Teletherapy (Remote) Providers
Remote Site Coordinator
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.
Jozabeth Casillas, LMFT
Someone once asked me, “what heals mental illness?” And while there is no one specific treatment to simply heal all, I strongly believe that relationships can certainly aid in the healing process. So my approach to therapy is just like so… I believe that by creating a good therapeutic relationship with my client’s I can help them overcome many of the challenges they face in life. I aim at providing a safe space where my client’s can talk about difficult and painful things without any fear of judgement. I allow my client’s to fully be themselves in the room with me and allow them to say the things they never dared to say out loud before. My goal with this is to provide a safe holding environment where my clients can process through and move away from their pain so that they are able to find healing and a life that’s worth living. This includes, helping my clients build strong relationships with their spouse/partner, their children, friends, extended family members, folks in their community, God, and even me (their therapist)! Strong relationships are the foundation of what it truly means to be human; this life was never meant to be lived alone!
A little bit about me… I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in general Psychology earned at Argosy University in 2011, and earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling at California State University in Fullerton in 2016 with a focus on Marriage & Family Therapy. I am a mother, a wife, a friend, a sister, and a daughter; in other words, I’m human just like you! And I too have had my fair share of adverse experiences, traumas and difficulties in life. But more importantly, I have learned how to overcome and grow from those experiences and I can’t wait to share with you the lessons I have learned to help you do the same. Much of my training and experience has been focused on treating Trauma, Grief, Depression, Anxiety, and improving Communication Skills. Although I am Person-Centered at heart (meaning I meet my client’s right where they are in life), I also incorporate interventions from several different theories, including CBT, Solution Focused, Mindfulness practices and more. I incorporate different interventions in order to custom-tailor the treatment of each individual, couple or family that I work with. I hope that this little bio gives you the information you need to make a decision on whether I am the right therapist for you. I want to thank you for taking the time to read through this, and I look forward to hearing from you soon so that we can begin your healing journey together.
Nadja Catano, LMFT
Since 2008, I’ve been assisting people of various ages with healing their essential connection with and sense of themselves as well as their effectiveness in the world. It is fulfilling to watch clients resolve recurring issues that have held them and their loved ones back from experiencing their full relationship potential.
I completed a masters degree in marriage and family therapy and also a bachelors degree in human development at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California. Following my graduate work, I worked in a women’s social model residential treatment center where I gained experience working with addiction and recovery mental health concerns affecting individuals, couples, and families. This experience helped me discover my strong interest in codependency, the family disease of alcoholism and recovery utilizing a 12-Step model. I eventually became affiliated with Soultenders in 2016.
My focus is helping children, new mothers, adults and couples heal the patterns of attachment in their relationships. I have continued to gain practical experience working with love addiction, affairs, and other betrayals as well as maternal mental health issues.
I am a clinical member of the California Association for Marriage and Family and a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (License Number MFC 105963) with the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences.
I spent twenty-five years in La Leche League serving as a volunteer breastfeeding counselor where I worked with many new mothers, babies, toddlers, children and families in the communities where I’ve lived. I enjoy working with people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds. In my spare time, I like to hike, camp, listen to music, draw, and hang out with my family.
Amanda Farrar, LCSW
Whether you are seeking relief from anxiety, depression, trauma or are ready to explore solutions to other life challenges, I can provide assistance. By utilizing evidenced based traditional practices, inspirational and motivational approaches, you will receive support and guidance to reach your goals, achieve greater success and discover a greater sense of fulfillment.
I believe that my role as a therapist is to provide compassion, understanding and hope to my clients. My focus is to assist them with finding and developing their unique strengths through a process of self-discovery. Then applying these abilities to healing from past hurts and creating future desires.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#88026) and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services through Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at California State University, Chico. I have experience working at county Human Services in both Family, Youth and Children as well as Adult and Aging Services divisions. I enjoy participating in community organization and advocacy as the Health Action Chapter lead in my local area.
Jake Goldman, LMFT
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, EMDR trained. I integrate family systems with various evidenced based theories and modalities depending on the needs and goals of the client, whether it be brief solution focused or deeper and lengthy processing for insight and healing. As an EMDR trained therapist I have the privilege of integrating a robust approach to treating trauma.
I value the importance of client-therapist relationship in the process of healing – creating a safe space for a trusting client-therapist relationship creating opportunities to identify what is going on right here right now and move from there. Much of my inspiration and influence comes from Gestalt, Rogers, Adler, Satir, Bowen, Watzlawick – making connections between family patterns and our sense of selves, connectedness, taking responsibility for ourselves in the process of change, healing, and discovering more of who we are and how we want to live.
James Hensley, LCSW
My name is James, and I have been in the field of mental health and recovery for approximately 13 years. I began my career with a degree in Human Development and Sociology. From there, I join the United States Navy where I worked as a Psychiatric Technician, a sort of First Responder for psychiatric issues. I worked at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and held several positions that allowed me to gain skills in crisis management, safety planning, assessment, addiction, life stress, life changes and planning for next steps such as discharging from the military or retiring.
After that, I attended San Diego State University to obtain my Masters in Social Work. There I honed my clinical skills working with youth and families that had contact with the justice system, homeless veterans with mental health and substance use issues, and developed passion for Motivational Interviewing, which I would say is my primary interest with regards to my therapeutic style. I currently provide therapy on this site full time, and plan to do so for the time being.
My therapy style is dependent on my clients, however I strive to be as warm and empathetic as possible. I feel that everyone deserves to tell their story, their struggles, and their successes without judgement, and everyone deserves to have a say in how they will grow to meet their own challenges. My approach is holistic and takes the entire person into account, including mental health concerns, interpersonal issues, physical and medical challenges, or issues of social or environmental concern. I certainly would never tell anyone that I’ve heard it all, but I’ve been fortunate to have enjoyed a range of positions and clients, and feel that I can work with anyone who is willing to share and be heard.
Amy Knowles, LCSW
I believe that therapy is most effective when it involves a collaborative relationship between client and therapist. I bring my experience, knowledge, and compassion to the relationship. You bring your strengths, goals, and commitment to making positive changes. I pride myself in providing my clients with a supportive, non-judgmental, and safe atmosphere in which to explore personal issues and practice new behaviors.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#96261) and earned my Master of Social Work from San Diego State University in 1992. I have worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient mental health, case management, and substance abuse services. I have been in private practice since 2000 and have a passion for helping people to become their best selves.
My areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, stress-management, couples therapy, grief, substance abuse, and women’s issues such as self-esteem, codependency, and the like. I work with individuals, couples, and adolescents.
I look forward to working together!
Felicia Megdal, LCSW
Irianna D. Montes, LMFT, RPT
Taking the first steps towards change and seeking a happier and fulfilled life is no easy task so for that, you should be proud of yourself! If you are ready to take that step towards a better, happier, fulfilled YOU, I am here to support and empower you.
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and a registered play therapist in California with over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field and providing direct service to adults, children and families. I have worked in private and public settings and have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, trauma, and ADHD. As a registered play therapist, I believe in the power of play and how play can help process emotions/events/experiences where words cannot at any age.
My counseling style is warm and interactive. My strength-based approach helps find the shimmers of hope in dark situations and I value the importance of creating a safe space and strong therapeutic relationship for emotional processing. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity and compassion, and meeting the client where they are at (emotionally). My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused and humanistic modalities, and I will tailor the dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I am a member of the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapist (CAMFT), and the Association for Play Therapy (APT)-United States and California Chapters.
Emily Orme, LMFT
I have experience with children, families, and adults. I’ve worked with separated, blended, and single parent families. I’ve worked with relative caregivers, military families, and foster families. I have treated depression, anxiety, stress, child abuse, trauma, adjustment difficulties, conflict, communication difficulties, chronic illness & relationships.
Leslie Santana, LMFT
Mental health is not a destination, it’s a process; it’s about how you drive not where you’re going.
I am a bilingual licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Cal State San Bernardino and a Master’s degree in Psychology at Cal Poly Pomona. I completed my training at City of Chino Human Services and continued my career at Hillsides Family Services.
The majority of my experience is working with individuals with anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, ADHD, social problems, grief and loss, and trauma. I am a Parent-Child Interactive Therapist as well and have worked with many families with behavioral complaints. I am committed to the needs of my clients and my goal is to make each session helpful and insightful.
My role as a clinician is to provide a safe and healing space for individuals to find the answers they may be looking for. I believe you are the experts in your life and by having meaningful conversations, I believe you can feel empowered to make the changes you wish. I like to integrate techniques and tools from various approaches to provide a therapeutic experience tailored to the individual’s background and needs. Therapy is a challenging process that is worth the commitment.
Debra Scheevel, LCSW
Debbie Scheevel is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her master’s degree from University of Illinois, Chicago campus. She has a passion for working with children and their families for over 25 years. Debbie specializes in addictions, parenting and adolescent disorders. Her treatment approach is primarily based in family systems theory and will utilize CBT, DBT and solution focused therapy. She has given national and local presentations on parenting, addictions, and ACOA. She has been employed in private practice, inpatient, outpatient and PHP/IOP settings for the majority of her career. Clients are drawn to her compassionate, warm, empathetic yet direct approach to counseling. Her laughter and ability to connect with families and teens on a personal and professional level has made this career enjoyable as well as fun for her. Debbie is excited to be a part of the Soultenders team and help support the patients through their journey.
Crystal Shields, LMFT, LPCC, Health & Life Coach
Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me before I learn about you!
Personally – I became a therapist because I received great therapy myself. Growing through my own struggles has been a beautiful development that I am forever thankful for. For me, it is difficult to imagine having a job or a life that does not align with my heart’s personal and professional values. Accordingly, I have made it my life’s mission to join others in overcoming their lives’ challenges so they, too, may achieve healthier, happier and more successful lives.
Professionally – I am an LMFT, LPCC, certified health coach and certified life coach. My education includes double Bachelor’s degrees in Health Sciences along with double Master’s degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and in Professional Clinical Counseling. I prioritize ongoing learning so I may be of the best assistance possible, and I am committed to helping my clients improve their lives in the ways they wish to do so.
My typical areas of practice include: relationship/marital issues, codependency, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, burnout, life transitions, and coping with other changes such as those related to the circumstances of COVID-19. If you would like extra support right now, you are nowhere near alone. Getting “stuck” is normal, and everyone is capable of improving so long as they courageously and consistently put forth effort to do so. You are taking a big step by seeking help – congratulations! Having a professional teammate will almost certainly speed up your progress.
My style is non-judgmental, empathetic and supportive. It is always my first priority to help you feel comfortable with fully expressing yourself because that is essential for us to have a high-quality therapeutic relationship and for the most therapeutic progress to occur. You are the expert of your life, and I will do my best to understand it before doing anything else. Therefore, I will meet you right where you are in your unique experience. Subsequently, I will gladly help you gain new insight into how your past experiences have contributed to your current patterns of functioning. We will solidify your objectives, assess your options, identify and use your strengths, plus learn and implement new skills that will help you evolve in alignment with your aspirations. Together, we will act as a team that supports your movement along the path toward achieving your goals. We will evaluate your progress regularly and I will obtain your feedback so I can adjust my approach in order to best meet both your needs and preferences. With me, therapy is all about you and what works best for you! It would be my pleasure and honor to be a collaborative part of your personal growth process.
At this time, I am accepting referrals for individual adults and couples. I would love to have the privilege of learning about you and your life including your current challenges and goals. If for any reason it does not seem we are a good fit for each other, I will happily refer you to another professional who I think would best meet your present needs.
Additionally, if you are curious to know a little about my personal life – my hobbies and interests include: spiritual development, American and global politics, advocating for the advancements of those who are close to me as well as for the preservation of constitutional freedoms, clinical and creative writing, interior decorating, hosting guests and visitors, admiring art and nature, plus talking on the phone. Surprisingly, when I am not talking to clients I am often on the phone because I love people so much!
Dan Spach, MA, MFT
Life can be full of complex challenges, and it takes great courage to seek meaning and purpose. I am honored to have your trust, and to support you in coping with hardships and in living your life to the fullest. As your therapist, I will strive to help you develop a deeper self-understanding, empower your inner resources, and find a more balanced, attuned, and connected way of being.
I have 10 years experience in the therapy field, having completed my MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2012. I have developed a collaborative psycho-spiritual approach, informed by Depth Psychology, Mindful Self-Awareness, and Wilderness Therapy.
My life experiences have given me insight into parenting, divorce, co-parenting, blended families, dealing with infidelity, challenges to intimacy, trauma, PTSD, and depression. I have experience treating children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, and with codependency, addiction, and compulsive behaviors.
Please call or email to schedule a consultation. I will do my best to create a space that expands your truth and supports you on your journey.
Wai Kai Karen Tong, LMFT
There is a deep desire within us to live a kind of life that is fulfilling and enriched by healthy relationships with others. But all too often life brings along difficult situations that leave us feeling sad, anxious, and overwhelmed. We feel stuck and unable to move forward.
In therapy, I strive to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to be heard and to support you in your personal journey of growth. We will look into the issues that you are concerned about and help you towards the goals that you have for yourself. This may involve processing and exploring our past childhood experiences, our relationships with parents, and life experiences that have impacted us and shaped how we are today. We will also identify present triggers to negative emotions and work towards developing positive coping strategies and resources that we can utilize in the present as well as in the future.
I have been practicing as a therapist for 13 years and have worked on a wide range of issues with clients of diverse age and ethnicity/culture. Some of the issues I work with include depression, anxiety, grief and bereavement, trauma, abuse, relationship issues, premarital and marital issues, self-esteem/identity, spirituality, and family of origin issues. My approach is client centered, eclectic, and evidenced based. I am a certified EMDR therapist with EMDR International Association.
I have Master’s degrees in Divinity and in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (MFT#84808) and am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. I am a bilingual therapist in English and Cantonese.
Because the trust between a therapist and client is imperative to the healing process, it is important to me that my clients feel safe in a non-judgmental environment. Whether it is depression, anger management, stress, grief/loss, trauma, family or relationship issues that you are facing, I can help. I work with individuals, groups, couples, families, children and adolescents. In addition to the issues listed above, I also have experience working with domestic violence, self-esteem issues and addictions.
I use a number of evidence-based, client-centered approaches to help clients reach their goals: Narrative, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Family Systems and Mindfulness to name a few.
Tammy Turk, LMFT
419 W. Foothill Blvd.