Address:17326 Edwards Rd, Suite A135 Cerritos, 90703
Tel:562 – 222 – 5258
Services:Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, EMDR, Psychological Testing
Site Supervisor:Cristina Aviles
Cerritos Site Supervisor
“Sometimes when things are falling apart they are actually falling into place”
I believe the process of change is inevitable and learning to navigate through life can be overwhelming and at times confusing. Therapy can lightening that load; it allows individuals to understand and manage how they feel, think and behave. Which then permits them to reach a level of acceptance and thus develop compassion for their own experiences. This process along with the development of coping skills and enhancement of ones’ support system promotes an ‘open-door’ for change.I am a bilingual-Spanish Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT #90561). I attended the University of California, Irvine and received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and then continued my education at California State University, Fullerton where I obtained a master’s degree in Counseling. I am a member of California’s Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and have been trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction therapy (PCIT) and Families Overcoming Under Stress (FOCUS). I have more than 6 years of experience at non-profit organizations, working with individuals suffering from Major Depressive Disorders, Dysthymic Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, Panic Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, grief & loss and individuals with a history of abuse. I have facilitated family, individual and group therapy sessions where I have focused on helping individuals develop self-awareness, self-compassion, acceptance and coping/stress management skills.I have a passion for working with the “emerging adult” (adolescents and young adults); the transition into adulthood can be a very hectic, conficting, confusing and sometimes overwhelming process. Through psycho-education, awareness, acceptance and tolerance, therapy can assist an individual in gaining peace and balance in their life; ultimately, I hope to provide you with the support, clarity and guidance needed to reach this balance and stability. Please contact me with any questions/concerns. I work out of our Cerritos location and look forward to talking with you.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Long Beach, CA area with 7 years of experience treating children, adolescents, adults, couples and families seeking to overcome various struggles such as depression, anxiety, interpersonal conflicts, complex family dynamics, trauma and other daily life stressors that often get in the way of leading a fulfilling life. Imagine a life in which you had the strength, courage and tools to manage the obstacles that life throws at you. I’m here to help guide you and help you discover the ways to feel more in control of your life and emotions. My approach involves getting to understand you and your world and collaborating with you to generate solutions tailored to you to meet your needs. I am also currently developing methods to incorporate aspects of yoga and the principles of yoga into my therapeutic approach in order to provide a holistic path to enhance your quality of life. Take the first step in cultivating a more fulfilling life by contacting me to set up an appointment.
Cristina Aviles, LMFT
As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (License Number MFC #99960), I am committed to supporting you by providing a safe space filled with compassion, empathy, and non-judgment. One of the hardest things anyone can do is simply asking for help, therefore, I applaud you already for taking this step toward healing and improving the quality of your life.
I graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2012 with my Master’s in Counseling, and have extensive experience working with children & families, individuals, couples, adolescents, and adults. My areas of specialty are trauma, chemical dependency, domestic violence issues, and grief & loss.
I believe it is essential to develop a strong, therapeutic relationship, and I offer a tailored approach to meet your individualized treatment goals as you are unique. I am also Bilingual in English and Spanish, and have a passion for working with the Latino community as many carry the belief that seeking “professional help” is unacceptable, and definitely still a taboo. I can assure you that I will remain sensitive to these and all cultural issues, and provide you a platform to explore them freely.
I definitely look forward to meeting you, and collaborating on your personal journey to healing, change & growth.
Hablo Español. Whittier Location
Life is a journey with several detours and unexpected road blocks along the way. Therapy can help us navigate the difficulties that we may encounter and lead a more fulfilling life. I would like to help lead you to your right course.I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a member of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT). I attended California State University Long Beach and received a Bachelor’s degree in Research Psychology. After raising a family and working in the insurance claims industry for many years, I decided to follow my passion to pursue a degree in counseling and entered graduate school. I received a Master’s degree from Brandman University in Irvine and completed my internship working with children, adolescents and families in a mental health clinic.I have been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Mindfulness and Seeking Safety. I have experience working with ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflicts, communication difficulties and other daily stressors. My approach to therapy is to build a positive relationship with my clients and implement various techniques to help them reach their individual goals. My hope is for clients to access their strengths, overcome challenges and lead the life that they desire. I look forward to meeting you.
My favorite part about being a therapist is helping others gain insight that will lead them to the change they want to see in their lives. In my 6 years of counseling experience, I have learned that the most beneficial and impactful part of therapy is the relationship between the therapist and the client. As a result, I use our rapport to develop a connection and provide a strength-based approach to therapy.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #92514) and California State University Long Beach. I utilize an integrative approach, including evidenced-based treatments and other theories, to implement a unique and individual approach for each client. Some of these include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Functional Family Therapy as well as Motivational Interviewing techniques to customize therapy specifically for you. Also, I have experience working with adolescents, individuals, families and couples. Whether your current trouble spots are individual or relational, anxiety or depression, life transitions or just feeling stuck, I know that we can work together to help you reach your goals.
I hope to show that therapy does not need to be painful, but can be an enriching time to learn about yourself. It can be difficult to talk to a stranger and ask for help during this difficult time in your life. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you and in learning more about what makes you…you.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #113746) with 6 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families that have struggled with attachment and bonding, trauma, depression, anxiety, identity formation, relational stress, ADHD, and women’s issues.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Vanguard University of Southern California and went on to complete my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis of Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. Additionally, I am certified in Parent-Child Interactive Therapy and trained in both Seeking Safety and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have worked for four years in community mental health working alongside children and their families within the permanency population in effort to help them thrive.
Life can be difficult, but you shouldn’t have to navigate it alone. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I aim to provide a safe place with unconditional positive regard to support those who are ready to allow me to be a part of their journey.
I am a bilingual (English and Mandarin) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT109456) as well as a certified Health Coach. I work with children and adults from diverse backgrounds and cultures in individual, couple, family, and group settings.
My approach is providing a safe and nurturing environment through support, understanding, and guidance. I believe in empowering you so that you can overcome your struggles and have the ability to take on life lessons with strength. The therapeutic relationship relies on a partnership in which my role is to support and empower you so that you can take charge of your change and growth. My approach is strength and holistic based by using different practice modalities to fit your needs. I believe you can heal and rebuild a stronger life foundation through creating balance in all aspects of your life.
I completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at University of California, Riverside and my Master of Science in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy at University of Phoenix. I am a member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
As a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, I have over 12 years experience helping others understand their actions and feelings and help them change if that is what they hope for. My approach is to join you in your struggles and empower you to reach your full potential. My goal is to collaboratively explore issues with you and create hope, connection and balance in your life to live the best life you imagined for yourself.
I am a bilingual Spanish-speaking therapist. I have over 12 years of experience working with children, adults, and families in the following areas: Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Abuse, Post traumatic stress disorders, Domestic Violence, Life Transitions/Changes, Relationship Conflicts, Communication Difficulties, Special Needs Children and impact on families, Children/Teens and difficulties at school (Academic/Relational Impairments), Children and Teen Victims of Bullying, Positive Parenting, and Narrative Therapy.
I completed my undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, and then attended graduate school at California Graduate Institute where I received a Masters of Arts in Psychology with and emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2011, I received my Marriage and Family Therapist License from the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Since then, I have been trained in Evidence-Based Practices, including Seeking Safety, Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), Parent-Child Interaction therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Crisis Oriented Recovery Services (CORS) and Incredible Years Parenting (IY). I am a member of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor. I received my Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy in 2014 from California State University Dominguez Hills.My therapeutic approach is based in Solution-Focused interventions, and my theoretical orientation is Psychodynamic to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.I specialize in working with individuals, couples and families, and have extensive experience working with addictions of all types, adolescents, and the LGBTQA community.I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.I approach my own life as a great adventure full of amazing and interesting people, and I absolutely insist on enjoying life. I would like to help you be able to do the same.I look forward to meeting you at the Cerritos location.
Hello. I am Catherine Seckington, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.I am passionate about all the possibilities that psychotherapy provides. I embrace my work with tenacity and a strong desire to develop trust, rapport, and restorative connections with my clients.We all experience a multitude of emotions as we embark on the journey of life. We travel down the path before us, attempting to take the one that will lead us to the kind of life that will bring us joy, connection, and satisfaction. Sometimes we feel joyful, connected, and satisfied. But there are times when life leads us into some dark places. We may experience heavy emotions and behaviors that show up in the form of anxiety, isolation, sadness, confusion, anger, dissatisfaction, boredom, and more. All of these feelings are natural reactions to life’s difficulties and challenges. During these confusing and uncertain times it may be necessary to seek an empathetic, trained, professional psychotherapist.I provide a professional, warm, caring, non-judgmental place for you to engage the difficult moments of your life. I will guide and support you through your uncertainty and discomfort with care toward healing, resolution, acceptance, and growth.
My philosophy as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist can be summarized in a quote by American novelist, Edith Wharton, who said, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” It is my belief that each individual possesses inherent strengths and characteristics about them that internal struggles or even those in the environment may have caused to dim over time. As a therapist, it is my job to help you realize or rediscover your light. My approach is always nonjudgmental and initially client-centered and insight-oriented to allow you to understand yourself better and gain compassion and acceptance for all that is going on, both the good and the bad. From there, I pull concepts and strategies from several theories, primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy, to begin the collaborative process of positive change. My hope as your therapist is that the unique combination of my experience, skills, and knowledge with your innate resilience, willingness to be challenged, and whole-hearted efforts will finally lead you to increased satisfaction in your personal relationships and an overall more fulfilling quality of life.I began my educational journey as a Marriage and Family Therapist during my undergraduate years at Azusa Pacific University. It was my class in family systems that first opened my mind to the idea that problems in relationships may not be 100% attributable to just one person, but rather to the relationship dynamics themselves. Since then, I developed a passion for relationships and a thirst for more knowledge in the field of psychology. After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree, I went on to pursue my Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Chapman University because, I figured, passion and knowledge are useless if not used to help others. I became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist with the Board of Behavioral Sciences in January 2015.Since I began practicing psychotherapy in 2010, I have gained experience in providing therapy to a wide range of clientele dealing with an even wider range of struggles, including depression, anxiety, anger, relationship distress, trauma, grief and loss, phase of life problems, divorce and separation, and behavioral concerns. I completed much of my intern hours at Chino Human Services, where I provided school-based counseling to students and agency-based counseling to adult individuals, couples, and families. I also have licensed experience through Hope Inc. Family Counseling in Rancho Cucamonga and through Spectrum Center Schools in San Bernardino working in non-public school settings with children with special needs as well as troubled adolescents. A larger portion of my years a licensed clinician had been spent providing counseling in a group private practice setting through ACT Family Counseling in Chino/Ontario. I now provide counseling services from the Soul Tenders office in Cerritos from Mondays through Thursdays.
I understand that life is complicated and often times, it hurts. The pains that we experience take on a variety of forms ranging from depression and anxiety to trauma. As a licensed counselor, I am dedicated to being your partner on the journey towards healing, empowerment and hope. My work experience includes several years in the inpatient hospital setting, primarily in the Emergency Room. I have worked with individuals struggling with chronic mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder in addition to individuals dealing with dual diagnoses. During my graduate studies, I completed two internships—one at the Nyack College Counseling Center and the other at the Poly-drug Intervention Clinic at Kings County Hospital. My time at the college counseling center afforded me the chance to help individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem and negative thinking patterns. My core population at the poly-drug clinic was adults in recovery from poly-substance use. I believe that therapy is a soft science. In other words, there are no hardline definitives in the therapeutic process. I do rely on evidence-based practices such as EMDR, Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; however, I choose to approach every client with an open mind. I believe that a dynamic collaboration between the therapist and the client naturally results in authentic, sustainable change. I look very forward to partnering with you on your journey towards wholeness and wellness!
John Avitabile, LMFT
Ideally each individual experiences life’s journey in a personally unique manner while weaving the tapestry of lived experience into a meaningful and beautiful pattern reflecting their journey. As most of us have discovered, however, sometimes the actual experience can be fraught with anxiety, depression, anger, regret and disappointment. As a Therapist, I strive to use my education and life experience to help my clients reconnect with their hopes, dreams, personal and professional goals by using their undiscovered strengths and natural resilience. We will work together to find practical strategies to make life energizing, meaningful and rewarding again.
There is no one size fits all in psychotherapy and I have found that treatment modalities must be flexible to best address the needs of each client. The artful practice of psychotherapy relies on the ability of the therapist to properly assess each client and utilize the most appropriate technique.
You have already made the most critical decision in starting on your way to a happier and more healthy life journey, that is deciding to do something about what is making your life unfulfilling. The trusting bond between client and therapist is the most essential component in successful therapy.
Michelle Magee-Lopez, LMFT
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a background in Theatre Arts. I believe
psychotherapy is a very important component of an individual’s overall wellbeing. As a Licensed
Marriage and Family Therapist, I continue to strive to become the embodiment of reliability, dedication
and an understanding of the importance of creating a nonthreatening, safe environment for clients.
In 2005 I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from California State University Long Beach.
In 2016 I received my Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State
University Dominquez Hills. I have experience with working with adolescents, adults and children in a
variety of settings. I often merge theatrical and theoretical techniques as a means of positively
impacting clients overall therapeutic experience. I strive to create an environment which allows the
client to grow emotionally and expand their overall understanding of themselves.