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Dr. Safvati is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and founder of Tiny Steps Developmental Services. She obtained her license to practice in 2011, and started Tiny Steps in 2016. Her goal is to provide children, adults and families with a safe place to improve their lives. 
 
Dr. Safvati has extensive training in psychotherapy and assessments of both children and adults. She was a Mental Health Services Act Fellow for Los Angeles County, and has received many awards and recognitions for her contributions to the community.
 
Dr. Safvati is certified in several Evidenced Based Practices including Child Parent Psychotherapy, Positive Parenting Program, Managing and Adapting Practices, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Safvati has presented around the country on various topics in the field including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and psychodiagnostic assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Quick Facts

Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist ( LMFT), PPS Credential

License Year: 2016

Grad School: California State University Northridge

Ray Long is a native Southern Californian, and is currently attending LA Film School in pursuit of a degree in digital filmmaking. They are the newest addition to the Tiny Steps admin family, and love the team and environment. Ray has an extensive history of customer service and support experience.

In addition to filmmaking, Ray is a hobby photographer and technology enthusiast. In their spare time, Ray loves to hike, bike, play basketball, cook, play board games and take their dog, Stella, to the beach.

 

Alisha is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She earned a Master of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Applied Behavior Analysis) from Arizona State University. Alisha has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families diagnosed with Autism and with varying developmental delays for over 10 years. Beginning her career as a behavior therapist, Alisha subsequently worked as a clinical supervisor and clinical director in the field of applied behavioral analysis. 


Alisha applies her training in behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, family systems, and mindfulness techniques to provide psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. Her focus is to create a safe environment for her clients to ultimately develop the insight and tools needed to realize their goals.


 

Sarah Taylor, LMFT - Director of Clinical Services 

Featured Behavior Therapists  

Our highly skilled behavior therapists take pride in the work they do with our clients every day. Each behavior therapist has been trained in the theory and application of Applied Behavior Analysis and receives ongoing training and supervision by a licensed clinician.  

Lisa Minster, M.S.W. - Associate CSW

Dalia Frank is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist, a Certified MFT Supervisor and a Credential School Counselor. She earned her Master’s degree in Science and Minors in Counseling from California State University Northridge.

Dalia started her career working extensively with at-risk youth who were in special education. She then worked in various school districts working with children alongside their families in elementary, middle and high schools who have struggled with academic, social/emotional, behavioral, and other mental health challenges, and has used TF-CBT with children and adolescents who have experienced various types of trauma. Dalia incorporates various modalities when working with children, adults, and families such as Solution-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Narrative Therapy and CBT. In all the modalities she uses mindfulness as a way to ground her clients and for them to feel present.

Melissa is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working under the direct supervision of Sarah Taylor, LMFT.


Melissa has gained clinical experience working in a community mental health setting providing individual and group psychotherapy. She has worked with clients of various diagnosis including Major Depression, Bipolar and Anxiety or other related disorders. Additional she has clinical experience working with individuals suffering from eating disorders by providing group therapy that consisted of mindfulness techniques, family dynamics and Cognitive Behavior Therapy in a residential setting.

Melissa uses a client-centered and developmental approach with her client’s and tailors’ client’s goals that also emphasizes their values and cultural background to help maximize ways to cope and achieve therapeutic goals. She believes on the power of the relationship to promote growth through a need of an environment that provides clients with genuineness, empathy, curiosity, acceptance and being seen with unconditional positive regard.  

 

Joanna Sarinas, M.A.

Sarah is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She began her career in community mental health, working as a psychotherapist at Airport Marina Counseling Services. In her role as a school-based therapist at the Help Group she specialized in working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social-emotional challenges. 

Sarah has extensive experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to adults, families and children. She is trained in cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, evidenced based social skills interventions and is a certified PEERS provider. Using a relationship-based, developmental approach with her clients that incorporates elements of behavior modification, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness, Sarah helps her clients devise successful ways to achieve their goals and cope more adaptively with everyday challenges.

Quick Facts

Credentials: Associate MSW (M.A.)

Graduation Year: 2017

Grad School: University of Southern California

Paige Lauren was born in Houston, TX and moved to Los Angeles in January 2013, after graduating from University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. She has been with the Tiny Steps team since May 2018 and strives to provide the best possible care and customer service. Paige believes mental well-being is as important as physical well-being, and urges her friends and family to advocate for their health and mental health.

Her hobbies include reading, playing with her dog, board games, cooking, and watching too much Great British Baking Show. She hopes to one day write for television and has just completed her first pilot.

 

Joanna Sarinas is an Associate Clinical Social Worker working under the direct supervision of Sarah Taylor, LMFT. 


She graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and she earned her Masters in Social Work from University of Southern California. In the past five years, Joanna has worked with varieties of local communities including Transitional Aged Youths (ages 17 to 26), children and families as well as adults. She has a background with working with high-risk and marginalized populations such as former foster youths, people struggling with substance abuse, and the homeless population. 


Joanna provides a safe space for her clients while assisting them to reach their treatment goals by applying client-centered approaches, solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapeutic techniques in her treatment. Joanna believes that every single person is worthy of succeeding their life goals and she will provide the tools they need to help achieve them

 

Melissa Medina, M.A. - Associate MFT

Neda Safvati, Psy.D.  - President and CEO 

Quick Facts

Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) & Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

License Year: 2018

Grad School: California State University Dominquez Hills

Charmaine Mislang

Paige Lauren - Administrative Assistant

Quick Facts

Credentials: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (M.A.)

License Year: 2016

Grad School: Pepperdine University

Ariana Weiss

Ray Long - Executive Assistant

Dalia Frank, LMFT - Therapist

Alisha Brown, BCBA, LMFT - Therapist

Quick Facts

Credentials: Associate MFT (M.A.)

Graduation Year: 2016

Grad School: Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Quick Facts

Credentials: Associate MSW (M.A.)

Graduation Year: 2017

Grad School: Cal State University Northridge

Lisa is an Associate Clinical Social Worker working under the direct supervision of Sarah Taylor, LMFT.


She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from CSUN.

Prior to joining Tiny Steps, Lisa worked in community mental health and school settings, providing individual, family, and group therapy, as well as case management, to a wide range of clients. Lisa has a passion for working with families to help them find their inner strength and realize their full potential. She approaches each therapeutic situation as unique and feels that by drawing upon an individuals’ strengths, she can assist them with making meaningful changes that can produce a significant difference in their lives.

 

Quick Facts

Credentials: Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Psy.D.)

License Year: 2011

Grad School: California School of Professional Psychology

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