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We understand the issues that impact teens, from isolation to self-confidence, anxiety and more. We truly love working with teens.  In fact, we all chose to specialize in it. We speak English, Spanish, Mandarin and a few others. We are all licensed therapists in California. And we all have 5+ years of experience. 

Zinat Hashmy

School

Mount Saint Mary's University, Master's in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy

License

LMFT 123792,
12/31/2022

Years of experience

3

I received my master's from a small private school that felt like a family which was a beautiful experience and it allowed me to learn the importance of feeling interested in and wanting to succeed and that is what I wanted to always give back to all my clients. I like using humor in life because life is already hard and we need to be able to find funny moments when we can. I love watching reruns of old shows like Cheers and Golden Girls because the sarcasm is gold!


My main goal is to allow youth to know that they are seen and heard. I know it must be tough to talk to someone who is a stranger but also on the other hand, I can offer genuine interest and no judgement to allow youth to be free and open to share their concerns about life and their struggles in order to gain the tools to move forward in life.

Why I love working with teens:

I love working with adolescents because I understand the difficulties of navigating teen life. I want to be someone who can be real with youth and just hear their voice.

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety

Also experienced with

Teen, School issues, and Home life

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Client-centered

Lauren E. Alon

School

University of Southern California, MSW with specialty in Mental Health for Children and Families.

License

LCSW24205 EXP.
02/28/2021

Years of experience

20

Greetings, my name is Lauren and I look forward to getting to know you. In my personal and professional life, self care contributes to feeling fulfilled and supporting others in healing and living life to the fullest. Activities that bring me joy include travel, outdoor adventures with my family, conversations with friends, including beach trips and hiking, and have my own time to enjoy a good book, write, and be a lifelong learner. As a therapist, I value bringing my personal sense of feeling fulfilled to support other’s growth, development, goals, healing, and capacity to live a full and joyful life.

My ideal client is one who is motivated and/or is supported to work through emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges, which are barriers to self care, joy, and fulfilling their goals and dreams. Gratitude, kindness, empathy, optimism and belief in the power of resiliency and healing are guiding principles in my personal and professional life. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I provide individual, group, and family psychotherapy and psycho-education to support healing from trauma, relationship challenges, and managing mental illness. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, self-harm, peer and family relational problems, and healing trauma. I look forward to getting to know you and developing a personalized therapeutic relationship, to best support you in reaching your self care and mental health goals. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about treatment and how I can best support your goals.

Why I love working with teens:

Life is full of possibilities for adolescents. I love working with adolescents as there is a true impact of mental health treatment on healing from emotional, behavioral, and mental health barriers to forming a healthy and fulfilled identity. It is personally and professionally fulfilling and rewarding to empower teens to utilize their strength to achieve their goals and lead their best life.

"I feel that you listen to me, let me be myself, and support me to take care of myself and feel better."

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety

Also experienced with

Panic disorder, Substance use, Eating disorders, Familial Relationships, Relationships with Peers, Sexual Identity, Gender Identity, Academic Stress

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Relational, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused

Sarah-Brooke Stiles

School

CSU Sacramento, Master's in Social Work

License

LCSW #95317 (Expires: 07-2022)

Years of experience

9

So a little bit about where I come from… I believe in leading by example and with that said I vulnerably share with my clients that I personally have dealt with, and continue to heal from, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After 10 plus years of participating in talk therapy with little to no real progress, I became deeply committed to pursuing therapy in a more holistic way. Over the past couple of years my approach shifted dramatically; I began engaging in primarily body-based therapies and practices (body attunement, body movement, connecting with nature, looking into nutrition essentials for mental health, mindfulness, meditative practices, limbic-system therapies, and other culturally/spiritually relevant practices that are individualized to my own unique path). This is where I have seen transformation, new thinking patterns, a deep sense of peace, connection, purpose, and a much healthier body! Some of my favorite things to do in my free time are hiking, camping, and doing pretty much anything and everything outdoors! I definitely enjoy the occasional chill out session on the couch watching a good movie with a bowl of ice cream. Random fact, I did gymnastics for 9 years growing up, I loved it and it definitely messed up my joints but it was definitely worth it! :) I like looking for things to smile about, finding new literal and figurative mountains to climb, and love to cook and eat lots of good food ;)

When your Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is perpetually alerted to be in a survival state (due to various life stressors) you might notice symptoms such as chronic fatigue, adrenal deficiency, perpetual irritability, trouble with sleeping, digestive issues, various mental health challenges and the list goes on. Holistic approaches to wellness that incorporate body-brain based therapy models get at the root of these issues and begin turning down the dial on your ANS so that you can live a longer, healthier life.

Why I love working with teens:

I love adolescents mostly for their honesty! I love that adolescents will typically say it the way it is and not sugar coat things. Teenage years are such a pivotal time in a persons life; finding independence, beginning to hear their own thoughts on the world, and really starting to reach a place of choosing what direction they want to go in life. My adolescent years stand out very vividly to me so often I feel like I can really relate to the internal and externa struggles faced at this age.

"It's like you see right through me"

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Familial Relationships, Relationships with Peers, Romantic Relationships, Anger Management

Also experienced with

Sexual Identity Development, Gender Identity, Sleep Difficulties, Academic Stress

Therapeutic approaches

ACT, Relational, CBT, TF-CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused

Juan Trevino

School

Michigan State University; MSW; LCSW

License

LCSW #27425 Exp.
08/31/2022

Years of experience

12

My name is Juan Trevino and I've been working with adolescence and adults for the past 12-years. I have a passion for working with and helping others see their full potential. I also enjoy working coaching teams and using real life scenarios to process therapeutic goals.

I really try to use a clients strengths to work towards their goals. Often having a vision of what a client would like to accomplish is the best starting point. From there we can develop some skills and strategies to make those goals come true. I like to utilize a person's strengths and introduce thinking patterns that are beneficial to progress along with thoughts that are not. Emotions are often the key and we will use them as information in nonjudgemental ways rather than as instructions. If this sounds like it would help, reach out.

Why I love working with teens:

I love working with young people because of how rewarding it can be. A simple perspective can truly change the trajectory of your life and as a young person, I feel like I could have really used some support. I've dedicated my life to working with and helping others and it's truly a passion. When I'm not working with young people in a therapeutic environment, you'll find me on the ice coaching hockey players and using sport as a metaphor for life and relationships. I'm very fortunate to do what I love everyday.

"Juan, there is no one I know that I would rather have my son spend time with than you, and I will be forever grateful that he had the opportunity to spend so much time with you over the years. When I have been asked about you by other parents throughout the years, my answer was always the same, “Juan is a great coach, but more importantly he is a great man and your son will be a better person for having known him”. I believe that strongly and I believe that my son has been truly blessed by you being in his life. You have helped to shape the man that he is becoming, and while he has a ways to go, you should be very proud of the fingerprints you put on that lump of clay. "

Speciality areas

Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Familial Relationships, Relationships with Peers, Anger Management, Grief/Loss, Academic Stress

Also experienced with

Depression, Sleep Difficulties, Substance Use,

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, TF-CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Relational, Psychodynamic, Solution-Focused

Dino Kazos

School

JFK University, Master's in Counseling

License

LMFT 117064

Years of experience

6

I was a Director of Marketing Analytics for many years and wanted a more rewarding career and became a psychotherapist. I have extensive experience working with teens and young adults and enjoy facilitating individuals ability to thrive, enjoy their lives and bring out their best.

I am privileged to be given the opportunity to share and provide emotional healing to members of my community.

Why I love working with teens:

Adolescents are at an important crossroad in their lives and providing healing at that time gives individuals the opportunity to thrive and grow.

"Dino helped me develop skills to manage my anxiety and depression and allow me to focus on doing well at school and work."

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma-informed care

Also experienced with

Dual Diagnosis, Grief, Substance Use, Bi-Polar Disorder

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing

Carla Felten

School

University of Denver, Master’s in Social Work Azusa Pacific University, Bachelor’s in Social Work University of Wollongong, Australia, Sociology study abroad

License

LCSW #82350 Expires 10/31/2021

Years of experience

7

I’m Carla (she/hers) and a California native. I love traveling, animals, writing, music, and boxing. In my travels, my favorite part has been meeting wonderful folk in random places and hearing their stories. I have worked with/learned from children, youth, adults, and families who have experienced trauma, loss, grief, anxiety, depression, identity struggles... and I’m always amazed at people’s capacity for healing and joy amidst difficult times. In my own journey of healing, I’m grateful for people who shared skills and tools for me to adapt to my needs. It’s my hope to provide similar opportunities with others and have a shared experience of self-discovery and growth.

We all have emotions, needs, passions, and hopes; we all deserve to be seen and heard. And we all have unique identities which can shape our experiences and impact how we are treated. If you want to learn about yourself and strengthen/manifest healthy, supportive, and intentional relationships, it would be an honor to provide a space for you to do that. I use family-integrated and attachment approaches in understanding our beliefs and explore areas of hurt within yourself/relationships that need healing. We will also explore how our mind/brain, body, and spirit are connected and can be influenced to meet (or hijack!) our needs. You are driving this process as it is YOUR life – I offer to walk alongside and share ideas for you to try.

Why I love working with teens:

I describe adolescence as the stage of balancing fragility and vulnerability with power/control and influence. Adolescents are starting to choose the directions of their lives and are still impacted by the choices of others who have authority over them. This can be such a confusing time, and yet I’m always amazed with teens who so clearly know who they are and/or are unapologetically figuring it out. I love seeing adolescents live out their truths and I am grateful to have a chance supporting them in making the most out of their lives and changing the world around them.

"You provide a safe place for me to share things easily. I feel like you really listen and don't judge me. "

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma-informed care, Family Relationships, Teen violence

Also experienced with

Coping skills, Lifestyle coaching, Peer Relationships, Self-Harming, LGBTQ+, Animal Assisted Therapy; Foster Care/Adoption

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Family Systems, Attachment; EMDR

Raymond Chung

School

California Baptist University, Master's in Counseling Psychology

License

LMFT #106455

Years of experience

5

Hello,
My name is Ray and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. As a counselor I have worked with adolescents in the public and private school settings. My main hobby currently is to go deep sea fishing. One small fact about me is that no one can beat me in a game of connect 4.

When I became a counselor, I was informed by many colleagues that working with adolescents was the most difficult and not fun to deal with. As I grew in the counseling world, I not only realized how fun it was to work with adolescents, but also humbling at times. Adolescents, that I've experienced, can be blunt, intelligent, introspective, and able to call out the adult's nonsense. Adolescents also are in this weird stage where they might want to still be a child, but also be treated like an adult from their family members. I love being able to work with these adolescents to give them a place to speak freely of their frustrations and also validate the areas they are not being validated.

Why I love working with teens:

Because adolescents are in a unique place where they must juggle the expectations of school, peers, and family life, it can be very stressful. Also, with the fast-paced world of social media added, it can make an adolescent's life even more stressful. I provide a judgement free zone where you can meet with me and talk about things that might be hard for you to talk about elsewhere.

"I'm able to talk with Ray comfortably without having to worry about being judged or punished." - 17 year old Male

Speciality areas

Anxiety, Stress, Trauma-informed care

Also experienced with

Self-harming

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing

Idalis Morrow

School

Chapman University, Masters in Psychology

License

LMFT #122307 (Expires: 10-31-2022)

Years of experience

5

I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and continuing my education. I have experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, and overall family dynamics. It would be my pleasure to work with you and your family in improving communication, overcoming trauma, and focusing on the issues that cause you distress and do not allow you to be the best version of yourself. I utilize various modalities such as Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, and several others to help each person meet their desired goal through a specialized treatment plan that will meet your specific needs. I am currently working on my Doctoral in Psychology which I hope to have completed in the next two years.

I offer a safe place where feelings, ideas, and concerns could be shared. A place where no subject is off limits and where your voice could be heard. I work with clients that are experiencing depression, anxiety, or simply are struggling with communicating with their peers or caregivers. My approach utilizes various modalities to help each person individually meet their goals. I meet each person where they’re at, and together we work on goals and a treatment plan that will bring about the desire change. It is my pleasure to work with you and together create a more positive and healthier way of looking at your self, others, and the world around you.

Why I love working with teens:

I love working with adolescents because I am able to help them navigate through difficult times during one of the most crucial periods in their lives. The adolescent developmental stage is full of self exploration, self discovery, autonomy, and a time where their identity is being formed. Being part of an adolescent’s journey is rewarding and gratifying.

From an adolescent’s thank you note: “Thank you for giving me the time and the space to being heard for the first time”.

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Family Relationships, Self-Esteem

Also experienced with

Trauma-informed care, Coping skills, Peer Relationships, School Issues, Self-Harming

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Family Systems

Vera Liao

School

California State University Sacramento, Master's in Marriage Family and Child Counseling; University of Oregon, BS in Psychology ; Aletheia University, BA in Business Administration

License

LMFT#49320 (Expires: 2022-7-31)

Years of experience

15

Hello! I’m Vera (she/她) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I’m an Asian immigrant and mother of two who was born in Taiwan (13 hours flight time from San Francisco). I am multilingual in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese. My identity and life story formed my dedication to offering inclusive, culturally affirming, stigma-fee therapy services. With my 15 years of clinical experience working with diverse populations in California, I offer a safe and culturally responsive care and I support all identities and abilities in all bodies deserve equal access to quality mental health care. When not at work, I enjoy traveling to cultivate authentic experiences and have been to China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Canada, and Mexico.

You are not alone for what you are experiencing now, and it is perfectly okay to feel how you are feeling! I believe everyone was born perfectly imperfect; however, we live in the world that "it is never enough!” When you are feeling lost acknowledge and accept how you're feeling, it's time to take compassionate care of yourself and seek out help from a professional trained therapist. I understand seeking counseling or therapy can be a vulnerable process and getting the right help can become an overwhelming task. I encourage you to find a therapist who matches your needs and identities. I’d like to help you connect with your most authentic self, and re-build skills you have within to improve your relationship with self and with others.

Why I love working with teens:

It could be a tough transition from being a child to an adolescent with not only changes in physical appearance, but also self-identity, relationship, expectation, and responsibilities from self to others. Helping teens is the most rewarding job I can think of. Teens motivate me to be a better person and therapist with what I’ve admired most of teenager’s energetic, creative, honest, flexible, and resilient. I love that no single day at work is the same and the counseling approach for each teen is always different. This is because I don’t only focus on the difficulties you are having, I focus on your strengths, and I always take into consideration your identities, personality, what they have impacted on your life.

" I was so scared and lost when my parents telling me that they found me a therapist. I had no ideas what was that meant and why I needed to talk to a stranger about my problem. Now, I feel much better and healthier because Vera helped me to walk through a therapeutic journey where I've learned my most authentic self and found the strengths I have to deal with others and problem I have. She is not only a therapist to me, but also a good listener and mentor!"

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Coping skills, Family Relationships

Also experienced with

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Trauma-informed care, Sexuality, Substance use, Coping skills, Technology / internet overuse, Lifestyle coaching, Peer Relationships, Family Relationships, School Issues, Self-Harming, Self-Esteem, Sleep or Insomnia, Teen violence, LGBTQ+

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Family Systems

Eileen Mckenzie

School

St Mary’s College BA Psychology, JFK University Master’s in Clinical Psychology

License

LMFT #34655 Expires 05/31/2021

Years of experience

22

I use compassion and authenticity to connect with clients and build a therapeutic alliance. The work is collaborative and the relationship is at the center of change in the healing process. I work with students with peer related issues, phase of life issues, social skills, emotional regulation, anxiety, and mood disorders, grief and loss. In my free time I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

The ideal client would be a teen that is struggling to connect with people and is experiencing phase of life issues. The client’s issues would be experiencing loneliness and not knowing how to reach out for help. The client’s goals would be to reconnect with people and to learn to reach out for help. I would be able to provide a safe and secure environment to develop a better understanding of what is creating the emotional issues. I would want to understand the dynamic between friends and family. I would provide compassion and understanding and meet the patient where they are. We would together create a plan that would alleviate their ongoing symptoms of distress, loneliness, and phase of life issues.

Why I love working with teens:

I love working with adolescents because I have had positive experiences working with this particular age group. I have been able to help them create new coping skills so they can deal with a variety of mental health issues. I think is important to develop these skills early in life. I think it is important to let them know they are not alone and to help them develop a strong sense of self. There are many challenges during the adolescent years. I find rewarding to provide support during these critical years.

"Eileen is a very good listener!"

Speciality areas

Depression, Anxiety, Family Relationships, School Issues, Self-Esteem

Also experienced with

Stress, Trauma-informed care, Coping skills, Technology / internet overuse, Peer Relationships, Sleep or Insomnia

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Psychodynamic, Family Systems

Claudia Estrada

School

Hope International Unversity, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapist

License

LMFT #110957 (Expires: 2020-31-12)

Years of experience

6

Hello! My name is Claudia Estrada. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that has a genuine passion for her clients. Most, if not all, of my work experience has been with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings and roles (i.e. caregiver, respite worker, tutor, ABA Therapist, paraprofessional, mentor, group home staff, and therapist). Growing up I experienced some traumatic events which drove me to want to give back to my community as a mental health provider and advocate. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and social phobia, I have a strong passion for helping others learn the tools that are needed to overcome any challenges that might come their way.

As a therapist, I strive to make my clients feel comfortable when working with me in the therapeutic setting. My therapeutic style is a combination of CBT, client-centered, humanistic, solution-focused with emphasis on positive mindset. Overall, I work on meeting my client where they are at to work our way up to becoming the best version of themselves. As someone who has experienced trauma, anxiety and depression in life I love working with individuals who have also faced similar challenges in life because I feel that they feel better understood and connected with me as their therapist. I will work with you and help you develop the skills/tolls that are needed to overcome those challenges, struggles, and barriers.

Why I love working with teens:

I love to work with adolescents because they are at a stage in their life where they are most vulnerable and need the most guidance in their life. It is at this age that they need to have positive role models and people that truly care for them and will accept them without feeling judged or criticized. It is at this age in life that they struggle with their own identity and are at a power struggle with trying to figure out who and what they want out of life.

"I like that fact that you understand me and I can connect with you. I feel comfortable talking to you becuase I know that I will not be judged." "You truly have made an impact in my life and for that I am greatful."

Speciality areas

Anxiety, Stress, Coping skills, Peer Relationships, Self-Esteem

Also experienced with

Depression, Family Relationships, School Issues, Self-Harming

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Solution-Focused

Wendy Youngsmith

School

Alliant International University, MA Marriage and Family Therapy

License

LMFT #121278 Exp. 8/31/2022

Years of experience

10

I came to the world of therapy after trying on a few careers, including teaching, advertising and journalism. The common thread for me was always a passion for peoples' stories about themselves and the world, and how this influences their growth, behavior and relationships. As it turns out, I care much more about the people telling those stories than about selling them things, or improving their grammar, so here I am! I continue to find inspiration in books, music and movement, and enjoy helping others find healing through their unique passions and strengths.

In the last decade, I have been fortunate to serve teens/transition age youth and their families in a variety of settings (school based, foster/adoption, substance abuse, psychosis, inpatient and outpatient). I've sat with high achievers struggling with perfectionism, and worked through depression where brushing teeth in the morning was a success. I've journeyed with clients through intense trauma, and shared their joys as they learn to integrate their stories and own their strengths. It's important to me to meet people where they are, to listen, help them define their own goals, and grow their unique strengths. I use a variety of tools, including CBT, narrative therapy, humanistic/client focused and family systems to cater to individual needs.

Why I love working with teens:

From a cognitive perspective: I continue to find adolescence to be one of the most interesting and diverse developmental stages, both for individuals and for families. It is full of self-exploration and redefining, explosions in brain development, changes in social structures, launching into adulthood--and all of this can be challenging! From an emotional (and perhaps truer perspective): I just KNOW that teens/young adults are my population. I enjoy being in the room (physical or virtual) with them. Teens are funny, smart, creative and expressive. I have so much fun saying back to them the wisdom they haven't heard they've spoken and empowering them in their strengths.

From a thank you note: "I needed that space to fall apart, and have you help put me back together to get through my day. You pushed me to be better at communicating with my teachers and parents. I'm not sure they hear me still, but at least I said things I wouldn't have normally. Thank you for helping me see things could get better, and helping me to get what I needed."

Speciality areas

Depression, Stress, Trauma-informed care, Family Relationships, School Issues

Also experienced with

Stress, Sexuality, Substance use, Coping skills, Peer Relationships, Self-Harming, Self-Esteem, LGBTQ+, adoption/foster and attachment

Therapeutic approaches

CBT, Client-centered, Family Systems

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