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.
Tara Boucher, AMFT
Tara is a former professional dancer, a mother, and now MA in Clinical Psychology, serving California clients virtually and in office in Santa Monica. Her specializations include grief and loss, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and addiction.
Tara takes an integrative and human centered approach to therapy, which means that your goals and experiences will be the continued focus of your work together.
Tara will meet you with gentle curiosity about the world that shaped you and the stories you have carried throughout your life.
Mischa Hines, AMFT
Mischa Hines is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a focus in Psychological Trauma. Working with couples and individuals, her practice addresses a full scope of needs, and her specializations include trauma, aging, dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease caregiving, and military servicepersons and families.
Mischa has been a trauma-informed yoga therapist and Somatic-Experiencing® -trained movement therapist since 2012. Her interest in the impact of trauma led her to study with both Bessel Van Der Kolk and Peter Levine, and ultimately to the decision to become a Marriage and Family Therapist so that she could support her clients in a more comprehensive way. Her integrative clinical practice brings in elements of both her cognitive and somatic practices. She holds firm in the belief that we each have the ability to develop life-changing tools that allow us to create a greater sense of agency, sustainable balance, and a more expansive capacity to experience a rewarding life of our own design.