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Our Team

Meet the team at AMR Therapy & Support Services. We are a diverse team of psychotherapists, counselors, administrators, and peer support advocates with one thing in common. We are passionate about effective and accessible mental health.

Ann R.

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Clinical Director, LCSW, MA.TH #80872

Ann Russo LCSW is the founder of AMR Therapy & Support Services. Ann’s work is rooted in social justice and her desire to remove barriers to mental health care for marginalized communities. A graduate of California State University Long Beach and Loyola Marymount, Ann has a unique understanding of the intersections between mental health, queerness, and religion. Her work has been published in various journals and she has presented at national conferences on these topics. Ann is licensed to practice psychotherapy in California and Nevada. Ann is also a certified domestic violence and sexual assault counselor.  Ann hopes to ensure that everyone can get the help they need and deserve.  AMR Therapy & Support Services is an inclusive mental health care agency, that provides therapy, counseling, behavioral support, groups, and peer support.

Specialities:

Anxiety, Depression, Religion and Sexuality, Sexual Assault, Domestic Abuse, Non Normative Sexuality, Gender, and Trauma

Blanca A.

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LMFT #80872

Blanca is a bilingual therapist. She has a passion for helping people that have had trauma as it relates to events as well as identity. Blanca believes people can and heal and nurture their best selves through the latest techniques in trauma therapy interventions. She is trained and certified both in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and Hypnotism Therapy which helps her clients process emotions and heal. Her educational background in psychology, counseling, and therapy have helped shape how she treats others by making sure they find solutions that work specifically for them. She received her undergraduate degree focusing primarily on psychology before going onto earn two masters’, one in counseling & another in marriage and family therapy.  Blanca main goal is to help her clients discover, nurture, and love their trust selves.

Specialities:

EMDR, Trauma, Immigration, PTSD, CBT, Anxiety , Depression, Complex Trauma, and Spanish Speaking

Marie B.

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ACSW #95513

Marie has over a decade of experience serving youth, teens, adults, couples and families with behavioral and mental health challenges. Marie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and then earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. She also earned a PPS Credential in School Social Work and Child Welfare and Attendance. Marie provides therapy with a strength-based, trauma-focused lens. She prioritizes building a positive therapeutic relationship with her clients in order to support them in unlearning habits, defense mechanisms, and behaviors that no longer serve them. She is dedicated to providing a safe space for every client to achieve their goals.

Specialities:

Childhood Trauma, Intimate Partner Violence, Men in Jail, Depression, Gender Identity, and Sexual Identity

Ebony B.

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ACSW #93759

Ebony is a therapist who believes that people are capable of great things. She understands that it can be difficult to ask for help, but is here to provide support and guidance when needed. Ebony has training in cognitive and behavioral therapies, so she can help her clients heal old wounds and overcome destructive behaviors. Ebony strives to create a safe and welcoming environment in which her clients can feel comfortable exploring their thoughts and feelings. She believes that therapy should be tailored to the individual, and works with each client to develop an individualized treatment plan. Ebony has experience working with people of all ages in a variety of settings, and is dedicated to helping her clients reach their goals.

 

Specialities:

Polyamory, Lifestyles, Sexuality, Gender, CBT, Anxiety , Depression, and Adoption

Nic C.

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LCSW #81515

Nic is committed to collaborative relationships that create long and short-term objectives to achieve wellness. He creates a space to explore concerns and develop insight into relationship, thought, and behavior patterns. Nic does not question a client’s truth or reality, but works to help clients bring behaviors and attitudes back into alignment with their values and beliefs. When creating a therapeutic space, he often uses strategies oriented in mindfulness such as DBT, EMDR, and Brainspotting.

 

 

 

Specialities:

Specialties: Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Trauma, Intimacy, Communication, Racial Identity, and Sexual Identity Development, Complex Trauma, EMDR, and Brain Scanning

Lorren C.

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APCC #6259

Lorren attended Grossmont College before transferring to a university, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is a Graduate of a Counseling Master’s program at San Diego State University, where she studied and practiced skills needed to support and create a therapeutic, healing environment. Lorren comes from an integrative approach incorporating elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centered Theory, while integrating Art Therapy into her practice. Lorren has years of experience serving as a Counselor to adolescents, youth, and adults, and couples. She has supported clients’ through individual hardships, stressors, and identity development, trauma; valuing each individual’s experience as unique. A Counselor in academic and clinical settings, she has served communities including LGBTQ+, underserved populations, individuals facing housing or food insecurity, those of various cultural backgrounds, and individuals facing life stress. Lorren has always been drawn to the arts, and enjoys spending time at the beach

Specialities:

Queer Identities, Housing and Food Insecurity, Trauma, Couples, Polyamory, and Art Therapy

Kristina E.

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ACSW #97389

Kristina  has almost 15 years of experience in the field, providing therapy to those in the Adult Drug Court & DUI Courts, running courses about addiction and psycho-education. Kristina has worked with children and teenagers in school settings on emotion regulation, self-esteem, crisis intervention, etc She is a Certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation practitioner who utilizes meditation, body positivity, and harm reduction. Kristina earned her Masters of Social Work degree from California State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from California State University. She also trains students at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

 

Specialities:

Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Psychosis, Homelessness, Teen Therapy, Harm Reduction, and Self Esteem

Lorena F.

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AMFT, APCC #129535

Lorena has experience serving the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Miami, and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in working with Latinx Communities from Pepperdine University. Lorena has worked with clients of different identities and ages struggling with issues at various stages of life. She believes that each person is an expert on their own lives and works collaboratively with clients to develop unique plans and goals that fit their individual therapy needs. As a bilingual therapist, Lorena can conduct sessions in English and Spanish.

 

Specialities:

Polyamory, Lifestyles, Sexuality, Gender, CBT, Anxiety, and BIPOC

Rocio G.

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LCSW #61556

Rocio is a bilingual therapist and professor with over fifteen years in the mental health field. In recent years, Rocio helped students from middle school onwards who risked academic failure by using her social working skills. An Adjunct Professor in the Department of Human Services at CSU, Rocio works well with a diverse academic populace. Rocio earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish with a pre-law emphasis , and is a Master of Social Work with a Mental Health Concentration, works well with people with severe mental illnesses at the University of Southern California.

 

 

Specialities:

Couples, CBT, Bilingual, Severe Mental Illness, Adolescents, Substance Abuse, Reintegration, Anxiety, Trauma and Life Adjustments

Kelly L.

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LMFT #121885

Kelly earned her MS in Counseling at San Diego State University. She is invested in creating relationships that help people feel seen and understood. She is interested in examining how the systems in which we live influence how we think about ourselves and problems we encounter. Kelly has engaged with youth, adults, and families in therapeutic relationships that are collaborative and that view people as the experts of their own lives. She believes problems are separate from people and that these problems can obscure our own abilities and lead us to feel stuck, lacking, or broken. She hopes to support you in connecting with your own wisdom, skills, values, beliefs, and competencies so that you can have a say in how the problem tries to influence your life.

Specialities:

Grief, Neurodiversity, Identity Development, Culture/Gender/Fat Affirming, Life Transitions, Relationship Building and Maintaining, Parent-Child Relationships, Anxiety, and Depression

Diane M.

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LMFT #49289

Diane is a bilingual therapist who has worked in outpatient mental health clinics and in community-based settings. With almost two decades of experience, Diane understands that life can be difficult and oftentimes overwhelming. That’s why she provides a judgment-free listening ear and helps clients create happier, more fulfilling life stories. Diane believes that everyone deserves to be treated with respect, courtesy, and dignity – no matter their situation. Client-Centered, Solution Focused, Humanistic, and Culturally Inclusive – these are the values that guide Diane as she helps her clients work through their challenges.

Specialities:

Individual, Couples, Family, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Co-Occurring Disorders. 

Liz M.

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LCSW #71153

Liz is a dedicated psychotherapist and social worker, who works with clients to foster a life that is healthier, happier and more fulfilling. She has had the privilege of being a Clinical Social Worker for the past 25 years, including 15 years as a therapist. Liz offers a safe, non-judgmental and trusting therapeutic relationship. Liz has successfully guided multiple clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, loss, relationship and life transition issues. She has also assisted clients in recovery from trauma caused by emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Her main goal is to help you open up and feel heard, so you may allow yourself to overcome your obstacles.

Specialities:

Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Trauma, Survivors Guilt, PTSD, Adolescents, Grief and Loss, and Couples

Briana M.

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ACSW #105041

Briana earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and her bachelor’s in Psychology from Sonoma State University. She has worked in foster care and adoption for the last nine years and also has personal experience as a foster parent herself. She has worked in school settings, non-profits, and Internationally at a shelter for girls. Her passions include social justice, helping individuals shape who they want to become, and helping couples navigate their relationships. She also has a passion for helping couples and individuals explore non-monogamy, LGBTQ+, sex and sexuality, identity, and alternative lifestyles. She enjoys helping others find ways to live authentically and fully.

 

Specialities:

Individual, Teens, Group, Couples, and Same Sex, Transgender, and Polyamorous Relationships

Andrea S.

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LCSW and Clinical Supervisor #23211

Andrea is a mental health professional with over two decades of experience. She specializes in training and supervising new professionals, as well as providing therapy services to individuals and families. She also serves as a Consultant providing training to staff in the mental health field, and as an Adjunct Faculty member at Cerritos College in the Mental Health Worker Program. Her goal is to mentor, guide and support individuals beginning their careers in mental health. Andrea’s approach is based on the belief that people have enormous strength and talent that can be harnessed to create a rich, meaningful life. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), utilizing Seeking Safety, a trauma healing approach.

Specialities:

Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, Psychosis, Trauma, Substance Abuse, CBT, DBT, Support, and Communication

Kelli S.

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LCSW #74962

Kelli has dedicated her career to helping children and families heal from trauma. With over 20 years of experience, Kelli knows how to create positive change in the lives of those who need it most. Kelli currently leads a team of social workers at a residential group foster home in Orange County. Prior to her Mastery of Social Work, she served as Regional Manager for Acres of Love, a home for South African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Kelli is committed to helping children, teens and families and intimate family violence survivors find hope and healing. She believes that everyone should have access to high-quality mental health care, and make it our mission to provide support, education, and resources to people everywhere.

Specialities:

Depression, Abuse, Trauma, Pregnancy, Teens, Grief, Intimate Partner Violence, HIV and AIDS

Renee T.

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AMFT #134010

Renee obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religious Studies at California State University, Long Beach with an aim to better understand diverse, intersectional identities and how to best serve them. Afterwards they earned their Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at San Jose State University. Renee is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with previous experience working in school-based settings and community mental health. She has worked with a range of clients who experience mood disorders, identity issues, grief and loss, as well as trauma. Renee practices cultural humility and utilizes Evidence-Based Practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to aid any individual who may be struggling with their mental health. They strive to create a safe space for the exploration and growth of all identities and their goal is to empower the individual(s) to live a value- driven life.

Specialities:

Trans and Non-binary Identities, Polyamory, Couples, Grief and Loss, and Mood Disorders

Terry W.

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LCSW #95245

Terry has over a decade’s experience in the field, and utilizes a Solution Focused Therapy, and CBT, as well as Behavioral interventions for children and adolescents. Terry stays connected with contemporary research and her evidence based treatments. She builds a respectful, safe and positive environment where clients feel comfortable expressing themselves. Session focus and treatment plans are tailored to meet clients’ unique and specific needs. Terry’s therapy/counseling mantra is ‘talk is truly cheap’ when raising children to be model citizens who are confident in themselves.

 

Specialities:

Mood Disorders, PTSD, Relationship, Behavioral Interventions, Anxiety, Racism, Children, SFT, and CBT

Nadia C.

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CTRC Group/Life Coach

Nadia is a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach providing trauma recovery groups to women. She is of Caribbean ancestry and a survivor of childhood abuse. She is passionate about helping clients transform painful childhood experiences into courage, authenticity, personal power, self-awareness, self-confidence, self-worth, self-love, and inner peace in adulthood.  Nadia believes that in order to heal individually, we must acknowledge that culturally, abuse has been normalized, minimized, overlooked, ignored, justified, and perpetuated generation after generation and that in order to heal as a community, we must bring care, compassion, consideration, courage, and curiosity into our relationships.   

Specialities:

Group facilitator for Childhood Trauma, Physical & Sexual Abuse, Bibliotherapy, CSA Survivors, and Self Image.

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Dave R.

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Certified Peer Counselor, J.D.

Dave is a certified peer counselor who specializes in working with queer men. He has been an openly gay attorney fighting for social justice in New York and Arizona, supporting the queer community in matters of law. Once retired, Dave received his peer counseling certification in order to serve queer men in a counseling capacity. He brings a wealth of experience and dedication to queer men with his wit and helpful attitude. Dave utilizes a sex-positive and social justice framework in his approach, providing much-needed support to the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialities:

Alternative Relationships, Health Issues, including STIs, Gay Parental Issues, Coming Out, Occupational Considerations, and Ethical Non-Monogamy

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Sandra B.

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MA, Counseling

Sandra is a Master’s-level counselor with over two decades of experience in the field. She has a particular passion for helping clients achieve self-improvement in the areas of mental health, relationships, and goal achievement. Sandra is also a Pain-Free Performance Specialist, providing care for students, caregivers, and teachers in all in-home and school settings. Meeting Sandra will be your first step in therapy with AMR. Just reaching out for help is a huge first step in therapy, and Sandra is here to make sure you feel safe. She provides free consults so new clients can get set up with a good match right away or help you find a more suitable provider. With her expertise on hand as well some friendly conversation; there’s no question or concern that goes unnoticed by Sandra. AMR Therapy & Support Services offers an informative approach – getting your symptoms relieved quickly while setting up correctly. 

Specialities:

Caregiving, Burnout, Autism, APA, Pregnancy, Social Skills, Organization, Life Transitions, Parenting, Support Services. and Career Changes