Los Angeles Chapter — California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
2021 Board of Directors
Jenni J.V. Wilson, LMFT
Jenni J.V. Wilson, LMFT: As a collaborative conversationalist, Jenni uses an integrative approach based on post-modern principles. She works with creative, anxious, mixed race, and co-dependent clients on improving and eliminating toxic relationships, while increasing authentic expression. Jenni has a BA in theatre from Occidental College, an MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University LA, is trained in EMDR, and certified in Narrative Therapy from Caspersen Therapy Training Center. An accomplished writer, she has produced/co-hosted multiple podcasts, is the primary therapist at Conclusions Treatment Center in Mission Hills, and has a private practice in Sherman Oaks. Website: www.JenniJVWilson.com.
Leanne Nettles, LMFT
Leanne Nettles, LMFT: Clinical Supervisor of School-Based Services at D'Veal Family and Youth Services in the San Gabriel Valley, specializes in working with at-risk children, adolescents, and families in improving socio-emotional and behavioral functioning. A MAP certified supervisor and trainer, she brings energy and enthusiasm to developing team-focused collaborative therapy, developing community partnerships, and empowering disenfranchised communities. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, Leanne is an Adjunct Faculty member at Pacific Oaks College and utilizes her training and background experience in dance, spirituality, and multiculturalism to inform and advocate for culturally competent therapy and expressive therapeutic interventions.
aka Billie Klayman
CFO (Chief Financial Officer)
Billie Klayman, LMFT: I’m a Meaning Centered Therapist who has been practicing the art of therapy for over 11 years; I’ve been licensed for over 5 years. I have been a participating member of the Los Angeles Chapter of CAMFT since 2008 and have been part of our executive board as CFO since 2014. I am a supervisor at the Antioch University Counseling Center as well as conducting my private practice at AUCC. Last year I was hired by the city of Culver City to be the resident therapist for the community as well as providing therapy to the members of the Culver City Senior Center. Website: ValerieKlayman.
Jennifer Stonefield, LMFT
Jennifer Stonefield, LMFT.
Matthew Evans, LMFT
Matthew Evans, LMFT, utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in his work as a Primary Therapist in Resilience Treatment Center’s residential program for adults. As a licensed therapist, Matthew provides individual and group therapy to adolescents and adults with anxiety-related disorders, including OCD, panic disorder, social anxiety, GAD, and school/test anxiety.
Di Wilson, LMFT, is passionate about working with high achievers who have overcome the pain and difficulty of growing up with mental illness, alcoholism, neglect or abuse. She uses her comprehensive training in Jungian psychotherapy, Trauma Resiliency, Brainspotting, and body/brain-oriented therapies to promote healing and integration in her work with adults experiencing the effects of early trauma, quarter or midlife crises, anxiety, depression, feelings of emptiness and dissatisfaction, and the subsequent search for a more meaningful life. When not working, Di loves to spend time walking at the beach and even taking a bracing dip in the Pacific. Website: www.diwilsontherapy.com .
Lynne Azpeitia, LMFT
Lynne Azpeitia, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, supports and coaches licensed therapists, associates, and students in creating, maintaining (or revitalizing) a successful, thriving clinical practice and a profitable career. Based in Santa Monica, Lynne does coaching and psychotherapy with gifted, talented & creative adults, couples, and families—and provides supervision, consultation & training to licensed therapists, interns and supervisors. A Professor Emeritus of Phillips Graduate University, Lynne’s a popular speaker and workshop leader, well known for her practical, useful, cutting-edge advice—and is nationally recognized for her skillful, innovative training and extensive knowledge of Virginia Satir’s work. Websites: www.Gifted-Adults.com, www.LAPracticeDevelopment.com, www.LynneAzpeitia.com.
Lucy Sladek, LMFT
Lucy Sladek, LMFT.
Ava Shokoufi, LMFT
Ava Shokoufi, LMFT, is in private practice with offices in Sherman Oaks and Westlake Village where she works with individuals and couples navigating depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, life transitions, and midlife crises. Ava’s therapeutic approach is holistic, client-centered and collaborative. She has advanced training in CBT, DBT, EMDR and can integrate expressive art therapy and mindfulness techniques. Working with couples, she uses Emotionally Focused Therapy to help rebuild emotional connections, intimacy, trust, improve communication skills, or more effectively recover from a major betrayal. Ava has served on the LA-CAMFT Diversity Committee since 2016 as a Board member. Website: www.mindfulthrivetherapy.com.
DeMonta Whiting, LMFT
DeMonta Whiting, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of Assertive Communication Counseling (A.C.C.) based in West Los Angeles, California. DeMonta has comprehensive training in Evidence-based Practices such as Seeking Safety, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He utilizes these methods to help clients who are suffering from low self-esteem and have difficulty setting healthy boundaries to voice their needs confidently and value themselves and their rights to create healthy, happy, and respectful relationships. DeMonta is producer and co-host of Uninformed Consent, a podcast that addresses a diverse range of mental health-related topics. Website: www.assertivecommunication.help
Darlene Basch, LCSW
Darlene Basch, LCSW, is a body psychotherapist for people seeking to overcome daily anxiety, panic attacks and other life challenges. Her practice focuses on parents, children, teens, and families. Darlene’s transformation therapy techniques help clients open up and move forward with a new sense of well-grounded calm. She teaches powerful stabilizing techniques for use anywhere, anytime with immediate results. As lead trainer for Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation, she traveled worldwide training interviewers. Darlene also teaches workshops on parenting, post-traumatic stress, sexual abuse, relationships, stress management, spirituality, and meditation. Darlene previously served as the LA-CAMFT Networking Events Chair for 4 years and Membership Chair. Website: www.transformationtherapy.com.
Elizabeth Sterbenz, LMFT
Elizabeth Sterbenz, LMFT, is in private practice in the Beverly Grove — Fairfax area of Los Angeles where she works with individuals couples and adolescents navigating anxiety trauma relationship issues and life transitions. Trained in evidence-based treatments for trauma including EMDR cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure, Elizabeth helps clients using a solution-focused approach as well as drawing from elements of existential psychodynamic and cognitive behavior therapy. Her practice includes a specialization in working with clients to explore their relationship with money and finances as she is trained in, and holds a certificate in, Financial Therapy. Website: www.elizabethsterbenz.com/.
Christina Cacho Sakai, LMFT
Christina Cacho Sakai, LMFT, is a Latinx psychotherapist in private practice in NELA (North East Los Angeles). She provides individual and family therapy in a comfortable and supportive environment and her specializations include self-discovery & empowerment, learning effective communication skills, and building healthy relationships as well as grief release & recovery, healing from emotional, physical & sexual abuse, addiction & recovery, and alleviating depression & anxiety. Christina also specializes in parenting support, finding your passion, tapping into your creativity and navigating the world through a cultural, racial and LGBTQIA+ lens.
Harper White, AMFT
Harper White, AMFT, is in private practice in Woodland Hills where, under the supervision of Dr. Alex Bunch, she works with young women ages 14-30 on navigating relationships, increasing self-esteem, decreasing symptoms of anxiety and depression, and a variety of other issues. In addition to her practice, Harper works as the Clinical Training and Professional Development Coordinator at Pepperdine University’s Encino Campus, guiding graduate students through their MFT Traineeships. Passionate about supporting the pre-licensed community of therapists in Los Angeles, Harper enjoys planning and hosting LA-CAMFT’s 3000 Club events for pre-licensed clinicians to gather and connect with one another. Website: www.harperwhitetherapy.com.
Jonathan Flier, LMFT
Jonathan Flier, LMFT, creates emotionally safe, empathic connections with clients. He specializes in working with men, treating trauma, anxiety, high conflict and passionless couples. Jonathan guides individuals and couples to create strong bonds of intimacy for satisfying relationships. He helps clients recover from traumatic experiences utilizing somatic treatments such as EMDR and the Trauma Resiliency Model. For over 20 years Jonathan supervised interns. He also provides consultations to licensed MFT’s and LCSW’s.From 2008 to 2014, Jonathan served as President of LACAMFT and has remained on the Board of Directors. He’s currently on the Board of CAMFT. Website: www.JonathanFlier.com.