Meet The Team

Ann Russo she/her
Clinical Supervisor, LCSW, MA.TH
Ann is the founder of AMR Mental Health Therapy, believes psychotherapy is an effective conduit for helping the world be a better place. Ann initially became a therapist because she believed in the ability of people to better themselves and the world around them. Since high school, Ann has participated in various groups, clubs and activities promoting social justice and self-awareness. Ann studied religion and sexuality in school and went on to receive an MSW at California State, Long Beach. She is currently licensed to practice psychotherapy in both California and Nevada. Ann has a passion for working with diverse communities. She is specifically trained in, and has over two decades of experience working with, the LGBTQ community. Ann has conducted several trainings for organizations, schools, and health facilities, focused on how to effectively work with LGBTQ people in various medical and mental health settings. She has published works on religion and sexuality, as well as been a speaker on these topics at several universities. Ann enjoys public speaking, training, and providing therapy to an array of diverse clients. Ann is also a certified domestic violence and sexual assault counselor. She specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma, communication, and conflict resolution, employing various treatment modalities that focus on what is most helpful for her clients.
Alma Bradford she/her
LCSW
Alma is a Spanish/English Bilingual* Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 7 years of experience working with families and individuals in various settings. She has worked in hospitals, medical/community outpatient settings and in the home. As a therapist, she specializes in helping build self-awareness, compassion, understanding, respect, empathy, acceptance toward self and others, improving relationships, and restoring optimal functioning. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of California, Irvine, in Psychology and Social Behavior and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. She has extensive experience treating children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds. She addresses various Issues, including parent-teen conflict, crisis management, self-esteem, trauma, anxiety, panic disorder, depression, grief and loss, life transitions and adjustment problems.
Rocio Garcia she/her
LCSW
Rocio Garcia is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15 years of experience in the mental health field.  Her passion is been working with forensics and the severely mentally ill population. In recent years, Rocio has brought her extensive expertise to school social work, helping students in middle and high school who, because of social, behavioral and emotional challenges, are at risk of academic failure.  Rocio, as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Human Services at CSU, Dominguez Hills, possesses expertise in working with diverse population in academia by preparing and promoting success for future helping professionals. Rocio earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish with a pre-law emphasis and her Master of Social Work with a Mental Health Concentration, and a sub-concentration in working with the Severely and Mentally Ill Population from the University of Southern California.
Kelli Strickland she/her
LCSW
Kelli Strickland, LCSW has 16 years of experience working with children, youth and families who have suffered various trauma, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, domestic violence, grief & loss, and teen pregnancy. Kelli is currently the lead social worker at a residential group foster home in Orange County, California. Before pursuing her Master of Social Work, Kelli served as a Regional Manager for Acres of Love, a Johannesburg, South Africa, home for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.  Kelli holds a B.A. in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and an M.S.W. from Cal State Long Beach. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2016. 
Liz Mojica she/her
LCSW
Liz is a dedicated psychotherapist and social worker, working collaboratively with clients to foster a life that is healthier, happier and more fulfilling. She has had the privilege of being a Clinical Social Worker for the past 25 years, including 15 years as a therapist. Offering a safe, non-judgmental and trusting therapeutic relationship, Liz has worked successfully with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, loss, relationship and life transition issues. She has also assisted clients in recovery from trauma caused by emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
Sandra Bosdachin she/her
MA, Counseling
Sandra earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus on behavior modification.  She has been in the field for nearly two decades. She is currently a certified Pain Free Performance Specialist, able to provide support and mental health care for students, caregivers, and teachers, all in home and school settings. She believes people are capable of so much and enjoys supporting clients on their journey of self-improvement. This has been shown to increase overall mental health, relationships, and goal achieving. Sandra additionally specializes in working with caregivers of all kinds to resolve burnout. Another area of specialty is her work with those on the autism spectrum, and those going through big life transitions, such as pregnancy and job changes.  Sandra is also the Emotional Support Animal accessor and consultation specialist at AMR Therapy.
Mary Malady she/her
LCSW
Mary started her career path attending the University of California at Irvine, after which she obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California, with an emphasis on children and families. She initially began working with children, adolescents and adults in an inpatient crisis residential treatment program. In addition, she devoted most of her life to working with abused and neglected children and their families. Mary served as Program Director in two different shelters, working with pregnant and parenting teens and adults. She has a vast understanding of the developmental needs of children and the ensuing damage of early childhood trauma.
 
Mary has also worked in Hospice addressing end of life care for the dying and their loved ones. Mary considers therapy to be a partnership between therapist and client walking together with the goal of greater peace and life satisfaction. She utilizes a variety of modalities including mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, developmental psychology, psycho education, trauma work and systemic therapy. Mary brings twenty plus years in this field and is highly committed to helping you to live your best life.
Maria Jeffery she/her
LCSW

Maria is a private practice psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Los Angeles County. Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and several cognitive, and behavioral modalities. Maria utilizes a person-centered approach with a trauma focused lens tailored to the unique needs of each client. She helps patients develop the skills to address immediate need while exploring underlying contributing factors. Maria has a broad range of experience working in the outpatient mental health clinic, inpatient psychiatric hospital and school settings with youth and adults.  Maria has accumulated a wealth of experience working with individuals and families to navigate school, housing and justice systems. She is dedicated to addressing life transitions, behavior issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, serious mental illness and communication patterns to activate resilience, all by creating a warm, attentive and safe space to heal. Maria received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Los Angeles and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California in Social Work, where she was awarded Order of Arete, the highest honor awarded to graduate students.

Nic Caballero he/him
LCSW
Nic is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, committed to collaborative relationships that create long-term goals and shorter-term objectives to achieve wellness. Through a structured therapeutic collaboration, he  creates a space to explore concerns and develop insight into relationships, thought, and behavior patterns. Nic takes people seriously when they say they are suffering and does not question a client’s truth or reality, but works to help clients bring behaviors and attitudes back into alignment with their values and beliefs. Together we create a space to welcome opportunity, awareness, and healing. Nic has worked with issues of grief/loss, depression, anxiety, intimate partner violence, sexual trauma, problems with intimacy and communication, racial and sexual minority identity development concerns, transition-related concerns, as well as concerns related to traumatic experiences/complex trauma. When creating a therapeutic space, he often uses strategies oriented in mindfulness practices and therapeutic interventions such as DBT, EMDR, and Brainspotting. He looks forward to helping clients achieve their goals.
 
Terry White she/her
LCSW
Terry White is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has worked for over 10 years, in Maryland and California, with individuals with Mood Disorders, PTSD, relationship issues, substance abuse, Anxiety and Adjustment concerns, as well as those dealing with the effects of racism. Her treatment modality is mostly talk therapy with an Existential emphasis, Solution Focused Therapy, and CBT, as well as Behavioral interventions for children and adolescents. Terry stays connected with contemporary research, as keeping up with the knowledge base is of utmost importance to her, and her evidence based treatments. Her first task as a therapist is building a respectful, safe and positive therapeutic environment where patients feel comfortable sharing thoughts and emotions. Once this therapeutic relationship is established, the problem solving and coping skills will be developed and lead to stronger emotional health. Dialog and treatment plans are tailored to meet clients’ unique and specific needs. Terry subscribes to Michelle Obama’s statement: “..we are our children's first and best role models.” Terry’s therapy/counseling mantra is 'talk is truly cheap' when raising children to be good citizens who feel good about themselves. Children learn by models, guidance and mastery.
Blanca Rose Ayala she/her
LMFT

A veces, hacer los cambios y dar los pasos necesarios para vivir con nuestro mejor potencial puede convertirse en un gran desafío. Cuando una persona reconoce que necesita ayuda profesional para modificar un comportamiento, pensamiento o emoción que le está causando conflicto en su vida, ha dado el primer paso para realizar esos cambios y encontrar la plenitud en la vida. Blanca Rosa Ayala es Terapeuta Matrimonial y Familiar Licenciada que puede ayudarlo a aumentar su conciencia y vivir el presente; comprender mejor sus emociones y pensamientos desde una perspectiva diferente; ver diferentes alternativas para encontrar soluciones a sus problemas; crear un plan para establecer y alcanzar metas;  mejorar las habilidades de comunicación y establecer límites para tener mejores relaciones con los demás,  y lo más importante encontrar y hacer surgir y amar su verdadero yo.

Comencé mi Carrera con un bachillerato de psicología de la Universidad de California San Bernardino. Obtuve mi maestría en Ciencias de Consejería y Psicología, con énfasis en TerapiaMatrimonial y Familiar, en la Universidad Bautista de California CBU. Poseo certificaciones en Terapia de Hipnotismo y Terapia en Desensibilización y Reprocesamiento del Movimiento Ocular (EMDR); Esta terapia se utiliza para tratar el estrés postraumático y ayuda a disminuir los síntomas de ansiedad, depresión, y pensamientos no deseados tanto como sea posible.

Marie A. Bialza she/her
ACSW

Marie is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with experience serving youth, adults, and families with behavioral and mental health challenges. Marie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton She then earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. She also received her PPS Credential in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance. She has worked in a multitude of settings, including non-profit agencies, schools, the county, group homes, foster homes and wraparound services. Marie has experience working with clients who have issues surrounding adverse childhood experiences, abandonment, depression, anxiety, abuse, trauma, anger, addiction, gender identity, unhealthy family patterns, homelessness, relationships, intimate partner violence, and life transitions. She is a strong believer that every single person has the ability to create a healthy, fulfilling life, given the right resources and support. She is dedicated to providing a safe, therapeutic space for every client she has the pleasure of serving in order to effectively help them reach their goals.

Andrea Sanserino she/her
LCSW

Andrea Sanserino has 17 years of experience in the mental health field. Andrea has worked in various settings; community mental health, working with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, psychosis, trauma and substance abuse disorders, and as a behavioral health provider in a medical setting, providing therapy to adults and families, and currently in she has her own private practice. Andrea also serves as a Consultant providing training to staff in the mental health field, and as an Adjunct Faculty member at Cerritos College in the Mental Health Worker Program. An additional role that is meaningful for Andrea is as a Clinical Supervisor. It is one of Andrea's passions to mentor, guide and support individuals beginning their career in mental health. Andrea utilizes a recovery oriented focus, starting from a place that believes every individual has enormous strength and talent that can be harnessed to create a rich meaningful life. Trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Seeking Safety (trauma focused work) and skilled in Motivational Interviewing, Andrea uses a genuine, compassionate approach to helping others heal and grow.

Kristina Esquivel she/her
ACSW
Kristina Esquivel is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who has 12 years of experience in the mental health field. In community mental health, she has worked with adults in supported employment who experience depression, anxiety, substance use issues, psychosis and the homeless, who have had challenges getting back into the workforce. She has also provided therapy to adults who were in county Adult Drug Court & DUI Courts and ran addiction processing and psychoeducational groups. Kristina has worked with children and youth in elementary and middle school settings on emotion regulation, self-esteem issues, body positivity, crisis intervention, restorative practice and communication skills. Her approach to therapy is humanistic and she is a Certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation practitioner who works with an individual’s strengths, creativity and resources so they can live a life of meaning and purpose.  Providing compassionate care, Kristina helps clients reach their therapy goals by utilizing mindfulness, meditation, body positivity, harm reduction and attachment techniques. Kristina earned her Masters of Social Work degree from California State University, Long Beach and a b=Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. through a program funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, she also trains and supports students who want to work in the mental health field.

 

Linda Heang she/her
LCSW
Linda is Vietnamese, bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her MSW at Cal State, LA. She has a BA in English from University of New Orleans in literature and creative writing, which very much informs her critical thinking and creativity in developing specific, individual treatment plans for clients. She has experience providing individual therapy to adolescents, adults, and seniors with a range of moderate to severe mental illness, i.e. major depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, schizophrenia, various personality disorders, & grief/bereavement. She also worked with clients and their families to improve communication and reduce relational issues. She believes in people’s potential, their ability to achieve goals, and the right to do so while working through life’s many difficulties. She also believes it is a team effort, that overall health takes an all-encompassing community to maintain good health. Linda is client-centered and meet patients where they are. She practices within anti-racism, social justice, and inclusion frameworks, using her training in CBT, IPT, MI, IPV, Trauma, Crisis management, & LGBTQIA+ mental health.”
Linda Olanisa she/her
LCSW
Linda is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in individual/couples counseling, individuals/families dealing with chronic illnesses, adolescents and adults experiencing difficult life transitions, stress, anxiety, interpersonal conflict, and individuals/families dealing with grief. Linda has completed may research studies relating to health and depression. She is an African immigrant woman who understands the stigma that is sometimes associated with seeking mental health services/treatment, “I am your therapist with a listening ear, who believes that conversation is a form of treatment and healing. I am here to support you through life challenges in marriages, job, relationships and careers switch etc. My philosophy is, "a problem shared is half solved” it is during conversations that ideas are suggested and solutions are derived. Conversation is the first step to the main road of recovery. I also like to remind you that while there may be bumps in the road of your life, you are still headed in the right direction, because every exit off the freeway is a destination somewhere. Linda provides services in English Edo, Yoruba, and Pidgin English. Be kind to yourself and let's talk.
Christoper Datiles he/him
APCC

Chris is a queer Filipino Associate Professional Clinical Counselor with 7 years of experience in both the mental health field and higher education. In his practice he sees meeting with clients as an opportunity to co-create a relationship grounded in awareness, vulnerability, compassion, and connection. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego and a Master’s Degree in Multicultural Community Counseling from San Diego State University, he is passionate about supporting clients in increasing awareness and insight of self, relationships, beliefs, behaviors, and the impacts of systems of oppression. Chris has experience working with clients who are looking to process issues related to identity development, racial trauma, exploring one’s gender identity and sexual orientation, grief and loss, life transitions, anxiety, and depression. His approach is centered in liberation and utilizes a variety of modalities including feminist, humanistic, relational, and person-centered therapies.

Destiney Thomas she/her
ACSW

Destiney has almost a decade of service providing care to clients.  She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has two minors in Sociology and Gender/Sexuality.  Destiney received her MSW with an emphasis in mental health from USC.  She has the natural ability to meet clients where they are and provide them a safe space to be themselves.  She supports and counsels’ clients of all ages with various mental health conditions and life challenges.  Destiney believes in positive self-expression and self-awareness She provides clients with a place to explore self-esteem, body positivity, healthy communication and elevate crises.  He clients range from people working through trauma, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, psychosis, ADHD, and PTSD.  Working with clients of all genders, races, ages, ethnicities, sexualities and relationship statuses, Destiney utilizes a strength-based approach. Destiney provides therapy with individuals in various relationship statuses with a focus on the POC queer community.  Additionally, she specializes in working with client’s recovering from abuse relationships and situations. Always striving to exhibit a solution driven approach with clients, she remains client-centered in her care.  Destiney utilizes various coping techniques and strategies specifically by promoting self-awareness, individualized care, and healthy attachment styles.

“I pride myself most on my dedication to spreading inclusiveness and making sure all people feel comfortable and heard in and out of therapy.”

Ebony Berryman she/her
ACSW
Ebony is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW) She is trained in EMDR and several cognitive, and behavioral modalities. Ebony utilizes a person-centered and strengths-based approach with an emphasis on trauma, sexual identity (LBGQIA+) and lifestyle (Poly), customized to accommodate each client's needs. She accompanies patients in the development of first addressing baseline needs, then exploring contributing factors to presented problems/issues and collaboratively composing a roadmap to success with each client consisting of objectives and goals to support each client throughout their individualized treatment plan. Ebony has a variety of experience working in several outpatient mental health clinics, social service agencies, foster care and adoption agencies, and school settings with young children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. Ebony has experience working with individuals and families to process school issues, legal issues, social issues, family issues and issues with self; also addressing life transitions, behavior issues, trauma, anxiety, depression and mental illness. Ebony encourages empowerment, accountability, and client resilience by creating a safe and attentive space in order to vent, while putting in the work towards healing. 
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