also a certified Equine Specialist through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. This certification in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy has allowed her to combine her interests of animals and psychology by using horses to benefit people in therapy. In her spare time Lucy recharges by hiking, painting, and practicing yoga.

Christina Stream AMFT, M.A., 116230

I earned a Master in Marital and Family Therapy degree at Loma Linda University, where I was trained to look at the challenges that people face through a systems approach. This approach treats an individual’s entire system, their family, work and relationships, as a cohesive entity. I worked at MEND Outpatient Program which is a facility that treats individuals who have a comorbid diagnosis of physical and mental health challenges. I have provided psychotherapy to people with diverse backgrounds. I have helped clients who have experienced anxiety, depression, grief and variations of trauma.

I believe that lasting and sustained change is possible. It is often vital to go back to our past experiences to understand our current narratives. Understanding who we are in the context of our past and current environments helps us find clarity about the ways we make meaning of ourselves through our experiences. I focus on clients’ current relationships and past relationships and the impact those relationships have on both conscious and unconscious processes that shape their meaning of self. I value creativity of expression and focus on treating the individual by understanding and appreciating the unique parts of themselves that have helped them build resilience over their life span.

Diana Yee, PsyD, Registered Psychological Assistant PSB94025197

It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work; and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.

–Wendell Berry

I find this poem provides great comfort to those who have tried many ways to uncover the deep sense of “something’s wrong.” While the experience feels real, I hold unconditional regard for the infinite intelligence of the body, mind, and spirit to reveal its inner workings. In other words, I hold the psychological, bodily, and spiritual aspects of the self as we journey to the “impeded stream,” where painful emotions, unmet needs, and desperation may lie. It is at this juncture that your innate intelligence has a chance to sing.

Diana Yee, PsyD, strives towards a holistic approach to psychotherapy. She completed her dissertation on the embodiment of hoarding disorder using psychosomatic therapies. As a woman of color and LGBTQI-Ally, Diana strongly considers cultural and societal influences in her work. She is bilingual and serves as an interpreter for Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. Diana’s experience includes six years working at a variety of community mental health clinics and an inpatient psychiatric hospital where adolescents and adults were at their most vulnerable. She operates from psychodynamic and somatic orientations. She currently works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She also has extensive online therapy experience. When she is not learning about the new science of healing and consciousness, she loves being with old trees and dancing.