Meghan Logan, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 98536
My name is Meghan, I’ve been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 2017 and have been practicing therapy in our community since 2013. I believe people thrive and work towards their therapeutic goals when met with a non-judgmental and truly validating environment in which one feels heard and seen. I value healthy boundaries, assertive communication and helping others learn these skills also.
I earned my Bachelors degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from UC Irvine and my Masters degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University. I practice with an eclectic approach including: cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and client centered therapy. I have facilitated therapy individually and in group settings for those who experience anxiety, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, psychosis, and borderline personality disorder. I have 9 years of experience serving our community in an outpatient setting with Riverside University Health System Behavioral Health. I’m grateful for the opportunity to assist you in learning and implementing skills to improve your emotional well-being.
Nimalee Wickremasinghe-Kuhn, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, 11410
I’m an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor dedicated to helping people create rich and meaningful lives. My work focuses on targeting the beliefs and behaviors that hold us back from being our most liberated and authentic selves. I value taking a collaborative and nonjudgmental approach to helping clients reach their goals in a space that welcomes both irreverence and raw emotion. I’m passionate about destigmatizing attending therapy and am committed to practicing in a culturally attuned manner that is affirming of all identities.
I hold a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University as well as a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in professional clinical counseling from the University of Massachusetts Global. Additionally, I completed three years of doctoral coursework and training in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University. I have served in a variety of treatment settings across the continuum of care, including homeless shelters, hospitals, residential and outpatient treatment centers, and schools, providing support to people struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, trauma, and substance use. I am robustly experienced in evidence-based treatment modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and also draw upon psychodynamics, attachment theory, and Motivational Interviewing techniques to help clients explore and resolve ambivalence toward change. When I’m not practicing therapy, you can find me choral singing, interior designing, and playing with my golden retriever.
I wholeheartedly believe that we cannot shame ourselves into lasting change; it only occurs through acceptance. I am continually humbled at the opportunity to witness the resilience of others and I look forward to helping you walk through discomfort into empowerment.
Lorraine Little, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 101071
Lorraine offers more than a decade of clinical and medical social work. She has worked extensively to assist those suffering from the debilitating consequences of substance abuse, and specializes in issues facing women and the LGBT community. In addition, Lorraine has worked with the terminally ill population and their families to bring comfort and support as they moved through the sensitive process of grief and loss. Lorraine is passionate about whole-person wellness and incorporates her training in Health Education, Fitness, and Adventure Therapy into her clinical practice. She brings a Strength-based, Solution-focused approach and utilizes a variety of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Narrative Therapy approaches to her work.
Lorraine holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Health Science from California State University, Long Beach and earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at the University of New England. She is Licensed as Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LAADAC) in the state of California. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership at the University of the Cumberlands, Kentucky.
Noe Gutierrez, Associate Clinical Social Worker, 100222
Hello, my name is Noe Gutierrez and I have actively worked in the Coachella Valley for over 30 years in the helping professions with experience working for Eisenhower Medical Center as a Medical Social Worker and Riverside University Health System Behavioral Health as a Behavioral Health Specialist III/Prevention Specialist. I have extensive knowledge providing intensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to multiple populations including veterans, children, adolescents, college-age individuals, adults, and mature adults across numerous modalities including the hospital, inpatient psychiatric, adult detention center, and outpatient settings. In many instances I was responsible for meeting the more complex psychiatric, social, medical, and financial needs of individuals and their families. I strongly believe that permanent positive change comes from modifying our core beliefs for the better. Our core beliefs function as a lens through which we see every life experience and they can determine automatic thoughts about the most fundamental ideas about ourselves, others, and the world.
CBT has been demonstrated to be effective in a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and substance use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. Its purpose is to help change thinking patterns in individuals, consequently changing their behavioral patterns. There is some consideration of a person’s past experiences and history, but the focus is primarily to address forging ahead in time to develop more effective ways of coping with life’s stressors.
I am also an Ordained Minister who is capable of integrating traditional talk therapy methodologies with faith-based belief practices by incorporating theological concepts. I use this approach to focus on the navigation of spiritual concerns and everyday life struggles encountered by individuals, couples and families.
I received my Master of Social Work degree from California State University San Bernardino, I am also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II through the California Consortium of Addictions Programs and Professionals.
I look forward to continuing providing high quality behavioral health services to individuals of all ages and their families in the Coachella Valley, High Desert and, through our telehealth option, all residents of California.
Kayla Fernandez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 101524
Kayla Fernandez has extensive experience working with a variety of individuals with social service and emotional needs including survivors of sexual assault, justice-involved individuals, and individuals experiencing first onset of mental illness symptoms. Utilizing CBT, DBT, psychoeducation, and solution-focused frameworks, she believes in acknowledging and addressing childhood and intergenerational traumas, cultural issues, and counterproductive behaviors in order to improve overall functioning and relational dynamics.
Abbey Newell, DBT Program Coordinator, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 105169
Abbey Newell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Coordinator of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy program at The Refinery Integrated Wellness Center. She received her B.A. from The University of Arizona, and her Master’s Degree in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University. She has completed two years of a doctoral program at Alliant International University, earning the highest honors in academics.
Ms. Newell practices from a behavioral perspective, using a variety of evidenced based treatments including Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy to help clients manage mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety, depression, personality disorders and trauma. She has a special interest and extensive experience treating Borderline Personality Disorder. She offers a culturally sensitive perspective and is an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Her pre-licensure training was completed at The Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. as a MFT trainee. This was followed by three years at Stars Behavioral Health Group in Indio, Calif. and Riverside University Health System Behavioral Health in Palm Springs, Calif as a MFT intern. During this time, she worked as a primary therapist at Full-Service Partnership outpatient programs to provide wrap-around care to people with complex and co-morbid mental health diagnoses. She worked within a multi-disciplinary team to provide the highest level of care.
Ms. Newell received two years of extensive training and supervision in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She has practiced dialectical behavior therapy since 2012, and continues to complete ongoing education. She has implemented and developed several Dialectical Behavior Programs throughout the Coachella Valley as a licensed clinician including adolescent and adult tracks. She is passionate about Dialectical Behavior Therapy which helps clients learn effective behaviors to deal with particular situations and to find a meaningful balance between accepting situations and creating change strategies.
Ms. Newell has a non-judgmental, validating and kind approach to care. She is passionate about helping people learn skills to be kind to themselves, and works to help people reduce suffering. As a DBT clinician for more than 10 years, she has observed how the skills and therapy significantly improve a person’s quality of life.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 120204
My name is Vivian and I am a bilingual licensed marriage and family therapist. I’ve been practicing psychotherapy in the Coachella Valley for 6 years and continue to grow and learn in my profession. My journey did not begin in mental health. I began working in the educational field where I developed my passion for working with children. I became a therapist because I believe in the power of actively listening, empathy, and being present with someone offering a safe space in the midst of emotional pain. I am grateful to be able to meet so many different people and learn their stories as we work together towards self-discovery and healing.
I attended Brandman University where I received my masters in Psychology. I have worked in academic settings with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. Since then, my experience has expanded to providing psychotherapeutic services in non-profit organizations as well as private practices. I have extensive training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment shown to be highly effective in improving youth posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and diagnosis. My experience also includes working with child sexual abuse/human trafficking victims and families, and adult survivors of child sexual abuse. In addition, I have also facilitated parenting education groups, process groups, addressing depression, anxiety, cognitive, substance abuse-related disorders, and behavioral problems.
My personal interests include practicing mindfulness, exercising, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Raina Moosa – Licensed Clinical Psychologist, 27799
Hi, I’m Dr. Raina Moosa, a licensed psychologist here in the Coachella Valley. I use a genuine, supportive and client-centered approach when it comes to seeing children and adults in therapy. I believe that everyone deserves to live a life worth living and that it can be achieved by working through challenges, being mindful and present, and having the willingness to do the necessary work.
I earned my Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University-Los Angeles in 2008 and my Master’s degree in Educational Counseling at Loyola Marymount University in 2003.
I have worked with people of all ages in individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Issues I have assisted clients with include learning ways of appropriately expressing anger and aggression, dealing with thoughts of suicide, reducing and eliminating self-harm behaviors, co-occurring mental health and substance use issues, coping with bullying, building self-esteem, stage of life struggles, dealing with family issues like divorce or loss, and how to develop better social skills and awareness.
I look forward to creating a safe, supportive, and healthy space for my clients here in the Coachella Valley.
Judith Monetathchi – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 86226
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have the incredible opportunity to offer counsel and support to individuals of all ages during stressful and difficult times or events in their lives. I continue to work with children, adolescents, adults, and elderly through various therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Therapy. I share effective coping strategies that clients can learn and put into practice in order to better deal with life stressers and other symptoms of mental health with which they may be struggling.
Education and Clinical Experience
I graduated from Chapman University with a Master’s Degree in Psychology. I have provided many in-school sessions of counseling for children and teenagers dealing with ADHD, autism, and anger management. I have also helped many youth with grief and loss counseling, social skill and developmental delays, as well as anxiety and depression. I have assisted parents with creating positive parenting plans, helping them to establish appropriate boundaries and improve their relationships with their children. I have also worked with couples and families, helping them to improve their relationships with each other through teaching effective communication skills. I have experience facilitating groups such as: drug and alcohol treatment, women’s empowerment, adolescent intensive outpatient program (IOP) group on drugs and alcohol, adult depression, and a Women’s Healthy Relationship group.
I currently work as a Geriatric Care Manager assisting the elderly with the many challenges they face with aging.
Amisha Samuels – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 93737
My name is Amisha and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist. I am passionate about providing psychotherapy for those seeking to create a healthier, happier and more meaningful life. I received my Masters in Clinical psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2012. I have experience providing services to children, teens, adults, couples and families struggling with a variety of issues. My specialties include treatment for depression, anxiety, self-esteem, adjustment issues, and families with children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders or other developmental disabilities.
For individuals and couples; therapy offers a unique experience for self-development and increased understanding of reoccurring patterns in your life. Through awareness of how the past has affected your present; it makes it more possible to have a happy future. I utilize a solution focused and strength based approach to help the unit reach goals that have been created collaboratively. I incorporate cognitive behavioral techniques as it can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to manage stressful life situations.
I listen actively and will offer feedback, suggestions and tools to help you cope and improve the quality of your life. Working together, we will find the best solutions by building on your strengths. I offer a safe environment to allow you to express yourself though neutrality and non-judgment.
Dr. Jill Saulque – Licensed Clinical Psychologist, 13289
Dr. Jill Saulque is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of experience in the field of psychology. Following a career in educational psychology, Dr. Saulque began working in the clinical arena and has experience in substance abuse, forensic psychology, rehabilitation psychology, psychological assessment, inpatient and outpatient mental health services and chronic pain. In addition to working throughout Southern California, Dr. Saulque has worked in Hawaii and New Zealand which has broadened her perspective on multicultural issues. Beyond her clinical experience, Dr. Saulque has also taught for several universities at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is certified by the American Psychological Association in the assessment and treatment of substance abuse and is also a member the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.