San Marino Team
Address:2600 Mission Street, Suite 201, San Marino, 91108
Services:Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, EMDR, Psychological Testing
Site Supervisor:Cristina Castrillon, LMFT
San Marino Site Supervisor
Cristina Castrillon, LMFT
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I provide counseling services in both English and Spanish. I’ve worked in an array of settings from community counseling to psychiatric hospital settings. My approach is meeting the patient where they are and using an eclectic theoretical approach to work with what they need. We are all looking to obtain clarity and a sense of happiness and peace. Everyone is working from their experiences, feelings and views on life, making the best decisions based upon what they know to be true. Life can be challenging and at times confusing. Not only could we benefit from obtaining some support through that journey, but heightening our own awareness to ourselves and raising our consciousness to a healthier state of mind. I’m a believer that we all need a sense of purpose, fulfillment and connectivity. I welcome you in your decision to seek that for yourself.
Alexa Allred, ACSW
“Above all be the hero in your life, not the victim”(Norah Ephron). My hope for all of my clients is that they will allow me into their journey of taking back their power. Whether you feel subject to your anxiety, depression, trauma etc., I hope to help you not let these things define you anymore. I believe that everyone holds power within themselves to make change, and my role will be to guide you to finding that power.
I specialize in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, and personality disorders. I have experience working with individuals, adolescents, and couples. I also have experience in working with LGBTQ individuals. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mind Body Bridging, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety and Mindfulness. I use an eclectic approach, since every experience unique to each individual. I take a client centered approach in order to allow the client to take treatment in the direction that is best for them.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Utah Valley University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Utah. I am registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as an Associate Clinical Social Worker (#79472), and I am supervised under Jennifer Stinson PhD (#20997).
Emotions start as experiences in the body. What makes us human are the emotions we experience on a regular basis. It can feel difficult, overwhelming and unnatural to lean into these emotions and make sense of them all. A young child once shared, “when you dig really deep, you find stuff.” I am here to create a safe space tailored for individuals to meet their needs. My approach is empathetic, collaborative, supportive and non-judgemental. My goal is to offer a safe , therapeutic enviornment utilizing various components from treatment modalities to begin your journey of healing.
My name is Amber Bishop. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have been working in the field of mental health for over 5 years with most of my experience and training being in a community mental health setting. I have experience providing individual, couples, collateral, family, and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults.
My formal training includes earning a BA in early childhood education with 12 years experience working with 0-5 population in a variety of roles and settings. I have an MA in counseling psychology with a specialization in marriage and family therapy.
I am certified in providing Seeking Safety, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Triple P Parenting, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. I specialize in 0-5 didactic work, children, teens and women that are struggling with anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant behaviors, ADHD and trauma.
After successfully pursuing a couple of different careers, it became increasingly clear to me that my passion and strongest area of gifting lay in the area of counseling. So back to graduate school I went. My experiences have led me to the conviction that it is never too late to make the changes that can lead to a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.
At a previous agency, I spent over a decade working with children, adolescents, adults, and families with some of the most severe mental health and relational issues in our service area of Los Angeles. That experience led me to believe that every individual is capable of greatly improving the quality of their life if they are willing to invest the time and effort in understanding who they are and the true nature of the problems they are facing. I’ve found that the most notable improvement tends to occur when clients commit to implementing conscientiously the plans of action discussed in therapeutic collaboration designed to address the obstacles to personal growth and the maladaptive patterns of thinking and behavior that lead to relationship dysfunction and underfulfillment of true potential.
I have had the privilege of witnessing many dramatic transformations in people’s lives which is one of the reasons I love this profession. I cannot guarantee that I will make all your problems disappear because what eventually happens in your life is primarily dependent on what you decide to do, for example, with the insights and strategies you will be exposed to in therapy. What I can guarantee is that if you determine to make the necessary effort to resolve the issues that brought you into my office, I will be there fully present with you and walk with you every step of the way to help you see what may be difficult for you to discern on your own, using a tailored therapeutic approach or some eclectic combination adapted to your particular circumstances, and to motivate you to reach the goals in your power to achieve. I look forward to commencing this exciting journey together with you!
Additional language: Spanish
Office locations: Arcadia, San Marino (coming soon)
Kaitlyn Kuo, PsyD
“Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.” The conclusion of 75 year-long Harvard study has revealed the secret to living a happy life. I believe everyone, if given a warm, supportive, and secure space, can discover their inner-self and learn to appreciate who they genuinely are, which leads to improved relationships.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist in California and Taiwan with over 10 years of practice experience. I have helped diverse patient populations with a wide range of issues in a variety of settings, including a community mental health center, a college counseling center, a domestic violence women’s shelter, a re-entry program, an outpatient opiate treatment clinic, skilled nursing homes, a youth correctional counseling program, and an elementary school district. My training and experience have allowed me to help clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues, among many others.
While I have enjoying treating patients in all of these areas, my specialties are working with Asian-American children, as well as pre-teens and teenagers, women, and families. Emphasizing compassion, I assist my clients with their acculturation, ethnic identify, self-identify, family relationships, and issues facing immigrant families, including cross-cultural adjustment. My approach to psychotherapy is both integrative and collaborative. I can provide therapy in English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese.
My overarching mission with each client is help them to obtain a deeper insight into their interpersonal behaviors, to heal wounded relationships, and to bring positive changes into their lives.
Jennifer Stinson, Ph.D.
For me, therapy is a balance of art and science. The science includes understanding research about mental health, human development, and how the brain works. The art is finding creative ways to make use of the research in the context of each new and different therapy experience. For example, as a therapist, I might ask myself, “How can I use my understanding of treatments for anxiety disorders to help this particular person in my office in a way that makes sense in their life right now?” The answer to that question lies in the therapeutic relationship. I take great care to learn about each client’s unique experiences, feelings, beliefs, values and goals. My favorite thing about being a therapist is when the art and science come together in a way that is both illuminating and emotionally meaningful for the person I am working with. This is the process by which, I believe, positive change occurs.
After graduating from the University of Oregon, I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University. Since then, I have provided therapy to children, adolescents and adults who have sought help for various issues, including anxiety, depression, family conflict, anger problems and recovering from trauma. I have also provided supervision to many therapists as they worked toward obtaining their licenses. I am licensed with the California Board of Psychology (PSY 20997) and am an active member of the San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association. Additionally, I have a background in working with adults with developmental disabilities, such as mental retardation and autism. I have conducted research, given presentations and co-authored several articles related to issues for women with disabilities.
I specialize in working with teens & adults experiencing difficulties with stress/crisis related problems. Have you experienced a major crisis, loss, change, or are feeling overwhelmed by life? Coping with stress & crisis can have a significant impact on our mood, behavior, day-to-day functioning, and overall sense of well-being. Whether you are seeking therapy for the first time, or returning to therapy, I believe finding a therapist you feel comfortable with is most important. I offer a free 30 min phone consultation, for you to get to know me, ask questions, & see if you feel I would be a good fit for you.I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with 13 years’ experience working in community, residential, and juvenile settings. I specialize in working with teens/adults experiencing difficulties with stress/crisis, as well as concerns related to anxiety, emotional disturbance, substance use, self-harm, history of trauma/abuse, and legal system involvement.I believe in working collaboratively with clients on what they would like to focus on. Therapy is strength-based, reflective, supportive, and nonjudgmental. My approach is humanistic/client centered, and I also use cognitive behavioral, skill building, mindfulness, motivational interviewing approaches, as well as spiritual/creative practices.