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Our Team

Meet the team at AMR Therapy. 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

Ann founded AMR Therapy in the name of social justice and the desire to remove barriers to mental health care for marginalized communities. A graduate of California State University Long Beach and Loyola Marymount, Ann studied religion and sexuality in graduate school before earning her MSW and psychotherapy License. She has published works on religion and sexuality and has presented at various seminars throughout the country discussing the intersection of mental health, queerness, and religion. She is licensed to practice psychotherapy in California and Nevada, with over two decades of experience in activism. Ann is also certified domestic violence and sexual assault counselor. AMR Therapy is an inclusive mental health care agency, that provides therapy, counseling, behavioral support, groups, and peer support. Ann’s goal is to ensure that everyone has access to the resources they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

Specialities:

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

Blanca Rose A.

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LMFT

Blanca is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family 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 Bialza

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ACSW

Marie Arlene Bialza is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with 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

Kristina E.

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ACSW

Kristina Esquivel is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who has 12 years of experience in the field, providing therapy to those in the Adult Drug Court & DUI Courts, running courses about addiction and psychoeducation. 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

Ebony B.

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ACSW

Ebony is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW) and is trained in EMDR and several cognitive, and behavioral modalities. She addresses a patient’s baseline needs, then explores contributing factors to presented problems/issues and together will make an individualized treatment plan. Ebony has experience working in outpatient mental health clinics, social service agencies, foster and adoption agencies, and school settings, with clients of any age. She works with both individuals and families. Ebony encourages empowerment, accountability, and client resilience by creating a safe and attentive space in order to vent, while putting in the work towards healing.

Specialities:

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

Rocio G.

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LCSW

Rocio Garcia is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker 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

Nic C.

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LCSW

Nic is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 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

Lorena F.

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AMFT

Lorena is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) with 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

Liza D.

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ACSW

Liza Dang obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior with a minor in anthropology at University of California, Irvine before moving on to earn her Master of Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. She is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with experience working in school, medical, and community mental health settings. She focuses on clients who struggle with mood disorders, anxiety, as well as trauma, and can help you work through difficult life transitions. Liza practices with cultural humility and believes that individuals are the experts in their own lives. She is excited to take this next step with you in your mental health journey.

Specialities:

Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Trauma, Interpersonal Relationships, Grief, Loss, and Depression, and Relationships

Kelly L.

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LMFT

Kelly Loftis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who 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

Diane Sebera Martin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in outpatient mental health clinics and in community based settings. Diane received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Counseling, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University at Fullerton. Diane has over 16 years of experience working with people of all ages and from different walks of life. Her goal is to listen without judgment and help you create a happier, more fulfilling life story. She can guide sessions at your individual pace and will treat you with respect, courtesy, and dignity. As a bilingual therapist, Diane can conduct sessions in both English and Spanish.

Specialities:

Client-Centered, Solution Focused, Humanistic, and Culturally Inclusive.

Liz M.

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LCSW

Liz Mojica 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. Mojica 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. Mojica’s 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

Briana is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW). She earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Hawai’i 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

Kelli S.

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LCSW

Kelli, LCSW has 16 years of experience working with children, youth and families who have suffered various trauma. Kelli leads other social workers at a residential group foster home in Orange County. Before her Mastery of Social Work, Kelli served as a Regional Manager for Acres of Love, a home for South African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Kelli holds a B.A. in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and an M.S.W. from Cal State Long Beach. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2016.

Specialities:

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

Andrea S.

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LCSW and Clinical Supervisor

Andrea Sanserino has 17 years of experience in the mental health field.Andrea 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. She also is an experienced Clinical Supervisor. Her goal is to mentor, guide and support individuals beginning their career in mental health. Andrea believes that people have an enormous strength and talent that can be harnessed to create a rich, meaningful life. She is trained in (CBT), (DBT), Seeking Safety (trauma focused work) and is skilled in Motivational Interviewing.

Specialities:

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

Terry W.

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LCSW

Terry White is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She 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 patients feel comfortable expressing themselves. Dialog 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

Dave R.

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Certified Peer Counselor, J.D.

Dave is a certified peer counselor and specializes in working with queer men. Prior to becoming a peer counselor, Dave was an openly gay attorney fighting for social justice in New York and Arizona. He is married to his partner of 37 years, has raised two children, and has four grandchildren.  Dave is a political activist, mentor, and patron of the arts. He has dedicated his very active “retirement” to the queer community. Whether he is participating in festivals and plays or serving as a facilitator of discussions and seminars on all things queer, he brings a deep commitment to everything he does. Dave is uniquely qualified to explore many issues from sexual curiosity and coming out, to alternative relationships, health issues, and political/social considerations as a queer male.

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Specialities:

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

Italy Mendez

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Administrator, B.B.A ’23

Italy is a college student in the process of earning her business degree. She has a passion for helping businesses grow and mental health. She hopes to one day open her own business.  Italy stands for social justice and believes all voices should be heard. Her biggest aspiration is to be a positive role model to younger generations, She believes it is possible with some love and support that it is possible to achieve happiness. She enjoys working with people and listening to their concerns. She enjoys communication that helps to resolve challenges and bring about some harmony.  She cares deeply for people struggling with mental health, and is dedicated to the AMR philosophy. She hopes that her contribution to AMR will help people get the care they both want and need.  If you need to reach Italy e-mail her at Italy@amrtherapy.com.

Specialities:

Administration, Billing, Business and Media Management

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 offers an informative approach – getting your symptoms relieved quickly while setting up correctly. If you would like to her what Sandra has to say click her name below.

Specialities:

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