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GGPA is an LGBTQIA Affirmative practice and provides mental health services to individuals (teens and adults) and couples identifying and belonging to all modes/types of relationships including heterosexual couples. GGPA facilitates group psychotherapy in addiction, substance use, harm reduction, LGBTQIA groups, etc. GGPA’s team of clinicians are all LGBTQIA Affirmative Therapists, Emotionally-Focused Therapists and Trauma Therapists (EMDR, TRM and Brainspotting).
Below you will find information about GGP’s licensed therapists and associates who are currently in the process of obtaining clinical hours for licensure and under the supervision of Grazel Garcia, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. GGP’s clinical associates offer limited sliding scale options for individuals, couples and families. To know more about their approach and specialties, please see below. Note: Each of GGPA’s therapists set their own fees. Currently, the only therapist offering sliding scale is Kati Phillips.
Grazel Garcia, Founder, LMFT #97561
Hi, I’m Grazel and I am happy you are here. I’d like to start with where I came from in hopes that you get a feel of who I am. I was born in Manila, Philippines and permanently migrated to Los Angeles, CA to be with family at a young age. My pronouns are she/her/hers and I identify as Pacific Islander and love being Filipinx. I also speak Tagalog, the native language of the Philippines.
Prior to being a therapist I attended law school and spent many years working in the legal field. I took a major shift in my career and received a Master of Science Degree in Counseling with Emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge.
I am a relationship expert specializing in treating couples including couples who are in alternative relationships/lifestyles, friends and individuals utilizing Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) treatment modality. I am very active in the EFT field and I am part of the team of helpers providing annual EFT for couples training to other therapists with EFT trainers Silvina Irwin and Nancy Gardner. I am also a member of the Los Angeles Center in Emotionally Focused Therapy (LACEFT) diversity and program committee. In addition, I am an LGBTQI Affirmative therapist, Grief & Loss therapist, Addiction therapist, Domestic Violence Certified therapist and a Brainspotting therapist. I am moving from being a Kink/Poly/BDSM-aware therapist to a kink-knowledge/kink-informed certified therapist (KIC therapist) and is registered to begin my KIC certification program through Sexual Health Alliance (SHA) in August 2021. SHA certification programs are approved by the American Association of Sexual Educations (AASECT). I work with individuals struggling with Depression, Anxiety, Health Anxiety, OCD issues, Grief and Loss/Death and Dying, Fertility Issues, Codependency, Substance Use and Substance addiction including Sex and Love addiction. Continue reading….
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Nicole Orsini, LCSW, GGPA Operations Manager
Nicole Orsini is Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in behavioral health since 2001. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Criminology, Law & Society at UC Irvine, she started her professional career by managing fundraising efforts at the university’s Annual Fund where she raised more than half a million dollars. After graduating as a Dean’s Scholar from the University of Southern California with a master’s degree in Social Work, Nicole worked for the County of Orange Health Care Agency in the Substance Abuse & Crime Prevention Program. During her time in this program, she worked on the clinical assessment team, as a Court Liaison, and eventually the Program Supervisor.
At this time, Nicole is no longer seeing patients in treatment after several years providing therapy in a private practice setting. Nicole has shifted her professional focus from direct clinical services back to administrative and operational services. Using her administrative and management skills, Nicole is helping GGPA manage day-to-day operations, systems, and procedures. If you’d like to get started with therapy with one of our therapists below or have any questions about how to get started, Nicole can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Dr. Tyler Howard, PsyD #31425
Dr. Tyler Howard is an LGBTQIA affirmative therapist and provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples who struggle with difficulties related to but not limited to gender and sexual identity, unresolved childhood trauma and abuse, historical and societal trauma, oppression, power and privilege, chronic stress, anxiety/panic, emotional overwhelm, obsessive and compulsive behaviors, recurring relationship conflict, depression, problems with intimacy, lack of focus and motivation, major life transitions, and grief and loss.
Dr. Howard achieved her Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. She has been trained by psychoanalysts as her mentors and draws on her knowledge and experience with psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theories, cognitive-behavioral interventions, spirituality and mind/body science within an integrative and interpersonal treatment approach. She dedicates herself to ongoing training and research, and builds upon her knowledge of systems of oppression, and her competencies to support people in social healing and change.
In addition, Dr. Howard provides ADHD psychological evaluations to teens and adults. To know more about the evaluation process, please click ADHD Evaluation – What To Expect. Click here to book a session with Dr. Howard or you can call her directly at 323-419-1844.
Kati Phillips, Clinical Associate, AMFT #124451
Kati Phillips is an emotionally-focused therapist (EFT), LGBTQIA Affirmative therapist, feminist-oriented, sex positive, socio-culturally attuned therapist who works with adults, couples and teens. Kati believes that clients have the strengths to solve many of their own problems, and she works with people to figure out what works for them and how to do it more. Kati takes an emotionally-focused approach to treating couples, helping partners identify and disrupt negative patterns so that they can be more accessible and engaged with one another. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, sexuality and abuse. In her practice, she focuses on hope and acceptance to help people adjust to life’s challenges and live authentic lives.
For the first two decades of her career, Kati told other people’s stories, first as a journalist and then as a political and non-profit communications strategist. She became a therapist to help people understand and tell their own stories. Raised in Normal, Illinois, and a graduate of the University of Iowa, Kati moved to Los Angeles and went back to school midlife to earn a Master’s of Science degree with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University in Northridge. She trained at Southern California Counseling Center and Ness Counseling Center. She is currently pursuing a sex therapy certificate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She counts dogs and pizza among her coping mechanisms.
Kati (she/her/hers) is a registered associate marriage and family therapist #124451 and is currently under the clinical supervision of Grazel Garcia, LMFT #97561. Kati welcomes accommodations for sliding-scale requests but are only available on a limited basis. For therapy services, you may book a session with Kati or call her directly at 1-213-245-1861.
Damiana Valentini, LMFT #121203
Damiana is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Prior to Damiana’s work as a therapist, she earned a master’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Animal Behavior and Conservation in New York City. With a renewed focus, she received a masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy.
Damiana has been privileged to have the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and the LGBTQIA community. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches — psychodynamic, Gestalt, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and Emotionally-Focused Therapy for individuals and couples (EFT) along with mindfulness-based practices. Continue reading…
Sierra Briscoe, Clinical Associate, AMFT #111842
Sierra K. Briscoe – she/her/hers, is an emotionally-focused therapist for individuals, a grief & loss therapist and sex-positive, kink-aware, LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapist welcoming to all non-traditional relationships and lifestyles. Sierra considers it an honor to serve her community in this capacity. Sierra takes a modern, person-centered, and collaborative approach to therapy. In her practice, she strives to co-create a safe, judgment-free environment that is conducive to moving through emotional blocks, overcoming past traumas, and letting go of patterns that no longer serve you.
Sierra is an EMDR therapist and finds it a useful modality for healing trauma. She enjoys working with womxn, artists, musicians, sex workers, poly people, kinky people, people exploring their sexuality, the LGBTQIA+ community and couples and individuals who feel like they don’t fit into the societal norm. For Sierra’s full bio, click here.
Sierra received a Master of Science Degree in Counseling with Emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge. Sierra is a registered associate marriage and family therapist #111842 and is currently gaining hours towards her licensure under the clinical supervision of Grazel Garcia, LMFT # 97561. At this time, Sierra’s sliding scale fees are full and no longer available.
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