Monica Manibusan

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Monica Manibusan (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and completed her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at USC. She has worked with children and adolescents for over a decade and has extensive experience working with individuals with developmental delays and their families. Providing individual, family, and group therapy for children and adults, she believes that the greatest growth can be achieved through strong relationships. Monica pulls from attachment theory, strategic family therapy, and mindfulness strategies to create individualized treatment plans. In her free time you can find her exploring with her friends, baking, reading, or hanging out with her cat, Meeko.

Jason Karasev

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Jason brings an empathic and playful style to therapy, drawing from a background in the Arts and a specialized focus in early development. He collaborates with clients of all ages to ignite curiosity, empathy, and creativity in tending to life’s challenges.

Jason earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles. His graduate/post-graduate training includes work at The Maple Counseling Center. He has worked with children and adults alike, ranging from ages 2-65 navigating various areas, including: PTSD, Grief/Loss, Sexuality and Gender, Bi-Polar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Marital Conflict, and Relationship and Career Concerns. Jason’s work with families and children utilizes psychodynamic play therapy, mindfulness, and psychoeducation to address the evolving challenges of parenting. He has also served as a clinician at the Westside JCC, where he worked with preschool aged children, collaborated with parents and teachers, and used psychodynamic observation and assessment strategies. Additionally, Jason is a member of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS) Student Society, is certified in Reflective Parenting, has trained intensively at Our House, Los Angeles in both Child/Adolescent and Adult Grief and Loss, and holds a Trauma-Focused CBT certification. Most recently, Jason has volunteered with Ukrainian and Russian clients, both near and far, to navigate the effects of trauma brought on by recent conflicts.

As a first-generation American, Jason brings a culturally sensitive, multigenerational lens to his work. He believes that understanding and integrating difficult parts of ourselves, rather than demanding we shed them, will lead to healing, strength, and happier relationships. He is also a proud Dad, humbled daily by the wonders, and challenges, of parenting.

Jason is fluent in Russian.

Casey Birnbaum

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Casey, a compassionate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist dedicated to fostering emotional well-being and personal growth in her clients. Working with individual adults, children or parent coaching Casey strives to be an invaluable ally on her clients’ journey towards healing and growth. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Casey brings a solid educational foundation to her practice.

Casey’s MindBody approach recognizes the profound link between mental and physical well-being, and she skillfully incorporates talk therapy and play therapy to create a comfortable and engaging therapeutic experience.

Believing in the power of both Reflective Parenting and a family systems approach, Casey involves both parents and children in therapy, fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment where every voice is heard and valued.

Her expertise in child and family counseling is further enriched by specialized training in psychodynamic and play therapy at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills. Additionally, Casey gained invaluable experience working with preschool-age children at the Westside JCC, helping her develop a deeper understanding of diverse client needs that arise in a school setting.

Casey specializes in Somatic Experiencing and EMDR providing powerful tools to help clients process and heal from past traumas. EMDR therapy, a compelling evidence-based treatment, utilizes bilateral stimulation to facilitate healing. Meanwhile, Somatic Experiencing therapy takes a body-oriented approach to resolve and release physical and emotional trauma by helping individuals process and discharge stored energy associated with distressing experiences.

Karena Lee

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Does your child struggle with BIG emotions that are impacting your daily life? Are you and your child seeking a deeper understanding and effective strategies to manage these overwhelming feelings? You’re not alone. Many parents and kids are navigating the challenges of childhood, searching for ways to strengthen their family bonds and daily functioning.

Karena (she/her) believes that there’s a way to build better relationships with oneself and others. She offers evidence-based therapy services to help parents and children thrive. Her approach begins with an assessment to pinpoint your specific challenges and develop a personalized treatment plan to outline how to meet your individualized goals. Karena offers a safe place to explore and identify your needs, specific strategies and/or live coaching, and informative feedback to celebrate your strengths and enhance your relationships.

Karena Lee is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a former first grade teacher, and a mom to two young boys (and one dog named Turtle!). She received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology and has a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Northwestern University. Karena has provided therapy in both community mental health and private practice settings and specializes in working with young children and caregivers. She is trained and practices using the following modalities: Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Reflective Parenting Program (RPP), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Perinatal Mental Health (PMH). Karena provides therapy services in both English and Spanish.

Karena is also the founder of Parenting and Playing Inc., an online resource created to help parents enjoy life with their children without relinquishing leadership, without power struggles, and without repeating ‘no’ by joining the Parenting and Playing Membership. Safe and loving family relationships is Karena’s passion and she would love to see if she’s a good fit for you and your family’s needs.

Janet Medrano

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Janet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over six years of experience in school and community mental health settings. As a previous school-based therapist, consultant, trainer, workshop facilitator and clinical supervisor Janet provides psycho-education along with strategies to help clients and families feel empowered. In her culturally sensitive practice she models curiosity and self-compassion to help children, adolescents, and adults/parents identify patterns, links, defenses, risk factors, and tools to move towards progress. Janet implements her expertise in Trauma- and Resilience-Informed Care to help clients increase their reflective capacity and be curious about the underlying stressors impacting their physical, emotional and behavioral health. 

Janet incorporates Attachment Theory, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness while utilizing a trauma-informed lens and remaining person-centered. She is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Reflective Parenting Program (RPP), Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), and Seeking Safety. Through a relational approach she guides clients in exploring lived experiences and ongoing stressors in order to collaborate, build on internal resources and strengths, and help foster growth.

Janet is fluent in Spanish. As a Latina therapist born in Mexico, she is passionate about disrupting intergenerational trauma and chronic cultural stress. 

Kristin Halladay

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kristin Halladay is a Registered Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #139562. Kristin earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles. She received extensive training at the prestigious Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills where she worked with children, families, adults, and facilitated groups for parents and adolescents. Her clinical experience includes working with children and adults who are experiencing challenges related to anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, grief, identity, life transitions, and relational conflict. Additionally, Kristin volunteers as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and has facilitated art therapy groups for adolescents at Free Arts in Los Angeles.

Kristin believes that therapy can help people of all ages process difficult emotions and experiences, grow, heal, learn about themselves, and improve their relationships with others. Kristin works to create a warm, non-judgmental, and caring environment that fosters trust, safety, and connection. While her work is rooted in psychodynamic therapy, each client gets a tailored approach based on their needs. She also considers each client’s unique lived experience and background with respect and as an asset to therapy. She often utilizes play and art in her work with children. More than anything, Kristin enjoys supporting children, families, and couples to overcome challenges, experience change, and lead more joyful lives.  

Keith Bernstein

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Children’s lives are complex.  The world seems gigantic to them.  They have ‘big feelings’ that they struggle to control and sometimes can’t even understand.  They want to grow up right now but they also need to feel protected and loved. And we expect more of them than we realize.

Keith (he/him) believes that the primary challenge facing children and teens alike is balancing adult expectations with figuring out how to become their own person—thoughtful, creative, a true individual.  At its core, therapy provides a safe and supportive environment to explore life’s big questions about who we are and how we fit into the world around us.

For adults, this might involve clarifying our values or goals, or figuring out how to become more present for the ones we love.  For children, the essential questions might be: Am I good?  Is the world safe?  What does it mean when my parents argue?  How do I manage my big feelings?  What do I do with the parts of myself I don’t like?  How do I handle transitions?  How do I balance being part of a family with my desire to be my own person?  How do I preserve my autonomy in friendships?  Who am I?  What am I becoming?

An alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of London, Antioch University, and USC, Keith trained at The Maple Counseling Center where he worked with a full slate of children and adult clients.  Keith believes that the most effective therapy must be individualized, meaning that it is the responsibility of the therapist to create a unique way of working with each client, taking into account that individual’s specific needs, interests and strengths.  With younger children, Keith prioritizes the healing value of art and play, understanding that these preverbal forms of communication are often the most effective ways for children to explore their feelings and overcome obstacles while developing their inner strength and self-confidence.

A former Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), School Leader in the Young Storytellers Program, as well as a parent himself, Keith has a long history of helping children meet their challenges through a lens of curiosity, respect, and joy.  He is a Student Society member of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS) and enjoys working with children and adults of all ages.

Michael Vitale

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Childhood is a period of discovery and growth, a time for children to get to know themselves and to see how they fit into their world. How each child approaches this can vary based on their circumstances, temperament, and unique traits. For some children, this can seem like a seamless transition into adolescence and adulthood, while for others it can be daunting and filled with fits and starts. In today’s world of growing demands and expectations, it’s easy for parents and children to become overwhelmed during this time. If you or your child are struggling, therapy can help you get back on track and to enjoying your time together.

As a therapist, Michael approaches each individual he counsels with the belief they have within them the innate potential to grow and thrive, and he works from a place of curiosity and warmth to foster this. What therapy looks like and how it progresses depends on the client and their specific needs, but Michael believes a playful and trusting partnership is key to facilitating growth and change. At the core of his work, Michael aims to provide his clients a safe space to test out who they are and how they want to be, which can increase confidence and self-worth and reduce symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, and other psychological difficulties.

Michael holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Science from Boston University. He received training at the Family Service Agency of Burbank, where he served families, teens, and adults. He’s counseled clients through a range of difficulties including grief and loss, familial discord, life transitions, relationship struggles, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and trauma. He also worked at Burbank High School’s Care Center, where he provided crisis management services and group therapy to teens experiencing bullying, identity and family issues, peer-to-peer challenges, LGBTQ+ concerns, and trauma. In addition to his work with Dr. Denham, Michael serves as a teletherapist to individuals throughout California. He has completed the Reflective Parenting Program’s Level 1 training and is enrolled in ongoing training for the Violet Oaklander Gestalt Play Therapy model.

Taryn McDonald

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Taryn McDonald is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Taryn’s approach to therapy is person-centered and psychodynamic. Taryn knows that each client is unique, so she draws from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and narrative therapy as needed.

Taryn brings a warm, curious, and collaborative style to therapy. She has worked with children and adults experiencing challenges related to anxiety disorders, OCD, depression, trauma, ADHD, grief, identity, life transitions, and relational conflict. She believes in meeting you where YOU are, and to always work towards achieving goals, examining patterns, and understanding core beliefs. Together, Taryn strives to help her clients build new skills and insights, and to work to develop a more authentic, joyful relationship with oneself and others.

Ally Zhou

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Ally Zhou is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist practicing under the supervision of Monica Manibusan. Ally graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. During her traineeship, she worked with low-income BIPOC communities that struggled with a range of topics, including trauma, anxiety, identity exploration, grief/loss, and interpersonal conflicts. She also has experience facilitating groups for high school students and giving psychoeducational presentations to large groups of parents and families.

Ally approaches the therapeutic process from a person-centered and strengths-based perspective. She is trained to conceptualize problems from a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive lens, with an emphasis in upholding anti-racist and queer-affirming practices. Specializing in OCD, racial and intergenerational trauma, and cross-cultural identities, Ally draws from a variety of theories to inform her work, including psychodynamic, narrative, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Ally deeply values the importance of the therapeutic relationship and aims to intentionally co-create a space where her clients feel accepted and understood.

Ally is also fluent in Mandarin. When she is not working, Ally enjoys playing piano, trying new foods, hosting game nights, and spending time with her cat, Thor.

Angela Bradshaw

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Angie supports emotional regulation, self-compassion, and relational abilities. Her clinical style is curious, thoughtful, and playful. Angie works with clients across the lifespan—from children to teens to adults—and enjoys collaboration with parents and families. Angie frequently helps clients experiencing anxiety and depression, trauma, grief and loss, relationship challenges, life transitions, and questions around identity.

Angie holds an MS in Counseling from California State University, Northridge and a BA in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond. Angie trained clinically at an elementary and middle school and at Counseling West, a community clinic for adults, teens, and couples. Prior to that, she taught visual art to ages 2–18 in a variety of school settings. She previously worked in advertising as a brand strategist in New York and Los Angeles.

Angie works holistically, drawing from attachment theory, family systems, psychodynamic theory, somatic psychology, mindfulness, expressive arts, play therapy, and internal family systems (IFS). She has trained personally with Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score. Angie has completed Level 1 of the Reflective Parenting Program and is currently training in EMDR and Child-Centered Play Therapy. In her free time, Angie enjoys creating art, practicing yoga, and spending time in nature.

Angie is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#137833), supervised by Dr. Wendy Denham (#20898).

Kelly Broffman

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kelly Broffman is an Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Child Studies from Antioch University Los Angeles. Kelly completed her clinical training hours at Cheerful Helpers Child and Family Study Center where she worked as an in-class clinician for their therapeutic preschool-kindergarten program, supported parents as a family therapist, and facilitated a child-parent group therapy program. Her training was immersive and provided her with extensive experience in early intervention techniques for a range of neurodivergent children with diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, executive functioning disorder, global developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, and anxiety disorders.

Combining attachment theory with the psychodynamic and family systems modalities, Kelly works with both parents and children to support them in building confidence in themselves and their relationship. She understands that this world presents constant challenges for a neurodivergent child and believes that early intervention, fortified by unconditional acceptance, is essential to the development of lifelong tools that will empower a child to bravely express their feelings, clearly advocate for their needs, safely self-regulate in times of activation, and successfully connect with peers. Likewise, she holds a space of respect and empathy for parents who have found themselves in a child-parent relationship that at times can be challenging, alienating, and disheartening. Kelly believes that every parent is the expert on their child and that in working together a parent can expand their expertise and their capacity for understanding, supporting, and connecting with their child.

Camila Webb

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Camila Webb is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (137865) under the supervision of Wendy Denham, PhD (PSY20898). She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley and completed her masters degree in counseling with a specialization in marriage and family therapy at California State University, Northridge. In her clinical traineeship at Partnerships to Uplift Communities, Camila provided therapy in a school setting to children, adolescents, families, and groups navigating depression, grief, trauma, anxiety, relational conflict, life transitions and neurodiversity. Camila has completed the Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and families and has received specialized training in Attachment-Based Family Therapy. Camila works from a de-pathologizing, trauma-informed lens and has studied personally with Bessel van der Kolk.

Each one of us is unique, and Camila works collaboratively with individuals, couples, families and children to understand their world and to find what works for them. Camila’s attachment-oriented perspective combines family systems and humanistic approaches to help create a safe space where her clients can explore themselves and their relational dynamics. Especially with children and families, Camila often incorporates creativity and play.

Krista Anderson

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Krista Anderson (she/her) is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (140143) supervised by Wendy Denham, PhD (PSY20898). She specializes in child development, autism spectrum disorder, attachment issues, ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders. With an empathic, attachment-informed approach, Krista believes that finely attuned relationships are the foundation for healthy development and psychological well being.

Krista received her bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia Vancouver, and completed her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. She has worked in the Los Angeles area as a DIR/Floortime therapist and case manager, and has several years of experience working in homes, schools, and clinical settings with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Krista is certified in DIR/Floortime by the International Council on Development and Learning. Additionally, Krista is experienced in early intervention for autism (ages 12-48 months) using the Early Start Denver Model (UC Davis MIND Institute). During her clinical traineeship, Krista worked as a counselor for adults and seniors at The Center for Professional Counseling in North Hollywood. There, she provided adult psychotherapy via telehealth throughout the COVID-19 pandemic focusing on issues of grief, aging, life transitions, and relationships.

Krista’s therapeutic approach is influenced by her background in music and art. She works sensitively and creatively with people across the lifespan, and integrates a collaborative, often play based approach with clients. Informed by developmental capacities and an understanding of individual sensory differences, Krista uses the therapeutic relationship to facilitate her clients in their personal growth, resilience, and curiosity.

Zelma Studebaker

Therapeutic Aid

Zelma Studebaker (she/they) graduated from The California Institute for Integral Studies in the Sound, Voice, and Therapeutic Studies program. Zelma has 13+ years of experience working alongside children ages 18 months to 15 years old. They also have an extensive background woking with children who have special needs. Zelma is also an Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist working one on one with autistic and neurodivergent children and has been an Assistant Special Needs Teacher for Sensory Social Playgrounds in San Francisco.

Zelma leads with patience and empathy having been a nanny for years prior and au pair in Switzerland. They are available to work one on one in the home or assist at school to empower your child to learn, laugh, and grow.

Zelma is also a musician who loves incorporating the love of song into their work with kids.

David Hayes

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

David Hayes is dually Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and Professional Clinical Counselor with a wide range of clinical experiences working with adults, couples, and families in private practice, residential, and outpatient settings. He has a background in somatic therapies, Mindful Parenting Groups, and mediation. David is currently a doctoral candidate, training to be a psychoanalyst at LAISPS (Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Study.)

David has been involved in healing work since 1997 when he began working with the body to resolve pain and studying how emotions are held and often stuck in the body. As this work evolved into how thoughts and feelings relate to patterns in the body, David was drawn to psychoanalytic theories, as he felt them to be the most complete attempts to describe mind and body experiences while bringing scientific and philosophical principles to areas that were previously under explored.

David’s early clinical exposure included psychoanalytic psychotherapy training in object relations theories with adult patients and mother/toddler dyads. Simultaneously, he worked in integrative medicine centers at the hospital and clinic level where traditional and alternative approaches to healing were being used.

David is a certified mediator and has completed Reflective Parenting Program’s Level 1 training. He maintains a private practice and works with Dr. Denham to support parents, couples, and adolescents. David is married to Dr. Denham and they are parents to two young children.

Dr. Nora Goudsmit

Dr. Nora Goudsmit, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Nora Goudsmit is a Clinical Psychologist, specializing in neuropsychological testing and assessment. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City where she was a clinical supervisor of psychology interns and externs. Her clinical experience includes hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, college counseling centers, community clinics, and private practice. Dr. Goudsmit is a psychodynamically trained clinician and maintains a private psychotherapy and neuropsychological testing practice in Los Angeles and is licensed in both California and New York. Dr. Goudsmit also spent years working as a researcher of neuropsychological function and severe psychopathology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University Medical Center. Her professional record includes published peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and speaking engagements at professional conferences.

Nicole Beck

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Nicole (she/her) received her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and then went on to serve in the Peace Corps for two years. From there, Nicole expanded her work with children serving as a Crisis Specialist and School Social Worker in the Chicago Public School System and then as a middle school English Language Arts teacher in Guayaquil, Ecuador and Medellín, Colombia. Later, Nicole continued her social work at Global Kids in New York and then on to be the Founding Director of Student Engagement at a charter school, leading a team of social workers and counselors, and expanding restorative practices.

Most recently, Nicole led the Health Education department and acted as Dean of Social and Emotional Learning at Marlborough School in Los Angeles. Her wealth of experience in the education system as a mental health professional, classroom educator, and school leader allows Nicole to connect with families and children of all ages.

Nicole’s approach to therapy is multi-faceted, client-centered, and respectfully responsive. Some of her clinical focuses include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness/meditation, solution-focused brief therapy, complex trauma and PTSD, and gender expansive-affirming interventions.

Nicole is also bringing a very exciting colleague to the practice, Barry, her adorable therapy dog with the sweetest smile and calming presence.