Los Angeles Chapter — California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Special Interest Group Chairs
Sandi Bohle, AMFT
Sandi Bohle, MA, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, is in private practice in Pasadena at Tree of Life Healing, supervised by Chris Tickner, PhD, 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 from Antioch University, Los Angeles, is an alumnus of Open Paths Counseling Center, has advanced training in EMDR and DBT and has begun advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Website: sandibohletherapy.com.
Gina Balit, LMFT, ATR
Gina Balit, LMFT, ATR, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. She works in a private practice setting in Woodland Hills, CA. Gina has a deep and life-long love and passion for children and art. She specializes in working with young children of divorce and abuse/domestic violence helping them heal from fear of abandonment in particular, but also trauma, anxiety, depression, and anger. She is bilingual in Armenian (western and eastern dialects) and is passionate about helping her community. She has extensive experience in school-based settings, as well as agencies, shelters, transitional homes, and group practice settings, running individual sessions as well as group sessions such as support, educational, parenting, emotional management, life skills, and art therapy groups. She has also worked with autistic children and has provided home-based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). She has Domestic Violence and Grief and Loss certifications as well as trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model.
Gina is also a graphic designer and a "techie" who is passionate about providing freelance marketing/advertising and bookkeeping services. She values being a leadership position — she also serves on the board of SFV-CAMFT. She holds a Bachelors degree from Cal State Northridge in Child and Adolescent Development with a minor in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy. She is a forever coffee, blue, and Disney lover. Website: theartofmft.com.
Tyana Tavakol, is a graduate student at Pepperdine University's Clinical Psychology Program in Malibu and a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee at Airport Marina Counseling Service where she counsels individuals using a psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness treatment approach. As a second-generation Iranian American, Tyana is passionate about working with the BIPOC community. Her goal with clients is to enable them to create a life where they can be the most authentic versions of themselves. Tyana has experience helping those who struggle with communication skills, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Valerie Klayman, LMFT
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.