LICENSED PROFESSIONAL THERAPISTS

FPFS employs on-site therapists who are licensed as either Marriage and Family Therapists or Clinical Psychologists. These therapists are our most educated, expert, and experienced therapists. In addition to treating clients in therapy, they also supervise Advanced (Degreed) Therapists and Graduate Student Trainees.

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Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Executive Director
Phone: 818-939-3280

Ted Cosse, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist, Executive Director

I specialize in providing individual psychotherapy to adults who, despite the success they may be experiencing in various aspects of their lives, nonetheless struggle with depression, anxiety, loneliness, and perhaps feel that their lives lack a deep sense of meaning and purpose. The types of individuals I have worked with include doctors, nurses, pastors, lawyers, businessmen/women, students, and actors. Many of the individuals I have worked with are recently retired; most are actively employed. I also have considerable experience working with couples (married and unmarried) that want to strengthen their relationship and improve how they communicate with one another.

My clientele is equally split between men and women, and I have extensive experience counseling individuals from a wide range of ethnicities, including but not limited to European, Asian, African American, and Latino/a.

I am well versed in the use of Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as modalities to address the issues clients may be facing. Further, my training at Fuller School of Psychology uniquely positions me to address religious/spiritual issues that clients may discover to be relevant to their situation.

Sometimes during the course of psychotherapy, it is helpful to develop a formal, comprehensive, and detailed understanding of a client’s personality. Such information can be quite beneficial in helping the client and the therapist become aware of unknown aspects of the client’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, therefore facilitating treatment. If you would like such an assessment, I have extensive experience in the use of empirically validated and widely used personality tests.

Areas of Expertise: Adults, Couples, Depression, Anxiety, Career Professionals, Acculturation Issues

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Director of Training
Phone: 626-584-5569

Irene Rapp, MS

Marriage and Family Therapist

We are wired to bond and connect with others. Without meaningful relationships, we will experience feelings of emptiness, depression, and anxiety. My goal as a therapist is to help you find meaningful connections, whether with a significant, family, or friends.

I have been helping people work through their relationships for many years. Everyone’s situation is a little bit different. My goal is to provide a safe space for us to sort through what you are currently experiencing in your relationships, and to help you experience relationships in a whole new way through our time together.

I am also passionate about working with women. I want to help women find their voices, know their passion, and enjoy more fulfilling lives. Even though society has come a long ways in recognizing women as equals, we may not feel we are reaching our fullest potential because of the ways we grew up, the situations we are in, or the internal voices that we hear. Our work together will help you discover who you are, your abilities, and your dreams and desires. Whether you are 19 or 90 years old. I want to help you be the person/woman you are meant to be.

I received my Marriage and Family Therapy training at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. I have been in practice for 20 years.

Areas of Expertise: Relationship Issues, Women's Issues, Acculturation, Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions

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Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Phone: 626-304-3797

Katherine Jazyk, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

In life, our experiences form and shape us in significant ways. There are some experiences we are grateful for, as well as some that are painful, confusing, even life altering. The painful and confusing ones can feel overwhelming and difficult to process, and can impact how we view ourselves and others, the world, and our sense of hope for change. I have come to believe that the meaning we make of what has happened to us and how we carry that throughout our lives really matters, and that getting the support we need can have a significant impact on how we deal with life’s challenges. Most of us can sense when something is amiss in our lives, but have difficulty knowing where or how to start the process of healing or moving forward.

 

I believe that there is hope, and that therapy can provide an opportunity to examine your life experiences and address what may be keeping you stuck in old patterns. Just as humans develop in the context of relationship, healing can come by working through things within the therapeutic relationship. In treatment, I seek to honor each individual’s story and tailor interventions to the unique needs of the person. In addition to my treatment philosophy, I bring a range of training and experiences to the work I conduct. I have treated individuals experiencing moderate to severe forms of emotional and psychological stress both in my predoctoral internship at San Bernardino County Behavioral Health and postdoctoral experience at La Vie Counseling Center. My experiences have prepared me well for working with individuals and families dealing with trauma and myriad life stressors. I also have experience working with women who have experienced trauma and are seeking to work through and heal from it.

 

My emphasis has been on developing an insight-oriented depth approach to working with others, drawing from psychodynamic, relational, and attachment perspectives. I received my bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University and completed my doctoral degree at Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University.

Areas of Expertise: Adults, Adolescents, Families, Depression, Anxiety, Divorce, Loss, Spirituality

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Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Phone: 626-204-2062

Alita Lombardo, PhD

 Clinical Psychologist

Feeling overwhelmed, ashamed, or at a loss for what to do next? You’re not alone, at one point or another we all suffer from some issue that’s too difficult to handle on our own. My therapeutic approach is to provide a nonjudgmental supportive environment as we navigate through your current struggles and address the issues that are causing you the most distress. I can help you discover the patterns you have learned that contribute to the way you relate, think, love, and behave. Together, we will help you develop the strengths to tackle those issues.

I am passionate about working with women’s issues, especially post-partum depression, low self-esteem, and poor body image, and developing a healthy balance between motherhood and work. I also have experience treating depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sexual problems, adjustment issues, addiction, and many other mental health challenges.

I enjoy working with individuals and couples from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. Although I work mainly from psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches, I recognize that every client is different; therefore, my interventions are tailored to each individual and her or his unique needs.

Areas of Expertise: Couples, Adults, Relationship Issues, Sexual Problems, Poor Boundaries/Low Self-Esteem, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addiction

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Phone: 626-765-1165

Kelli Penner, MS

Marriage and Family Therapist

Relationships can bring all kinds of experiences to your daily life: joy, pain, stress, love, sadness, and many others. Whether you feel prepared for them or not, your interactions have an impact on the individual that you are constantly becoming. I will work with you to process through the many experiences that make up who you are in the present moment. Most people find that they have difficult experiences from their past that get in the way of helping them develop into the person they want to become. My goal is to help you create new ways of experiencing your emotions, relating to others, and moving towards your true self.

My approach to therapy is largely informed by a psychodynamic framework, including attachment-based and family-systems theories. I have also received extensive training on working with complex trauma, and often encourage mindfulness as a valuable intervention.

I graduated from Fuller Seminary in 2010 with my Master's in Marital and Family Therapy. I have spent the majority of the years since then focusing on work with children, adolescents, their parents, and couples. I have worked with clients from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, faith experiences, and sexual orientations and place a high value on my clients' unique and diverse experiences of themselves and others in the world.

Areas of Expertise: Adolescents, Children, Families, Couples, Parenting, Complex Trauma, LGBTQ-GNC

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Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Phone: 626-584-5509

Andrés Chou, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

While life can be chalk full of beauty and love, it can often come with its challenges. Since 2009, I have helped clients navigate the ambiguity of life to lead them toward healing and growth. I use a non-judgmental and empathic approach, grounded in clinical research, to help direct clients toward a new understanding and experience of how to relate to others in healthier and more productive ways. I believe effective counseling involves all aspects of a person. If desired by my clients, I often incorporate elements of one’s faith, spirituality, identity, and culture into the therapeutic process.

I received my degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University, an American Psychological Association-accredited program. I have trained in a broad range of settings including the UC Irvine Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), and numerous community counseling centers in Southern California and the Chicagoland area.

Methods/Interventions I use:
Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused Brief Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, Prepare/Enrich Pre-marital Counseling, Attachment Theory, Mindfulness, Psychological Assessment (Neuropsychological, Personality, Psychodiagnostic).

Types of clients I see:
Children, Adolescents, Couples, Families, and Individual Adults.

Areas of Expertise: Relational Issues (marriage, dating, family, singles); Grief and Loss (death of a loved one, break-ups, life transitions and adjustment); Depression and Anxiety (low self-esteem, constant feelings of sadness, excessive worry or fear); Asian-American Clients; Faith and Spirituality; Identity and Culture

ADVANCED (DEGREED) THERAPISTS

Advanced (Degreed) therapists are those FPFS therapists who have achieved at least a master’s or doctoral degree in either Marriage and Family Therapy or Clinical Psychology, but have additional training to complete before they qualify for licensure. They typically have accumulated several hundreds of hours of experience providing therapy (and often assessment) services to a diverse array of clients. Licensed Clinical Psychologists or licensed Marriage and Family Therapists supervise their work. Post-doctoral students are often involved in supervision as well.

Susan Carr

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
AMFT 108340
APCC 5421
Phone: 747-253-0937

Susan Carr, MS

Navigating life’s many joys, challenges, and transitions can be difficult. Relationships are wonderful and also often messy. I believe in seeing the whole person, understanding their strengths, and helping them access their resources so that they can be well emotionally, spiritually, and relationally.

I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and earned my Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. I am a Certified Level I Restoration Therapist and have completed additional coursework in Medical Family Therapy. I have experience as a court appointed special advocate in the family court system and also have experience working with seniors and their families.

I enjoy working with couples seeking relationship improvement and can help with issues related to restoring trust, improving communication, and navigating conflict. I also work with individuals on matters related to grief and loss, identity, life and career transitions, anxiety, and spirituality questions. It is a privilege to be invited into my clients’ stories, and I’m honored to help clients develop greater personal identity and find meaningful, authentic connection in their relationships.

Areas of Expertise: Relational Issues, Couples Therapy, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Health and Medical issues, Parenting and Families, Depression and Anxiety, Faith and Spirituality

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Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
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Phone: 213-905-3888

Jacqueline Hong, MS

Our collective human experience can be so similar, yet so diverse. Intricate details, such as culture, environment, beliefs, values, and experiences, shape how we conceptualize, understand, and live in this world. As many of us already know, life sometimes does not go the way we planned. We can experience hardships, struggles, and traumas that we never imagined for ourselves. In these times of confusion, we can lose perspective of who we are, our purpose, and what we stand for. Instead of being self-critical or blaming others, I believe it is crucial to have a grounded understanding of self to help navigate the turbulence during these times.

I utilize evidence-based practices grounded in systemic family therapy theories, as well as social constructionist family therapy theories (i.e., the Satir growth model, Bowen’s intergenerational therapy, collaborative and narrative therapies, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and emotionally focused therapy) to help clients gain understanding of their feelings and experiences during their transitions.

I obtained my Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge. Currently I am seeking a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. After obtaining my master’s degree, I gained experience as a registered associate marriage and family therapist in a Department of Mental Health-contracted agency and private practice. Through these placements, I was able to work and gain expertise with people of various ages, cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and sexual orientations.

Areas of Expertise: Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Families, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder(s), Borderline Personality Disorder, ADHD, Asian-American/Cultural Issues, Faith and Spiritual Issues, Identity Issues, Grief and Loss, Life Transitions, Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorders, Sex/Sexuality-related Issues

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Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
IMF 96790
Phone: 209-651-0243

 

Mandy Law, MA

I believe that every individual deserves a healthy and stable support system through the highs and lows of life. My approach to therapy focuses on improving and maintaining positive relationships with others and within yourself. Everyone's life story is unique, so we will work collaboratively to discover the best ways to achieve positive changes to promote growth. Together we will reach your therapeutic goals through building self-awareness, healthy communication tactics, and effective coping strategies to enhance resilience.

I have worked with a variety of populations and I am passionate about helping people realize and believe in the strength they have within themselves. I have worked with individuals, children, adolescents, and couples. I base my therapeutic approach around an individual’s specific needs.

I have a Masters of Arts degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I am able to provide services in English or Cantonese.

Areas of Expertise: Adults, Adolescents, Trauma, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Life Adjustment Issues

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Associate Marriage and Family Therapist        IMF 102982
Phone: 805-664-0455

 

Sarah Rafik Morcos, MS

“Peace is first of all the art of being.”–Henri J. M. Nouwen

For many reasons, we often find ourselves paralyzed in our lives, unable to know ourselves and those around us fully, feeling the pain of depression, grief, and relationships. We are stuck and feel disconnected from our own being, unable to find a space of peace.

I work from a Restoration Therapy framework, understanding where the violations of love and trustworthiness occur in our lives. These violations create paralysis that lead us to self-rejection, depression, disconnect within our relationships, wanting control, etc. I value a collaborative therapy process to meet the needs of my client, to understand these violations, and to create a space to heal these wounds and restore a sense of peace in our identity and safety.

I received my Bachelors of Arts in Film from UCLA and my Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. I am a Certified Level I Restoration Therapist. I am also a Certified PREPARE/ENRICH and MarriageStrong Facilitator.

Areas of Expertise: Adults, Emerging Adults, Couples, Families, Depression, Faith, Restoration Therapy, Identity and Cultural Issues

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PhD Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone: (626) 584-5528

Roanne Joy Tiongson, PsyD Postdoctoral Fellow

Life will often bring about numerous stressors. Though we try our best to manage these stressors, it may sometimes feel as though whatever we are doing is not working or things just aren’t improving. I believe that there are different ways to approach a problem and I value the opportunity to help clients figure out what works best for them. I strive to create a safe and collaborative environment where clients can share their struggles and stressors, reflect on their past experiences, find solutions, and create new meaning in their lives.

My clinical experience includes working in various settings such as the Loma Linda VA Medical Center, Huntington Medical Research Institute, Fuller Psychological and Family Services, and Pacific Clinics. I have worked with clients presenting with a variety of issues including, but not limited to anxiety, OCD, Trichotillomania, depression, bipolar disorders, relational difficulties, substance abuse, trauma, PTSD, and severe and chronic mental illnesses.

I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received my masters and doctorate degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology with an emphasis in community psychology. I often draw from cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and psychodynamic perspectives when working with my clients.

Area of Expertise: Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Adjustment Issues and Life Transitions, Identity and Cultural Issues, Severe Mental Illness

GRADUATE STUDENT TRAINEES

These therapists are typically students in the early phases of their graduate education, having completed less than two years of clinical training. However, they have completed a significant amount of clinical and classroom work, and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a licensed Clinical Psychologist, and/or a post-doctoral clinician supervises their work.