“There is hope. There is help. This is the message I want clients to hear.”
Clinical Director of Substance Use and Mental Health Programs
Esther Gobrial is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has earned her Masters of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. She has over ten years of experience working with individuals with substance dependence, co-occurring disorders, mental health disorders, offender population, trauma, anxiety, depression, self-harm, abuse (sexual, physical, emotional and financial), homelessness, cultural diversity issues, child, family, group, and couple’s therapy. Esther has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Esther has a passion for teaching; she teaches part time as a Professor at Loyola Marymount University teaching students at the graduate level.
Esther is extremely motivated and passionate in helping all individuals. She believes in being open minded and following a multi-disciplinary approach in treating clients. Esther views clients in a holistic perspective (mind, body, social, environment). She is a strong advocate of self-care and educates clients on the importance of adding self-care into their lives in addition to safe and healthy coping skills.
During her free time, Esther loves to travel the world, spend time with her family, go shopping, play soccer with her dog, laugh, watch movies and great TV, and relaxing at the beach.
Alison Guydan, MFTI
Alison Guydan is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who earned her Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. Alison also earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has experience working with individuals with substance dependence, co-occurring disorders, mental health disorders, trauma, abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, and financial), homelessness, depression, anxiety, cultural diversity, group, family, and individual therapy.
Alison is passionate about providing comprehensive, individualized, and holistic treatment to all individuals. Alison loves to spend time with her dog, go to the gym, shop, meditate, and spend time with her friends and family during her free time.
Maren is an LCSW and earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. Maren has been working in the mental health field for over 12years, dedicating a majority of her career to the practice of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Maren had the privilege of being intensively trained in DBT back in 2008, and for several years was the clinical leader of the DBT program while working for Los County Department of Mental Health. Maren has also been trained and certified in the delivery of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), with a particular passion for the treatment of postpartum depression and women’s health issues. She has extensive experience providing assessment, diagnosis, and individual therapy to a wide array of mental health diagnosis and quality of life issues. She believes in working collaboratively and is committed to the delivery of evidenced based practices to help clients reach their goals.
Outside of her career, Maren is a busy mom to two young children and her beloved english bulldog. She enjoys travel, food, and participating fully in life’s simple pleasures.
“Because you are alive, everything is possible”. -Thich Nhat Hanh
What to expect when you’re with me: I practice using a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques that range from cognitive, emotional, and behavioral. I belief that by addressing my clients holistically we can discover tools and coping mechanisms to help gain control back to what may seem chaotic or directionless. Together we’ll build confidence, work on effective communication, and culture proper emotional expression.
I see the relationship between the therapist and client to be integral in the therapy process. I will be there to provide tools, support, empathy, and at times push you to achieve healthier, happier goals. I want you to walk away from our sessions feeling safe, productive, and valued.
I am currently an intern (MFC #78956) under the supervision of Maren Sullivan LCSW.
I earned my Masters of Science in Psychology in 2013 from Cal Lutheran University, where I specialized in the recovery model. I have worked in foster care for 8 years. I have extensive experience with helping people overcome substance abuse and find a new path in addiction treatment. I have over 2,000+ under my belt. My objective is to be a beacon of light for those who are lost in the dark.