Address:250 W. First Street Suite 346, Claremont, 91711
Services:Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, EMDR, Psychological Testing, Group Therapy
Claremont Site Coordinator
Christina Olivera, LMFT
We all yearn to feel heard, safe and supported as we journey through life. I invite you into this space where together we can explore life’s challenges, discover your strengths and feed your passions to pursue a fulfilled life. As individuals, I believe it is important for us to learn from our past, have a hope for the future and be able to live in the present. Therapy can provide a safe space and a timeout from a busy world in order to gain insight and skills to live a life with intention.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 6 years of experience working with individuals, families and children (3 to 18 years old) in the following areas: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Childhood Behavioral Difficulties, Relationship Conflicts, Loss, Divorce/Co- Parenting and Life Transitions. I am trained in the following evidenced based practices: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Positive Parenting Pathways, Depression Treatment Quality Improvement for Teens, Managing and Adapting Practice (for anxiety, depression and disruptive behavior) and Military FOCUS.
I completed my undergraduate studies at California State University, Fullerton and graduate studies at California Polytechnic University, Pomona where I received a M.S. in Psychology. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (License 96690) with the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences and a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
With over 20 years experience as an LMFT (Licensed Marital and Family Therapist), I have collaborated with hundreds of clients to help them navigate difficult life passages, marital dilemmas, and childhood roadblocks. I work with adults, couples and children.
I refer to therapy as a collaboration between therapist and individuals to work together to mend broken relationships/connections and explore new and more effective methods of communication.
I received my Masters degree from Phillips Graduate Institute and have been licensed since 1994. I have been in private practice for almost 3 years and before that worked for several agencies as a therapist and mental health practitioner.
We all need to feel connected and heard, and we each deserve a therapist that is truly interested in us and has our best interests at heart. I believe this is an essential component of therapy.
For the last 15 years, I have practiced in a variety of settings with children, adults and families. I have helped my clients with issues such as: anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, family conflicts, life transitions, trauma, career/school issues, and addiction.
I use an eclectic approach to work most effectively with my clients. Every individual I work with is unique, so I pay careful attention to what therapeutic approaches and interventions are the best fit. My style is warm, interactive, focused and positive. I respect my clients and deeply enjoy my work as a therapist.
I am honored to have the opportunity to help you gain more freedom from your past experiences and develop, lasting and meaningful changes in your life.
Stephanie Clancy, LCSW
“Never, never, never quit” is my favorite quote. It reminds me that with every new day, every new breath, every second chance, we have an amazing capacity to rise above and rewrite our own unique life stories. I believe that there is an array of strengths in all of us. To seek therapy is a great sign of inner strength and resilience. Trying to navigate through life’s inherent struggles alone is simply impossible. We all need someone who can help us reactivate our inner light, our lost hope and our own immense inner power within.
Using evidence-based approaches that are backed by research and combining it with a supportive, safe, warm and accepting environment, I have discovered these approaches help foster deep, meaningful and lasting change. I have extensive knowledge of mindfulness and cognitive based approaches to healing. I am also trained in the Brainspotting modality, which helps us heal from deeply rooted traumas, depression or anxiety using the immense power of our own brain. I have experience working with grief and loss with children and adults, as well as experience working with sexual and physical abuse survivors of all ages. Providing a safe, accepting and supportive environment for ALL children and families is something I strongly embrace. I am an LGBQT+ ally and have experience and a passion for working with these youth, adults and families. I also love working with families around adoption and foster care issues, restoring and/or building solid connections.
Ultimately, my passion lies in helping people find their center and inner strength once again. Sometimes we just need a helping hand along the way. I can be that helping hand.
Krystal Dreisbach, LMFT
I am a bilingual Spanish, licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over a decade of experience working as a clinician and as a Clinical Supervisor. My experience is vast, including clients from various religions, socio-economic backgrounds, and a variety of problems and concerns.
My specialties include:
I have specialized training in the following evidence-based practices: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM).
My counseling style is warm, empathetic, and engaging. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. Furthermore, I truly believe that all people have the capacity to change, grow, and become the best version of themselves. My approach combines narrative, experiential, and client-centered counseling styles. This combination means that I believe you have a unique story to tell, and I will be focusing on providing you with services that are just as unique, tailoring treatment to your needs and goals.
I look forward to working with you on a brighter future!
Martha Esquivel, Psy.D.
I believe therapy is the most successful in a collaborative relationship between the client and the therapist. This happens in an atmosphere in which both compassion and experience comes together to help you with your goals and to find your strengths and a path to positive change. I provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment to help you explore your personal issues and traumas and practice new and self-empowering behaviors.
I am a bilingual (Spanish and English) Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY2441) and earned my Master in Clinical Psychology, with an Emphasis in Marital and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in 1999 and a doctorate in Forensic Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2009. I have worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient mental health, adult/juvenile case management, substance abuse, LGBT issues, diagnostic assessment, family therapy and clinical supervision services. In addition, I have also facilitated Suicide Prevention Training classes in correctional settings the last 10 years.
My area of experience is with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, grief, sexual abuse, substance abuse, male codependency, sexual orientation and gender identification, self-esteem, perpetrators, and families dealing with divorce, incarceration, migration, acculturation, and school behavioral issues. I use a broad range of cognitive, behavioral, family systems and insight-oriented techniques in the psychotherapy and counseling process. I work with individuals, adolescents, and families.
Rosalyn Hernandez, MA, LMFT
In my years as a therapist, I’ve had the privilege to be in the presence of the most valuable assets of the people I’ve served- their vulnerability and their willingness to persist. I have been witness to the incredible transformation of healing that arises from being heard, speaking truths in ways that are only conceivable when you hold yourself in true kindness.
My experience has taught me that each individual holds a particular set of values, learned through their unique history. In turn, I’ve learned to place great value in listening inwardly. My purpose is to create a safe space where you can share your story, identify strengths, build skills, and meet goals. To help you find the soundness within you, and together discover that which will best serve your healing. As your therapist I will strive to be present as your supporter as you uncover and untangle the emotional and behavioral patterns that perpetuate your feelings of hurt and begin to quiet down the inner dialogue that keeps you cycling through old patterns of self-blame, shame and guilt.
My training has prepared me to provide support to children as young as 8 years old utilizing approaches that cater to the needs of their imagination from play therapy to a trauma focused approach, always recognizing the young mind’s need for authenticity. I especially have widespread experience through my work with adolescents and adults utilizing approaches such as Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and I hold Diplomate Status a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Overall, my purpose is to guide you in developing practices of ongoing self-kindness where you can explore with purpose, presence, and compassion, cultivate wisdom and awaken to a life of clarity and balance.
In today’s world, all of us – no matter what age – face challenges on a daily basis. Children, adolescents, and young adults who are going through difficult times or life transitions may show signs of sadness, anxiety, avoidance, anger, isolation, low self-esteem, or mood swings. Sometimes we all have a hard time identifying and expressing our feelings or asking for help. As a result, we can struggle in our relationships with family, friends, significant others, and in academic/work settings.
I want you to know that there is hope and that you can get through this!
I am a strengths-based, compassionate, energetic, and creative therapist with a strong devotion to help others succeed. My passion is working with children, adolescents, and young adults ranging in age from 3-33 (or older if you’re young at heart!) I believe that every individual can have the opportunity to connect experiences with emotions, learn healthy communication skills, process past events, develop tools for managing life’s challenges, and can reach their goals. Parents and caregivers also learn strategies to better support and connect with their child.
My areas of specialization include anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioral issues, anger, aggression, stress, low self-esteem, struggles with identity, emotional/mood difficulties, grief and loss, trauma, abuse and neglect, family conflict, and life transitions. I utilize various theoretical styles including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution focused, family systems, and attachment theory. In the past, I have worked extensively with children, adolescents, and transition age youth (ages 16-25). I have provided intensive services to clients in the foster care system who have been abused and/or neglected, have experienced trauma, have a history of substance use, may be facing legal action due to behaviors, have parents/caregivers with emotional and mental health issues, and with families that are in crisis. I earned my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University and am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #96391).
I currently offer weekday, evening, and Saturday appointments at the Arcadia office.
Jennifer Lee, LCSW
Selecting a therapist who is right for you can quickly become an overwhelming task. I hope the information I provide below will help you eagerly move forward with the meaningful work you have decided to pursue towards achieving well-being. First, I believe you are the expert of your own life and don’t need someone to tell you what to do or what’s best for you. I start with where you’re at and focus on your strengths (even the ones you may not have known you had!) that will play a crucial role in your journey to wellness. To facilitate this journey, I pay close attention to what you tell to me about what you need and want to make your life better. Then with empathy and acceptance, I will work alongside you as you focus on achieving the goals you have set.
I have experience working with adults who struggle with sadness, loneliness, grief and loss, fear, anxiety, anger, memories of traumatic experiences, adjusting to significant changes in their lives and relationship difficulties. When working with clients, I draw from and utilize different theories and therapeutic approaches such as: cognitive-behavioral therapy, attachment theory, narrative therapy, empowerment, mindfulness and trauma-informed therapies. Also, I view my clients as whole persons whose physical, social, spiritual and environmental health are as important as and interconnected with their psychological or emotional health. With this in mind, I strive to help my clients not only find relief from the psychological or emotional suffering they may be experiencing right now but also achieve and maintain optimal health and wellness in all areas of their lives. It takes a lot of courage to undertake a journey like this one. But the changes you have already begun to make by reaching out for help and support can lead to a more purposeful and satisfying life. I hope to have a chance to support you on this journey and look forward to working with you!
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW #81084) and a member of the National
Association of Social Workers. I earned my Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to starting my career in mental health, I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College (Amherst, MA) and Master of Arts in history from the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL).
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my Bachelor in Psychology from California State University in San Bernardino and my Master in Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University.
I believe that we have the power to overcome all obstacles that come our way through gaining insight and working towards making changes. I believe that therapy is a journey that is designed to gain insight and develop problem solving to improve interpersonal relationships and make healthy life choices. I use a variety of interventions to assist my clients in reaching their treatment goals.
I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults. I have experience working with Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Trauma, anger management and crisis intervention.
Each of us has had an experience that leads us to question ourselves: Who we are? What we are doing? What are our life goals? In therapy, we can explore certain challenges of life that may cause anxiety, depression, stress, or any other difficult feeling. I strongly believe that relationships and experiences shape who we are. In therapy, part of the healing process is gaining insight and awareness of how experiences affect us in the here and now. Therapy will help you learn your triggers and learn healthy coping skills to get through difficult times in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Together we can create goals for therapy and begin your journey to a healthier you.
I am a bilingual Spanish-speaking therapist. I have over 6 years of experience in working with children, families, and adults. Although I provide therapy to all age groups, I have extensive experience in working with the little ones (0-5 years old) in helping them overcome behavior problems, anxiety, traumas, etc. I use a dyadic approach when working with the young ones, which means a parent or caregiver is also involved in the therapy. Parents/caregivers play a key role in therapy for children as their parenting styles and expectations of their children are reflective of their past experiences as well. I work closely with the parents/caregivers in teaching them about the child’s needs and how to best get those needs met in order to create optimal emotional development, which in turn sets the foundation for healthy relationships.
I graduated in 2011 with a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family, Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix. I received my Marriage and Family Therapy License from the Board of Behavioral Sciences in 2015. I am also a member of the California Associate of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Throughout our lives we are faced with many challenges. Sometimes these challenges feel insurmountable and we experience difficulty finding our way out of the rut that we’re stuck in. My aim is to empower you to utilize your inner strength and to create solutions that work for you. I am here to provide support on your journey towards self-improvement. I strive to make the individuals I work with feel welcome, accepted, and understood, regardless of the issues that they are struggling with.Through my experience as an Associate and now newly Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have worked with children, adolescents, families, and adults. I have worked with teenagers in a residential facility as well as with children and families in the community. The strength and courage of the individuals that I have worked with inspire me to do the work that I do and have reinforced my belief in the resilience of every person and their ability to overcome life’s obstacles. I have worked with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, attachment difficulties, and phase of life issues. I believe that every individual has the ability to improve their lives but that we sometimes need support in doing so. I hope to be able to empower the individuals I work with to find solutions that work for them, knowing that they are the experts in their lives.
My goal is to provide supportive therapeutic care and assist individuals in developing skills to succeed in reaching personal goals. My therapeutic skills consist of humanistic and psychodynamic approaches, cognitive behavioral and motivational interviewing techniques. Ultimately, I have the ability to utilize an eclectic range of clinical tools with a holistic perspective; meeting clients’ where they are in their therapeutic journey.
I have experience working with all individuals whom are dealing with the following:
- Complex Trauma
- Difficulty Adjusting to Stressors
- Women’s Issues
- Chronic Illness
- Phase of Life Changes
- Relational Concerns
- Hostile Work Environments
- Low Confidence/Self-esteem
- LGBTQIA Concerns
- Family Dynamics
- Life’s Challenges
- Fellow Therapist and Mental Health Providers
The idea is to work together so you can achieve your desired goal, and when you are ready; I will walk through the journey with you! If, there is anything I could give to you now, I encourage you to take at least five minutes to do absolutely nothing. Be still, breathe in and out, and let me know how that feels…
Amelia Sims, LCSW
I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Masters degree in Social Work with a concentration in clinical practice with individuals and families. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW#87301) with the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences.
I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and families who have been exposed to trauma. The treatment I provide is based in attachment theory but also integrates psychodynamic, developmental, trauma, social learning, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I have been trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), an evidence-based practice that is a relationship-based treatment for children from birth to 5 years old who were traumatized by violence and are experiencing emotional, social, and cognitive difficulties.
I enjoy working with individuals of all ages, including adults, adolescents and children. My experience and skills are best suited for helping with:
- grief and loss
- crisis intervention
- family conflict
- low self-esteem
- suicidal ideations
- attention problems
- social problems
- anger management
- relationship issues
Debra Valentine, LMFT
I believe everyone has the ability to become stronger, even in the face of great challenges. As a therapist, I provide an open and affirming space for my clients to explore what makes them strong and resilient. In my practice, I seek to create a safe and warm environment to heal and create lasting change. I am a passionate listener and use empathy as a tool for helping my clients realize their true potential. While I often challenge my clients to delve deeply, I recognize that everyone has different needs and comes to therapy with unique circumstances.
I have special training in working with individuals, couples and families struggling with issues relating to drug/alcohol addiction/recovery, and trauma. Also, I work with co-dependency, self- esteem building, anxiety, panic, depression, and grief.
By approaching each client from a non-judgmental perspective, I tailor each session to the specific needs of the individual, so they are honored and respected.
~The world breaks everyone and some become strong at the broken places. William Faulkner
Education and memberships
- Bachelor of Science in Human Services, California State University of Fullerton
- Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University
- License in Marriage and Family Therapy, California #52213
- California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist (CAMFT) member