Meet our West Covina Counselors
Ian Kelly, LMFT#105802, Supervisor
Ian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. As a trained Biblical counselor, he enjoys bringing God's word and the hope of the Gospel into his treatment with clients who request it. Ian specializes in treating depression and anxiety with adults and those in late adolescence. He has facilitated and developed curriculum for depression and anxiety recovery programs using empirically validated approaches in the intensive outpatient (IOP) setting. Ian also has experience in working with couples, mood disorders and eating disorders.
Valerie Monroe, LMFT#96061, Supervisor
Valerie is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her gentle and kind presence helps people feel comfortable discussing issues related to depression, anxiety, PTSD, and adjustment related disorders. Valerie has worked with couples, individuals, and families. She is trained in EMDR and has helped clients process various types of trauma.
Gina Espinoza, LMFT#120896
Gina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is trained in EMDR and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She enjoys providing therapy to adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has experience in working with adolescents in residential treatment settings and has managed multiple programs which served adult victims of domestic violence and older adult populations. Additionally, Gina has experience in working with eating disorders in the partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) settings. She has a passion for working with victims of trauma and issues of attachment.
Mayte Salazar, LMFT#116012
Services in Spanish and English
Mayte is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She provides treatment in English and Spanish.
Mayte is a Solution-focused therapist working with PTSD and Trauma. "I believe that unresolved trauma is at the root of many mental health issues. I have found that talk therapy doesn't always resolve trauma and that additional interventions are often needed. My preferred method for treating trauma is Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). A.R.T. is more of a procedure than talk therapy, and doesn't require the individual to talk about the trauma. A.R.T. is quick and effective, with research showing relief from trauma in as few as 3-4 sessions. I seek to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for processing and healing. If you are seeking relief from the effects of addiction or trauma, feel free to reach out to me. Let me know if you have any questions that I might be able to answer. I have helped many individuals find healing from trauma and I look forward to helping you."
Bryan Chan, LMFT#122240
Bryan is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and trained Biblical counselor with his M.A. in Counseling Ministry. He is passionate about helping people achieve greater levels of peace, hope, and joy; and provides a safe and nurturing environment for clients to be seen, known, and accepted. Bryan has a heart for those working through trauma, relationship problems, and spirituality. He is experienced in working with young adults, couples, and families. Bryan is certified in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT)
Darissa Brooks, LMFT#45240
Darissa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a passion for working with individuals, couples, and families to meet their goals of living in congruence to their values, especially with the values that are given to us by God in His Word. Darissa uses a compassionate and direct approach to identify what is blocking each individual from achieving their goals and experiencing freedom from the pain of mental illness, trauma, sin, and relational wounds. Her practice has focused on attachment, PTSD, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and the relationships impacted by these disorders.
Alexah Bowden, LMFT#130995, LPCC#13263
Alexah is a faithful Christian, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Alexah believes that therapy is a journey and is passionate about walking alongside those that are suffering and working together to find hope and healing. Alexah has experience working with children, teens, adults, individuals and families. Alexah enjoys working with issues of depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, trauma, relational distress, and life changes. Alexah is trained in Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and can also provide Biblical counseling, upon request.
Jordan Yee, LMFT#131926
Jordan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is passionate about working with couples; helping them develop better communication dynamics and conflict resolution skills. He is also confident to help couples recover and heal through infidelity issues. He enjoys working with men and women in individual counseling, especially with anxiety symptoms and relational distress. He has experience working with adolescents in a school setting, and parents often find he is a great fit to help their teens through such an emotionally difficult season of their lives.
Sabrina Aguilar, LMFT#133433
Sabrina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is passionate about working with teen girls, adults, groups, and couples seeking pre-marital counseling. Sabrina also enjoys working with individuals struggling with communication, anxiety, anger, and managing stress. Sabrina strives to create a safe space to process life's challenges, help clients improve relationships with others, provide positive coping skills, and build on self-worth. She believes integrating spirituality/biblical counseling can provide greater healing and help find purpose in the chaos of life.
Certification of Completion: Prepare and Enrich Facilitator; Gottman Couple Therapy Level 1; Therapy with Children.
Danyela Zamudio, LMFT# 132795 APCC#6851
Danyela is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She is a devout Christian and has a Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual integration approach in her counseling. She has experience working with people of all ages including children, adolescents and adults. She has provided individual, premarital, couples, family, and group counseling in a safe and supportive environment. Danyela has a passion to support clients in their healing process, uncover their potential, and lead an authentic life. She enjoys working with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues including anxiety, self-esteem, depression, interpersonal relationships, amongst others.
Certification of Completion: Gottman Couple Therapy Level 1; Prepare & Enrich Facilitator; and Therapy with Children
Angela Orozco-Vera, LMFT134311, APCC #8540
Angela earned her first Master of Arts Degree from Azusa Pacific University with an emphasis in Research. While doing research on the grieving process, she fell in love with the idea of helping people. She decided to continue her education to obtain a second master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy.
Angela believes that therapy is a journey, where an individual can share his/her experiences in a safe environment. Every person has a story to tell and Angela became a therapist to help people tell their story and find hope. She works within a Family Systems approach, as well as a Person-Centered approach. She has experience working with individuals, couples, children, and adolescents. She is Gottman Level 1 trained for couples therapy, has worked with people who have experienced trauma, addictions, grief, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem issues, and has also worked with special needs children and their families.
Melissa Medina, AMFT#118644
Supervised by Valerie Monroe, LMFT#96061
Melissa is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She is passionate about working with teens and young adults as they navigate the challenges they face in life. Melissa has experience working with at-risk teens in residential treatment settings and has also worked with teens in Christian ministry. She has experience working with individuals to address symptoms of anxiety, depression, phase of life transitions and trauma. Melissa also enjoys working with couples and families to improve relational dynamics such as communication and conflict resolution skills.
Alice Loomis, LCSW#111680
Alice is a devout Christian and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is passionate about guiding those that are navigating through different struggles in life to find peace, hope, growth, and healing. She has worked with clients of all ages, from early childhood to older adults, addressing issues related to anxiety, depression, parenting, interpersonal relationships, substance use, and trauma. Alice is trained in Managing & Adapting Practice (MAP) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She incorporates strengths-based and systems theory concepts in the therapeutic process when working with individuals, couples, and families.
Christina Sanchez, AMFT# 126000
Supervised by Ian Kelly, LMFT#105802
Christina is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a devoted Christ follower and enjoys providing Biblical Counseling. She is trained in Psychodynamic/Intersubjective Psychotherapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Prepare & Enrich, and Emotion- Focused Therapy for couples. She is dedicated to addressing challenges with anxiety, depression, trauma, church hurt/leadership, adult children of emotionally distant parents, dating/breakups, adult ADHD, family conflict, sexual issues, relationships: communication, infidelity, premarital, and intimacy. There will be storms in life but they aren’t intended to be weathered alone. Christina has a heartfelt passion to skillfully and gracefully partner with couples, individuals, and families to help them endure, persevere, and grow through them. Christina also enjoys serving in her local church women’s ministry, prayer ministry, and co-leads young adult women’s bible study groups.
Yvette Esparza, AMFT#
Supervised by Gina Espinoza, LMFT#120896
Yvette is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a background of twenty years of experience with young children as a teacher. She was also a youth director in her church specializing in adolescents and obstacles they face. This experience led her into the journey of becoming a therapist.
Yvette has experience in working with all ages including children, teens, individuals, and families. Her experience also includes working with children with ADHD and parents of children with special needs. She enjoys working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and communication.
Ariga Aghajanian, AMFT
Supervised by Valerie Monroe, LMFT#96061
Ariga Aghajanian is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She has experience working with victims and survivors of intimate partner violence as well as individuals of all ages.
Ariga is a passionate mental health advocate and has worked with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and interpersonal relationships. She is committed to understanding her clients’ goals and providing pathways for growth. She is fluent in Armenian.
Ariga’s hope is that clients will learn how to have a more authentic relationship with themselves and Jesus.
Joben Purificacion, AMFT#
Supervised by Ian Kelly, LMFT#105802
Joben is a devoted Christian and registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. He understands that “trusting the process” can be often difficult, annoying, and/or exhausting to deal with in life alone. Joben believes that therapy creates a safe environment to work through and process these hardships. He believes in meeting with people wherever they may be in life and helping them work on becoming the best versions of themselves.
Joben enjoys dedicating his time to individual work with teenagers and adults the most. He is passionate about helping others overcome challenges such as low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, dating/breakups, communication skills, loneliness and more.
Katrina Leigh Carter, AMFT#129283
Supervised by Darissa Brooks, LMFT#45240
Katrina is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master in Counseling Psychology along with her Master in Apologetics and Philosophy from Southern California Seminary. Katrina currently continues her education by pursuing a Doctorate of Psychology and Master of Divinity. Katrina is passionate about meeting people where they are. She enjoys shepherding people in the fundamentals of growth, highlighting beauty in the mundane, and caring for those who are struggling to identify or communicate their emotions. Katrina has experience in working with individuals of all ages along with couples who are seeking help in navigating their next step to experience the joyful fulfillment of life.
Rebecca Amavizca, ASW#99697
Supervised by Daniel Guzman,
Rebecca is a devoted Christian and registered Associate Clinical Social Worker. She is committed to helping individuals, couples and families strengthen their faith, and experience healing and growth to thrive and live a full, abundant life that brings honor and glory to God. Rebecca aspires to create a supportive therapeutic alliance and a safe place for people to unpack their thoughts and feelings. She is passionate about supporting children, adolescents and adults through various concerns including trauma, anxiety, depression and stressful life changes. Rebecca is trained in trauma informed care and can provide Biblical counseling, upon request.
Jennifer Vega-Vazquez, AMFT#115558
Supervised by Darissa Brooks, LMFT#45240
Jennifer is a devoted Christian who is passionate about providing a safe environment for clients to share their story as they work through issues related to anxiety, depression, relational distress, communication, and phase of life transition. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. Jennifer is a bilingual therapist, ablet to conduct therapy in English and Spanish.