Ivy Zamora is a female licensed marriage and family therapist offering services to adolescents and adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, coping skills and stress management. In her practice, Ivy’s philosophy of care is person-centered, supportive, and solution-focused.
Ivy’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed when she realized the great need for mental health care providers. She wants to provide support to those who feel they do not have someone in their personal life to be there.
Ivy’s a mother of three boys. She loves Disneyland and has a passion for working with adolescents and teens.
“What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.”
Patricia Riley is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in women’s health, domestic violence, child custody and crisis weight–related issues. In her practice, her philosophy of care is to first and foremost do no harm. In addition, she meets clients where they are in life regarding their current situation and their ability to process information.
Patricia lives in a rural area. She loves animals and has rescued several breeds of dogs. She also loves anything outdoors including gardening, walking, fishing and exploring.
“If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
Oluwatoyin Iseyemi is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering services to children, adolescents and adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and mood disorders.
Cynthia Martin is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescents and adults in Washington. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in anxiety disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy, post-traumatic stress disorder and stress management. In her practice, Cynthia’s approach to care includes providing a supportive, non-judgmental, collaborative environment for healing, positive change and happiness. She works with patients to find the inner strength to build resiliency. Cynthia’s goal as a therapist is to create a therapeutic alliance with clients with the belief that the client is the expert of their life.
Cynthia’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed in school. During her undergrad and post-graduate, she had the honor of working with teens, children, families, and adults with a wide range of issues that related to behavior challenges, self-esteem, identity, relationships, self-harm, medical, trauma, abuse, substance abuse and surviving domestic violence. She realized what a positive difference a therapeutic relationship can foster in youth and adults.
Cynthia loves being outside, going for hikes, camping and gardening. One thing on her bucket list is to fly in a hot air balloon.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Brian Shaffer is a licensed professional counselor offering services to adolescents and adults in Michigan. He has a variety of clinical interests; however, he specializes in grief counseling, trauma and abuse, addiction, substance abuse, anxiety disorders and mood disorders.
Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to children, adolescents and adults in Illinois and Massachusetts. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, child and adolescent psychiatry, trauma and racial trauma. Her philosophy of care is patient-centered and strength-based.
Dr. Christian-Brathwaite became interested in mental and behavioral health care after working as an elementary school teacher. She realized that the children who were having the most difficulty were those with a history of trauma or mental health concerns.
Dr. Christian-Brathwaite is originally from Philadelphia and will always be an Eagles and Sixers fan. Her favorite singer is Whitney Houston.
“Statistics don’t lie, statisticians do.”
Jessica Passero is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in wellness and health promotion, relationships, child and adolescent therapy, parenting, and women’s issues and health. In her practice, Jessica uses traditional counseling techniques such as cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapy, as well as complementary therapy approaches such as mindfulness, meditation and guided imagery to help clients work towards greater happiness. As a therapist, she empowers clients to make changes to improve their lives. Jessica sees herself as a guide who supports clients in their own journey of personal and emotional growth. She helps clients become more self-aware, improve their communication skills, and understand their emotions at a deeper level. She also aims to teach clients coping skills to help them better deal with life’s stresses, as well as the challenges of their mental health symptoms.
Jessica’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed at a young age. Because she was very empathetic towards those in suffering, she realized early on that she wanted to be in a profession that helped people. Furthermore, Jessica was naturally drawn to psychology because she had always been curious and interested in people. In college, she saw a flyer looking for individuals to become peer counselors and remembers thinking, “I would like to do that”. Shortly after she started began taking peer counseling training classes. She later realized that it was this experience as a peer counselor that planted the seed in her becoming a professional therapist.
Jessica loves to travel. She thinks immersing yourself into a different place, culture, and/or among people is a great educational experience. Her dream is to eventually travel the world. Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors; it helps her relax and feel more grounded. Most of her weekends are usually spent hiking or doing other outdoor activities. She is also an avid crafter. She dabbles in making all types of crafts including creating signs, jewelry, personalized gifts and art.
“The real voyage of self-discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust
Carlita Coley is a licensed professional counselor offering services to adults in Virginia. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in cognitive behavior therapy, stress management, women’s issues and health, LGBT issues and life coaching. In her practice, Carlita strongly believes in empowering clients to connect with and articulate their own truth.
Carlita’s interest in mental and behavioral health care came naturally at a young age. As a middle child, she was the “peacemaker” and always sought to try to understand and articulate everyone’s perspectives in order to obtain or maintain peace. A career in mental health was not something she believes she chose; it was more of calling.
Carlita had three children in a four-and-a-half-year span. She has a puppy named Maverick, who is part Chihuahua and part German Shepard, and the beach is her therapy.
“My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” – Maya Angelou
Amy Kovach is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescents and adults in Texas. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in LGBTQ, trauma and abuse, and motivational interviewing. Amy believes in client–centered and strengths-based therapy. She practices a mind-body-spirit approach to help clients find self-compassion and increase awareness and acceptance.
Amy’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare stems from her experience growing up in poverty and being told by a counselor that she was not “college material.” Since then, she’s held on to the belief that individuals have the resilience to overcome tough problems, rise out of poverty, grow their resources for healing, and find true happiness and peace.
Amy published a book called Burn Survivors Journey: Real Stories of Challenges, Strength, and Triumph. In 2018, she was named NASW, Texas Chapter’s Social Worker of the Year and spearheaded a Stop, Drop & Run 5K event to increase awareness for burn survivors.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
Shelly Ladd is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in child and adolescent therapy, substance abuse, dependence and addiction, trauma and abuse, anger management and parenting. In her practice, her philosophy of care is to meet clients where they are and help them identify the goals they would like to work on. Her clients choose the type of therapy and goals, while she helps them discover what those needs and goals are.
Shelly’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed during childhood. Her grandmother became depressed and changed from an outgoing person to someone who became withdrawn and cold. Her grandmother then began to see a mental health professional, and while it took some time, she became much closer to the grandmother that Shelly remembered. That renewal of spirit was what led Shelly to begin thinking of mental health care as a career choice.
Shelly collects unique antique jewelry. She loves the Star Wars movies and reading about the history of the Old West.
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne