West L.A. Providers
Located at 2999 Overland Avenue, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, 90064
West L.A. Site Coordinator
Ray Hwang, PsyD
I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. I graduated from Antioch University Santa Barbara with a Doctorate of Psychology Degree in Clinical Psychology with emphases on family systems and family forensics. I am a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a licensed psychologist (PSY 27910) with the California Board of Psychology.
I have a keen interest in facilitating my clients’ understanding ofthe potential issues adversely affecting their mental health byexploring the dynamics involved in the interplay between theirinternal forces and factors in their external environments. My goal is to promote the well-being of my clients by encouraging and supporting their development of coping skills, perspective taking, confidence and competence, acknowledgment and acceptance of self, mindfulness, and insights as they engage fully and actively in the therapeutic endeavors. I have experience working with clients from a diverse ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds. I have conducted individual, couples, family, and group sessions using a wide array of interventions from a range of therapeutic modalities to address issues related to adjustment, acculturation, anxiety, depression, life transitions, loss and grief, trauma, self-esteem, communication, intergenerational/parent-child/relational difficulties, and other behavioral or mental health problems.
I am a therapist with an integrative style and trained in a scholar-practitioner model in the field of clinical psychology. I am particularly sensitive and attuned to the multifaceted influences that shape, reinforce, or perpetuate the individuals’ physical, psychological and emotional experiences. I feel treatments must be individually focused and take into account all relevant content and contextual aspects affecting the individuals in order to be most effective, even though manualized or standardized protocols may afford the clients well intended guidance and structure to address the targeted issues at hand. I strive to work with my clients to identify constructive meanings or narratives of their personal experiences. My goal is to provide support and nurturance on their paths for self discovery and healing, and to encourage their taking the important and pertinent steps to affect positive and sustained change and growth. This may include the transformation and transcendence, not only within the context or scope of their respective selves, but also in the extent of their interpersonal relationships as well.
Miriam Alvizures, LMFT
Miriam Alvizures is a Marriage and Family Therapist located in Los Angeles, CA. Miriam earned her degree in Counseling Psychology with dual emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Miriam works with a wide range of issues: Depression, Anxiety, Phobias, Somatic Disorders, PTSD, Grief and Loss, Bereavement, Adjustment Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Life Transitions, Family Therapy, child therapy, Attachment, Relationship issues, social skills, comorbid disorders, anger management,chronic pain, chronic illness, Psychotic disorders, panic disorders, dissociative disorders and childhood trauma. Miriam utilizes a Humanistic based approach in her work and draws on principles from Mindfulness, Attachment theory, Family-systems, Eye-Movement and Desensitization Therapy (EMDR), Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Sandplay, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Emotion Focused and Cognitive Behavioral models to support her clients. Miriam’s therapeutic services are aimed to support children, youth, young adults, parents, families, couples and elder adults moving towards healing, cultivating self-awareness, self-love, re-connect to the present moment and have a sense of peace and wholeness. Miriam hopes to support her client’s in regaining confidence in their life, assisting them to remove and navigate roadblocks while always maintaining cultural sensitivity and awareness. Miriam’s professional goal is to always stay humble, allow her client’s to be empowered, grow and take action to create the life they desire. Miriam utilizes Evidence Based Models (EBP) and is currently in process to be certified for Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP) and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Miriam has a strong foundation in trauma work and enjoys collaborating in a multi-disciplinary team.
Tasha Eddy, LCSW
My approach stems from the idea that by gaining knowledge and insight into problems, then real change may take effect into sought-after solutions. I work from a strength-based approach integrating mindfulness and client collaboration.
I have been trained in various Evidence-Based Practices, including Seeking Safety, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I also use a variety of tools from other theoretical approaches as supplements to enhance treatment, including Solution-focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Systemic Therapy. My goal is to help clients find inner strength and peace.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge, and my Master’s degree in Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles. I am currently registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, LCSW 84630.
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!
Josephine Lee, LMFT
The desire to turn away from worries and fears is a natural human reaction. However, suffering happens when we cannot find our exit and the thought of adding therapy on top of it all can feel even more daunting.
I believe that understanding our individual patterns is essential for simplifying our problems. When we incorporate awareness and insight into patterns of our thought processes, emotions, and behaviors, we utilize our strengths and resources to re-claim our control and freedom.
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, body image issues, adjustment issues, obsessive compulsive disorder, self-identity, career, and relationships challenges. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have worked with adolescents, adults, couples, families, individuals and groups in partial hospitalizations, intensive outpatient, and outpatient settings.
In our session, we will explore your story using your language, whether it is direct or indirect in style, or using words of encouragement or humor, so the healing process is approachable, practical and sustainable. Finding the words to our experience is sometimes all we need to get started.
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Bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese
B.A. New York University
M.S. California State University Northridge
A strong and trusting therapeutic relationship is key to a positive and transformative experience in therapy. I come from a person-centered therapeutic approach, but incorporate aspects of mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and attachment-based therapy depending on each client’s unique needs.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have worked with couples, families, adults, and children. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego and my graduate degree from Pepperdine University in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy.
With over five years of experience of working with child abuse, domestic violence, and complex trauma at a community mental health agency I have learned the importance of healing and wellness in my client’s lives. My biggest passion is working with couples to help reestablish a secure and lasting bond between them. I hope to collaborate in bringing positive change, clear direction, and useful tools to accomplish the desired results.
Lei Stephens, LMFT
Searching for a right fit therapist can be challenging and intimating. I hope I can make this process less stressful for you. I believe the most important aspect of therapy is to have a good connection with your therapist. I am passionate about connecting with clients in session and understanding their life emphatically! I provide a nonjudgmental environment for the clients to feel safe to discuss their most vulnerable feelings.
Let me introduce myself. I have been living in Los Angeles since 2001. I have been married for 17 years and I have a teenage daughter and three pets. I love living in Los Angeles because it is multicultural and I love the people and their cultural backgrounds. Helping people to discover and to be proud with their cultural identity is one of my passions to pursue this profession. I cannot have everyone’s experiences in life but I believe to thrive in living my life to the fullest and bringing the aliveness in session is the best way to install a hopeful future. There are so many clients that have inspired me to become the person I have become today and I am passionate about learning your stories and helping you to reach your potential!
I have master degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. My specialties include anxiety, depression, trauma, stress management, panic disorder, cultural issues, relationship issues, marital and family issues, intergenerational issues, parenting issues, communication issues, LGBTQ, identity issues, phase of life issues, women’s issues, couples and family. I am bilingual and I also conduct sessions in Mandarin Chinese. My theoretical orientation includes a client-centered approach, CBT, DBT, solution-focused, emotion-focused, narrative, psychodynamic, and family system.
The first session includes complete intake paperwork and discussing the goal of your therapy. I will discuss the expectation of the therapy with clients to set up clear goals for both clients and me to move forward. I often ask feedback from clients and welcome any feedback regarding the progress of the session.
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Adam Silverstein, LMFT
Sometimes we just need a little help getting through tough times or difficult situations. We might be experiencing depression, anxiety, stress at work, or conflict in our relationships, for example. In those moments it might feel like you don’t know what to do or where to turn. But, you’re not alone. There is help.
I work collaboratively with clients from a strength-based, solution-focused orientation. I incorporate cognitive behavioral strategies and mindfulness practices to help clients reach their goals. I am dedicated to helping clients have lives that are meaningful and enjoyable. I specialize in helping men and women cultivate healthy intimate relationships free from the negative effects related to problematic sexual behaviors. I also have a passion for helping new fathers navigate the changes that children bring to their lives.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. I am also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals.
I am based out of the West LA office and I also work remotely through video telehealth sessions. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 361-5007.
Namele Gutierrez, LMFT
I do not know what brought you here today or what you are struggling with in this moment, but I do know that I would like to journey with you through this time. Life is not always easy, and you do not have to go through it and figure it out alone. My hope is that my office can be a place where your wounds, hurts, and difficulties can be met with empathy, understanding, and healing.
As a certified grief counseling specialist, I am passionate about working with people who are experiencing the process of grief and loss. I am also passionate about working with people who are have experienced trauma, romantic and familial relationship difficulties, anxiety, and depression. At its core, my approach is a humanistic one. I also incorporate attachment-based, existential, psychodynamic, systemic, and mindfulness practices.
I look forward to walking alongside you during this part of your journey.
License and Education:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #118778
Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University