Meet Our Team

Our team of clinicians are highly trained, professional, friendly, and compassionate. Our personalized and integrated approach inspires people to commit to overcoming obstacles that are interfering with the quality of their lives, changing destructive behaviors, and gaining insight and coping skills for underlying emotional psychological issues.

“When I understand myself, I understand you, and out of that understanding comes love.” -Jiddu Krishnamurti


Robin Schwarm, LMFT

I have a passion for healing work with children and families. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of children and parents, I find deep satisfaction in building a relationship with you and your child(ren), understanding your family strengths, and working collaboratively to develop skills that best meet your family needs....

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I have a passion for healing work with children and families. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of children and parents, I find deep satisfaction in building a relationship with you and your child(ren), understanding your family strengths, and working collaboratively to develop skills that best meet your family needs....

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Kalina Noelle PsyD., Postdoctoral

Kalina Noelle PsyD.

“I just want to be happy!”  There are many ways to heal and manage life’s stressors, and finding the support to help get you through those times with courage and grace  is a great start. I have supported and mentored kids, teens, adults, and families for over two decades, addressing historic trauma, anxiety, depression, pain, addictions,...

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“I just want to be happy!”  There are many ways to heal and manage life’s stressors, and finding the support to help get you through those times with courage and grace  is a great start. I have supported and mentored kids, teens, adults, and families for over two decades, addressing historic trauma, anxiety, depression, pain, addictions,...

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Santiago Zepeda, PhD Psychological Assistant- PSB94022395

Over ten-years of experience working with individuals and families needing support and services. My Background consists of working with adolescents and adults facing various difficulties, such as substance abuse, alcoholism,, complex trauma, depression, schizophrenia, and family issues. Subspecialty in adolescent addiction, adolescence and adults with dual diagnosis of mental illnesses and substance use, and co-occurring...

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Over ten-years of experience working with individuals and families needing support and services. My Background consists of working with adolescents and adults facing various difficulties, such as substance abuse, alcoholism,, complex trauma, depression, schizophrenia, and family issues. Subspecialty in adolescent addiction, adolescence and adults with dual diagnosis of mental illnesses and substance use, and co-occurring...

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Lawrence Braslow, MD

I have 20 years experience providing psychotherapy and medication support to my patients, children and adults. I completed my Child and Adolescent training at Cedars-Sinai Medical center. I have remained active training and supervising Child Psychiatry Residents at UCLA, USC, and Cedars- Sinai. I have also acted as Medical Director at Los Angeles Child Guidance...

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I have 20 years experience providing psychotherapy and medication support to my patients, children and adults. I completed my Child and Adolescent training at Cedars-Sinai Medical center. I have remained active training and supervising Child Psychiatry Residents at UCLA, USC, and Cedars- Sinai. I have also acted as Medical Director at Los Angeles Child Guidance...

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Brooke Aschidamini, MS, RD, CISSN

I am a registered dietitian and certified sports nutritionist specializing in behavior change, meal planning, weight loss/management, disordered eating and mind-body awareness. Anxiety and depression affect our eating behaviors and patterns, which often times leads to weight gain or loss and malnutrition. In turn, malnutrition has a significant effect on our mental state and is...

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I am a registered dietitian and certified sports nutritionist specializing in behavior change, meal planning, weight loss/management, disordered eating and mind-body awareness. Anxiety and depression affect our eating behaviors and patterns, which often times leads to weight gain or loss and malnutrition. In turn, malnutrition has a significant effect on our mental state and is...

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Monica Bezzi LMFT

I use a caring, loving and thought-provoking approach to my sessions, emphasizing on open, accepting, and non-judgmental awareness of self. My therapeutic approach is largely based on attachment theory, brain functioning and mindfulness (the basic human ability to be fully present). My main work mission is to help my clients free themselves and discover their...

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I use a caring, loving and thought-provoking approach to my sessions, emphasizing on open, accepting, and non-judgmental awareness of self. My therapeutic approach is largely based on attachment theory, brain functioning and mindfulness (the basic human ability to be fully present). My main work mission is to help my clients free themselves and discover their...

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Leila Martinez, LMFT

As your therapist I look forward to each session and to being part of the discovery of  your personal strengths, finding new ways to cope with change and to change when that is what is needed or desired.  Together we find hope and optimism, working to turn courage into comfort.  It is an honor to...

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As your therapist I look forward to each session and to being part of the discovery of  your personal strengths, finding new ways to cope with change and to change when that is what is needed or desired.  Together we find hope and optimism, working to turn courage into comfort.  It is an honor to...

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Jeffrey Nishii, Psy.D.

The presence of challenges in life is a universal truth that we all face. I believe that each challenge presents us with opportunities to grow, mature, and emerge as a stronger, more complete version of ourselves. My therapeutic approach focuses on removing roadblocks and empowering the individual to access their own strengths and achieve new...

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The presence of challenges in life is a universal truth that we all face. I believe that each challenge presents us with opportunities to grow, mature, and emerge as a stronger, more complete version of ourselves. My therapeutic approach focuses on removing roadblocks and empowering the individual to access their own strengths and achieve new...

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Tacora Thomas, LCSW

Whether you are going through relationship troubles, stressing over a career change, or maybe just having a hard time navigating through life in general, I am here to help. As you embark on a beautiful journey to self-discovery I work to provide a welcoming, non-judgmental environment to help you explore your inner landscape. Together we...

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Whether you are going through relationship troubles, stressing over a career change, or maybe just having a hard time navigating through life in general, I am here to help. As you embark on a beautiful journey to self-discovery I work to provide a welcoming, non-judgmental environment to help you explore your inner landscape. Together we...

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Ekaterini Constantine, LMFT

Feeling fatigued, burnout, overwhelmed, or even confused are very common issues my clients describe as their chief complaint. These symptoms may have underlying causes that lead to the need to seek healing and the wish to carve one’s own path in life in a safe and caring environment. I have extensive experience working with individuals...

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Feeling fatigued, burnout, overwhelmed, or even confused are very common issues my clients describe as their chief complaint. These symptoms may have underlying causes that lead to the need to seek healing and the wish to carve one’s own path in life in a safe and caring environment. I have extensive experience working with individuals...

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Anita Tenzera, LMFT

I am a bilingual speaking (English/Croatian) marriage and family therapist. I work with individuals, couples, youths, adults, and families of all ethnic backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations. I have extensive experience assisting clients with trauma, anxiety, depression, internal conflicts, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, family and marital conflicts. I utilizes a variety of treatment modalities based...

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I am a bilingual speaking (English/Croatian) marriage and family therapist. I work with individuals, couples, youths, adults, and families of all ethnic backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations. I have extensive experience assisting clients with trauma, anxiety, depression, internal conflicts, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, family and marital conflicts. I utilizes a variety of treatment modalities based...

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Lisa Richards, BCD, LCSW

As a Board  Certified  Diplomat  in  Clinical  Social  Work, I have had the privilege of serving individuals,  families  and  couples for over 35 years. I enjoy helping people  grow their  authentic  power. Even as we learn, we teach. What do you  want  us to learn from  you? Life is full of lessons, gifts and opportunities~but...

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As a Board  Certified  Diplomat  in  Clinical  Social  Work, I have had the privilege of serving individuals,  families  and  couples for over 35 years. I enjoy helping people  grow their  authentic  power. Even as we learn, we teach. What do you  want  us to learn from  you? Life is full of lessons, gifts and opportunities~but...

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Ashley Kretzshmar, LMFT

Welcome. I am so glad that you are contemplating the use of psychotherapy to help you through a challenging time. Negative feelings or stressful situations can push us beyond our typical coping strategies into a place of feeling overwhelmed and wanting some guidance. I strive to create an open, non-judgmental environment in which you can...

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Telehealth (HIPPA secure phone or video sessions)

Welcome. I am so glad that you are contemplating the use of psychotherapy to help you through a challenging time. Negative feelings or stressful situations can push us beyond our typical coping strategies into a place of feeling overwhelmed and wanting some guidance. I strive to create an open, non-judgmental environment in which you can...

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