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Rebecca Gillespie, MA, LMFT

Founder

My goal is to create a safe space where everyone can feel heard and validated. 

 

As a systemically trained therapist, I have experience treating depression, anxiety, grief, relationship problems, and transitional issues with individuals, couples, and families. My extensive knowledge in family therapy allows me to treat not only the individual, but also the entire family of origin, where appropriate.

 

I have training, extensive professional experience, and a strong passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community. Challenges for these individuals & families can be far reaching, and it is my goal to offer a space to explore and navigate them. 

 

I have also worked a great deal with adolescents, both individually and with their families. Adolescence can be a challenging time for families and I believe in creating an open environment for encouraging both communication and the acceptance of needed privacy. 

 

Additionally, I have a colorful history within the world of the performing arts. I know first-hand the unique demands of a creative career and the impact that it can have on people and their interpersonal relationships. I hope to be able to offer an understanding and educated perspective.

*some insurances accepted

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Roxanne Ruiz-Adams, DSW, LCSW

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Founder

I firmly believe that life is easier lived when lived in relationship.  In relationship, we can receive support, understanding, growth, and acceptance, making difficult life experiences much more bearable. We find and make relationships in so many domains; at home, with friends, in communities, and even with a therapist.  That is why I think finding a therapist you feel safe with is so important.  

 

In my years of experience, both in private practice and medical oncology, I have worked with individuals, couples, and families as they face change. 
Everyone experiences change in so many categories, a growing family, 

unmet expectations, a surprise medical condition, emigrating from a different country, the loss of a loved one, and the list goes on. 

 

With individuals, I work on helping you develop healthy coping tools to help you face and feel difficult emotions needed for personal growth.  My trauma-informed approach lets you go at your own pace with steady support and understanding. Together we identify the challenges that stand in your way of a happier life.  

With couples and families, I work on helping you all identify the patterns and culprits of your unhappiness, and build the necessary communication tools to understand each other while developing new ways of interacting with one another. In this kind of therapy, the focus of the therapy is strengthening the already existing relationships built, by fortifying your bonds to endure individual change and growth. 

It is an honor to provide a space for you, and your loved ones, to explore your feelings, fears, challenges and best of all--build a relationship. 

*some insurances accepted

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Carla Vitola, MA, LMFT

Founder

As a therapist, I believe you are the expert of your own life and I offer a safe and nonjudgmental environment to help you explore it. I also believe the hardest step can be acknowledging that we all need a little help sometimes to express our feelings and develop more productive behaviors. I can help you identify the patterns that keep you stuck in negative opinions of yourself and unsatisfactory relationships.
 

Therapy is not "one size fits all”. I combine various techniques and listen to specific needs to inform my work with individuals, couples, and families. I also believe relationships are essential to mental health and often encourage family involvement to promote healing and change.


I work with individuals, couples and families struggling with various stages of life, adjustment related issues, LGBTQ+ related issues, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual assault, addiction, and relationship problems. It is a privilege to be in a profession that provides positive change and transformation. It is a personal goal of mine to always meet my clients with a balance of empathy, challenge, and honesty. It would be a pleasure to work alongside you, your relationship, or your family.

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Tara Benigno, MSW, LSW

Therapy can be a truly transformative process. I feel passionate about connecting people with their needs, and I meet my clients where they are with warmth, empathy and understanding. We are all deeply affected by how we experience our surroundings, and how we create our individual narratives. I take a systems approach to identify those stories, and help my clients to reshape the way they view situations to gain alternative perspectives. I am structurally trained and observe each individual as part of a greater whole, whether it be a couple, a family, or in society. 

 

I have a therapeutic background with adult individuals, couples, families and adolescents. Integrating different approaches, I meet with my clients to process challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual assault, addiction, LGBTQ related issues, domestic violence and various life transitions.

 

I am so grateful to be a part of this exploratory work. Together, I promise to honor your past, focus on your present, and connect you to your truest intentions. 

Practicing under LCSW Supervision

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Dennise Reyes, MS, LAMFT

To me, therapy is about having a safe space to explore the person you want to become in a place free of judgment. I believe that you have the tools to help yourself and need a little self-exploration to know how to use them properly in a way that can better your life. It is within this space that change can exist and be possible. As a systemic family therapist, the relationships we surround ourselves with play a role in how we develop and learn how to cope with the trauma or severe life stressors that may arise in life. In therapy, I utilize the relationships you have with others as a tool to help you explore your experiences in a place of intimacy and safety.

 

In my experience of working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, I assist my clients in empowering and discovering healthy versions of themselves while strengthening their relationships with loved ones. As a bilingual Spanish speaking therapist, I have worked with families who need extra support in navigating the generational gap between parent and children and processing their identities and challenges within a new culture different from the one they were born into. I have a experience working with a variety of presenting problems, such as anxiety, boundary issues, depression, suicide/self-harm, domestic violence, sexual assault, relationship problems parent/children issues, LGBTQ related issues, and transitions within the life cycle. Within these problems, there is a voice waiting to be heard and strengthened. In this place of exploration, I look forward to assisting you in finding those possibilities within yourself.

Practicing under LMFT Supervision

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Stephanie Koeller, MS, LAMFT

Human relationships are an essential part of life, so I see family therapy as more than just a theory of therapy. I believe that people are more fulfilled, supported, motivated, and likely to grow when they are in relation to others and his, her, or their self. Relationships are at the crux of almost all human interactions, whether it be in the workplace, between friends and family members, or developing a deeper sense of self. Therefore, I believe it is crucial to feel a sense of safety in each relationship.

My goal in therapy is to help individuals, couples, and families feel safe in their interpersonal and introspective relationships. I aim to creative an inclusive environment that allows for the safe exploration of intimacy and overall well-being of these relationships. I like to help identify patterns that have been maladaptive to the individual, couple, or family, in favor of creating new patterns and boundaries that feel safer and productive for these individuals.

I have a passion for working with a wide array of presenting problems, with the understanding that the therapeutic process is different for each person I see. I consider myself a creative person, and often allow my creativity to come to light in session because it is my responsibility to tailor treatment to the individual, couple, or family. I am grateful for the opportunity to create a new narrative with you in session.

Practicing under LMFT Supervision

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Tyishia James, MSW, LSW

Building a relationship is such an important part of therapy.  When I think about therapy, I think about how to build a unique partnership specific to the person I am working with. I want you to feel safe as I encourage and support you through your journey. The space we build together is the groundwork to the positive outcomes we will both work towards. It is vital for me to respect your individuality, and honor what you bring to the relationship; while at the same time working to strengthen the areas in which you would like to grow.  

 

When I work with children and families. I strive to build on the strengths that they already have. Families can expect a large part of the work to be honing in on existing strengths, so that each member feels equipped  to handle the challenges in life. I truly enjoy being supportive to all members of a family as each learns new ways to communicate and navigate sometimes very difficult encounters.

 

Trust is something I do not take for granted, I know it is something that is not always easy to have, give, or experience.  I appreciate when clients gift me their trust, even when it is hard. This is something I keep in mind as I serve in my roles as supporter and teacher. New skills are never easy to learn and practice, especially in front of a stranger.  I would like everyone I work with to know I appreciate their bravery from the moment they walk through my door. 

Practicing under LCSW Supervision

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Erika Andrade-Pena, MSW Graduate Intern

As an emerging therapist, my goal is to create a safe and healthy environment for clients to improve their ability to communicate. Healthy relationships need healthy communication.  Most importantly, I believe clients need a healthy and realistic way of communicating with their inner person.   Like adults, children and adolescents sometimes face the biggest challenges with communication; be it because of the pressure to belong, the pressure to find themself, or the fast pace in which their world changes. The communication breakdowns that happen early in life, sometimes have their way of emerging in our adult life.  

 

Regardless of the stage of life you are in, I want to help you get back to having better communication with yourself- so you can have better communication with the world around you. 

 

Practicing under LCSW Supervision

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Karon Dextra, MA, LAMFT

I believe that my clients are a unique compilation of their connectedness to the world, that they are capable of maintaining healthy relationships, and that they are all doing the absolute best they can at their current stages in life. The thought of entering a therapeutic relationship with a stranger can be unsettling. This is why I am dedicated to creating a space that encourages safe exploration of your issues, concerns, and personal goals at a pace that fits your specific needs. Some of my experience as a clinician has granted me the pleasure of working with individuals, adolescents, couples and families with presenting concerns such as grief, chronic illness, child rearing, blended family concerns,

 

LGBTQ+ related issues, anxiety, depression, sexual assault, relationship and intimacy issues, suicide/self harm, and other major life stressors. My clients can expect a safe, nonjudgemental space that is inclusive of everyone regardless of factors such as gender, race, and sexuality. My cultural awareness helps me to connect with my clients and take into account their entire life's experiences, while aiding them in the discovery of who they are beyond their trauma. I’m so grateful to be in the role of having your trust in observing, supporting, and intervening as you navigate through finding your voice and working through your issues.

 

I have found that when empathy, compassion, understanding, and attentiveness are present, it softens the environment for my clients to be receptive to my challenges, while engaging in uncomfortable conversations that allow for healing, change, and healthier bonds. My ultimate goal is to help my clients process their experiences while reminding them of their resourcefulness in solving their own problems and improving their relationships beyond therapy. I look forward to working with you.

 

"If you can't beat fear, do it scared. Fear is not your opponent. You don't have to beat it. Carry on, Warriors." - Glennon Doyle Melton

Practicing under LMFT Supervision

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Yulisa Aquino, MA, LAMFT

Creating an environment where people can truly be themselves and feel safe at the same time is a critical part of therapy. I believe that having support can make a world of difference in someone’s journey. I believe in meeting clients where they are in life and strengthening the systems of care that they have around them. I aim to give client’s emotions precedence across treatment given its powerful role in structuring a client’s inner experience and patterns in relationship. I know that relationships are a crucial part of our everyday lives, that impacts us, and our experiences and I would like to help my clients navigate and process those experiences. I assist my clients in identifying relationship patterns and helping them discover how those patterns are being maintained, focusing on reshaping patterns of engagement with significant others.

 

I am focused on creating an experience in therapy that is compassionate and empowering to every client’s growth. While working with couples, I have understood the need of meeting them where they are, understanding who they are as individuals and a unit and helping them come together to resolve their issues. In working with families, I understand the importance of reframing their presenting problem to allow for a different view of the issue that highlights the way one member influences another. This creates different possibilities in members supporting and caring for each other. I continuously strive to create a space where clients feel safe to vent, be challenged, and comfortable enough to grow. I have experience with working with a range of presenting problems, such as depression, trauma, sexual assault, anxiety and boundaries issues.

 

My experience with working with the LGBTQ+ community has allowed me to be an ally through support and validation that allows for a space of healing and personal growth. Through my experience as a bilingual therapist, I aim to help clients have the space to process new transitions, culture and evolving identities. My goal in therapy consistently is to give a space to people who feel like they might not have none or have been overlooked. I aim to empower every client’s voice to advocate and stand up for themselves in every way it counts.

Practicing under LMFT Supervision

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Ali Longo, MA, LAC , NCC

I believe people are stronger, braver, and smarter than they realize. I believe everyone experiences imposter syndrome because of the many trials, tribulations, and growing pains that they were not prepared for. I hope to show anyone I work with that they are the real deal and can proudly and confidently show up to the life they always wanted, solely because they exist as they are.

 

Through my work as an openly queer and neurodivergent therapist, we will foster an open, transparent, safe, inclusive, and nonjudgmental space for you to better understand yourself and your pathway to self-acceptance, self-efficacy, and self-empowerment. I aim to show up to our work together with direct yet empathic, compassionate, and collaborative dialogue. I utilize a variety of approaches and techniques, to cater to your personal needs and pace during sessions, always trauma-informed and threaded with mindfulness, poetry, creative and expressive arts, spirituality, purpose, assertive communication skills, and identity exploration. And yes, we can talk about your zodiac sign and tarot cards. 

My personal experience and strong passion lives within the work of helping people better understand and affirm their own gender identity and sexual and romantic orientations, and the challenges that they may face along that journey. I am open and eager to meeting with and supporting people that feel like the outsider, as well as their families in their journey of supporting their LBTQIA+ family members. I have maintained a long-standing passion, as well as professional experience in supporting and advocating for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and mental health struggles including anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and emotional regulation.

 

The most important promises you make are the ones you make to yourself. I would be honored to travel alongside you as you deep dive into all of the many goals you have set, the questions you seek answers for, and the multitudes that make up your authentic self, especially if you are just at the beginning of that magical ride. 

Practicing under LPC Supervision