OUR THERAPISTS

Therapists

Therapists at Abundance Therapy Center each have their own specialties and populations they help. We encourage you to read therapists' bios to determine who may be a good fit for you. If you are unsure about which therapist may be a good fit for you, you may contact us to help determine which therapist might be a good fit for you.

SARAH KANG

Therapist, LMFT#90587
Location: LA office

Accepted Insurances: MHN, Kaiser, Most PPO plans as Out of Network

Specializations:

Children, Teens, Young Adults with Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Anger Management, Self-Worth Issues, Grief + Loss 

Sarah is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Sarah received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. She has over ten years of experience in seeing children, adolescents, college students, and working professionals. Her experience includes treating individuals with anxiety, depression, life transitions, anger management, issues of self-worth, and grief and loss.

 

Sarah believes that clients have the ability to create powerful and long-lasting changes that are present in feelings of connection, joy, internal peace, and courage. She enjoys connecting and understanding an individual’s unique story, hopes, fears, pain, and joys. By creating a safe space and by taking an exploratory stance and understanding where a client is stuck, Sarah works collaboratively and pays attention to patterns and explores internal mental blocks that prevent one from truly living and experiencing growth. She believes that therapy is hard work but the best kind of work one can do as a form of growth and self-care.

 

Sarah utilizes an integrative approach and combines narrative therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

ANTON YANAGISAWA

Therapist, Psy.D., LMFT#112482

Location: LA Office

Accepted Insurances: Kaiser, MHN, Most PPO plans as Out of Network

Specializations:

Young Adults, Adults, Couples, Family, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Trauma

I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, and substance abuse. I have provided therapy in various settings: public mental health, family agencies, hospitals, school systems, and in private practice. I was given many opportunities to work with a wide range of severity of problems and challenges. These experiences provided me with ways to relate to my clients, regardless of circumstance or background, in a way where they can be heard and understood and provided a treatment that is meaningful to them.


 I was born and raised in Los Angeles where I have had many ups and downs in my life. I certainly understand what it is like to have to deal with challenges without support, which is why I would like to support others in their most trying moments. Therapy can be a beautiful process where you get to not only understand yourself better but also understand your relationships and the world around you better. 

I have had a lot of experience working with young adults, although I have worked with all age ranges, as well as couples and families. I operate from a strength-based stance that explores solutions developed from our collaboration and from strengths you may have overlooked. Depending on what would be the most helpful to you, my approach will be tailored to your needs. Individually, we may stay more present-focused, or examine past history contingent upon your needs. I hope to be of assistance for your next journey in therapy. 


I received my BA from UC Santa Cruz, my MA/MFT from Pepperdine University, and my PsyD from Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology.

ELIZABTEH RYU

Therapist, LSCW #29658

Location: LA Office

Accepted Insurances: Kaiser, MHN, Most PPO plans as Out of Network

Are you living with unpleasant companions such as depression, anxiety
and past or present trauma? Have these symptoms become part of your
life and drive you to a destination where you do not want to be. I believe
that therapy can help provide relief and get you back to where you would
like to be.

 

I am a Korean immigrant who has been working in the mental health field
for 15 years and has been providing therapy to multi-cultural clients to help
individuals feel comfortable and regain confidence in their life. This has
been done through self-discovery, supportive exploration, changing
thinking patterns about self and others.

 

I believe that therapy is an opportunity to grow and develop new and
effective ways of interacting and communicating in your relationships.
I utilize theories such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and
psychoanalytic therapy in my practice. As a result, you will gain awareness
and restructure your thinking patterns to manage life issues in order to feel
good about yourself, enjoy life and develop meaningful relationships with
others.

 

My goal is to help people by providing empathy, support and feedback
through honest and authentic communication. Together we will discuss
goals and establish a treatment plan that will address symptoms in order to
help you live a more enjoyable and fulfilled life.

MAAYA OTA

Therapist, LMFT #52809
Location: LA Office

Accepted Insurances: Kaiser, MHN, Most PPO plans as Out of Network

Specializations:

Adults, Young Adults, Teens/Adolescents, Children, Couples and Family, Depression and Anxiety, Life Transitions, Trauma and Abuse, Domestic Violence, Child Behavioral Problems, Parenting Issues, Spiritual Counseling, Bilingual in Japanese

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who truly enjoys helping people live their lives to their full potential. I have experience working with adults, young adults, teens, children, as well as couples and families. I see challenges in life as opportunities for growth, and invitation to better ourselves.

 

I believe everyone has their own answers inside, so I utilize a strength-based approach in my sessions. I also like to utilize psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, solution-focused, family systems and humanistic/existential approaches depending on each client’s needs. In therapy, you will learn more about yourself and know how to manage your own feelings and thoughts better, no matter the situation. I’m excited to collaboratively work with you to help you become the best version of yourself in your life journey!

JOHN GASPER
Therapist, LMFT #98783
Location: LA Office

Accepted Insurances: Anthem, Kaiser, MHN, Aetna, Most PPO plans as Out of Network

Specializations:

Children + Adolescents, Autism, Asperger's, Child Behavioral Disorders, Childhood Trauma, Parent Training, Social Skills for Children

I am a Licensed Psychotherapist specializing in providing mental health services for children, and families of children with behavioral disorders. As a former Research Associate at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience, I come from a neuro-psychological background and have over ten years of experience as a mental health professional. I currently supervise a team of over a dozen behavioral therapists helping

parents and children in the West LA and Hollywood area.

 

I received degrees in psychology and philosophy from UCLA and an M.A. in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University, Malibu. My background in philosophy and neuroscience are essential to my work as a psychotherapist, and draw from various therapeutic approaches including CBT, Solution-focused, Jungian, humanistic/existential, family systems, mindfulness, ABA, and others.

 

I work with a wide range of behavioral and emotional issues and provide a

highly personalized approach, tailored to meet each of my clients’ individual needs. I will collaborate with you to determine therapy goals, and I provide psycho-educational materials for my clients to help learn coping skills, therapeutic interventions, parent-training techniques, social skills, and Autism-management skills.

JASMINE VASQUEZ

THERAPIST, LCSW #81894
Location: LA + Manhattan Beach Office 

Accepted Insurances: Kaiser, MHN, Aetna, Anthem, Most PPO plans as Out of Network

Specializations:

Adults + Adolescents, Depression + Anxiety, Trauma, Bilingual in Spanish, Christian counseling

In this healing journey, therapy is a collaborative process where you discover your inner strengths that aids in overcoming life's challenges and promote personal growth. It is about helping you make connections and resolve issues at its roots in a safe nonjudgmental environment and treating you and your loved ones as a whole person body, mind, and spirit.

 

As an Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am passionate about empowering individuals, couples, and families improve their quality of life in the face of diversity. My expertise includes working with children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, trauma, domestic violence, parenting, and women's issues. Therapy is provided in English and Spanish languages.

 

Hablo el Español. Soy Licenciada en Trabajadora Social Clínico y mi pasión es ayudarte sanar heridas profundas y que puedas lograr tus metas personales para poder vivir libre de cargas, que seas saludable y confidente de ti mismo y a los que amas.

JANE WANG

Therapist, LMFT #108957
Location: LA Office

Accepted Insurances: Kaiser, MHN, Most PPO plans as Out of Network

Specializations:

Marriage and Famiy Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Spiritual Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Grief + Loss, Teens, Stress Management, Bilingual in Mandarin

I hold a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois.  I have worked as a Field-based VOC Therapist for Fuller Life Concepts where I counseled teen and adult crime victims providing trauma therapy to promote healing and recovery. Also, I have interned at Daz Foundation where I led court-ordered classes for anger management and parenting for individuals in high conflict cases and co-managed the Seeking Safety group for clients with substance abuse problems.  I have additionally interned at West Angeles Counseling Center where I worked with clients from diverse backgrounds and cultures and integrated spiritual and psychological practices for improved outcomes.

CHRISTOPHER IFEKWUNIGWE

Therapist, LCSW #19633
Location: LA Office

Accepted Insurances: Kaiser, MHN, Anthem, Optum/United, and Most PPO plans as Out of Network

Specializations:

 Adults and teens, Depression, Anxiety, Grief & Bereavement, Trauma/Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Chris has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Therapist for twenty years and has extensive experience in providing psychotherapy with a wide range of clients across the lifespan. He earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Masters in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. Chris specializes in helping depression, anxiety, grief & bereavement, health issues, trauma, and life transitions. He has extensive experience in the field of mental health and has collaborated with other professionals in a variety of fields including Mental Health, Primary Care and Social Services, Forensic Services. 


Chris is culturally competent and prefers a client-driven, goal-oriented, problem-solving approach. His approach to therapy is starting where the client is and individualizing treatment plan for specific needs of his clients. Chris enjoys working with adults and teens, as well as couples, and families. 

CHRISTINE CHAE

Therapist, LCSW #28582
Location: LA Office 

Specializations:

Working Professionals + Entrepreneurs, Anxiety + Depression, Insecurity + Perfectionism, Childhood attachment issues, Couples + Relationships, Bilingual in Korean, Christian faith-based counselling

*Not Accepting New Clients
 

Hello, I'm Christine and I'm so glad you're here!

I am a licensed psychotherapist and have been practicing therapy for close to a decade. I love doing therapy because it works! When you share deep inner struggles, thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe therapeutic space, healing and growth happen. I've seen this time after time in my own practice. 

 

I specialize in helping individuals who struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, and high-achieving working professionals and entrepreneurs. If you are one of them, you often also struggle with intense anxiety around performance, are highly critical of yourself, and have difficulty with work and life balance. I can help you cultivate a healthier relationship with yourself and your work, resulting in greater happiness, self-compassion and inner peace.

 

I also specialize in working with couples who feel distant and disconnected, struggling with emotional disconnect, communication issues, and life transitions. If you feel stuck in a cycle of interaction with your significant other that leaves you feeling distant, unsatisfied and unhappy, you don't have to stay there. Working from an attachment standpoint, I can help you identify the root cause of your unhealthy relational patterns and help you feel closer and connected with your significant other. 

 

Aside from being a psychotherapist, I am a wife and mother of three beautiful boys. In my personal time, I love to read on my Kindle and play with my boys at the park.