DUE TO COVID-19, TELEHEALTH AND IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS REQUIRE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
DUE TO COVID-19, TELEHEALTH AND IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS REQUIRE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Voted 2021 Best Family Therapy in the High Desert.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both California #115841 and Oregon #T1861. I am also a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California #9552.
I have over 10 years of experience working from infants to adults in the mental health field. I opened my private practice, the office of Anna Lopez, LMFT, in 2020 and non-profit, Diosa Counseling Center, which serves as a training facility for student interns, in 2022. I have a diverse team of associate and intern therapists under my supervision. I am also a therapist for Achieve Medical Center/Sokya Health serving both California and Oregon patients.
I love working with all ages and unique forms of relationships and/or family systems. I am a LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist. I love working with ethical non-monogamist systems. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Solution Focused; Thought Field Therapy (TFT tapping); Psychodynamic Therapy; Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT); and Infant Massage.
While I provide traditional and non-traditional mental health services, I do believe in meeting my clients where they are. Everyone's needs are unique, and I am willing to take that extra step to provide the best mental health care possible.
"If you see someone without a smile, give them yours." - Dolly Parton
Contact Anna at: email@example.com
I am a registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #8423. I obtained my Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Human Development, as well as, a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from CSU San Bernardino. I am currently a Master of Social Welfare student at UCLA to gain more skills as a helping professional.
I have experience providing counseling and therapy in both community mental health and school settings. I have primarily worked with children and adults who have dealt with social emotional concerns and mental health challenges. I specialize working with anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health/relationship concerns. I am a LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist. I am traones in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST); Narrative Therapy; Solution-Focused; Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT); Gottman Method Couple Therapy Level 1; and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).
I have a warm, caring, and compassionate personality. I believe that a strong relationship between the client and therapist leads to meaningful change and growth. I carry the belief that clients already possess the strengths, abilities, and skills to navigate the problems. I am honored to start this therapeutic journey with you.
“The person is not the problem. The problem is the problem.”
Contact John at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #8475 and hold a Personnel Pupil Services (PPS) Credential authorizing school counseling in California public schools.
I received a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from CSU, San Bernardino. My educational framework of social justice and lived experience as a disabled person prepared me to serve clients in an inclusive, culturally centered, gender-affirming, trauma-informed manner. I am experienced in empathic listening, dedicated to meeting clients where they are, and delivering counseling services through a collaborative and supportive approach.
I have a warm presence and positive attitude. I believe clients possess many strengths, abilities, and skills to navigate their lives. I am experienced in providing counseling services to children, adolescents, individuals, family systems, and couples struggling with relationships or mental health including anxiety, depression, loss and grief.
"Every time we ask a question, we’re generating a possible
version of a life."
Contact Eugenia at: email@example.com
I'm a Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist AMFT #132848 in California.
I received my Master's Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Baptist University in Riverside, California. I have been a strong advocate for all people who seek a life of freedom from trauma and margination. My professional clinical training has allowed me to develop and maintain excellent therapeutic skills that serves a diverse client population. I worked as a senior chemical dependency counselor. I have twenty years of experience in working with chemical dependency.
I have consistently demonstrated innovative therapeutic skills that encompass intensive psychodynamic ethical care.
The following quote by Emmett Fox has been a central force in my life throughout my clinical career. "There is a mystic power in the universe that can so radically change your life that your family and friends will hardly be able to recognize you when it is through with you. In fact, you will hardly be able to recognize yourself. This mystic power can put you into your right place in life. A life full of purpose meaning and dignity. It is your divine birth right to tap into this mystic power."
Contact Glenis at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Registered Associate Social Worker ASW #113021 in California.
I obtained a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Social Work from CSU San Bernardino. I am a bilingual speaker in English and Spanish.
I have experience providing individual and group counseling in school settings. I have learned the importance of empathy, hopefulness, and being an active listener through my work with children, adolescents, and families undergoing traumatic/ life changing events.
I believe every client is unique and therefore have individualized needs. My approach begins by always providing a safe and supportive environment. It can be very easy to focus on the negatives of our daily lives, therefore I like to utilize a Strengths Based Approach to remind clients of their resilience. Other modalities utilized include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Client-Centered Approach.
Without a challenge, there is no resilience.
I am pursuing my master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have started my internship to complete my degree with Capella University. I have my bachelor's in psychology from Park University.
For the last 15 years, I have worked as a paralegal for a criminal law firm, which has given me the foundation to assist others with compassion and understanding.
My preferred methods are Emotional Focus Therapy (EFT) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). Marriage and Family Therapy has always been my passion, and it is my goal to work with all ages as individuals, families or groups.
“Dancing is just a conversation between two people, Talk to me.”
Harry Connick Jr.
Contact Kathleen at: email@example.com
I am pursuing a Master's degree in Social Work from Western New Mexico University. I received my bachelor's degree from Brandman University with a dual major in Sociology and Early Childhood Development. I am in the process of receiving graduate certifications in working with individuals and families in schools, rural communities, and military families.
I have worked in the public school sector over the last ten years, seven of those years were in the special education department. I have gained knowledge working with students on many platforms, such as, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). I have worked one-on-one and in group settings, helping students grow emotionally, socially, and academically through the application of behavioral and academic interventions to help them reach their goals.
My goal, with my experience and education, is to work as a therapist supporting clients to have strong positive relationships with themselves. I believe in being compassionate and encouraging to others. I have gained valuable knowledge in supporting, advocating, and meeting the needs of others. I have collaborated with peers about at-risk students' needs and programs. I will go above and beyond to support my clients.
"May the Force be with you." Star Wars
Contact Brian at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing with a Minor in Psychology from Cal State University Northridge in 2013.
I believe that when you work from your core, you have anchored your soul. I have been called a “natural counselor” for most of my adult life. It is a part of my personality to both provoke and invoke meaningful conversations; enlightenment must take place. Change must take place.
I have worked in Human Services for 7 years; helping those with unmet needs to become self-sufficient. My job is to coach others mentally while also providing tangible resources to assist them in their journey. I believe that my occupation and my training as a therapist are closely related, in that, I am ushering people to pull the answers to their brokenness from inside of themselves to become better versions of themselves. We are the experts of our own lives but sometimes the lines become blurred because of our lived experiences and we need help in unraveling those hidden truths.
My desired therapeutic methods are Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Client-Centered.
Even the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisest man [woman].
(1 Cor. 1:25)
Contact Chanel at: email@example.com
My master’s degree is still in progress at the University of Massachusetts, Global, where I am pursuing a double emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy/Professional Clinical Counseling.
After my service as a musician in the United States Air Force, I have been a teacher in the public schools as well as a one-on-one music instructor for all age levels.
This life experience has shaped my passion as a warm and creative facilitator of clients’ goals! I motivate through compassion, because I meet you where you are in your life’s issues. I steadfastly believe in you and your innate strengths, knowing that you can make a preferred choice in the present moment. In addition, I am a safe and affirming LGBTQIA+ ally.
Self-compassion mindfulness is the thread that runs through or alongside the treatment modalities of my interest, which include Narrative Therapy, Solution-focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
“If you write things you appreciate in others, in life and in yourself, you will have such a dramatic change in 30 days. And if you continued for 6 months, the change will be so powerful, so strong, that others who know you will not recognize the old you.” — Abraham Hicks
Contact Kelly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am the Administrative/Billing Associate for the office. I earned my Associate degree in Fine Arts from Victor Valley Community College.
I’ve discovered over the years the therapeutic benefit of art and creative expression in a person’s life. I am passionate about its usefulness for healing and prospering, including and perhaps especially for LGBTQIA+ individuals.
My experience comes from working on the inside of the mental health world. I was voted Vice President and then President of Valley Star’s Crisis Residential Treatment Center (called “The STAY”) with an open invitation to become a Peer Mentor and eventually Peer Counselor. I brought the LGBTQIA+ group to Victor Community Support Services - Victorville Campus (“TAY,” for Transitional Age Youth). I then developed + executed its programming, providing an environment for safe expression among peers in their mental health journey. I was made the solitary stand-by Presidential Nominee of The Desert Hill Center Crisis Residential Treatment for Adults. I am an LGBTQIA+ affirming member of the team and promise to provide all the insight I can as an individual belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community.
I hope to receive more experience and training in the mental health field to one day develop programs for treatment comfort, creativity, and success. For now, I work behind-the-scenes, so to speak, making sure all of your information remains confidential and organized, and that your unique voice is heard. I believe everyone is entitled to freedom, expression, and wellness, and I bring this philosophy to all that I do.
"Hope has not forgotten you. So ask it to dinner. It's probably hungry and would appreciate the invitation." - Libba Bray, Going Bovine
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
What is “Medical Information”?
The term “medical information” is synonymous with the terms “personal health information” and “protected health information” for purposes of this Notice. It essentially means any individually identifiable health information (either directly or indirectly identifiable), whether oral or recorded in any form or medium, that is created or received by a health care provider (me), health plan, or others and 2) relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition of an individual (you); the provision of health care (e.g., mental health) to an individual (you); or the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to an individual (you).
I am a mental health care provider. More specifically, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, licensed by the State of California through the Board of Behavioral Sciences and in the State of Oregon . I create and maintain treatment records that contain individually identifiable health information about you. These records are generally referred to as “medical
records” or “mental health records,” and this notice, among other things, concerns the privacy and confidentiality of those records and the information contained therein.
Uses and Disclosures Without Your Authorization - For Treatment, Payment, or Health Care Operations Federal privacy rules (regulations) allow health care providers (me) who have a direct treatment relationship with the patient (you) to use or disclose the patient’s personal health information, without the patient’s written authorization, to carry out the health
care provider’s own treatment, payment, or health care operations. I may also disclose your protected health information for the treatment activities of any health care provider. This too can be done without your written authorization. An example of a use or disclosure for treatment purposes: If I decide to consult with another licensed health care provider about your condition, I would be permitted to use and disclose your personal health information, which is otherwise confidential, in order to assist me in the diagnosis or treatment of your mental health condition.
Disclosures for treatment purposes are not limited to the minimum necessary standard. because physicians and other health care providers need access to the full record and/or full and complete information in order to provide quality care. The word “treatment” includes, among other things, the coordination and management of health care among health care providers or by a health care provider with a third party, consultations between health care providers, and referrals of a patient for health care from one health care provider to another.
An example of a use or disclosure for payment purposes: If your health plan requests a copy of your health records, or a portion thereof, in order to determine whether or not payment is warranted under the terms of your policy or contract, I am permitted to use and disclose your personal health information. An example of a use or disclosure for health care operations purposes: If your health plan decides to audit my practice in order to review my competence and my performance, or to detect possible fraud or abuse, your mental health records may be used or disclosed for those purposes.
PLEASE NOTE: I, or someone in my practice acting with my authority, may contact you to provide appointment reminders or information about treatment alternatives or other health-related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. Your prior written authorization is not required for such contact.
Other Uses and Disclosures Without Your Authorization:
I may be required or permitted to disclose your personal health information (e.g., your mental health records) without your written authorization. The following circumstances are examples of when such disclosures may or will be made:
1. If disclosure is compelled by a court pursuant to an order of that court.
2. If disclosure is compelled by a board, commission, or administrative agency for purposes of adjudication pursuant to its lawful authority.
3. If disclosure is compelled by a party to a proceeding before a court or administrative agency pursuant to a subpoena, subpoena duces tecum (e.g., a subpoena for mental health records), notice to appear, or any provision authorizing discovery in a proceeding before a court or administrative agency.
4. If disclosure is compelled by a board, commission, or administrative agency pursuant to an investigative subpoena issued pursuant to its lawful authority.
5. If disclosure is compelled by an arbitrator or arbitration panel, when arbitration is lawfully requested by either party, pursuant to a subpoena duces tecum (e.g., a subpoena for mental health records), or any other provision authorizing discovery in a proceeding before an arbitrator or arbitration panel.
6. If disclosure is compelled by a search warrant lawfully issued to a governmental law enforcement agency.
7. If disclosure is compelled by the patient or the patient’s representative pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 123100) of Part 1 of Division 106 of the California Health and Safety Code or by corresponding federal statutes or regulations (e.g., the federal “Privacy Rule,” which requires this Notice).
8. If disclosure is compelled or by the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (for example, if I have a reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect).
9. If disclosure is compelled by the California Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse Reporting Law (for example, if I have a reasonable suspicion of elder abuse or dependent adult abuse).
10. If disclosure is compelled or permitted by the fact that you are in such mental or emotional condition as to be dangerous to yourself or to the person or property of others, and if I determine that disclosure is necessary to prevent the threatened danger.
11. If disclosure is compelled or permitted by the fact that you tell me of a serious threat (imminent) of physical violence to be committed by you against a reasonably identifiable victim or victims.
12. If disclosure is compelled or permitted, in the event of your death, to the coroner in order to determine the cause of your death.
13. As indicated above, I am permitted to contact you without your prior authorization to provide appointment reminders or information about alternatives or other health related benefits and services that may be of interest to you. Be sure to let me know where and by what means (e.g., telephone, letter, email, fax) you may be contacted.
14. If disclosure is required or permitted to a health oversight agency for oversight activities authorized by law, including but limited to, audits, criminal or civil investigations, or licensure or disciplinary actions. The California Board of Behavioral
Sciences, who license marriage and family therapists, is an example of a health oversight agency.
15. If disclosure is compelled by the U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to investigate or determine my compliance with privacy requirements under the federal regulations (the “Privacy Rule”).
16. If disclosure is otherwise specifically required by law.
PLEASE NOTE: The above list is not an exhaustive list, but informs you of most circumstances when disclosures without your written authorization may be made. Other uses and disclosures will generally (but not always) be made only with your
written authorization, even though federal privacy regulations or state law may allow additional uses or disclosures without your written authorization. Uses or disclosures made with your written authorization will be limited in scope to the information specified in the authorization form, which must identify the information “in a specific and meaningful fashion.” You may revoke your written authorization at any time, provided that the revocation is in writing and except to the extent that I have taken action in reliance on your written authorization.
Your right to revoke an authorization is also limited if the authorization was obtained as a condition of obtaining insurance coverage for you. If California law protects your confidentiality or privacy more than the federal “Privacy Rule” does, or if California law gives you greater rights than the federal rule does with respect to access to your records, I will abide by California law. In general, uses or disclosures by me of your personal health information (without your authorization) will be limited to the minimum necessary to accomplish the intended purpose of the use or disclosure. Similarly, when I
request your personal health information from another health care provider, health plan or health care clearinghouse, I will make an effort to limit the information requested to the minimum necessary to accomplish the intended purpose of the request. As mentioned above, in the section dealing with uses or disclosures for treatment purposes, the “minimum necessary” standard does not apply to disclosures to or requests by a health care provider for treatment purposes because health care providers need complete access to information in order to provide quality care.
Your Rights Regarding Protected Health Information
1) You have the right to request restrictions on certain uses and disclosures of protected health information about you, such as those necessary to carry out treatment, payment, or health care operations. I am not required to agree to your requested restriction. If I do agree, I will maintain a written record of the agreed upon restriction.
2) You have the right to receive confidential communications of protected health information from me by alternative means or at alternative locations.
3) You have the right to inspect and copy protected health information about you by making a specific request to do so in writing. This right to inspect and copy is not absolute – in other words, I am permitted to deny access for specified reasons. For instance, you do not have this right of access with respect to my “psychotherapy notes.” The term “psychotherapy notes” means notes recorded (in any medium) by a health care provider who is a mental health professional documenting or analyzing the contents of conversation during a private counseling session or a group, joint, or family counseling
session and that are separated from the rest of the individual’s medical (includes mental health) record. The term excludes medication prescription and monitoring, counseling session start and stop times, the modalities and frequencies of treatment furnished, results of clinical tests, and any summary of the following items: diagnosis, functional status, the treatment plan, symptoms, prognosis, and progress to date.
4) You have the right to amend protected health information in my records by making a request to do so in a writing that provides a reason to support the requested amendment. This right to amend is not absolute – in other words, I am permitted to deny the requested amendment for specified reasons. You also have the right, subject to limitations, to provide me with a written addendum with respect to any item or statement in your records that you believe to be incorrect or incomplete and to have the addendum become a part of your record.
5) You have the right to receive an accounting from me of the disclosures of protected health information made by me in the six years prior to the date on which the accounting is requested. As with other rights, this right is not absolute. In other words, I am permitted to deny the request for specified reasons. For instance, I do not have to account for disclosures made in order to carry out my own treatment, payment or health care operations. I also do not have to account for disclosures of protected health information that are made with your written authorization, since you have a right to
receive a copy of any such authorization you might sign.
6) You have the right to obtain a paper copy of this notice from me upon request. PLEASE NOTE: In order to avoid confusion or misunderstanding, I ask that if you wish to exercise any of the rights enumerated above, that you put your request in writing and deliver or send the writing to me. If you wish to learn more detailed information about any of the above rights, or their limitations, please let me know. I am willing to discuss any of these matters with you. As mentioned elsewhere in this document, I am the Privacy Officer of this practice.
I am required by law to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of your personal health information. This notice is intended to let you know of my legal duties, your rights, and my privacy practices with respect to such information. I am required to abide by the terms of the notice currently in effect. I reserve the right to change the terms of this notice and/or my privacy practices and to make the changes effective for all protected health information that I maintain, even if it was created or received prior to the effective date of the notice revision. If I make a revision to this notice, I will make the notice available at my office upon request on or after the effective date of the revision and I will post the revised notice in a clear and prominent location.
As the Privacy Officer of this practice, I have a duty to develop, implement and adopt clear privacy policies and procedures for my practice and I have done so. I am the individual who is responsible for assuring that these privacy policies and procedures are followed not only by me, but by any employees that work for me or that may work for me in the future. I have trained or will train any employees that may work for me so that they understand my privacy policies and procedures. In general, patient records, and information about patients, are treated as confidential in my practice and are released to
no one without the written authorization of the patient, except as indicated in this notice or except as may be otherwise permitted by law. Patient records are kept secured so that they are not readily available to those who do not need them.
I am the Contact Person of this practice, you may complain to me and to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services if you believe your privacy rights may have been violated either by me or by those who are employed by me. You may file a complaint with me by simply providing me with a writing that specifies the manner in which you believe the violation occurred, the approximate date of such occurrence, and any details that you believe will be helpful to me. My telephone number is (760) 253-1834. I will not retaliate against you in any way for filing a complaint with me or
with the Secretary. Complaints to the Secretary must be filed in writing. A complaint to the Secretary can be sent to U.S Department of Health and Human Services, 90 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103 Phone Number: (415) 437-8500. For complaints in Oregon: https://oblpct.us.thentiacloud.net/webs/oblpct/register/#/complaint-form
If you need or desire further information related to this Notice or its contents, or if you have any questions about this Notice or its contents, please feel free to contact me. As the Contact Person for this practice, I will do my best to answer your questions and to provide you with additional information.
Voted 2021 Best of the High Desert