Counseling Team

 
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Yesenia Madera

Yesenia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College.  Yesenia has extensive experience working with children and families but has also worked alongside adults and adolescents from different backgrounds. Yesenia has experience working with a broad range of issues--those who are experiencing trouble in their relationships and families, adult survivors of abuse, emotionally disturbed adolescents, and those who are suffering from depression and anxiety. She has also worked with  individuals experiencing life issues such as relationship building, preparing for the birth of a child, adapting to new life transitions, grief and loss, self-esteem, work stress and immigration trauma. Yesenia has worked in various settings including school-based programs to inpatient/partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient Eating Disorder treatment. Yesenia believes that therapy is a unique opportunity to explore and understand ones own story, through introspection one can assist in the healing process and bring about true transformation through some of life’s toughest challenges.  Yesenia is bilingual in English and Spanish and provides a culturally sensitive environment.
Yesenia’s approach to therapy seeks to understand the significant relationships in one's life, especially one's relationship to oneself and how those dynamics contribute to who you are today. Above all, she values empathetic attunement and seeks to provide a safe, caring, non-judgmental place for healing and growth. Yesenia’s primary therapy style is a psychodynamic approach. She also uses cognitive-behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, mindfulness therapy and play therapy models based on the needs of every individual and their unique situations.

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elizabeth sanchez

Elizabeth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from La Verne University, and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from University of La Verne. Elizabeth has had experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, and geriatrics from diverse backgrounds. Elizabeth is fluent is Spanish which has allowed her to provide Spanish speaking services to the Spanish speaking community. She started her private practice journey in 2015 but has worked in various settings such as school-based counseling, community mental health, inpatient/ Partial Hospitalization/ Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorder treatment and currently works at Loma Linda’s Inpatient Behavioral Medicine Center. Elizabeth has guest lectured at the Bachelors and Masters level at The University of La Verne and Cal State Fullerton on topics of trauma and the journey towards licensure. Some of Elizabeth’s areas of interest included, but are not limited to, crisis management, trauma, abuse (physical/emotional/sexual/neglect), domestic violence, issues around acculturation, codependency, victims of crime, grief and loss, Depression, PTSD, and working with the Spanish speaking community. Elizabeth enjoys working with adults, adolescents, and families in addition to running numerous types of groups. Elizabeth has always taken a very holistic approach when working with her clients by connecting clients to case managers, support groups, faith-based services, community recreational centers, and doctors because she feels that it is important to care for the whole person and to see them as just that; a whole person not just a client; buy healing the mind, body, and soul. Elizabeth’s goal as a therapist is to provide a safe space where clients feel validated and supported while learning new ways of viewing life, finding their inner strength, and coping with their current struggles.