Associates 

Mona supervises various associates in her private practice as they work toward licensure. If you're interested in working with one of her associates for ongoing therapy, please inquire with her or contact her associate directly using their website links below. Regarding supervision provided, each associate receives 1-2 hours of weekly supervision from Mona regarding their direct practice with clients. Associates are also able to provide sliding scale services to clients with financial limitations. 

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Mae McAleavy, Associate Clinical Social Worker ACSW 102980

Mae believes each of us carries an inner healing intelligence, and that healing and growth are possible no matter what experiences have brought you to this moment. Providing a warm and compassionate space for clients to develop wellbeing, Mae offers acceptance, deep listening, and curiosity. She works with individuals who deal with a range of concerns and diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, traumatic experiences (sexual abuse, PTSD, war trauma), relationship challenges, and chronic illness.

 

Mae earned her BA at University of Southern California, and her MSW at California State University Northridge. Prior to private practice, she worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs providing individual and group psychotherapy to Veterans. 

 

Utilizing holistic approaches to help you create the changes you seek, Mae's work integrates insights from mindful self-compassion, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Gestalt, Hakomi, and Neuro-Affective Relational Modeling. She is trained in EMDR for the treatment of trauma, and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) for treatment resistant depression and PTSD. Her work is grounded in the research on the neurobiological basis of trauma and healing, and in attachment theory. 

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Sarah Manuwal, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist AMFT 134877

With a background in the arts and years in the entertainment industry, Sarah works from a holistic approach and understands the unique issues which can arise from life in a creative field. Sarah has spent the past decade exploring many non-traditional healing modalities including breath-work, energy healing, and multi-modality Reiki. Because of this, she incorporates various somatic and mindfulness interventions into sessions. Her approach is informed by psychoanalytic, and psychodynamic principles. She places an emphasis on working with trauma, eating disorders, creative issues, relationships, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and life transitions. Sarah is LGBTQ+ affirmative and sensitive to issues related to gender, race, ethnicity, spirituality, privilege, and socioeconomic status.

 

Sarah earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles and her Bachelor of Arts from New York University. Prior to private practice, she completed her practicum training at Valley Community Counseling Clinic. In addition to her experience working with individuals and couples, she co-facilitated and established the first grief group for adults at the clinic.
 

Sarah’s approach as a therapist is compassionate, direct, non-judgmental, and creative.  She believes her role as a therapist is to help empower you to change.  Sarah works with you to gain awareness into your unconscious patterns, learn tools to self-soothe, heal emotionally, and begin to fully embody your authentic self.  In sessions, she provides a safe containing space to help you process your feelings and learn to cope with painful thoughts and emotions.