Dr. Nalin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Founder and Executive Director of Paradigm Treatment Centers, who has been a respected leader in the field of adolescent mental health for more than 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, his Master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, his Doctoral degree from Pacific University’s APA approved Clinical Psychology program, and completed his training at the University of California, San Diego’s APA approved psychology internship program.
Dr. Nalin has provided training and mentoring to students entering the field of psychology at institutions of learning including Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, UCSD, Pacific University, and Santa Monica College. He was also instrumental in the development of the treatment component of Los Angeles County’s first Juvenile Drug Court, which now serves as a national model.
Dr. Nalin has appeared as an expert on shows ranging from CBS News and Larry King, to CNN, The Today Show and MTV. He was also featured in an Anti-Drug Campaign for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
Dr. Nalin is a Diplomate of the National Institute of Sports Professionals and a Certified Sports Psychologist as well as a Certified Chemical Dependency Intervention Specialist. He lectures and conducts workshops nationally on the issues of teen mental health, substance abuse prevention, and innovative adolescence treatment.
In 2017 Dr. Nalin was awarded The Sigmund Freud Foundation and Sigmund Freud University’s Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of his work with youth in the field of mental health over the course of his career.
Cole Rucker holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has more than 20 years of experience in the creation and implementation of treatment programs for adolescents and their families. He previously served as the Director of Family Preservation Programs and as the Director of the largest teen drug treatment program in Southern California. He is a certified Youth Residential Treatment Administrator and a member of Drug Court Professionals Association.
In addition, Cole Rucker has served as Committee Chair for the Public Health Institute’s Youth Treatment Standards Commission, as a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Home Hospital School Advisory Council and as advisor to the School Attendance Review Board. He also served as a member of the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Juvenile Drug Court Oversight Committee, Los Angeles Business Council’s Leadership LA Alumni Board, Los Angeles County Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s Youth Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment Programs Work Group, Los Angeles Children’s Hospital’s Drug and Alcohol Committee, the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Youth Work Group and the California State University Drug and Alcohol Task Force.
As co-founder of Paradigm Malibu, Cole strives to maintain a physically and emotionally safe space for youth and their families. He is responsible for insuring that the expectations held by participants and their families are met or exceeded.
Dr. Barshack is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Maryland Medical School. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco. Dr. Barshack has been working with teens and their families for more than thirty years including both inpatient and outpatient psychopharmacology. He finds that many of the adolescents who come to Paradigm are over medicated rather than undereducated. He is devoted to responsible titration when appropriate and insuring that young people are treated as a whole, rather than simply treating their symptoms. He share’s Paradigm’s philosophy that medication should be a last resort rather than a quick and easy fix. In addition, Dr Barshack is an avid SF Giants and Forty Niners fan and enjoys cross country bicycle trips in his free time.
Nancy is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of trauma and addiction for the past 20 years. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she began her graduate studies at Dominican University, then received her doctorate degree from the Wright institute in Berkeley. She has dedicated much of her career to mentoring aspiring therapists and supporting her local community. Before joining Paradigm San Francisco, Dr. Lambert served as the Director of the Ritter Center Outreach Program, and as the Clinical Supervisor for Community Institute for Psychotherapy(CIP). She has also worked with families of teens who were struggling with a variety of emotional health issues at the The Jeanette Prandi Children’s Center. She has served on the boards of a chemical dependency inpatient facility for women, West Marin Senior Services and The Freitas Foundation.
Dr. Freitas is also an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist,who offers equine assisted psychotherapy groups for focused on healing past trauma, recovery and empowerment. Dr. Lambert recently presented her unique approach to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at the EAGALA international Convention in Brussels as well as the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. CAMFT in Marin County.
Danielle Kovac is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has dedicated her professional career to serving those struggling with mental health, substance abuse, trauma and grief. Danielle holds an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and earned her Master of Social Work degree from Southern Connecticut State University. Before relocating to Northern California from Connecticut, she worked in a number of different treatment settings, including residential treatment centers and outpatient settings. Danielle utilizes evidenced based practices to assist clients in reaching their highest quality of life. She has extensive experience supervising therapists and interns working with trauma survivors, high risk individuals, families and those with emotional health issues. Additionally, Danielle is NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) certified in the use of auricular acupuncture protocol for behavioral health, including mental health, addiction and trauma.
Danielle enjoys traveling and providing support to those around her. She has traveled to Ghana, Africa where she volunteered at an orphanage for children in the surrounding areas. In addition to travel, she enjoys spending time with her family and dog and doing yoga.
Kelani received her certification in Clarity Direct Neurofeedback from the Dublin Clinic in LA and provides sessions to youth, in conjunction with their greater treatment goals. She’s also certified in P.E.T (Parent Effectiveness Training) sessions, which she offers to Paradigm parents. Kelani also works with youth in equine and animal assisted therapies and coordinates and facilitates the alumni events, which are designed to bring youth together to inspire, sustain, and celebrate their continued healing and growth.
Prior to joining the Paradigm team, Kelani served as a house manager for a residential dual diagnosis program and at the Teen Project for Homeless Youth in Venice, California. In addition to her work at Paradigm, she is actively involved in sponsoring women in recovery, local and international volunteer work, Jiu Jitsu and surfing. Kelani deeply enjoys helping youth to discover their own authentic paths toward authentic healing and exciting new potential of life.
A native of New York City, Jeremy attended the University of Wisconsin and is a certified addiction counselor. Prior to joining the Paradigm Team, Jeremy served as a program manager at a Residential Treatment Facility for young people. Having traveled throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas, Jeremy offers a unique perspective regarding teen mental health and addiction issues as they relate to culture bound mores and norms. When seeking opportunities to be of service, Jeremy likes to lead activities that encourage young people to think globally to gain new perspectives about themselves.
In addition to working with youth, Jeremy seeks out opportunities to work directly with their family members, providing feedback and guidance from pre-admission to aftercare services.
Derek is a native of Montana who brings a wealth of experience to his position. Prior to joining Paradigm, he served as the admissions director for two different mental health and chemical dependency treatment programs in Southern California. While serving in those positions, he developed extraordinary skills specific to assisting families in accurately accessing their specific circumstances, needs and options. Derek specializes in working with families with teens who are struggling with issues ranging from anxiety to depression, ADD, bi-polar disorder, addiction and PTSD. As a professional athlete, he is especially enthusiastic about opportunities to assist young athletes who are interested in Paradigm’s Teen Athletes Program. Regardless of a prospective clients strengths and interests, Derek is committed to helping families make the treatment choice that right for them; a choice that will ultimately result in the most meaningful and sustainable change.
Linda K. Reeves graduated from Antioch University, Los Angeles and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Clinical Psychology. Linda utilizes strength-based, CBT and narrative therapeutic approaches to stimulate discovery and reinforcement of clients’ innate talents and values which mobilizes them to discard unhealthy narratives, step into their authentic identity, and effectively confront and resolve the issues they are facing. Linda incorporates sociocultural and systems perspectives into her work which helps adolescents and their families understand the interpersonal origins, and depathologize their interpretation of the client’s symptoms.
Prior to joining the Paradigm team, Linda provided individual, couples and group therapy at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. She is a co-founder of the Prism Institute, which specializes in educating and training on adolescent identity awareness issues for middle schools and high schools. Clients include Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Santa Monica, Malibu Unified School District, and the City of Santa Monica.
Darshan Brach holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute for Integral Studies. She comes to parent coaching and counseling from a two decade long career in conflict resolution, before which she was a coach, practicing lawyer and adjunct professor at UC Hastings and UC Berkeley Law Schools. In addition to working at Paradigm as a parent coach, she presently counsels individuals and couples, mediates Federal Court cases, and teaches at UC Berkeley Law School. At Paradigm, Darshan integrates her understanding of family conflict, her communication skills and her psychological training to guide and support parents as they cope with the stresses of raising adolescents who are dealing with a range of family dynamics. A long time practitioner of mindfulness meditation, she also teaches meditative techniques to support parents in managing their own emotional health needs as they encounter the vicissitudes of parenting.
Cameron Harskamp is a licensed registered nurse who holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Samuel Merritt University. He also attended the University of California in Santa Cruz, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. Cameron believes that mental health is intrinsically linked to both physical and spiritual health and he has a holistic view of wellness. Cameron has a particular passion for working with adolescents with mental health concerns. He draws on his clinical experience in a hospital setting and knowledge of psychopharmacology to benefit his clients while also encouraging the development of behavioral skills that can be used for recovery from depression, substance use, and other mental health issues. In addition to his commitment to nursing, Cameron has many interests which include drumming and yoga.
Danny Geren, L.Ac. is a primary care provider of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at his private Tiburon practice. As faculty at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, he has focused his research on emotional wellbeing and the efficacy of acupuncture treatments. Danny completed his Bachelors of Science in Genetics from UC Berkeley and also has a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Danny’s specialty is in treating anxiousness, stress and the emotions. He is passionate about working with clients to help them achieve their goals for personal wellness.
Danielle is certified in Sound Healing Therapy from The Sound and Consciousness Institute (San Francisco) and holds a certification in Cyma Therapy from The International Sound Therapy Association. In addition to her work at Paradigm San Francisco, Danielle has a successful sound healing private practice in San Francisco. Her clients include teens dealing with PTSD, trauma, pain, stress, depression, anxiety and other emotional health issues. She serves many clients who have survived sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional and mental abuse, including bullying. Using sound therapy as a way to relieve the body of stress and tension, for clients to gain awareness and to feel their body through somatic and sound therapy, intentional nada yoga (sound yoga) voice practices for empowerment, and guided meditation with sound. Have facilitated group and family sound therapy/sound bath sessions for team building and family bonding. She also facilitates sound baths for innovative corporate companies with wellness programs such as Wix.com, LinkedIn, Studiomix, lululemon and Athletica.
Kari received her Master’s Degree in Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University. She believes creativity and play are powerful vehicles for change and wishes to empower her clients to find healthier ways of reacting to life’s challenges. Additional training includes: mindfulness, narrative therapy, dance/movement therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. Kari has worked with youth in private and public elementary and high school settings, where she provided individual therapy and expressive art therapy groups. Her groups focused on anger management and teen empowerment. Kari also draws upon mindfulness and narrative approaches to bring more awareness to old patterns and build new ones. For over 15 years she worked as an artist, dancer and actor in Los Angeles and New York City, before coming to San Francisco to pursue a career in mental health. She currently has a private practice in San Francisco, where she sees children, teens and adults dealing with various issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and body image.
Lindsay Parkinson is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR17162) who received her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University in Child & Adolescent Development, Youth & Family Services and her Master’s degree from Notre Dame de Namur University for both Marriage & Family Therapy and Art Therapy. Lindsay is a Bay Area Native who has over 7 years of experience in a variety of behavioral and mental health settings, including after-school, ropes courses, psycho-social rehabilitative day treatment, intensive outpatient and residential care with both teens and adults.
Lindsay has chosen to work in settings that promote empowerment and healing through strength-based, humanistic approaches. She draws upon and incorporates Art Therapy with Narrative, CBT, DBT, Structural, and Mindfulness to support youth in addressing the underpinnings of depression, anxiety, and and loss. She uses artistic mediums to promote self-expression, self-esteem, skill-building, processing and play in order to facilitate further growth and communication during treatment
Judy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified equine interactive specialist. Judy holds a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling from Sonoma State University and completed her Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy studies more than a decade ago. She was among the first graduate class of psychotherapists to be certified as an equine interactive professional – mental health (CBEIP.org). Judy also holds a therapeutic riding instructor certificate from, and is an active member in, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). Over time, Judy has developed her own unique form of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, which has proven especially effective for the treatment of teens struggling with anxiety, interpersonal relationship building, depression, trauma and PTSD. Combining several different types of psychotherapy treatments with various horsemanship and horse related practices (natural horsemanship, animal communication & horse massage), Judy has developed her own treatment modality; based on a true partnership beneficial to both human and horse.
Marquis Hundley is a former Division 1 football player at the University of Arizona who has a passion for fitness, education, and helping others. As a youth he was always active and involved in sports as well as various other activities. His time and energy spent in sports translated directly onto the field. He excelled in football and received a full ride scholarship to play Defensive back at the U of A, where he stared on defense and led the team in interceptions as a senior. Upon entering college with an eager and hungry mind set, he gravitated towards strength training and quickly fell in love with it. After a short stint with the Chicago Bears of the NFL, Marquis closed the chapter of his football career and geared his attention towards athletic training and helping others reach their highest fitness potential. He began interning at the University of Arizona where NFL players would return to campus in the offseason to train and sharpen their skills. Soon after, he moved back to California where he would start to do more one-on-one training. Marquis’s approach as a trainer is to create a program for teens that progresses in intensity, building confidence and increasing skills. Marquis believes in a direct correlation between good physical and mental health for adolescents.
Lori Granger is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist. She has trained in and taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) and currently develops curriculum for Golden Gate University in San Francisco as the Wellness Director. She also facilitates mindfulness and trauma trainings in the Mission District. Lori has presented and taught Mindfulness programs in healthcare settings like Kaiser and the University of California San Francisco as well as incorporate settings. She has also trained in EMDR and Somatic Experiencing for the release of trauma.
Lianna Shaw is a graduate of Notre Dame de Namur University with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy. She believes that creative expression, in all forms, is a powerful vehicle for insight and change. Lianna brings a focus of mindfulness, narrative therapy approaches, art and journaling into her work in individual therapy and expressive art therapy groups for youth and families. She enjoys working as a member of an interdisciplinary team and is an active collaborator. Lianna’s art therapy approach invites youth and teens, who are dealing with the emotional impacts of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, to connect with their authentic selves and employ art as a means of emotional resilience and an expression of new possibilities.
Austin Smythe earned his Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco and his Bachelor in Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of California San Diego. He has experience working with teens and their families in a wide variety of settings, including schools, residential treatment programs, and directly in families’ homes. In each modality he has worked, Austin has deepened his knowledge and his passion for supporting teens and families through the process of healing. With a strong interest in meeting clients and families in their toughest moments, he believes the highly supportive nature of residential treatment is a powerful way of addressing teens’ challenges with depression, anxiety, co-occurring disorders, and family of origin concerns. Austin uses an integrative approach – psychodynamic, acceptance, and commitment – to provide therapy that is attentive to the unique needs and strengths of each teen, and the unique family from which they come.
Jessica Lizardo is a Masters in Social Work graduate from the University of Southern California, with an undergraduate degree in Psychology & Social Behavior from U.C. Irvine. She enjoys working with youth and families. Jessica has experience ranging from school-based counseling to outpatient clinics where she provided individual, group and family psychotherapy, including working with children on the Autism Spectrum and providing support and training for their families. As a witness to and having first-hand experience with the healing benefits of yoga, Jessica is a trained Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor, who informs her clinical work with the mindfulness, breath, and body-centered techniques of yogic practice. Jessica is passionate about working with youth who are struggling with depression and anxiety, and those who are survivors of sexual assault and trauma. Her therapeutic approach is strength-based while incorporating modalities such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Based Therapy (TF-CBT). Jessica believes that the key to healing lies in the reconnection between one’s body and mind. She is passionate about empowering teens in their recovery and journey toward spiritual, physical, and mental health.
Kenneth Stamper is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies and has an M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology. Before joining the Paradigm team, Ken provided individual and group therapy to adolescents and families in private practice and through a community based clinic. His therapeutic approach to working with children and teens is grounded in mindfulness-based methodologies. Ken is passionate about the use of awareness and mindfulness to help youth develop resilience and a sense of feeling fully alive in the world. He especially enjoys working with clients whose depression, grief, anxiety, or trauma leave them struggling to find their voice. As a trained stage actor, Ken draws upon his experience in theater as well as gestalt-informed therapeutic approaches to assist youth in uncovering their authentic voice and a positive sense of self.
Naomi Kimmelman holds a Master’s Degree in Holistic Counseling Psychology with an Emphasis in Depth Psychotherapy from John F. Kennedy University. She also holds a BA from Sonoma State University in Psychology.
Naomihas worked with youth for over twelve years in a number of different therapeutic capacities, and enjoys drawing upon her interest in art, psychology, spirituality and nature in order to support teens to engage in authentic, deep therapeutic work. Before coming to Paradigm, she worked at California Pacific Medical Center doing expressive arts therapy as well as working with Alzheimer’s residents. Naomi is also a certified first responder, has training in wilderness first aid, and is a member of the Educational Resources Committee for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Additional training includes: Studying at the Studio for Movement and Arts Therapies in Bangalore, India, the Matrix Diversity Training, Touch Drawing Facilitation with Deborah Koff Chapin, Drama Therapy with Armand Volkas, and Projective Dream Work with Jeremy Taylor.
In approaching therapeutic work, Naomi believes in the healing power of creativity and the sharing of experiences in community. Through skillful listening and creating a safe and supportive environment, she uses a client centered, integrative approach to therapy. Naomi is committed to soulfully accompanying youth on their journey of self-discovery.
Ian Wilkerson is a Board Certified Music Therapist who has refined his musical skills through years of practice, extensive study and performance. A person-centered therapy provider, he specializes in supporting creativity, self-expression and self-empowerment through music. he is the founder of Bay Area Music Therapy, and he is also a passionate singer/songwriter. Ian received a Bachelors of Music with dual majors in Music Therapy and Songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Before graduating with honors, he sat as President of the Board for the New England Region Music Therapy Association for Students. Additionally, he received his certification training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) from the Center for Biomedical Research in Music (CBRM) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Ian has been a faculty Music Therapist at a Bay Area Music Center and a Music Therapy Coordinator. He is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and he is a trained REMO HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator. He specializes in helping people find their own unique and empowered voices through improvisation and songwriting and focuses on youth abilities and preferences to meet the individual teen’s needs.
As a Clinical Counseling Intern (LPCC), Jason Fox is completing his Masters from the California School of Professional Psychology in Professional Clinical Counseling and he brings a breadth of experience in complex crisis & trauma from his work with a San Francisco based child crisis team. Though a native of Hawaii, Jason received his B.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to his career in mental health, he led a successful sales training career with software companies focused on patient education, electronic medical records (EMRs) and customer relationship management (CRM). Jason couples this training with his clinical knowledge to help youth to cultivate inner strength and effective coping strategies. His own experience with grief & loss, as well as his passion for dual diagnosis and LGBT issues, allow him the flexibility to work with a broad range of youth and families who are struggling with the impact of identity issues, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mental and behavioral health concerns.
Pedro comes to the Paradigm team as a therapy dog after being rescued at 6 weeks old in Colorado. He is a small dog with a big heart and loves cuddling with clients and providing emotional support. Pedro also enjoys long walks, being active, and beach days. He has a great sense of fashion and makes friends very easily.
Patricia is a graduate of Complutense University in Madrid (Spain) and holds a Master in Business Administration from the Instituto de Empresa (3rd in raking in Europe). She is a Certified Nutrition Consultant from Bauman College in Berkeley and a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP).As a Nutritionist and Holistic Health Counselor, Patricia educates teens on nutrition and lifestyle choices through one-on-one sessions in which she assesses and evaluates their diets, lifestyle, exercise and stress levels using a holistic approach. She provides adolescents with diet recommendations based on each individuals needs and supports them through regular follow-up sessions. Patricia also conducts support groups in which she educates teens on health and food matters as they relate to both physical and mental health.
Zachary is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He also holds a Master of Public Health specializing in Environmental Health Science from The Ohio State University Graduate College of Public Health. Zachary is an active member of a non-governmental organization called Team Rubicon, which unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders and public health professionals to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. He also is a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Prior to joining Paradigm, Zachary worked as an Associate Health Network Consultant as well as a Health and Wellness Consultant. Zachary enjoys sharing his passion for playing golf and living a health lifestyle with youth. He encourages them to be actively engaged in the world and to care for their physical as well as their mental health.
Ryan, a Bay Area native, has gained a wealth of knowledge related to recovery and emotional well being throughout his life. His personal experience, coupled with his passion for helping adolescents, has granted him an intimate understanding of teen mental health and behavioral health issues. Ryan is currently an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He hopes to integrate his understanding of recovery and mental health issues with his education in order to work with teens who have been dual-diagnosed or who struggle with behavioral health issues. Prior to Paradigm, Ryan was a mentor for the Big Brother Big program and also serves as a scholastic tutor.
Addie Rosales is a graduate from the Berkeley based Bauman College of Nutrition and Culinary Arts where she received certification as a Nutritionist. For the last several years, she has found her passion in providing support to adolescents in treatment. An avid traveler, Addie has developed a strong commitment to cultural competencies in her work with all people. Prior to Paradigm, Addie helped open and manage a specialty art gallery in San Mateo, CA featuring artist’s work from around the world. She actively seeks out opportunities to utilize her knowledge base in both nutrition and art to have a positive impact with teens struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and other emotional and behavioral health issues.
Rebecca Armstrong is a Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee, completing her Masters of the Arts in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Depth Psychotherapy from John F. Kennedy University. Becky approached therapeutic work with youth from depth, relational and family systems perspectives. She has experience in dream analysis, archetypes, mindfulness, guided imagery, as well as other projective techniques.
After receiving her B.A. from Scripps College in Environmental Analysis, Becky went on to work in the field of eco-psychology and social-emotional learning with children. She has extensive experience working with at-risk youth, and co-occurring disorders. She brings a holistic orientation, considering diagnosis from the mind, body, spirit perspective, while using evidence-based approaches.
Adam Nooe is a Certified Nursing Assistant with an Associate’s Degree in Pre-Nursing Studies from Broward College. He is continuing his studies in Registered Nursing at the College of Marin with an interest in being a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Adam is a student of life and he strives to live by the principles of recovery to help others heal. His work in developing a grassroots peer organization for youth in Fort Lauderdale, FL, as a Wellness Coach/Peer Specialist to teens and transition age youth, and his experience with youth addiction, grief, and trauma are a reflection of his core values. He has a passion for connecting mind, body and spirit through medicine and holistic approaches. He believes that youth are our future and through education, support, advocacy and empowerment that teens will learn that they are not alone in their struggles and embrace the possibilities of recovery.
Briana Galloway is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, who has completed her Master’s Degree in Holistic Counseling Psychology with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy and Expressive Arts at John F Kennedy University. She has been interested in the arts since she was young and finds that art can express emotions in a way that words cannot. Briana believes in art as a therapeutic vehicle which can reveal what lies inside, helping youth to find and refine their own life path. In working with adolescent mood disorders, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders she believes that art is a positive coping mechanism that teens can use to creatively deal with the emotions and challenges of daily life. In therapeutic work with youth, she incorporates her skill and interest in visual, narrative, and dramatic arts to allow teens an opportunity to open up through different mediums. She encourages youth to find enjoyment and joy in self-expression, self-discovery, and healing. Briana incorporates journaling, poetry, found objects, crayons, paints, and/or paper mache into her therapeutic work. She enjoys rock climbing, yoga, hiking, building, cooking, volunteering time, and drama.
Isela Dominguez is a graduate of Cal State East Bay, and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Science, with a pre-clinical concentration. She is pursuing a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in children, youth, and families. Her education, coupled with her passion for helping youth thrive, has led her to Paradigm San Francisco. She has varied experience in working with, advocating for, and improving the lives of youth who have experienced trauma, depression, and substance abuse. As a teen she was a youth basketball coach, later tutoring and managing a literacy reading center in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to addressing the needs of youth you are struggling with identity and mental health issues, Isela has a strong passion for health and fitness and will soon be a certified personal trainer.
Nancy Torres earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Sonoma State University and has worked with young people and adults suffering from depression, drug addiction, and other emotional and mental issues. She has worked in academic settings as well as treatment facilities,helping young people discover ways to work through their challenges and setbacks, in order to succeed. Nancy is passionate about continuing to discover new ways to best support youth to find their ways to experiencing meaningful, life-changing growth, while at Paradigm.
Alvin Gilmore is an experienced educator who received his B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles and went on to complete a M.S. in Counseling Education at University of Southern California. In addition to being a classroom educator, Alvin has worked with youth as a counselor, coach, and an advocate. Alvin has worked extensively with both adults and young people in the areas of cultural competency and diversity with the goal of fostering positive identity development.
In addition to being a seasoned educator, Alvin has completed his license as a marriage and family therapist. His passion for working with teens, parents, and families in therapeutic and educational settings reflects his belief that tending to the inner well-being as well as the intellect of young people can lead to a balanced and healthy life and a true valuing of the self.
Pricilla holds a degree from th Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in 2012. She grew up in Alameda, California. Before joining Paradigm San Francisco she served as the manager at a renowned Latin restaurant in the bay area. Priscilla enjoys sharing her love of food with teens and helping them learn to make healthy eating choices. She believes that what young people eat can have a profound impact on their physical and mental health. She works closely with Paradigm’s on site nutritionist to ensure that the dietary needs of each client are met.
Kira Brown is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and has worked as a chef for the past twelve years in a number of realms, including award-winning restaurants, catering, and private residences. She attended Diablo Valley College, where she studied the culinary arts, with an emphasis on baking and pastry. Kira’s passion for food inspired her to take courses in nutrition and holistic health, with the intent to provide the very best experience for her clientele, by combining nutritious ingredients to create incredible tastes. At Paradigm, she greatly enjoys that her role allows her to combine her love of cooking with helping young people feel their very best.
Kathie has over 15 years experience planning and managing the operations of small businesses and organizations to improve productivity and efficiency. She is a graduate of The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where her career in social services began. Kathie’s focus was nonprofit management, fund development, program development and evaluation, financial management, communications strategies, and event management. She managed a residential program, providing support and resources for clients, as well as leadership and direction to staff and volunteers. Prior to joining Paradigm Malibu, she spent 8 years with a private medical practice where she coordinated and managed the financial business practices while improving processes and policies in support of organizational goals. Kathie has a trained therapy dog, as well as regularly fosters local shelter animals. She enjoys the outdoors and is an avid runner.
Shelby Hawkins received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University in Idaho and plans to pursue an advanced degree in Clinical Psychology. Prior to joining Paradigm, she served as Office Manager for an outpatient mental health office in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she carried out financial, administrative and clinical duties. In addition to being an avid reader, Shelby spends her free time volunteering, spending time at the beach, and hiking with her family.
Jay holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus on depth work with adolescents from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.
Jay has devoted more than fifteen years to the provision of clinical support services for teens suffering from addiction, emotional and behavioral health issues in residential and outpatient settings. In addition to his therapy work, he has volunteered with young cancer patients at Gilda’s Club in Chicago, as well as with homeless animals through PAWS Chicago.
In his role as Director of Operations, Jay welcomes the opportunity to share his clinical and life experiences with youths at Paradigm, and is dedicated to facilitating an exceptional environment in which both therapists and adolescents thrive throughout the therapeutic process.
Jessica is a graduate of Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She also has bachelor degrees in both psychology and communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before joining the Paradigm team, Jessica was a treatment provider at a Trauma Center where she provided counseling to adolescents dealing with substance abuse and emotional health issues. She also applied Family Systems Theory in the provision of services to youth and their parents and specialized the provision of Parent- Child Interaction Therapy.
Jessica has received additional training to cultivate expertise in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Attachment Related Issues. She is a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society and the Spanish Language Enhancement Association for Therapists.