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Advanced Psychological Associates & Wellness Center is public transportation and handicapped accessible.

We belong to the American Psychological Association and Partners Against Domestic Violence.



Dr Debb Lic # PSY22246

Dr. Deborah Seffinger is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in individual, couples, group, and family therapy.  She maintains a private practice in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  With many years of experience as a clinical psychologist, she currently serves as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Her areas of expertise include PTSD, ADHD, OCD, Depression, Couples/Relationship Therapy, Parent/Child Relationship therapy, Learning Disorders, Autism, Asperger's, Behavior problems, Bi-Polar, Sleep complications, Anger Management, Impulse Control, and Cultural complications.   In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Dr. Debb has presented at national conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of Therapy in Different Cultures, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Anger Management. Dr Debb is a cognitive-behavioral, interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

Dr Debb was voted one of the city of Rancho Cucamonga's top three psychologist.
 

Dr Debb often recommends Hypnotism, Biofeedback, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Acupuncture, and Massage Therapy as well as Testing for Sleep Apnea, whenever it is decided between all that it could help.

Dr. Job Perez Jr. M.A., PhD, graduated with a M.A. from Pacific Oaks College with a specialization in couples, children, and family therapy, and a PhD from Saybrook Graduate School with an emphasis in clinical Psychology. Dr Perez has has 15 years of experience providing therapy and related services: individual therapy, family therapy, couple therapy, child therapy, adolescent therapy, and group therapy, both in English and in Spanish; using various treatment modalities depending on client’s need and preference. Dr Perez has been working in many settings (non profit, for profit, community based, clinics, day treatment, public, private practice, and hospital). He has experience in different capacities, with various diagnoses and populations from children to the elderly. He works with all aspects of client(s) and their family to better help them. Please feel free to call with any questions you may have. Looking forward to helping you be the best you can be.

Dr. Job Pérez Jr  graduado con una maestría en terapia de parejas, niños y familia de Pacific Oaks College  y  un doctorado en psicología clínica de Saybrook Graduate School. Tengo 15 años de experiencia proporcionando terapia y servicios relacionados como: terapia individual, terapia familiar, terapia de pareja, terapia de niños, terapia de adolecentes, y terapia grupal (tanto en español como en ingles); usando varios tratamientos psicológicos de ayuda dependiendo las necesidades y preferencias de los clientes. Tengo experiencia trabajando en varios entornos laborales como: organizaciones sin fines de lucro, organizaciones con fines de lucro, organizaciones comunitarias, clínicas, organizaciones públicas y privadas  y hospitales. También tengo experiencia en diferentes posiciones laborales y en el manejo de diferentes diagnósticos psicológicos desde niños  hasta ancianos. Considero y manejo todos los aspectos que mejor ayuden al cliente y su familia. Siéntase en confianza para llamar por cualquier duda que usted tenga. Mirar hacia adelante es lo mejor que puedes hacer.

 


Dr Wu is a Licensed Acupuncturist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Esthetican who graduated from Shanghai University of Traditionsl Chinese Medicine,, In Shanghai, China July, 1984.  As well as being a Certified, Therapeutic Body Massage Therapist.  She specializes in Acupuncture, Reflexology, Massage Therapy, and Facials.  She has been able to help hundreds of individuals restore their health and eliminate or reduce pain, stress, and anxiety.  Her facial rejuvenation system helps people to look younger and feel energized.  She is certified to remove aging spots as well as many other sin lesions that need to be removed without a biopsy.  She does eyelash extensions and applies permanent make-up.


 

Dr. Ettelson started his work life as an orchestral percussionist, playing professionally in orchestras in Boston, New Haven, Pittsburgh and Chicago. After graduate study in music, he served as a Navy chaplain in San Diego and Hawaii, leaving the Navy in Hawaii to become a state certified substance abuse counselor in a community hospital. He moved back to California to begin a career with the State of California as a mental health chaplain, working closely with Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist and Islamic colleagues.  While serving as a state chaplain, he studied for his doctorate in psychology, and then transferred to the psychology staff at a state hospital, working on an adolescent girls' unit, and a forensic men's unit. He then transferred to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation working in a variety of programs in a prison.  Dr. Ettelson has been an adjunct professor, and has taught chemical dependency and psychopharmachology at the graduate level and has lectured on comparitive religion. He has mentored practicum students and interns.

He is delighted to be working at APA, and enjoys being part of a caring team. When not at work he listens to mostly classical music, and is an avid fan of the Ontario Reign and hockey in general.

 

Mary T McAllen     LMFT # 77153       

Received an MS degree from University of LaVerne.

Mary believes in the human potential and honors your life journey and unique individuality. Sometimes life stressors, limiting beliefs and negative thinking get in the way which causes an imbalance in our lives. I utilize different therapeutic techniques in a compassionate, non-judgmental environment to assist you to find balance in your life as well as access your inner wisdom. She has experience and enjoys working with all populations (children, teens, adults, couples, families) with all concerns (family conflict, parenting skills, behavioral issues, coping skills, anger management, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, divorce, trauma and PTSD, domestic violence, obesity, disorders, etc.). /She looks forward to helping you achieve your goals and living your best life possible. 

Sarah Valenzuela, M.S., LMFT90888

Sarah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton. As a therapist it is her utmost goal to create a positive and safe environment for her clients to work through the challenges they are facing. She enjoys collaborating with her clients to help them find effective solutions to their problems. She strives to find the unique qualities that make every person special and build on the strengths that my clients already possess in order to facilitate lasting change. She has experience providing individual therapy to adults, children and adolescents, as well as family and couples therapy. She has provided therapy services in agency, school, home and community based settings. Being that every person is different, she may use a variety of techniques in order to meet each client’s specific needs. Some of the theoretical orientations she uses include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Play Therapy and Art Therapy, among others. She understands that the decision to enter into therapy can be difficult, but she is eager to walk along side you so that you are able reach your goals and find true happiness.


Mitra H. Elmi
LMFT
Being in the helping field is where she belongs, and helping others is her priority. She initially began her career as a teacher, and then decided to pursue a deeper role in helping others learn, grow, and become their best self. Mitra H. Elmi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. During the past 8 years of being a clinical therapist, she has worked in both clinic and school settings. Her experience includes working with non-diverse populations, including people of all ages, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. She welcomes anyone who is willing to work with her, together, to improve relationships, self, family, and/or overall well-being.

Ms. Emli tailors her treatment to each individual client and utilizes different therapeutic approaches as to make it personable to the needs of her clients. She has experience working with those who have specific presenting issues such as: depression, bereavement, anxiety, elderly (Immigration), relationship problems, marital problems as well as premarital consultation.

Although she does do long term therapy, the majority of her patients significantly improve in less than ten visits. She's worked with children between the ages of 6 to14 for more than twenty years as a therapist and teacher, as well as marital problems. my goal is to assist you through the transitions we face.

Bryan J. Strycula; LMFT
He is here to help. He feels it is his role and honor to provide a safe therapeutic environment that is comfortable. It can be hard to address personal issues, mental health complications, phase of life problems, identity troubles, and relationship issues. Just remember, you are not alone, almost everyone has gone through difficult times in their lives. It's how they're handled that makes the difference.

Bryan J. Strycula has been providing therapy since 2009. The populations he has served are diverse and range in age from infancy through the later years of life. He has training in the following evidenced based practices: seeking safety, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, eye movement desensitization reprocessing, and many others. His approach is client centered. He believes each person is different and therapy requires their unique experience to guide the therapeutic process. It is within your potential to have a more rewarding and fulfilling quality of life. His goal is to promote growth so clients can move forward in life's journey.


His efforts stem from having an open mind, being non-judgmental, and tailoring treatment to best suit his client's current needs. He is flexible and interested in learning something new about you every day.

 

Albert W. Holguin

Albert W. Holguin has been a hypnotherapist for the past three years. He encourages client “self-healing” utilizing the “power of their minds.” Mr. Holguin is a firm believer that positive change is possible by simply reprogramming thinking and the workings of the mind. He recognizes the beauty of hypnotherapy as the potential to assist clients in releasing from the root cause of his/her current condition or characteristic.

Mr. Holguin currently offers individual and group sessions. His hypnotherapy services include weight reduction, improved physical health, self-confidence, smoking cessation, sleep improvement, depression reduction, decreasing anxiety, and more.


Rodney Reed, LCSW, MSW, PsyD

Dr. Reed draws from over twenty years experience in the field of mental health working in both private and public sectors with individuals and families with ages spanning from young children to Older Adults. Dr Reed began his career working at an inpatient psychiatric facility helping residents prepare for release back into society.

Dr. Reed received his Master of Social Work degree at USC School of Social Work, emphasis in Mental Health, there he received extensive training in family systems therapy. Dr Reed was a mental health provider, clinic director, dual diagnosis coordinator and training director in his 11 years at Pacific Clinics. He left Pacific Clinics to pursue his doctoral degree in Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology. He completed his APA-accredited Internship at the Heritage Clinic in Pasadena California, where he received training in both Geropsychology and Neuropsychology.  Dr. Reed has served as a Mental Health consultant to the Los Angeles County Family Court, Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services Indian Unit, Pasadena Police Department, City of Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Department of Probation. Dr. Reed currently holds the rank of Captain in the United States Army Reserve serving as a Behavioral Health Officer assigned to a Combat Operations and Stress Control Unit. He has extensive training in the areas of trauma, multicultural assessment and therapy, family therapy, play therapy and Aging assessment/treatment.

Dr Andrew Mezurecky

Dr. Mezurecky has over 30 years experience working with a wide range of clients and different cultures. His orientation is to develop a solid therapeutic alliance between he and his clients. His 30 years of clinical experience includes working with children, Adolescents and adults with sub specialty Adolescent, adult and drug abuse, eating disorder and Marital therapy. He has special board certifications in Integrative Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, Mind body Medicine, Psychosomatic Psychology.

Dr. Andrew Mezurecky has been awarded the Prestigious Master Therapist Designation by the American psychotherapy Association.

My clients know that I have a deep caring and concern for their lives and welfare and the positive changes that they need to change in their life.

Maria Villaneuvos MFT

Maria Guadalupe Villegas is an MFTI (#88642). She worked as a volunteer parent in the school systems for fourteen years. She has experience tutoring children and teaching parents how to work with their children in areas like math, reading, social studies, and coping skills. She worked as a soccer coach within community youth organizations to teach children persistence, endurance, and discipline skills. This included teaching parents how to connect with their children. Later, she returned to college to continue her dream of helping others to acquire their full potential by receiving a Master’s of Science in clinical psychology at Cal State University, San Bernardino. Her areas of expertise include topics such as spirituality, search for meaning of life, traumas, attachment (healing the inner child), PTSD, anxiety, depression, shame, conflict resolution, time management, changing negative automatic thoughts, emotional connection, parenting skills, strengthening relationships, and stress reduction. She enjoys working with teens, elderly, couples, children, and families. She uses an integral approach that includes a variety of theories to meet the client’s specific needs. She believes it is essential to provide a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment in which individuals can feel special, unique, and worthy. She hopes to work with you soon in this exciting journey! She is fluent in Spanish and English.   Maria is working under the supervision of Dr. Debb (PSY22246) and is in the process of becoming licensed.

 

Flor Martinez

Have you ever experienced being stuck, overwhelmed and feeling as though you are lost? Sometimes you find yourself feeling as though you have nobody to talk to about these issues. I would like to offer you support, guidance and some direction as it concerns your own life goals that will promote a healthy lifestyle that you deserve.  Flor is a person who is compassionate, objective and caring with the ability to create a safe environment for you to begin your journey of healing and growth. 

Flor has been providing psychotherapy since 2009 and have worked with diverse populations: families, Individuals, teens, couples, children and LGBTQ.  Her most common approaches include: family systems, strength-based, cognitive behavioral methods as well as client-centered. She looks forward to providing you with the guidance and support that you truly deserve. 

 

Blake Crawford

Blake is a graduate of Hope International University where he obtained a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. As an intern, Blake is working under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Seffinger who is a licensed psychologist at Advanced Psychological Associates and Wellness Center.

Blake is hard-working, insightful, and devoted. He enjoys working with children, and youth's struggling with anxiety, defiance, depression, anger outbursts, and social interactions with age-appropriate peers. Blake also enjoys working with couples to improve communication, intimacy and overcoming obstacles preventing relationship growth.

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