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Meet the Team

A wide range of seasoned professionals to fit your individual needs.

Dr. Laura Escalona Barragan

CEO & Founder

Dr. Laura Escalona Barragan

A bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 16 years of experience in community mental health, school-based mental health, and the private sector. Her experience ranges from children to geriatrics. Currently, she is only seeing teenagers and adults. She treats general mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and life transitions.

License

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCSW #28612

Education

  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2016, PsyD

  • The University of Southern California, 2007, MSW

  • Mount St. Mary’s University, 2003, BA

Languages

  • Spanish

Availability

  • Virtual

  • Wait List

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sara Hernandez, LCSW

Sara Hernandez, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with low-income populations that includes teens, parents, families, and adults. Sara demonstrates an understanding for intersectionality and the impact of gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Sara’s approach to therapy is warm, individualized, safe, compassionate, and intersectional. Her aim is to create a trusting, collaborative and supportive environment for her clients. Humility, kindness and empathy are at the center of her work, and she encourages open communication and safety, allowing clients to explore their thoughts and feelings. It is important that Sara’s clients have a voice and choice in their therapeutic process and when setting goals.

License

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCSW #118095

Education

  • Cal State University, Northridge, 2019, MSW, Masters of Social Work

  • Cal State University, Northridge, 2013, BA, Psychology

Availability

  • Virtual

  • In-person

  • Accepting Patients

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Associate Clinical Social Worker

Supervised by Laura E. Barragan, Psy.D, LCSW

Jennifer Fierro, MSW

An associate clinical social worker with experience assisting individuals within non-profit and community mental health settings. She utilizes an empathetic and person-centered approach to facilitate adults of all ages in achieving their therapeutic goals. Jennifer specializes in depression, anxiety, general mood disorders, relationships, and adults. She has experience in crisis intervention, harm-reduction, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy.

License

  • Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW #103390

Education​

  • Cal State University, Bakersfield, 2021, MSW

  • University Of California, Santa Barbara, 2013, BA

Availability

  • Virtual

  • In-person

Raul Barragan, MBV

Managing Partner, Career Coach

Raul Barragan, MBV

His focus is on early to mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs, parents returning to work, and professionals looking to pivot in their careers.

Education​

  • The University of Southern California, 2014, M.B.V, Master of Business for Veterans

  • Mount St. Mary’s University, 2012, B.S., Business Administration

Availability

  • Virtual

  • In-person

  • Accepting Clients

Lisa Kappaz, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lisa Kappaz, LCSW

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker with private, county, and healthcare system experience. Her experience ranges from children to adults. She has specialized training in Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Currently, she sees teenagers and adults. She treats general mood disorders, anxiety disorders, postpartum, and phase of life.

License

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCSW #14812

Education

  • New York University School of Social Work, 1977, BSW, MSW

Availability

  • Virtual

  • Accepting Patients

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Alina Gonzalez, LMFT

Alina Gonzalez, MS, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience in community mental health providing therapy to infants, children, teens, and adults. She works with issues related to trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, family issues, life transitions, grief, and loss. Alina also has specialized training in the treatment of children 0-5 and their caregivers using treatment modalities such as CPP, play-based therapy, and Infant Massage to address concerns related to trauma exposure, parenting/co-parenting difficulties, attachment/bonding, childhood anxiety/mood disorders, developmental delays, behavioral issues, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Alina is passionate about supporting her clients to utilize their strengths to meet their goals by providing a safe space that is affirming and inclusive of one’s lived experiences and intersecting identities. Her therapeutic approach is trauma-informed, reflective, collaborative, and strength-based.

License

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT #136600

Education

  • Cal State University, Northridge, 2019, MS, Counseling Psychology

  • Cal State University, Northridge, 2015, BA, Psychology

Availability

  • Virtual

  • Accepting Patients

Cynthia Buendia

Admin Coordinator

Cinthya Buendia, B.S.

Cinthya Buendia recently graduated with her bachelor's in Speech, language, and hearing sciences from San Diego State University. She is working towards getting her master's in speech pathology to eventually become a speech-language pathologist. Her passion is learning about voice disorders, orofacial myofunctional disorders, and swallowing deficits. In her free time, she enjoys finding new places to eat with friends and loves watching Marvel and Disney movies. 

Education​

  • San Diego State University, 2022, B.S.

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