Careers at

Reconnect Center

Careers at Reconnect Center

Reconnect embodies a community oriented style workplace. If you are someone that values community, then Reconnect is the place for you! Our therapists work in unison with other modalities and practitioners to treat the client as a whole. As Reconnect expands, we are looking to grow our collaborative team.

Available Positions

Associate Primary Therapist

Job Title: Associate Primary Therapist (must have associate number) No trainees.

Location: Pacific Palisades

Level/Salary Range:

$30/HR (w/<1000 hrs)

$35/HR (w/1000+ hrs)

$40/HR (w/2500+ hrs)

Position Type:

PART-TIME (3 Shifts available)

Shift1: M-Th 12pm -3pm

Shift 2: M-Th 3pm-6pm

Shift 3: M-Th 12pm-6pm

Will Train Applicant(s): Experience required. Some training required and provided.

Start Date: ASAP

 

Job Description

 

SUMMARY

Provide mind body psychotherapy with adolescent and adult clients struggling with complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and attachment wounding in an intensive outpatient setting. All sessions are one on one; individual. Work collaboratively on client treatment with multidisciplinary team. Expand approach to treating complex trauma by participating in Reconnects extensive RITTM Trainings, DID Training, and Janina Fisher’s part work!

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Clinical focus on resourcing and resolving trauma symptoms at a steady pace.
  • Integration of RITTM grounding and resourcing tools for emotional regulation.
  • Provide psychoeducation about trauma, the nervous system, window of tolerance.
  • Completes necessary clinical documentation on EMR system (KIPU) such as session biopsychosocial assessment, treatment plan, progress notes, collateral notes, and discharge summary within 24 hours of session.
  • Performs continuous assessment of client’s mental status for level of care appropriateness and possible risk behaviors.
  • Participate in peer-to-peer insurance reviews to advocate for client’s treatment.
  • Lead and liaison to other team members about progress, barriers and needs of clients.
  • Required participation in multi-disciplinary treatment team meetings Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm PST (Currently over zoom).
  • Attend trainings in RITTM, DID, and Janina Fisher

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

 

EDUCATION:

  • MA, MSW, PsyD, or PhD in Psychology, Social Work, or related field required.
  • Must be registered with the BBS or Board of Psychology. No trainees.
  • Required two (2) years of professional experience in direct patient care in the mental health field, preferred experience with complex trauma.
  • A plus if trained in EMDR, Brainspotting, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing, or Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
  • Excellent Internet/Computer skills
  • Experience: Two years of professional experience in direct patient care in the mental health field which includes one year of experience working in a client admissions position.
  • Excellent phone/in person conversation skills while maintaining all levels of confidentiality.
  • Managing details and providing flawless execution; naturally tech savvy.
  • Excel at prioritizing workflow, possess an intuitive approach, and anticipate needs.
  • Work independently by being self-directed and motivated; possess a high level of resourcefulness.
  • Positive/Respectful attitude towards clients and co-workers
  • Solution based approach/Team player
  • Strong writing communication skills

To apply for this position, please send your resume to [email protected]

Licensed Group Facilitator

Job Title: Licensed Group Facilitator (No associates)

Location: Pacific Palisades

Level/Salary Range:

$100/HR

Position Type:

Part-Time; up to 20hrs weekly

(Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm)

Will Train Applicant(s): Experience required. Some training required and provided.

Start Date: ASAP

 

Job Description

 

SUMMARY

Provide group therapy with adolescent and adult clients with complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and attachment wounding in an intensive outpatient setting. All groups are content driven (no process groups). Work collaboratively on client treatment with multidisciplinary team. Opportunity to learn about trauma by participating in Reconnects extensive RITTM Trainings, DID Training, and Janina Fisher’s part work!

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Facilitate group therapy sessions and psychoeducational classes. 
  • Clinical focus on grounded integrative community experience; uphold group rules, align with the RITTM philosophy (e.g., no processing of trauma in groups).  
  • Provide psychoeducation about trauma, the nervous system, window of tolerance and various other trauma related topics. Also provide some basic therapeutic groups such as DBT, mindfulness, emotional regulation, attachment, family systems, relationships, etc.
  • Integration of RITTM grounding and resourcing tools for emotional regulation.
  • Awareness of how each client utilizes RITTM resourcing and encouraging tools during group when needed.
  • Perform continuous assessment of client’s mental status for possible risk behaviors. 
  • Required participation in multi-disciplinary treatment team meetings Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm PST (Currently over zoom).
  • Completes necessary clinical documentation on EMR system (KIPU) such as group notes within 24 hours of session.
  • Assists in the development of new groups when need arises and in the ongoing evaluation of programs.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

 

EDUCATION:

  • MA, MSW, PsyD, or PhD in Psychology, Social Work, or related field required.
  • Must be licensed and in good standing with the BBS or Board of Psychology (LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, PsyD)
  • Required two (2) years of professional group therapy experience in the mental health field, preferred experience with complex trauma content. 
  • A plus if trained in EMDR, Brainspotting, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing, or Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. 
  • Excellent Internet/Computer skills 
  • Experience:  Two years of professional experience in direct patient care in the mental health field which includes one year of experience working in a client admissions position.
  • Excellent phone/in person conversation skills while maintaining all levels of confidentiality.
  • Managing details and providing flawless execution; naturally tech savvy.
  • Excel at prioritizing workflow, possess an intuitive approach, and anticipate needs.
  • Work independently by being self-directed and motivated; possess a high level of resourcefulness.
  • Positive/Respectful attitude towards clients and co-workers
  • Solution based approach/Team player 
  • Strong writing communication skills

To apply for this position, please send your resume to [email protected]

Somatic Experiencing Practitioners or Sensorimotor Psychotherapists

Job Title: Somatic Experiencing Practitioners (SEP) OR Sensorimotor Practitioners (SP)

Location: Pacific Palisades

Level/Salary Range:

$80/HR

Position Type:

Part-Time (2 shifts available, times, days not flexible)

Shift 1: M,W,F 12pm-3pm

Shift 2: M,W,F 12pm-6pm

Will Train Applicant(s): Experience required. Some training required and provided.

Start Date: ASAP

 

Job Description

 

SUMMARY

Working with either Somatic Experiencing/Sensorimotor modality with adolescent and adult clients with complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and attachment wounding in an intensive outpatient setting. All sessions are one on one; individual. Work collaboratively on client treatment with multidisciplinary team. Expand approach to treating complex trauma by participating in Reconnects extensive RITTM Trainings, DID Training, and Janina Fischer’s part work!

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Clinical focus on resourcing and resolving trauma symptoms at a steady pace.
  • Integration of RITTM grounding and resourcing tools for emotional regulation.
  • Provide psychoeducation about trauma, the nervous system, window of tolerance.
  • Required participation in multi-disciplinary treatment team meetings Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm PST (Currently over zoom).
  • Completes necessary clinical documentation on EMR system (KIPU) such as session progress notes and collateral notes within 24 hours of session.
  • Perform continuous assessment of client’s mental status for possible risk behaviors.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

 

EDUCATION:

  • Somatic: Must be trained in the somatic experiencing model created by Peter Levine; Levels I, II or III may apply.
  • Sensorimotor: Must be trained in the sensorimotor model created by Pat Ogden.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience working in mental health field; preferred experience with complex trauma. 
  • Master’s degree in related field such as psychology, sociology, kinesiology preferred for Somatic; assumed for Sensorimotor.
  • Excellent Internet/Computer skills 
  • Experience:  Two years of professional experience in direct patient care in the mental health field which includes one year of experience working in a client admissions position.
  • Excellent phone/in person conversation skills while maintaining all levels of confidentiality.
  • Managing details and providing flawless execution; naturally tech savvy.
  • Excel at prioritizing workflow, possess an intuitive approach, and anticipate needs.
  • Work independently by being self-directed and motivated; possess a high level of resourcefulness.
  • Positive/Respectful attitude towards clients and co-workers
  • Solution based approach/Team player 
  • Strong writing communication skills

To apply for this position, please send your resume to [email protected]

Licensed Primary Trauma Therapists

Job Title: Licensed Primary Trauma Therapists

Location: Pacific Palisades

Level/Salary Range:

$90/HR

Position Type:

Part-time Employee 

Monday to Friday 15-20hrs/week min. required

Must be able to provide hours over 3 to 4 different days. 

No exceptions.

  • Mon: 11am to 3pm
  • Tues: 11am to 3pm
  • Wed: 9am to 7pm
  • Thurs: 2pm to 7pm 
  • Fri: 9am to 7pm

Will Train Applicant(s): EMDR or BSP certification required. Experience required.  Some training required and provided.

Start Date: ASAP

 

Job Description

 

Summary

Provide mental health services including screening, assessment, individual psychotherapy, clinical case management and crisis intervention with adolescent and adult clients with complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and attachment wounding in an intensive outpatient setting. All sessions are one on one; individual. Provide leadership of your cases to a collaborative multidisciplinary team.Must be certified in EMDR and/or Brainspotting (all levels invited to interview). Expand approach to treating complex trauma by participating in Reconnects extensive RITTM Trainings, DID Training, and Janina Fischer’s part work!

Role and Responsibilities

  • Evaluates and/or provides behavioral information on individuals and their families as required for evaluation, diagnosis, program planning, creating clinical treatment plans, and consultation. 
  • Assists in matters related to psychology, specifically to the provision of comprehensive services to clients. 
  • Participates as a member of the multi-disciplinary diagnostic and consultation team of Reconnect.
  • Maintain close communication with the Clinical Director about program training and policies.  
  • Provide psychoeducation about trauma, the nervous system, window of tolerance.
  • Participate in peer-to-peer insurance reviews to advocate for client’s treatment. 
  • Lead and liaison to other team members about progress, barriers, and needs of clients. 
  • Required participation in multidisciplinary treatment team meetings Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm PST (Currently over zoom).
  • Complete necessary clinical documentation on EMR system (KIPU) such as biopsychosocial assessment, session progress notes and collateral notes within 24 hours of session.
  • Perform continuous assessment of client’s mental status for possible risk behaviors. 
  • Completes mandatory RITTM training, Janina Fisher’s TIST Model training, and DID training. 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Education:  

  • MA, MSW, PsyD, or PhD in Psychology, Social Work or related field.
  • BBS or Board of Psychology license required. 
  • MFT, LCSW, PsyD, or PhD preferred. 

AND

Experience: 

  • Two years of professional experience in direct patient care in the mental health field which includes one year of experience working in a client admissions position. 
  • Must be trained in trauma treatment modalities such as: EMDR and/or Brainspotting (all levels are invited to interview)
  • Prefer experience in DMH documentation, experience with Recovery Model of mental health treatment. 

To apply for this position, please send your resume to [email protected]

ACAOM Licensed Acupuncturists

Job Title: ACAOM Licensed Acupuncturists

Location: Pacific Palisades

Level/Salary Range:

Starting at $70/hr.

Position Type:

Part-time Employee 

Monday to Friday 

10 to 15hrs /wk min. required

Must be able to provide hours over 2 to 3 different days. 

No exceptions.

  • Mon: 1p to 7pm
  • Tues: 1p to 7pm
  • Wed: 9a to 7pm
  • Thurs: 9a to 7pm 
  • Fri: 1p to 7pm

Will Train Applicant(s):  Experience required. 

Start Date: ASAP

 

Job Description

 

Summary

Provide acupuncture services including screening, assessment, individual treatment of muscle trigger points to relieve chronic pain. These techniques are also used to treat adolescent and adult clients with complex trauma, dissociative disorders, and attachment wounding in an intensive outpatient setting. All sessions are one on one; individual. Opportunity to participate on cases with a collaborative multidisciplinary team.Expand approach to treating complex trauma by participating in Reconnects extensive RITTM Trainings, DID Training, and Janina Fischer’s part work!

Role and Responsibilities

  • Conducts acupuncture sessions within the allotted time.
  • Integrate emotional regulation tools.
  • Maintain close communication with the Clinical Director about program training and policies.
  • Maintain fluent knowledge of and ability to explain in depth about Reconnect unique individual personalized programing.
  • Responsible for keeping up with continued education and Reconnect training.
  • Responsible for clinical documentation of sessions including progress notes, team emails and communication with the primary therapist. 
  • Participates as a member of the multi-disciplinary diagnostic and consultation team. 
  • Must attend mandatory weekly treatment team meetings to update the clinical team on client’s progress. 
  • Assists in the development of new acupuncture approaches where need arises and in the ongoing evaluation of programs.
  • Documents client’s condition via a per session progress within 24 hours of session.
  • Schedules and attends monthly clinical supervision meetings with the Clinical Director.
  • Adheres to the RITTM philosophy
  • Adhere to company HIPAA and Privacy Policies

Knowledge, Experience, and Skills:

The ideal candidate would have a strong understanding of Trauma and Mental Health with at least one to two years of mental health service experience. 

In addition, the following are strongly desired:

  • A passion for the mission, vision and values of Reconnect.
  • In-depth knowledge of treatment approaches, evidence-based practices, and assessment standards
  • Demonstrate the highest possible level of professional ethical standards and integrity.
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills.
  • Ensuring that policies and procedures are being followed.
  • Demonstrated dynamic team working skills. 
  • Managing details and providing flawless execution; naturally tech savvy.
  • Excel at prioritizing workflow, possess an intuitive approach, and anticipate needs.
  • Work independently by being self-directed and motivated; possess a high level of resourcefulness.
  • Positive/Respectful attitude towards clients and co-workers
  • Solution based approach/Team player 
  • Strong writing communication skills

Physical Demands:

While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment:

This job will be located at the Reconnect offices in Pacific Palisades, CA. While performing the responsibilities of the job, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the job holder will encounter.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Education:  Qualifications include a degree from an Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) accredited college and the proper certification.
  • basic computer skills required

AND

  • Experience:  Two years of professional experience in direct patient care in the mental health field.

To apply for this position, please send your resume to [email protected]

Scheduling Manager

Job Title: Scheduling Manager

Location: Pacific Palisades

Level/Salary Range:

In offer letter. 

Position Type:

Full Time: (40hrs/wk.), Salaried, exempt

Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm (w/30min lunch break) w/some flexibility as approved by CD.

In Person: Monday to Friday

Will Train Applicant(s): Experience needed/Some training.

Start Date: ASAP

 

Job Description

 

Summary

Responsible for all aspects of clinician and client scheduling for the center and clinic programs, collaborating daily with admissions manager and interdisciplinary team while carrying out essential daily functions concerning scheduling. The focus of this FAST-PACED role is to create programs that will maintain census and uphold the Reconnect treatment philosophy. This role is Point person for all scheduling questions/troubleshooting.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Work side by side daily with Admissions Manager to create individualized programs for new admissions in real time.
  • Real time knowledge of clinician and loc availability at any moment in time to create new admission programs as needed.
  • Meet all new clients during their first week to explain scheduling protocols.
  • Respond to clients’ request in a timely manner. Calling clients when in timely circumstances.
  • Adjust clinician availability via approved uPTO requests.
  • Create new schedule templates weekly. 
  • Send new program schedules to client weekly.
  • Update Dropbox calendars day to day with ongoing management of cancellations and scheduling edits. 
  • Meet with Clinical Director weekly to finalize client schedules & review various scheduling tasks.
  • Manage Clinical Director check in with clients.
  • Ensure Clinician availability is uploaded quarterly. 
  • Sends out Clinician Request emails and Client Request Emails weekly.
  • Inform Front Desk of last-minute changes/client/clinician cancellations/replacing sessions as appropriate.
  • Ongoing collaboration with clients’ authorizations and length of stay status with billing companies.
  • Collaborate with the Billing Coordinator to ensure schedules are correct for payments.
  • Update KIPU with level of care for each client as it changes.
  • Discharge clients in KIPU when leaving the program.
  • Comply with CARF requirements.
  • Other duties assigned by supervisor

Education Requirements and Qualifications

  • Technology experience: MUST HAVE 3 years or more experience in Boolean Variables, data management and administration. Not negotiable.
  • Fluent in English
  • Education:  High School Degree required at minimum.
  • Excellent Internet/Computer skills 
  • Experience:  Two years of professional experience in direct patient care in the mental health field which includes one year of experience working in a client admissions position.
  • Excellent phone/in person conversation skills while maintaining all levels of confidentiality.
  • Managing details and providing flawless execution; naturally tech savvy.
  • Excel at prioritizing workflow, possess an intuitive approach, and anticipate needs.
  • Work independently by being self-directed and motivated; possess a high level of resourcefulness.
  • Positive/Respectful attitude towards clients and co-workers
  • Solution based approach/Team player 
  • Strong writing communication skills

To apply for this position, please send your resume to [email protected]

House Manager

Job Title: ACAOM Licensed Acupuncturists

Facility: Supportive Housing

Location: Brentwood

Level/Salary Range:

$54,000/annually

Position Type:

Full-Time 

Schedule: 7am-10am and 3pm-8:30pm

Will Train Applicant(s):  Experience required. 

Start Date: ASAP

 

Job Description

 

Summary

Responsible for all aspects of the Reconnect Supportive Housing Program including day to day operations of the house and management of the Resident Support staff. The focus of this role is to create a Reconnect team culture that supports residents daily living simultaneously to their outpatient treatment. This role will work closely with the Admissions Manager to secure residents in the house. 

Role and Responsibilities

  • Day to Day management/troubleshooting
  • Manage team of resident support staff (up to 3)
  • Management of the facility’s budget, and management of expenditures according to the facility’s budget limitations
  • Organization of the facility work and delegation of responsibility to staff members
  • Assessment of the facility operations and program including conducting resident orientations and signing of contracts
  • Reporting to Reconnect Psychological Services
  • Making recommendations to address identified problems
  • Recruitment, appointment, evaluation, and termination of staff
  • Development and administration of a plan for the orientation, development, and training of staff
  • Review of complaints made by residents, or their authorized representative(s) as specified, and deciding upon the action to be taken to handle the complaint
  • This role will work closely with the admissions manager to secure residents 
  • Other duties assigned by supervisor

Qualifications and experience Requirements

  • Ideally a BA Degree in relevant field such as Psychology and Social work
  • 21 years or older
  • Minimum one year of experience providing full-time direct care to residents in an agency, or a group residential program, serving residents
  • Knowledge of the requirements for providing the type of care and supervision needed by at-risk residents/client, including ability to communicate with such client
  • Knowledge of and ability to comply with applicable law and regulation
  • Ability to maintain or supervise the maintenance of financial and other records
  • Ability to direct the work of others, when applicable
  • Ability to establish the facility’s policy, program, and budget
  • Ability to recruit, employ, train, and evaluate qualified staff, and to terminate employment of staff, if appropriate.
  • Completion of First Aid/CPR required 
  • Valid California driver’s license
  • Excellent Internet/Computer skills 
  • Experience:  Two years of professional experience in direct patient care in the mental health field which includes one year of experience working in a client admissions position.
  • Excellent phone/in person conversation skills while maintaining all levels of confidentiality.
  • Managing details and providing flawless execution; naturally tech savvy.
  • Excel at prioritizing workflow, possess an intuitive approach, and anticipate needs.
  • Work independently by being self-directed and motivated; possess a high level of resourcefulness.
  • Positive/Respectful attitude towards clients and co-workers
  • Solution based approach/Team player 
  • Strong writing communication skills

To apply for this position, please send your resume to [email protected]

Resident Support Staff

Job Title: Resident Support Staff

Facility: Supportive Housing

Location: Brentwood

Level/Salary Range:

$22/hourly

Position Type:

Full-Time 

Shift 1: 7am-3:30pm 

Shift 2: 3pm-11:30pm 

Shift 3: 11pm-7:30am

Will Train Applicant(s):  Experience required. 

Start Date: ASAP

 

Job Description

 

Summary

The focus of this fast paced role is to create and maintain a calm and safe environment that supports the residents daily living. Responsible for implementing all daily living tasks in an effort to assist residents while they attend outpatient programming. 

Role and Responsibilities

  • Monitor residents before, during and after treatment hours at residence
  • Provide assistance for clients who need support navigating through daily living skills
  • Work collaboratively with house manager to support clients with working towards goals (cooking, grocery shopping, maintaining adl’s)
  • Develop rapport with clients and provide a safe environment for them.
  • Monitoring entering and exiting residents coming in or leaving facility
  • Communicate with treatment teams regarding clients’ progress and concerns.

All Shifts

  • Maintaining a safe, supportive, and therapeutic environment which fosters growth rehabilitation and facilitates the development of self-help skills among individuals
  • Help clients with strengthening their life skills to promote self-agency and a successful return to the community
  • Inspect the facility for safety and maintenance
  • Transport clients to and from any volunteer opportunities/appointments
  • Recognizing when an individual is in a crisis and be able to utilize the appropriate psychiatric and medical back up services.
  • Implementation of individuals’ goals and providing appropriate support.
  • Providing Life Skills Support / Crisis Management to identified clients
  • Assist in maintenance of the residence (i.e., Laundry, Loading/Unloading dishwasher,
  • Taking out trash/trash cans, walking perimeter of property to identify any safety concerns, reporting any maintenance concerns, light cleaning of common areas, etc.)
  • Work directly with residents (i.e., using open ended questions, clarify problem, ask if Team is aware, etc.)
  • Inspect common areas and bedrooms for cleanliness on a daily basis
  • Monitor residents in common areas and during scheduled outings
  • Coordinate/facilitate and supervise in-house group activities special activities and outings as needed
  • Help residents acclimate within the house and practice forming a community, may require monitoring client interests and facilitating house activities in the community
  • Be timely and present at all scheduled meetings, shift change, staff meetings and trainings.
  • Develop knowledge of the current community resources and referrals, which may entail attendance at off-site meetings and trainings
  • Communicate pertinent information to resident’s treatment team (Shift Notes, E-Mail)
  • Be familiar and comply with reconnect policies and procedures. report any deviations to Supervisor
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications and experience Requirements

    • Education: BA degree in relevant field such as Psychology and Social Work

    AND

    • Experience working in mental health for minimum of 1 year
    • Ideally an MA student/trainee/associate who wants to accrue hours towards licensure as therapist (Psychology/Social work)
    • Completion of First Aid/CPR required 
    • Valid California driver’s license
    • Excellent Internet/Computer skills 
    • Excellent phone/in person conversation skills while maintaining all levels of confidentiality.
    • Managing details and providing flawless execution; naturally tech savvy.
    • Excel at prioritizing workflow, possess an intuitive approach, and anticipate needs.
    • Work independently by being self-directed and motivated; possess a high level of resourcefulness.
    • Positive/Respectful attitude towards clients and co-workers
    • Solution based approach/Team player 
    • Strong writing communication skills

To apply for this position, please send your resume to [email protected]

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Dr. Karol Darsa

Psy.D. – PSY19847

Director

Dr. Darsa is a licensed psychologist, an author, creator of RITTM, and founder of Reconnect. She has more than 20 years of clinical and administrative experience in trauma and mental health disorders. Dr. Darsa began her career in 1998 as a foster care social worker and continued her work with abused children and their families and adults abused as children.

In 2002, Dr. Darsa began studying with Christine Schenk, founder of the CHRIS-Technique, a unique energy work focused on teaching clients how to ground themselves in their bodies. Dr. Darsa has completed numerous evidence-based trainings in the treatment of trauma and mental health disorders, including Master Level in Brainspotting and in EMDR.  In addition, she completed 2 years of Somatic Experiencing and 1 year of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. With each advanced training, Dr. Darsa developed a deeper understanding of trauma processes and healing, and developed Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Model  which is an n integration of evidence-based, cutting-edge trauma treatment models.

In 2012 Dr. Darsa became the co-creator of Invisible War Recovery, a program designed to treat military sexual trauma survivors.  She has been interviewed by Katie Couric, Susan Ortolano, and Lisa Tahir, and was featured on the Voice of America. She lectures about trauma treatment at various universities such as the University of Southern California, UCLA and Cal Lutheran. She also speaks at treatment centers and conferences.

Dr. Darsa realized that what is often missing in trauma treatment is a finely attuned, gentle, body based process to help heal and reconnect mind and body when clients become disregulated due to traumatic events, developmental trauma, or emotional disorders. Thus, Dr. Darsa created RITTM to close those missing gaps in trauma treatment. Reconnect Center embodies that philosophy in offering intensive one on one work to help truly heal each individual that comes through her doors.

A native of Turkey, Dr. Darsa has been living in the United States for 25 years. She has also lived in Spain, France and Brazil. Dr. Darsa’s exposure to numerous ethnic and social groups allows her to understand the cultural differences in human thought and behavior. She can provide therapy in English, Spanish, French and Turkish and is able to converse in Italian and Portuguese as well.

To learn more about Dr. Karol Darsa, please visit her website.

JORGE RIVERA

Chief Financial Officer

Jorge is a University of California Economics graduate with a computer science, finance and investment background. He has over 30 years of experience managing investments internationally for high net worth individuals, Non-Profit Institutions and Pension Plans. His expertise includes designing information systems dashboards, data simulators and data base integrated solutions for investment firms, pension plans and other institutions.

Jorge has been participating at Reconnect Psychological Services since its inception supporting proudly the efforts of Dr. Darsa in establishing an efficient network of clinicians that can offer one of the best trauma treatment programs.

A dual citizen from Mexico and the United States, Jorge loves spending time with his 3 children camping, snow skiing or hiking.

Dr. Viviana Suaya

MD

Medical Director, A52516

Dr. Viviana Suaya is a Los Angeles psychiatrist with more than two decades of experience in pediatric, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. She and her professional team are committed to providing patients with the very best of care, using expertise and compassion to achieve the best possible outcome for each patient.

Dr. Suaya pursued a medical degree at the Buenos Aires University School of Medicine in Argentina, where she graduated Cum Laude. Her interest in pediatrics inspired her to become a pediatrician, and she completed a postgraduate program at the Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires in 1988. Two years later, she relocated to Los Angeles to continue postgraduate training at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Psychiatry.

She is an associate professor at Keck school of medicine USC teaching introduction to clinical medicine through the family practice department.

Today, she remains in Los Angeles, where she has unfailingly served patients for more than twenty years. As a Los Angeles psychiatrist with a background in pediatrics, Dr. Suaya specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents.

Shilloy Sanchez

LMFT 90984

Clinical Director

Shilloy Sanchez is Clinical Director of the Reconnect outpatient programs. A licensed marriage and family therapist, she has extensive administrative and clinical experience in trauma, addiction, eating disorder treatment, and school-based programs.

Her career spans three decades and a wide range of leadership positions in clinical psychology, crisis communications, public relations, technology, and youth theater activism. Her journey has been featured on CNN Health and in Seeking Serenity: The 10 New Rules for Health and Happiness in the Age of Anxiety (Penguin Random House 2015).

Before Reconnect, Shilloy was Program Director and Primary Therapist at The Bella Vita, a residential eating disorder treatment facility, and an administrator at Passages, a world-renowned addiction treatment center. In both facilities, Shilloy worked from a strong family systems orientation integrating multifamily and community support groups to the program’s experience.

She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology specializing in Trauma from Antioch University and is a doctoral candidate in Analytical Depth Psychology specializing in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She holds certifications in Trauma Focused CBT and Systematic Training for Effective Parenting. She is also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Brain Spotting (BSP), and the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM).

Shilloy’s approach at Reconnect focuses on the transformational process of restoring wholeness and a deep sense of purpose, achieved by bringing a creative alchemical balance of spirit and soul to structured treatment. Shilloy is committed to working closely with the founder, Dr. Darsa, on individualized trauma treatment that includes an elevated sense of awareness and compassion in its programming. She is also dedicated to ensuring ongoing compliance with licensing and regulatory standards consistent with The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), for all levels of care in the supervision and training of Reconnect’s multidisciplinary clinical team.

An aspiring runner, Shilloy has completed three marathons and is training for her fourth. Her hobbies include hosting backyard barbecues, trying new recipes, and hiking. She lives in Southern California with her partner and two bulldogs.

Janice Taylor

MFT, LMFT80426

Marriage and Family Therapist

Janice is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University. She is a certified EMDR therapist and trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model.

She works collaboratively with clients to explore behaviors that are preventing them from leading the kind of life they deserve. Janice believes we all developed coping strategies when we were young to protect ourselves. While they helped us survive at the time, she finds they are often the very things holding us back now. Janice uses EMDR and TRM to target the original traumas by employing both the body and the mind. Her belief is that once the original traumas are dealt with, the need for the now maladaptive behaviors are no longer there. She finds symptoms such as depression and anxiety can be alleviated faster when EMDR and TRM are used in conjunction with traditional talk therapy.

Janice became a therapist after seeing for herself the transformative effects of psychotherapy. She knows firsthand that EMDR and TRM are indispensable in the treatment of trauma.

Janice is RITTM Trained.

Ben Miller

Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner

Along with his work at Reconnect, Ben is the Neurofeedback Coordinator at the Salvation Army Bell Shelter where he helps Veterans heal from extreme PTSD. Ben has extensive experience in helping Veterans reduce symptoms ranging from lack of sleep to severe panic attacks. Additionally, Ben works on alleviating chronic pain, tinnitus, hyper-alertness, excessive worry and many other anxiety related symptoms. Specializing in Neurofeedback Ben has helped Veterans and Private clients improve memory, word finding, creativity and executive thought process. Ben realizes the importance of having the brain and body working together as efficiently as possible. He believes that Neurofeedback is a key component for Peak Performance in sports, the arts, and business. As an avid golfer, Ben especially enjoys working with golfers and other athletes of different levels to help improve their overall performance.

Ben is RITTM Informed.

Gina Simonelli

MA, LPCC, Brainspotting, RITTM

Gina obtained her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University. She has been working in the field of mental health and trauma treatment for approximately 10 years, in psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment programs, skilled nursing facilities, addiction treatment centers, and community outreach. Providing individual and group support, Gina has worked with clients across the life span to develop a deeper sense of meaning and fulfillment at every age. 

Gina utilizes compassion, attunement, and mindfulness to help clients connect with their inner wisdom that guides each person’s unique healing journey. Her therapeutic process is person-centered and strengths-based, drawing upon creativity, warmth, and humor in each clinical relationship.

Gina is trained in expressive arts therapy, mindfulness, body-oriented psychotherapy, Brainspotting levels 1 and 2, and RITTM, and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She continues to maintain an active connection with the arts as a way to support both her personal and professional development.

Maia Akiva

Writing Teacher

Maia Akiva is a Motivational Speaker, Entertainer, Facilitator, a reality bender and an emotional researcher who dips into every flavor of human behavior and self-discovery using self-help fiction, magical realism, original visual storytelling and and emotional coaching.

Originally from Israel. Her award-winning self-help plays and short stories have been produced and published all over the United States in the past 10 years, inspiring hundreds of people to go on a journey of understanding, get to know themselves better and deeper, and ask themselves some important questions about their inner emotional lives, their struggles and their relationship with themselves. She led workshops of self-discovery at Models of Pride conference in the US, and at Brave Trails Camp, Resilience Treatment Center, Reconnect center and many more awesome places. She teaches meditation at The Den Meditation in Los Angeles. Maia’s creative work and her desire to help people take a look at themselves come from her own experience. After turning her back on herself for many years, suffering from depression and self-negativity she finally decided to start a new relationship with herself and turned her life around, living a life full of Joy and positivity.

Maia is RITTM Informed.

Nadine Flowers

M.S., Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC8746, EMDR, CRM

Nadine graduated her masters program in Clinical Psychology 2015 with a focus on healing from a holistic perspective; with an emphasis on trauma and the utilization of eco/wilderness therapy, somatic approaches, resiliency and post traumatic growth.

Nadine has had the privilege of working with clients who come to Reconnect since 2014.  Nadine’s personal approach is passionate, empowered, purposeful and authentic. When working with clients; compassion, empathy, and faith in the client and their process are primary.

Nadine works to nurture strengths, interests and passions while aiming to encourage radical self love and acceptance. Additionally, Nadine infuses eco therapy and nature based work, nested with various forms of resourcing to support clients in building self care skills and mindfulness to facilitate a deeper sense of connection and wellbeing to Self, that, in turn can support a person on their journey of ongoing healing and be- coming whole. Nadine is EMDR and CRM trained and continues her study of Somatic Based work as well.

Nadine is RITTM Certified.

Soleah Nicolis

CNHP, TRE, CEBT, C.Ht

Certified TRE® Provider & Resilience Tool Kit Facilitator

Soleah is a Certified TRE® (Tension & Trauma Release Exercises) Provider and graduated from the TRE® Los Angeles certification program. She also has extensive training and certifications in a variety of modalities some of which include Natural Health Practitioner, and Life Coach.

Soleah Nicolis found her way into the wellness field because of her own personal healing journey. She began her holistic health career in 2004, as an assistant to renowned holistic chiropractor Dr. Eileen Kenny. Under her guidance, Soleah assisted with clients of all ages, health concerns and backgrounds. Soleah’s curiosity about health, community, and service allowed her to apply her lifelong passion for helping people uncover and rediscover their wholeness.

Soleah is RITTM Informed.

Marina Dumanyan

Outpatient Program Manager

Marina has eight years of experience in the banking industry and close to a decade in the herbal industry providing elaborative instruction in the use of herbal therapy and understanding and practicing principles of preventive nutrition, eradicating the cause of disease utilizing wholesome foods and intensive detoxification programs, and healing the body through natural methods. She holds a Nutritional Herbalist certification from the School of Natural Healing and is pursuing a BS degree in natural health science, concentrating on clinical nutrition. She loves the outdoors, traveling, watching documentaries, reading, decoding ingredient lists, yoga, drawing, festivals, has great appreciation for cultural diversity and listening to music from all over the world. As program coordinator, she works closely with the clinical director as well as clinicians to ensure that clients are assigned the best possible schedule.

Sharon Holly

C-IAYT, YTRx-800c

Certified Yoga Therapist, The Resilience Toolkit Certified Facilitator, Certified TRE® Provider (Trauma / Tension Release Exercises)

Sharon is a graduate of the Loyola Marymount University Yoga Therapy Rx, TRE® Los Angeles and The Resilience Toolkit certification programs.

Sharon discovered TRE® and then The Resilience Toolkit on her own healing journey, discovering the benefits of turning on the body’s natural ability to restore itself to balance. She has built a private practice integrating yoga therapy and The Resilience Toolkit as needed for those who suffer from various illnesses, injuries, mood disorders and complex and/or shock trauma. Sharon believes that her role is to guide individuals into their own healing potential by creating a safe space whereby they can progress towards self-regulation and self-empowerment.

Sharon also teaches small therapeutic yoga groups and The Resilience Toolkit sessions at PCH Treatment Center as well as therapeutic yoga at several physical therapy offices, yoga studios, cancer centers and group classes in both public and private schools (preschool – 12th grade) throughout Los Angeles. Additionally, Sharon has experience with support in the 12-steps for addiction and codependency.

Sharon is RITTM Informed.

Jessica Calgav

Clinical Support

Certified Trauma Professional (CTP)

Jessica graduated Magna Cum Laude and currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Now, she is pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). Jessica has been involved with the counseling and psychological services provided by the Board of the University of California, advocating and educating students to normalize mental health. Her passion currently resides working with individuals who have been affected by trauma as well as working with the underserved population.

Jessica has been working under the supervision of licensed psychologists and therapists for over three years, gaining experience and knowledge in trauma related disorders, crisis management, and grounding techniques. She previously worked at Reconnect in the residential facility as a Resident Advisor for 2 years catering to the adult female population that were survivors of trauma. Jessica has also worked in substance abuse treatment providing case management services and implementing treatment plans to individuals ages 18 to 26 years old. Jessica would meet with clients weekly to maintain and work on goals set forth to increase their success in all areas of their life. She supplied guidance and support to all her clients while maintaining program guidelines and professional, yet empathetic boundaries.

Her academic research interests revolve around intergenerational trauma and how trauma affects brain development within cultural minorities. Currently, the focus of her dissertation is centered around the up and coming field of perinatal mental health.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Jessica is RITTM Certified.

Day 1: Friday, November 15, 2019

8:15 – 9:00 – Registration

9:00-10:30

10:30-10:45  Break

10:45-12:30

12:30-1:30  Lunch

1:30-3:45

3:45-4:00  Break

4:00-5:00

 

Day 2: Saturday, November 16, 2019

9:00-10:30

10:30-10:45 – Break

10:45-12:30

12:30-1:30  Lunch

1:30-3:15

3:15-3:30  Break

3:30-5:00

Rhona Rosenblatt

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, LCSW 20553

Rhona Rosenblatt is a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Integrative Body Psychotherapy practitioner.  Using an integrative approach that favors somatic modalities, Rhona works with clients to explore what is held non-verbally in the body as an avenue toward healing and growth.  Using the body’s wisdom as a guide, therapeutic interventions address traumatic memory, post-traumatic stress, and nervous system dysregulation.  Rhona has found somatic work particularly effective with clients who have experienced acute and relational trauma, and clients often find a reduction in symptoms and an overall sense of improved well-being.

Rhona received her MSW from UCLA and is licensed as an LCSW.  Rhona has previously worked in the field of child abuse and neglect, foster care, and domestic and international adoption, including work with multi-racial and non-traditional families.  Rhona has presented at conferences and spoken on the subjects of adoption and foster care on NBC television and KPCC and KABC radio.  Rhona also worked as a school therapist in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district with children and families presenting with anxiety, panic, depression, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, family violence, and adjustment issues.

Rhona is RITTM Trained.

Laura Gajda

Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist

Laura Gajda has a background in eating disorders and mental health diagnoses. Laura was the Adolescent Dietitian at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders and specializes in educating and working with families of adolescents with eating disorders.  She also specializes in working with adults that have eating disorders and building sustainability in their own recovery. Laura graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics where she also completed her internship.  She looks forward to providing individualized care to each and every client. She helps each client build their own sense of autonomy around food and decrease the power that food can have over their life.

Anita Patel

Certified Massage Therapist CAMTC 4220

Anita is a Certified Massage Therapist in the state of California and has been National Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork since 2008. She uses massage and bodywork to fulfill her passion of assisting others to decrease stress levels, relax the nervous system, relieve pain, trauma and physical disabilities. She is trained in somatic bodywork, a holistic mind-body approach used to release, integrate and heal emotions that remain in the body from past negative experiences. Consequently, restoring wholeness and well-being. Clients frequently comment on their increased ability to handle stress more effectively. She works with addiction, PTSD trauma, sexual abuse, and dissociative personality disorder. She also has experience working with special needs and terminally ill children and their families, in a Children’s Hospice Program. Anita is an Ayurvedic Health practitioner and has taken 200-hour Yoga Teacher training. Drawing on these holistic modalities she is able to assess dietary habits, lifestyle choices, and mental states. Thereby, assisting clients maintain a healthy life, eliminate impurities, reduce stress, and disease prevention. Prior to 2008 Anita has worked as a Radiation Therapist in Oncology both in hospital and private clinical environment for over 14 years. She has volunteered at Children’s Hospital Orange County, with the Homeless in Orange and Los Angeles counties. She recently volunteered at a global outreach program teaching and giving massage in India.

Anita is RITTM Informed.

David Grill

EMDR, Primary Therapist LMFT17346

David Grill has been a licensed psychotherapist with over 35 years of specialization in the treatment of trauma as well as other difficulties and struggles that result in fear and a disconnect, with ourselves and others, and with life. He has extensive training and certifications in both cognitive behavioral and somatic treatment approaches and is one of the pioneers in understanding the importance of working with the psychological and physiological symptoms and difficulties of traumatic stress and PTSD.

He has been a faculty member and teacher/trainer for Somatic Experiencing. He was a faculty member for The Institute for Trauma & Loss In Children, and a national trainer and consultant supervisor for their National Certification Program. He was a faculty member and teacher for the Graduate Institute of Santa Barbara, and has presented at major conferences, and has conducted debriefings and trainings for major corporations, businesses, and schools.

David’s life work has been devoted to helping heal trauma and empower others. He specializes in working with strengths and resources to provide the means of building a sense of agency. He believes that connecting with ourselves and with others is vital for living a life we all want. He also believes that connecting with one’s heart, which can often feel so frightening, can be a most rewarding experience for our commitment and hard work.

David is RITTM Certified.

Daniel Campos

Primary Therapist

Daniel believes in a holistic approach to healing and performance including mind, body, and soul which facilitates internal change and progress. Based on his personal and professional experience he has realized that healing and internal growth is connected to all aspects of a person, not just the cognitive mind.
Daniel is a former college and professional basketball player. He received a Master’s degree in Counseling with specialization in drug addiction from Pace University in New York in 2012. Daniel is a trauma therapist with knowledge on transgenerational trauma. He spent the last 8 years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil having a private practice working with a variety of people with varying degrees of mental and mood disorders. He has been trained in Brainspotting since 2014 along with other modalities such as Neurolinguistic Programing, Ericksonian Approach, and Whole Approach to Mind Trauma Therapy. Daniel is also a certified HeartMath Institute trainer providing workshops and individual sessions teaching Heart Coherence Techniques for emotional wellbeing. Lastly, he is versed in Sports Psychology and enjoys working with athletes and anyone interested in enhancing their performance through mental skills and mental preparation.

Daniel is RITTM Certified.

Enrique Munoz

Program Assistant

Enrique graduated and currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. At the moment, trying to pursue a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Enrique aspires to work with the Latinx community in hope of providing counseling and support services for struggling families. His intent is to help individuals who have been affected by trauma and bring means to these individuals who do not have them.

Enrique has been involved with educating individuals with autism and other intellectual disabilities. He has provided guidance and support to these clients by educating them on basic life skills and coping strategies. Creating connections and establishing boundaries, he was able to create a safe and professional environment for his clients. Furthermore, he builds relationships that cultivated into a thriving and overall, positive experience.

He loves traveling to many different places and experiencing the culture around him. From the food to the music, Enrique has a great appreciation of cultural diversity and to the people surrounding that. He likes to watch films, cook, run, hike, and embrace life. As a Program Assistant, he works closely with the administrative team and clinical team to ensure that clients are receiving the best experience while at Reconnect.

Pronouns: He/His/Him

Lauren Prendergast

Yoga Specialist, Yoga Alliance 152615, C-IAYT

Lauren is a trauma-informed yoga instructor and a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

Lauren initially became interested in yoga and its self-care benefits as a result of her personal discoveries while healing her own trauma. During her deep work and research, she found that deliberate breath practice, postures and mindfulness tools could help to regulate the nervous system and aid in self-soothing, creating the foundation needed for true healing. Lauren understands the importance of connecting back to one’s body and she loves working with clients to help them to meet these deeply personal needs.

In an effort to help those in her community suffering from anxiety, addiction and other illnesses, Lauren has presented workshops addressing issues like Yoga for Overwhelm and Yoga of Recovery. She is dedicated to continuing her education but also knows the importance of making time to create and nurture her own practice. Lauren loves music and values time outdoors, as well as any opportunity to draw or paint, and she loves to dance.

E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Lauren is RITTM Informed.

Stacie Yeldell

MA, MTBC, AVPT

Stacie Aamon Yeldell, MA, MTBC, AVPT is a Board Certified Music Psychotherapist and sound healing vocalist with 15 years of experience in addiction and mental health treatment. She has treated tens of thousands of individuals in dozens of institutions, hospitals and treatment centers. Stacie’s transformative work at the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles was featured on ABC News. She received a Masters degree in Music Therapy from New York University and a certification in Sound and Music Healing from the Open Center in New York City. She is also a Vocal

Psychotherapist (AVPT), which emphasizes the use of the voice as a path to wellness and healing. Stacie is a pioneer and thought leader in her field and recently introduced her customized mindfulness modality, The Amontra Method, which incorporates live acoustic guitar, song and mantra, as well as guided visualizations. Stacie is a staunch advocate for music and the creative arts as healing modalities. She is passionate and dedicated to radically empowering humanity through her workshops, trainings, retreats and private sessions.

Laura O’Loughlin

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR

Dr. O’Loughlin is a licensed clinical psychologist. She blends an interpersonal-style therapy with mind-body modalities to help clients untangle and release old scars.  
 
Laura welcomes those from a variety of backgrounds and lifestyles — while focusing on each person’s unique challenges, she fosters a collaborative, warmhearted connection. She has an affinity for working with those who struggle with recurring relationship troubles, navigating rocky life transitions, low self-esteem, and ADHD. 
 
With a doctorate from The Chicago School of Prof Psych, Laura also has intensive training in insight-oriented, psychodynamic therapy at the Wright Institute Los Angeles and The Saturday Center for Psychotherapy where she developed a love of group process and dream analysis. In addition to studying Dr. Karol Darsa’s RITTM model for trauma, Laura is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR. 
 
For each client Laura holds the intention of alleviating unnecessary suffering and increasing the capacity for ease and joy. 

Mahogany Woods

RITTM

Mahogany is an Associate Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Associate License Clinical Counselor with a Master of Arts in Psychology from National University. She is currently in training at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology to receive her Psy. D in Applied Clinical Counseling. She is trained and certified in the RITTM model. 
Mahogany works collaboratively with clients to re-establish connection to self and others. She is devoted to helping heal trauma and empower others through re-establish internal and external safety. She believes in developing coping strategies that help individuals increase their quality of life and increase a sense of control. Mahogany’s personal approach is noble, inspiring, meaningful and altruistic. When working with clients she is considerate, understanding, and passionate to process of develop ways to dealing with Trauma. 
 
Mahogany became a therapist after spending many years working with individuals and families using Applied Behavioral Analysis and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has seeing the transformation of clients using psychotherapy. She has had firsthand experience using RITTM modalities in the treatment of trauma. 

Lora Kojovic

MA, LMFT, CSAT Candidate

Primary Therapist

Lora Kojovic MA, LMFT (CA 114066), CSAT Candidate (2020-3198), is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified sex addiction therapist candidate. Lora completed her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. She is also trained in trauma treatment modalities EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and RITTM (Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Model). 

Lora is a primary therapist at Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Center. Prior to joining the team at Reconnect Center, Lora was a primary therapist at Seeking Integrity Los Angeles, a treatment facility specializing in intimacy disorders, working with individuals impacted by sex, love, and/or porn addictions, chemsex (fusion of maladaptive drug use and sexual behavior), as well as sexual anorexia and love avoidance. In providing psychotherapy, Lora uses a holistic, interpersonal-neurobiology-based approach, in addition to attachment-focused, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and systemic approaches. Lora’s passion for the fields of intimacy disorders and trauma stems from her desire to facilitate integrative healing and help people realize their potential. 

Additional academic and work background: Lora received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a double-major in finance and French. Her desire to study subjects comprehensively enabled her to graduate at the top of her class in both her graduate and undergraduate studies. Before her career in psychotherapy, Lora worked in investment banking in New York City and then in the film industry in Los Angeles.

 

 

Hayley Miller

Dietitian / ED Specialist

Hayley is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Dietitian.  She is originally from Pennsylvania and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Marywood University and her Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College.  She is trained in Phase 1 of Brainspotting as well as Cognitive Processing Therapy for people with PTSD.  She is also a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor, which means she has taken 4 additional courses on treating people with eating disorders, countless continuing education courses on treating people with eating disorders, passed a certification exam, and has worked with people with eating disorders for over 8 years.  She has a special interest in working with people with eating disorders and trauma.  

She works from a Health At Every Size framework, which means she does not treat people differently based on size and believes people are healthy at every size.  She rejects diet culture mentalities and helps people to nourish their bodies without shame or guilt.  She loves working with people on improving their relationships with food and their bodies.  She combines cognitive behavioral approaches with somatic approaches to help those achieve their goals while also noticing what the body is trying to tell them.  She connects with you on goals you would like to achieve while also noting any barriers that may come up.

Hayley feels called to this work because of her belief that everyone can recover from an eating disorder with a little help and support from providers.

AMFT

RITTM SPECIALIST

Einat is an Associate Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, trained and certified in the RITTM model developed by Dr. Karol Darsa, with a Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University. She utilizes empathy, authentic positive regard, and attunement, to develop therapeutic alliance, and collaboratively works with clients on their journey towards healing. 

Einat was trained at The Maple Counseling Center, and combines Psychodynamic theories with Somatic and Holistic techniques, which allows for a wholesome integrative experience and results. She uses coping strategies, mindfulness exercises and other tools to support brain integration and works on reestablishing a stronger sense of self, resilience and well being. 

Embracing her many years of diverse life experiences, which have included academic legal studies, spiritual studies, and years of travels to distant communities, led Einat to her calling to become a therapist. Her studies in Zen Buddhism, Vipassana and Kabbalah taught her diversified approaches to mental health. She believes that each person is equipped with internal wisdom, strength, and resources that could be accessed in the process of recovery from trauma, and to reconnect with self and others.

With her passionate, loving, and down to earth approach to help others, Einat continues her journey to contribute to her community and to better each individual’s experience with their surrounding environment. 

 

Joshua Welz

Somatic Experiencing

With a scholarly interest in quantifiable research and a deep intuitive felt sense, I blend and integrate both respectful approaches to complete and whole person care. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, a Masters of Education, a Masters of Divinity and with current enrollment in a Masters of Arts in Psychology (emphasis in trauma). This rich tapestry brings a diverse educational background that incorporates the body, mind, and spirit.

In addition to formal education, I am a certified Kripalu yoga instructor, focusing on a trauma informed practice, while guiding individuals to further connect and experience themselves more fully and gently. Additionally, I hold a background in nutritional psychology, which looks into the impact of nutrients upon emotions and neurochemistry. Furthermore, I take time to consider the psycho-spiritual understanding of each person, integrating both Western and Eastern understandings which considers not only the intellectual foundations for a person’s beliefs (be they religious, spiritual, or non-theistic) but also the psycho-emotional impact upon the nervous system. This approach is to fundamentally ground oneself in a practice of deep embodiment with an appreciation for one’s own inward path; notwithstanding considerations of spiritual or religious trauma as well.

Finally, I specialize in a trauma informed practice which considers the  branch of somatics, including Somatic Experiencing, Transforming Touch, Somatic Movement, trauma informed yoga, and embodiment techniques, offering a multidisciplinary approach to whole person care.

Rocio Zumeata

Somatic Experiencing

Rocio, she/her/ella, is bilingual SensoryMotor  Psychotherapy practitioner and obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Having initiated her training within the depth psychology approach, she discovered that somatic modalities addressed the untapped wisdom of the body, when provided the right conditions to contribute to the healing journey. She is in the path of completing the last year to become certification in Sensory Motor Psychotherapy.

Rocio is bilingual, Spanish, who works in the field of mental health since 2014 with clients across the life span. Rocio has experience in mindfulness practices and Somatic Explorations where the use of embodied practices, story-telling and play to cultivate whole awareness and balance.

Cibele Sousa

LMFT

Brainspotting, Primary Therapist

Cibele is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose holistic approach helps clients in connecting their inner strengths to achieve personal growth. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology and Business with a specialization in Counseling and HR development.

Cibele began her career working with children from birth to 5 years old who were experiencing developmental issues.  She also worked to educate parents with infants to develop strong and healthy early attachment through Infant Massage. In addition, she also focused on helping young children with weight issues to assist them in understanding the relationship among healthy eating, healthy body image, and the mind.

As Cibele grew in her career, she realized the importance of the body in the healing process as she worked with adults, families and children from different backgrounds that were abused, adopted or experienced a disease such as cancer which resulted in lower immunity.  In addition, she facilitated support groups for caregivers and families going through cancer.  Cibele completed numerous evidenced-based training in the treatment of trauma including EMDR, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), NeuroAffective Touch, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Clinical Trauma Professional Level 2 (CCTP-Level2). She is certified in Brainspotting, Reichian Therapy, Tension Release Exercises (TRE), and The Resilience Toolkit.

Cibele’s eclectic approach brings kindness and compassion to her work creating a safe and nurturing space where clients of all ages feel seen and heard, facilitating clients to connect and rediscover their inner strength.

Cibele provides therapy in English and Portuguese. 

Cibele is Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Model (RITTM) Certified.

 

Cathy Herceg

Sensorimotor

With a specialization in trauma and child studies,  I incorporate somatic body work into my practice. “The ability to self-regulate one’s body after exposure to long-term trauma will significantly impact that person’s ability to form lasting relationships and can create long term affects: PTSD, anxiety, depression, drug use, and disproportionate reactions to stressors.  These experiences create neurobiological defects and change areas of the brain that regulate anxiety, mood, healthy partnerships, and memory.” ` (The Biology of Child Maltreatment, Harvard Mental Health Letter, 2005) This information from Harvard has driven my work to incorporate the body and to to use my training in Pat Ogden’s Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I & Level II to reprogram the body and disproportionate reactions to stressors in our most personal relationships and to create healthy and long lasting change. I have 20 years experience in the field of autism, anxiety, adult children of dysfunctional families, and love addiction.

 

Roisin Taylor

AMFT – Primary Therapist

Portland Oregon native, Roisin Taylor is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist whose integrative person-centered and collaborative approach helps clients recognize their internal strength and resources, while achieving personal growth and healing. She believes that individualized therapy that is personalized to meet the unique needs of the client can lead to an increased self-awareness and emotional attunement. The goal of treatment is to feel secure, and obtain a true connection with mind and body, which will allow for therapeutic transformation.

Roisin is trained and certified in the RITTM model developed by Dr. Karol Darsa. She is also a Substance Use Disorder Registered Counselor. Roisin received her undergraduate degree at Loyola Marymount University, majoring in Psychology and Special Education. She continued her education at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology where she received her Master’s degree in
Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. Before ReConnect, Roisin worked in outpatient clinics for substance use, specifically opioid addiction. She also has many years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum, in the classroom and at home, implementing Applied Behavior Analysis interventions.

Soleah Nicolis

CNHP, CLC, C.Ht

Resilience Toolkit Facilitator

Soleah Nicolis is a graduate of The Trinity School of Natural Health, The Resilience
Toolkit Certification Program and TRE® Los Angeles Certification Program. She also
holds certifications as a Hypnotherapist and Life Coach.
Soleah found her way into the wellness field because of her own personal healing
journey. She began her holistic health career at the Altadena Healing Arts Center.
Beginning her career in this environment exposed her to numerous modalities and
ample hands on training, as she assisted with clients of all ages, backgrounds and
health concerns. As her interest in healing grew, Soleah discovered the benefits, as
well as the importance of turning on the body’s natural ability to restore itself to
balance. This ultimately led to her passion for teaching The Resilience Toolkit, which
includes the therapeutic tremor and evidenced-based mindfulness and movement
practices.
Soleah creates a warm and welcoming safe space for clients to receive the guidance
and support they need as they build resources, foster resilience, and progress
towards self-regulation and self-empowerment.
Soleah has built a private practice teaching The Resilience Toolkit to individuals
who are dealing with stress, complex and/or shock trauma, grief and loss, mood
disorders and caretaker burnout. She also facilitates on-line community classes to
participants from around the world.
Soleah is RITTM Informed.

Laurie Angress

Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)

Laurie is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT, 2016) Through personal experience and work with clients she discovered that opening to the wealth of intelligence that lies within the body and the stillness of meditation can lead to profound healing, personal growth and self compassion.

Laurie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology from UC Irvine and continues to be passionate and curious about the social and natural landscapes we inhabit. Laurie completed her yoga therapy training through the Yoga Therapy RX program at Loyola Marymount University in August 2014, including an internship at the Simms/Mann Venice Family Clinic working with chronic pain patients. In 2016 she received certification by the Interactional Association of Yoga Therapists    (C-IAYT).

With a desire to understand widespread anxiety and trauma in society, Laurie completed a second Yoga Therapy course with Amy Wheeler’s Optimal State Yoga Therapy school specializing in Mental Health (2019). She currently on faculty teaching in the Mental Health module of this program and mentors rising yoga therapists. Laurie also sits on the Ethics Panel for Optimal State. 

As a Yoga Therapist at Reconnect, Laurie seeks to create an environment that feels safe and calming, encouraging clients and students to welcome the body, breath and all that arises with a sense of kindness and curiosity.  Additionally, Laurie has completed the 60-hour online course Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy, continuing to enhance her understanding of trauma healing. 

In addition to offering one to one yoga therapy sessions, Laurie teaches mindfulness and trauma sensitive iRest™ meditation at a local studio and at Cerritos Community College. At the college, she offers workshops including yoga/mindfulness during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Insomnia support for faculty/students, and Self Care for faculty in-service. 

Laurie has a passion for listening arising out of being a parent to two young adults and her understanding of Non-Violent Communication (NVC). This passion led her to volunteer with the non profit listening organization, Sidewalk Talk. Offering heart centered listening in public spaces creates profound connection and meaning.

You may find her taking long walks on the beach, playing beach volleyball or puttering in her vegetable garden, doing her best to bring mindfulness into each   activity! 

Laurie is RITTM informed.

Noah Goldman

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Noah holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University and a Master of Fine Arts from University of Southern California, and is currently an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a focus on healing developmental trauma. Among various other trauma modalities, Noah is trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model and the three-year Somatic Experiencing training based on Peter Levine’s work.

Noah’s approach is highly empathic and exceedingly trauma-informed. With a background rooted in both creativity and psychology, his practice is grounded in intuition, somatic resonance, collaboration, and co-created improvisation and play. Noah’s professional experience includes work with traumatic grief, complex and “simple” trauma, anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, and syndromal patterns. He is also Spanish-fluent and has experience working with immigration trauma and distress.

Noah is passionate about healing and cares deeply for the people he works with. Noah believes that clients coming into treatment at Reconnect have the opportunity of a lifetime to profoundly shift how they experience the world. Learned helplessness, hypervigilance, and chronic dissociation are just a few of the many challenges that go hand-in-hand with complex trauma and attachment wounding; however, beyond these limitations an empowered, connected, and gratifying life awaits.

Noah is RITTM certified.

Kevin Kunkel

LMFT, SEP

Kevin is a somatic psychotherapist who is EMDR certified, RITTM trained, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.   He is a both a primary therapist and a somatic experiencing practitioner here at Reconnect.  A  former massage therapist and yoga teacher, he uses innovative  approaches that explore old, fixed ways of feeling and thinking about oneself and the world and co-create new experiences of feeling and thinking.

Kevin continues to assist in Somatic Experiencing trainings and continues his study with advanced trainings in treating the body and mind to create effective improvement in mental and physical wellness.   As well, he continues his own decades-long practice of getting out of his own head and into his body, bringing ever-greater levels of integrity, authenticity, and simplicity when sitting with clients.

Montana McGlynn

Acupuncture Specialist

Montana McGlynn is a board licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with  over 15 years of clinical experience, specializing in anxiety and  addiction treatment. She received a Masters in Traditional Chinese  Medicine from Emperors College and a Bachelors of Arts degree from  Hunter College where she graduated valedictorian. Montana was  drawn to this form of medicine after struggling with migraines in her  20s. She experienced first hand the powerful yet gentle healing of  acupuncture and knew that it was her calling to provide a  compassionate and peaceful place for people to heal. 

Lisa Schwartz

Licensed Acupuncturist

Lisa Schwartz is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist specializing in treating emotional trauma, addiction, anxiety, stress and chronic pain. Lisa received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and California board acupuncture license in 2000. 

She has served as a clinic supervisor at UCLA’s Arthur Ashe student health center for acupuncture students, where she taught them proper diagnosis and treatment. 

Her passion for treating emotional trauma began during an internship at a hospital in Marina Del Rey, where she treated patients with great success recovering from PTSD, drug and alcohol addiction. 

Lisa has also worked extensively at rehabs and residential treatment centers. 

Her specialized technique helps individuals who are suffering from stress, anxiety, insomnia, headaches and body pain.

Lisa offers her patients compassionate and personalized care, creating a safe, calm and relaxing environment for the sole purpose of healing the body, mind, and spirit. 

William Neese

Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner

Before Reconnect, William worked at EEG Institute as a Neurofeedback Clinician. During his time there, he worked to reduce a wide range of symptoms for his clients. Those symptoms included, but were not limited to: anxiety, sleep disturbances, anger, headaches, seizures, attention problems and emotional reactivity issues. He has experience working with anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorder, PTSD, autism, OCD and ADD/ADHD. William uses Neurofeedback to help his clients increase self-regulation in their brains, which allows for additional stability and calming.