Licensed Clinical Psychologists. Licensed Clinical Social Workers.
DAWN SAMPSON, Co-Owner & CEO
Dawn Sampson received her Bachelor's degree in Social Welfare from California State University, Long Beach, her Master's of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, and she is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in California (lic. # LCS23139). Dawn worked as the Director of Social Services for the Catalina Island Medical Center for 26 years, managing social services in the Critical Access Hospital, Rural Health Clinic, and distinct-part Skilled Nursing Facility. She was instrumental in obtaining funding and establishing the medical center’s telemedicine program in 2006. Dawn has been providing clinical therapy services to individuals, groups and families, in areas both urban and rural, for over 16 years, and has been providing clinical tele-mental health services to patients in rural clinics for the past 7 years. Dawn grew up in the small town of Avalon on Catalina Island, where she and her husband raised two children. Dawn is fluent in American Sign Language and she speaks conversational Spanish.
MINDY MUELLER, Co-Owner & Clinical Director
Mindy Mueller, Psy.D. received her Doctorate of Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School, her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Boston College, and her Master’s in Child and Family Development at Syracuse University. She is a licensed psychologist in California and has been working for the past 16 years in multidisciplinary community mental health centers in rural, suburban and urban areas. Mindy has an extensive background in providing mental health services to children, adolescents and adults within a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, and residential facilities. She also has a background in evaluation and research focusing on the provision of mental health in rural communities and the development of community coalitions.
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DANA BASU, Clinical Psychologist
Dana Basu, Psy.D. received her Doctorate of Psychology and Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of California. After completing her training in the midwest, Dana moved to California and has been providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families in the area for the past 6 years. She is interested in helping people explore how early experiences have shaped them and continue to influence how they feel about themselves, their relationships, and their place in life.
LISA TALERICO, Clinical Psychologist
Lisa Talerico, Psy.D. received Doctorate of Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. Lisa has been a licensed Clinical Psychologist in California for the past ten years. She works as the Director of Field Training for Alliant International University’s California School of Forensic Studies program, a Clinical and Forensic Psy.D. program. Lisa also has a private practice in which she conducts telemental health services. Lisa has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly in various settings such as school settings, residential programs, group homes, substance abuse treatment centers, transitional living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and outpatient clinics. Lisa’s specialties include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, grief/loss, substance abuse, and LGBT issues.
GRACIELA ZISMAN, Clinical Social Worker
Graciela Zisman, LCSW, has a Masters of Social Work from Boston University and she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience in community mental health and medical social work. Further, she has extensive background working with survivors of sexual assault at the Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica, CA. For the past 20 years Graciela has been working as a Program Manager and supervisor of the Outpatient Services at The Guidance Center in Long Beach. Graciela is bicultural and is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew.
LORI MENENDYAN, Clinical Social Worker
Lori Menendyan received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Northridge and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in California (LCSW 28727). She has over 10 years of experience working in various social service agencies, providing therapeutic services for multicultural populations. Currently, Lori works as a Program Therapist at a Partial Hospitalization program facilitating group therapy services to adults with chronic mental illness. She also is part of a group practice and has her own small private practice in Encino. Lori is also fluent in Armenian.
KATHERINE NOVEMBER, Clinical Social Worker
Katherine November received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California (LCS #28353). She has worked as a therapist and clinician in a hospital and clinic setting, assisting children and families with chronic medical conditions and victims of child abuse and domestic violence. She currently works as an LCSW consultant with adults with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury and cognitive impairments and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at USC teaching courses in Human Behavior, Child Abuse and Field Work.
SHARON ESHAGHPOUR, Clinical Social Worker
Sharon Eshaghpour received her Bachelors degree at New York University and her Masters in Social Work at The Hunter School of Social Work. She is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in New York State as well as California. She obtained two years of post graduate training at The Post Graduate Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in New York City. She completed an additional two year training at Thrive Infant- Family program in Los Angeles and a one year certificate program in Psychoanalytic adult work at Psychoanalytic Center of California . For the last 20 years Sharon has been counseling adults in individual therapy and couples counseling as well as working with parents and their young children in co-parenting work, dyadic work and in Mindful Parenting Groups. She also works with children, adolescents and young adults in individual therapy. She has worked in various community mental health settings in both Los Angeles and New York, and has worked in private practice in Los Angles since 2003.
GLORIA OSBORNE, Clinical Social Worker
Gloria Osborne, LCSW (LCS#68266) has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California and received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Loyola Marymount University. She has had experience as an outpatient mental health therapist providing individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults for the past 4 years. She has recently transitioned into a new role as an inpatient psychiatric social worker for the Department of Health Services, Los Angeles County. She is passionate about the severe and persistent mental illness population and enjoys assisting individuals to overcome the challenges that mental illness and life experiences may often bring. Gloria is bicultural and fluent in Spanish.
SABAH AKMAL, Clinical Social Worker
Sabah Akmal is a Clinical Social Worker at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Sabah received her MSW from University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked as an oncology social worker and as a clinician in private practice. She served as a board member for The Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare. She works closely with adult and pediatric pulmonology/cystic fibrosis clients as well as pediatric endocrinology and cardiology/cardiothoracic patients and their families at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
ABIGAIL WEISSMAN, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Abigail "Abi" Weissman, Psy.D., (Pronouns: she, her, hers) Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 27497), received her Doctorate and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University - San Francisco Bay Area. Additionally, Dr. Weissman earned a Master of Arts in Human Sexuality studies from San Francisco State University. Dr. Weissman has worked with clients ages 5 through 96 in outpatient clinics, an elementary school, at universities, at a skilled nursing facility, at clients' homes, and in a short term residential facility for severe and chronic mental illness. Dr. Weissman currently has a private practice in which she conducts in person mental health services. Dr. Weissman's specialties include providing multiculturally - competent care for gender and sexuality minority clients (especially for clients who identify as transgender and/ or gender non conforming), grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
KATIE FENTON-STRAUSS, Clinical Social Worker
Katie Fenton-Strauss, LCSW earned a Masters of Social Work from The University of Southern California. She has worked in community mental health agencies for over fifteen years. Katie has extensive experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. For the past nine years, she has worked as a Clinical Supervisor for a Full Service Partnership program, an intensive therapy program that helps individuals struggling with mental health issues remain in their homes and communities rather than be hospitalized or placed in a higher level of care. She has a special interest in client-centered therapy, mindfulness, and trauma-informed care.
JESSICA PRICE, Clinical Social Worker
Jessica Price, LCSW received her Masters of Social Work from Arizona State University and Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Child Development from the University of Arizona. She is currently working as an outpatient community mental health therapist and has provided individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults for the past 3 years. Previously, she was a clinician in a high acuity residential group home for teenage girls. Jessica is passionate about serving adolescent and adult populations. She strives to collaborate with clients in overcoming obstacles to reach their goals.
Mindy Mueller, Psy.D. and Dawn Sampson, LCSW have presented information on telemental health and/or telehealth to the following organizations:
“Behavioral Health/Primary Care Integration Through TeleHealth”, California Association of Rural Health Clinics. 2015 Annual Conference, Folsom, CA., 6/23/2015.
“Integrating Behavioral Health into Rural Primary Care Practice Using a Telemental Health Model”, CA State Rural Health Association. 2014 Rural Health Conference, Sacramento CA., 12/3/2014.
“Telemedicine from the Community Partners Perspective”, California Telehealth Network. 2014 Telehealth Summit, Newport Beach, CA, 4/28/2014.
“Integrating Behavioral Health into Rural Primary Care Practice Using a Telemental Health Model”, CA State Rural Health Association. 2012 Rural Health Conference, Anaheim, CA., 11/13/2012.
“Psychological Services via Technology in Australia and the U.S.”, American Psychological Association 2011 National Convention, Washington, D.C., 8/5/2011.
“TeleMental Health Using a Traditional Telemedicine Model”, audio course with Dr. Marlene Maheu, Executive Director, TeleMental Health Institute, 7/1/2011. TeleMentalHealthInstitute.com
Interested in learning more about our services? Are you a therapist interested in joining our TeleConnect Therapies team of providers? Please call Dawn Sampson at (310) 850-2960 or email her. Dr. Mindy Mueller can be contacted by email.
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