MEET OUR STAFF

Lea Roussos, LMFT

Lea is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Director and Certified Supervisor. Lea is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) to work with all types of stress and trauma. She is also a Certified Yoga Instructor and has completed more than 200 hours of training to incorporate yoga to treat anxiety and trauma.

 

Lea has extensive experience working with all types of eating disorders and has worked as a therapist/supervisor in several clinical settings and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP).

 

She is a member of the American Association of Couples and Sex Therapists (AACAST) and has completed one-year of training with Dr. Walter Brackelmann at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is trained to work with all types of challenges facing couples.

 

Lea completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program under the guidance of Jerome Front, Adjunct Faculty Member at Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Clinical Psychology. 

 

She co-leads a Mindfulness Based Meditation Group for clients struggling with all types of eating disorders. Lea and Pam Siegel, LMFT, have co-led the group for over 9 years.

 

Lea is a long-term Supervisor at the Southern California Counseling Center in Los Angeles and has volunteered as a supervisor for over 12 years.

Amy McLaughlin-Margolis, LCSW

Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and proud to be a Supervisor at Santa Monica Counseling Center. She works with individuals, couples and groups and has a background in treating eating disorders, addictions, anxiety, depression, codependency and adoption-related issues.

Amy believes we make decisions about ourselves and life in childhood and this along with karma, DNA, genetics and life experience forms our world view, “Our Story.” Left unexamined, we operate from these antiquated ideas long after they outlive their usefulness and often to our detriment.

Amy treats clients utilizing an integrative approach: psychodynamic in helping clients heal old wounds and identifying their impact on their present lives and cognitive/behavioral techniques in empowering clients to make necessary changes to live with more authenticity, freedom and purpose on their journey.

Spirituality, meditation, and the mind-body connection also inform Amy’s practice.

Pam Siegel, LMFT, MPH

Pam is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in eating disorders, body image and disordered eating. She is trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and works collaboratively with Lea Roussos, LMFT. Together they facilitate the Mindfulness Meditation Group for clients struggling with all types of eating disorders.

Brigitte Knight, AMFT, RN  

In my psychotherapy practice, I use a combination of the Trauma and Resilience model, Relational Therapy, and mind-body awareness. I investigate early relationships for psychological trauma and unmet emotional needs. Having poor relationship skills is often connected to our early childhood experiences. I can help you develop skills to build healthier relationships. 
 

I work with men and women who feel left behind by their married friends. The constant need to date is stressing them out. I help them step back and look at their situation from a place of power and control instead of shame and defeat. Together we identify their needs in relationships and then we practice how to honestly communicate those needs. I can help you.
 

I’m a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Nurse. I help individuals and couples, and I offer sessions both in person and online. For a free 15-minute telephone consultation please call (424) 625-2610.​

Melanie Handelsman 

Melanie (she/her/hers) is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, and is trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM). Melanie has worked with clients who have experienced complex developmental trauma, and/or single incident trauma, as well as with clients who have had incidents or experiences which have resulted in a sense of low confidence, and a lack of self-esteem. 

 

Her priority is to create a secure and comfortable environment for each one of her clients, allowing a sense of trust to develop between Melanie and her clients. Melanie believes in the inherent strength and resilience of her clients. She works with clients to remove barriers that have been built up through difficult experiences in their lives, and to process those blocked feelings allowing them to move towards healing and health.

 

Melanie is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). Melanie is also a member of The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She trained at the Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC) where she worked with individual children, teens, and adults, as well as with couples and families. Melanie is a group facilitator in SCCC’s Community Counselor Certificate program.

Jannell Greene Banchik

Jannell provides a safe and stimulating environment based on deep respect and wonder for each individual, couple, family or group.  Jannell considers individual experience, thought patterns and emotions, and family structures and social structures in her work with client’s.  She creates an atmosphere that encourages sharing, exploration and meeting challenge.  Her lens is to incorporate mind, body and spirit in an approach to healing.

 

Jannell helps her clients process all types of addiction, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, and challenges in sexuality and gender identity. Her goal is to move her clients from a place of “stuckness” to a more balanced sense of self and acceptance.

 

Jannell is trained in Narrative Therapy and post modern/ strength based therapy which allows the client to rewrite their story and rediscover their strength. Jannell has received training in EMDR (eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing), TRM (trauma resilience model), MBSR (mindfullness-based stress reduction), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy), and TF-CBT (trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy)—all scientifically supported modalities to help the client process trauma.

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