Monica Manibusan, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Monica Manibusan 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. To reach Monica directly please call: 323 393 0590.

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.

Jason Karasev

Liscenced 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 and creativity in tending to life’s challenges.

Jason earned a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles and his graduate/ post graduate training includes work at The Maple Counseling Center, Los Angeles. 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, mindful reflection, 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 utilized psychodynamic observation and assessment strategies. His practice with children has greatly informed his ongoing work with adults, lending itself to a more complex understanding of personality development. Additionally, Jason is a member of the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS) Student Society, is certified in the Reflective Parenting Method, has trained intensively at Our House, Los Angeles in both Child/Adolescent and Adult Grief and Loss, and holds a Trauma-Focused CBT certification.

As a first-generation American, Jason also 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.

Jason is also fluent in Russian.

Casey Taslitz

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Casey Taslitz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Casey received her psychodynamic and play therapy training from The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills as well as working with preschool age children at the Westside JCC.

Casey believes in a MindBody approach and uses both traditional talk therapy and play therapy as well as Somatic Experiencing and EMDR in her practice to help her client’s understand both their bodies physical reactions to different emotions as well as the thoughts associated. Casey strives to provide warmth and containment for her clients while using a family systems approach and involving both the parent and the child.

Kristin Halladay

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Kristin Halladay is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#125226) and is supervised by Dr. Wendy Denham (PSY-20898). 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

Associate 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 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.

Janet Medrano

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

Karena Lee

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Karena Lee is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor, and former first grade teacher specializing in working with young children and caregivers. 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. Karena has provided therapy in the community mental health setting for six years and focuses her work on the early childhood population ages birth to seven. She is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy and co-leads Reflective Parenting Program groups. Karena provides therapy services in both English and Spanish.

David Hayes

David Hayes, LMFT

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 underexplored.

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.

Cate Vogl

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Cate Vogl is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with graduate degrees in both Clinical Psychology (PsyD) and Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). As an MFT associate, she trained at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills. During her doctoral degree, Dr. Vogl trained at Cancer Support Community Los Angeles (CSCLA), where she worked with those impacted by cancer. As a practicum student at CSCLA, Dr. Vogl provided individual therapy to adult patients and caregivers. As a pre-doctoral intern Dr. Vogl became the sole coordinator of the Email: maz.therapy@gmail.comChild, Teen and Family program, which she continued to run as a postdoctoral fellow. In this role, Dr. Vogl provided individual and group therapy to children with cancer and their families, including a parenting group. Dr. Vogl creates individualized treatment plans for her patients, using a mix of attachment theory, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition, she has specialized training in both EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy). To reach Dr. Vogl directly, please email drcatevogl@gmail.com

Veronica Mendez MS, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Veronica Mendez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW, 98809) in California who has spent the past seven years in service of children, young adults, and their families across community and school settings. She specializes in treating the child-parent relationship and working with adolescent and young adults in areas of life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, self-esteem challenges, and trauma. She is a bilingual (Spanish & English) therapist with a multicultural background.
Veronica has extensive experience offering social-emotional and trauma-informed support to communities and agencies via consultations and workshops. Veronica graduated from Northwestern University and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

 

Ally Zhou, MS, AMFT

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. Email: maz.therapy@gmail.com