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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Sharon Peykar, ACSW

As a therapist, I recognize the challenges of reaching out for help - seeking support can be overwhelming. I believe that everyone deserves to feel inner peace and freedom from emotional pain. I work with millennials who are coping with break-ups, high stress work environments, family conflict, anxiety and depression.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree at UC Santa Barbara before obtaining my Masters in Social Work from University of Southern California. I have six years of experience facilitating group and individual therapy sessions on issues related to addiction, codependency, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and grief/loss.

I utilize a collaborative, nonjudgmental approach to help clients overcome emotional stagnation and rediscover their strengths. Together, we will create a unique set of healthy coping tools and communication skills to guide you throughout all areas of your life.

(Sharon Peykar is supervised by Lara Mekhitarian, LMFT & Natalie Liberman, LCSW, LMFT)