Dr. Anna McCarthy has been working in the mental health field for over 20 years. She completed her BA in psychology (graduating cum laude) and MA in psychology (graduating summa cum laude) at California State University–Long Beach. She completed her PhD in clinical psychology at The University of Houston, and her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System.
In addition, she has completed certifications in Cognitive Processing therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy. Dr. McCarthy has extensive experience working with victims of trauma, including PTSD, depression, severe mental illness, addiction and dual diagnoses, and personality disorders. Dr. McCarthy points out that there are many treatment programs to help people struggling with addiction, eating disorders, and severe mental Illness. There has been a long-standing need for a non-hospital based treatment program designed to help people who are struggling with other mental health issues (such as anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders and life stress).
She is proud to be affiliated with a program grounded in a commitment to provide ethical, meaningful, and sophisticated clinical care to a currently underserved population.
Ryan has a BA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC). He has worked in the behavioral health field for over fourteen years.
In a previous role, Ryan served as Chief Operations Officer & Partner of a dual site mental health treatment program and assessment clinic in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to this, Ryan spent nine years working for the nations largest provider of behavioral health treatment services where he held numerous positions during his tenure, including roles in marketing, operations, and executive leadership for the 140-site organization.
Ryan grew up in Newport Beach, CA where he currently resides with his wife and two children. Ryan’s passions include advocating for those struggling with mental health disorders, participating in and coaching athletics, and spending time with family.
Dr. Monisha Vasa is a board certified General and Addiction Psychiatrist. Dr. Vasa is a cum laude graduate of Northwestern University, and completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She completed her General Psychiatry residency, Chief Residency in Academic Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She has been in private practice since 2008.
Dr. Vasa currently serves as a volunteer clinical faculty member at UC Irvine School of Medicine, within the department of Family Medicine. In this capacity, Dr. Vasa helps train first, third, and fourth year medical students. She is an active member of the Medical Humanities program, where she participates in electives that utilize literature and narrative to support medical education.
Dr. Vasa extends her work with physicians-in-training to her practice. She works with physicians who struggle with mental health issues, substance abuse, work and family balance difficulties, or burnout. Dr. Vasa is especially passionate about supporting physicians in developing a mindfulness based approach to their work, which she believes can help physicians continue to find meaning and sustainability in the practice of medicine.
Dr. Nishant Kumar, D.O. is a Board Certified General Psychiatrist, Addiction Psychiatrist and Board-Certified Addiction Medicine Physician. Dr. Kumar attended UCLA, where he graduated with a double major in psychobiology and economics. He pursued his medical training at Western University of Health Sciences-COMP graduating with a D.O. degree. Dr. Kumar received his psychiatry residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he served as the Chief Resident and then completed a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry.
Dr. Kumar has over 12 years of experience working with both outpatients and inpatients in treating a variety of mood and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders and personality disorders. His go al at The Mental Health Collective is to assist in restoring the lives of individuals suffering from mental illness so they can reach their highest potential.
Dr. Huang received his BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He then went on to the University of California Santa Barbara to earn his doctoral degree in combined Counseling, Clinical, and School psychology, with a clinical emphasis.
He has spent the past 12+ years with the VA Long Beach Healthcare System where he also serves on the Mental / Behavioral Health Board. John is passionate about alternative medicine, meditation, relaxation, tai chi, drumming, and diversity. Another one of his interests is spirituality, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Native American spirituality.
Dr. Huang’s areas of specialty are trauma, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. He also works at the Veteran’s Health Administration with combat veterans. In 2017 he was recognized by a Veteran organization for his contributions to their healthcare. Dr. Huang joined The Mental Health Collective because he wants to share his passion for healing.
Dr. Hansell earned her Psy.D. from Pepperdine University in 2017 and has worked in a variety of settings with individuals, couples, and groups. Dr. Hansell specializes in cognitive-behavioral and third wave therapies such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP). She is trained in trauma-focused treatments such as Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and has worked extensively with individuals suffering from PTSD and/or Moral Injury. Dr. Hansell also has specialty training in sleep-focused treatments such as CBT for Insomnia.
Dr. Hansell is part of the Psi Chi National Honor Society, passed her graduate clinical comprehensive exams with distinction, and is the recipient of the Conrad Hilton Foundation Fellowship for her work with homeless couples and individuals at the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles.
Dr. Hansell is thrilled to be a part of the Mental Health Collective, where clinicians aim to inspire personal growth and an overall sense of well-being. Dr. Hansell hopes to continue the work of finding unique approaches to healing trauma and other life challenges through a team-based, specialized approach to mental health care.
Dr. Molina is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who provides psychological testing and assessment for children, adolescents, and adults with a range of issues. She has provided psychological testing services in Orange County for over 15 years and is incredibly experienced working with learning difficulties, ADHD, behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma.
She has found that her assessment is valuable to other professionals such as physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, judges, and attorneys. In this capacity, Dr. Molina is regularly asked to provide expert witness testimony in Court cases involving her assessment of patients' regarding a range of issues.
Jeannette Rojas brings over 25 years of extensive experience across the mental health, addictions, and eating disorder treatment continuum. Her experience includes detox, residential, partial hospitalization (PHP), and intensive outpatient (IOP) levels of care. She originally studied at Anahuac University in Mexico City, becoming a clinical psychologist, and also received a post-graduate degree diploma in substance abuse and alcoholism. Jeannette is a licensed associate substance abuse counselor (LASAC) in the state of Arizona, as well as a certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS), and a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor in the state of California (CADC- II).
After working in psychiatric hospitals in Mexico city, Jeannette coordinated clinical services for an employee assistance program (EAP) in Mexico. Jeannette then helped to found and develop the first treatment center in Mexico for eating disorders, trauma, and addictions, serving as the director and vice president. Jeannette worked for ten years at Sierra Tucson as a primary therapist and eating disorder program coordinator. Prior to joining the mental health collective, Jeannette served as the executive director at Rebecca’s House, and the regional executive director for Alsana, leading the operations and expansion of new sites. Jeannette has spoken in several national conferences over the years, and is well-established in the mental health and substance abuse treatment community.
Manar Abdrabbo recently moved to California from Chicago, Illinois, where she completed a graduate program in clinical psychology. She is currently completing the requirements for professional clinical counselor licensure in the state of California. During her graduate program, Manar provided therapy, community support, case management, and crisis intervention services to adults struggling with mental health challenges.
Using a trauma-focused approach, she specialized in working with adults who have experienced significant interpersonal trauma including sexual assault, physical and emotional violence and child abuse. Manar also co-facilitated weekly groups that included dbt/nonviolent-communication, trauma, recovery and empowerment (TREM), and advanced survivors groups. At The Collective, Manar utilizes her extensive skill set to lead mental health technician team responsible for supporting our clients as they navigate their treatment.
Hui has been teaching and promoting the balance and harmony of mind, body, spirit for over a decade, drawing on an extensive education and training in meditation, psychology, yoga, and Aikido. Hui's passion in psychotherapy comes from recognizing its what breaks us open that allows the light to shine in for positive transformation.
Hui uses mindfulness practices with a Depth, Existential, and Evidence-based approach to reconnect the body, heart, and mind for healing. The world of feelings and emotions can feel daunting to navigate by ourselves - hence Hui uses the platform of therapy as an experiential format to support individuals in realizing their highest living truths as a daily living reality. Hui is bilingual in Mandarin and has lived and worked in China with children in the orphanages and foster care homes to assist them in finding their forever homes. Hui specializes in navigating the worlds of trauma, pain, fear, grief & loss, and death & dying to heal that which is holding us back from living a bright and happy life.
Hui has a MA in integral counseling psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, which bridges Eastern and Western psychology for a holistic approach with clients. She uses a mind-body-energetic approach to discovering truth for oneself through tools that facilitate the self-discovery process. Hui is a black-belt in Aikido, a martial art that cultivates change relationally and situationally for a calm assertive presence in any situation, and also is a certified yoga teacher who works with clients on body-mind awareness to utilize the body’s innate intelligence for a peaceful and balanced relationship with oneself.
Janice Dada, MPH, RDN, CDE is the owner and principal dietitian of SoCal Nutrition & Wellness, a nutrition counseling and consulting practice based in Newport Beach, CA. In her private practice, Janice specializes in helping individuals and families optimize their health, well-being, and eating behaviors. As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Janice offers personalized nutrition counseling and group workshops using a non-diet, weight-inclusive, Health at Every Size (HAES®) framework. Additionally, Janice has trained with the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA), and weaves integrative and functional nutrition into her non-diet work.
Her experience in the nutrition field extends from individual counseling across a wide range of ages, body sizes, cultures, and abilities to leading small and large group workshops to teaching undergraduate and graduate-level nutrition classes. She is frequently asked to consult with organizations, sports teams, and private groups and has even served as an expert witness.
Additionally, Janice is an adjunct faculty member at the UC Irvine. She has also held faculty positions at Chapman University, CSULB, CSUF, and Fullerton College. Furthermore, Janice is a freelance writer. Her writing is frequently featured in Today’s Dietitian magazine. Janice was honored by the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly California Dietetic Association) for her accomplishments with the award of “Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year” in 2011.
Cayce has been practicing meditation for over twenty-five years. His formal training was acquired living and working at meditation centers for nearly 6 years. A dedicated practitioner, he has done several long retreats including spending a year in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition. He is now a Senior Dharma/Meditation teacher for Insight LA and has worked predominantly in the mental health field for the past 5 years leading meditation programs in mental health facilities in Orange County.
Cayce is thrilled to be a part of The Mental Health Collective team, sharing in their commitment to offer elite level care driven by compassion and understanding. He is passionate about offering inner resource tools that provide complimentary benefits to more traditional modalities.
Bonnie Bishop studied Multicultural Studies and received her MA Ed. from Long Beach State University, her undergraduate work in Education was completed at Fullerton State University. After university, she focused her career on working with multicultural students. Working with students in the United States and Spain.
Over the past several years, Bonnie has studied extensively in the Vipassana Tradition of Meditation as well as in secular meditation practices. Mindful Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Self-Compassion, Essentials of Meditation and Self-Care and Compassion. Bonnie’s work in the mental health setting is informed by her practice in Trauma–Informed Meditation. Weaving contemporary research with meditation practices to addresses strategies to practice and teach meditation in a safe, supportive way with people who have had trauma.
In addition to her work with The Mental Health Collaborative, Bonnie is the Director and Senior Meditation Teacher of The Mindful Circle in Long Beach, CA. Bonnie has received Certification to teach Meditation through INsightLA, Santa Monica, CA and the International Meditation Teachers Association through UCLA. Bonnie feels her work with The Mental Health Collective team and being part of a holistic team of experienced practitioners working together to achieve the best results for people is the perfect integration of her skills, her practice, and her experience.
Jennifer founded HEart HEALS therapeutic art combining expressive painting, breathwork, and writing. Her interest in the integration of art and recovery— and the fields of trauma and addiction—have lead Jennifer’s ongoing study of treatment approaches that access the right hemisphere of the brain, where trauma is stored. She has led workshops for clients, professionals and community groups, in clinical, residential treatment and medical settings. She works locally and across the United States.
Jennifer’s therapeutic art groups encourage personal growth and self-discovery in adults coping with issues such as trauma, depression or anxiety using abstract painting and a new language of color. Therapeutic art groups are a bottom-up approach that provides clients a safe space to process and integrate feelings, sensations and thoughts. The results of group work are greater self-awareness, confidence in processing feelings, and the ability to articulate and share experiences and insights with others. This helps to diminish shame and move toward self-acceptance and healing.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from UCLA, is certified in Art4Healing and completed the training for Board Registered Interventionist-l (BRI-I), and is an artist represented by Mission Fine Art Gallery. She uses her education as an artist and passion for the recovery process to assist individuals in finding hope and healing.
Chelsea Brigham is a Cum Laude graduate of California State University, Fullerton where she pursued Public Relations and Communications. After pursuing a career in Public Relations, Chelsea entered the behavioral health field to follow her passion for helping individuals and families navigate the overwhelming journey of mental illness and compulsive behaviors. Chelsea has served as a Clinical Outreach and Relationship manager for a multi-site behavioral health treatment provider, creating community partnerships and clinical relationships to best serve clients in continuity of care and reintegration into the community.
In addition to her professional experience, Chelsea brings a wealth of knowledge, empathy and understanding to effectively connect with the families and individuals seeking help for their issues with mental health. At The Mental Health Collective, Chelsea is driven to impact the way in which the community stigmatizes mental illness and to enhance access to ethical and appropriate mental health treatment.
Aaron brings a diverse background and skill set to the Mental Health Collective, marked by his experience in the behavioral health industry and his dedication to service. Originally from Chesapeake, Virginia, Aaron attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied business administration. Aaron began his career in the behavioral health field in 2013 working in the intake department for a well known primary care behavioral health treatment program in Newport Beach, CA. He then transitioned to a hybrid marketing & operations role for a well-respected extended care treatment program in Huntington Beach, CA. Aaron steadily grew in the organization, eventually becoming executive director in 2017, a role he served in prior to joining the collective. .
Aaron strives to be a community resource for the families of those suffering from mental health issues and to connect them with appropriate treatment programs. “I believe that I have a responsibility to each individual and /or family seeking assistance that I come in contact with to provide clinically appropriate and ethical treatment recommendation and placement.” As co-founder of Leadwell, a wellness retreat for professionals in the behavioral health community, Aaron has demonstrated his commitment to the continuous development of both himself and of his colleagues in the field.
Laura is regarded as one of the industries leading behavioral health experts, we are excited to have her at the Collective. With over 25 years experience in the industry, her voice is regarded as one that brings compassion and knowledge to all those she interacts with.
As a past owner of two nationally renowned treatment programs, her vision and leadership continue to set the foundation and path to unparalleled success. Laura is a nationally renowned speaker on topics such as customer service driven care, integrity in admissions and business development, and collaborative action training. Laura’s commitment to client advocacy and professional collaboration are second to none.
She learned long ago that the key ingredient to exceptional clinical care begins with a team’s ownership of the client’s treatment experience. Excellence is not delivered from the top down, but rather from the inside, out. ‘Hospitality should never be an afterthought’. Please help us welcome Laura to the team as our Admissions and Business Development Advisor.
Dr. Ari is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and obtained her Doctorate degree from Alliant International University. She has over 8 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families and teenagers, in various areas such as depression, anxiety, couple counseling, substance abuse, trauma, sexuality, bereavement, self-esteem and more.
Dr. Ari’s core belief leads her professional work. She believe in human beings’ ability in healing and becoming the ideal self, by empowering them, and providing a safe environment where they become aware of their own capabilities. Her theoretical orientation gravitates towards strength-based modalities that view the client in charge of their lives. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client.
Dr. Ari is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy which is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. She is also currently perusing her certificate as a Sex Therapist.
Lauren Brokop is a yoga and meditation teacher, and partner at ESO live well, a wellness collective in Newport Beach. She completed her 500-HR yoga training through the Yoga Therapy RX program at Loyola Marymount University.
Lauren has worked with numerous populations; from young children and teens, to cancer survivors, to athletes, to the aging population and hospice patients, and more. She has created programs and taught for CHOC Hospital, Pacific Palliative Care Foundation, We Are Ocean, and many local studios and businesses. She is currently developing and recording meditation and yoga sessions for a wellness audio App.
Lauren is known for her gentle yet empowering style of teaching. Students appreciate her deep experience, clear mind, calm demeanor, and goofy-loving charm. She also recognizes that we live in a demanding world that can overwhelm us and deepen our fears and traumas. In order to heal, Lauren says, “We must create space for stillness and connection.” Her teaching style is balanced with gentle movement, strength, relaxation, and stillness. Her goal is that with commitment, these practices will challenge you to bring forth the best version of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. That you’ll discover a joyful and empowered you with a deeper connection to self and the world around you.
Holly graduated from University of Southern California (USC) with both of her Masters degrees -- M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and M.E. in Educational Psychology. Holly attended UCLA for her B.A. in Political Science and Minor in East Asian Studies. She received her training for substance abuse treatment at the CLARE Foundation in Santa Monica, CA , and her training for eating disorder treatment at The Bella Vita in Los Angeles, CA. She completed her training for Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) at the EMDR Institute.
For over 10 years, Holly has been helping people heal and grow. She practices as a psychotherapist, specializing in treating and counseling persons who suffer from trauma, addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and more. Holly believes that every person has the innate ability and power within themselves to manage life’s challenges and improve themselves—we just don’t always know how to access it. She has an emphasis for an insight-oriented, process-oriented, and somatic-focused approach to healing. I believe that by becoming more aware of ourselves (both the conscious and less conscious parts) and by learning to trust our bodies, we can more effectively work towards our goals and well-being.
As part of The Mental Health Collective team, Holly provides psychotherapy to individuals, groups, and families. She strives to create a safe, compassionate, and empowering environment.
Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned her graduate degree from the USC School of Social Work in 2015 with an emphasis in mental health. She began her career working with the Orange County Welfare to Work Program providing mental health services to reduce barriers to employment. Jennifer has spent the last 3 years working for a residential behavioral treatment program, providing direct service to those struggling with co-occurring disorders.
Jennifer uses her knowledge of the recovery process to approach each client with respect to their individual needs while nurturing the physical, psychological and spiritual health of each client. Using an eclectic approach, she incorporates Person-in-Environment (PIE), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), family systems, interpersonal and solution-focused therapy along with Rogerian positive regard into her practice.
Ruby Todd has been working with different elements of HR administration since 2010 and has focused on Compliance and HR in the Health Care industry since 2014.
After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a double major in Global Studies and Art History and working in both these fields, she landed in the field of Health Care Administration where she has held Compliance and HR managerial positions at multiple behavioral health organizations.
Ruby is tasked with developing and maintaining sustainable, scalable HR practices and policies to support the employees and the company administration as a whole.