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
Biografia en español abajo 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. Me convertí en terapeuta familiar con la intención de inspirar a otros a ser mejores personas. Aprendí que comprender a las familias nos ayuda a tomar conciencia de los patrones de comportamiento y las percepciones negativas que tenemos, para que podamos convertirnos en mejores personas para nosotros mismos y para los demás. Mi objetivo como terapeuta para individuos, parejas y familias es que se sientan empoderados de manera positiva para crecer, ayudarlos a descubrir su verdadero potencial y tomar la iniciativa de sus mejores vidas. No podemos cambiar las situaciones difíciles del pasado, pero podemos trabajar juntos para comprender mejor y resolver los desafíos y conflictos del presente. Si está buscando apoyo y orientación adicionales a través de una situación desafiante o simplemente está listo para moverse en una nueva dirección con su vida, espero trabajar con usted para ayudarlo a alcanzar sus metas. Mi objetivo es ayudarte a encontrar patrones de comportamiento negativos en tu propia historia que pueden estar impidiendo que experimentes una vida más satisfactoria.
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.
Vanessa Nieves-Rivera, MAMFT
Biografia en Español abajo 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. Tener que superar los eventos no planificados que pueden cambiar la vida de uno me impulsó a mi verdadera vocación de ser terapeuta. Me esfuerzo por ayudar a otros a entender que, a veces, cambiar de planes puede ayudarlos a abrir puertas, llevándolos a encontrar su propósito y trascender la versión de sí mismos que solo imaginaban que serían. Trabajo desde una postura sin prejuicios, utilizando un enfoque que le permite recalibrar, crear un nuevo significado y conectarse o reconectarse con su propósito. Mis años de experiencia como terapeuta y entrenador certificado de salud y vida me permiten una multitud de formas. para ayudar a adultos y parejas que están pasando por ansiedad, trauma, depresión y duelo. Mi visión de la terapia es ayudarte a ver la luz en algunos de tus lugares más oscuros y ayudarte a llegar a un lugar donde puedas mirar hacia atrás y decirte a ti mismo: "Guau, mira cómo he crecido." Estoy emocionada de trabajar con usted en el viaje hacia la recuperación del dolor y el desequilibrio de las dificultades de la vida, para que pueda disfrutar de un estilo de vida libre y saludable.
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.
Noris De Jesus-Petrone, MA, LP-MFT
I did not always want to be a therapist, but I have always known that helping others is my purpose. My own personal life challenges and feeling that I was in a dark place pushed me a strong desire to understand myself and my feelings at a deeper level. I realized that I wanted to leave the world better than I had found it, and I wanted to do so by helping others to heal. My own healing journey brought me to help others through therapy. For over 19 years, I have been helping children ages 6 and over, adolescents, adults, couples and families to work towards self- acceptance, heal from trauma, grief, loss and infertility, cope with anxiety and depression, become better coparents and explore the challenges of immigration. I also specialize in helping mothers who struggle with infertility and loss of a child. I use a strengths-based approach to help my clients ease the pain that they are experiencing, by not only being there and offering an empathetic ear, but by helping them to find the joy in life that they may have thought would be lost forever. If you have ever felt lost and need help finding your way back to yourself again, I want to walk beside you on the journey of reconnection – not only to others, but to the happiest version of yourself!
Shariff-Justin Blackwell, MA,LBS, CCTS-I,CRC,MCC
I know what it’s like to feel defeated and disempowered; to want to achieve happiness but feeling that your anxiety, depression or experienced trauma continues to get in the way of being who you were truly meant to be. It can impact your relationships at work, home and with friends, causing life to sometimes feel hopeless. Hope is defined as a desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment, and I want to help my clients achieve it. YOU have the power, I believe strongly that my job as a therapist is to create the safe space to help you realize it. In my years of experience as a trauma therapist & relationship coach, I have helped countless couples, adolescents, adults and families to heal, grow, and discover what’s next. My clients walk away from therapy feeling like they have a new outlook on life, recognizing that they ARE enough, and healing from the burdens of past traumas. I use an understanding approach in therapy to encourage you to learn the tools that can help you achieve long term change, giving yourself the opportunity to flourish in ways that seemed impossible. You are braver than you believe, and I can’t wait to help you realize the light that already exists within!
Latasha Hayes, M.Ed
For over 20 years, I have helped children, families, couples and members of the LGBTQIA+ community learn to be curious with themselves and navigate the journey to healing. I look forward to helping those with anxiety, relationship challenges, anger, life transitions and trauma by using an understanding approach that helps you to feel heard and valued. By providing a supportive and welcoming environment, I help my clients to be their most authentic selves, by learning to give themselves grace and appreciate the power of forgiveness. My therapy style allows us to work together towards your goals to discover tools for coping, strategies geared towards your goals, and uncovering the root of your difficulties, so that you can focus on your emotional well-being and improvement in your relationships and life overall. My goal as a therapist is to help you learn to love yourself & your relationships through the highs, lows and detours that can get in the way of leading the happy and fulfilled life that you deserve. I can’t wait to connect with you!
Terri Miles-Alexander, MHS
You may be fed up with the ways that trauma, depression or anxiety feeling that they rule your life. It can be a challenge to have hope when getting out of bed can be a task, or when family and friends don’t seem to understand. You might not even remember a time when things felt normal. And you’re ready for a change. You want to feel relief & start to enjoy life again. More than anything, you want to fall in love with yourself and to build better relationships with others. My goal is to help children, adults, couples & families to do just that. It is my goal as a therapist to create a safe space to help my clients to find the answers that they didn’t realize were already there. Our work in therapy will be to get to the core of what’s stopping you from experiencing the happiness you deserve, and together we will turn on the light inside of you that helps you to see your strengths, improve your weaknesses, and gain tools to help you maintain the changes. As a therapist for over 25 years, I believe that being validating and going at your pace are extremely important to the therapy process. Doing your work to become better is a big deal, and I can give you the gentle nudges to help you find the joy that you once believed was lost forever. It’s okay to need help, you don’t have to do it alone anymore.
Crystal Williams, LMSW
I understand what it’s like to want to appear like you have it all together, but deep down you are struggling with learning to cope with things that have happened in your life. Even the thought of going to therapy seems embarrassing, but you know for certain that life has to get better than it currently is. As much as you strive to be the best, there are times where you lack confidence and motivation to live life to the fullest, and you know that there is more for you ready to be revealed. You are ready to unpack the baggage that has been weighing you down, so that you can start to create new patterns in your life & relationships. My clients come to me to learn to “see” themselves; to recognize how amazing that they truly are, to learn the places that they need to grow, and to heal from the wounds that hold them back. They want to be challenged, to learn to understand their triggers, but want to feel as though they are talking to a trusted friend as they work through the areas that may have held them back all of their lives. As an experienced therapist for teens, adults & couples who has helped countless clients learn to manage challenges from relationships, trauma, depression, insecurities, and life transitions, in order to increase feelings of self-love, acceptance & healthy relationships. Reach out today to schedule your first session. I look forward to helping you find what you’re looking for!
Ellesse Rougier, LMSW
Have you been feeling unfulfilled, bogged down with life’s demands, challenges from the pandemic or big life changes? Does it seem that no matter what you do, you can’t catch up or make important choices? Anxiety, trauma, outside pressures, or a breakup may have you feeling like you can no longer manage what life brings. Something is telling you that you need a shift and that how things have been going only reminding you of how unhappy you really are. Past trauma, relationships or life transition may have you feeling stuck, and you know that it’s time to start creating new patterns in order to get to where you’ve always wanted to be. I specialize in helping women, families, couples & teens give themselves the space & grace to not be ok; to recognize that they are human and sometimes slowing down the process is the thing that helps them to heal. My relatable but empathetic approach will help you to learn ways to make positive changes, celebrate yourself more and dive deep to the areas that you may have been afraid to go at alone. I have helped countless clients to find their healing, peace & strength, so that they can learn to spend time enjoying life again. As you work through your challenges, you will discover that you have the answers already, & that the life you desire is available to you. I am ready to walk with you on the journey to your best self!
Fifi Inez Garret-Lloyd, MFT, BSN, RN
You may be feeling that the world is closing in on you, because life's pressures are so overwhelming, and you're ready for a change. Panic attacks, anxiety, trauma, or your relationships may be getting the best of you, or you are struggling to help your child manage feelings of anxiety. It feels that your relationships or even life in general could use an overhaul, because the challenges you have faced are beyond what you expected. You know that feeling better is possible, but you forget what feeling good is like. More than anything, young longer want to do it alone, and you are ready to bring peace & calm into your life. My clients come to me looking for someone who can help them gain insight into their problems from multiple lenses. Being an RN has helped me to understand the world from multiple lenses, allowing me to help clients not only learn to cope, but also to understand how their physical can impact their mental health & relationships. As a nurse & therapist, I believe in the importance of taking care of all parts of yourself; mind, body & spirit. You don't have to cope with anxiety & trauma alone, & I am here to walk with you to your happy place. Request a consultation so we can begin the journey to the best version of you!
Sean Hyatt, Intern
As a beginning therapist, my goal is not only to learn to help others in every way that I can, but to be a sounding board for those who struggle with their identity, who have been silenced in their lives, and have been looking for a caring person to turn to. In the journey of 1000 miles, the first 500 are often taking the step to seek the help that one needs, and I have experience in helping people who are having difficulties in life with grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, family medical diagnoses, and other challenging areas. I look forward to helping individuals, children, families & couples to navigate to a place of healing. I can’t wait to help you!
Lori Ford, Intern
As an experienced person working in the helping professions and in the military, I have seen the positive impact that therapy can have on mental health and overall well-being. I am a compassionate listener and I'm intentional about helping people overcome traumas and start on the path to becoming the best version of themselves. I am interested in working with couples, families, and youth. Although pursuing my Master’s degree is a new step in my career, I have years of experience in helping people with trauma, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, homelessness, and other struggles. I am excited to help adolescents, couples, adults and families to overcome their pain and become better for themselves and others.