Sorrento Valley

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Alison Filipski, APCC

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor Supervised by Lauren Manlove, LCSW

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Alison has a passion for working with youth and believes in the importance in their development of self-worth, as there are various obstacles children face such as contact with social media. She has worked with clients experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression, trauma, anger management, conduct/adjustment issues, suicidal ideation, familial disputes, questions regarding sexual/gender identity, and youth with special needs. She is empathetic, compassionate, multiculturally competent, and trauma informed in her practice. Alison implements a strengths-based Client-Centered approach while utilizing a variety of evidence-based methods including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems, Play Therapy, and adapts treatment to each client based on their specific needs. Alison has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling & School Counseling from the University of San Diego. In the past five years, she has provided mental health services to diverse populations, including individual and group therapy to children, teens, and families in an assortment of locations including in-home and school-based settings.

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Jenny Burgraff, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Jenny arrives with an extensive background in healthcare and a strong passion for working with children, adolescents and their families to promote healing and empowerment from within.  She has worked in both medical and psychiatric inpatient settings with individuals and families experiencing depression, anxiety, and trauma, along with challenges with self-regulation, self-esteem, self-harm, grief, substance use and adjustment to life changes including medical diagnoses and chronic illness.  Working through a trauma-informed lens and strengths-based treatment approach, Jenny will collaborate with you to build a trusting relationship where you can safely explore your thoughts and feelings while working towards your treatment goals.  Jenny will provide you with strategies and tools to tolerate the work of healing and to cope with issues as they arise, recognizing that we all exist in families and communities that have their own strengths and challenges.  Jenny has experience with cognitive behavioral therapy, brief solution focused therapy, and crisis intervention, and is prepared to meet you where you are on your journey.  Jenny holds a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Oregon and an MSW from Portland State University.  She finds her own balance in the outdoors with friends, family and her constant canine companion, Charlie Brown.  

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Haley O'Bryan, AMFT, APCC

Associate Marriage and Family Therapy and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor Supervised by Melanie Carrion, LMFT

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Haley is an associate marriage and family therapist (AMFT) and associate professional clinical counselor (APCC) who graduated from California State University, Fullerton’s M.S. in Counseling Program. As a therapist, Haley takes a client-centered, solution-focused approach and is warm, non-judgmental, and culturally competent. While Haley is equipped to work with clients on a wide range of issues, she is particularly interested in life adjustments, such as post-COVID adaptation, college/career transitions, and healing from trauma. She wrote her thesis on healing from high demand cults and has expertise in this area, too. Haley is also committed to serving LGBTQ+ community members and allies of this group. She creates a safe space for conversation and exploration around these identities. 

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Amanda Hanna, AMFT, APCC

Associate Marriage and Family Therapy and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor Supervised by Lauren Manlove, LCSW

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Amanda provides an empathetic, understanding, and compassionate therapeutic environment for her clients. She has experience working with children, teens, and adult individuals experiencing a range of issues including: anxiety, depression, life transitions, codependency, emotional reactivity, ADHD, trauma, substance abuse, and more. Her approach is both collaborative and integrative, drawing upon strengths-based, solution-focused, postmodern methods and mindfulness. Amanda works with adults and mothers to help them gain insight and develop coping skills to restore their personal agency, facilitate interpersonal growth and enhance individual life experiences and relationships. While working with children and youth, she often utilizes play therapy techniques and interactive interventions to engage them in learning self-regulation techniques and improve their identification and communication of emotions in tangible ways appropriate to their developmental levels. Amanda empowers her clients’ personal strengths and resiliency by tailoring treatment uniquely to each individual client in order to best service their specific wants and needs. She received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University.

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Melissa Proctor, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Melissa has been working with children and teens for over 25 years and considers it a privilege to have a career that enables her to help those she serves.  Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and her LCSW in 2014.  She has worked as a social worker with youth for several private non-profit organizations and a therapist in school, home and office settings. Melissa has a strength-based, solution-focused approach and considers it most important to provide a safe and comfortable environment for young people to experience growth through the therapeutic process. Melissa’s most effective skills are in engaging youth and their parents and building productive, collaborative relationships to meet the goals they have set for themselves.  Melissa places a specific focus on involving families in the treatment of children as the greatest progress can be seen in the context of the family.   Melissa has a wealth of experience using a variety of therapeutic techniques to help children and youth work through issues related to depression, anxiety, self-esteem, school and relationship challenges, trauma, grief/loss, etc. She looks forward to assisting your child and family in overcoming the barriers you are currently facing so you can experience a happier and healthier life!  

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Lauren Manlove, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Supervisor & Clinical Manager

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Lauren is a licensed clinical social worker with a background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and trauma informed care. Lauren also incorporates Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, mindfulness, family involvement and parenting support into her work. She has worked in various settings including inpatient psychiatric units, intensive outpatient programs, day treatment programs, school based programs and community clinics. She has also worked with diverse populations, but has primarily focused her work with children, adolescents and families. She has specific experience addressing issues including ADHD, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety, self-regulation, Autism spectrum disorder (level 1), self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, self harm and adjustment challenges. Lauren truly values using a strengths-based treatment approach to help co-create a relationship where clients can freely explore their thoughts and feelings, in addition to building tools and strategies to overcome challengesShe received her masters in social work from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA in 2010.

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Jennifer Siddons, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Supervised by Megan Baldwin, LCSW

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Jennifer is an associate marriage and family therapist registered in the state of California with over 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. She has worked with adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. Jennifer has gained extensive experience working with children, teens, transitional aged youth and families in a variety of locations including, in-home, residential and school based settings. Jennifer utilizes a wide variety of evidence based practices including CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems and Psychodynamic modalities. She understands that each person is unique and provides individualized treatment in order to best suit her client’s needs and unique experiences. Jennifer is nurturing, empathetic and trauma informed. She provides a nonjudgmental safe space to explore thoughts and feelings and is passionate about helping her clients recognize their own individual strengths and feel confident in themselves and their ability to overcome challenges.

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Kirsten Wimmer, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor

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Kirsten brings her passion for working with youth and helping families thrive.  She is experienced at treating depression, anxiety and self-harm behaviors through CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) tools and other interventions. Kirsten enjoys working with families as part of the treatment process. Kirsten's experience  includes working with youth in both Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization(PHP) levels of care with the mood treatment programs.  Kirsten has a passion for helping young adults with identity development and setting career goals. She also helps families with adult children living at home. In 2021, Kirsten joined our clinical supervisor team to support the growth of associate therapists.

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Ava Kharrazian, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor 

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Ava loves to support new mother's who have children ages 18 months and younger. She appreciate the adjustment in motherhood and the challenges of having young children and balancing identify and self care.  Ava is truly person-centered by recognizing how difficulties experienced cause disruption in emotion management. Subsequently, she values a holistic approach to treatment planning, recognizing the importance of every individual’s unique journey, and considering multiple aspects of life and self in providing support. Her experiences include facilitating a New Mom's support groups. Additionally, she addresses issues related to self-esteem and self-worth, academic and social pressure, anxiety and depression, career and college guidance, and varying behavioral and emotional challenges. She believes in providing a safe space for children and Mom's to work through life’s challenges. She is here to help you and your child build new skills, and empower your family to regain control and live a more fulfilling life! Ava is bilingual and offers services in both English and Farsi.

Sorrento Valley Leadership Team

Clinical Manager: Lauren Manlove

Clinical Supervisor: Kirsten Wimmer

Sorrento Valley Location

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