About Us

Our Treatment Team

George Bernier
George Bernier, PhD

President and Clinical Director

Dr. Bernier serves as President and Clinical Director of Alternative Options Counseling Center, Inc. He earned his Bachelor degree in psychology from California State University, Fullerton and both his Masters and PhD in clinical psychology from United States International University. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience treating individuals struggling with addictions and severe psychological disorders.

Dr. Bernier developed Alternative Options Counseling Center in 1992, with the goal of offering a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment for chemical dependency, mental health, and eating disorders. Over the past two decades, Dr. Bernier has been instrumental in developing, and continuously improving, the intensive outpatient programs and partial hospitalization programs offered at Alternative Options. He has lead Alternative Options Counseling Center, Inc. through three consecutive national accreditations, all of which Alternative Options was awarded the highest level of accreditation.

Rebecca Bernier-Rosales

Rebecca Bernier-Rosales

Executive Director for Alternative Options Counseling Center, Inc.

Rebecca Bernier-Rosales is the Executive Director for Alternative Options Counseling Center, Inc. In this position, she provides executive leadership over the administration and manages its daily operations to ensure strong integration among all staff and offices. She also provides guidance on operations and policy implementation of the full range of the Company.

Rebecca has worked full time with Alternative Options since 1998, where she first assumed the role of Receptionist. Her exceptional talents and devotion to duties propelled her through the ranks from Receptionist, to Administrative Coordinator, to Billing Specialist, to Office Manager, to General Manager, to Executive Director in a relatively short time.

Since 1996 Rebecca has maintained continuous growth in her formal education. In 2001 she received her AA Degree from Cypress College. In 2003, she graduated from California State University of Long Beach with a B.S. in Health Care Administration and a minor in Marketing. It should be noted that while at Cal State Long Beach she made the Dean's List and served as Treasurer on the Health Care Administration Student Forum. She also graduated with her Masters in Business Administration from University of Phoenix in June of 2006.

Clint Salo

Clint Salo, DO - Progeny Group

Medical Director

Dr. Clint Salo currently resides in North Orange County with his family. He was born and raised in Whittier, CA. Upon successfully navigating the California high school education system, he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in psychology in 2004. Along the way, he took a two-year hiatus to participate in a volunteer religious mission. This took place in Santiago, Chile, allowing him to gain fluency in the Spanish language. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he moved to Henderson, NV to attend Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He successfully completed his degree in medicine in 2008. His next adventure began with his acceptance to the University of NV School of Medicine Psychiatric residency training program in Las Vegas, NV. During his last year of training, he had the opportunity to work as chief resident on behalf of his fellow trainees. In June of 2012, Dr. Salo successfully completed his training and returned “home” to accept a position with Progeny Psychiatric Group. He has been with Alternative Options since October 2012. We are so happy to have him as he completes the full circle in our continuum of care in providing excellent care to our clients.

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Brigit Aroz, M.A., MFTi

Program Manager - Placentia

Brigit Aroz serves as the Program Manager for Alternative Options' Placentia location. Brigit has also held roles as Eating Disorders Coordinator and Primary Therapist with Alternative Options. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant University. Brigit's areas of specialty include the treatment of Eating Disorders and Co-occurring Disorders. Brigit is skilled in the use of Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, and Family Systems approaches. As an administrator, Brigit plays a vital role in the development and maintenance of Alternative Options' programs and services. Brigit's goal is to make Alternative Options a safe environment where clients can receive an effective, holistic treatment approach in order to create positive change.

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Brianna Czerkawski

M.A., MFT, Program Manager - Huntington Beach

Brianna is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Alternative Options, providing services to both adolescents and adults. Brianna studied Psychology and Communication at the University of California at Santa Barbara, earning a Bachelors degree in each field. Brianna went on to earn her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. Brianna’s clinical experience includes interaction with individuals, couples, children and family in a variety of settings including a university-based counseling center, private practice, special education high school, and in the homes of foster youth and their families. Brianna’s areas of interest include couples therapy, relationship conflicts, and anxiety disorders. Brianna has a special interest in utilizing Emotion-Focused Therapy, which helps individuals focus on problematic emotional states and the resulting negative patterns of interaction with those around them.

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Kate Wofford, M.S., LMFT

Eating Disorder Program Coordinator - Artesia

Kate Wofford completed her Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology at the University of California Davis, and her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University. Kate’s professional history includes working with people struggling with chronic and severe mental illness, people with different developmental and intellectual abilities, people who have addictions, those who have been victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and adolescents with a history of criminal activity. Since 2011, Kate's main focus has been on working with people with eating disorders. She's been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2014. Kate currently works at Alternative Options where she sees outpatient clients and coordinates the eating disorder program.

Kate is particularly passionate about working with those who want to improve their relationship to their body and food; her interests of healing trauma, intuitive eating, body acceptance, boundary setting, empowerment, embracing vulnerability, self-love and balance all intersect in this niche. Her greatest hope and motivator is this: that helping individuals become more comfortable and accepting of themselves might translate into making our society more tolerant, peaceful and accepting.

Linda Bates

Linda Bates

RAS, CSC, Program Coordinator - Artesia

Linda Bates is the Program Coordinator at Alternative Options. She comes to our program as a Registered Addiction Specialist and is certified as a Clinical Supervisor Credentialed by Breining Institute. Linda’s personal experience with addiction is what began her journey into helping others. She has over 11 years of professional experience in this field and began as a certified alcohol and drug counselor. Linda comes to us with extensive business management experience, which lends to her success as our Program Coordinator and Lead Utilization Review Coordinator. She expresses her passion with working in the adolescent and adult population through her ability to reach people on a personal level and allow them to see the worth that they possess for success in recovery. Linda also conducts hospital consultations to those going through a detox program in various hospital settings and outreach duties for guidance to those who seek help in finding the next step in sobriety. Her talents, abilities, and compassion are huge assets to Alternative Options staff and clients because of her genuine dedication to success for all who walk through our doors.

Art Turner
Art Turner

Counselor/Case Manager - Artesia

Art Turner is a registered addiction specialist with a certification in drug and alcohol counseling. Having first hand knowledge of how addiction destroys the lives of individuals and their families. Art is passionate about the work he does as a drug and alcohol counselor. He has worked with adolescents as well as adults and their families. He is committed to helping people achieve life long sobriety. Art has been a dedicated and valued member of our staff since June of 2008.

Ali Zandi

Ali Zandi, PsyD, MFT

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Marriage & Family Therapist - Huntington Beach

Ali is Licensed Psychologist and Marriage & Family Therapist. Ali earned his doctorate from Azusa Pacific University in Clinical Psychology and his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Chapman University. He also earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology from Chapman University. Ali has worked in a variety of settings including college counseling centers, outpatient community clinics, and his private practice. Ali's areas of specialty include addictive behaviors, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, identity, psychological testing, and relationship problems.

Bahram Shabestari
Bahram Shabestari

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - Artesia

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and I work with adults, adolescents, and children in individual and family sessions. I specialize in treating individuals, couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, addictions, and a myriad of other behavioral and emotional problems.

I am a client-centered humanistic therapist, and also utilize cognitive behavioral techniques, solution focused psychotherapy and family systems therapy as needed for treatment. I also have an interest in meditation practice as a way of improving one's quality of life by reducing stress, and increasing insight and awareness.

Robert (Bob) Pobocik, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - Placentia

Bob is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He works at both the Cerritos and Placentia offices providing counseling for individuals participating in Alternative Options Intensive Outpatient Programs. Bob also provides outpatient therapy for individuals, couples, and families. His primary style of therapy is Cognitive-Behavioral, with a mix of Psychodynamic, Narrative/Solution Focus and Family Systems. He is trained in Clinical Hypnosis, Energy Psychology and Gambling Addictions.

Jackie Johnston
Jackie Johnston

RASII - Placentia

Jackie is a Registered Addiction Specialist and is also certified in co-occurring disorders at Alternative Options. She has a passion for working with patients who are struggling with chemical dependency and disordered eating. She has been with Alternative Options for over 5 years and has worked hard to make the Eating Disorder program a state of the art model program for patients and family members who are impacted by eating disorders. Jackie takes special pride in facilitating a weekly "Significant Others" group where patient's families receive education and support for their loved ones. Jackie is a CPR instructor and has a comprehensive background in Human Resource Management, which she is able to frequently utilize in her capacity as a case manager at Alterative Options.

Teri Cooper
Teri Cooper

Registered Dietitian - Artesia, Placentia, & Huntington Beach

Teri is a registered dietitian who has specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, weight management, and chemical dependency. She has worked as a nutrition therapist for the past 15 years counseling men, women and children in a variety of treatment settings including inpatient, residential and outpatient. Teri focuses on building a healthy relationship with food and improving eating habits using a non-diet approach. She evaluates the overall health status and habits of each client and assists with goal setting, meal planning, and lifestyle structure that fit the needs of each person. Teri is very passionate about the nutritional treatment of individuals struggling with food and body issues.

Amy Lynn Dimaano
Amy Lynn Dimaano

MT-BC, CADC-I - Artesia

AmyLynn is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-I). Holding a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music and the Music Therapy Degree Equivalency Certificate from California State University, Northridge, AmyLynn specializes in working with Recovery populations, specifically Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Eating Disorders. “Transformation through Empowerment,” and Client Centered treatment are the basis from which AmyLynn operates, believing that all clients hold the keys to their own progress and wellbeing. She is a trained REMO HealthRhythms Drumming Empowerment Facilitator, a proud Recovering Compulsive Overeating and advocate of holistic, three pronged Recovery strategy: Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual.

Judy Pisarro-Grant
Judy Pisarro-Grant

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - Artesia

Judy Pisarro-Grant is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years experience in private practice, schools and clinics working with clients impacted by abuse, trauma, substance abuse and mood disorders. She holds a Masters Degree in clinical psychology and has post-licensure training in family therapy, play therapy, and educational therapy. Judy works with adolescents and their families at Alternative Options, Cerritos and in her private practice, located in West Los Angeles and Woodland Hills.

Judy’s training encompasses a variety of clinical approaches, including depth psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy and child-centered family therapy. Most important to her clinical approach, however, is to see each client for the individual that he/she is, and to provide growth-oriented treatment attuned to that person’s needs, concerns and capabilities.

Rupa Ward
Rupa Ward

MA, MFTI: Therapist, E.M.D.R. Mindfulness- Based Cognitive Therapy - Artesia

Rupa Ward has an M. A. in Psychology with Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis from Chapman University. She is an EMDR certified therapist who specializes in treating trauma related issues. In her practice of individual, group, couples, and family therapy, she utilizes different therapeutic techniques, including CBT, ACT, EMDR, voice dialog, assertiveness training, and strategies derived from mindfulness practice and body-mind integration theories. She has had extensive experience in addiction recovery as well as in facilitating recovery from grief and loss. She has maintained a committed spiritual practice under several spiritual masters, has taught yoga and meditation in the community college system, and offers regular workshops in mindfulness in her private practice through Pathways to Wellness in Costa Mesa, California. She is also working toward her certification in Gottman Couples Therapy.

Edith Archuleta
Edith Archuleta

Counselor/Case Manager - Artesia

Edith Archuleta is a registered addiction specialist and possesses a certification in alcohol and drug counseling. She has been in the field since 2011. Edith works with the adult and adolescent population and is a dedicated case manager. She brings her bi-lingual abilities to our diverse population and is passionate about her work in recovery. Edith’s philosophy is that anyone can obtain and maintain sobriety with an “I can” attitude. Edith displays her genuine commitment in supporting all those who walk through the doors of Alternative Options. She is a great asset to have at Alternative Options and is committed to continue supporting those who seek recovery and positive change.

Jena Albanese
Jena Albanese

M.S., MFT Therapist/Case Manager - Placentia

Jena is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who provides individual and group therapy and case management services for adolescents and adults in Alternative Options’ Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). In addition, Jena provides outpatient therapy services for children, adults, families, and couples, in the treatment of mental health, chemical dependency, and relationships issues. Jena received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior with a Minor in Educational Studies from UC Irvine and her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology- Marriage and Family Therapy Option from CSU Long Beach. She has over 10 years of experience working in the mental health field in a variety of settings, including: adolescent group homes, juvenile justice system diversion programs, and outpatient counseling centers. Jena utilizes a variety of treatment approaches based upon clients’ needs, including: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, Structural and Strategic Family Therapies, Art Therapy, and Play Therapy. She has a passion for working with individuals of all ages, who are struggling to communicate and get their needs met within their interpersonal relationships. Jena’s first-hand experience with multiple family members’ mental health and chemical dependency challenges has led her to provide an additional layer of personal and empathetic care in the work she does with each of her clients.

Christina Wood
Christina Wood

MS, MRAS, MFTt Counselor/Case Manager - Artesia

Christina received her first Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University where her learning prepared her with techniques applicable to areas of law enforcement, legal and organizational consultation, homeland security profiling, corrections, forensic consulting, and forensic program analysis. Upon graduation, Christina went for further education with a certification to be a Masters Level Registered Addiction Specialist. Christina has ample experience working in the field of addiction for over 10 years, including case management and family work. At Alternative Options Counseling Center, Christina has taken on many roles in the PHP and IOP levels including case manager, utilization review specialist and now therapist. Christina facilitates the multiple family groups as well as checking in with clients’ program needs on a weekly basis and advocating for care and insurance authorization. Christina is currently completing her second Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Phoenix to open up her scope of competence and practice in the field. In sessions and groups, Christina utilizes techniques from several theories such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Experiential Approaches. Christina particularly loves exploring inner child work; retrieving and healing childhood wounds allowing clients to move forward to their true potential. Christina has a passion for working with families and has completed a certification to work with victims of domestic violence and thus draws on all of her skills and knowledge to work with healing individuals and families from several approaches.

Colleen Uyekawa
Colleen Uyekawa

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - Artesia/Placentia

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a passion towards making a positive difference - no matter how small or big - with everyone I come in contact with. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University Fullerton; and my masters degree in Clinical Psychology emphasis in MFT from Pepperdine University. My mental health work experience includes working with children and families at an elementary school; working with the homeless (individuals, couples, families) at a transitional homeless facility; working with heroin and opiate addicts at a methadone clinic; therapist (individual, couples, families) and group facilitator at a drug and alcohol rehab inpatient facility; and working at Alternative Options as an individual and group therapist since 2012. Specializing in clients with dual diagnosis – addictions or dependencies that may be influenced by mental health issues (depression, anxiety, grief, schizophrenia, trauma from abuse, PTSD) and vice versa. I utilize client-centered, Narrative therapy by positioning the client as the authority of their experiences, rather than the therapist; in conjunction with CBT, Solution-focused and experiential treatment according to what the client best responds to. I have seen changes in behavior, more acceptance, and positive outcomes utilizing this approach with clients.

An Nguyen
An Nguyen

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - Placentia

An received his Master’s degree in psychology from Chapman University. He has worked with youth and adults in individual, couples and family formats. He works from an eclectic perspective, borrowing from cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, post-modern theories and family systems, and tailors treatment according to the client’s needs.

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Tiffeny Cobb

B.A., RADT-I, Counselor/Case Manager - Artesia

Tiffeny Cobb is a Counselor/Case Manager at Alternative Options, Huntington Beach. She holds a B.A. degree in Psychology, and is a CCAPP registered Drug and Alcohol counselor. Tiffeny works with both adult and adolescent populations, and has a love and strong desire to help others. Tiffeny is a strong proponent for empathy and understanding the whole person, she believes in meeting the client where they are. She provides support for both the client and the program and believes in continuing to grow and learn for the benefit of others.

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Chris Cincotta

MS, LMFT, Clinical Supervisor - Huntington Beach

Chris is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and clinical supervisor for Alternative Options. He graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Master’s degree in Counseling, and has worked in various hospital, school, out-patient, and private practice settings. Chris has completed the International OCD Foundation’s (IOCDF) Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) training program and is certified to treat OCD and OCD spectrum disorders. He completed an intensive exposure and response prevention training at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) for OCD/related disorders headed by Edna Foa. He completed the Virtual Professional Training Institute’s (VPTI) program in habit-reversal training for OCD related disorders. He is also a moderator for OCD Acceptance, an online forum for OCD/related conditions. Chris has completed advanced training in cognitive-behavioral therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia for various anxiety disorders, and for depression with suicide prevention. He has completed training for eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing for trauma/various conditions at the EMDR Institute. Chris utilizes mindfulness-based practices for anxiety, depression, addiction, and related conditions. He also combines cognitive-behavioral, SMART Recovery, 12-Step, and motivational interviewing principles in treatment for addiction.

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Danny Abajian

CATC - Placentia

Danny Abajian CATC is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in the State of California. Danny has been working with adults in substance abuse treatment since 2009. Danny is a client-centered counselor, who is known for his excellent rapport building skills, his warmth and caring nature with clients, and his accurate empathy skills. Danny also has a passion for his profession and for his recovery.

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Jessica Jablonski

M.A., MFT - Artesia/Placentia

Jessica is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in multiple office locations of Alternative Options. She provides individual, couple, family and group therapy to clients for the treatment of a variety of mental health issues. She has been in the mental health field for over five years. Jessica received her undergraduate degree from Chapman University, and her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. Jessica has worked in a variety of settings in mental health and uses each of these in her integrative approach to therapy. She specializes in family, adolescent mental health, bipolar disorder and issues of self-esteem. Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a base, Jessica incorporates mindfulness practice and art to further explore a client’s thoughts, emotions and behaviors. These practices, in conjunction with skills training, help a client learn how to communicate more effectively and become self-empowered. Jessica is passionate about her work and consistently striving to continue learning.

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Victoria Brown

M.A., MFT, PHP Coordinator - Placentia

Victoria (Vicky) received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University in 2013. She has previously served in the role of case manager and therapist, and is now the Partial Hospitalization Coordinator for the Placentia location. Vicky comes from a cognitive-behavioral background with strong inclination toward increasing understanding of the emotional component driving our thoughts and behaviors. Her passion lies in treating families and couples, focusing on improving communication and listening amongst all members involved. She has also worked with teens and adults individually, and has a soft-spot for chemical dependency clients wanting to work on understanding their addiction and their emotions better.

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Alyssa Annunziato

M.S., MFTi - Artesia

Alyssa is currently a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern at Alternative Options Counseling Center. She received her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology, as well as her Bachelors of Psychology, from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. Alyssa specializes in treating adolescents and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse and family dynamics.

Alyssa has worked in a variety of settings including counseling centers, residential treatment facilities, schools and churches. In her personal life, Alyssa has overcome a life threatening illness that has provided her with great tools and insight that she is able to draw from when sitting with her clients. She is known for her sensitive spirit and ability to provide both warmth and wisdom to the therapeutic process.

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Tawny Dominguez

M.A., MFT - Huntington Beach

Tawny is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and works primarily with the mental health and eating disorder population in the Huntington Beach office. Tawny graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She went on to Pepperdine University where she earned a master’s degree in psychology and a clinical master’s degree in psychology: emphasis marriage and family therapy. She specializes in treating eating disorders and diabetes.

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Brian Luhmann

Psy.D, MFT - Huntington Beach

Brian Luhmann, Psy.D. is a registered Marriage & Family Therapist. Dr. Luhmann graduated with his Doctorate of Psychology in Marital and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Irvine. In service to his alma mater, Dr. Luhmann is currently an Adjunct Faculty member for the Applied Clinical Psychology program and is working to develop and facilitate study abroad programs for students. He primarily treats clients through mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, with a focus on family system. His clinical training has included serving as a primary therapist for detox & residential program, individual and group therapist for an intensive outpatient program, school counseling at elementary & junior high schools, writing reports with the focus of evaluating sexually violent predators, and being a part of the Orange County Department of Education Crisis Response Network. Dr. Luhmann has completed intensive trainings including: Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Safe Zone Ally – LGBT Advocacy, Applied Yoga & Meditation, & International Critical Incident Stress – Group Crisis Intervention.

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Juliana Glaser

M.A., MFT - Artesia

Juliana Glaser is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Juliana did her graduate work at Phillips Graduate Institute with a degree in Psychology and a specialization in art therapy. Juliana enjoys working with chemical dependency, depression, anxiety, attachment issues, trauma, self- worth, body image, and eating disorders. Juliana believes that through art, connections with ourselves, relationships with others, and laughter everyone can find their own balanced healthy life. Art is a way to communicate thoughts, feelings, and attitudes that may be non-verbal. It can be used as a tool to promote healing and resilience for everyone with or without any arts experience.

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Christal Vizcarra

M.A., LMFT - Artesia

Christal Vizcarra is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Christal earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Biola University and continued in to earn her Master's degree from Chapman University. She has over a decade working with adolescents and their families through individual work, family treatment, foster care in group home settings, and provided therapy for individuals in a special education school environment. Christal works with adults, adolescents, families, and couples. She is currently running a Transformation of Grief and Loss group. Christal's area of focus includes work with adolescents and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief and loss, chemical dependency, and relationship difficulties using a mix of solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral Therapies, and client-centered therapy.

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Katie Plumb

M.A., ASW - Artesia

Katie is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker, having received her MSW from University of Southern California. Katie received her undergrad BA in psychology from Scripps Women’s College, and completed her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus on trauma and resilience, at Columbia University, NY. Katie’s goal is to make therapy an enjoyable and productive endeavor. In a safe environment, she assists clients explore the roots of their struggles, patterns and obstacles appearing in multiple relationships and contexts, and identify ways to confront and overcome the issues blocking their growth. Katie works particularly well with those struggling with trauma and PTSD, mood and anxiety disorders, attachment disorders, challenging family dynamics, and other relationship issues. Katie’s experience in art, play and attachment therapies provide adolescents and adults a medium allowing for greater exploration, expression, and resolution of conflictual feelings and behaviors. She also has background in interventions targeting teens and adults such as CBT, and DBT skills building with a special emphasis on mindfulness.

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Scott Forbes

CADC - Artesia

Scott is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor at Alternative Options Cerritos location. He holds an Associate’s Degree from Cypress College, with an emphasis on Human Behavior. Scott combines his own experience with recovery from addiction and a passion for meeting the client where they are, to assist each client to reach their full potential on the path to sobriety.

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Michael Leland

M.A., LMFT - Artesia

Michael Leland is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Alternative Option’s Cerritos location. Since 1981 he has counselled students and their families in both the private and public school setting. His experience includes but is not limited to school related concerns (behavior, academic, attendance, and peer problems), family related problems (marital and parenting), antisocial behaviors (anger, aggression, abuse, and youth on probation with pre-delinquent and delinquent behavior), substance abuse, and grief counseling. Mr. Leland also played an integral role in the development of the educational component of Alternative Option’s Programs and has functioned as a group leader for both the adult and adolescent program. Often utilizing cognitive behavioral techniques and taking a solution focused brief therapy approach, Mr. Leland today, as a former part time magician, will often combine illusion and magic tricks with counseling for a unique therapeutic approach appropriate for both adults and especially for children.

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Yelena Kashtuyeva

LMFT, Therapist/ Eating Disorder Program Coordinator - Placentia

Yelena Kashtuyeva is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Her experience spans across diverse settings such as a nonprofit organization, private practice, and dual diagnosis treatment centers. She provides psychodynamic and play therapy, short-term and long-term individual and group therapy for children, teens and adults of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds; implements trauma-informed interventions and works with high risk population. As a certified yoga instructor, she brings into the therapeutic work grounding and mindfulness based interventions to promote reduction of stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms as needed for each individual.

Yelena Kashtuyeva’s specialties include and not limited to working with childhood trauma, PTSD, eating disorders and the issues of immigration. Therapy in both English and Russian languages is available.

Yelena Kashtuyeva provides individual and group psychotherapy at Alternative Options, Placentia along with coordinating an Eating Disorder Program.
Yelena Kashtuyeva obtained her B.A. in Psychology in University of California, Los Angeles. She obtained her Master of Arts degree from California School of Professional Psychology.

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Jamie Littleton

M.S., MFTi

Jamie is a MFT intern and a graduate from California State University, Fullerton. Her current role consists of both clinical outreach coordinator and working with clients at the partial hospitalization level. Clinically, her passion and experience is working with adolescents struggling with mental health issues including depression, self-harm, and eating disorders.

Jamie's enthusiasm, dedication and creativity has added to a strong team of business growth and development. She is responsible for clinical outreach for all three of the AO locations, which she thoroughly enjoys. Additionally, she likes collaborating with local facilities, hospitals and private practitioners to best serve a wide range of individuals and their families.

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