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.

TEYHOU SMYTH

Therapist, Ph.D., LMFT #115137

Location: LA office

Accepted Insurances: Cigna, Kaiser, Kaiser Medicare Advantage, MHN, and most PPO plans as Out-Of-Network

Specializations:

Depression, Anxiety, LGBTQ+ Identity, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Professional Pressure/Performance Anxiety, Bilingual in Farsi

Dr. Teyhou Smyth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology in Pepperdine University.  Originally from the United Kingdom, Teyhou earned her B.A in Psychology from the University of Southern California and completed a M.A. in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.  Teyhou went on to complete a second Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at the California School of Professional Psychology and holds a doctorate degree in Pedagogical Sciences. 

 

Teyhou Smyth places high value on personal development and wellness allowing for the achievement of one’s full potential and focuses on areas of stress management, corporate burnout and achieving better work/life balance for high functioning professionals who lead busy lifestyles and want to live a more fulfilling life. Teyhou believes that everyone is able to access their full potential so that they may become the best version of themselves.  Teyhou also enjoys working with the LGBTQIA population and has a familiarity with LGBT specific issues gained from her clinical experience at the LGBT Center for many years. 

 

Her work focuses on: Developing emotional intelligence and resilience; Strengthening professional and personal identity; Avoiding performance anxiety and fatigue; Coping with high expectations, personal and professional; Understanding one’s own gender and cultural identity; Depression/Anxiety; Life Transitions; and Relationship Issues.

 

Her interests include horseback riding, skiing, dance, surfing, and traveling to new and exotic places.

NICOLA ROACHE

Therapist, Psy.D., PSY #31123

Location: LA office

Accepted Insurances: Kaiser, Kaiser Medicare Advantage, MHN, Optum/United, and most PPO plans as Out-Of-Network

Specializations:

Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis, Relational Problems, Substance Use

Dr. Nicola Roache Ashley, MBA, CADC, CEAP is licensed as a clinical psychologist in the state of California, Illinois, and Indiana. She provides evidenced based practice in treating individuals who experience a myriad of life challenges including depression, anxiety, psychosis, relational problems, and substance use. Her clinical practice entails conducting psychological testing, providing individual therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy. She holds additional training and certifications in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and substance use.
 

Dr. Nicola Roache Ashley earned her doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology specializing in Clinical Psychology. She also holds a Masters of Art degree in Human Services & Counseling from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology from The University of IL at Chicago.

BLAINE MCFADDEN

THERAPIST, LCSW #28666

Location: LA office

Accepted Insurances: Kaiser, Kaiser Medicare Advantage, MHN, and most PPO plans as Out-Of-Network

Specializations:

Adults, Couples, Depression, Anxiety, Life Transitions, Career Goals, Grief & Loss

Life is full of change, sometimes self imposed and sometimes out of our control. During times of reflection and transition we find ourselves struggling with how to navigate perceptions of our identity and confused about who to consult and trust. My interests are in working with you to find the insight you seek using an eclectic approach. I enjoy working with individuals to find a more authentic path of growth and personal expression. I also enjoy conducting process groups for the invaluable feedback group members provide each other.


I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 12 years of experience in a range of settings form non-profits to health plans. I have deep respect for every individual's journey and honor what is shared. I also remain open and non-judgmental as a practice. 
 

I work with adults of all ages, couples and with groups. I have two Master’s from USC; one in Social Work and the other in Education and I have a certificate from LAISPS in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.


I look forward to meeting you.

ERMA OPPENHEIM

Therapist, LCSW #18266

Location: LA office

Accepted Insurances: Kaiser, Kaiser Medicare Advantage, MHN, Anthem Medi-Cal, Medicare, and most PPO plans as Out-Of-Network

Specializations:

Adults, Depression, Self Esteem Issues, Building Resiliency, Aging, Bereavement and Loss, Life- Transitions, End of Life Issues 

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College and a Masters in Social Work from USC. I’ve been in the mental health field for over 30 years and have worked in a variety of areas including hospice, bereavement and loss, managed care, trauma-informed care, emergency response and crisis counseling.

My approach is a collaborative one in which you’ll be helped to see what is possible in your life and to let go of self-defeating patterns and limiting beliefs. It’s a process instilled with empathy, support and feedback in which our relationship is central. Throughout the psychotherapy process, you’ll have an opportunity to work towards your goals in a safe and supportive environment. 

I use a variety of therapeutic tools including psycho-education, psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy utilizing a strengths-based approach that is guided by your individual needs. The art of psychotherapy, in effect, enables you to see yourself and the world from an expanded perspective, allows you to enrich your subjective experience and leads you to feel more effective in the world with a greater sense of self and purpose in life. 

Outside of work, I enjoy word games, travel and animals.
 

TINA GREENE

Therapist, ASW #67405

Location: LA office
Accepted Insurances: MHN Medi-Cal, Anthem Medi-Cal

Reduced Fee Also Available

Specializations:

Teens, Young Adults, Adults, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Mindfulness, Bilingual in Japanese

Tina is an Associate Clinical Social Worker dedicated to enhance an individual's quality of life. Tina focuses on a strength-based and solution-focused approach to instill a sense of empowerment, elevate further confidence, and set appropriate goals tailored to each client's specific needs. Tina's practice can involve evidence based treatments such as motivational interviewing and mindfulness-based therapy, as well as more modern methods such as culturally sensitive therapy. Just as how we go to the gym or any activity for self-care, Tina approaches therapy as a way to work out the brain, heart, and health to revitalize and seek a place of mental transformation. Her goal is to make therapy a safe and unstressful place to arrive at. 

Tina has experience working in the healthcare field in New York City and the Greater Los Angeles regions at hospitals, health clinics, networks and insurances. Tina earned her B.A. in International Studies and Japanese Language from the University of California-Irvine and her Masters in Social Work from New York University. Outside of work, Tina is probably dancing with her rescue dog.

 

Tina is supervised by Christine Chae, LCSW. 

DAVID MOSSABAND

THERAPIST, LMFT #116254
Location: LA office

Accepted Insurances: Kaiser, Kaiser Medicare Advantage, MHN, Optum/United, and most PPO plans as Out-Of-Network

Specializations:

Children, Teens, Young Adults, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Multilingual in Spanish and Farsi

David is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Counseling from UCLA and his Master of Arts in Counseling from Pepperdine University. David has been working with children, adults, and families for over 15 years to bring out their potential in mindfulness, creativity and relationships through individual and family therapy. Through this process, clients get to know themselves better, in a safe and supportive environment. David develops a therapeutic relationship based on their needs and goals. His experience includes treating individuals with depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, and interpersonal struggles.  Additionally, he works with stress, adoption issues, and behavioral and cognitive difficulties.

 

David has practiced in various inpatient and outpatient settings throughout Northern and Southern California. David uses a variety of modalities which incorporate best practice from Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Psycho-education, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Strategic Family Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. He believes in a strengths-based approach that is holistic, eclectic and guided by the individual needs of the client.

ANTON YANAGISAWA

Therapist, Psy.D., LMFT#112482

Location: LA Office

Accepted Insurances: Anthem Blue Cross/Anthem Medi-Cal, Optum/United, Kaiser, Kaiser Medicare Advantage, 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.

ELIZABETH RYU

Therapist, LSCW #29658

Location: LA Office

Accepted Insurances: Cigna, Optum/United, Anthem Medi-Cal, Kaiser, Kaiser Medicare Advantage, MHN, Most PPO plans as Out of Network

Specializations:

Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Multi-Cultural + Multi-Generational Issues/Conflicts, Life Transitions, Bilingual in Korean

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, Kaiser Medicare Advantage, 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/Anthem Medi-Cal, Cigna, Kaiser, Kaiser Medicare Advantage, 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, Kaiser Medicare Advantage, MHN, Aetna, Anthem/Anthem Medi-Cal, Anthem Medicare Advantage, Cigna, Medicare, 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: Cigna, Kaiser, Kaiser Medicare Advantage, 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.

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. 

CHRISTOPHER IFEKWUNIGWE

Therapist, LCSW #19633
Location: LA Office

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

Specializations:

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

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.

PATRICK DRIGGERS

Office Manager

I relocated to Los Angeles in 2019, and have spent my recent years working and learning in the Healthcare field. My background includes roles in Family Practice, Urgent Care, Billing Services, Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and now Behavioral Health. As our office manager, I oversee the billing operations of the practice. I also focus on new ways to help Abundance Therapy Center grow, stay committed to helping our clients, and provide the best experience possible when visiting our office. I enjoy assisting our clients and staff, and always looks forward to talking with familiar friends of Abundance. 

 

In my personal time, I like to to visit with his loved ones, and explore new hobbies. Staying physically active is important to me such as hiking near a waterfall or a Friday night softball game with family. I believe everything is better with music. 

ERIN BATALI

Care Coordinator

I am a Los Angeles native who has worked in nonprofit administration and as a musician since graduating college. I earned a B.S. in Music from the University of Oregon in 2017. Since returning to Los Angeles, my interest in and passion for mental health has grown, and I now plan to pursue a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I also perform as a mezzo-soprano, singing with local opera productions and as a church choir section leader.

 

In my role as Care Coordinator at Abundance, I assist clients in scheduling their first appointment with their therapist, helping to match them with the therapist who will best fit their needs. I help maintain the therapists’ schedules, spread the word to other health practitioners about the variety of services our therapists offer, and support the office in administration. If you would like to set up your intake appointment with one of our therapists for the first time, I’m happy to help you.

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