Psychotherapy

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Patti Huber, LCSW

(714) 754-6505

Patti Huber has been teaching one thing or another  since high school. Each experience along the way has been a stepping  stone in a journey that brought her to a career as a Licensed Clinical  Social Worker. Each experience supports her own growth personally and  professionally.


After  working many years with adolescents who were incarcerated or in the  foster care system, she started private practice. In her practice she  specializes in supporting clients through journeys of life transitions,  family building (foster care, adoption, or reproductive medicine),  aging, grief/loss, and trauma.


Amidst  the chaos of significant life events, there are lessons one can glean  from the experience. These challenges are fraught with emotions as one  learns to navigate the world within the context of the new normal; it  usually involves a readjustment in relationships whether it with one's  self or with others. Her approach involves looking deeply, honestly, and  truthfully at all that presents itself for the growth and change one  seeks. It is with deep regard that Patti supports individuals through  the process, holding one's journey, pain, growth, and healing sacred  until the light returns to one's heart.


Patti  is an adoptive mom in a transracial adoption. She is passionate about  helping families find the language to tell the stories of how their  family came to be in a heart-centered, developmental way. Using an  eclectic approach to therapy (including EMDR), she provides support to  couples as well as all members of the constellation moving through their  family building choices. Her practice supports individuals and  professionals in the community through support groups, consultation,  teaching, and therapy.


Patti  is privileged and honored to have the opportunity to work alongside  clients who seek to make changes for themselves and come to a place  where they can grow purposefully, live consciously, and age gracefully.

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Carolyn Ozimok, AMFT 116129

(562) 708-6801

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist supervised by Patti Huber, LCSW • LCS21064

If  you are experiencing difficulties in your life or problems with your  relationships and want to create a healthier life that brings peace,  joy, purpose, and fulfillment, Carolyn welcomes the opportunity to  support you.


She is a creative, compassionate, intuitive therapist who practices  holistically, integrating body, mind, and spirit. She tailors her  approach to the individual needs of each client using a multi-faceted,  trauma-focused approach. She holds space for your unique and diverse  experiences and needs, maintaining a willingness to stay open and  curious to understand each person’s truth. Carolyn believes the capacity  to heal is inside each person and provides a safe, supportive,  non-judgmental space for exploration and positive growth.


She has passionately worked with youth and families for over 25 years as  an educator, group facilitator, and counselor. Extensive personal  growth, education, and personal and professional experiences give her a  unique perspective to relate to others on many different levels. Carolyn  seeks to empower children, teens, adults, and families to gain  insights, access strengths, develop skills, and discover the capacity to  be in a healthier relationship with themselves and others.


Carolyn also enjoys facilitating groups. She recognizes the power of  being witnessed and related to by other group members and the growth  which occurs as a result. She currently facilitates ConnecTEEN, a group  for adolescents touched by adoption, foster care or donor conception.  Other group offerings include therapeutic drumming, movement, and  support for different issues and stages of life.

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JoAnn Fitzpatrick, LMFT

(310) 938-4555

Growing Up Is Hard To Do!


JoAnn  Fitzpatrick is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been  helping adolescents, young adults and their families adapt, grow and  thrive for over twenty years.  JoAnn is committed to helping her clients  maximize their ability to live a developmentally healthy and  relationally fulfilled life – to be able to target and move through  unresolved developmental issues (both for individuals and families) at  any age.  As the phrase Growing Up is Hard to Do! notes, we are  influenced by so many factors that shape how we grow throughout our  lives.  Whether it is helping with the normal growing pains that are  present at any age or helping to identify and address more serious  issues (chronic mental illness, trauma, addiction, abuse, attachment  disruptions/adoption), creating a supportive therapeutic environment to  maximize healthy growth is her goal.


Throughout  her career, JoAnn has served adolescents/young adults and their  families within various treatment and educational settings in clinical,  program development, training/supervisory, administrative and  teaching roles. JoAnn’s extensive background working within a variety of  treatment and educational settings allows her to bring a highly  informed and experienced ability to assess and create a treatment plan  specific to her client’s needs and goals.


In  addition to providing psychotherapy to high school age adolescents,  young adults and adults, JoAnn also actively participates on treatment  team networks of health professionals and provides education,  consultation and training to students and professionals on working with  developmental issues across the lifespan, adolescents, young adults,  family systems, family therapy and treatment teams.

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Mel Herst, LMFT

(714) 460-2949

Mel  Herst is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. He has worked with a  wide variety of individuals and families for 15 years. He is interested  in helping individuals make meaning of their life experiences in order  to find resolve and live a more fulfilling life. His formative  experience working with foster children brought him to take a special  interest in attachment and early childhood bonds. His training in the  modalities of Child Parent Psychotherapy and Dyadic Developmental  Psychotherapy helps parents and children build safe bonds when past  trauma obstructs relationship bonding and development. Another area he  has utilized "meaning making" and attachment is in the area of addiction  and recovery. It is his hope by helping clients reexamine earlier life  experiences that they can understand the role their addiction has played  in their life. He enjoys working collaboratively with his clients  towards a co-created goal and satisfactory solution.

Specialties include; Adoption, Attachment, Early Childhood and Addiction/Recovery.

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Charles Andrews, LMFT

(213) 373-1162

Charles Andrews is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He  recognizes that sometimes we want change, and sometimes we just want to  turn down the heat.  Whatever your goals for therapy, Charles will  support you as you reach them and come to live the life you yearn for.  He specializes in working with couples and individuals with experience  in depression, anxiety, futility, anger-management, trauma, and other  psychological, emotional, existential and spiritual challenges. Charles  has been trained in Trauma Resiliency Model Protocol and EMDR. Charles  is also available to give informative, entertaining talks on psychology,  psychotherapy and in particular the problems of intimate partners.

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Karen Conklin, LMFT

(562) 375-4893

I am here to help you live the life you want to be  living and make the decision to do just that today. Depression, anxiety,  marital dissatisfaction, unhappy, under achieving or perfectionist  teenagers?

Life  happens, and there is a choice on how to react to each and every  stimulus. Either in Fear or in Love. I can provide anyone with the tools  learned in cognitive behavioral therapy towards a healthier, happier,  higher functioning harmonious life. You and your family will leave my  office with concrete techniques to implement immediately. I am  passionate about my profession and honored to be of service.

My  experiences include; 50+ plus years of living, on both coasts and the  Midwest too, one marriage, a son and daughter, a B.A. and career in  Advertising, a M.A. in Clinical Psychology, a Middle School counselor,  PTA/Stay-at-home-Mother, a psychotherapist to our war veterans, an  Adolescent Specialist, a Marriage psychologist and a certified Divorce  Mediator.

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Dr. Deginesh (Dee) Worku,. Ph.D., LMHC, LPCC.

(714) 470-1376

My name is Dr. Deginesh Worku or Dr. Dee. I’m a  licensed mental health therapist with over 20 years of experience  working with individuals, couples and families.

I  work with people dealing with anxiety, depression, communication  problems, trauma and life transitions ( e.g., adoption, immigration,  divorce, loss, etc.) which can all cause overwhelming feelings leaving  you unbalanced. I also specialize in cross-cultural / multicultural  dynamics understanding the impact culture has on the way we navigate and  process behaviors.

I hope to create a supportive and safe environment to help you move towards your desired goals.

I’m licensed in Iowa and California and a member of The American Mental Health Counselors Association.

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Pamela Boysen, LCSW

(714) 844-7282

It takes courage to seek out therapy.  More than  likely you are feeling pain right now. Please know I would like to  travel down this road of healing with you offering hope, ways to process  what has happened, courage to explore the past, and guidance for  healing so you can feel better.


At  Whole Heart Therapy we use a holistic model knowing that your emotions  and behaviors are entwined with experiences stored in your body.  Some  of those experiences, you may not have words to describe. This means  healing may not involve a lot of talking and instead we will connect  with your body, your mind, and your heart. We do this through techniques  called mindfulness, sand tray, Brainspotting, movement, and with  families we use TheraPlay.

As your therapist, I hope to offer you a safe place to be you, to be accepted, to know you are whole, and to know you can heal.

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Natalie Asawesna, LMFT

(562) 507-1751

Natalie has always been naturally curious about how people work. With an  undergrad degree in sociology and graduate degree in clinical  psychology, emphasis on marriage and family therapy, she is able to  connect with people ages 10-65 and support them through life’s  transitions and struggles while finding joy throughout. She especially  appreciates working alongside people that want to look at where they’ve  been, visualize where they want to go, and take steps to get there.  Natalie has worked in community mental health, school settings, private  practice, and clinical supervision.

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Jessica Wellins (Jaurequi) M.S.

(562) 247- 4087

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #101818 under the supervision of Natalie Asawesna LMFT #98534

I am a pre-licensed mental health therapist that specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families. I received my masters of science degree in marriage and family therapy at California state university, Fullerton, in 2017, where the foundation of my child/human-centered, eclectic and culturally sensitive theoretical approach was formed. 


I am grateful for the clients in my 5+ years of community health work, who gave me significant experience with treating various barriers and impairments. Out of those various difficulties, I found natural strengths in the areas of treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, limited self esteem and social skills, anger and mood fluctuation, increased coping and regulation skill building. I care deeply for my community. How can I be of support to you and your family?

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