Susan Ferren

Susan Ferren

MA, LMFT #46725
Clinical Director

Susan is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 18 years of experience as a private practice therapist, certified mediator and clinical and program director. She has Masters Degrees in both Counseling Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University and Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University.

Susan specializes in providing program development and clinical management for adult and adolescent mental health and addiction treatment programs.

Susan has served on numerous board of directors for professional organizations and for nonprofit agencies that provide services for families affected by poverty, domestic violence, mental illness and addiction. She was inducted into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame for her numerous contributions to the community.

dr Girgis

Dr. Raafat W. Girgis

Psychiatrist
Newport Beach, California

Dr. Raafat W. Girgis is a psychiatrist in Newport Beach, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Loma Linda University Medical Center and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. He received his medical degree from Cairo University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Leilani Carinio

Leilani Carinio

MS, LMFT #97564
Huntington Beach
Program Director

Leilani is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has training in EMDR, Seeking Safety, and DBT. She has a B.S. in Human Services and an M.S. in Counseling from CSU Fullerton. Over the past decade, Leilani has worked in with adults and adolescents in community counseling centers, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, residential treatment and inpatient hospital settings. Leilani has a passion for helping adolescents connect with their personal strengths while empowering them with coping skills to overcome their mental health and addiction challenges.
Michael Herrera

Michael Herrera

MS, LMFT #85914
Lake Forest
Program Director

Michael has dedicated his career to working with children, teens, and adults across cultures and socioeconomic status. He has served as a Lead Counselor, Program Administrator and Clinical Supervisor in his previous roles at a local community counseling agency and various county contract programs. While there, he created multiple programs for teens and children and taught parenting classes to Spanish speaking families. Michael has training in Seeking Safety, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy. He is passionate about working with teens and helping families. 
Brianna Eckels

Briana Eckels

MSW, ACSW #84587
Lake Forest
Primary Therapist

Briana Eckels received her Master’s in Social Work in May of 2018 from the University of Southern California. She is currently an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW) for adolescents at SoCal Adolescent Wellness in Lake Forest. Briana’s passion for working with youth began as a childcare provider. She has worked with youth with autism spectrum disorder and their families as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapist from September 2018-to September 2019. Briana is passionate about eradicating the early cycles of problematic behaviors so that they do not continue as our youth grow into adults. She honors providing a safe, supportive, and empathetic environment when providing therapeutic services. Working under the supervision of a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) at So Cal Adolescent Wellness, Briana is excited to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in working with youth who have experienced trauma and abuse. For self-care. Briana enjoys reading, spending time with loved ones, and watching a movie while enjoying a pint of Ben &Jerry’s ice cream.

Alexandra Seymour

Alexandra Seymour

MS, AMFT #124998
APCC #9458
Huntington Beach
Program Therapist

Allie Seymour completed her Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy at Cal State Long Beach in 2020. Prior to becoming an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Allie worked in the mental health field as a recovery specialist and mental health technician supporting both adults and adolescents on their journey to recovery and wellness. After obtaining her 500hr Registered Yoga Teaching certificate in 2015, Allie went on to incorporate mindfulness, yoga, and the awareness of the mind-body connection into her work in the mental health field. During her education in counseling psychology Allie was trained in psychodynamic models as well as cognitive behavioral approaches. Since completing her graduate studies, she has interwoven her own knowledge of mindfulness to develop an integrative clinical practice with an emphasis on seeing individuals from a holistic perspective. It is her belief that it is through relationship, both with the self and with others, that we can establish a stronger sense of resiliency, courage, and authenticity. Allie is currently working as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) under the supervision of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists Michael Herrera and Leilani Carinio.

Jim Brillon

Jim Brillon

MS, LMFT #100807
LPCC #5081
Group Facilitator

Jim is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. He is Group Facilitator at SoCal Adolescent Wellness and has a private practice. Previously, Jim worked with patients a families for several years in a hospital-based chemical dependency recovery program. Jim takes a holistic approach to working with clients, integrating psychodynamic, CBT, DBT and the mind-body connection. He is the creator of a video series entitled, Out & INformed on TherapyCable.com targeting mental health issues in the LGBTQ Community. Jim’s other passions include Qi Gong, gardening, camping and getting out into nature.

Kyle

Kyle Perry

Community and Family Liaison

Kyle is originally from North Carolina and his passion for helping people brought him to Orange County in 2015. His past experience includes working as a residential treatment manager for a substance abuse recovery program assisting individuals in learning ways to sustain abstinence and create a purposeful life. His experience has opened up new opportunities for growth and development working with individuals suffering from mental health symptoms.

He is thrilled to be pursuing his passion for helping the adolescent population and their families. When he isn’t helping people, he enjoys living an active lifestyle and trying to get his dog to play fetch.

“The best exercise for your heart is reaching out and helping somebody”
– Tim Russert

Stephanie Hirsch

Stephanie Hirsch

BA
Huntington Beach
Program Assistant

Stephanie is a Southern California native who brings over 15 years of program administration experience to SoCal Adolescent Wellness. She majored in Psychology and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. Stephanie has volunteered with and has been employed at several residential treatment centers and community counseling centers. She has a passion for social services and for her French bulldog, Lulu. She also loves music and movies.

Jean-Marc Tardieu

(Certified) Music Therapist

Jean-Marc Tardieu is a Music Therapist as well as a singer and writer, born and raised in the twin island republic of Trinidad & Tobago in the southern Caribbean. He is a graduate of the internationally acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he majored in Music Therapy, received a minor in Psychology.

Jean-Marc is also the Associate Producer for the award winning and internationally acclaimed performing arts group “The Love Movement” in Trinidad & Tobago. He has written, co produced and sung on their albums. He currently works with Get in Tune Music Therapy and several other companies doing Music Therapy sessions at various Hospitals and Rehabilitation centers throughout Southern California.

Rupa Ward

MA, LMFT #115736
Group Facilitator

Rupa Ward has an MA in Psychology with Marriage and Family emphasis from Chapman University.  She is an EMDR certified therapist who specializes in treating trauma related issues.

She utilizes different therapeutic techniques, including CBT, ACT, EMDR, voice dialog, assertiveness training, Gottman Couples Therapy and strategies derived from mindfulness practice and body-mind integration theories. She has extensive experience in facilitating recovery from grief and loss.

She has taught yoga and meditation in the community for years and offers regular workshops on mindfulness.

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