Living Success Counseling Center’s Clinical Staff:
People often ask how are we able to provide our services for such affordable fees. One of the ways that makes this possible is our staff of Volunteer clinicians. All of the clinicians provide therapy in order to receive hours toward graduation or their state license. They don’t receive monetary compensation, they get many hours of diverse experience and specialized training. They often start with the Counseling Center as graduate students in a Masters Program at one of the many local universities like: Alliant International University, Pepperdine University, California State University at Fullerton, National University, Chapman University, Vanguard University, Webster University, or Southern California University.
Every clinician must be supervised weekly. Supervisors at the Living Success Counseling Center meet individually and in group with every clinician. The Counseling Center's supervisors are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists who have taken special training to be Certified by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. This Certification takes 2 years to complete and shows the commitment the Center has to providing the highest level of supervision and training.
After they graduate from their Masters Program, they register with the State of California as Associates. They now will have to accumulate 3,000 hours of experience in order to take the state licensing exam. When they pass the exam, they are licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and are able to set up their own private practice and receive payment for their services. This process can take 2-6 years and is difficult to manage. By the time they get licensed, we have ensured that they are well trained, ethical therapists.
If you would like to apply to become a clinician at Living Success Center, please fill out an application form under our Prospective Clinician page. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Ryan Watanabe at [email protected].
MEET OUR CLINICIANS
My name is Angga Rahadyan. I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #110429) as well as a doctoral candidate at Alliant International University. In my five years of experience, I have worked at a substance abuse residential treatment center, nonprofits, and a private practice. I primarily work with adults and couples. My clinical interests lie in internal parts work and existential issues. My other qualifications include doctoral level classes in cognitive behavioral therapy and narrative therapy. I am also actively involved in one-on-one consultations in internal family systems therapy.
This marks the second chapter of my professional journey, with prior involvement in the fashion and film industries. Hence, I consider myself fortunate to have discovered my true purpose. For me, becoming a therapist is not a job but a calling. With that in mind, I aspire to actively contribute to the LSC community where I continually evolve, offering support while enhancing my skill set. Drawing from my graduate studies in mental health and clinical counseling, my hope is to improve the quality of life and well-being of my clients. While my foundation lies in humanistic approaches, I integrate narrative, psychodynamic, somatic, and emotion-focused therapeutic techniques. With a collaborative person-centered framework, I work with clients to co-create a safe space that is tailored to an individual’s unique needs with the overarching goal of providing the opportunity to heal and thrive while advocating, empowering and instilling hope.
Hi! My name is Candice and I am an attachment-based, relationally-focused, trauma-aware clinician. This means that my therapeutic approach is to help you understand how individual and relational struggles came to be by connecting past relationship experiences, cultural patterns, and primary injuries to those in the present. This is especially relevant in couples’ therapy through which I believe much soul-healing can occur. I also utilize somatic and grounding techniques to reconnect mind and body in order to help you self-regulate through difficult moments. My hope is that here at LSC, you will find a genuine and compassionate helper to strengthen your core self so that you can live the healthier, braver, and more authentic life you have been longing for. I look forward to speaking with you and getting to know you! Theoretical Frameworks: Psychodynamic, Attachment-Based, Somatic Experiencing, Imago Therapy, Gottman Therapy, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples and Individuals (EFT and EFIT) Areas of Interest: Couples (dating, pre-marital, and long-term), narcissistic abuse, complex PTSD, multi-generational and cultural trauma, life transitions, and spiritual issues.
Hi! My name is Hannah, and I am a Professional Clinical Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee. I am committed to helping clients reach their goals, increase their self-awareness, and live authentically. Everyone has the ability to learn and grow, and I strive to create a safe and accepting space for my clients to do so. My main goal as your therapist is to provide compassionate support, help you manage life’s ups and downs, and empower you to live a full, meaningful life. My approach to therapy is unique to each individual and is rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and somatic techniques. I specialize in working with people who have anxiety, depression, chronic illnesses and disabilities, are experiencing life transitions, and who are military affiliated.
I’m a Professional Clinical Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who meets clients with sensitivity, compassion, and a dash of humor. I collaborate with clients (and their physicians and/or healthcare team if indicated) to best support each of their goals. Through openness and curiosity, I foster a safe and accepting space for clients to feel secure in the therapeutic relationship and process. My approach to therapy is eclectic and tailored to each individual. I believe that because every person has unique experiences and identities, each person’s journey to healing and growth must also be unique. My integrative approach is rooted in therapeutic practices of CBT, DBT, ACT, and expressive arts work.
I am currently a Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee in my final semester of the MFT Master of Arts program at the Chicago School. My passion is studying how we interact with and are affected by the family system. We are all moving pieces within various systems, and we all feel the impact of our relationships within them. Family systems aren’t only about the family we are born into; they can also be our chosen families, our friend groups, or our work environment. Through this lens, I can work with you to increase your self-awareness and self-confidence and help you look at ways to improve those relationships. If you’re currently in recovery, I am well-versed in AA culture and can help you through this change in life. I love working with existential concerns such as questions of identity, grief, LGBT issues, trauma/acceptance, and relationship repair. Above all, I value transparency and trust while building our relationship, and I will strive to create a comfortable and safe environment in which to do our work together.
I work with individuals, couples, and families using a collaborative approach that creates a safe and accepting environment where clients feel seen, heard, and understood. I help clients gain a better understanding of themselves, how they relate to others, and explore the obstacles and barriers holding them back. My therapeutic approach supports clients in resolving their individual challenges, increasing personal awareness, and understanding how their past experiences relate to their current issues. With compassion and respect, I help clients create powerful changes in a way that honors their individual values, beliefs, and culture. My clinical work addresses a wide range of concerns including boundary and relationship issues, increasing self-worth and confidence, life transitions, anxiety, depression, sexual and gender identity concerns, substance abuse, grief, trauma, and family conflict.
My approach is strengths-based and humanistic. I introduce cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and somatic skills that you can put to use outside of our sessions. I also emphasize a holistic perspective that does not neglect systemic, cultural, environmental, and sociocultural factors that may be impacting the problem rather than blaming the individual. Every session is trauma-informed and rooted in nonjudgmental curiosity and self-compassion. I work primarily with adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, difficult transition periods, relational issues, and body image concerns/eating disorders.
As a narrative therapist, my approach is rooted in the belief that each individual's story is shaped by their cultural background, experiences, and identities. My goal is to engage my clients in a therapeutic journey that values their unique narratives, emphasizing the significance of cultural context in shaping their beliefs, values, and behaviors. A focus of mine involves creating a safe, inclusive space where my clients can explore their cultural identities, unpack the impact of societal norms and stereotypes, and navigate the complexities of multicultural experiences. Through active listening, empathy, and cultural sensitivity, I strive to empower my clients to reframe their stories in ways that promote healing, self-acceptance, and personal growth.