Murrieta Team ~ In Person & Telehealth available

Jaylee Wachholder, ASW

Associate Social Worker Supervised by Esther De La Cruz, LMFT, RPT


Jaylee received her Master of Social work degree with a concentration in Children and Families from California Baptist University in 2019. Jaylee is a firm believer in providing empathy and unconditional support to her clients throughout all of life’s challenges. While her passion lies in trauma informed care, Jaylee has extensive experience working with adults in a variety of capacities some of which include inpatient and outpatient programs for individuals experiencing a variety of struggles including depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality and substance use disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, and more. Jaylee takes a person-centered, strengths-based approach when working with clients while incorporating aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and understanding of the body’s physical and psychological responses to trauma through the poly-vagal theory, along with other evidence-based interventions. She is dedicated to using modalities that best fit each client’s individual needs and personality to help them get a better understanding of themselves, identify and implement effective coping skills, and recognize their autonomy and ability to create the meaningful and lasting change that they are seeking in their lives

Liyan Lagevardi, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Liyan is passionate about supporting children, teens and families. Growing families including couples transitioning into parenthood or who may already have young children. She understands that the hope and excitement of becoming a parent can sometimes wane under the challenges and stressors inherent in this phase of life. In addition to being a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Liyan also utilizes Gottman Method Couples Therapy in her work with couples and families.  She understands that a secret to managing parenthood is to keep your relationship strong and utilize discipline that is respectful to both parent and child.  Liyan appreciates the difference between thriving, not just surviving, as a family.  Liyan also has extensive experience supporting military families who must not only navigate the usual family challenges, but also the additional stress of military life such as frequent relocation and the cycle of deployment. Liyan offers Telehealth at this time.

Esther De La Cruz, LMFT, RPT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist 


Esther is passionate about supporting children, teens and families navigate through challenges of their social emotional development. Her integrated background in mental health, early childhood education and child development has allowed her to help children and teens who struggle with anxiety, self-regulation, anger, depression, special needs, challenging behavior, self-esteem issues,  and trauma. She uses play therapy to help children express their needs and resolve their challenges when words are difficult. In addition to her degree, she holds a Child Development Program Director Credential. She also has a certificate in Play Therapy. She is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent & Classroom Educator and a Child Development instructor at a technical college. She looks forward to supporting your child, teen and family to acquire new skills to help him/her succeed in the areas important to your life. Esther also enjoys supporting adults through times of transition including divorce, grief and loss and relational changes. Esther also works with couples to heal and create a more loving and supportive environment. Esther is Bilingual and offers counseling services in both English and Spanish.

Murrieta Leadership Team

Clinical Manager & Supervisor: Esther De La Cruz

Murrieta Location

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