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Lancaster Clinicians

Sue Pommerville

Sue Pommerville

LMFT

Sue has worked well with the LGBTQIA+ community and the substance abuse community, including family and friends of both communities. Her experience in these areas are 8 years for the former and 40+ years for the latter. She has had over 40 years of working with DCFS families helping to reunify families when it is safe to do so. She is willing to work with individuals ages 17 years and older.

Emily Cox

Emily Cox

LPCC

Mary Emily Cox is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC10965) with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Emily possesses a strong foundation for listening intently to her clients, assisting them to understand and achieve their goals. She believes it is an honor to hold space for her clients, guiding them as they delve into their journey of self-exploration. As a Reiki Master Teacher, Emily is conscious of the mind/body/soul connection in which thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can contribute to self-destructive conduct. Finding solutions to promote a client’s growth is the key for future success and fulfillment.
Emily specializes in anxiety, depression, relational issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, and working with LGBTQ+ clients. She uses approaches such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Didactical Behavioral Therapy, Brief-Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as Person-Centered Therapy, Integrative or Holistic Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy. She understands that there can be a delicate balance between approaches which may overlap at times.
Emily creates a safe space for her clients and recognizes that therapy can be fearful at times. She believes by providing structure, stability, and support to those who may feel like the bottom is falling out, clients will raise self-esteem, feel empowered, and gain skills necessary to meet life’s challenges effectively. It is through the most challenging times that the greatest growth has an opportunity to evolve. While encouraging clients to establish a mindful movement, self-care routine as part of the healing process, Emily herself enjoys running, cycling, investing time with her two dogs and spouse, and meditation.
Emily has several years of mental health counseling experience, as well as 13 years of teaching elementary school-aged children. Her time spent in the school environment allowed her immeasurable insight into family dynamics which in-turn added a different perspective as a mental health therapist and working with children and families. She is able to examine family dynamics, child or parental challenges, and conflict resolution on a deeper level with her clients with a greater understanding in giving them the space to create their healing.

Sarah Gabrielle Barajas

Sarah Gabrielle Barajas

Ph.d Student Intern

Sarah has spent time working with young children and adolescents, as well as their families in a home setting. Her focus is supporting clients working through anxiety, and child/ adolescent behavior issues using a cognitive-behavioral approach, identifying the client's strengths, and a solution-focused approach. Sarah enjoys using play therapy with younger clients and supporting parents through the therapeutic process.

Sarah earned her B.A. in Psychology at California State University Channel Islands and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University. Sarah is also in the progress of attaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with Saybrook University. She also has experience as a Registered Behavioral Technician implementing Applied Behavior Analysis for families with a child diagnosed with Autism.

Kathleen Burrel

Kathleen Burrel

LCSW 83066

Kathleen Burrell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from California State University with her B. A. in Child development with a Minor in Sociology and a master’s in social work. She specializes in working with children and adolescents within the foster care system, with behavioral/mood difficulties, and with the family unit to work towards cultivating and developing a healthy and positive home environment.
Kathleen has experience serving the homeless and incarcerated/recently released population. She loves engaging with, supporting, and inspiring individuals to find their inner strength and overcome the barriers that her clients are being faced with. Kathleen has been practicing as a clinician for 7 years serving those in need. Kathleen believes we are capable of living full, loving, and healthy lives no matter what obstacles we face, as long as we are willing to do the work and walk towards the light at the end of the tunnel. We all deserve to live happy and fulfilling lives.
Kathleen offers Individual, group, and family therapy supporting individuals with overcoming their presenting challenges, such as anger, eating disorders, cultural difficulties/identities, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, self-esteem, and more. She looks forward to working with you or your child to support the healing and growth process towards the life you hope to live.

Melisa Martinez

Melisa Martinez

LMFT#125461

I have a great passion working with children who struggle emotionally and have been exposed to traumatic events. I also enjoy treating young adults who feel lost and need guidance with becoming successful and insightful individuals.
Additionally, I have found working with mothers who need support and guidance within their parenting roles to be a rewarding experience as a therapist.

Lamonte Coke

Lamonte Coke

LMFT

Lamonte Coke is a dynamic Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 10 years of counseling experience which also includes substance abuse treatment. His clients describe him as upfront, direct, and culturally competent in his approach. Lamonte specializes in working with children, youth and families. He is authentic and inspiring to parents who may feel lost when dealing with their children who are making poor decisions or displaying risky behaviors.

Lamonte has a special way of working with the most challenging youth and young adults, helping them develop positive life goals, a sense of personal accountability and see the value in building a happy and healthy lifestyle. Two fun facts about Lamonte are that he loves dogs and enjoys working out as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Katie Trejo

Katie Trejo

LMFT

Katie has worked as a therapist since 2013. Katie attended Cal State Monterey Bay where she developed a love for otters and received a BA in Humanities and Communication. Katie was raised in the Antelope Valley and has strong roots tied to the community. Katie was the first in her family to receive a BA and MA degree, and works hard to support others aiming for Higher Education.
After college Katie came home and worked in the local community in a variety of roles with adolescents, as a youth minister and as a middle school teacher. As she continued to grow in experience as a therapist she learned that she loved to serve a wider population, including young adults struggling with their transition into adulthood, individuals with mood disorders, and first generation Latinx immigrants.
Katie enjoys spending time outdoors and credits this to her Indigenous roots. She finds great healing opportunities spending time outdoors. She also believes in the healing power of using art as a means for treating trauma and as a coping skills and working on a certification in Art Therapy.
My approach to therapy is meeting my client where they are currently in life. This could mean we use a variety of approaches to get the client healthy and living to their optimum potential.

Leyla Sofia Otarola

Leyla Sofia Otarola

ACSW

Leyla is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who earned her Masters from Arizona State University. Leyla uses strength-based and client centered approaches to meet the client where they are at and assist them in not only healing but thriving. Leyla has 6 years of experience working with disadvantaged youth, adults, and families. Leyla currently enjoys working with adults and adolescents utilizing cognitive behavioral interventions through a trauma informed lens.
Leyla is fluent in both English and Spanish and will be happy to provide therapy in either language to meet her client’s needs

Talor Hawkins

Talor Hawkins

ACSW , Supervised by Nicole Brooks, LMFT 107807

Talor is experienced in providing individual, family and group psychotherapy to children, youth, adults and families. Talor has a history of working with new mothers, ADHD, Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety, PTSD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and students who have a history of abuse, drug/alcohol history, and much more. Talor is also certified in MAP (Managing and Adapting Practices) and trained as an EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist. Talor has a passion for working with mothers and perinatal mental health; yet she enjoys working with clients of all backgrounds.
Talor loves to create a nurturing environment for all her clients and is committed to assisting each individual reach their highest potential. Talor believes that everyone has their own story that has shaped them into who they are currently and what they are experiencing. Through her work, she strives to foster a safe space where clients can tell their story, gain insight into how it has impacted them, and help support them in creating a new reality that is more fulfilling.

Carla Cook

Carla Cook

LCSW

Carla Cook is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from California State University, Bakersfield with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, a secondary degree in Gerontology and a Masters degree in Social Work. Before she became a clinician she worked for years with the deaf and hard of hearing and is fluent in American Sign Language.
Carla is a strong advocate for social justice, human rights, autonomy and respect for individuality. She strives to cultivate cultural sensitivity, empathy, compassion, and ethical integrity. She has experience working with cultural diversity, alternative lifestyles issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, personality disorders, justice-involved individuals, and a wide variety of mental health symptoms and populations. She has a strong commitment to the Recovery Model, supporting people during the transitional periods of their life, and helping others develop positive coping strategies to navigate a stressful world.
Carla has a holistic approach to mental health, and is a Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional, She is trained in mindfulness and Vipassana meditation techniques.
In her free time she enjoys relaxing with her husband of over 40 years, spending time with her three adult children, visiting with friends, playing with her exotic silkie chickens, two cats and her English bulldog, Winston. She is currently studying German and Spanish and hopes to visit German and Spain someday soon.

Hanika Schaare-Foster

Hanika Schaare-Foster

LMFT

I am a Filipino/American Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in community mental health for over 6 years in many different programs from in home services, post prison release, substance abuse, and intensive mental health. I also have personal experience as an immigrant, and am a child of immigrant parents, who has been through the immigration process on both a legal and personal level.
As a trauma focused therapist, I happily offer EMDR (eye-movement desensitization reprocessing), an evidence-based therapy for PTSD and other trauma related symptoms. My hope and goal is to provide a safe, calming, and nonjudgmental environment for my clients and to be a guide in helping them reach their goals. I strive to be both empathetic and honest (and whenever possible use humor along the way. I believe laughter helps to heal the heart) when working with my clients. My goal is to help my clients in their journey to healing past traumas so they can move forward and learn to thrive in their lives.

Maria Castillejo

Maria Castillejo

LMFT #107144

Maria Castillejo is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with eleven years of experience working with children, young adults, special needs population, and families with school-based counseling and community based mental treatment experience. Maria has a passion for assisting her clients amplify their strengths and engage in positive meaning making as a way to create hope and motivation for change.

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