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.
Trevor Alleman, M.A.
Trevor is a doctoral candidate at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. He has completed specialized training in MBT (Mentalization Based Therapy) and draws from a wide range of psychoanalytic theories. He has previously trained at Greenhouse Therapy Center and Fuller Psychological and Family Services in Pasadena, CA. Trevor is particularly interested in how culture and spirituality inform identity development. His ultimate goal is to help others become more curious about their own minds and the minds of others.
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.
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. She also has a special interest in treating substance dependence, cultural/identity issues, trans-generational family patterns, interpersonal relationships, life adjustments, phase of life issues, pain disorders and academic/work stress. Her theoretical and treatment modalities are integrative and tailored for the individual client consisting of Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Transpersonal Psychology and CBT. Tamala provides a fresh perspective and warm and compassionate guidance to help her clients cope with past pain, present fears, and future uncertainties.
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.
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.
Chrissy Highland, MSW
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.
Dana Jebreel, Psy.D.
Dana received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and families, and has a particular interest in helping individuals work through trauma, family and trans-generational, identity, spirituality, and relationship difficulties. Dana works from a relational perspective using the therapeutic relationship to facilitate change and foster authentic connection.
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 and utilizes object relations theory, as well as the therapeutic relationship to promote insight and positive change. She believes analytic psychotherapy is about guiding the patient in an exploration of their own mind so they can create the life they are seeking.
Samantha Liberman, Psy.D.
Samantha received her doctoral degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. She has previously trained at The Chicago School Counseling Center, Hillsides Full Service Program, and The Achievable Foundation working primarily with adolescents and adults. She is passionate about working with patients utilizing psychodynamic and object-relational theories.
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.
Raha Salehinia, M.A.
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.
Erica Sanborn, Ph.D.
Erica received her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology. She has training working with adults and college-aged individuals on a variety of presenting concerns such as relationship issues, depression and anxiety, self-esteem concerns, and identity development. She is drawn to attachment theory and is interested in the integration of mental and physical wellness. She is passionate about helping individuals embrace their vulnerability and curiosity so that they can forge meaning and build identity through the sharing of their story.
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. 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.
Dawn Tennenbaum, Ph.D.
Dawn received her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. Her experience includes working with adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, identity, loss and grief, and experiences of trauma. Dawn’s approach to therapy draws from attachment and object relations theories, dialectical behavior theory, and LGBTQ Affirmative therapy. She works with couples and individuals to understand how their early experiences impact their current relationships, emotions, behaviors, and thoughts, and to helps them utilize this understanding to enhance their quality of life and relationships with self and other.
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.