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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
Executive Director

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Kim Tortorici

M.S., LMFT
Administrative Director, Clinical Supervisor

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Atiya Malik

M.A., LMFT
Associate Director

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Arianna Helfant

M.A., LMFT
Director of Human Resources

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Ben Medina

M.A., AMFT
Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor

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Alexis Forrey

M.A.
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Andrew Stroscher

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Cecilia Polkinhorn

Art Therapist, Associate MFT

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Claudia Cruz

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Edie Moses

Art Therapist, Associate MFT

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Elizabeth Bailey

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Elizabeth Ingold

Registered AMFT

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Jane Kwon

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Jessica Ziehl

Art Therapist, Associate MFT

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Johanna Pavlogianis

Art Therapist, Associate MFT

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Julie Krimstein

M.A.
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Lisa Markinson

M.A.
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Liat Alon

Art Therapy Program Director ATR-BC, Associate MFT

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Lisa Hacken

MFT Trainee

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Lloyd Long

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Philip David

MFT Trainee

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Renee Brooks

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

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Alison de Caussin

MFT Trainee

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Gabriella Mahan

MFT Trainee

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Theresa Brown

MFT Trainee

Administrative Staff

Sharon Burnett, Ph.D, LMFT
Executive Director

Kim Tortorici, M.S., LMFT
Administrative Director, Clinical Supervisor

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
Executive Director