Los Angeles Chapter — California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
2024 Board of Directors
Jennifer Stonefield, LMFT
Jennifer Stonefield, LMFT: Jennifer is Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She’s always had a passion for psychology and going on the therapeutic journey with her clients reminds her of this every day. She has a wide array of clinical experience ranging from working with children in an educational setting to those suffering from dementia to individual work in several group, private practices where age holds no boundaries. She has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Jennifer applies a person-centered approach when working with clients, as she believes that a “one size fits all” approach simply won’t cut it. Website: www.jenniferstonefield.com.
Akiah T. Robinson Selwa, LMFT
Akiah Robinson Selwa, LMFT, President of Sunrise Therapy Center, specializes in biblical counseling, trauma-informed therapy, anxiety management, family therapy, grief & loss, and lifespan transitions. With 24 years of collective experience as a domestic violence prevention advocate, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and mentor, Akiah is skilled in working with families, individuals, children, the BIPOC population, abuse survivors, and members of adoption/foster care constellations. She approaches therapy with cultural humility that promotes acceptance, safety, empowerment, and creativity. Website: sunrisetherapycenter.org.
Valerie Klayman, LMFT (Outgoing)
Billie Klayman, LMFT: I’m a Meaning Centered Therapist who has been practicing the art of therapy for over 15 years; I’ve been licensed for over 10 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 clinical supervisor at the Antioch University Counseling Center for their main clinic and the Colors program. Website: ValerieKlayman.
Di Wilson, LMFT (Incoming)
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.
Kimberly Morgan, LMFT
Kimberly Morgan, (she/her) MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with anxiety, depression, couples, parents, families and athletes. She completed her MA in clinical psychology with a specialty in applied community psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles. She specializes in healing from loss and grief, and using strengths and community to process trauma. Therapeutic approaches include person centered therapy, family systems, CBT and DBT. Kimberly is an athlete who competes with US Masters Swimming and triathlons and helps anxious athletes to cope with negative thinking and improve performance .
Christina Cacho Sakai, LMFT
Christina “Tina” Cacho Sakai, LMFT (she/her), is a Latinx (Mexican-American) psychotherapist in private practice and a former community based therapist, clinical supervisor, associate director, and adjunct faculty at CSULA. She provides psychotherapy with BIPOC folx in a culturally responsive, LGBTQIA+ affirming and social justice-oriented atmosphere. Specializations include healing from trauma, befriending anxiety, processing grief and loss, exploring creativity, and honoring full intersectional identities. Therapeutic approaches include strength-based, psychodynamic, internal family systems and somatic therapy. She is currently in the BIPOC Somatic Experiencing Training Certificate Program. Website: https://www.christinacachosakai.com/.
Jenni J.V. Wilson, LMFT
Lexi Berard, AMFT
Alexandra “Lexi” Berard, MA, AMFT, sees clients both in private practice and in residential treatment at a recovery center. She specializes in working with couples and individuals exploring their relational patterns or going through life transitions, such as marriage or parenthood. She is a graduate of Antioch University, Los Angeles’ Clinical Psychology program and trained in psychodynamic theories, emotionally-focused therapy, trauma-informed modalities, and LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapies. As a former advertising executive, Lexi brings her experience working with businesses of all sizes to her work with fellow therapists and in supporting LA-CAMFT.Website: https://www.lexiberardtherapy.com
Susan (Suzy) Herbert, LMFT
Susan Herbert, LMFT, is certified in Gestalt Experiential Therapy. As a therapist , Suzy believes we owe it to ourselves to do much more than just survive, being cast from one challenge to the next, without direction or choice. Her experiences have not only increased her resilience but have opened doors for her to take on new challenges (even the scary ones), to embrace the possibilities life presents and to seize new opportunities for personal growth. When meeting with clients, she recognizes the courage it takes to embark on this journey, and the importance of providing a safe, brave, judgment-free space to promote healing and growth. Website: https://sherberttherapy.com.
Sandi Bohle, AMFT
Sandi Bohle, MA, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, is in private practice in Pasadena, supervised by Douglas Sadownick, Ph.D., LMFT. Specializing in complex trauma, Sandi works from a Psychodynamic approach synthesized with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and EMDR while incorporating humor, play, and somatic modalities to help individuals address the various challenges that life and relationships often bring. Sandi has an MA in Clinical Psychology, Psychological Trauma specialization, from Antioch University, Los Angeles, is an alumnus of Open Paths Counseling, has advanced training in EMDR and DBT and has begun advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Website: sandibohletherapy.com
Brian Hart, AMFT
On a distant planet, around a dying Red Sun, a scientist and his wife bundled their infant son into an experimental rocket, and launched him towards Earth. Unfortunately, this is NOT the story of Brian Hart, but I always hoped it might be true. Later in life, I decided to become a Marriage and Family Therapist in order to work with others. I graduated from Antioch Los Angeles with a Master’s degree in psychology. Currently, I am now an associate MFT working on completing my hours for licensure. If you are an individual, couple or adolescent who seeks a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships, together we can create a healing narrative that allows for change and growth. Website: www.brianharttherapy.com.
Elizabeth Sterbenz, LMFT
Elizabeth Sterbenz, LMFT, CFT-I™, 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 a certified financial therapist. Website: www.elizabethsterbenz.com/.
Stara Shakti, LMFT
Stara Shakti, LMFT, has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and specialization in Trauma Studies from Antioch University-LA. With a private practice in West L.A, Stara works with young adults in their 20s/30s and specializes in: Trauma and Intersectionality, LGBTQIA+ and POC/BIPOC folks, Neurodivergents, and first-generation Americans (especially from East / South Asian communities). Stara also helps survivors of narcissistic abuse heal from their past trauma. A founding member of LA-CAMFT’s Diversity Committee (since its origin in 2017), Stara is excited to be 2024 Chair of the Diversity Committee to highlight intersectionality—the “diversity within diversity. Website: www.starashaktilmft.com
Javan Taherkhani, AMFT
Javan Taherkhani, AMFT, is a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist native to and based in Los Angeles, specializing in treating young individual adults and couples. Javan believes in a highly collaborative approach to therapy and operates primarily from a postmodern perspective, utilizing a blend of Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, and Person-Centered approach to work alongside clients toward re-authoring stories for their lives by their choice and voice. He received a Bachelor’s of Arts in psychology and film studies from Claremont McKenna College and a Master’s of Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute. Website: Psychology Today.
Keonna Robinson, LMFT
Keonna Robinson, LMFT, founder of P.E.A.C.E. Wellness Collective: Individual & Family Therapy Center, specializes in grief & traumatic loss, relationship counseling, and stress management from a holistic and communal healing lens. She began her career working in medical clinics conducting behavioral research and now has over 11 years of collective experience as a psychotherapist, assistant professor, clinical trainer, and mentor. Keonna has served as a clinician in multiple levels of care including residential, school-based, outpatient, and inpatient within the DCFS, probation, and community mental health settings. Keonna currently works with individuals and couples of color overcoming life transitions, rebuilding healthy communication, and finding purpose after traumatic losses. Her clinical approach is filled with compassion and honesty while teaching skills that spark new insights to propel forward. Website: www.pwcla.com.
Leanne Nettles, LMFT
Leanne Nettles, LMFT (She/Her), is the Clinical Trainer at McKinley Children's Center in San Dimas, and Adjunct Faculty at Pacific Oaks College. Leanne specializes in working with at-risk children, adolescents, and families in healing trauma and improving socio-emotional and behavioral functioning. A MAP-certified supervisor and trainer, she brings energy and enthusiasm to developing team-focused collaborative therapy and community partnerships, and empowering disenfranchised communities. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, Leanne utilizes her training and background experience in dance, spirituality, and multiculturalism to inform and advocate for culturally competent therapy and expressive therapeutic interventions.
Sahaja Douglass, LMFT
Sahaja Douglass, LMFT, has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2001. Working primarily with adult clients in private practice, Sahaja combines a psychodynamic approach with practical and nourishing mindfulness practices. Recently, a large part of Sahaja’s practice has been focused on supporting clients who are in the midst of treatment for a serious medical condition. Sahaja’s prior leadership experience includes serving on the Board of Directors for Cooportunity Natural Foods, and producing short films and plays. In addition to being a psychotherapist, Sahaja teaches the Integrated Amrita Meditation and is a committed yoga and meditation practitioner with a passion for pickleball. Website: www.SahajaPsychotherapy.com