Meet the Team

Brooke Kerr, LMFT (she/her/hers)

Hello my name is Brooke! I am an inclusive therapist that celebrates all identities, abilities, and bodies! I work with individuals, couples, and families of all ages, but have specific experience with children and young adults (ages 8-30). I work from an integrated person-centered, strengths-based, and emotionally-focused lens. It is not my job to judge your life, but rather to meet you where you are and help you find the path to where you want to be. I am flexible and extremely collaborative when it comes to meeting client needs. I will follow where you lead and point out some important things I notice along the way. When I do guide, it is to initiate and mediate difficult, healing conversations within and between people. I hold hope and optimism for those that can’t find it in themselves and I believe in everyone’s capacity for growth and change.

I obtained my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University, and my Bachelors in Psychology from Westmont College. I have been honored to work with people from all different walks of life over the past 3 years and I sincerely look forward to the opportunity to work with you as well!

Areas of Focus:

* Anxiety
* Self-Esteem/Self-compassion
* Trauma
* Relationship Concerns
* Play Therapy
* Attachment
* Parenting and Parent-child Relationships
* Depression

Chelsea Sutter, LMFT (she/her/hers)

"Vulnerability is not winning or losing. It's having the courage to show up when you can't control the outcome." -Brené Brown

My desire as a therapist is to provide a space for clients to experience unconditional acceptance and support so they can safely explore and heal. You are not meant to walk through life alone, and I'm here to sit with you in the healing process. My approach to therapy is collaborative, experiential, and holistic, working together to meet your needs and healing the whole person. I am an LGBTQIA+ affirming, inclusive, and body positive therapist, and work primarily with teens and young adults/adults (ages 13+). I have special interests in supporting those healing from trauma, going through life transitions, and difficulties with self-esteem/body image. My background includes an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University, and a B.A. in Psychology and Minor in Music from Vanguard University of Southern California. I am currently an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT 114001, under the supervision of Dr. Pamela Reeves, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT 51463.

My hope is to cultivate empowerment, attunement with yourself, and lasting changes in your life; or to hold that hope for you when you're not able to. I have been so privileged to hear the stories and witness deep transformations in the adults and teens I have worked with, and I look forward to the honor of providing that support to you as well.

Areas of Focus include:

  • College Aged Student Concerns
  • Anxiety/Stress Management
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD/Spiritual Trauma
  • Life Transitions
  • Self Esteem/Body Image/Empowerment
  • Women's Issues
  • Attachment Issues

Trainings and Specialties:

  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
  • Brainspotting
  • Attachment Theory
  • MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Experiential
  • Trauma Focused Therapy/Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Sharayza Jackson, AMFT (she/her/hers)

Hello, my name is Sharayza! I come from a Humanistic and Person-centered perspective. Which means that I see every person for who they truly are. I am not here to judge anyone, rather to work with you, to reach limits that you did not think might have been possible.

My perspective is that I am the passenger, and YOU are the driver when it comes to reaching your goals, however as your therapist I will make sure that you are going in the right direction.

I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy from California Baptist University, and my MBA degree from University of Phoenix. I work with individuals, couples, families, and children/adolescents.

I am currently an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT 128412, under the supervision of Dr. Pamela Reeves, License Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT, 51463.

I look forward to holding a safe, unjudged space for you to process your experiences, while working with you too healing!

Salma Shah, AMFT (she/her/hers)

I am a humanistic and person-centered therapist, which means that I work in a non-directive, client centered way. My therapeutic approach is informed by evidenced based trainings in emotion focused therapy, gestalt therapy and draw from other approaches such as solution focused therapy, mindfulness, and narrative therapy, etc. I received my Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University and received my Bachelor’s in Psychology at Chapman University.

I see the role of the counselor as helping to facilitate positive change by working alongside you in a non-judgmental and mutual relationship.  I will work to help you develop self-awareness and achieve your potential, such that you can find your own answers and make transformative changes.  I sensitively deal with individual and systematic/cultural influences to ensure clients’ taken actions are manageable, realistic, and sustainable. I am currently seeing adolescents (12-21), individuals, family and couples.

Together we can build coping strategies by looking at the situation from a different perspective. By exploring and challenging personal values, attitudes and beliefs that lead to negative patterns, we can break the cycle of self-defeating and self-sabotaging behavior that is often the cause of our present difficulties. 

I look forward to meeting with you soon and working together as a team to help you overcome challenges and helping you achieve your goals.

Areas of Focus include:

  • Anxiety/Stress Management
  • Depression/Trauma/Complex Trauma
  • Couples/Relationship Issues
  • Low self-esteem/Empowerment
  • Loss or Grief
  • Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault
  • Multicultural Concerns/Gender & Cultural Identity
  • Communication Problems
  • Parenting
  • Attachment Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Divorce
  • Behavioral Conditions - Self-Harm, Suicidal Ideation and Substance Use
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Codependency

Training and Specialties:

  • BIPOC Brainspotting Phase 1 & 2
  • Emotion Focused Therapy, Level 1 & 2
  • Certification for Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention
  • Certification for Domestic Violence Counselor
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Advanced Management Education Program
  • Grief Counseling and Treatment in a Pandemic of Loss
  • Advanced Grief Counselling Certification
  • Demystifying Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Play Therapy and ACE’s Training
  • The Basics of Providing Online Couples Therapy
  • Self-care During a Pandemic
  • Let’s Tele-Play Together! Connecting with Children Through Telehealth
  • Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A) Part 2
  • Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents (ITCT-A) Part 1
  • Negotiating Teen Clients
  • The Call of Darkness: Managing Suicidality in Clinical Practice


  • Fluent in English, Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi

Melissa Graham, Office Manager, Executive Assistant for Diamond Cultural (she/her/hers)

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou

Melissa is the Office Manager/Executive Assistant for Diamond Cultural Family Therapy & Consulting Center. Melissa brings over 8 years of administrative experience and has a degree in Business and Medical Administration. She assists with the development and implementation of the practice’s procedures and day-to-day operations. Melissa enjoys helping and supporting people through every stage of life.

Silas Dibble, Administrative Assistant/Intake Coordinator for Diamond Cultural & Multicultural Academy (she/her/hers)

Hello! My name is Silas, I am an Administrative Assistant and Intake Coordinator here with Diamond Cultural Family Therapy (and/or) Multicultural Therapy Academy. Both during and prior to my service in the United States Army, I’ve accumulated over 5 years of experience in the administrative field. I believe health is not only a matter of body, but also in mind and soul; and through experience and vulnerability we pave a path towards a better tomorrow- but it is always an easier task when hand in hand among one another. I strive to give my best assistance during your healing process, and hope that together we can see through to a brighter tomorrow.

“What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Lisa Friedman, AMFT (she/her/hers)

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." Dr. Seuss Lisa is an Associate Marriage and Family therapist (AMFT#129979) working under the supervision of Dr. Pamela Reeves(LMFT #51463). Lisa holds a Master's degree in Psycology from Chapman/Brandman University, an MBA and BA in Music from UC Irvine, and a PAMA certificate in Music Therapy. Lisa's goal as a therapist is to provide a safe environment for clients to be heard. Lisa has worked in the corporate world and continues to operate her own Music Therapy studio specializing in adolescents with ADHD, and those on the high functioning autistic spectrum. Lisa has worked in the foster care system, working with individuals, couples, and families. Lisa holds a certificate in Promoting Placement Stability Utilizing the Child and Family Team Process from the LA County Department of Mental Health. Areas of focus:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Grief, Cancer treatment and loss
  • Behavioral issues

Betteena K. Marco, BA, MFT Speaks Tagalog (she/her/hers), (Completing Master Program - Marriage And Family Therapist)

Supervised by Carlee Schalchian

Betteena is a therapist working towards her Master's in Psychology from California Southern University. Betteena received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside and has experience working in a dual diagnosis substance abuse program, as well as providing coaching for college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Betteena believes people are a product of the personal, relational, societal, and economic forces that interact and impact their lives. She meets people where they are at, and tries to help in a way that is patient, supportive, and compatible with their needs. She does not see counseling as "one size fits all." Each client has their own needs and wants which should be considered when in session. As a first generation immigrant and woman of color, Betteena has her own unique set of experiences that she feels can help her connect with individuals from all walks of life. She is passionate about helping people from all backgrounds. Her goal is to create a safe, judgement-free space and assist others with making sustainable and meaningful changes that improve their quality of life. In her free time, Betteena likes to spend time with her friends, bake, and take care of her many plants. Her ultimate goal is to become a licensed marriage and family therapist so she can continue to support others in a greater capacity.

Lynne Saks, BA, MFT Speaks Africans (she/her/hers), (Completing Master Program - Marriage And Family Therapist)

Superivised by Carlee Schalchian

Hi my name's Lynne Saks.  Life can be a confusing, meandering path that we all are trying to make sense of. Along the journey we can feel misunderstood, unsupported and alone. My journey to becoming a therapist has been informed by the richness of life experiences that being an immigrant, a mother, a daughter and community member has brought. My life experiences have often shown me the greatest therapeutic moments come from the power of being heard without judgment and embraced with full acceptance. I practice a person centered, trauma informed culturally humble approach that honors the strengths, values, views and experiences you bring to therapy. My goal is to create a safe space by cultivating a shared authenticity and trust as we collaborate in clarifying your values and move towards a valued, fulfilling life. You are the expert on yourself, my job is to help you to apply that expertise in a way that makes you feel empowered in moving through life.

I have a special interest in working children and adolescents. I believe that  storytelling, imaginative play, props such as dolls and puppets, as well as theater techniques like improvisation and performance help children to explore their feelings, connect with others, and problem-solve difficult situations. I also work with people who have experienced trauma and have walked aside people during acute crisis. I have worked with people who have experienced domestic violence, providing trauma intervention.

 I am currently a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee and am supervised by Dr. Pamela Reeves, LMFT #51463. It would be a privilege to work together. 

Oxana Kireeva, AMFT (she, her, hers)

Hello! My name is Oxana and I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #128843) and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC #10559) working under the supervision of Dr. Pamela Reeves (LMFT #51463). I earned a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition, I have a Master’s degree in TESOL and a PhD in Cultural Studies from Moscow State University. I also speak both Russian and English fluently. 

I am a person-centered and humanistic therapist, believing that a therapist’s role is to help clients develop better cognitive and emotional skills, cope with various life challenges, increase self-awareness and achieve their full potential. I practice various types of therapy, including CBT, DBT, humanistic, integrative, multicultural, existential, and intergenerational family approaches. I have been working with an ethnically and culturally diverse population from all age groups, offering individual, couples, and family therapy. 

Areas of Focus include:

  • Anxiety/Stress Management
  • Panic 
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Couples/Relationship Issues
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss or Grief
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Sexual Assault
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Communication Problems
  • Anger management
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Parenting
  • Attachment Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Divorce
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions

Jessica (Sosun) Ha, BA, MFT Speaks Korean (she/her/hers), (Completing Master Program - Marriage And Family Therapist)

Supervised by Carlee Schalchian, LMFT

" You matter. And who you truly are matters." As a therapist, my life mission is to support people to live freely as they are. I am passionate about working with people to discover their true selves and help them free from what they're not anymore. My name is Jessica. I am a therapist trainee in a Master's program in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. As a therapeutic partner, I will walk through your life journey together. My goal is to hold a safe space for you with emotional support and acceptance in the healing process. We will fully experience, process, and grow together in that journey by creating sustainable changes in life. I work with the core belief that people are inherently resourceful, creative, and whole. I have work experiences as a meditation instructor, life coach, and HR manager, working with individuals, adults, and couples. My special interest is in mindfulness-based techniques, acceptance and commitment therapy, and trauma-focused therapy. I enjoy doing meditation, baking, camping, playing golf, and tennis in my spare time. Areas of Focus:

  • Life Transitions (Immigration, loss, marriage, divorce, and more)
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Co-dependency, Emotional Attachment issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Empowerment and Self esteem
  • Life Purpose
  • Women's Leadership Development
  • Stress management, Coping skills

Special Interest:

  • MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy)
  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Family System Therapy
  • CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy)
  • Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • EMDR for Trauma

Carlee Shalchian, LMFT, Clinical Supervisor for Multicultural Therapy Academy

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma, substance use disorders and codependency and relational/attachment. For nearly 15 years, I have worked with complex trauma and substance use disorders in inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. I am a certified EMDR therapist as well as an EMDR Consultant-in-Training.  I utilize EMDR therapy to assist with identifying, exploring and reprocessing distressing experiences that have occurred in the past to reduce the emotional distress they currently have which affects our present and future. I also utilize CBT, DBT and mindfulness to help reduce emotional suffering, foster resiliency and promote inner healing. I also utilize and teach mindfulness skills to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and to promote a sense of ease. I am interactive in therapy sessions and strive to hold us both accountable throughout the therapeutic process. I encourage feedback to guide and strengthen the therapeutic relationship. I am also passionate about providing clinical training and supervision to clinicians who are pursuing their Master's degrees and who are progressing toward licensure.

Tamara Altowaiji (she/her/hers), B.A., MFT (Completing Master Program - Marriage And Family Therapist)

Supervised by Carlee Schalchian, LMFT

"I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side." --Maya Angelou

Tamara believes creating a warm, trusting, and supportive environment can help you to safely process your emotions and experiences, and allow you to comfortably heal and grow. Tamara uses an integrative approach, drawing from cognitive behavioral, trauma focused, acceptance and commitment, solution focused, mindfulness and other therapies, to meet clients where they are and explore what works for them best as a unique individual. She is known to be empathetic, non-judgmental, and honest, which aids in building a respectful, open and collaborative therapeutic relationship. Together you can work toward discovering and reaching your goals, whether that be developing a deeper understanding of yourself, your relationships, and experiences, freeing yourself of patterns that no longer serve you, or processing what may be holding you back. Tamara believes providing the tools to heal can be an empowering experience, giving you more control of your life and relief overall. She knows therapy can be vulnerable and even intimidating to start, but is proud of anyone seeking out additional help and is grateful for the opportunity to partner with you alongside your journey of healing.

Tamara is completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University working under the supervision of Carlee Shalchian (LMFT #85518).

Areas of Focus Include:

  • Anxiety
  • Self-Esteem/Self-compassion
  • Trauma and Complex Trauma
  • Couples/Relationship Concerns
  • Attachment
  • Depression
  • College Aged Student Concerns

Stress Management:

  • Life Transitions/Adjustment to Change
  • Empowerment
  • Women's Issues
  • Sexual Assault
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Communication
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Family Conflict
  • Life Purpose

Special Interest:

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
  • Attachment Theory
  • TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
  • MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • The Gottman Method
  • EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy)

Felicia Davis (she/her/hers), B.A. (Completing Master Program - Marriage And Family Therapist)

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible.’” – Audrey Hepburn

Welcome all! My name is Felicia and I am currently enrolled in a Master level program at National University and work under the supervision of Carlee Shalchian. I obtained my Bachelor of Psychology at Capella University, where I was presented with the fundamentals of therapy that grew into the knowledge I have today.

I thrive on helping people grow and I feel that therapy can be a learning process and a great journey to growth. I truly believe that a safe space for people to evolve and become who they want to be is important. I will provide comfort in knowing that, whenever we are together, the space that is presented is one of tranquility and hope. Rest assured, your journey might have been a long and difficult one to embark on, but together, we can create peace. Everyone is someone, and with a little motivation and guidance, their inner self can open to possibilities of exploration and, sometimes, acceptance.

I wish that we can form a strong and healthy therapeutic relationship, where we can create and observe obtainable goals, and work towards a successful outcome that can end with you being healthier and happier in many aspects of your life.

Areas of Focus:

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Coping skills; grief and loss
  • Emotional attachment issues
  • Intimate partner violence and domestic abuse
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Managing stress
  • Mindfulness and wellness

Andre Jizmejian (Completing Master Program - Marriage And Family Therapist)

Andre Jizmejian works as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern under the supervision of Dr. Pamela Reeves. He is completing his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Cal State University - Fullerton. Andre provides short and long-term therapy to individuals, couples, and families. Andre helps people make positive changes by providing a safe, supportive, and trusting relationship. Through providing an environment to fully express thoughts and feelings, he empowers individuals by bringing an awareness to their distinctive, internal lives. This is achieved by his collaboration with clients to bring about a genuine experience and a fuller awareness. He has past experience in Applied Behavior Analysis, helping children and their parents through difficult times. His intervention has led to strengthening language, communication skills, improved attention, focus and social skills. Andre has successfully increased positive behaviors, taught new skills, helped maintain behaviors, and reduced interfering challenges in his clients.

Kenesha (she/her/hers), Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT 133023
Supervised by Dr. Pamela Reeves

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Hello, my name is Kenesha. My purpose as a therapist is to create a safe space for my clients to be able to advocate for themselves in session as they begin to find their voice. I believe that you are the expert in your life. I am a therapist who values establishing a compassionate and supportive environment while providing an integrative approach to assist each client in achieving positive mental health. My theoretical orientations include Person-Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. I enjoy working with various age groups from 10 years of age and up.

I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counselor from California Baptist University and my BA degree from California State University San Bernardino with a degree in Criminal Justice. I am currently an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT 133023, under the supervision of Dr. Pamela Reeves, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT, 51463

I look forward to meeting with you soon, and I understand therapy can be a vulnerable place, but together we can work towards understanding and healing!

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