Dr. Nancy D. Young has over thirty years of experience specializing in therapy with adult individuals, couples, and groups. She is extremely compassionate and nonjudgmental while using a holistic/transpersonal approach. For twenty years, Dr. Young was an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University, teaching Psychology classes such as: Intro to Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction & Romantic Love, Human Sexuality, Sexual Disorders & Treatment, and Chemical Dependency Treatment.
Dr. Young's academic research interests were on romantic love—the differences between intense/compelling ("limerent") and secure/comfortable ("attachment") love experiences, behavioral self-reliance in women, and on the use of videotaped therapy in chemical dependency treatment.
Past workshops Dr. Young has facilitated have included Romantic Relationships: A Traveler’s Guide, Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Art & Science of Love Couple’s Workshop and the clinicians' Level 1, Level 2, & Level 3 Trainings), Communicating with Heart & Power—How to be Gentle but Assertive, Never on Sunday: Women & Sexuality, and Voice Dialogue. Psychology of Selves & Aware Ego (Voices of Consciousness, Dances with Others, & Stretching of Consciousness)
Dr. Young specializes in a variety of therapeutic methods, including cognitive-behavioral, Voice Dialogue, EMDR, and Gottman Method couple’s therapy. She is certified in EMDR and in Gottman Method Couple’s Therapy. She is a certified Art & Science of Love (Gottman) Workshop Leader and Level 1, 2, & 3 Master Trainer. And she has been a Voice Dialogue Teacher/Trainer for over twenty-five years.
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Stephenie Champlin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from California State University, Long Beach and a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Chapman University. Her graduate thesis was entitled Moving Toward Connection: A curriculum for Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
She has both training and experience in individual, family, children, couples, and group counseling. She has experience working with domestic violence, the developmentally challenged, adoption, and hospice.
Her practice combines different therapeutic techniques, including but not limited to: client-centered, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), with strategies derived from a systems approach utilizing a change-oriented process within a multicultural context to help individuals and social systems achieve improved quality of life and social participation.
Stephenie is a Certified EMDR Therapist, is Level 3 trained in Gottman Couples Therapy, and is trained in Voice Dialogue work. She is also a Bringing Baby Home Educator and Seven Principles Program Educator.
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Regina Collins is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) with a M.S. in Counseling and a B.S. in Child & Adolescent Development from California State University, Fullerton. Her graduate project was a qualitative study exploring therapists' use of the DIR/Floortime Model in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder (a developmental & relational play therapy approach). Some of her fieldwork experience has involved parent-coaching, reunification of at-risk families, early intervention for blind children, Applied Behavior Analysis with children and adolescents with developmental delays/disorders, and as an academic clinician for students with learning disabilities in public schools.
Regina sees adults, adolescents, and children using individual, couple, family, and/or group psychotherapy. She has worked with clients presenting with concerns, including, but not certainly not limited to the following: anxiety, depression, parenting, grief, trauma, marital, relational, domestic violence, substance abuse recovery, & mood disorders. Her practice specializes in working with families who have children with neuro-developmental disorders; for the past fifteen years she has been working with children and adults on the autism spectrum in multiple capacities.
Regina uses psychodynamic psychotherapy to engage clients in the process of therapy; she also utilizes expressive arts, sandtray therapy, meditation, attachment theory, cognitive behavioral techniques, and emotion-focused therapy with couples. She has a holistic mindset that appreciates and respects the many complex parts that interact within each unique individual.
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Rupa Ward is a MFTI, with a M.A. in Psychology with Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis from Chapman University. She has worked extensively in the addiction recovery and trauma community doing individual and group counseling for the past six years.
Having moved from her homeland in India to the United States as a young woman and traveled extensively all over the world, she has been especially interested in the uniqueness and the universality of human experience and the differences in women’s lives across cultures. A trekking trip to the Himalayas at 19 awakened in her a new dimension of spiritual consciousness, and, since that time, she has maintained a committed spiritual practice under several renowned spiritual masters both in India and the US.
She has taught yoga and meditation in the community college system and privately for the last twelve years. Thus with academic training, professional expertise, and broad personal inter-cultural experience, she is passionate about promoting sensitivity in dealing with cultural differences and relates with a compassionate heart to each person’s individual situation.
Rupa has completed her licensure hours as an MFT Intern at Pathways to Wellness under the supervision of Dr. Young and is currently studying for her state exam for licensing. Her practice combines different therapeutic techniques, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), with strategies derived from Buddhist Psychology, mindfulness practice, body-mind integration. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist, is working toward her certification in Gottman Couples Therapy.
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Sharon Wierenga, M.A. is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with over 15 years of experience working with adolescents and adults, individuals, families and couples. Empathetic and insightful, Sharon works to build trust and respect with her clients ensuring a strong therapeutic rapport. She also has a deeply compassionate and non-judgmental presence that empowers clients to work through therapeutic goals effectively.
Sharon sees a wide variety of clients and complex issues. Her areas of clinical expertise include anxiety and depression, grief and loss, trauma and life transitions. Sharon works with families and individuals whose lives are impacted by addictions as well as first responders and their families. Sharon also loves working with couples who wish to improve their relationship. She has completed the level 3 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and utilizes this approach in her couples work. She delights in helping guide relationships with the tools that are backed up by 40 years of research!
As an integrative therapist, she utilizes multiple theoretical perspectives and a strength-based, systemic approach to therapy. She believes her role as a therapist is to empower clients to discover and develop the tools they need for healthy, positive, and lasting change.
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Reza Ghaboosi, J.D., M.A., is a Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and also a practicing attorney with more than 12 years of litigation experience. After achieving his lifelong goal of working as a therapist, Reza has gained training and experience in providing therapy to a wide range of individuals, couples, and families. Reza is fluent in Farsi (Persian), and comfortable working with men and women from all cultural backgrounds and experiences. His approach to therapy is tailored to meet the individual needs of his clients, but can generally be described as direct, insight-driven, goal-oriented, and evidence-based.
Among his many accomplishments, Reza has extensive training in addiction treatment for individuals and their families; he is certified as a Domestic Violence Advocate by Laura’s House; he is Level 1 trained in Gottman Couples Therapy; he has volunteered with foster children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA); and he is currently serving on multiple committees for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).
Reza Ghaboosi is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (CA IMF #102468); employed by Pathways to Wellness; and supervised by Nancy D. Young, Ph.D., CA License #11961.
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Lisa M. Hernandez, MS, MA, is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, with an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Fullerton. She has served families experiencing issues with autism, high risk youth, blended families, foster/adopted families, substance issues, and school issues (behavioral, bullying peers) K-12. Lisa has worked extensively with individuals, high risk youth, foster families, families with autistic members, groups and family therapy. Lisa has also served as a professional coach guiding professionals through career development.
Prior to working at Pathways Lisa has more than 17 years as a Human Resources Professional, in the public and private industry. Serving others in a helping capacity is something that she is passionate about and devoted to. While in Human Resources she began serving U.S. Veterans in career development. While she was able to help them, it occurred only at a superficial level, and she soon realized that deeper emotional issues affecting their career goals really needed a more personal and intimate relationship to truly help make a difference for them. Her senior project in graduate school focused on utilizing art therapy in career development (“Counselors’ Use of Art Therapy with Veterans Struggling with Reintegration Issues”). The paper was a preliminary inquiry looking at how art therapy can be used in career development with U.S. military personnel in transition back in to civilian life. Since writing that paper she became interested in sandtray therapy and has incorporated it in treating all populations.
Lisa M. Hernandez is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (CA IMF #82813); employed by Pathways to Wellness; and supervised by Nancy D. Young, Ph.D., CA License #11961. She has met all of her supervision and training requirements and is studying to take the last part of her state licensing exam.
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Holly Kuri has been in the healthcare industry for over 15 years. Her solid experience in a healthcare environment results in the ability to deal successfully with the demands of a busy and diverse client base. In addition to her extensive healthcare experience, Holly possesses strong communication skills, a pleasant demeanor, and an innate ability to be warm and compassionate. She is responsible for greeting and registering clients at the center, insurance billing, verifying correctness of patient demographic and privacy information, as well as maintaining the company website. This winning combination ensures that you will receive exceptional service and care, while visiting Pathways to Wellness.
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Our Assistant Therapists
Oliver, having started his early life on the streets, has a little over five years of experience in the office offering support especially to those with early abandonment issues and traumatic childhoods like his own. His understanding is communicated by him standing on your leg, putting one paw on your lap, or sleeping on top of your feet. He is probably a Bichon-Poodle mix (non-shedding and allergy-friendly), though DNA tests claim he is an Irish Setter. He has beautiful compassionate golden eyes, which are only slightly cross-eyed.
Dudley is our dark chocolate youngster. With us since January, 2012, he is the sweetest soul in the office and he will always try to entice you into a good game of tug or chase if he can. He is especially good at cheering up those who are sad. For those who knew Watson’s good nature and ability to heal most any discomfort with a waggy tail, a woof(!), and presenting you with one of his favorite toys, Dudley, though still young, appears to be almost a clone. Dudley is Watson’s great nephew and, like his uncle, is highly skilled at playfulness, unconditional love, and the art of not taking things too seriously.
Watson with Wings had over 9 years experience greeting and soothing dog-friendly clients in our office before he crossed over in June, 2011. He was the epitome of unconditional love and light-heartedness and was very popular with everyone. Since he’s been gone, he has been very busy watching over all of us from the Great Beyond where he plays happily all day long with his pals and has taken as his special mission to catch those of us who pass from here and fall through the clouds into his soft cushy catcher’s mitt over there. He still occasionally gets the urge to check in with us via his blog or the occasional tweet from @watsonwithwings.
Bailey with Halo was awarded his halo in February, 2017, after nearly 14 years with us as a gentle canine healer. As he was very sensitive, himself, he was especially empathetic and skilled with our anxious and socially phobic clients. He generally showed great concern when anyone was upset and did his best to help them, though he sometimes was so bashful he took up residence under the business office desk. He was especially appreciated by those who were more introverted, less socially boisterous, and preferred a bit of personal space. He, like his older brother, Watson, was a non-shedding, hypoallergenic, standard Australian Labradoodle. Because he is the more Intuitive and less extroverted of the brothers, his communications with us are, as they were in life, more telepathic in nature and he let us know that he wouldn’t need to use written blog posts or tweets to reach us from the Beyond… that thought transfer or mind melding would work just fine. So if gentle and loving thoughts pop into your mind at times, it may be Bailey sending you love and a soft “WOOF!”