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"Like Meditation, therapy can be a vehicle for a kind of reappraisal. It, too, can seem like a long walk that suddenly opens up into an extraordinary vision of something that has always been available but has been unrecognized." 

- Mark Epstein, M.D.


About Me

Mona Saba Valeriano (formerly know as Mona El Yousef) received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California (2008), following her undergraduate studies with a double major BA in Psychology and Communication, also from the University of Southern California (2004). She has 16 years of direct clinical experience and 11 years of experience in providing clinical supervision to license-eligible associates. She has worked with a variety of clients of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and mental health conditions. 

Mona has obtained further training in Eye Movement Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Brainspotting, and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for Couples. She also attended a 30-week Eating Disorders Training and completed a year-long training in psychoanalysis at the Los Angeles Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies. 



Mona's style is intuitive, empathic, genuine, non-judgmental, and challenging. She believes that clients have the capacity to know themselves best, and she acts as an agent of change towards self-illumination and growth. Mona approaches her work with a spiritually integrated focus on the mind, body, and soul, using this integration to bring the unconscious into the conscious.


LCSW 27612 

California Issued 7/30/2011


Areas of Focus and Specialization 

While Mona has worked extensively with all types of clients, these are her main areas of focus and specialization.

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Mood Disorders

  • Addiction

  • LGBTQ Issues

  • Codependency 

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Self Esteem Issues

  • Eating Disorders 

  • Grief and Loss

  • Cultural and Diversity Issues 

  • Somatic Complaints 

Mona's practice is located on the edge of Atwater Village and Glendale, close to neighboring communities of Los Feliz, Echo Park, Highland Park, Pasadena, and East Los Angeles.

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