Whittier Site Supervisor
Irma Lopez, LMFT
Each of us has a story of something we have been through and how it has impacted our lives. Throughout our journey, we experience some of life’s difficult moments, which can affect our relationships and quality of life. I invite you to share your story with me. I have a gentle and patient approach. I will work with you at your speed, so that we learn together what your purpose in seeking therapy is and what you would like to learn or heal from. I enjoy helping clients find their strengths and provide support for their growth.
I am a bilingual Spanish-speaking therapist. I have 10 years of experience working with children, adults, and families in the following areas: Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Abuse, Selective Mutism, Life Transitions/Changes, Relationship Conflicts, Communication Difficulties, LGBTQ community and needs, Special Needs Children and impact on families, Divorce/Co-parenting, Adolescents and Suicidal Ideation, Children/Teens and difficulties at school (Academic/Relational Impairments), Children and Teen Victims of Bullying, Positive Parenting, and Narrative Therapy. I enjoy using creative methods such as photography, art, music, literature, and guided imagery.
I graduated in 2006, with a Master’s in Science of Psychology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. In 2010, I received my Marriage and Family Therapist License from the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Since 2010, I have been trained in Evidence-Based Practices, including Seeking Safety, Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Crisis Oriented Recovery Services (CORS). I am a member of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists.
It’s a life passion of mine to help people who might be struggling, feeling a little lost, or just need to be heard. Sometimes life happens, we get thrown curve balls and often times we need a little help to get back in the game; I would love the opportunity to be that help! I believe that providing a nonjudgmental & compassionate therapeutic environment provides a safe place for individuals to heal, work through their struggles, and more importantly, GROW.As a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 7 years, I have experience working with individuals and families who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, adjusting to life transitions, relationship challenges and military life challenges. I’ve also had the privilege of training community members and mental health professionals in suicide prevention and suicide risk assessment and management. I received my BS in Psychology from Cal State University Long Beach in 2002 and earned my Masters in Social Work (MSW) from USC in 2011. I am trained in an array of practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy(IPT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Seeking Safety.My therapeutic approach is eclectic as I believe that one size does not fit all, therefore I work with each individual to develop a unique treatment plan that addresses their needs and goals. I truly believe in the resilience and resourcefulness of every individual. My goal is to empower clients and help them use their God-given strengths to grow as an individuals and work through life’s challenges. I applaud your courage in taking the first step in seeking help and I look forward to working alongside you in your journey for change.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. I work with individuals and families in identifying/exploring beliefs and emotions that affect various areas of life such as personal, occupational, and even spiritual growth or concerns. I have over ten years of experience working with children and adolescents,individuals and families to resolve relationship issues, mood/emotional disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
I received my undergraduate degree in psychology and music and received my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College in 2008. Since then, I have been trained in various Evidence-Based Practices, including Seeking Safety, Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I look forward to meeting and exploring with you to find methods and tools to resolve issues which keep you from being your best self.
The challenges that can come with day-to-day stressors, or feelings of being overwhelmed can be hard to manage on your own. Whether you are coping with a recent loss, past traumas, or depression and anxiety, seeking support and guidance from a licensed psychotherapist can be helpful. I am a firm believer in the Whole Person Wellness. Empowering an individual to find not only self-awareness, but also find a voice to create balance and satisfaction in one’s life. My goal is to collaboratively explore issues surrounding one’s emotional well being and look at supportive measures such as physical and emotional health.
I am a bilingual therapist, fluent in Spanish in addition to English, with over 6 years of experience working with individuals from early childhood to Geriatrics. I have experience in the following areas of treatment; Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mindfulness, Grief & Loss, Co-Occurring Disorders, Medical Health, ADHD, Aging, Adjustment Disorders, and Military Service Members/Veterans.
I completed my undergraduate studies at Cal State Long Beach where I received a degree in Liberal Arts. I obtained my graduate degree from the University of Southern California from the School of Social Work in 2012. In 2015, I acquired my licensure from the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences, becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW 69102). Along with my experience and education, I also have certification in the following Evidence Based Practices; Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, Trauma Focus CBT, Families OverComing Under Stress, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & DC 0-3: Diagnosis of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Development Disorders. I am passionate about partnering with people and using an eclectic approach to guide individuals in a more fulfilling journey and accomplishing their life goals.
Hello! I am Inez Salcido-Kasteiner and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (50010). I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree In Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Cal Poly Pomona.
My professional work began with providing direct mental health services across various community and school settings with diverse client populations in one-on-one and group settings. Over the course of my career I have worked within the framework of the Department of Mental Health, being trained and certified in practicing several evidenced-based practices including; TF-CBT, PCIT, and MAP, to name only a few. I later worked with the California Victims of Crime Program, other community mental health service providers, and over the past six years I have provided educationally related mental health services to kindergarten through high school students attending a school campus that is specifically geared toward providing services for students with emotional disturbances. I have also provided academic counseling to community college students.
I am a staunch believer in the importance of mental health and I have dedicated over fifteen years of my professional life to providing quality mental health services to the those who need help in managing the symptoms and behaviors related to; depression, anxiety, and other co-occurring disorders. I’ve worked with several populations including; couples and families, at-risk youth, low-income groups, minority groups, and those within the LCBTQ community.
I believe in empowering my clients by meeting them where they are, identifying not only the areas of need, but also identifying viable solutions, while assisting my clients to implement the skills and strategies they learn in our sessions to their every day lives.