Sarah Taylor, LMFT - Director of Clinical Services 

Featured Behavior Therapists  

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Credentials: Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Psy.D.)

License Year: 2006

Grad School: Nova Southeastern University

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

Megan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that has worked within the addiction and mental health field for the past four years. 
Since graduating with her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2015, Megan has been providing mental health and addiction services in Los Angeles. 


She has extensive knowledge in substance abuse and relapse prevention, having worked in both detox, residential, and IOP treatment facilities. Megan also has a special interest in treating eating disorders and sex and love addiction, guest lectured on these topics at UCLA extension, and volunteered at the Eating Disorder Center of California, where she helped young girls navigate their emotions as they battled with their urges to restrict and purge. Megan also worked at a non-profit organization that focused on providing children of low-income families mental health services through their school. In her therapeutic practice, Megan uses a collaborative approach to develop self-understanding in her clients and encourage healthy new attitudes and feelings toward their life situations. 

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.  

 

Dr. Sandler is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a practitioner in the field of school psychology in both in California and Florida. She obtained her license to practice in 2006 and worked in South Florida for over ten years prior moving to California. She was a vendor for the Department of Education (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services) for over ten years evaluating adults to assist them in qualifying to receive aid in furthering their education or training and/or obtain employment. Her goal is to provide a nurturing and collaborative environment to help people evolve and heal.

Dr. Sandler has extensive training in psychotherapy and assessments of both children and adults. She has worked with several school districts and has taught graduate level classes as an adjunct at multiple universities. Dr. Sandler also has a history of working within the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and several years within a private practice. Dr. Sandler provides individual, couples, group and family therapy. In addition, she has an extensive background in formally assessing for a multitude of issues including learning disorders, autism, ADHD, sex offender, other psychiatric disorders

Lisa Sandler, Psy.D. - Clinical Psychologist 

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.

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Credentials: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MSW)

License Year: 2016

Grad School: California State University Northridge 

Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She began her career as a behavioral therapist working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Upon earning her Masters, Amy worked in community mental health working as a psychotherapist at Lamp Community and Step Up On Second.  She additionally has several years of experience working in residential and outpatient treatment specializing in working with adolescents and adults struggling with substance abuse, addiction, and eating disorders.  
 
Amy has extensive experience providing individual, family and group therapy to adolescents and adults.  She is trained in psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and mindfulness techniques.   Amy places great emphasis on the client-therapist relationship, as she believes that a strong therapeutic relationship between therapist and client can be a powerful catalyst for growth and change.  Amy works collaboratively with clients to both honor their unique wisdom and experience and to empower them to develop ownership over their recovery as well as their lives.  

Richilda Hardy, LMFT - Therapist

Melissa Medina, M.A. - Associate MFT

Amy Sobelman, LCSW - Therapist

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Credentials: Associate MFT (M.A.)

Graduation Year: 2018

Grad School: Philips Graduate Institute 

Neda Safvati, Psy.D.  - President and CEO 

Charmaine Mislang

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


Natily graduated from Philip’s Graduate University with her Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy, as well as earning a credential in School Counseling.

For the last twelve years Natily has worked with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Natily uses her education and experience working within clients in a school based setting to provide parents and clients with tools to aide in decreasing anxiety, maladaptive behaviors and provide an increase in focus and productivity.

Natily has a passion for collaborating with children, families, and her colleagues to increase the overall wellness of a client. Natily approaches each client with the upmost positive regard and works hard to create a sacred, nonjudgmental and safe space to provide psychotherapy in. 

Richilda Hardy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists who has worked in the mental health field since receiving her Bachelor’s Degree. She continued her career path in Psychology receiving her Master’s Degree in 2001 and obtained her licensure in 2006.


Richilda has worked in various mental health programs and settings including residential treatment, day treatment program, school-based, outpatient, crisis shelters, substance use and private practice. She specializes in trauma and has been a Certified TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) Supervisor since 2008. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents presenting with behavioral issues. She is a well-rounded clinician having treated children, adolescents, adults, families and couples with various diagnosis.


Richilda has held management positions. Most recently was the Director of Substance Use Disorder Program and now Director of Quality Improvement for a non-profit agency.

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

License Year: 2016

Grad School: Pepperdine University

Ariana Weiss

Megan House, LMFT - Therapist

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Credentials: Associate MFT (M.A.)

Graduation Year: 2016

Grad School: Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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Credentials: Associate MSW (M.A.)

Graduation Year: 2017

Grad School: Cal State University Northridge

Natily Dogom, M.A. - Associate MFT

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.

 

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Quick Facts

Credentials: Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Psy.D.)

License Year: 2011

Grad School: California School of Professional Psychology

Eric Saenz

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 (M.A.)

License Year: 2006

Grad School: National University 

Quick Facts

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

License Year: 2017

Grad School: California State University Northridge