Meet Our Staff – West Valley Counseling Center

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Meet Our Staff

About West Valley Counseling Center

Established in 2006, and recently reorganized as a non-profit agency, the mission at West Valley Counseling Center in the San Fernando Valley is to provide high quality, affordable therapy and family counseling in a private practice setting. Supported by client fees, fundraising activities and direct donations, our goal is to meet the needs of those who cannot afford, or do not have access to, these services due to economic circumstances.
Providing affordable mental health care helps promote a healthy society. We strive to help individuals work through everyday challenges, life transitions, trauma and pain, ultimately finding greater understanding, acceptance, and love of themselves and others, thereby contributing to a healthier community.

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Sharon Burnett

Ph.D, LMFT
Founder/Executive Director

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Atiya Malik

M.A., LMFT
Associate Director

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Natalie Samuels

Registered Associate MFT,
Director of Development

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Arianna Helfant

M.A., LMFT
Director of Human Resources

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Celeste Zarpas

Registered Associate MFT,
Executive Assistant

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Stephen Friedman

PsyD, LMFT
Clinical Supervisor

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Arturo Arceo

MFT Trainee

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Annalisa Barrett

Registered Associate MFT

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Alison de Caussin

Registered Associate MFT/PCC

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Allison Chan

MFT Trainee

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Aimee Ford

MFT Trainee

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Melissa Foulks

Registered Associate MFT

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Paola Gancman

Register Associate MFT

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Lisa Hacken

Registered Associate MFT

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Myron Jones

MFT Trainee

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Erin Kennedy

Registered Associate PCC

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Jane Kwon

Registered Associate MFT

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Isabella Lavert

MFT Trainee

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Halie Martin

MFT Trainee

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Lluvia Mayorquin

MFT Trainee

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Ben Medina

Registered Associate MFT

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Julie Morgavi

Registered Associate MFT/PCC

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Anthony Nzeribe

Registered Associate MFT

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Blessing Okoli

MFT Trainee

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Cecilia Polkinhorn

Art Therapist, Registered Associate MFT

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Shontá Price

MFT Trainee

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Jennifer Robertson

Registered Associate PCC

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Suzanne Samuels

MFT Trainee

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Diana Turin

MFT Trainee

Administrative Staff

Sharon Burnett, Ph.D, LMFT
Founder/Executive Director

Atiya Malik, M.A., LMFT
Associate Director

Advisory Board

Diane Goodman, Esq. Family Law Mediation www.goodmanmediation.com

Michael Topp, M.A.,, MFT Psychotherapist and Addiction Specialist Private practice since 1982

Lawrence Lincoln, M.D., Director of Hospice Care Tucson Medical Center

Anne Taylor-Lincoln, L.P.C., Coordinator and Staff Leader Growth and Transition Workshops www.growthandtransition.com

Board of Directors

Rena Shpegel, MPH, CHES Sr Grant and Contract Admin. Northeast Valley Health Corp.

Michele Maple, Ph.D, Director, Matriculation College of the Canyons

Sharon Burnett, Ph.D, LMFT
Founder/Executive Director

Kim Tortorici, M.S., LMFT
Clinical Director

Radhika Jonas, Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County