Michael Herrera

Michael Herrera

MS, LMFT #85914
Executive 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. 
Leilani Carinio

Leilani Carinio

MS, LMFT #97564

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.
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Dr. Kevin Chun, MD


Dr. Chun is a board-certified young adult & child and adolescent psychiatrist who specialize in working with college students. He likes to think about patients in a holistic way- using medications, lifestyle interventions, and talk therapy. He received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins and attended the University of Maryland for medical school. He completed his psychiatry residency at Dartmouth. During his training at Dartmouth, he had opportunities to work with high-achieving teens and families who attended Dartmouth College with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, and perfectionism issues.

He completed the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UC Irvine and currently holds the faculty appointment at Loma Linda University and works in private practice focusing both on psychiatric care and psychotherapy. Dr. Chun has special interests in working with college-bound teens and students, Asian American families, and teens with LGBT backgrounds.

Brianna Eckels

Briana Eckels

LCSW #114109
Lake Forest Program Director

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.

Joanna Raygoza

M.S., AMFT #127339, APCC #10074

Joanna received her M.S in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University and her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Concordia University, Irvine. She is currently an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)/ Associate Professional Clinical Counselor(APCC) for adolescents at SoCal Adolescent Wellness in Lake Forest and Huntington Beach. She has worked with children, adolescents, couples, and families across cultures and socioeconomic classes. Joanna has experience working in Community Mental Health, Residential Level of Care, Partial-Hospitalization-Programs, and Intensive-Outpatient-Programs with Adolescents and Adults. Joanna uses different therapeutic techniques, including CBT, psychodynamic, strengths based therapy, mindfulness, and art therapy. She has a passion to help adolescents feel validated and understand to be able to connect to their most authentic selves. Joanna places collaboration as a foundation to provide a holistic approach to provide support as well. The self care that she plunges herself in is reading books, watching anime, enjoying hot yoga, watching movies, being funny, hikes, surfing, art, and enjoying a spectrum of food.

Bryn Chesser

Bryn Chesser

MS, AMFT 133416, APCC 11795

Bryn received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University. She is currently registered as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. Bryn’s passion for working with adolescents is founded in a desire to walk alongside youth in an intimate and collaborative way as they bring about positive, meaningful, and long-lasting change. Her passion for working with this age group originated as a youth soccer coach and trainer. Bryn’s treatment approach is trauma-informed with foundations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Art Therapy. Her personal interests include playing soccer, surfing, art, film photography, and music.

Lauren MacKinnon

Lauren MacKinnon

MS, AMFT 134433

Lauren received her M.S in Counseling from CSU Fullerton and her B.S in Psychology with specialization of Child/Adolescent Development from CSU Channel Islands. She is currently an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) for adolescents at SoCal Adolescent Wellness in Lake Forest and Huntington Beach. She has worked with children, adolescents, and families across cultures and socioeconomic classes. Lauren uses different therapeutic techniques, including CBT, intersectional feminist therapy, strengths based therapy, mindfulness, and art therapy. She has a passion for empowering adolescents to feel connected to oneself and others. She believes in a collaborative approach using empathy, authenticity, and genuineness with both adolescents as well as their families. For self care, Lauren enjoys spending time with loved ones, watching movies, kickboxing, art, and reading.

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.

Jean Marc

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.


Kyle Perry

Admissions and Discharge Planner

Kyle Perry started his experience working in mental health in 2015 in a variety of capacities including residential treatment manager and clinical placement specialist. His drive and passion to help others in their darkest moments brought him to SoCal Adolescent Wellness in 2018 as one of the company’s first hires. he has been a fundamental part of the team as the center has grown from a single location to 3 locations in North and South Orange County. As the Admissions and Discharge Planner, Kyle has a proven reputation of helping families locate the best treatment options available for adolescents and their families.

Stephanie Hirsch

Stephanie Hirsch

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.

Chris Lambert

Certified Music Therapist

Chris Lambert, MA, MT-BC, is a music therapist based in Orange County, CA. He works primarily with adolescents and adults in substance abuse rehabilitation and in outpatient mental health treatment facilities. Chris recently moved to California from New York City, where he worked as a licensed creative arts therapist with clients in foster care and in the juvenile justice system. He is currently working towards a master’s in marriage and family therapy at California State University, Fullerton.

Gaya Ekuan

Lake Forest Program Assistant

With a MFA from Chapman university and a BA from a university in Rome, Italy, Gaya joined SoCal Adolescent Wellness in 2021. While her background was in writing for various news outlets, along with teaching at private schools, it was her experience caretaking for her severely mentally ill sister and her personal journey in healing and therapy where she gained insight and empathy into the challenges those with mental illness and their families face.

In her free time, she works as an intuitive spiritual coach and loves spending time with her family and her fur babies.

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