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Mental Health Services

DR. JUAN MORIEL

Dr. Moriel was born in El Paso, Texas and earned his undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University. His professional degrees are from Pepperdine University (LMFT) and California Southern University (PsyD) and post-undergraduate training from Oklahoma Baptist University, Touro University, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School that includes healthcare subspecialties. He is a psychotherapist who is a fully-recognized member of the U.S. and World Professional Association for Transgender Healthcare and continues to be involved with other LBGTQI+ issues and causes. He has a 17-year history of supporting the transgender community as an advocate, case manager and behavioral health therapist – with additional training in Health Psychology and Medical Family Therapy pertaining to transgender-affirming healthcare and is trained in eye-movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) therapy working with transgender populations affected by trauma. With 20+ years of training, Dr. Moriel strives to support, encourage, and assist people in becoming their most fully-realized selves.

DIANA CHAPERO

Diana Chapero is currently a graduate student at the University of Redlands majoring in School Counseling. Throughout the last five years, Diana has been working closely with K-12 and college students in academic and socio-emotional learning, and career/college readiness. While she enjoys helping young people within these areas of personal and professional growth, Diana also pays attention to her students’ mental well-being. Her primary focus is on anxiety and stress management. Alongside all this, Diana also obtained a Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies from California State University, San Bernardino. She wanted to be better educated in gender and LBGTQA+ issues, especially since more and more young people are coming out and seeking guidance from the adults around them. As a future educator, Diana hopes to be one of those reliable supporters they can reach out to. Diana also speaks Spanish.

ANAM GULRAIZ

Anam Gulraiz has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is currently working towards her degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through the Los Angeles Charles Drew University. Her primary focus during clinical sessions is life skills, emotional regulation and working with those that have been affected by incarceration. She formerly worked at RJ Donovan State Prison and worked with the transgender inmates at that correctional facility. She also enjoys cooking, fashion, reading, the great outdoors, and music. She is from Pakistan and enjoys transgender Pakistani civil rights and arts.

AUNICE REED

Aunice Reed is an experienced Certified Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDCC/CADTP) and Marriage and Family therapist-in training with a Masters in Science Degree in Addiction Counseling. Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders with children, teens, adults and their families are her primary area of focus. Aunice is an experienced, LGBTQ-affirming addiction treatment provider, who understands the importance of LGBTQ individuals telling their own stories. She helps others heal from the pain of guilt and shame, and of being different in a cis-heteronormative world. While client-centered therapy is her foundational approach; narrative, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, psychodynamic, 12-step, mindfulness, solution-focused behavioral, art, play, and trauma-focused therapies are some of the additional treatment approaches she uses with clients. Having overcome hardships and obstacles in her own life, Aunice is thoroughly fulfilled and feels rewarded by the work she does in helping others transcend difficult issues in their own lives. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with the family cats, community service, reading, drawing, talking with friends, messing around with her turtles, doing pilates, decorating her home, listening to movie soundtracks and opera, hiking, traveling and watching movies. 

JONATHAN SHAW

Jonathan Shaw is a 32 year old, gay, married, African-American male who's currently in school for his Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Degree at Charles R. Drew University. He has been a nurse for over nine years focusing in emergency medicine and emergency psych. He was born and raised in Salisbury, NC and spent almost half of his nursing career in North Carolina and then went on to travel and strike nursing. Jonathan came to California for his first assignment and has been in love with the state ever since. He moved permanently here a few years ago and his southern accent remains. He has have a strong passion for helping others and chose psychiatry after witnessing mistreatment of patients with psychiatric disorders. As an ER nurse he would observe many nurses avoiding the psych assignments and many didn't understand psych. He looks forward to meeting the members of the team and clients.

DONNA WERLING

Donna Werling is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate. She earned a BS in Social Science from California State Polytechnic University in 1983 and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from NorthCentral University in Prescott, AZ in 2017. Donna believes that the therapeutic relationship bond is vital for therapy to be successful and works to create a shared goal through an empathic perception of each client’s experience. This is vital to assist each client in attaining the change they desire. Using systems theory, Donna  integrates multiple models, including, but not limited to, therapy approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered, solution focused and motivational interviewing. She welcomes LGBTQ+ individuals, couples and families and considers it a great privilege to work with those who are working on their transition journey.

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