Meet Our Therapists
Dr. Dalesa Martinez, LMFT
I became a relationship expert so that I could help others to unlock the beautiful light that so many keep caged. On my journey, I found that my own story was actually a light for others. It is my hope that in our collective quest towards life fulfillment, internal love and unlimited connection that I inspire you to be the best version of yourself. I have told my story and trained therapist as a professor and on multiple stages, including internationally for almost 20 years. I currently serve adolescents ages 15+, individuals & couples, and specialize in relationships (singles & couples), trauma, anxiety, depression, self-love & finding purpose. I use a narrative approach, allowing my clients to recognize that they are the experts of their lives and guide them into creating a new story of themselves/their relationships.
Eric Shimoyama, MS
In the past 17 years, I have been able to help men, women and families to unlock the dark spaces that have kept them stuck over their lives, by equipping them with the skills they need to reconnect attachments, recognize their "inner gangster", and mend broken relationships. My approach to therapy is rooted in the notion that YOU are the expert of your life, and my role is simply to help you to see what is already inside of you. My clients are active participants in their own healing, with us exploring relational and interpersonal challenges that have prevented you from having the confidence that you need to cope and thrive. I have an extensive history in child development, crisis management, and therapeutic supervision. I have dedicated my life to helping others to cope with trauma and relationship issues, and know that sometimes it can be hard to change for the better. I am with you every step of the way.
Tiffany Browning, MSMFT
Are you ready to start becoming better for yourself and the people around you? I am here to remind you that where you are on your path to healing & improving is exactly where you’re supposed to be! I help adolescents, adults, couples and families recover from past trauma & work through limiting beliefs in a way that allows them to better understand and accept themselves and others. One of my biggest goals as a therapist is to support my clients in the journey to embracing how worthy they are. I take pride in helping others build trust and positive connections, even when it feels hopeless & imposter syndrome kicks in. My extensive background in family therapy, working with adults in multiple settings and adolescents in their homes and classrooms has provided me with the skills to dedicate our time to learning your strengths, and using them to assist you with creating the specific tools that you and your family need to rebuild the connections that you may have believed to be lost forever due to conflict, attachment and trauma. It is my goal to provide a safe space that allows you to increase resilience, self-love, worthiness and connection.
Alexandra Rodriguez, MFT
I became a family therapist with the intention of inspiring others to be better people. I've learned that understanding families helps us become aware of the behavior patterns and negative perceptions we hold, so that we can become a better person for ourselves and others. My goal as a therapist for individuals, couples, and families is that they feel empowered in a positive way to grow, help them discover their true potential, and take the lead of their best lives. We can not change the difficult situations of the past, but we can work together to better understand and resolve the challenges and conflicts of the present. If you are looking for additional support and guidance through a challenging situation or are just ready to move in a new direction with your life, I look forward to working with you to help you achieve your goals. My goals is to help you find negative behavior patterns in your own history that may be stopping you from experiencing a more fulfilling life. Yo hablo español.
Mav Atis-Valentine, MS
One of the cornerstones of my practice is that the clients I work with are met with a level of radical love and acceptance, so they can go on to model that love and acceptance within themselves. I work with clients and their families to help them find healing from their past and build skills that will help them succeed in the future. My work is trauma informed, taking into consideration the specific needs of each individual based on their past experiences. When you are aware of the ways you are influenced by your past programming, we can put the tools in your hands to help you take control of your life. I have an extensive background working with adults, adolescents, and families, supporting individuals with eating disorders, folks who are neurodivergent (e.g. ASD, ADHD, Complex PTSD, etc), and members of the LGBTQ+ community. I strive to provide you with an empathetic space for you to become your truest self.
Teena Scott, LMFT
My vision as a therapist is to help adolescents, adults, couples and families recognize that they have what it takes to promote their own evolution. Growth and change can be a challenge at times, within ourselves and in our relationships. I believe that my role is to support others to work towards their healing holistically; I help them to unpack the pain that exists and recognize the impact on their mind, body, spirit and relationships. It is my intention to break down barriers in areas related to relationships, divorce, infidelity, blending families, adoption, anxiety, depression, and racial inequity in such a way that my clients feel more connected to their own sense of purpose & value. My experience of over 15 years in the helping professions, paired with my non-judgmental, individualized approach and passion for family, community, and advocacy of social justice allows me to help clients not only recognize that they have the solutions to their problems, but leaves them feeling empowered and ready to take on the world. When we can see the light within ourselves, we can conquer any task! I will aid you in finding your light, healing from past hurts & trauma, and building healthy and connected relationships.
Benjamin Llanos, MS
With almost 30 years of working in the helping profession, I still get an adrenaline rush from helping people succeed. I believe that my role as a therapist is to remind people that we all deserve 2nd chances, and I have a strong passion in helping others to find hope and change that helps them to grow. My years of experience in juvenile detention, with families who are struggling and in recovery settings have given me the tools to help couples, adolescents and adults to work towards healing in some of their toughest life struggles. I love to help those who are looking to become a better version of themselves, and those who struggle with anxiety, depression, or want to heal from past trauma. I recognize the importance of being able to tell one’s story, and together we will learn to develop a new “happy ending” to their story through the process of healing. My mission is to help those who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and trauma to find hope, growth and success, in the ways that work best for them. I want to help you find your way!
Gabriellia Boatwright, MSW
My goal as a therapist is to give people a safe space to be themselves. Life is tough sometimes, and having support is important to the healing and self-discovery processes. I learned through my own life’s challenges the value in having someone to be an accepting, empathetic listener who helps you unpack the bags that weigh you down. I consider myself to be an accountability partner, one that’s nonjudgmental, actively listens, supports and guides you to realizing your full potential. I specialize in helping people to find and use their voice, particularly adults, adolescents, people in the LGBTQ+ community, and those who struggle with ADHD, depression, anxiety and healing from trauma. Let’s work collaboratively towards healing from trauma, negative self-beliefs, and other areas that hold you back, with the intention of helping you to evolve into your best self.
Vanessa Nieves-Rivera, MAMFT
Having to overcome the unplanned events that can turn one’s life upside down propelled me into my true calling of being a therapist. I strive to help others to understand that that sometimes changed plans can help them to open doors, leading them to finding their purpose and transcend the version of themselves they only imagined they would be. I work from a non-judgmental stance, using an approach that allows you to recalibrate, create new meaning, and connect or reconnect to your purpose. My years of experience as a therapist and certified health and life coach allow me a multitude of ways to assist adults and couples who are working through anxiety, trauma, depression, and grief. My vision for therapy is to help you to see the light from some of your darkest places, and helping you to get to a place where you can look back and say to yourself, “Wow, look how I have grown”. I am excited to work with you on the journey to recovering from the pain and imbalance of life’s hardships, so that you can enjoy a free and healthy lifestyle.