Thousand Oaks Providers
Manager and Thousand Oaks Site Coordinator
Maureen Leigh, LMFT
My style of therapy involves a collaborative therapeutic partnership and a nonjudgmental, unbiased stance. I will provide you with the resources and support that will enable you to explore, understand, and work through the underlying core conflicts that contribute to your symptoms of avoidance, disconnect, anxiety, depression, anger, and/or unhealthy coping. The foundation of my approach is the principle of ‘Client Response Specificity’; I seek to mold therapy around your unique self and needs. I truly believe that every person has a distinct process and will need to make progress at their own pace and time. It is my intention to empower your autonomy and sense of self while helping you to conquer the baby-step changes that will lead you to achieve your goals, in therapy and in life.
I have 7+ years of experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist in community as well as private practice settings. I have helped individuals (ages 11+), couples, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds with a variety of needs and concerns. I use an assortment of evidence-based interventions to assist my clients in reaching their goals. My experience encompasses the following areas: Anxiety, Depression, Life transitions, Identity development, Mindfulness, Grief and loss, Complex trauma, Shame and self-compassion, Communication, and Conflict resolution.
I earned my MS in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from the California State University at San Bernardino. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT# 118478) with the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences and a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
“You have been blessed with the immeasurable power to make positive changes in your life.”
— Steve Maraboli
Marla Ben-Tov LMFT, REAT
My style in therapy is about connecting, supporting, and honoring who you are. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. I have over 20 years of experience in mental health and helping organizations. The value in each of us is infinite, and tapping into our inner wisdom essential. I create a safe nonjudgmental space with the intention to strengthen intuition, heal stuck patterns, find solutions, thrive and feel better. I approach therapy with unconditional empathy, understanding the struggles and challenges that can diminish our lives. I have clinical experience with clients from a variety of different backgrounds, ages, experiences, and reasons for seeking help.
I use a variety of evidenced based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rogerian and Jungian approaches, Ecopsychology, Expressive Arts Therapy, mindfulness/meditation, and Psychodynamic Therapy. I have worked in private practice, clinical, school, residential treatment, outpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs, and community mental health settings. I am a graduate from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a Masters in Counseling Psychology specializing in Expressive Arts Therapy, and have a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of California in Santa Cruz.
I am a member of CAMFT (California Marriage and Family Therapists), IEATA (International Expressive Arts Therapy Association) and WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health).
“Last night as I was sleeping, I dreamt—marvelous illusion!–that I had a beehive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures.”
Kassidy Grogan, LMFT
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received a Bachelors Degree in Child and Adolescent Development- emphasis in school age children from San Francisco State University. While attending Chapman University, I received a Masters Degree in Psychology- emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the years following, I obtained a specialty in Intellectual Disabilities, worked in Emergency Services providing Crisis Stabilization, and have provided marriage and family therapy to individuals struggling with Substance abuse.
The primary focus of my career has been working with individuals, families and couples who seek assistance navigating crisis, or various traumatic events.
My goal when working with all clients is to provide a client centered approach and create a therapeutic environment where we can respectfully explore the sensitive nature of the topics you bring to treatment. We will collaborate as a team to create a tailored treatment plan and utilize therapeutic interventions that will assist you in achieving your therapeutic goals.
Treatment methods commonly used: Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Insight Oriented, Emotionaly Focused Couples Therapy, Exposure therapy. Attachment based therapy
I look forward to assisting you on your therapeutic journey.
Denise Kraus MS, LPCC
Almost everyone has anxiety, stress, and life difficulties at some time in their life. I am here to guide you through the hard times, help you find solutions, and improve the quality of your life and relationships. Loneliness, isolation, and stress can feel overwhelming and sometimes scary. I specialize in anxiety disorders of all kinds, trauma disorders, and mood disorders. We all need someone we can talk to, and I can help you decrease the stressful events and increase your connection to a healthier you, I believe there is always hope.
I offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to address trauma, relationships, addiction, mental health issues, and reduce suffering. There is not one single answer to complex issues and individual struggles, I offer a compassionate, personal approach, and a safe and secure environment to process your issues as you search for peace, meaning, and purpose.
I have a Master’s degree (M.S.) in Counseling Psychology from Capella University and a B.A. in Counseling Psychology from The College of Santa Fe. I have worked the past 20 years in addictions and mental health counseling and strive to assist my clients in improving their quality of life and increasing joy.
Jordan Kuch, LMFT
My intention is to join you on your journey towards more peace, balance, happiness and a more fulfilling life.
I provide a holistic and client centered approach by establishing a supportive and safe environment to work collaboratively with my clients. In the current uncertain times of COVID, many of us are experiencing increased anxiety among other stressors. I am passionate about building a relationship with my clients that promotes safety and have found that in a nurturing environment, growth can develop organically and bring about positive change. Together we will uncover your inner strengths and explore the obstacles that limit your ability to access your authentic and best self. We will work towards a better understanding of how your past experiences influence current challenges and work on shifting thought patterns that perpetuate negative emotions. In therapy, I will provide you with a nonjudgmental space where we can establish goals and work towards a more enriched life by achieving these goals step by step. I will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that fits your needs and may include techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution focused.
I have worked in a variety of settings such as outpatient programs for substance use, residential treatment centers, non profit organizations, and a psychiatric hospital. I am passionate about working with individuals, couples and families experiencing various life stressors, relational problems, anxiety, depression, transitions, trauma, personal growth challenges etc. My overarching mission is to help clients reach their goals and work towards healing.
I graduated from Utah Valley University with a B.S in Behavioral Science, emphasis in Psychology. I continued my education and completed a Masters of Art in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. I am licensed with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (LMFT #119366) and a member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Cindy Speakman, LCSW
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, based in the Thousand Oaks area. After obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, I began my career providing case management and legal advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and their families. I also ran psycho-educational groups for women experiencing domestic violence, and co-facilitated Batterer’s Treatment Groups. I assisted survivors through the legal system, to obtain restraining orders against their perpetrators, as well as filing for divorce and/or child custody. I have also provided crisis counseling and intervention to survivors of sexual assault, and am certified in the State’s 45-hour mandated training in providing crisis intervention and counseling support to persons who have been touched by both domestic violence and sexual assault.
After six years working at the Bachelor’s level, I enrolled at California State University, Long Beach, to obtain my Master’s Degree in Social Work. After graduating, I obtained a position providing case management and intensive therapy for an Adult Full Service Partnership Program, working with individuals with severe mental illness, a history of homelessness, multiple incarcerations and substance abuse. After working in that position for two years, I obtained a position with hospice. This is where I found my passion for end-of-life care. I found meaning in assisting patients and families facing life-limiting illness. I became an expert in Death, Dying and Bereavement. I am a Certified Bereavement Counselor, and I have provided individual and group grief and bereavement support, and assisted individuals and families through the process of dealing with chronic and life-limiting illness. I am trained in Healing After Loss, a support group curriculum, for individuals grieving the loss of a loved one.
I very much believe that individuals have all the strengths, talents, abilities and coping skills to face their problems, and it is my job to assist and coach them in accessing those strengths to solve their own problems. My focus is strengths-based and person-centered. I have experience with brief and solution-focused therapies. I also have experience assisting persons with Anxiety Disorders and utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to provide therapy and support to these individuals. I tend to use an eclectic approach to therapy, and attempt to tailor my treatment for each individual, as much as possible. I am excited to be able to offer my skills in order to provide therapeutic and healing services to you!
I have been told that I am empathetic, compassionate, accepting, non-judgmental, and funny! I believe humor can get us through many of life’s challenges. I am able to utilize Breath Work, Guided Imagery, Relaxation Techniques and Mindfulness, to assist you in reducing your anxiety, and increasing your ability to focus on your goals.
While I am a spiritual person, I am happy to work with you whether you have a faith, no faith, or a different faith than mine. I believe one’s faith and spirituality are a source of strength, that I will access, should you feel comfortable. I am looking forward to working with you, and to assisting you on your journey to become a healthier, more complete and happier person!
Licensed with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, #66060
(My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers)
I love the Dodgers (Go Blue!), U2 ( I still haven’t found what I’m looking for), and Star Wars (May the Force be with you!)