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.” 

Sarah Karamat is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in post-partum depression, stress management and grief counseling. In her practice, Sarah believes in working together with patients to help identify and achieve their goals and believes in being there for her patients in the here and now. 

Sarah’s interest in mental and behavioral health care stemfrom her fascination with human behavior and interactions and relationships. 

Sarah is working towards a certification in perinatal mental health due to her interest in women’s mental health.  She enjoys traveling, cooking and feeding family and friends. 

“Look for the answer inside your question.” – Rumi 

Lorna Hassard is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescent and adult residents in California. She has numerous clinical interests; however, she specializes in anxiety disorders, life transitions, grief counseling, trauma and abuse and wellness and health promotion. In her practice, Lorna’s philosophy of care is built around the belief that helping people learn more about themselves and their abilities and strengths can lead to positive life changes. She enjoys helping others find their personal source of empowerment. 

Lorna believes that in a sense the world has gotten smaller and that many get overwhelmed with information and struggle through daily challenges. Lorna chose a career in social work to help others find a way to rediscover fun and enjoy daily life. 

Lorna has raised four children to adulthood. She enjoys learning new hobbies and has happily and successfully changed careers mid-life. 

“Your greatest self has been waiting your whole life; don’t make it wait any longer.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli 

Diana Methfessel, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist offering services to adult residents in CaliforniaShe has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are family therapy comprised of adult children and their parents, therapy for graduate students in master level or PhD/PsyD university programs, therapy with adult children of alcoholic/addictive parents, therapy with family members struggling with an addictive family member, hospice and end of live issues, grief work related to pets, and hoarding. In her practice, Diana believes that most people want to be heard and accepted for whatever they are going through at that moment. Once someone feels understood, they can then embrace hope to consider walking through the dark places in their lives.  

Since she was young, Diana has been interested in mental health care and how people think and behave. Her sense of curiosity allows her to “lean in” and imagine what it is like to walk in the shoes of individuals she is working with. 

After 50 years in her home state of California, Diana decided to move across the country to FloridaShe is dedicated to wellness practice, including yoga and mindfulness meditation, and is passionate about animals and preserving our beautiful world.  

A challenge is an opportunity to change your direction.”  

Eva Hill is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adults in California, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and Maryland. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are stress management, mood disorders, grief counseling, relationships and effective communication. In her practice, Eva’s philosophy of care is centered around the belief that compassion and wisdom are core aspects of being human. She believes that therapy helps us connect to our natural strengths and develop the skillfulness we need to live more peacefully with our minds, and with the people around us.

Eva’s interest in mental and behavioral health developed while working on healing herself. Through her experience, she gained confidence that others too could benefit from getting the help they need to lead empowered, purposeful lives.

Eva has had a long-term interest and practice in meditation, counseled Peace Corps volunteers in Nepal and taught English in China.

“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” – Rumi

Clinician Gender Identity: Female

Clinician Racial/Ethnic Identity: White

Language(s): English

Treatment Age Range: 18+

Treatment Modalities:

Coaching
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)-focused
Culturally Sensitive
Dialectical (DBT)-certified
Eclectic
Existential
Exposure Response Prevention
Interpersonal
Motivational Interviewing
Multicultural
Person-Centered
Relational
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
Strength-Based

Lorraine Gray, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist offering services to adult residents in California. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are LGBT issues, life transitions, geriatric therapy, gender identity and dysphoria, and women’s issues and health. In her practice, Lorraine’s approach to care is to work alongside her clients to help them get where they want to be. She prides herself on being open-minded and nonjudgmental; and is generally upbeat and really cares about the people she works with. 

Lorraine’s interest in mental health care comes from always having been drawn to the details and stories people shared about themselves. For as long as she can remember people told her “you would make a great therapist”, so she listened and became one. 

Lorraine makes delicious ice cream and says that the most beautiful place she’s been to is Norway.

Never be defined by your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.” -Unknown

Dr. Dmitry E. Primak is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association who is offering psychiatry services to adult residents of California and New Jersey. He has extensive experience in treatment of variety of conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chemical addiction and other psychological disorders. He approaches individuals with a passion for helping them learn about their conditions and treatments as well guiding them to heal.

Dr. Primak has been practicing psychiatry since 1973 after graduation from Zaporozhye Medical University in Ukraine where his interest in behavioral health care began. He has completed psychiatry residency training at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. For the past 18 years Dr. D. Primak has acted as attending psychiatrist and chief psychiatrist of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at Bergen Regional Medical Center, as a psychiatrist in emergency screening and outreach at CarePlus Center and as a psychiatrist in his own private practice. Throughout his career, his joy has come from watching a measured improvement of the lives of people he works with.

In his personal life, Dr. Primak enjoys hiking, reading books and swimming. He recently relocated to California to be closer to his children and grandchildren. He interacts with the world through his values of optimism, realism and persistence keeping in mind one of his favorite quotes from Fredrich Nietzche: “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”

Prescribes Medication: Yes

Age Range: 18+

Specialties: ADHD (adult), Addiction, Anxiety Disorders, Anxiety and Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorder, Mood Disorders, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Substance Abuse, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia, Psycho-pharmacology

Dr. Monica Nichols is a California native and board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Nichols provides psychiatric services to individuals residing in California and Washington who are aged five and up. Clinical interests and specialization includes child and adolescent psychiatry, cognitive behavioral therapy, mood disorders (depression and bipolar), anxiety disorders and psychotic disorders (schizophrenia and schizoaffective). Dr. Nichols prefers to take a holistic approach to treatment. She does not see medication as the complete answer to mental health issues, but as a piece of the puzzle. Dr. Nichols also seeks to address behavioral issues that are affecting her patients’ mental health.

During her education and training, she found mental and behavioral health issues more interesting and fulfilling to treat, as they have such an impact on quality of life. She likes the challenge of seeing each patient as an individual, as every patient with the same diagnosis has a different story and set of circumstances. Dr. Nichols enjoys theater and loves to travel. In addition to visiting 25 different states and over 15 different countries, Dr. Nichols has worked in various settings including community clinics, private practice, jails and prisons.

Prescribes Medication: Yes

Age Range: 5+

Specialties: Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Psycho-pharmacology, Post-Partum Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, ADHD (child and adolescent), Attachment Disorder, Autism spectrum disorders (adult), Autism spectrum disorders (child and adolescent), Child and Adolescent Therapy, Developmental Disability, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Trauma and Abuse

Dr. Marlene Ochetti, PhD, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker offering services in California to residents ages 14 and over. Dr. Ochetti has expertise working with individuals who may be addressing issues related to multiracial identity, trauma, relationship difficulties, and stress management. As a clinical social worker, Dr. Ochetti embraces a strength-based approach to treatment that focuses on utilizing the individuals’ capacity for resilience, unique talents, abilities and resources. Rather than asking, “What’s wrong with this person?” she asks, “What happened to this person?” This lens enables her to view the person within their situation and understand those impactful situations and events.

Dr. Ochetti received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC), Masters of Art Therapy from California State University and a Doctorate in Philosophy specializing in Marital and Family therapy from the California Graduate Institute. Her experiences span working with gang affiliated youth in a group home, to Children’s Social Worker for the Department of Family and Children’s Services, private practice, and psychiatric social worker, later administrator, for the Los Angeles Unified School District, School Mental Health.

In her work Dr. Ochetti has provided direct clinical services to students/families and clinical supervision to social workers accruing hours for state licensure. Dr. Ochetti is  also a former adjunct lecturer at her alma mater, the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, USC, where she enjoyed teaching Social Work Practice in Schools to students acquiring their Pupil Personnel Services Credential.

In her personal life, Dr. Ochetti has a special passion for the beautiful French language.  Having traveled to different regions in France she enjoys the food and culture and takes French lessons frequently. Even though Dr. Ochetti is not at a level for therapy sessions in French, she can read, write and speak at a C1  level ( lower advanced ). In addition, Dr. Ochetti’s  biracial heritage of both African American and Japanese ancestry, give her first-hand insight and sensitivity to identity concerns and challenges that may present themselves to other multiracial individuals and interracial families.

Dr. Ochetti values creative expression and has molded her joy of art, drawing and illustrating into her career through the use of art in therapy and into her own creative projects.  She illustrated a children’s therapeutic book, “A Bad Thing Happened to My School’ (Beatriz Garcia, LCSW, 2015) and is currently in process of writing and illustrating a children’s book  for parents and teachers which has a multicultural focus.  Her love of creativity keeps her centered on what she most enjoys about her profession, which is the opportunity to serve and support others on their journey with compassion, dedication and a caring heart.

Emma Negron, Ph.D. LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescent and adult residents in California and Texas. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and grief counseling. In her practice, Emma values respect for the client’s situation, the client’s perception, and the client’s ability to reach their own truth.

Emma identifies as somewhat of an extrovert, but more of an introvert. She likes physics and wishes that she had a better understanding of it. Emma is young at heart; she loves and respects children at their own level of cognitive functioning.

Prescribes Medication: No

Age Range: 5 – 65+

Specialties: Trauma and Abuse, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Grief Counseling

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