Our Provider Team

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Michelle Guchereau, M.D.

board certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Guchereau specializes in the psychiatric evaluation, complementary therapy approach, and medical management of children, adolescents and adults in San Francisco, CA. She has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

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Dr. Guchereau has over a decade of experience as a psychiatric clinician, and earned her Medical Doctorate at the prestigious University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. She served in the US Air Force and was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal for her support of active duty military and their family members all over the world.

Dr. Guchereau specializes in the evaluation and treatment of the attention issues (ADD/ADHD), depression and anxiety. She is committed to providing specialized and individualized service, and a comprehensive treatment plan is created for each patient. She is experienced in multiple modalities of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches.

She tailors each psychotherapeutic and medication intervention to the individual patient and issues presented, taking care to understand and work within the framework of psychological, social and biological factors unique to each individual.

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Victor Torres-Collazo, M.D.

BOARD CERTIFIED PSYCHIATRIST

Victor Torres-Collazo, MD provides specialty psychiatric evaluations, medication management and consultations for adults. He specializes in assessments and treatment of patients with comorbid medical and psychiatric issues.

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Dr. Torres-Collazo is ABPN board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Consult-Liaison Psychiatry/CLP. He completed fellowship at Georgetown, during which he also trained at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

He is very experienced with pharmacogenetic testing, neuropsychiatric issues, complex medical issues and medication management. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.

As a specialist, Dr. Torres-Collazo does a very thorough review of each case, including medical records, imaging and labs. This is often a more thorough evaluation process than that of non-specialist psychiatrists or providers, and patients should NOT expect a prescription on the first visit. Here’s more info on his specialty:

https://www.clpsychiatry.org/about-aclp/whatis-clp/.

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Stephen B. Seager, M.D.

BOARD CERTIFIED PSYCHIATRIST

Stephen B Seager MD has been a board-certified psychiatrist for twenty-six years. He specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders.

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A graduate of Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Seager completed his psychiatry residency at Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles. A former Emergency Room physician, Dr. Seager is also a retired Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine. He has published numerous original scientific papers. He is also the author of three books on our national mental health system and appears on CNN Live with Don Lemon as a regular mental health contributor.

A Utah native, Dr. Seager grew up in the Bay Area. His three dogs, cat, and a rabbit all kindly share their home with Dr. Seager, his wife Jessica, and their two young children.

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Hendrick Soh, M.D.

BOARD CERTIFIED PSYCHIATRIST

Hendrick Soh, MD participates in the evaluation and psychiatric medical management of children and adolescents in Los Angeles, CA.  Dr. Soh is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is board-certified in General psychiatry with additional specialty training in Child & Adolescent psychiatry.

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He completed his undergraduate education at UCLA and medical school at UC-Irvine. Dr. Soh then finished his residency training at Harbor-UCLA and his fellowship training at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.  He also completed additional behavioral training to help children with anxiety and sleep.

Dr. Soh has worked in a variety of settings including intensive outpatient, in the psychiatric emergency room, and at the hospital and has spent his time in the community working with adults, adolescents, and children.  He is qualified to treat individuals with ADHD, depression, and anxiety.

Dr. Soh enjoys working with therapy and treatment teams to provide evidence-based care and best match these approaches to the client and family system

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Melanie Ramsey

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER (PMHNP)

Melanie Ramsey is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Melanie has decades of experience treating medical and mental health conditions in both inpatient, emergency, and outpatient settings as well as being an educator. In addition to her extensive training as a Psychiatric NP, Melanie also completed the Child-Adolescent Mental Health Fellowship Program at Ohio State University. 

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She currently offers services for children, adolescents and adults and specializes in treating the following:

  • ADHD
  • Addiction medicine
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder

Melanie’s approach to care is one of an holistic philosophy. Focusing on both the body and mind with a continuing commitment to personalized and comprehensive care for patients across the lifespan.

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Michal Twardowski

Michal Twardowski

Physician Assistant (PA)

My name is Michal Twardowski and I have been in the field of Psychiatry as a Physician Assistant for over a year now. I completed my medical training at the Penn State University College of Medicine campus in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I chose to go into medicine, and specifically into psychiatry, due to my own family’s struggles with mental health, which helped pique my interest in the specialty, as well as helped develop my skills of compassion, understanding, and dedication to individuals who struggle with mental health concerns.

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A little about me personally: I was born in Poland but consider myself a native Californian, as I have lived here since I was a toddler. I’m an avid outdoorsman in that I enjoy camping, hiking, and rock climbing along with whichever outdoor activity I can get my hands on when I’m traveling to a new city, state, or country. I look forward to getting to know and working with all of my patients!

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Madison Palmer, PMHNP, FNP

Madison Palmer

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER (PMHNP)

Madison is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. After receiving her master’s degree and Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Simmons University, she continued her education at University of Cincinnati receiving a post graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health.

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 Madison’s journey in healthcare began treating both acute physical and mental health conditions as a registered nurse in hospital settings. She soon found the importance of mental health as an integral part of overall well-being and the need for increased access to care at all levels.

Madison is committed to providing individualized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to all my patients and is comfortable seeing patients of all ages. Outside of her professional life, she loves being active and outside. From hiking to walks on the beach, Madison appreciates and enjoys the great weather that Southern California has to offer.

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Angela Lim, PMHNP

Angela Lim

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER (PMHNP)

Angela is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She received her Master of Science in Nursing from California State University, San Marcos and has over six years of mental and behavioral health care experience.

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 Angela has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in settings which include intensive outpatient programs and psychiatric emergency rooms. In these settings, she has provided care for various diagnoses, including but not limited to, anxiety, ADHD, depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and PTSD.

Angela believes in tailoring treatment to the needs of the individual. She understands that both biological and social factors are recognized as critical determinants of well-being across the life course. She utilizes an integrative and evidence-based approach which includes medication management, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes.

In her free time, Angela loves to spend time with her family, partner, and dog. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and learning.

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Steven Knott

Steven Knott

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER (PMHNP)

Steven Knott is a Board-certified, licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.  Mr. Knott graduated from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, having majored in Nursing, and graduated with recognition for outstanding scholastic performance.

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  He spent the next seven years working in mental health with all different populations and facilities within Las Vegas.  Mr. Knott continued his journey and graduated from the #1 ranked Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program in the United States through Vanderbilt University.  He was a recipient of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing Scholarship Fund, and was invited to the Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  Mr. Knott has served his community and has developed relationships with many providers, therapists and mental health facilities.  He now provides services and serves the communities in the greater Portland, OR area.

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Zena Vevaina

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Hi and welcome! I would like to offer my hand in your journey. Often, people seek therapy when they are in a crisis such as a challenge in marriage, infidelity, difficulty with an adolescent, a transition, depression, anxiety, psychosis, or struggling with substance abuse. Sometimes people seek therapy when they need someone to help them reframe an issue or offer a different perspective.

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I value and respect each individual I work with. I work with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families using many different theoretical approaches tailored to match your unique needs and personality. I use an elective approach including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Attachment work, and the Humanistic Approach. I also practice Emotion-Focused Therapy, which focuses on how you interact in your current primary relationships and teaches you how to unravel the dance you have with your partner, parent, or child. If you desire someone to work with that is passionate, strengths-based, collaborative, and interactive, I am here to walk this journey with you. Take my hand and let’s work together to get you unstuck and climbing upwards towards your envisioned life.

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Hector Saavedra

LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST (LMFT)

Hector Saavedra is a dedicated and committed LMFT who is dedicated to guiding clients in their therapeutic journey. He is a graduate of the MFT program at the University of Southern California. In the past Hector has worked in various settings such as universities, schools, and clinics; in these settings he has worked with those struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, and many other issues.

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Hector is trained in various evidence based practices and uses multiple psychotherapy modalities such as cognitive behavioral, humanistic, solution focused, as well as others. Hector believes in the importance of tailoring treatment to each individual to best suit the client. He also believes in empowering the client to collaborate on their treatment plan to help them feel in control of their own journey.

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Elly Suski

Ellen Suski

licensed clinical social worker (LCSW)

Hello, my name is Ellen Suski, I go by Elly. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). I have been working in the mental health field for almost 9 years and providing therapy for about 5 years. I have experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, and ADHD as well as concerns around interpersonal relationships and stress management (related to work, school, family, and friends).

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My approach to therapy includes allowing the client to guide the direction of each session. I choose this approach as I do not like my clients to feel forced to speak on a topic or area in their life that they aren’t comfortable with yet. With that said, I am also willing to provide more prompting for the sessions.

A little bit about myself: I am a huge animal lover. I have 2 dogs and 6 cats. And love them all. I enjoy spending time at home, relaxing, and watching movies in my free time.

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Heather Murray

Heather Murray

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPC-A)

First and foremost I want to congratulate you on taking the first step towards healing. I use a person-centered approach to help ensure all feel welcomed and safe to be themselves, including all individuals in the LBGTQIA+ community.

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I have over 10 years of experience in the field with a Master’s of Science degree in Forensic Psychology and a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I specialize in EMDR, multiple trauma approaches, LBGTQIA+, and working with people of military affiliation or families. I use a range of theoretical models that best suit you individually and typically incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I look forward to supporting you along your journey of healing.

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Joshua Johnson

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (amft)

Joshua Johnson is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who values the relationship between culture and mental health. After earning his master’s degree from University of Southern California, he served the Los Angeles community as a mental health clinician in many diverse settings.  Joshua has since expanded to see patients online throughout California, helping to make mental health care more accessible to all. He has experience working with anxiety, depression, and trauma. Joshua also has extensive specialty training in ADHD across all ages, and he has completed the rigorous clinical and educational criteria required for the ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP) Certification. Joshua is familiar with numerous evidence-based practices and operates from a person-centered approach. He strongly values the interaction between one’s own culture/cultural values and their mental health. He also encourages individuals to explore and identify their own personal values and skills so they can find meaning from their life experiences.

Amber Garman

Amber Garman

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (amft)

Amber Garman is passionate about facilitating therapeutic work with children, teens, and individual adults, especially those interested in moving inward toward transformation. Growing up a local resident on the Central Coast, Amber attended California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo where she earned a Master of Science in Psychology with Distinction.

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Currently an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Amber describes her style of psychotherapy as client-centered and non-directive. Amber works with you to create spaces of safety where you the client are assisted in learning about yourself in meaningful ways, therefore leading to making meaningful change. Client-centered non-directive therapy is without advice-giving, interpretation, explanation, or providing solutions to client problems. The directive forms of psychotherapy Amber offers include Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). These directive psychotherapy treatment approaches are well suited for individuals looking to change their relationship with anxiety/fear, trauma, depression, grief, panic, phobia, obsessive-compulsive behavior, physical health conditions, and general functioning and well-being. Currently, Amber is undergoing completion of Level 1 IFS certification, and is engaged in educational training to receive ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP) Certification.

Having had the opportunity to work with a wide range of individuals, Amber is
experienced in delivering quality psychotherapy.  Believing that each of us is born equipped with an inner self-led wisdom, Amber invites you into spaces to discover self-leadership, harmony, and balance.

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Dynasty Huckleby

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST (MFT)

I am incredibly grateful that you are here and ready to take steps towards leading a more fulfilled life.

Our personal history, circumstances, and relationships have shaped our outlook on the world, including how we see ourselves. Because we all come with layers, I utilize strategies of Attachment Theory, Behavioral Therapy, and Insight Driven Modalities to learn what from your past has shaped your experiences today. I specialize in working with highly sensitive individuals (children & adults) to help foster their authentic identity and achieve mood regulation, higher self esteem, relief in areas of depression, anxiety, and fears of failure. I am honored to support meaningful change in your journey!

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I’ve had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of individuals including children and families for 10 years, adults and couples for 4 years, and I have worked really closely with those who have lived through traumatic experiences. Meeting individuals from all walk of life, I am positive that you already have some helpful tools that have gotten you this far. I am here to support and build on what you have already, using Mindfulness and Art Therapy to help assist in the process of achieving self-awareness, self-love, self-compassion, and confident problem-solving skills so you can thrive on purpose!

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Kimberly Kakiuchi

Kimberly Fuller

Professional Counselor Associate (PCA)

I am a Professional Counselor Associate in the state of Oregon and a National Certified Counselor. I was born and raised in Central Oregon, and I feel blessed to call myself an Oregonian. I enjoy art, nature, traveling and spending time with family.

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I received my master’s degree at Bushnell University in Eugene Oregon and was employed as a social worker for a foster care agency in Northern California for 3 years. I have experience working with trauma, ADHD, anxiety, and depression and I use an interwoven approach of person-centered, existential, and cognitive behavioral therapies. In essence, this integrative counseling approach strives to balance individual awareness, a genuine and empathetic relationship with the client, and a collaborative effort at identifying what changes a client can make to minimize emotional and behavioral disturbances.
I believe we all have the capacity to achieve higher levels of mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and occupational wellness and my role is to assist you in reaching higher levels in any of these areas by providing nonjudgmental support and helping to facilitate your journey.

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Kathleen Barnes

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER (LCSW)

My name is Kathleen Barnes, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated from University of Southern California with my MSW in children, family and military clinical social work. I have experience working with diverse populations using many counseling techniques to include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Protocol, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma therapy, Motivational therapy and Brief Intervention Solution-based focused therapy. 

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My experience is with individuals that struggle from stress and anxiety from everyday life to severe or mild mental health symptoms and trauma/PTSD. I believe in providing the hope and support for change to empowerment individuals and couples using strengths based and recovery-based models. My experience is in teaching skills that you can use for better communication, expressing your wants and needs and meeting your full potential. I believe that life can throw us challenges that may require us to seek therapeutic help for better clarity and support in order to recover a life where we feel fulfilled and back in control of our lives. I am passionate about helping individuals in those difficult times to find the answers within themselves and gain their strength back.

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Shawanda Powell

Shawanda Powell

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER (LCSW)

Shawanda Powell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Shawanda received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Mississippi Valley State University, and has been practicing social work for over 10 years in the states of Mississippi, California, and Arkansas.

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Shawanda has experience in providing services to both children and adults in-patient and out-patient. Her experience includes working with a variety of populations including individuals diagnoses with a variety of mental health issues including Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, and Substance Use Disorder; Corrections, and inpatient and outpatient clinics. Shawanda chose to go into Social work and specifically into mental health because of the increased in stigma around mental health and seeking help.

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