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. Allee grew up in Huntington Beach, California. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and Master of Science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. She received her medical school education from Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California. After medical school, she returned to Orange County, California where she completed her graduate medical education in General Adult Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. She is a diplomat of the American Medical Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult General Psychiatry.
Dr. Allee joined the faculty at University of California, Irvine where she served as Associate Professor in the department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. As director of the Consult-Liaison service, she oversaw all psychiatric care on general medicine, surgical, intensive care, and specialty units as well and the emergency department. She was awarded the Excellence in Clinical Teaching by the Office of Medical Education, UC Irvine School of Medicine. Dr. Allee has experience providing psychiatric care in one of the nation’s largest integrated health systems. She served as core founding faculty for Kaiser Permanente’s Adult General Psychiatry residency program. During that time, she supervised the training of psychiatry residents in psychotherapy, outpatient psychiatric medication management, inpatient psychiatric care and emergency and consult liaison psychiatry. She is a certified Nia instructor, trained in DBT and trauma informed care, avid proponent of humanistic medical care, physician health and wellness advocate and is an expert in treating and preventing anxiety, depression and symptoms of burnout in high performing individuals. She continues to work in medical education where she provides individual wellness counseling at University of California Irvine’s School of Medicine. As Director of the Mental Health Collective she specializes in weaving together medical, psychotherapeutic and neuropsychiatric approaches to provide the best care tailored to each individual. She is inspired by the hope and healing she sees when our clients discover their passion and purpose and find the confidence to live fully in the best of health.
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.
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.
Greg Rosenbaum has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Alabama. He has been immersed in business since childhood, having worked for his family’s businesses where he frequently interacted with customers.
After college, and a few years as an analyst at a Fortune 500 life insurance company, Greg found his way to behavioral healthcare. Starting from the bottom, he excelled through different roles including those in operations, finance, admissions, marketing, direct care, and leadership. He attributes his knowledge of the behavioral health industry to his years working in-the-field, hands-on training, and personal experience.
Greg has worked in business development and admissions leadership for several nationally known behavioral health treatment programs. Most recently Greg was instrumental in the successful development and execution of a national branding initiative for a regional treatment program. From there, Greg co-founded AVA Billing, an insurance billing and consulting company focused on the behavioral healthcare segment. When Greg was approached to partner with The Mental Health Collective, he recognized a unique opportunity to create something that was much needed in Orange County, CA. He joined the founding team, where he committed to building a cutting edge, high quality, ethical mental health treatment program. Greg remains passionate about helping people transform their lives, always moving one step closer to breaking the stigma against all manner of psychological issues.
Greg attributes his passion for business to his late grandfather, who modeled an always honorable code of conduct and innate leadership. Never far from his roots, Greg is proud to be from Alabama, and manages to sneak it into every conversation. Roll Tide.
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.
As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Douglas G. Pierson, is a champion of helping others find personal growth by working through life's most challenging moments.
Douglas is passionate about helping individuals find freedom from mental health related symptoms. Douglas has extensive clinical experience working with anxiety, depression, anger-management, parent-child relationships, men's issues, life-stage adjustments, eating disorders, and drug/alcohol addiction. In addition, he has facilitated therapy groups with emphasis in DBT/CBT skills, healthy relationships, family systems, attachment, shame resilience, relapse prevention, and mindfulness. Douglas is also uniquely skilled at integrating spirituality and philosophical foundations in order to help you connect to deeper purpose and meaning in your life.
As part of The Mental Health Collective team, Douglas provides psychotherapy to individuals, groups, and families. He aims to provide an empathetic, understanding and safe environment.
Brittany Barger is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University.
Brittany has been working in the field of behavioral healthcare treatment for over 10 years, where she has served in roles ranging from Primary Therapist to Clinical Director. Most notably she worked as the Holistic Program Manager and Psychotherapist at a well renown treatment facility in Chang Mai, Thailand.
Brittany offers mindfulness-based and compassionate psychodynamic and solution-focused therapy to her clients with a specialty in healing from sexual abuse and trauma. Brittany is also passionate about educating families about mental health issues and the underlying codependency that is all too common in family systems. Brittany is also a certified Yoga Teacher and a certified energy healer and incorporates a holistic model of healing into all of her work, helping clients to find balance in their mind, body, and spirit.
Dr. Susan Nguyen graduated from the University of California at Riverside with a BA in Economics and Political Science. She also received her MA from California State University, Long Beach in Asian Studies.
She has a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a doctorate in psychology (PsyD) from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University.
Prior to becoming a therapist, she worked in both the public and private sectors as a commercial underwriter, Associate Resident Director for a State Department grant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, at the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington, DC, and on reality shows, such as Survivor and the Amazing Race!
Dr. Susan is a licensed marriage and family therapist and is seeking dual licensure as a psychologist. Her extensive clinical experience includes working with individuals, couples, families, and groups suffering from addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and life phase changes for the past 11 years.
She is a passionate advocate for de-stigmatizing mental health issues and promotes accessibility of mental health care for all who seek and need it.