Meet The Team
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Christina Zandi, M.A., LMFT
Christina Zandi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in private practice since 2010 and working in the mental health field since 2005. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Biola University and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with a Child and Family emphasis from Chapman University. She sees individuals, couples, families and adolescents in her practice. Her specialties include treating eating disorders from a body positive perspective, depression, anxiety, personal growth and identity, codependency issues, relationship issues and trauma. In addition to private practice, Christina provides clinical supervision and training to Associate and Trainee MFT’s as well as serves as the Membership Chair on the Orange County Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). She has worked in all levels of care in eating disorder recovery as well as substance abuse recovery. She has experience providing mental health services and program management within the education system and Department of Mental Health agencies working with a wide range of emotional disturbances. She is an insight oriented therapist who draws from psychodynamic, humanistic and attachment frameworks to help clients dig deep into themselves and their history to find the answers they need to live a more authentic, fulfilling life.
Ali Zandi PsyD, LMFT
Ali is a dual Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Marriage & Family Therapist. Ali provides psychological testing and evaluations. He specializes in the assessment of child and adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), adult Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disorders, and general psychological evaluations.
Ali earned his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. He also earned a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Chapman University. Ali has nearly two decades of experience providing counseling and assessment services. In addition to clinical work, Ali has held leadership and administrative roles in behavioral health agencies. Additionally, Ali has provided numerous trainings and talks on behavioral health-related topics.
Vanessa Patterson, M.A., LMFT
Vanessa Patterson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been treating clients since 2005. Vanessa immensely enjoys building relationships with and working with her clients and has had her own private practice since 2010. Concurrently she spent 10 years working in a community mental health agency providing treatment to low income families, working in conjunction with the Department of Mental Health and various local school districts, and running the agencies two largest programs. Vanessa also provides mentorship and supervision to new therapists on their journey to licensure. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Biola University and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with a Child and Family emphasis from Chapman University.
Vanessa sees individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children in her practice. One of her specialties is working with parents of children ages 0-5 and helping them navigate these wonderful but challenging years as well as treating perinatal and post-partum anxiety and/or depression that so often accompanies the early years of motherhood. She is certified in PCIT (Parent/Child Interaction Therapy) and works closely with parents of preschool and elementary age children drawing from the latest neuroscience related to a child's developing brain. Vanessa is a nationally certified cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, life transitions and relationship difficulties. She also draws heavily from psychodynamic, attachment, and narrative frameworks to help her clients achieve their treatment goals.
Yvonne earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the City University of New York at Brooklyn College, and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. After working 20 years in the field of Human Resources & HR Technology across private & public sectors in the US and UK, Yvonne returned to the field of psychology to focus on her primary passion, the treatment of mental health and trauma. Yvonne completed training in a community mental health clinic offering individual and group therapy to dual-diagnosis clients, as well as at the Cancer Support Community working with individuals and families impacted by cancer. Yvonne also has experience working with at-risk youth, and recently completed an internship at a non-public school providing therapy for teens and adolescents. Yvonne enjoys working with individuals of all ages, from adolescence through late adulthood, though teens hold a special place in her heart and in her professional work. Yvonne uses a Humanistic approach: authentic, empathetic, and person-centered. She is genuinely interested in everyone’s unique story but also believes we are not bound by these stories or our past. Yvonne is keen on supporting others on their respective journeys to achieve their fullest potential, and often uses ACT, CBT, breathwork, mindfulness, and other trauma-informed interventions to bring about insight and change. Yvonne has experience with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse, codependence, grief & loss, trauma, and adult-children / survivors of narcissistic abuse. Yvonne is culturally sensitive and LGBTQ-affirmative. Yvonne is a trauma survivor herself and brings over 14 years of recovery, including 12 Step methodology and meditative practice to her work. She is relieved to see mental health being destigmatized and discussed more openly today, as she understands first-hand the impact & significance of therapy on self-healing and growth.
Morgan Sheldon, MS, EMDR, AMFT#127186
Morgan Sheldon is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in treatment and recovery settings for over fifteen years at all levels of care. She obtained her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling with emphases in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling from California State University, Fullerton, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior with an emphasis in psycholinguistics from the University of California, Irvine. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is able to offer this service both virtually and in-person.
Morgan has a particular passion for serving those whose stories are overlooked--those in Fat, racially oppressed, disabled, neurodivergent, and genderqueer bodies and brains seeking safety in the same bodies that hold their traumas. She approaches therapy from a feminist and person-centered foundation and integrates tools from narrative and Gestalt therapy, EMDR and mindfulness, and DBT, CBT, and ACT. In the room, she often uses humor, storytelling/fandom, metaphor, and somatic experiencing to deepen insights and loves to integrate the special interests of her clients as well!
Danielle Roxborough is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about helping individuals, couples, children and families through a creative and compassionate lens. Danielle completed her Bachelor’s of Art at the University of Oregon in Photography and Allied Arts, and gained her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with Art Therapy at Antioch University Seattle. Danielle is passionate about communication through creative expression, and has utilized her Art Therapy training in a range of clinical settings working with children, adolescents, families, couples and individuals. Danielle completed a year of Art Therapy research in her Master’s program analyzing and measuring the benefits of self-care through therapeutic creative expression. Danielle has worked in non-profit organizations as well as community mental health treatment centers providing individual, couples, and family therapy to clients struggling with substance abuse, co-dependency, eating disorders, body-image issues, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Danielle believes in meeting each unique individual where they are at by incorporating a variety of relevant therapeutic modalities into her practice including: humanistic, attachment-based therapy, emotionally focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and dialectical behavioral therapy as well as creative arts therapies. Danielle believes that empathy and active listening are key principles that help her clients to feel heard, seen, and safe.
Love Yourself! Love Your Life! Looking for peace? Balance back in your life? Feeling lost? Scared? Angry? Life can be a continual roller coaster of ups, downs, changing, and evolving. These are all scary times. Let me help you restore a balance and understanding in your life that can bring you peace and better health. I love to help navigate personal life circumstances as well as career choices and situations. I have many years working in the business world as well as in the school districts. I can understand the stresses and struggles of daily family life as well as career life. It seems that every day presents us with challenges.
I enjoy working with children, teens, adults, and seniors. I also enjoy working with couples as well as individuals. I believe that pre-marital counseling can create future years filled with tremendous harmony and love. I also have a passion for working with caregivers and those who put their lives on the line for the safety of others.
I have worked with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. I offer support and a highly personalized approach for all of my clients. My office is located a few blocks from the beach. Walk and talk sessions are also available and welcomed. We can all use a little understanding, support and clarity.