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Clinicians

Clara I. Aparicio, Psy.D. 

License PSY28302

 

I began my clinical work in 2004 as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. In 2012, I completed my doctorate degree in clinical psychology building on my former clinical experience, expanding my work with older adults, and conducting psychological assessments with children, adolescents, and adults. 

 

Much of my clinical experience has taught me that in order to help my clients work through life-stressors and hardships, I have to act and think beyond the conventional therapist role. Advocating for my clients’ needs has always been a passion of mine. Many times, this has included working with parents, adult children, school staff, partners, probation officers, spiritual leaders, caregivers and medical staff. My role is that of a clinical partner, life-coach, and advocate. 

 

I use a strength-based approach in therapy. I am mindful of cultural and acculturation, family dynamics, spiritual, social-economic, and medical factors that contribute to mental health conditions. My clinical work includes working with children and adolescents, adults and older adults, couples and families. I specialize in treating mood disorders, trauma, chronic pain management, acculturation issues, anger management, life transitions, grief and loss. 

 

Life's journey was never meant to be traveled alone. Our experiences, life's highs and lows, are best lived in communion with others. My goal is to join you in your journey towards discovering a healthy, productive, and enjoyable state of being. I look forward to building a therapeutic alliance and helping you build on your strengths and discovering new tools to improve your quality of life.

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Clara I. Aparicio, Psy.D. 

License PSY28302

I began my clinical work in 2004 after receiving my degree in  Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. In 2012, I received my doctorate degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. My clinical experience has included working in community medical and mental health settings, schools, group homes, psychiatric hospitals, justice system, and skilled nursing facilities. I have received training conducting psychological testing in both English and Spanish with children, adolescents, and adults. 

Much of my clinical experience has taught me that in order to help my clients work through life-stressors and hardships, I have to act and think beyond the conventional therapist role. Advocating for my clients’ needs has always been a passion of mine. Many times, this has involved working with parents, adult children, partners, school staff, education attorneys, probation officers, spiritual leaders, caregivers and medical professionals. My role is that of a clinical partner, life-coach, and advocate. 

My goal is to join you in your journey towards discovering a healthy, productive, and enjoyable state of being. I look forward to building a therapeutic alliance and helping you build on your strengths and discovering new tools to improve your quality of life.

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Daniel Castro, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCSW29880

I strongly believe the power to change is inside each one of us. We have the power to change ourselves, which in turn can help shape our environments, and help us feel better. Change may not come easily, but with some hard work, and help, we are able to achieve our fullest potential. I am here to help you through your journey of self-discovery and emotional healing.

I completed my degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2007. In 2010, I received my degree in Clinical Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. My clinical experience as a bilingual Spanish-speaking clinician spans over 14 years. Throughout my clinical work I have been passionate about providing culturally sensitive counseling, to address issues of trauma, depression, anxiety, and gender identity. 

I work with LGBTQ, adults, and older adults, and I am looking forward to forming a meaningful relationship with you. I want to get to know you and help you through this transformation, with support and without judgment.