I have extensive and very well rounded education, i.e., I am skilled in approaches that address the mind, body and unconscious. I don't have a "one size fits all" approach. Instead, given my broad training and experience, I adapt to the needs of the client. I have also been in the field for 20 years. I have also won several awards for excellence.
I received my undergraduate degree from Antioch University in Marina del Rey, CA. Thereafter, I received a Masters degree from the University of Southern California, where I graduated with Honors. As a USC Field Instructor, I was awarded the Master Field Instructor Award. I continue to serve as Adjunct Faculty at USC's graduate School of Social Work. I hold a certificate in Advanced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, and a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, where I ranked in the top 5% nationwide. A Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW) is the highest level of credentialing available through the National Association of Social Workers; NASW is the largest professional social work organization in the world.
I have been certified as an EMDR practitioner by EMDRIA.
My career in the field of social services began in 1991 when I assisted victims of domestic violence and their children at a local battered women's shelter in Los Angeles. Thereafter, I worked at a residential facility with court-ordered adolescents with a range of behavioral and psychological disorders. Subsequently, I treated adults, adolescents and the elderly at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute, in-patient and out-patient, where I received awards for excellence. I have counseled staff and faculty at USC's Employee Assistance Program. I have also served as a Field Instructor for UCLA, USC and Antioch University, supervising graduate students in their field placements. As part-time faculty, I have served as a Field Liaison and Academic Advisor to USC School of Social Work's graduate students and taught Child and Adolescent Development and Social Work across a range of different contexts at the graduate level. As a Clinical Supervisor at Bienestar Human Services, I supervise licensed and Masters level therapists. I also served as the Regional Clinical Director at Aegis Medical Systems,a methadone clinic treating opiate dependency, where I provided supervision and training on a range of clinical issues. I also held the role of Adjunct Professor at Ryokan College, a graduate program in Psychology. I have lectured on a range of clinical disorders and participated in the development of a variety of clinical programs. In addition to my private practice, I was also the Clinical Director of TheACY, a grief support program for children and adults. I served on Didi Hirsch's Survivors After Suicide Advisory Board and facilitate support groups for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. I have also provided critical incident stress debriefings to organizations who have lost employees to suicide. As an EMDR-certified therapist, I work with those who have suffered trauma, as well as other therapists seeking consultation for their practices. In January 2019, I received recognition as One of LA's Top 10 Therapists by the Motion Picture and Television Industries.
KAREN NAVARRETE, MSW, Doctoral (DSW) candidate - San Fernando
Karen has worked in the mental health field for ten years in both the private and public sector. She has experience working with children, youth, adults, older adults, and couples. Karen has worked with people experiencing depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, grief and loss, addiction, trauma, and provided court mandated treatment.
Karen has experience working with Veterans, those living with chronic illnesses, minority populations, and the LGBTQIA population. She earned her masters degree from the University of Southern California and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from the University of Southern California. Karen presented at the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) on Military Social Work and enjoys working and volunteering for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), providing care and support for the families of fallen service members.
Karen is fluent in Spanish and her approach to treatment includes psychodynamic psychotherapy, evidence based practices, and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). Karen has two locations. Her main office is at 110 North Maclay Avenue, Suite 114, San Fernando, CA 91340, and her second office location is in West LA at 2001 S. Barrington Ave. Suite 202 Los Angeles, CA 90025. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; work: (323) 803-9510; www.kntherapy.com (Online: https://doxy.me/kntherapy)
OMAR GONZALEZ, MSW - West Los Angeles
Omar received his Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and thereafter, his Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California (Dean's Honorable mention list).
Through experience in the nonprofit sector with Bienestar Human Services and the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Omar has extensive knowledge about LGBTQ, Latinx, Immigrant, Substance Use Disorders, Depression and Anxiety, Trauma and Abuse. He utilizes EMDR, Flash Technique, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Problem-Solving Therapy modalities to address clients' presenting issues.
Omar is bilingual and has an expansive interest in advocacy for underserved communities using a micro and macro lens. Omar's office is located at 2001 S. Barrington Ave., # 202, West Los Angeles, CA 90025. Email: email@example.com; Work: 310-486-7482; (Online: https://doxy.me/omargonzalez)
NERY MELENDEZ, LCSW - Hollywood
Nery has 7 years of experience working in the mental health field with adults, children, families, probation youth and adults, trauma, the LGBTQ community, individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Riverside, and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Nery is geared towards assisting clients in overcoming life's adversities and living a healthy life.
For the past 5 years, Nery has supervised substance abuse counselors and peer counselors. She has participated as a co-facilitator for research groups based on medical distrust impacting medication adherence for people living with HIV/AIDS as well as a focus group for the Department of Justice on mistrust in the legal system by transgender women.
Nery has conducted presentations for USC medical students, Kaiser fellows, and community organizations on topics of LGBTQ issues, depression, trauma and substance abuse. She is fluent in Spanish. Her treatment approaches include Flash Technique, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Traum-Focused CBT and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). Nery's office is located at 6311 Romaine Street, Suite 7329, Los Angeles, CA 90038. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Work: (323) 813-1401; crescentmentalhealth.com; (online: https://doxy.me/crescentmentalhealth).
Terry Jordan, LCSW, DCSW Psychotherapist 2001 S. Barrington Avenue Suite 202 West Los Angeles, CA 90025 email@example.com (310) 895-4848