Meet the Team

John Gaspar, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Clinical Director

John is a Licensed Psychotherapist specializing in providing mental health services for those with psychological disorders and behavioral-emotional concerns. As a former Research Associate at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience, John comes from a neuro-psychological background and has over ten years of experience as a mental health professional. He treats a wide range of psychological disorders including anxiety, depression, OCD, and behavioral disorders. Together with therapeutic insights, cognitive-behavioral techniques, and mindful-awareness, he will work to help you overcome insecurities, embrace growth, and maximize your overall wellbeing.

John works with a wide range of mental health issues and provides a highly-personalized approach, tailored to meet each of clients' individual needs. He will collaborate with you to determine therapy goals, and provide psycho-educational materials to help teach coping skills, cognitive-behavioral interventions, mindfulness training, and other techniques.

John received degrees in psychology and philosophy from UCLA and an M.A. in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University, Malibu. His background in philosophy and neuroscience are essential to his work as a psychotherapist, and he draws from various therapeutic approaches including CBT, family systems, Jungian, ABA, mindfulness, and others.

Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, MHN, Lyra, Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross, Cigna, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Alex Shelling, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Associate Clinical Director

Alex is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. She have extensive experience working in Community-Based, Residential, and School Mental Health Settings. Alex has a passion for working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families in assisting them in developing and utilizing the necessary coping skills to manage and care for themselves and feel empowered in their life choices while addressing systematic barriers and historical traumas. 


Alex's specialty areas include depression, anxiety, coping skills,  foster care issues, school issues, and trauma. She approaches therapy from a trauma-informed, client-centered and culturally competent perspective. Her goal is to help clients live authentically and reach their full potential by using interventions from  strength based approaches, emotional focused therapy, and anti-oppressive frameworks.


Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, MHN, Anthem, Aetna, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Kristen Wallis, M.A., LMFT

Associate Clinical Director

Kristen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 8 years of clinical experience. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, a life transition, family/parenting concerns, or other mental health issues, we are all trying to better understand ourselves and break free of our limiting patterns and beliefs. Kristen's approach to therapy involves a strong foundation in formal therapeutic modalities, including CBT, DBT, family systems, and others, while at the same time recognizing that you are the expert of your own life.  It is through the therapeutic process that you will come to gain valuable insights, recognize your potential, and enhance your capacity for self-love.


While Kristen treats a variety of diagnoses, she has a particular expertise in areas of addiction, substance abuse, parenting, relationships, stress and grief. Kristen is pleased to offer evening and Saturday appointment times to accommodate schedule's of her clients. 

Insurances Accepted: Molina, Aetna, HealthNet, MHN, Cigna, Anthem, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Kristen Smith, M.S., LMFT

Associate Clinical Director

Kristen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist helping adolescents and adults seeking help with issues including stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, parenting, communication, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, grief, life-changing events, and others. Kristen's approach to therapy is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where you can identify and explore the underlying beliefs driving your behaviors, shaping your habits, and impacting your relationships. Working together using therapeutic approaches such as mindfulness, CBT, narrative therapy, DBT, etc., you will learn to better manage emotions and behaviors, allowing you to meet your own personal goals.


With 7 years experience in mental health, Kristen's goal is to walk side by side on a path that explores and identifies what a fulfilling life looks like for you. Kristen believes therapy is a journey and not a destination, implementing and using psychological techniques—from traditional to modern modalities—in a life-long process. Kristen has extensive expertise in couple's therapy, divorce issues, and parenting.

Insurances Accepted: Molina, Aetna, HealthNet, MHN, Cigna, Anthem, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Sareh Hamzavi, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Sareh is licensed psychotherapist, providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She holds Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in mindfulness from Phillips Graduate University and has training in various treatment approaches including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and strength-based techniques.

With over seven years of practical experience, Sareh utilizes an integrative approach to therapy which combines different elements of specific therapies to allow room for individual growth and cultivate healing and wholeness in children, adolescents, and adults. She treat individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, and behavioral disorders such as emotional disturbance, ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder. 

Sareh's strives to create a safe and non-judgmental environment so you can feel empowered to be your authentic self at every moment in your life.

Sareh is also fluent in Farsi.

Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, Aetna, MHN, Anthem, Blue Cross, Cigna, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO


Elena Gharibian, M.S., L.M.F.T.

Elena is a licensed psychotherapist working with individuals, couples, and families. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques, including IFS, Psychodynamic, CBT, and Solution-Focused. Her work is informed by cognitive, psychodynamic, existential, and family dynamic principles. With 5+ years of experience, Elena treats a wide variety of issues including anxiety, addiction, depression, family conflict, relationship issues and parenting issues, to name a few.

Elena understands the power of feeling truly seen and understood by a compassionate other. She prides herself in providing a safe space where clients can express their worst fears and deepest hopes, without fear of judgement or criticism. She offers a safe space where you can express your worst fears and deepest hopes, without fear of judgment or criticism. 

Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, Aetna, MHN, Anthem, Blue Cross, Cigna, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO


Paola Barba, M.S., L.M.F.T.

Paola is a licensed psychotherapist holding Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees from California Baptist University. Paola has worked extensively with children, teens, and families. Utilizing clinical methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, applied behavioral analysis (ABA) amongst others, Paola is comfortable with treating various psychological issues such as ADHD, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, marital or sexual issues, to name a few.

Paola believes mutual trust, respect, and freedom to share emotional content without being judged are crucial to the therapeutic process. She collaborates with you to establish the goals to work on including self-esteem, coping skills, domestic violence, women’s issues, family conflict, parenting, peer relations, and behavioral issues to name a few.

Paola is bilingual and is proud to offer therapy services both in English and Spanish.

Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, MHN, Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross, Cigna, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Kaley Manierre, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Kaley is a licensed psychotherapist holding Masters degrees from Saint Josephs University. Kaley has worked extensively with adults, couples, teens, and families. Using an integrated therapeutic approach including psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, family systems, and other modalities, Kaley will work together with you to increase self-awareness into how past experiences influence present lives as well fostering understanding into the connection between our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.

Kaley's experience as a therapist has led her to believe that in order to sustain lasting growth and change it is imperative to explore how our underlying core conflicts can keep us stuck in unhealthy cycles. Diving deeper into these conflicts allows us to better understand ourselves from a compassionate and open place in order to promote healthy change.


Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, Aetna, MHN, Cigna, Anthem, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Adriana Eversole, M.A., LMFT

Adriana holds degrees in psychology and applied psychology from UCSB and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She has a deep knowledge and respect for the therapeutic process, and is passionate to share various tools, interventions, and insights with clients to support their ongoing growth and self-understanding.


With over five years of clinical experience, Adriana takes an integrative approach to treatment and combines interventions from a variety of therapeutic modalities, including CBT, DBT, ABA, mindfulness, strength-based, and solution-focused. She treats a broad range of disorders including anxiety, depression, bipolar, behavioral concerns, and many others. Adriana provides a compassionate and empathetic atmosphere and works together to form a unique treatment plan to address your specific goals.

Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, MHN, Anthem, Aetna, Blue Cross, Cigna, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal,  Out of Network PPO

Cat Villalpando, M.S., LMFT

Cat holds a masters degree from Cal Baptist Univ and has been practicing since 2017. She have a passion for working with all client but in particular women and teens, and a deep understanding of the therapeutic process. She is a person-centered therapist and uses CBT, mindfulness, and other therapeutic modalities to form a unique treatment plan with goals specific to you and your needs. 

Cat's experience as a therapist has led her to understand that, although negative feelings will always be a part of the human experience, we can develop the tools and understanding to get through even life’s darkest moments. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, or life stressors, Cat believe's we have the power to change and become the best version of ourselves.


Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, MHN, Anthem, Aetna, Blue Cross, Cigna, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal,  Out of Network PPO

Shanequa Black, M.S.W., LCSW

Shanequa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker holding a masters degree from University of Southern California. She works with those from all backgrounds, and provides treatments for depression, anxiety, life changes, grief, low self-esteem, women’s/men's issues, family conflicts, and other issues. Shanequa draws from her experience to meet her client’s needs using an integrative approach, including CBT, person-centered, solution-focused, narrative, and mindfulness. She brings a particular wealth of experience around chronic/terminal illness, death/dying and grief.

Shanequa is committed to breaking any stigma around mental health by creating a safe place where people feel comfortable sharing. Her philosophy in life and treatment is to provide empathy, compassion, and support to individuals during challenging times. Shanequa makes clients feel they have a safe and nonjudgmental place to explore and understand their feelings. Through this mutual trust and respect, she will work to help you become the best version of yourself.


Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, MHN, Anthem, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal,  Out of Network PPO

Nicole Tehrani, M.MFT., LMFT

Nicole is a licensed psychotherapist with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from USC. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults in various settings and specializse in treating mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, and women’s issues. Nicole employs an integrative approach that utilizes psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, and mindfulness-based techniques, creating a welcoming and collaborative atmosphere for you to work towards the changes that are meaningful for you.

Nicole has a deep clinical understanding of the current evidence-based interventions, as well as certifications in DBT, and Social and Emotional Arts. With a warm, person-centered approach, coupled with therapeutic interventions tailored specifically for you, she will work together with you to create a significant and lasting positive impact in your life.

Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, MHN, Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross, Cigna, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal,  Out of Network PPO

Amanda Sisco, M.S.W., LCSW

Amanda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker holding a Masters Degree from San Diego State University. Amanda provides therapy for people of all ages to help them cope with life stress, break free from negative patterns of thinking and acting, and become the best possible versions of themselves. Utilizing various therapeutic techniques—CBT, Mindfulness, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and others—she work with you to better understand your issues and help you reach your goals.

With extensive experience working with kids, teens, young adults and families, Amanda's therapeutic style integrates a client-centered, humanistic approach along with strength-based, solution-focused interventions to help you feel both validated in your struggle and empowered to truly make a change. Regardless of where you are in life, she will listen without judgment to help you build the skills and confidence you need to thrive.


Insurances Accepted: HealthNet, Molina, Aetna, Cigna, MHN, Anthem, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Taylor Fehrman, M.S.W., LCSW

Taylor is a Licensed Psychotherapist holding degrees from Indiana University and Loyola University.  With over five years of experience, Taylor integrates a variety of therapeutic approaches into her treatment, including person-centered, strengths-based, feminist, humanistic, motivational interviewing, CBT, and DBT. She will meet you wherever you are at in your journey, and tailor her approach to each individual client to best support their unique needs.

Taylor believes that trust is the foundation of successful therapy, and strives to build a strong rapport with each of her clients. She bring a positive reframe to therapy, always seeking to find the silver lining in challenging situations—everyone has strengths, even if they cannot identify them, and she will help you discover and build on your inner resilience.

Insurances Accepted: HealthNet, Molina, MHN, Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum, Cigna, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Teresa Orth, M.A., LMFT

Teresa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in practice for over five years working with youth, teens, and adults. Teresa holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Palo Alto University and has worked extensively with patients dealing with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, poor interpersonal skills, substance issues, and other mental health concerns.


Teresa strives to offer a space free of judgement where clients can openly share their thoughts, feelings and experiences. She utilize a combination of theories to best support my clients and meet them where they’re at based on their specific needs, incorporating therapeutic techniques from CBT, acceptance therapy, trauma-focused care, and others.

Insurances Accepted: HealthNet, Aetna, Molina, MHN, Anthem, Blue Cross, Cigna, Molina, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal,  Out of Network PPO

Marlee Martens, M.S.W, LCSW

Marlee is a therapist with over five years of experience treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, adjustment disorder, self-esteem issues, trauma, self harm, ADHD, family system issues, grief, and other issues. Her treatment philosophy is a non-judgmental, warm approach focusing on utilizing evidence-based interventions while providing compassion and empowering clients through a strengths-based lens.


Marlee has experience working with children, teens, adults and families in various settings. She use an integrative approach of CBT, DBT, strength-based approaches, behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and others. Wherever you are in life, Marlee will meet you there to help you better understand your issues, how they relate to your past, and what you can do to move forward to find happiness and peace.

Insurances Accepted: HealthNet, MHN, Anthem, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, Cigna, Aetna, Molina, HealthNet Medi-cal, Anthem Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Leah Stryer, M.S., LMFT

Leah is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist holding a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. Leah treats children, teenagers, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, emotional disorders, and trauma. She utilizes an integrative approach by combining different elements of specific therapies, integrating CBT, DBT, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy to create individualized treatments for client's specific needs. 


Leah's empathetic approach focuses on transparency, authenticity, and creating trusting relationships with my clients. She strives to provide clients with a safe and supportive environment that allows you to face life’s challenges and facilitate growth in a non-judgmental, warm, and compassionate environment.


Insurances Accepted: HealthNet, MHN, Aetna, Molina, Cigna, Anthem, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, Anthem Medi-cal, HealthNet Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Erika Carter, M.A., LMFT

Erika is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist holding Degrees from UCLA and Alliant University. Erika treats children, adults and families that experience depression, anxiety, disruptive behaviors, trauma, low self-esteem, grief, autism spectrum, parenting skills, and other mental health issues. She approaches each client with a kind, compassionate, and caring approach to form a genuine therapeutic bond where you will feel comfortable, feel understood, and have hope knowing you do not have to carry the burden alone.

Erika integrates techniques from CBT, Gestalt, Family Systems, Art Therapy, Solution-focused, and other therapeutic approaches to provide you with the tools you need to grow, persevere, and thrive.


Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, or just feel alone carrying the weight of your trauma, begin your journey towards healing. Erika has a passion for helping others with their challenges in life and supporting you in your next steps towards healing. 


Insurances Accepted: HealthNet, Molina, MHN, Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, Cigna, Anthem Medi-cal, HealthNet Medi-cal, Molina Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Leslie Munguia, M.S., LMFT

Leslie is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist holding a Masters Degree from Cal Baptist University. Building trust and forming genuine relationships with clients are essential to her therapeutic approach. Leslie integrates various therapeutic methods to meet client’s specific needs, including CBT, DBT, narrative, and solution-focused therapy, treating adults, teens, couples and children.

Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, stress, parenting distress, or other mental health issues, together Leslie can help you to overcome your current struggles. Through the therapeutic process, she will work to help you live fully in the present regardless of what has occurred in your past.

Leslie loves being able to help others make positive changes, and look forwards to helping you recognize your strengths, abilities, and power to improve your overall well being.

Insurances Accepted: HealthNet, Molina, MHN, Anthem, Aetna, Blue Cross, Cigna, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, Anthem Medi-cal, HealthNet Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Linda Fujino, M.A., LMFT

Linda is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist holding a Masters Degree from Antioch University. Whether you are looking to end an addiction, process complex trauma and shame, or overcome your self-limiting beliefs Linda is here help. Linda treats those with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, grief/loss, children of addict/alcoholics, borderline personality, betrayal trauma, sex/porn addiction, and other issues. 

Linda works with wide population including individuals, couples, divorcing families, transgender, and male/female sex issues. She prides herself in understanding that client trust is built through a collaborative experience and not one based on the therapist’s own agenda or schedule. Through the therapeutic process, Linda can help you to better understand what you have been through and how to overcome your current struggles to live your fullest, best life.

Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, MHN, Anthem, Aetna, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Cigna, Optum, Oscar, Anthem Medi-cal, HealthNet Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Karinna Torres, MSW, LCSW

Karinna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with five years of experience. Karinna's approaches include evidence-based practices like CBT, DBT, and mindfulness-based interventions, as well as a trauma-informed care perspective. Her overall approach to treatment integrates various therapeutic strategies to cater to the personal journey of each client and their unique reasons for seeking therapy. She treats a variety of disorders, including stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, interpersonal challenges, ADHD, adjustment disorders, and other mental health issues.

Central to her ethos is to make therapy a place of acceptance and understanding. Sadly there's sometimes still a stigma that surrounds mental health, and Karinna has a deep admiration for anyone taking the necessary steps being vulnerable on their healing journey. She loves being able to see people thrive in their personal lives by helping them along their journey of healing.

Karinna happily provides therapy in English or Spanish to clients of all ages.


Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, MHN, Anthem, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, Anthem Medi-cal, HealthNet Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Christina Carleton, MSW, LCSW

Christina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker holding a Masters Degree from San Diego State University. Her approach to therapy is one of person-centered care and collaboration to create a safe and non-judgmental space for people to be able to freely express their thoughts and feelings. Christina's goal is to build a trusting therapeutic relationship in which you feel heard, seen, and accepted. Utilizing a strengths-based and solution-focused framework, she will collaborate with you to identify goals, develop skills, and challenge unhelpful thought patterns and beliefs. 

Christina is trained in a number of different evidence based approaches and will work with you to come up with a treatment plan that is tailor made to fit your needs. Christina has experience working with adults, teens, and children in mental health clinics, intensive outpatient services, and integrated care management settings in LA and San Diego.  She enjoys working with all ages, and aim to help in identifying thought patterns and behaviors that are impacting self-perception and interpersonal interactions.

Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, MHN, Anthem, Aetna, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, Anthem Medi-cal, HealthNet Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Katey Davis, MSW, LCSW

Katey is Licensed Psychotherapist with degrees from Univ of Oregon and Pacific University providing mental health services for adults. Katey's holistic view of the human experience helps her treat various issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and more. Her passions are trauma recovery, increasing self-compassion and self-worth, and building resilience. With cognitive and behavioral techniques tailored to your unique self, she will work with you to help grow your sense of wellbeing.

Katey feels passionate about providing a safe space for you to grow in self-awareness and to learn to use resources that work for you. She prides herself in being a warm, insightful, compassionate therapist who uses evidence-based interventions tailored for areas of growth that are important to each individual client.

Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, MHN, Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, Anthem Medi-cal, HealthNet Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

M. Sufiyan Kagzi, MSW, LCSW

Sufiyan is a licensed psychotherapist with extensive experience working with teenagers, young adults, and families. Using therapy techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and others, he treats a wide range of mental health issues, including Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, low self-esteem, and others. As a therapist, Sufiyan is committed to providing a safe, caring, and accepting environment that encourages healing and growth. 


Sufiyan offers a safe, non-judgmental space to explore your deeper issues, while also providing psychoeducation, resources, and tools to empower my clients to actually make the changes they want in their lives.  He is fluent in English, Hindi, and Urdu, and happily welcomes any seeking Muslim-based counseling or Islam-based counseling, along with all other faiths and backgrounds.

Insurances Accepted: Molina, HealthNet, MHN, Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross, Cigna, United HealthCare, Optum, Oscar, Anthem Medi-cal, HealthNet Medi-cal, Out of Network PPO

Dan Weinstein, M.A.

Practice Manager

Dan brings a background in education, business management, educational therapy and human resources to his role as practice manager. Previously working in private education, Dan brings a wealth of experience in client relations and scheduling to his role at Apex. Apex's focus and commitment to helping teens and young adults comes from Dan's passion for serving those groups.

Holding math degrees from UCLA (Bachelors) and Arizona State (Masters) with highest honors, Dan handles billing, insurance, invoicing and scheduling. Outside of work Dan enjoys cooking, trivia, UCLA sports, playing with his cat and traveling.