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.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
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
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
DIRECTOR OF TRAINING
Joy Velarde, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist, Director of Training
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.
I often draw from cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and psychodynamic perspectives when working with my clients. I am committed to understanding each client’s unique experiences and how we can use this to build upon their strengths and assist in treatment.
I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and received my master’s and doctoral degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in community psychology. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Pacific Clinics, a program accredited by the American Psychological Association.
Area of Expertise: Young Adults, Adults, Grief and Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Adjustment Issues, Life Transitions, Faith and Spirituality, Identity and Cultural Issues, specifically Asian-American Cultural Issues
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Katherine Jazyk, PsyD
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
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Sylvia Garcia, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist
I believe in an integrative and holistic approach to therapy (healing mind, body and spirit). In my past work, I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and families of diverse racial/ethnic/national backgrounds, sexual/affectional orientations, gender and gender non-conforming identities, physical and mental abilities, languages, religious/spiritual beliefs, and socioeconomic backgrounds. I feel I am able to connect with others because I practice and teach trauma informed approaches, whether it's through art, yoga or movement. I believe in creating an inclusive environment for clients and their families to feel welcomed and secure.
I attended Columbia University for my undergraduate degree in Art History and Visual Arts. After graduating, I discovered that I could combine my passion for art and helping others. I pursued a Masters in Psychology at Phillips Graduate Institute and completed the MFT and Art Therapy program. Most of my experience has been working with individuals ages 5-25. I have extensive experience working with primarily at-risk youth, young adults, children and families struggling with homelessness, domestic violence, substance use, depression, anxiety, and other behavioral issues. I also have experience with crisis counseling and working with youth struggling with suicidal ideation, self-harm, and LGBTQ issues.
I am a registered Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association. I am also a leader for A Window Between Worlds (AWBW), which utilizes art to deal with trauma. I am a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and incorporate trauma informed yoga interventions to address trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression. I am recently trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy, which is an experiential and client centered treatment that draws from various theoretical orientations and assists in directly addressing trauma and other mental health conditions.
Areas of Expertise: Children, Teens, Young Adults, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Lisa Finlay, PhD
My priority is to help clients lead a valued, fulfilling life. I work with adults on a range of difficulties, including stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, social phobia, relationship problems, and major life decisions or transitions. I also specialize in couples therapy. In addition to lessening the impact of symptoms and working through specific challenges, I believe that psychotherapy is an opportunity for you to gain insight into why you act the way you do, explore who you want to be in the world, and better understand what you need in order to thrive. I enjoy helping clients learn to be curious about themselves, so that we can examine issues with less judgment, and more self-compassion and creativity.
Human beings are incredibly complex: our struggles are complicated by our history, our resources, our commitments, our personality, and our neurobiology. My approach to therapy is integrative, meaning that I use techniques from several theories about how people change. However, the modality that I consider my foundation is called relational psychoanalysis. This approach places a premium on the importance of interpersonal relationships, looking at how early relationships form us, and using the therapeutic relationship to better understand the way you tend to relate to others--and to yourself. I also incorporate wisdom from other disciplines, to the extent that this is relevant to you. I believe that great literature, philosophy, cultural values, and spiritual practices can be profoundly helpful in understanding our struggles and learning to live well.
I received my bachelor's degree in English Literature from Rice University and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique for two years. I have a master's degree in theological studies from Fuller Seminary and a PhD in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings, including a VA hospital, a university counseling center, and a nonprofit that specializes in psychological services for international aid workers.
Areas of Expertise: Adults, Couples, Anxiety, Social Phobia, Life Transitions, Faith and Spirituality, Stress and Burnout, Trauma.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Ashley Holcomb, PsyD
When most people think about mental health and wellbeing, they envision more than getting rid of symptoms – they seek to be a whole-hearted, authentic version of themselves. I believe that therapy can not only reduce symptoms that get in the way of your life but can also help you step into living a life of abundance. I am passionate about helping families, couples, and individuals of all ages flourish.
In particular, I focus on families because home is a place in which we want to feel safe and loved and that safe and loving environment is the perfect soil for a flourishing individual. However, there are a lot of things that impact our families: trauma, marital distress, broken relationship patterns, child behavioral or emotional difficulties, parenting disruptions. These do not have to define the culture of your home. There is hope for you and your family – don’t wait another day to start your family’s healing journey.
Interventions used: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy Method
Areas of Expertise: Children and Adolescents, Couples Therapy, Family/ Parenting Issues, Trauma, Christian Counseling
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.
Kelsey Fitzgerald, PsyD
As a systems-oriented therapist, I believe that no human being is an island. We are all affected by our interactions with the world around us, by our friends and family, our work environments, our religious and cultural communities, and the sociopolitical systems that govern our daily lives. Many of these interactions are positive, and they serve as the source of the many joys and blessings this life can provide us. Some interactions are less so, and it can be difficult to navigate the distressing forces in our lives that adversely impact our holistic well-being. I believe that, as a therapist, my role is to join you in navigating these ebbs and flows within your system and support you in developing positive and healing experiences to fight against any harmful influences that are impacting your welfare.
After graduating with my bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University, I completed my Doctorate in Psychology at Azusa Pacific University’s APA-accredited Clinical Psychology: Family Psychology program. I also completed a year-long APA-accredited predoctoral internship at the Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Education Services (IMCES) in Los Angeles, California. My additional training experiences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Casa Colina Hospital for Rehabilitative Medicine, and the Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center all solidified my expertise in working with adults, older adults, and their families.
I have further developed a passion for working with individuals from diverse backgrounds by using culturally-competent and evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions. I provide therapy in both English and Spanish, and I approach all clients with a humble curiosity about their unique cultural and spiritual identities. I have additional experience working with individuals from the LGBTQ+ community, and I have extensively trained in supporting sexual minorities. Multicultural activism and advocacy for marginalized communities are hallmark characteristics of my professional identity, along with my fierce fight for equity and justice. Together, I believe you and I can continue the pursuit of happiness that is your human right.
Areas of Expertise: Older Adults and Families (e.g., aging, grief), Adults, Health Psychology (e.g., chronic illness, substance use, traumatic medical event), Persistent Mental Illness, Multicultural Therapy, Phase-Of-Life Transitions
Noah Branson, PsyD
As people, we are in an ever-evolving process of developing throughout our lives in order to find and live out the most whole versions of ourselves. When this is disrupted—intense emotions, confusing thoughts, loss, broken relationships, trauma, or other difficult life circumstances—that ever-evolving process can get stuck and we can feel like we’re drowning, confused, alone, in pain, and or just numb. It is in this place where therapy can be helpful. Relationships can cause so much of the pain in our lives, but it also can be a source of creating incredible meaning making and healing. It is in this unique therapeutic relationship in which we can begin to journey together and help you be able to slow down and make sense of your story and the ways you have been trying to survive that have left you in such pain.
Good therapy is a collaborative process and a courageous safe space that helps you see yourself more clearly as we identify strengths and joys as well as growing edges and pain and work to not only reduce your symptoms but integrate all these things in a way that will set you free to live your life more fully. I value drawing on the unique strengths, values, contexts and communities (cultural, religious, sexual orientation) of the clients because all of these things are what make each person valuable and unique and are often essential to the process of healing.
I have a passion for the discovery and integration of people’s unique identities and stories. This includes a passion for working with emerging adults as well as people with complex childhood trauma. I also have a specific passion for cultural diversity, which comes from my own story of being biracial and having specific training and energy around the integration of people’s spirituality and the Sacred from all faith background into the psychotherapeutic work. I draw specifically from psychodynamic, relational, emotion focused, and attachment perspectives.
I received my bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Music from Azusa Pacific University and received my masters and doctorate degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology.
Areas of expertise: Adults, Emerging Adults, Couples, Cultural and Multiracial Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Complex Trauma, Spirituality, Men’s Issues
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Caitlin Weber, MA
In the high-speed culture we live in today, life can often feel so busy or distracting that we forget to embrace the present moment. As we each are on our own unique journey navigating relationships and daily transitions, I believe it is still important to feel grounded, connected, known, and understood. I am curious to listen and understand each person by creating a containing space so you can feel safe to express your authentic self.
I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with my Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. I am passionate about holistic health and appreciate therapy for its diverse process to encounter corrective emotional experiences, gain greater trust, grounding practices, and self-awareness. I am interested in exploring spirituality and a self-care lifestyle that inspires opportunities for growth and well-being. In summary, I prioritize and advocate having a healthy life balance that contributes to positive mental health.
I spent my traineeship working in private practices. I focus primarily on couples and women navigating stress, depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, and self-esteem. I am a person-centered therapist, often including attachment-based and cognitive-behavioral approaches. Additionally, I incorporate mindfulness and muscle relaxation techniques as interventions to reconnect the mind and body in the present moment.
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Hannah Quiba, MA
At certain times in our lives, we are all presented with insurmountable challenges that can be extremely difficult to navigate. With the tools that we have been given, we all do our very best to find our way through the storm. When our tools are no longer useful in working to create the life we want, we can seek out help. Whether you come to therapy feeling anxious, sad, lonely, lost, discouraged or confused, you are welcome here.
With support, you can learn to thrive amidst the challenges and create a life of meaning and value. Using a strengths based and client centered approach to therapy, I believe that we already have what we need within us to face life’s challenges. Since you know your story the best, I am here to be with you and create a non-judgemental space for you to reflect on and rediscover it. We will explore and refine new ways to cope with challenges, to interact with our loved ones, and to be more fully ourselves. We will take time to develop a voice of self-compassion which will guide you through the most treacherous of storms. During therapy, we will work to reduce your distressing symptoms and heighten your sense of fulfillment.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Comparative Religion from California State University, Fullerton and Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. I spent my traineeship at a community-based counseling center and received extensive training in Restoration Therapy (Level II Therapist). Since graduating, I began work as an Executive Coach & Consultant for Legacy Research and Consulting Group providing psychoeducational training and consulting in the areas of parenting, multicultural competence, and resilience. Additionally, I am a certified Prepare and Enrich counselor facilitator.
Areas of Expertise:Professional development, Couples therapy (particularly Interracial couples), Restoration Therapy, Children and their families diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Multicultural Competence, Spirituality concerns & faith deconstruction, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Compassion, etc.
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Mi Ae Kim, MA
We will weather through many seasons in our lives. Through those experiences, we can feel overwhelmed, lost, sad, angry, discouraged, and scared. I strive to explore people’s experiences with grace and compassion by providing a safe space where you can feel heard and understood.
My goal is to help you process your experiences, cultivate new and meaningful relationships, develop personal growth, increase self-awareness and self-esteem, and provide healing and restoration.
I can provide therapy in both English and Spanish. I received my bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent development from California State University, Northridge. I graduated from Pepperdine University with my Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Also, I am a certified Prepare/Enrich counselor facilitator.
Areas of Expertise: Couples, Individuals, Parenting, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Faith and Spirituality, Acculturation, Sex/Sexuality Related Issues
Mi deseo es explorar las experiencias de las personas con gracia y compasión, proveyendo un espacio seguro, donde pueda sentirse escuchado y comprendido.
Mi objetivo es ayudarte a procesar sus experiencias, cultivar relaciones nuevas y significantes, desarrollar el crecimiento personal, aumentar el conocimiento de sí mismo y la autoestima, y proveer curación y restauración.
Recibí mi título en Desarrollo Infantil y Adolescente de la Universidad Estatal de California en Northridge. Me gradué de la Universidad Pepperdine con mi Maestría en Psicología Clínica con énfasis en el matrimonio y la terapia familiar. Además, soy una facilitadora certificada de Prepare/Enrich.
Áreas de especialización: parejas, Individuos, problemas familiares, depresión, ansiedad, trauma, fe/espiritualidad, aculturación, problemas de sexo/sexualidad
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.