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Anastasia Titova, LPCC

Currently not accepting new patients.

As a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) I have received comprehensive training in evidence-based psychological modalities, including traditional cognitive-behavioral theories as well as mindfulness, DBT and expressive art therapy techniques. I utilize trauma-informed holistic approaches in my practice, and have treated individuals experiencing a wide range of difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, personality disorders, life crises and psychological trauma. I specialize in anxiety reduction, stress management and conflict resolution.

Languages spoken: English and Russian

Aura Mena, NP

Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner I worked for 12 years as an inpatient nurse at a local hospital, 8 of which were as an inpatient psychiatric nurse working with the adult population. I’ve spent the last 6 years working as a Community Mental Health Nurse with underserved communities in the county that suffer from severe mental illnesses. During that time, I also completed the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at UCSF. My area of expertise are adults suffering from depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders.

From the start of my career, I realized that I have the responsibility to meet my clients where they are. My job is to meet my clients with compassion, empathy and a great sense of respect at their most vulnerable times. My approach is patient care is collaborative, in partnership with my clients and colleagues. I am interested in learning from and understanding my clients, as they know themselves and their needs best, and together we can establish the best treatment options to help them achieve their treatment goals. I speak English and Spanish.

Ben Schwartzman, LCSW

Are you finding it difficult to move forward with your life, not where you want to be, or want to develop skills to achieve your goals? It is often not easy to seek support, however you're already showing a tremendous amount of courage by considering therapy. I believe individuals have unique needs, and I bring both my experience and collaborative skills into treatment. I am dedicated to, and extremely passionate about assisting people to develop more meaning, success, and pleasure in their life. I enjoy working through a strength-based and collaborative approach to help people recognize challenges, identify treatment goals, and develop skills to improve the quality of your life.

Currently not accepting new patients.

Languages spoken: English and Russian

Bianca Brito, LCSW

I am a Bilingual (Spanish speaking) Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have nine years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, families, and young adults in addressing adjustment disorders, anger, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, self-esteem, self-harm issues, grief, and trauma. I draw from a variety of evidenced based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Solution Focused Therapy, Strength Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I utilize these treatment interventions in my practice to best meet your individual needs.
My commitment for social work has remained strong throughout my nine years of service in the social work field, in the capacity of youth care worker/residential counselor at a group home setting, school social worker, hospital social worker, foster care social worker, and mental health therapist. I strive to be a supportive figure to patients, in a way that will be impactful to individuals in need. I have developed strong clinical skills, which have prepared me to provide quality care to patients seeking support in their time of need and vulnerability.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a Minor in Gerontology and obtained my Masters in Social Work from California State University, Fullerton. I am passionate about my work and the opportunity to compassionately serve patients. I have had the opportunity to witness firsthand many of my patients successfully graduate from therapy and maintain progress in addressing challenges, processing traumas, and implementing cognitive behavior change.
I aim to provide a space free of judgment to begin the therapeutic process. I look forward to joining you in your journey.

Desiree Sayre, LCSW

Therapy is something we all need because we are all human. Therapy is about learning and growing and gaining new tools and insights to help us live rich and meaningful lives
Welcome! Reaching out for help is often the first and most difficult step to initiating change in our lives. My name is Desiree Sayre and I am a licensed clinical mental health professional (LCSW) and a graduate of USC. I am passionate about my work and I look forward to working with you.
I have experience in various settings as a psychotherapist, most recently as a federal contractor for the Veteran Affairs. My background includes a number of years of experience working with families, couples and individuals ranging from 4 to 94 years old. I have provided therapy to individuals with PTSD, childhood trauma, anxieties, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, grief and loss, relationship conflict, parenting issues, career and work stress, ADHD, anger, self-esteem, phase of life transitions and various other areas relating to mental health. I have a background with victims of trauma including childhood trauma and military trauma. As a certificated primary care mental health integration therapist, I also have experience working with pain and sleep issues related not only to stress but to significant health problems. Additionally, I have a background working with individuals with autism and other disabilities.
I integrate the latest evidence-based knowledge from neuroscience into my interventions. I provide an environment of understanding, compassion and non-judgment using a strength-based, integrative, holistic, and culturally sensitive approach. My psychotherapy style is warm and interactive. I have learned over the years that more important than the intervention used during psychotherapy is the relationship. I applaud you for making this first step and look forward to helping you during this particular time in your life including: Managing challenging symptoms such as anxiety, depression or anger; improving a relationship with your partner or your children; acquiring improved parenting skills; processing past emotional pain or managing current physical pain; obtaining tools for a new challenging phase or simply creating a life worth living.

Efren Lopez, LCSW

The challenges that we encounter throughout life can have an effect on us and sometimes shape the way we think, feel, act and influence how we interpret the world. Life can sometimes lead us down a path that we were not planning on going down on, and by the time we notice, we may feel hopeless, scared, anxious, lost and uncertain if we should continue down or turn back. My hope, is that you and I can figure out a way to get back to how things were before, and if not, perhaps start on a different path altogether.
I earned my bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and my masters in Social Work, from the University of California with a concentration in Children and Families. I have provided mental health services in community mental health agencies, working primarily with children and adolescents in intensive programs, as well as with children and adolescents in the hospital setting. I have worked and helped those overcome different mental health challenges, from depression and anxiety to trauma and family conflict. I take a culturally competent approach, taking into consideration our various cultural identities, and incorporate them into the therapeutic process. I believe that therapy is not a “one size fits all” and that the therapeutic process will look different for everyone. My approach is primarily centered around you, working together in a culturally competent, safe, honest and empathic environment, to help you reach your goals.

Currently not accepting new patients.

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Maria Ruelas, Ed.D., LCSW

I am a Bilingual (Spanish speaking) Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes working with children, young adults, and families. I earned my master’s degree from USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and my doctorate degree at USC Rossier School of Education. I am a highly motivated and passionate individual who is committed to providing excellent clinical interventions and outreach services regarding mental health and wellness to any of my clients. I am self-aware and culturally competent as I have had the opportunity to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. I have served diverse/eclectic groups of individuals and families ranging from different hardships and issues that have hindered their daily functioning. I provide treatment to individuals with social and emotional concerns such as, social skills, anxiety, aggression, depression, self-esteem, gender identity, impulsivity, hyperactivity, complex traumas and much more. I use a wide range of evidence-based practices and modalities that are specific to the needs of my clients and provide a safe space to process and understand their feelings and emotions. My wish is to provide my clients with a great therapeutic experience!

Maya Peters, LCSW

Maya Peters is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 12 years of experience in the field of mental health. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and enjoys serving the diverse, multifaceted Southern California community. Her treatment methodology builds on an individual’s strengths and sees treatment as a collaborative endeavor that requires empathy, transparency, and client-centered goals.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, and French

Nicolas Salazar, MD

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Philippe Levy, MD

I have board certifications in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, and I’m passionate about innovative care models that break down barriers between our physical health and mental health care needs. Through years of providing both direct medical and psychiatric care, I’ve developed a core philosophy of treatment for the whole person: an open-minded, compassionate, trauma-informed, and medically-oriented approach to mental health. I also have significant experience providing care through Telehealth platforms, and I especially appreciate the convenience for my patients.

Rosana Alaniz, LCSW

I am a bilingual (Spanish/English) Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, pain management, phase of life issues, and grief processing. I received my B.A. in Psychology from California State University of Northridge and Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. I am also a certified End-of-life Doula.
I have experience working with children, adolescents, families, adults, and the elderly in community mental health, and hospice setting. My therapeutic approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy, strength-based, symptom reduction, positive coping skills, and improvement in overall functioning based on your own personal values. My interaction is client-centered, reflective, present, and culturally-sensitive. I believe people are resilient and naturally want to restore their health and strength. Therapy is collaborative work that can give you some direction and understanding

Shannon Suo, MD

I completed my undergraduate studies at UC Davis with a BS in Zoology, focused on behavior. I attended University of Cincinnati School of Medicine for my medical degree and came back to Sacramento for a combined residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. I chose the combined practice of Family Medicine and Psychiatry because I saw the impact that psychological concerns had on the health of individuals and how often primary care physicians were not prepared to understand or treat these problems. I maintain Board Certification in both Family Medicine and Adult Psychiatry. I have worked in academic medicine for the past 11 years and have published in the areas of cultural psychiatry, personality disorders, geriatric medicine, pain medicine, and psychopharmacology while also teaching and seeing patients. I see adults of all ages and specialize in treating those with complex medical and psychiatric problems, including people from diverse backgrounds who may not have familiarity with the Western concepts of and approaches to psychiatric illness. I believe in a "whole person" approach to mental health and like to coordinate with other health providers in the care of my patients.

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