Meet Our Providers

Ana Chavez
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Ana Chavez, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

I am a Licensed Therapist able to provide services in English and Spanish. I mainly work with adolescents, adults, and families. I am well experienced in treating issues such as anxiety, trauma, depression, life transitions, grief, severe illnesses, self-esteem issues, ADHD, anger management, and behavioral issues.

I use a strengths-based approach to promote the healing of the mind, spirit, and body. I base my work on the principles of Cognitive Behavior therapy, Attachment theory, Solution Focused therapy, Mindfulness, as well as Art and play therapy.

Given that each person is different I tailor my therapy to meet the specific needs of my clients. I will be happy to collaborate with you to develop positive coping strategies to manage challenges in a healthy way.

Education

University of California Los Angeles
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief
  • Severe Illnesses
  • Self-esteem Issues
  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Issues
Maureen Okereke
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: 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
Fernando Avila
Accepting:
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $129

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
Jessica Anderson
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Jessica Anderson, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Jessica Anderson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California who has over 11 years of experience providing clinical assessment and therapeutic care to youth, adults and families seeking help with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma, women’s issues, substance use, grief/bereavement and life transition issues. As a Clinical Supervisor, she has trained and guided clinicians to licensure and meeting their individual career goals. She completed her Masters in Social Work at California State University, Long Beach.

Jessica utilizes collaborative, strength based, solution focused, and culturally competent approaches to therapy. She leads with a goal-directed approach to solving human problems of living. She is a vehicle for formulating, motivating, achieving and sustaining desired behavioral change. Additionally, as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, she collaborates with individuals to help reconstruct negative thoughts and feelings that often trap you in an unhealthy cycle. Jessica seeks to establish a warm and caring relationship and join you on your journey toward recovery and wellness.

Education

California State University
Masters in Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Stress Management
  • Older Adults
  • Active Military/Veterans
  • Relationship Issues
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Substance Use
  • Women’s Issues
Katrina Patrick
Accepting:
  • Medicare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Katrina Patrick, Clinical Psychologist

Philosophy of Care

Katrina Patrick is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California who has over 10 years of experience providing clinical assessment and therapeutic care to adults and couples seeking help with depression/anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and LGBTQ+ or other sexuality issues. She is a strong ally and kink-affirming. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of California, Irvine and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University.

Katrina utilizes collaborative, strength based, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, solution focused and emotionally focused approaches to therapy; always maintaining the creativity, flexibility and awareness necessary to best meet the needs of every unique individual and couple.

Katrina seeks to establish a warm and caring relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths and better collaborate with you towards meeting your goals and living the meaningful life you value and desire.

Education

Palo Alto University
Ph.D in Clinical Psychology

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Stress Management
  • Self-Esteem
  • LGBTQ+
  • Human Sexuality
  • Relationship Issues
Michelle Chieme
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: 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
William Mack Shannon
Accepting:
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Beacon Health Options
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $129

William Mack Shannon, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Philosophy of Care

Dr. William Shannon is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and certificated School Psychologist in the state of California who has 23 years of experience partnering with children, adolescents, young adults and couples who are seeking help with depression and anxiety disorders, LGBTQI issues, students with special needs, mental health disorders due to medical conditions, conduct and adjustment issues, anger management, racial justice and cultural dissonance concerns. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Grove City College (PA), his Master’s degree in Psychology at Millersville State University (PA) in Psychology and his Doctorate degree in Psychology at North Carolina State University (NC). His doctorate dissertation focused on a counseling intervention emphasizing the utilization of “Cuento” therapy and ethnic identity/cultural heritage awareness activities for Puerto Rican adolescents who were ‘at-risk’ of dropping out of the public school system. “Cuento” therapy utilizes a story-telling format that incorporates discussions of how famous artists, athletes, TV personalities and public figures (heroes/heroines) had to utilize their own strengths and talents in order to overcome significant hardships/poverty/illnesses/obstacles of life transitions in order to make significant contributions to society and self-preservation. The strategies they utilized are discussed in therapy as to motivation for clients that may be dealing with similar situations themselves.

The utilization of Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral philosophical/models and BRIEF/motivational interviewing methods are emphasized in the development of treatment goals/plans for all ages of clients. Strength based, client-centered, culturally sensitive, mindfulness, “cuento” therapy and educationally focused approaches are also utilized in therapy to enhance the involvement of the client in his/her own development of strategies and goals for meeting his/her own needs. The goals that the clients develop on their own and with their therapist increases the strength of the ‘ownership’ of their treatment plan and the desire for living their most meaningful and self-empowered life.

Education

Millersville State University
North Carolina State University
Master’s degree in Psychology
Doctorate degree in Psychology

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Panic
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • PTSD
  • CBT
  • DBT

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