Our Team

Each therapist at Find Your Balance, Center for Growth & Change is hand picked for their special skills, expertise, education and training. We only hire the absolute best in the field and each of our therapists participate in ongoing education to stay current with the latest and most effective evidenced - based practices.

Crystal Guzman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and founder of Find Your balance, Center for Growth & Change. She over sees psychotherapy and provides supervision to Associate Marriage & Family Therapists. She is bilingual Spanish speaking and specializes in working with adults.

For the past 25 years she has been in the helping profession working with children, adolescents, families and adults in the Southern California area. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression and PTSD. During therapy with clients she incorporates the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques along with mindfulness. 

Crystal is an active member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She is available to speak to you if you should like to schedule an appointment with one of our therapists or have any questions.

Pronouns:she/her/hers

Crystal Guzman

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist LMFT

I enjoy working with adults who struggle with mood disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD and trauma.

"Helping people find a deeper truth and come back to their center by removing all of the blankety-blank stuff. " 

Humanness first and then the rest. I am an affirmative Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who believes that the use of spirituality in practice can help guide people through a variety of life experiences. My extensive training in working with children, adolescents, and adults has allowed me the expertise in the following areas: complex trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, parenting, life transition, life path, self-exploration/individuation, and creating long lasting healthy attachments.

Drawing on core principles of Mindfulness, Internal family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, and play therapy I believe that creative and humanistic approaches can get you where you want to be. My focus is to help you become the expert in your life and create long lasting change.

My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology from California Lutheran University, 2007. I later went on to graduate in 2012 from Pacifica Graduate Institute with a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology. 

Trainings & Specialties:

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
Internal Family Systems
Play therapy for children
Grief, complex trauma, PTSD
Depression, anxiety
Parenting
I can work with infants, young children, adolescents, parents and adults. 

CBT certified through the Academy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 2017

Triple P Positive Parenting Stepping Stones, 2015

CORs- 2015

Shannon Squillante

Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I believe that creative and humanistic approaches can get you where you want to be.

"Coming home is really important.”-Emily Ganzer

I am here to help you come home. My deep joy is to help people come alive and become more of their truest selves--to reshape their story so they are the hero, not the victim. What does it mean to be you? What has gotten in the way of that? How has the darkness robbed you of your light? I am here to find you in the darkness, and to walk with you into light. This may look like: navigating relationship challenges, understanding how race and culture shape your identity, and/or integrating faith as a strength. Whatever it is, I am here for it. I would be honored to hear your story and walk with you towards wholeness and hope.

A little bit about me: I earned my Master of Social Work at Cal State Fullerton, with a concentration in Community Mental Health. As an LA native, I love going on long hikes and writing poetry. I am grateful for my experience working with a range of cultures and backgrounds, and look forward to connecting with you. 

Areas of Focus:
*Stress Management
*Depression
*Relationship Issues
*Trauma
*Self Compassion

Training and Specialties:
* TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model)
* DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
* IPT (Interpersonal Therapy)

Ingrid Chung

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I enjoy working with adults of all ages. I can help you with navigating relationship challenges, understanding how race and culture shape your identity, and/or integrating faith as a strength

Mariam is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (#97824) who received her master’s degree in Social Work at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, CUNY. Mariam specialized in gender and sexuality and utilizes a social justice lens through her work. She worked with people with depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance use, among other disorders. She has worked with diverse populations throughout her career and aims to create a therapeutic environment that does not discriminate and that is supportive of everyone. She believes that the different identities that a person holds and the environment that people grow up in has a great impact on their mental health. Mariam has experience working through a psychodynamic, trauma-focused, strength-based approach, and has utilized CBT, DBT, and ACT throughout her treatment. She aims to help her clients recognize their potential and strengths to get through life’s adversities.  

Trainings & Specialties: 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Mariam Abdelrahman

Associate Clinical Social Worker

Mariam works with diverse populations and aims to create a therapeutic environment that does not discriminate and that is supportive of everyone. She enjoys working with children ages 11 and up and adults.

My name Veronica Gutierrez and I am a native Spanish and English speaker looking forward to accommodating you with the best selection of therapists. 
I have over 17 years of customer service experience with a background in servicing clients face to face to meet their needs. More recently, I served as admin support for over 10 years within a public school in Los Angeles, CA. 
I am here to get you started on your goals by assisting in scheduling you with a therapist that is a great match for you. We are dedicated to walking you through our appointment scheduling process along with assisting in any insurance verifications and other related paperwork, and/or questions about your therapist and more.

Veronica Guttierez

Intake Coordinator

I understand the importance of mental health and reaching out for help. I am here to help connect you with a therapist that is a great match based on your needs.

As a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with an M.A., David specializes in the supervision of licensed and unlicensed clinicians along with specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents with addiction and through recovery. David's extensive experience includes providing treatment through the police department to police personnel, juvenile and adult offenders along with their families. He also has extensive experience as a Clinical Director and Clinical Supervisor providing clinical supervision to associate therapists. David's most recent experience includes being a Program Director for a 33 client wrap around program where he managed and supervised unlicensed and licensed staff.  Here at Find Your Balance, Center for Growth & Change Inc David provides ongoing support to our Clinical Supervisors with the goal of helping other clinicians meet their full potential.

David Zuckerman

Lead Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist LMFT

I have over 15 years of supervision and management experience and am well-versed in family-systems, DBT, CBT and psycho-dynamic forms of therapy. I have also worked with children who display severe behavioral problems, including sociopathy and criminality.

I am a bilingual (Spanish speaking) Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. I received my master’s degree from Hope International University. I have 10 years of experience and specialize in working with toddlers, children, adolescents and adults who struggle with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or have been exposed to trauma and who come from a variety backgrounds and cultures. When I work with children and their parents, I utilize Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) as a treatment for trauma-exposed children. The central goal of CPP is to strengthen and support the child-caregiver relationship and the child’s mental health.  

I enjoy working with parents who need a little extra support. I utilize positive parenting to increase confidence in parents so that they can implement strategies that will help build good relationships with their children. Using these strategies can lead to an environment that is safe, loving and predictable for your child.

I can assist those seeking help for stress, grief and loss, anxiety, social skills, depression and anger management.


Training & Specialties:

Christian counseling, grief, ADHD, anger management, parenting, trauma, childhood trauma,  anxiety, depression, PTSD, anger management, behavioral issues.

Certified in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). Parent and child trauma work for 0 to 5 years old

Certified in Depression Treatment Quality Improvement Intervention (DTQI). Specialty for adolescents with depression

Certified in Positive Parenting Program (Triple P).   Court mandated letter provided & services DCFS approved 

Incredible Years (IY) Dina. 3 to 7 years old. 

Specializing in social skills for children using puppets and play therapy.

Julia Garcia-Ixcol

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I am a bilingual therapist who enjoys working with parents who need a little extra support.

Evelyn is a bilingual (English/Spanish) therapist who enjoys working with children, teens and adults.  She is a big advocate for her clients and strongly feels that everyone has a right to feel loved, safe, and heard. 
 
Her experience has allowed her the opportunity to work with individuals struggling with PTSD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders and trauma,.  She primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist clients in understanding how their thoughts can affect their behaviors and utilizing coping skills to assist with changing thought patterns.    
 
Evelyn has worked with families of many different cultures and enjoys assisting individuals with understanding how family values and norms can affect you as an adult.  She spent a significant amount of her childhood in Guatemala, which allowed her the opportunity to learn about the Latino Culture.  This experience also provided her with a more significant understanding of the challenges that one faces when adapting to a new culture, environment and/or surrounding.  She strongly feels that culture plays a big part in a person’s life and can be an important factor in attaining a healthy life balance.  

Training & Specialities:

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
 TF-CBT (Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)  
Culturally Sensitive
Substance Abuse 
Eating Disorders
Seeking Safety Treatment (evidence-based treatment that treats co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse)
Trauma Informed Care
Certified Domestic Violence Counselor

Evelyn Chamorro

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

I am a culturally sensitive therapist who specializes in using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, depression and co-occurring disorders

Whoever you are and whatever you have been through Tamara believes in the ability to actualize your best self. Tamara feels it an honor to work with all cultures and feels privileged to share your journey to happiness and healthy living. 

Tamara is an Associate Marriage And Family Therapist (RN#117603). Tamara obtained her master’s degree in Marriage And Family Therapy from Touro University Worldwide with summa cum laude. Throughout Tamara’s career she has worked with children, adolescents, adults, parents, and elders. Tamara tailors her approach to best suit the client and their needs and draws from a variety of evidence-based modalities such as CBT, DBT, Exposure Therapy, FFT. Tamara has experience with both crisis management, long-term and brief interventions. Tamara is an active member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Tamara believes that balance is key to everything in life. Your body naturally maintains balance through homeostasis to keep you healthy. But often we forget, feel compelled, or are forced due to circumstances or the environment to be extreme in our relationships, our home-work  balance, and our treatment of ourselves. Tamara can help you restore the balance in your life to eliminate the stress, worry, fear, anger, guilt, and persistent sadness you may feel. Life has taught you many lessons but you are never finished growing. Tamara invites you to learn how to be the person you want to be rather than the person life has taught you to be. 

Areas of Focus:

Depression
Anxiety
Trauma
Parenting
Interpersonal effectiveness
Emotional Regulation
Conflict resolution
Coping skills
Self-esteem
Self-care

Tamara Sauer

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

It is an honor to work with all cultures and I feel privileged to share your journey to happiness and healthy living.

Victoria Serratos is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She is bilingual Spanish and English speaking. Victoria works with teens, young adults and seniors using an eclectic approach tailored to the unique need of each individual. 

Victoria has over 9 years of experience working in a variety of settings and with diverse populations. She has experience with both crisis management, long-term and brief interventions. 

Victoria has training and experience working with adult trauma, domestic violence, anxiety, depression (including postpartum), self-harming, phase-of-life changes, grief, and loss, life stresses and next steps’
Victoria is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of California. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC) and her Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Deaf Studies from California State University Northridge (CSUN).   Her trainings include Domestic Violence, Trauma focused CBT, Seeking Safety, Motivational Interviewing, Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP), and Applied Suicide Interventions Skills (ASIST). 

Victoria Serratos es una trabajadora social clínica con licencia (LCSW) que trabaja en el área de Los Ángeles. Es bilingüe en español e inglés. Victoria trabaja con adolescentes, adultos jóvenes y personas mayores utilizando un enfoque ecléctico adaptado a las necesidades únicas de cada individuo.Victoria tiene más de 9 años de experiencia trabajando en una variedad de entornos y con poblaciones diversas. Tiene experiencia tanto en gestión de crisis como en intervenciones breves y a largo plazo.

Victoria tiene capacitación y experiencia trabajando con trauma de adultos, violencia doméstica, ansiedad, depresión (incluido el posparto), autolesiones, cambios de fase de la vida, duelo y pérdida, estrés de la vida y próximos pasos .

Victoria es una trabajadora social clínica con licencia (LCSW) en el estado de California. Recibió su Maestría en Trabajo Social de la Universidad del Sur de California (USC) y su Licenciatura en Artes (B.A) en Estudios de Sordos de la Universidad Estatal de California Northridge (CSUN). Sus capacitaciones incluyen Violencia Doméstica, TCC centrada en el trauma, Búsqueda de seguridad, Entrevistas motivacionales, Manejo y adaptación de prácticas (MAP) y Habilidades de intervención aplicada al suicidio (ASIST).

Victoria Serratos

Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am a bilingual therapist who enjoys working with adult trauma, anxiety, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, phase of life changes, grief, life stress and next steps.

   I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Associate Professional Clinical counselor. I received my master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University. I have worked with a variety of backgrounds and cultures in the mental health field for the last 5 years. My approach in therapy is to utilize healthy coping skills and mindfulness to increase personal growth and self-awareness in a safe and healing space. I strongly believe that we need to better ourselves, understand others, and learn to communicate in all types of relationships. We all have personal life challenges and the need to feel heard, Therefore, I feel honored to walk with you on your journey to self-discovery, bettering yourself, and working through life obstacles.

Lourdes Loyola

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I use healthy coping skills and mindfulness to increase personal growth and self-awareness.

I am an LGBTQUIA2+ affirmative therapist who works with teens and young adults (Ages 13-21) and adults. I work from a combined humanistic, existential and person-centered lens and collaborate with you to create a treatment plan that is best tailored to your needs. I utilize a variety of evidence based modalities. I received my Masters of Social Work from USC and received my Bachelors in Human Services with a specialization in Mental Health at CSUF.  For the past 7 years I have worked with people who struggle with anxiety, bipolar disorder, complex trauma, depression and PTSD.

I look forward to meeting with you soon and working together as a team to help you overcome challenges and helping you achieve your goals. 

Areas of Focus include: 

*Anxiety/Stress Management
*Depression/Trauma/Complex Trauma
*Coping Skills/Relationship Issues
*Self Esteem/Empowerment
*LGBTQUIA2+
*Mood Disorders (Bipolar Disorder, etc.)

Training and Specialties:
* CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
* TF-CBT (Trauma Focused CBT)
* DBT (Dialectical behavioral therapy)
* IPSRT (Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy)
* ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
* Art Therapy
* IPT (Interpersonal Therapy)
* MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy)

Tenesha Garcia

Associate Clinical Social Worker

I am an LGBTQUIA2+ affirmative therapist who works with teens and young adults (Ages 13-21) and adults.

Nicole is a graduate of the University of Phoenix’s Marriage and Family Therapist program and has been in the mental health field since 1999.  She has worked in group homes and residential facilities for at-risk youths.


Nicole enjoys working with children, teens and  adults who are facing challenging issues such as family conflict, social isolation, addiction, and traumatic life events. She utilizes many different evidenced-based interventions with her clients, which are specifically related to the needs they bring to therapy.  Nicole also incorporates spiritual practices to help clients resolve conflicts and live more productive and enriching lives.  In addition, she also incorporates mindfulness, grounding, and the use of self-care to help clients deal with current challenges. While focusing on creating a positive therapeutic relationship with her clients, Nicole also invites a sense of warmth and compassion into her sessions. She is very empathetic and has a natural gift to help others.

Nicole Thomas

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

While focusing on creating a positive therapeutic relationship with her clients, Nicole also invites a sense of warmth and compassion into her sessions.