Therapy Team

Abbey Newell, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 105169

Abbey is a licensed marriage and family therapist who is passionate about helping people learn to be kinder to themselves thru mindfulness, validation, and emotion regulation skills. Abbey has extensive experience working with individuals who struggle with self-injury, have chronic suicidal thoughts, experience serious emotion dysregulation, and have trouble maintaining relationships. Her practice includes treatment of borderline personality disorder, and other severe and complex mental health diagnoses.

She has been practicing psychotherapy in the Coachella Valley for eight years, utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based practice that is shown effective for treatment of self-injury and suicidal behaviors. She has extensive training in DBT and has implemented DBT programs throughout the valley.

Abbey earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Brandman University. She has worked in behavioral health settings throughout the valley, focusing for many years on working with teens and young adults. She has extensive experience working with personality disorders, and chronic and severe mental health diagnoses.

In her own life, Abbey has applied the skills of mindfulness and acceptance, and seen that most of life’s suffering comes from the stories we tell ourselves. Hoping to move people away from suffering, she wants to help people create joy and see what they deserve.


Cara Wilkerson – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 50531

Cara comes from a diverse therapeutic background with experience working in private practice settings, with the San Bernardino Drug Court, and in multiple school settings. She has been practicing for over 12 years, and is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) as well as Transgender Care Therapy. In addition, she is an EMDRIA Consult in Training, providing consultation to other therapists interested in becoming certified in EMDR. She is also a Clinical Supervisor to Associate clinicians working towards their licensure.

She specializes in treating trauma, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, PTSD, and victims of abuse. In addition, she has extensive experience working within the field of substance abuse, dependence and recovery, as well as, eating disorders and disruptive behaviors.

Cara’s approach to therapy is collective and she utilizes, EMDR, CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy), SFT (Solution Focused therapy), Motivational Interviewing, as well as IFS (Internal Family Systems Therapy), as she collaboratively works with clients to reach their treatment and life goals. She is a certified Yoga instructor and incorporates mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, breathing exercises, and somatic experiences into treatment to increase self-awareness, self-control, and self-acceptance. She works with clients to identify what and how they would like to improve mood, social relationships, family dynamics, self-worth, self-control, and overall functioning, while decreasing unhealthy behaviors, thoughts and relationships.

She provides therapy to adolescents and adults in both individual and group settings. She is currently facilitating a Transgender support group.
Cara graduated Suma Cum Laude in 2005 from California State University San Marcos, with a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. In 2008, she graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy.


Dr. Raina Moosa – Licensed Clinical Psychologist, 27799

Hi, I’m Dr. Raina Moosa, a licened 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.


Cindy Miyamoto – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 105099

Some people might ask “how is therapy going to help me, does it really work?” Seeking therapy can feel intimidating and even uncomfortable. We might feel as though something in our life seems “off or not right,” it can feel more comfortable and easier to continue with our old day-to- day habits because it is how we have been surviving. We develop patterns to feel safe when we do not have the support needed. Growth is a process and healing is a journey, significant change requires deep personal examination, which is hard to do on our own. Compassion, acceptance, and a non-
judgmental stance are essential to my approach. I primarily utilize Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Clients develop new perspectives and healthier patterns that
empower them to achieve their goal and develop more fulfilling lives.

Clinical Experience

My name is Cindy Miyamoto I received a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Masters of Science in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. I have experience working with various different demographics. My areas of specialty are: children, substance abuse, special needs, depression and anxiety. In addition to private practice, I work as a program coordinator for a company that provides ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) services to children with developmental disabilities. I also provide group therapy at a substance abuse rehabilitation treatment center.


Amanda Galindo – Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, 105641

Amanda Galindo was born and raised in the Coachella Valley. She has a BS in Criminal Justice and a MA in Psychology which she obtained from Argosy University in May 2017. Amanda currently is the Program Director for the Outreach Program at Angel View Inc., a nonprofit that helps families raising children with disabilities in the Coachella Valley. In the past, Amanda has worked as a domestic violence case manager/volunteer coordinator at Shelter from the Storm as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee/Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee at ABC Recovery Center. Amanda’s experience is with families, children, trauma, and addiction.


Andreea Tomescu – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 51288

My name is Andreea Tomescu and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. I have and extensive background in working with different age groups as well as different life situations, using therapeutic approaches such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Grief Therapy and others. I work with adults, mature adults, and couples, helping them achieve their goals and be able to lead a more fulfilling life, as well as have better relationships with their loved ones. Creating a safe and accepting environment is very important in my therapeutic work with clients.

Education and Clinical Experience

Andreea has a Master’s of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. She is a licensed Psychologist and MFT from universities in Romania, Europe. Throughout her career, Andreea has worked with veterans, adults, and substance abuse at the Betty Ford Center; mature adults and children at the Riverside University Health System- Behavioral Health. Andreea is currently supervising an adolescent program for the Riverside University Health System- Behavioral Health.


Alison Campbell – Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, 99716

Alison C. Campbell, AMFT continues her lifelong journey of discovery and engagement with healing, the psyche, and the power and beauty of human resilience, with her work at Thrive Counseling. She has her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis in Depth Psychology, from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and has served as a therapist for children and adults, couples, victims of domestic violence, adult survivors of child sexual abuse, rape and human trafficking victims, and those suffering from grief, and PTSD. She has more than a decade of intensive training in mindfulness and meditation, for both groups and individuals, and has experienced its transformative power both personally, and through countless clients. Her other interests include hiking, spirituality, running marathons, contemplative education, and tending to her large and rowdy family of cats and dogs.


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.

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