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Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Riverside, CA

Eric Gardner
Self Pay Rate: $129

Eric Gardner, Licensed Psychologist

Philosophy of Care

Eric J. Gardner, Psy.D, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has been providing psychological services, including objective assessments of functioning and therapeutic care, for over 13 years to children, adolescents, and adults seeking help with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) issues, depression, situational/episodic anxiety, childhood trauma, military service-related issues, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), post-concussive syndrome, and other time-of-life symptoms and stressors. Eric is a strong proponent for individual integrity and authenticity--no shame, no blame.

Eric completed his Bachelor of Arts (BA) from St. Martin's University in Lacey, Washington, and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) from Alliant International University-California School of Professional Psychology, in Fresno, California.

Eric utilizes an individual strength-based, cognitive-behavioral approach--withholding judgment or bias--in order to identify key diagnostic features and collaboratively develop a treatment plan with goals and objective markers that are realistic and practical for his clients. In fact, many of his clients have found considerable measures of symptom relief in as few as 4-7 sessions. However, the complexity of many presenting issues are not so easily managed with a few simple skills and/or newfound insights. To the truth, many people have spent their entire lives simply surviving and adapting to their inner struggles, and all too often perpetuate problems and frustrations throughout their daily lives--and with the greatest impact upon the people closest to them! So, it is really important to consider an individual client's unique perspective, history, culture, and life-situation. And therein lies the beauty of successful treatment--the client is always the hero of their own story!

Everyone can benefit from a professional therapeutic relationship, yet finding a good fit between a client and a new provider can be a bit like the fairy-tale heroine who must "kiss" a few frogs in order to find a prince! Rest assured, there will be no kissing involved here! But there will be a transparent logic, sense of professionalism, and realistic expectations for potential outcomes before concluding each session. It's all about developing trust, so that important personal things can be discussed and addressed both professionally and privately. And further trust that if it "looks right", and it "feels right", then there is a really good chance it may be "right" for you, too!

Education

Alliant International University-California School of Professional Psychology-Fresno
Doctor of Psychology

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
Jude Levasseur
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Jude Levasseur, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Jude Levasseur is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of California. He has been a health care executive for more than 20 years with broad experience in clinical, medical, nursing relations, utilization management, quality assessment, business development, regulatory compliance, and nursing practice. Jude has a successful track record of implementing changes to maintain sustainable profits, reduce costs, and improve patient satisfaction. He demonstrates a strong result orientation, combined with interpersonal and leadership abilities to attain patients and team-oriented outcomes.

Jude’s educational background includes a Bachelor's degree in nursing and an MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix as well as a Master's degree in nursing from Walden University. Jude’s previous roles include Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Newport Academy, Region Sr. Director of Clinical Operations for Kindred Healthcare, and the Chief Nursing Officer at Huntington Beach Hospital.

Jude lives in Orange County, California with his wife Brooke and his daughter Preslie. His hobbies include hiking and boating on the beautiful coastlines of Southern California. Catalina Islands is Jude’s preferred spot for fishing, boating, and hiking.

Education

Master of Science in Nursing
Walden University

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • ADHD
  • OCD
Samaneh Ferdosian
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Samaneh Ferdosian, PMHNP

**Samaneh offers therapy services in English and Farsi***

Philosophy of Care

Samaneh Ferdowsian is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the state of California, who graduated from Walden University. Samaneh has been in the mental health field for over five years and has experience working with both adolescents and adults. She completed her Bachelors of Science at Chamberlain University and received her Masters of Science in Psychiatry from Walden University.

Samaneh uses a collaborative and holistic approach to address biological, psychological, and social factors that impact a client’s health. She utilizes mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy to meet the needs of every client in their own unique way. In addition, she is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

Samaneh believes that one of the most crucial factors in becoming an effective Advanced Practice Nurse is promoting hope to individuals and families with mental illnesses, to instill self-responsibility and empowerment, and in helping individuals living with mental illness seek a meaningful role in life. With this, she hopes to help clients meet their goals in order to live the life they value and desire. 

Education

Walden University
Masters of Science in Psychiatry

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self-esteem
  • ADHD
Joseph Derije
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Joseph Derije, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Joseph is board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, he graduated from Gonzaga University with a Master’s in Nursing. He completed his undergraduate degree from Ohio University. Upon graduation, he trained under Exodus Recovery Foundation. Currently, he provides care for clients in his local community with a focus on team based approach and patient centered care.

Education

Gonzaga University
Master’s of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia
Leana Smith
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Leana Smith, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Leana Smith is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a certificate of additional qualifications in addiction. She offers expertise in the treatment of adult and adolescent ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, and PTSD with experience in treating the full range of psychiatric disorders. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including public and private inpatient and outpatient settings.

Leana received her Master of Science in nursing at the University of California—San Francisco. Having earned a minor in genomics and currently conducting research, she is also now also seeing clients at Thriveworks.

Leana's clinical approach is steeped in the importance of a thorough patient-centered psychiatric evaluation. She practices conservative medication management and values the importance of utilizing various forms of psychotherapy. She adopts a structured approach with regular follow-up to anticipate interventions to optimize my patient’s mental health.

As a working mother of five children, Leana understands that life doesn’t always go as planned and can leave you feeling stressed out, irritated, tired, and lonely. It’s time to normalize the human condition. Caring for your thoughts and emotions shouldn’t be an afterthought. We have primary providers for our physical well-being, and we all deserve a primary provider for our mental well-being. Leana thanks you for choosing her to care for you on your journey to holistic health.

Education

University of California - San Francisco
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Relationships
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
Michelle Chieme
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Michelle Chieme, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Michelle Chieme is a Nurse Practitioner in the state of California who specializes in the field of psychiatry.  Michelle has a wealth of experience treating adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, and life adjustments. She completed her Master’s Degree of Science In Nursing at Azusa Pacific University. She is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and is credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Michelle incorporates a nursing-based approach that is patient focused while also taking into consideration the individual’s environment as a whole. She works collaboratively with clients to determine the best form of treatment that will meet their unique needs while also promoting mindfulness and introspection.

Michelle is passionate about destigmatizing mental health. She especially enjoys working with clients who have been silently suffering from depression/anxiety and are ready to take the first step towards getting treatment. Michelle looks forward to connecting with you in a safe and nonjudgmental space, where together we can work towards building resiliency and getting you back to your best life.

Education

Azusa Pacific University
MSN In Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Life Adjustments
  • Mood Disorders
  • Stress Management

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