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The Advanced Psychological Associates & Wellness Centre is a public transportation and disabled access.

We belong to the American Psychological Association and anti-domestic violence partners.



Dr. Deborah Seffinger#PSY22246

Dr. Deborah Seffinger is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in individual, couple, group and family therapy.  She has many years of experience as a clinical psychologist and currently works with a wide range of clients. She often works with post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, couple/relationship therapy, parent/child relationship therapy, learning differences, autism, Asperger's syndrome, behavioral problems, bipolar, Complex sleep, anger management, impulsive control and cultural cooperation. In addition to being an outstanding relationship therapist, Dr. Debb also gave presentations on topics such as different culture treatments, post-traumatic stress disorder and anger management at national conferences and general audiences. Dr. Debb is a cognitive, interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her treatment is to provide support and feedback to help clients respond positively and effectively to personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methods and techniques to provide each client with a highly personalized approach tailored to their needs. Through compassion and understanding, she works with everyone to help them develop their strengths and achieve the personal growth they are committed to.

Dr. Debb was selected as one of the three top psychologists in Rancho Cucamonga for four years straight.

Dr. Debb often recommends hypnotism, biofeedback, transcranial magnetic stimulation, acupuncture and massage therapy, and sleep apnea testing, whenever it is decided to help.

Dr. Job Perez Jr. is a LMFT Ph.D., graduated from Pacific Oak College with a master's degree in couples, children and family therapy, and a Ph.D. from Saybrook Graduate School, majoring in clinical psychology. Dr. Perez has 15 years of experience in therapy and related services: individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, play therapy, adolescent therapy and group therapy.  Both in English and Spanish,  using various treatment modalities depending on clients need and preference.  Dr. Perez has worked in many settings (non-profits, for profit, community based, clinics, day treatments, public, private clinics and hospitals). He has experience with different capacities, with various diagnoses and populations, from children to the elderly. He works with all aspects of clients and their families to better help them.  Please feel free to call with any questions you may have. Looking forward to helping you become the best you can be.

Dr. Job Pérez Jr. es un LMFT Ph.D., se graduó de Pacific Oak College con una maestría en parejas, niños y terapia familiar, y un doctorado de Saybrook Graduate School, con especialización en psicología clínica. Dr. Pérez Tiene 15 años de experiencia en tratamiento y servicios relacionados: tratamiento personal, terapia familiar, tratamiento en pareja, tratamiento infantil, tratamiento adolescente y terapia grupal, incluyendo inglés y español; la necesidad y preferencia por diversos tratamientos basados ​​en cl. El Dr. Pérez ha sido Tiene experiencia con diferentes habilidades, con una variedad de diagnósticos y poblaciones, desde niños hasta ancianos. Trabaja con Los clientes y sus familias pueden ayudarlos mejor. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en llamarnos. Esperamos ayudarle a ser el mejor.

 


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.

 

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. Elmi 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 Villegas LMFT

Maria Guadalupe Villegas is an LMFT. 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 knowledge  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.  

 

Flor Martinez

Flor Martinez  LMFT  .  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.   Flor is working under the supervision of Dr. Debb (PSY22246) and is in the process of becoming licensed for her PsyD.

 

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Yvonne Burgos PsyD  Dr. Yvonne Burgos is a graduate of Alliant International University and obtained her degree in 2012. Dr. Burgos has a plethora of experience working with children, adolescent, adults, and older adults. Dr. Burgos has worked with the forensic population and assisted with teaching life skills. Dr. Burgos has provided services addressing transitional issues, problems related to Child Protective Services or the law, grief, trauma, parenting, anger management, domestic violence, men or female issues, relationship issues, and substance use. Dr. Burgos has worked with individuals suffering from a variety of mental health issues that may consists of Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, or other Psychotic Disorders. Dr. Burgos has worked in an inpatient, outpatient, community mental health center, and private practice. Dr Burgos is also fluent in English and Spanish.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"Michelle has extensive experiences working in the mental health field serving individual and families ranging from young children to older adults since 2011. Having immigrated during her adolescent years, Michelle developed fascination working with diverse cultures defined not only by one’s race and ethnicity, but also by family dynamic. Every individual has a unique story, and she values each uniqueness by tailoring them into treatment services. As a therapist, Michelle collaborates with her clients to help them find the needed growth by building on their strengths. She uses cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, family systems therapy, along with other modalities to help her clients find better ways to cope with their daily struggles."   

 

Romulus Chelbegean, PhD, LMFT

As a seasoned, multicultural, well educated and professionally experienced male adult, I am just a sojourner trying to enlarge my horizon by merging it with yours. I am here to mirror your way of perceiving reality, to alleviate your emotional pain, to create the best environment for stimulating your growth from inside out, to guide your heart into asking the right questions, to help your mind find new insight, meaning, and relevance, and to support you toward accomplishing the most rewarding goals in your relational universe.
In the spirit of fairly serving your specific needs, beyond genuineness, integrity and respect for your own individual quest for personal wholeness, for the duration of our therapeutic journey, I am open to embracing your worldview, belief system and set of values. Above all, I believe that love is both the origin and the destination of our existence and caring about another human being is the most  difficult and the ultimate task ever entrusted to us. Moreover, I am convinced that personal holistic development should be a mandatory prerequisite of holistic intimacy.
While most of us, psychotherapists, are syncretic and eclectic, due to my background in health care, religion and education I am quite comfortable with most of the healing art’s theoretical approaches including:
 
Psychodynamic Therapies
Attachment Based Therapy
Bowen Systems Therapy
Structural Therapy
Strategic Therapy
Communication Therapy
Existential Therapy
Experiential Therapy
Person-Centered Therapy
Gestalt Therapy
Reality Therapy
Emotionally-Focused Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Rational-Emotive-Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Narrative Therapy
Biblical Counseling

Look forward to meeting you!

 

For me, the greatest reward as a therapist is helping clients grow through discovering ways to make changes in their lives that allow for a hopeful future.  I provide a warm, nonjudgmental environment—a safe space to explore the matters that may be preventing you from living the life you want. 

I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Master’s degree in Counseling, emphasizing in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Using clinically tested and evidenced-based interventions, I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I have a specialty working with children with behavior issues (i.e. outbursts/tantrums).  

I enjoy working with those who are concerned with depression, anxiety, phobias, parent-child relational problems (behavioral issues and parent training), and relationship issues.

If you feel that you are ready and committed to bringing about positive change into your life, I support you to take that first step.  I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Blake Crawford

Blake graduated from Hope International University with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. As an intern, Blake works under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Seffinger, a licensed psychologist at Advanced Psychological Associates and Wellness Center.

Blake is hardworking, insightful, and has invested a lot of energy into his practice. He likes to work with children, and young people, who are suffering with anxiety, depression, angry outbursts, and age-related peers complications. Blake also likes to work with couples to improve communication, intimacy and overcome obstacles that interfere with the development of intimate relationships.

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