Meet Our Therapists
Psychology Interns & Postgraduate Fellows
WILA’s excellent training programs attract an impressively bright, curious, and motivated group of students. Since our founding, over 600 graduate students, interns, and postgraduate fellows have studied at WILA and become exceedingly competent and compassionate mental health professionals.
Jisoo Ahn, M.A.
Jisoo is a doctoral candidate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Jisoo has previously trained at The Chicago School Irvine Counseling Center where she worked with children, college students, and adults on various issues including chronic depression, anxiety, family and romantic relationship difficulties, and life transitions. Jisoo believes that a person’s faith in themselves gives them the power to proceed with life even if it seems impossible to get through.
Artin Baghramian, M.A.
Artin is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. Artin has experience working with individuals, families, and groups with a wide range of mental health concerns. He uses an integrative perspective that includes psychoanalytic, systems, and acceptance-commitment theories. Artin is passionate about providing a non-judgmental place for individuals from all multicultural backgrounds to help foster meaningful growth.
Tamala Sh’nee Black, M.A.
Tamala is a doctoral candidate of Applied Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and previously trained at The Chicago School Counseling Center. She also holds a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. As a therapist, she focuses on the entire mind, body and spirit. She works with a variety of concerns including trauma, depression, and anxiety within individual and group therapy sessions. She also has a special interest in treating substance abuse, cultural/identity issues, trans-generational family patterns, interpersonal relationships, life adjustments, phase of life issues, depression, anxiety and somatic disorders. She also has a special interest and training in Psycho-diagnostic testing assessing personality functioning and Neuropsychological evaluations assessing for cognitive abilities, deficits and variety of educational attainment. Her theoretical and treatment modalities are integrative and tailored for the individual patient consisting of Psychoanalytic/ Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Humanistic, Existential and Transpersonal Psychology. Tamala provides a fresh perspective and warm and compassionate guidance to help her clients cope with past pain, present fears, and future uncertainties to increase quality of life.
Sophie Davis-Cohen, MSW
Sophie received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Smith College in 2015, and has worked in various settings with adults and teenagers dealing with a range of presenting concerns. Sophie feels that telling one’s story in a trusting relationship is a process that enriches life, and allows for healing and psychological growth. Sophie draws from psychodynamic and attachment theories, which guide the relationally embedded experience of therapy. She is also passionate about meditation as a process supporting mind/body insight and connection.
Robert Frashure, M.A., M.F.A.
Robert is a predoctoral intern whose lifelong fascination with psychoanalysis has taken him on explorative journeys into the intersections of art, psychology, and social justice. As a photographer and painter himself, Robert draws upon the powerful creative capacities of our imagination, play, and fantasy during therapy. Some of his special interests include attachment theory, LGBTQ studies, and parenthood. Robert holds a B.A. degree in Art from Harvard College, an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts, and is a doctoral candidate at California School of Professional Psychology.
Aaron Giannini, MSW
Aaron received his Master of Social Work degree at New York University. He previously trained at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in Manhattan. Aaron has worked with individuals and groups from a range of backgrounds, specializing in treating adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship difficulties. Aaron’s therapeutic approach is informed by attachment and psychodynamic theories, using a relational style which emphasizes genuine connection as a way to heal and grow.
Joshua Goldstein, Psy.D.
Joshua received his doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. He has previously trained at Maple Counseling Center and The Chicago School Counseling Center, working with adults and college aged individuals. He believes that the therapeutic relationship between therapist and patient plays an important role in the treatment and works primarily from an object-relations perspective.
Anna Goslicka, M.A.
Anna applies an integrative approach to therapy by drawing on psychodynamic theories, systems, neuropsychology, and hypnosis. Her background in art allows her to appreciate, encourage, and support the creative processes of patients re-creating their own life with a full understanding of self in the atmosphere of empathy and safety. Anna’s special interest and passion is for co-facilitating, with patients, their processing of trauma.
Margaret Hickman, LMFT
Margaret is a doctoral candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She believes therapy is a unique opportunity to know yourself and to become a more authentic, creative and engaged person. She finds that psychotherapy can help you to understand how your past effects your thinking, emotions, actions and beliefs. By doing your inner work, therapy helps to overcome repetitive patterns, critical thoughts and creative blocks. Margaret works primarily from psychoanalytic object relations and attachment theories, and is passionate about working with individuals, couples and families to help foster curiosity, compassion, and openness to create meaningful connections, a sense of belonging and deep fulfilment.
Jack Irmas, MSW
Jack received his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. He previously trained at the USC student counseling center where he worked with young adults with anxiety and depression, relationship and family issues, and issues related to sex and sexuality. He often finds that his work with people centers around living life more authentically.
Shemetra James, Psy.D.
Shemetra received her doctorate from Antioch University Santa Barbara. She previously trained at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hillmont House-ANKA Behavioral Health, Tarzana Treatment Center, and Airport Marina Counseling Center. She recognizes that your experiences are unique, has an empathetic approach, and is passionate about helping others embrace their own identities through self-empowerment. Shemetra follows Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic, Object Relations, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Humanistic approaches to therapy. Her special area of interest is forgiveness practices to help overcome trauma.
Eliana Lev, AMFT
Eliana is an Associate Marriage and Family therapist with a master’s degree from Antioch University. She previously trained at The Maple Counseling Center where she worked with adults with a variety of mental health concerns. Her approach to therapy is informed by psychoanalytic theories, LGBTQ Affirmative therapy, as well as the therapeutic relationship to promote insight and positive change for the patient. She believes psychoanalytic psychotherapy is about discovering, with the help of a trusted therapist, deeper aspects of the patient’s mind and personality. Through this work, patients are able to know themselves and are freed to create the life they are seeking.
Molly Martin, M.A.
Molly is a doctoral candidate at the California School of Professional Psychology. Her therapeutic approach is guided by the belief that painful feelings are often the touchstone for personal growth. She provides a warm environment where clients feel safe to explore meaning, take risks, and discover their authentic selves. She has experience working with individuals, couples, and families, and is particularly interested in issues around identity, relationships, and life transitions. Molly is passionate about working with the LGBTQ community, and enjoys working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Marcia Nimmer, Psy.D., LCSW
Marcia earned her doctorate at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her research and writing has focussed upon finding meaning in the second half of life. She is drawn to helping individuals continue to grow and develop throughout the lifespan. Marcia sees post-midlife as time of great potential and wants to help individuals explore and find their full potential and whole selves.
Laura O’Loughlin, Psy.D.
Laura received a doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and completed her predoctoral internship at the Saturday Center with an emphasis in relational psychodynamic therapy. She has studied in EMDR and various mind-body modalities, completing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute’s training on emotional regulation and trauma. Her doctoral research focused on the power of somatic activities to strengthen the sense-of-self and build healthier interpersonal boundaries. Other areas of focus include ADHD, spirituality, and sexuality.
Suzanne Ovanesyan, M.A.
Suzanne is a doctoral candidate of Applied Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and holds a Master’s in Psychology from Webster Vienna Private University. She has completed training in Vienna, Austria and recently completed training at The Chicago School Counseling Center in West Los Angeles. Suzanne has experience working with individuals suffering from trauma, substance use, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders, and identity development. Suzanne works from a psychodynamic perspective and focuses on the whole person. She believes that the root of pain and suffering stems from a person’s inability to love themselves. As a therapist, she focuses on creating a safe environment where
Raha Salehinia, Psy.D.
Raha is a doctoral candidate at the California School of Professional Psychology. As a first-generation Iranian American immigrant who identifies equally with both cultures, Raha has adopted a strong commitment to fostering knowledge and appreciation of multiculturalism. Her ultimate wish is to embrace differences and live in a diverse society where we unite to promote justice, freedom, love, empathy, and conscious existence. Raha holds an interdisciplinary perspective appreciating traditional Freudian to more modern Lacanian approaches.
Amanda Saragusti, M.A.
Amanda is currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. She believes that through real connection and authenticity, in a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, we can get to know ourselves in a deeper and more profound way in order to make lasting and impactful change. Amanda’s approach to therapy utilizes a wide range of psychoanalytic theories and techniques. She provides individual psychotherapy & couple and family therapy. Amanda has experience working with individuals, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds, with a variety of mental health concerns.
Jessica Sardas, AMFT
Jessica is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a masters degree from Antioch University. Her emphases of study are in gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ+ Affirmative Psychotherapy. Jessica has worked with adults, couples and adolescents. She is particularly interested in early life experiences because of how much they can impact one’s development into adulthood. She works psychodynamically and relationally, using the therapeutic relationship as the basis for understanding how one makes connections in the world. Jessica enjoys creating a safe environment where clients can explore and heighten their self-awareness as a means to reach goals and develop a more profound way of understanding themselves.
Michelle Scott, MSW
Michelle received her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California. Michelle has worked with a range of individuals at acute hospital settings as a medical social worker and has experience working with adults and teenagers with addiction and eating disorders at residential treatment facilities. Michelle’s therapeutic approach is informed by attachment and psychodynamic theories as well as neurobiology. Michelle draws from these theories to provide a safe space with the understanding that at our core, we have a deep need for connection and to be seen.
Elizabeth Slater, Psy.D.
Elizabeth received her doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and families on a range of issues, including trauma, substance abuse, depression and anxiety, relationship difficulties, and identity development. Elizabeth is particularly passionate about serving the LGBTQ community and other marginalized groups. She works with her patients from a psychoanalytic lens to help them develop more meaningful and fulfilling lives.
Katherine Smith, Psy.D.
Katherine earned her doctorate from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She believes therapy is more than just overcoming life’s challenges – it is an opportunity for you to explore and create a new relationship to your self. Katherine approaches therapy with kindness, compassion, and humor. She has worked with individuals and couples of diverse backgrounds, sexual orientations, mental health concerns, and integrates social justice and feminist perspectives in her approach to therapy.
Hudad Toulloui, M.A.
Hudad is a doctoral candidate at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He conducts therapy both in English and Farsi (Persian). He previously trained at the Chicago School Counseling Center working with adults, college students, and children; conducting both individual and group therapy. He has also had experience administering neuropsychological testing and full-battery psychological assessments. He places special emphasis on providing his clients with a safe environment where they can gradually experience a wide range of their emotions, thus developing better insight into why they think, behave, or feel the way they do. He has also been passionate about being a LGBTQI rights activist, hoping that through education and advocacy, society will move towards more acceptance and tolerance of human differences.