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
Executive Director

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Kim Tortorici

M.S., LMFT
Clinical Director

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Stephen Friedman

PsyD, LMFT
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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Natalie Samuels

Registered Associate MFT
Director of Development

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Nicolle Alex

Registered Associate MFT

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Maxine Bahns

MFT Trainee

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Elizabeth Bailey

Registered Associate MFT

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Theresa Brown

MFT Trainee

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Alison de Caussin

MFT Trainee

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Kristin Gilchrist

MFT Trainee

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Alexis Greener Forrey

Registered Associate MFT

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Lisa Hacken

MFT Trainee

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Cristina Hodge

Registered Associate MFT

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Elizabeth Ingold

Registered Associate MFT

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Julie Krimstein

Registered Associate MFT

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Jane Kwon

Registered Associate MFT

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Jennifer LaFleur

Registered Associate MFT

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Lisa Markinson

M.A., LMFT

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Ben Medina

Registered Associate MFT

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Edie Moses

Art Therapist, Registered Associate MFT

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Cecilia Polkinhorn

Art Therapist, Registered Associate MFT

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Tom Reyes

Registered Associate MFT

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Jennifer Robertson

MFT Trainee

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Celeste Zarpas

MFT Trainee

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Jessica Ziehl

Art Therapist, Registered Associate MFT

Administrative Staff

Sharon Burnett, Ph.D, LMFT
Executive Director

Kim Tortorici, M.S., LMFT
Clinical 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
Executive Director