Dr. Nancy D. Young has over thirty years of experience specializing in therapy with adult individuals, couples, and groups. She is extremely compassionate and nonjudgmental while using a holistic/transpersonal approach. For twenty years, Dr. Young was an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University, teaching Psychology classes such as: Intro to Psychology, Interpersonal Attraction & Romantic Love, Human Sexuality, Sexual Disorders & Treatment, and Chemical Dependency Treatment.
Dr. Young's academic research interests were on romantic love—the differences between intense/compelling ("limerent") and secure/comfortable ("attachment") love experiences, behavioral self-reliance in women, and on the use of videotaped therapy in chemical dependency treatment.
Past workshops Dr. Young has facilitated have included Romantic Relationships: A Traveler’s Guide, Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Art & Science of Love Couple’s Workshop and the clinicians' Level 1, Level 2, & Level 3 Trainings), Communicating with Heart & Power—How to be Gentle but Assertive, Never on Sunday: Women & Sexuality, and Voice Dialogue. Psychology of Selves & Aware Ego (Voices of Consciousness, Dances with Others, & Stretching of Consciousness)
Dr. Young specializes in a variety of therapeutic methods, including cognitive-behavioral, Voice Dialogue, EMDR, and Gottman Method couple’s therapy. She is certified in EMDR and in Gottman Method Couple’s Therapy. She is a certified Art & Science of Love (Gottman) Workshop Leader and Level 1, 2, & 3 Master Trainer. And she has been a Voice Dialogue Teacher/Trainer for over twenty-five years.
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Stephenie Champlin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from California State University, Long Beach and a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Chapman University. Her graduate thesis was entitled Moving Toward Connection: A curriculum for Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
She has both training and experience in individual, family, children, couples, and group counseling. She has experience working with domestic violence, the developmentally challenged, adoption, and hospice.
Her practice combines different therapeutic techniques, including but not limited to: client-centered, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), with strategies derived from a systems approach utilizing a change-oriented process within a multicultural context to help individuals and social systems achieve improved quality of life and social participation.
Stephenie is a Certified EMDR Therapist, is Level 3 trained in Gottman Couples Therapy, and is trained in Voice Dialogue work. She is also a Bringing Baby Home Educator and Seven Principles Program Educator.
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Regina Collins is a Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) with a M.S. in Counseling and a B.S. in Child & Adolescent Development from California State University, Fullerton. Her graduate project was a qualitative study exploring therapists' use of the DIR/Floortime Model in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder (a developmental & relational play therapy approach). Some of her fieldwork experience has involved parent-coaching, reunification of at-risk families, early intervention for blind children, Applied Behavior Analysis with children and adolescents with developmental delays/disorders, and as an academic clinician for students with learning disabilities in public schools.
Under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Young, Regina sees adults, adolescents, and children using individual, couple, family, and/or group psychotherapy. She has worked with clients presenting with concerns, including, but not certainly not limited to the following: anxiety, depression, parenting, grief, trauma, marital, relational, domestic violence, substance abuse recovery, & mood disorders. Her practice specializes in working with families who have children with neuro-developmental disorders; for the past twelve years she has been working with children and adults on the autism spectrum in multiple capacities.
Regina uses psychodynamic psychotherapy to engage clients in the process of therapy; she also utilizes expressive arts, sandtray therapy, meditation, attachment theory, cognitive behavioral techniques, and emotion-focused therapy with couples. She has a holistic mindset that appreciates and respects the many complex parts that interact within each unique individual.
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Terry Maher is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), with a B.A. in Psychology from California State University Long Beach, and an MSW from University of Southern California with an emphasis on mental health services.
He has experience providing individual and group therapy with adults, therapy and behavior modification with at-risk youth and their families, language and skill-building with autistic children and developmentally disabled adults, vocational training with special education students, substance abuse counseling, therapy with the chronic and persistently mentally ill, as well as in-home grief counseling with older adults.
Terry has thirteen years of experience working with families and adolescents in crisis. He coordinates an evidence-based program with the County of Orange which teaches families how to modify severe behavior problems in children. Terry has a well-rounded background which includes cognitive-behavior therapy, Gestalt therapy, and EMDR training.
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Rupa Ward is a MFTI, with a M.A. in Psychology with Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis from Chapman University. She has worked extensively in the addiction recovery and trauma community doing individual and group counseling for the past six years.
Having moved from her homeland in India to the United States as a young woman and traveled extensively all over the world, she has been especially interested in the uniqueness and the universality of human experience and the differences in women’s lives across cultures. A trekking trip to the Himalayas at 19 awakened in her a new dimension of spiritual consciousness, and, since that time, she has maintained a committed spiritual practice under several renowned spiritual masters both in India and the US.
She has taught yoga and meditation in the community college system and privately for the last twelve years. Thus with academic training, professional expertise, and broad personal inter-cultural experience, she is passionate about promoting sensitivity in dealing with cultural differences and relates with a compassionate heart to each person’s individual situation.
Rupa has completed her licensure hours as an MFT Intern at Pathways to Wellness under the supervision of Dr. Young and is currently studying for her state exam for licensing. Her practice combines different therapeutic techniques, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), with strategies derived from Buddhist Psychology, mindfulness practice, body-mind integration. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist, is working toward her certification in Gottman Couples Therapy.
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Sharon Wierenga, M.A. is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with over 15 years of experience working with adolescents and adults, individuals, families and couples. Empathetic and insightful, Sharon works to build trust and respect with her clients ensuring a strong therapeutic rapport. She also has a deeply compassionate and non-judgmental presence that empowers clients to work through therapeutic goals effectively.
Sharon sees a wide variety of clients and complex issues. Her areas of clinical expertise include anxiety and depression, grief and loss, trauma and life transitions. Sharon works with families and individuals whose lives are impacted by addictions as well as first responders and their families. Sharon also loves working with couples who wish to improve their relationship. She has completed the level 3 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and utilizes this approach in her couples work. She delights in helping guide relationships with the tools that are backed up by 40 years of research!
As an integrative therapist, she utilizes multiple theoretical perspectives and a strength-based, systemic approach to therapy. She believes her role as a therapist is to empower clients to discover and develop the tools they need for healthy, positive, and lasting change.
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Fabrice Paracuellos, is a psychotherapist under supervision, practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern and Professional Clinical Counselor Registered Intern. He graduated from the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara in counseling psychology with an emphasis on depth psychology. Fabrice deals with issues of anxiety, depression, transition, isolation, anger, loss, trauma, or culture changes – for individuals, couples, or families.
His practice is relational and person-centered, with Jungian psychology, attachment and mindfulness in the background.
It rests on the notion that one’s development is in one’s own hands, and that it is facilitated, paradoxically, when one is accepted as one is. It is open to internal exploration and the acceptance of what may emerge. It invites for a discovery and a broad understanding of human phenomena, as well as the identification of which external resources cultivate our thriving .
Underneath all his interventions lies an invitation to accept one’s own humanity. With such an acceptance comes the experiencing of nurturing relationships, the facing of hurdles with courage and dignity, a sense of internal vitality and meaning, and, in turn, the ability to help others accept their own humanity.
Fabrice also holds an M.S. in Engineering and a Master’s in Management. He studied at HEC Paris, the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas (Spain), and Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark). He additionally studied issues of international conflict at the Johns Hopkins University, the George Washington University, and the University of California, Irvine. He was born and raised in Paris and also lived in Taiwan. He is married and a father of two. He deeply enjoys spending time with his children.
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Tacha Kasper, MA, MFTI is a psychotherapist dedicated to providing therapeutic services to those who suffer from emotional and physical challenges. She works as a catalyst to build hope, promote healing and inspire growth, so that clients can courageously live a fulfilling life despite their difficult circumstances.
Tacha has battled autoimmune disease/chronic pain for over 12 years, and endured almost every treatment available to manage symptoms. Also, in 2015 she was diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer and endured a year and a half of treatment. Triple Negative accounts for approximately 15% of all breast cancers and is a more rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. She is intimately familiar with most every aspect of women’s health challenges.
In 2010, after careful consideration about her health and well-being, she left a successful 20-year corporate career in marketing, training and business strategy and decided to become a psychotherapist. Tacha earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University- GSEP and has worked in a variety of settings including: Department of Mental Health agency, non-profit clinic, school related setting and private practice. She has worked with children (as young as four), adults, couples, adolescents, teens and entire families, as well as group therapy.
She has a unique combination of clinical training and experience, as well as life experience, in dealing with and overcoming, the emotional, mental and physical hurdles that go along with health challenges. Tacha is one of the few therapists who has the intricate knowledge of how chronic illness impacts every aspect of a person's life, including: self-esteem, relationships, caretakers, intimacy, parenting, work and social aspects. She works to help clients grieve the loss of the life they knew and dreamed of, while creating a fulfilling “new normal.” So whether you’re suffering from illness, or are a family member or caretaker, Tacha can help you manage anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, and many other mental and emotional issues that arise during the process.
In addition to office visits in Costa Mesa, Tacha offers online therapy services for anyone located in California. She provided services in English and Spanish. She also offers concierge services tailored to your individual needs, which may include any combination of services including off-site location visits, coordination with physicians or providers, crisis management, case management, and end of life services, etc.
Our Assistant Therapists
Bailey, with over thirteen years of experience as a canine healer, empathizes with anxious and socially phobic clients as he is very sensitive and shows great concern when anyone is upset. He does his best to help though he is sometimes bashful himself and takes up residence under the business office desk. He is especially appreciated by those who are more introverted, less socially boisterous, and prefer a bit of personal space. Bailey and his little brother Dudley are both non-shedding, allergy-friendly, Australian Labradoodles.
Oliver, having started his early life on the streets, has a little over five years of experience in the office offering support especially to those with early abandonment issues and traumatic childhoods like his own. His understanding is communicated by him standing on your leg, putting one paw on your lap, or sleeping on top of your feet. He is probably a Bichon-Poodle mix (non-shedding and allergy-friendly), though DNA tests claim he is an Irish Setter. He has beautiful compassionate golden eyes, which are only slightly cross-eyed.
Dudley is our dark chocolate youngster. With us since January, 2012, he is the sweetest soul in the office and he will always try to entice you into a good game of tug or chase if he can. He is especially good at cheering up those who are sad. For those who knew Watson’s good nature and ability to heal most any discomfort with a waggy tail, a woof(!), and presenting you with one of his favorite toys, Dudley, though still young, appears to be almost a clone. Dudley is Watson’s great nephew and, like his uncle, is highly skilled at playfulness, unconditional love, and the art of not taking things too seriously.
Watson with Wings had over 9 years experience greeting and soothing dog-friendly clients in our office before he crossed over in June, 2011. He was the epitome of unconditional love and light-heartedness and was very popular with everyone. Since he’s been gone, he has been very busy watching over all of us from the Great Beyond where he plays happily all day long with his pals and has taken as his special mission to catch those of us who pass from here and fall through the clouds into his soft cushy catcher’s mitt over there. He still occasionally gets the urge to check in with us via his blog or the occasional tweet from @watsonwithwings.