Dr. “V” has been teaching for over 20 years. Her passion for reading led to training in assessing and addressing the needs of students with language-based disorders. She designed and implemented the inclusion program at a K through 8th grade school that included small group strategies within the classroom or a resource room, study skills classes, professional development for teachers, and collaboration with parents on how to support their children. In addition, she implemented a study skills program for middle school students who also required support in executive functioning skills. This included work in organization, research, note taking, learning techniques, time management, and test taking. She has also taught and supervised pre-service elementary and high school teachers in Los Angeles. Her teaching focuses on helping students succeed academically as well as achieving satisfying and rewarding lives. Her philosophy mirrors the words of John Wooden, “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”
Dr. Mark Stein is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Stein received his doctorate from Alliant University (CSPP-SD) in 1997. In 1999, he became licensed. Over the next 6 years he had both clinical and administrative positions working for numerous non-profit organizations with different systems of care. In 2004, he decided to leave the non-profit sector and start a private practice that focused on assessment and therapy. Since that time, Dr. Stein, Ph.D. has honed his skills in testing and assessment of children, adolescents, and adults through direct service and consultation with a multitude of professionals in related fields (i.e. Developmental Optometry, Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy). Even though his focus has been on testing and assessment, Dr. Stein is often hired as a consultant to other organizations that wish to add assessment services to their various programs. Lastly, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at Phillips Graduate Institute and has taught at Mt. St. Mary College.
For over fifteen years, Tanya Edwards has been an educator. She holds degrees from Ithaca College and New York University. Before arriving in California, Tanya was a certified New York City Board of Education teacher. Her first permanent position was in the South Bronx. She was hired as an English Language Arts Teacher and Librarian. For almost four years, she worked tirelessly and passionately. She taught, reorganized and revamped a run-down library, and renewed students’ love for books and reading.
For the last few years, she has researched and trained to work with individuals with dyslexia and other behavioral and learning disabilities. She is a certified Barton Tutor. It is Tanya's desire for students to succeed and to reach their highest potential regardless of their diagnosis and/or circumstances.
Laura E. Rold, PsyD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Laura received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA. Laura has several years of experience providing testing and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families in various settings, including private practice, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, and schools ranging from pre-K to college. During her predoctoral training at Stein Psych, Laura completed in-depth psychoeducational reports, which successfully guided future treatment for those with learning disabilities, ADHD, behavioral concerns, and coexisting psychological distress. With a psychodynamic approach to treatment, Laura enjoys interacting with diverse individuals and concerns, promoting growth, meaning, and connection in those she has the opportunity to work with. She has extensive experience supporting those with issues related to anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, grief, trauma, negative behavioral patterns, and those generally seeking understanding and growth in their identity and approach to life. Laura received specialized training in the DIR/Floortime model of treatment with children and teens on the autism spectrum and those with other developmental issues.
Orliyah Finnegan has worked as a clinical psychotherapist since 2010 with children and families gaining experience in non-profit and private practice where she worked in New York until coming back to CA in 2018 to work solely in private practice. California is where she spent her formative educational years at Phillips Graduate Institute, taught by pioneers in the field of Art Therapy and Marriage in Family Therapy and graduated with dual Masters in MFT and Art Therapy (2004). A recent move to the mountains of the Pacific Northwest has her working online, maintaining her NY and CA clients utilizing Telehealth therapy via HIPPA regulated platforms. She continues to engage deeply, treat unconditionally and help unveil neglected/ignored parts of the self in order to achieve new perspectives.
Donna Sandford, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist. Donna earned her doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012. Donna has worked in a variety of treatment settings, including residential programs, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, community mental health clinics, substance use programs, and schools. She has received extensive training in the areas of crisis management, substance use, parenting strategies, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma, and suicidal ideation. Donna provides a warm and safe therapeutic environment and helps clients to find balance and meaning in their lives. Her clinical approach is integrative, including aspects from psychodynamic therapy, family systems, mindfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology. Donna also enjoys incorporating creativity and humor in the healing process.
Lisa has gained extensive experience in working with a wide range of age groups conducting clinical assessments and therapeutic treatment, as well as having a strong background in neuropsychological assessment through UCLA. Her particular areas of expertise include learning disorders, ADHD, and age related cognitive decline. Lisa has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and adults in promoting full and healthy lives through psychological assessment and intervention.