LARA ABOUNAYAN, AMFT

My name is Lara Abounayan and I am an associate marriage and family therapist (#107180) under the supervision of Lara Mekhitarian (#78395). I work with individuals, couples, and families, focusing on anxiety, depression, trauma, parenting difficulties, and chronic illness.

I have worked with individuals (ages 6-65), couples, and families at the Armenian Relief Society’s Child, Youth, and Family Guidance Center. Most of my work focused on anxiety, depression, chronic illness, relationship difficulties, and trauma, particularly immigration trauma and acculturation issues. I also have worked extensively with parents and their children who were experiencing behavioral issues.

I received my Masters in Counseling, specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University Northridge. Prior to that, I attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I am bilingual in English and Armenian. I have experience conducting therapy in both languages.

(Lara Abounayan is supervised by Lara Mekhitarian, LMFT)

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PRISMA MARTINEZ, LMFT

Welcome to the safe space that empowers your true authentic self. My name is Prisma Martinez, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #111896, proud to serve our multicultural community. I am a fluent Spanish speaking immigrant therapist. 

I received my Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree from Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles and my Bachelor of Arts in Child Development degree from California State University, Los Angeles. My years of experience in the clinical field have provided me with the tools to support those trying to break away from depression, anxiety, loss and grief, stress, low self-esteem, relational difficulties, family conflict, parenting challenges, acculturation, life transitions, and among many others. 

I am passionate about my role in helping individuals and families find peace in their world. In therapy, I help guide your individual healing process in a safe, respectful, and compassionate space. I use an empathetic approach to support your way in making sense of the struggles that come with unforeseen experiences. Growing up under the eyes of trauma gave me a powerful narrative to first-hand understand the strength and effort it takes to break away from the chains that bind you. Thus, allowing me to be a strong advocate for those who are trying to find their voice.  

In my time away from the office, I enjoy providing education to parents, caregivers, and professionals on fetal, infant, toddler, and preschool development. Plus, Infant Massage classes that cultivate a positive and secure attachment between parent and baby. What brings joy to my heart, is surrounding myself with family, friends, books, delicious vegetarian food, nature during hikes and walks, dancing, watching crime and drama TV series, and breathing in fresh air on a cloudy day at the beach.

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Sierra K. Briscoe, AMFT

I work with couples, individuals and teens in a collaborative therapeutic style. I strive to create a safe, judgement free environment where we can work together to help you achieve peace and healing. I am especially passionate about working with all women who are looking to explore their sexuality. I am sex positive, kink aware, LGBTQ affirmative and welcoming to non traditional lifestyles & relationships. 

I received my Masters in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University Northridge, and my bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles. I am EMDR trained, and have experience in a variety of evidence based practices including Trauma Focused CBT.

I am accepting new clients in a beautiful private practice setting in La Crescenta, California. I look forward to meeting you!

Sierra is supervised by Lara Mekhitarian, LMFT (MFC #78395)

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Jen Drader, AMFT

I am so glad you have taken the brave step to reach out for support. I believe each person has within them what they need to have healthy relationships and emotional health, and sometimes we need a little help to get there. We all want to feel known, seen and accepted, especially by those most important to us. Each of us has our own story and set of experiences that can make it challenging to connect with those we love. There are often understandable reasons for us to feel anxious or depressed. I would love to come alongside you to experience growth, more fulfilling relationships and emotional health. 

I specialize in working with families, couples, and individuals looking for support in their relationships. I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, trained in Emotionally-Focused Therapy and certified as a Prepare and Enrich facilitator for couples. I am also trained in EMDR to support individuals that are stuck because of a past trauma. 

I hope to provide a caring and safe space for each client as they learn about themselves and grow in their relationships. I believe that experiencing acceptance as you are is an important part of the therapeutic experience, and I consider it an honor to be invited into your story and your journey.

Jen is supervised by Lara Mekhitarian, LMFT (MFC#78395)

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