Therapy Team

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 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.

Courtney Sippel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 85466

Hello, my name is Courtney Sippel. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for helping children and adults develop coping skills to overcome life’s challenges while creating optimism about the future. I have been practicing social work in the Coachella Valley for 10 years and psychotherapy for the past 5 years. I have worked with children and adolescents in the foster care system, Department of Social Services and Riverside County Health System-Behavioral Health Children’s Clinic. Additionally, I have facilitated court ordered parenting and anger management classes for adults. I am certified and specialize in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and possess meaningful experience working with children and adolescents suffering from depression, anxiety and emotional dysregulation. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and various other approaches in my practice. I offer an empathetic, validating, and understanding environment which ensures a safe space for achieving mental health goals.

Education and Clinical Experience

I earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego. I was motivated to pursue Social Work after learning firsthand what social work entailed. I originally wanted to be a teacher, but life took me in another direction for which I am so grateful. I have a genuine passion for helping children and am fortunate to make that passion my life’s work.

Abbey Newell, DBT Program Coordinator
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.

Vivian Enriquez
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 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.

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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