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Fernando Avila
Accepting:
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $139

Fernando Avila, Licensed Psychologist

Fernando offers therapy services in English and Spanish

Philosophy of Care

Fernando Avila is a licensed psychologist in the state of California who has 10 years experience working with adults and teenagers seeking help with depression, anxiety management, anger management and frustration tolerance, and stress management. He completed his Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University, a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D./Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University Of Denver.

Fernando utilizes a collaborative strength based approach using Cognitive- Behavioral and Person-Centered therapy with special attention paid to diversity issues. Fernando takes a flexible approach with client input in order to help each individual meet their needs in therapy and to learn new positive coping skills that can be used on a daily basis.

Fernando wants to establish a warm and caring rapport with you in order to help accomplish your therapy goals and to live a better meaningful life on a daily basis.

Fernando is a flexible therapist that seeks to collaborate with you and help you get
desired results.

Education

California State University/University Of Denver
Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling/Ph.D./Doctorate in Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Self-esteem
  • Anger Management
  • Family issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Relationship issues
  • Diversity issues
Jose Gutierrez
Accepting:
  • MHN
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $119

Jose Gutierrez, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

I am a bilingual (Spanish/English) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I graduated from Antioch University, Los Angeles with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. I help individuals, children, family, and couples dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, life transitions, and other debilitating situations.

Born and raised in South Los Angeles. As a kid from a low income neighborhood, I was oblivious to psychotherapy and the mental health field. My dad would make statements such as: “boys don’t cry” “act like a man”. Coming from a biracial background (Latino/Black) I grew up confused, as I physically look Latino. There were many stereotypes that I molded into, and it was not till graduate school that I was able to fully process and understand who Jose is.

I specialize in childhood emotional neglect (CEN) and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) to help adults and children find their own sense of accepting and loving themselves, overcome trauma, and to gain fulfilling relationships.

Utilizing a holistic client centered approach, I bring a blend of ‘my experiences’ and engage with you in many different psychotherapeutic techniques to maximize your own inner strengths. I help to differentiate the past from the present in terms of cognition, emotions, body sensations and behaviors.

I will offer support, show genuine interest and give honest and timely proactive feedback to help you see subjective experiences more objectively and take initiative in your own life. We will aim to let go of the need for perfection and strengthen your won sources of inner knowledge and wisdom.

In an atmosphere of safety and support, I will help you understand yourself in new ways, by empowering you to change areas of your life that once felt stuck or overwhelming. As a biracial queer male, I understand many obstacles life can throw at us.

Education

Antioch University
Masters degree in Clinical Psychology

Specialties

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues,
  • Life Transitions
  • Anger Management
  • Family Conflict
  • Self Esteem
  • Men's Issues
  • Parenting
  • LGBTQIA+
Jude Levasseur
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
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
Roman Shain
Accepting:
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $119

Roman Shain, LMFT, LPC

Philosophy of Care

I am a Licensed MFT, PCC, National Counselor Certified, Board Certified Telehealth Counselor, and a CAMFT Certified Supervisor. With over 25 years of clinical experience, I bring passion and expertise of helping chronically mentally ill adults and older adults as well as severely emotionally disturbed children. My youngest client was a 6-month-old baby learning to create secure attachment with his new foster family. My older client was a 92-year-old woman receiving hospice services. For over 15 years, I managed mental health programs at a local community mental health center. For over 10 years, I have been teaching graduate counseling centers at a local university. My research was featured in the Journal of Family Therapy.

I believe that most solutions to my clients’ problems are commonly found within themselves and their environment. Thus, my aim is to inspire clients to celebrate their culture, individuality and humanity. Furthermore, to prepare the client to link the divide between the therapy room and his/her environment, I combine experiential approaches, including role plays, awareness-building and critical-thinking exercises.

I believe my professional experiences as a psychotherapist and counselor educator have shaped me into a versatile professional for providing thoughtful and effective online psychotherapy. As a clinician, I believe in a supportive, thoughtful, and common sense way of addressing my clients' challenges and behaviors. I hope you find your experience our psychotherapy room useful and meaningful.

Education

Souther California University
Master of Science in Counseling, PhD in Psychology

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Relationships
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Trauma and PTSD
Silviana Capra
Accepting:
  • Magellan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Silviana Capra, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

Sylvia Capra is a mental health therapist in Los Angeles treating adults experiencing life transitions, stress, trauma, depression, and anxiety. She has 4 years of experience in the field and believes that therapy is for the moments when a person’s natural process of coping breaks down, gets blocked or is not moving along as quickly as the person desires.

Sylvia received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University and is passionate about bridging the gap between psychology and spirituality. We all have a past and unless it is worked through, we will unconsciously carry it forward with us into our new experiences. You may think something is wrong with you when in reality it is what happened to you that needs attention in order to overcome negative cycles like limiting beliefs and self-sabotage. Together, you and Sylvia will focus on your innate strengths; she will empower you to release the mental shackles of stress, oppression, hopelessness, worry, guilt, and shame.

With you, Sylvia looks forward to creating a trusting and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship – both to the side that you show to the world and to the side that you believe may be rejected if seen by others. She uses her clinical skills such as mindfulness-based CBT, somatic psychotherapy, inner child healing, shadow work, along with her connections to spirituality to connect you with your intuition and inner knowing.

As a person who never felt like she fit into the mold, Sylvia understands what it means to feel like you don't belong, but maybe you weren't meant to conform to societal norms. Sylvia wants to help you to see your own light and worthiness. As your therapist, her goal is to effectively help you create a life of fulfillment and meaning by recognizing the unconscious patterns playing out in your life to become an active participant. Life doesn't have to happen to you any longer, you can choose your own adventure. She looks forward to helping you in remembering who you are before life told you who to be.

Education

Mount Saint Mary’s University
Master’s in Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Coping Skills
  • Life Transitions
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Spiritual
Maureen Okereke
Accepting:
  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • MHN
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Dr. Maureen Okereke, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care 

Dr Maureen Okereke is a dual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner  (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-C). She earned her Doctorate Degree with  specialty in psychiatric and Mental Health from Brandman University Irvine, California in 2020.  She also obtained a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Charles R Drew  University, Los Angeles California in 2018. Ms Okereke earned a Master of Science of Nursing  Degree/ Registered Nurse through an entry level nursing program to master’s degree from  Charles R Drew University, Los Angeles, California in 2016. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society.

Maureen is committed to providing individualized evidenced based patient’s care that  combines the most effective tools including comprehensive assessment, medication  management and supportive therapies. Maureen has vast experience working with individuals with depression, grief, anxiety, insomnia,  schizophrenia, PTSD, mood disorders and OCD. She also has a passion for working with  vulnerable populations and people with comorbid conditions and substance abuse. 

Maureen strives to establish a warm and caring relationship with you to help in overcoming your obstacles and setbacks and work together towards achieving your goals and living  according to what holds the greatest value in your life. 

Education 

Brandman University, Irvine California
Masters of Science of Nursing in Family Nurse Practice 

Specialties 

  • Depression Disorder 
  • Anxiety Disorder 
  • Mood Disorder 
  • PTSD  
  • Stress management 
  • LGBTQ 
  • OCD
Joseph Derije
Accepting:
  • MHN
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
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
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
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
Accepting:
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
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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