Michelle Harwell, PsyD, LMFT is an expert trainer, respected speaker, and licensed therapist in trauma, development, and attachment. She is a certified yoga instructor and seeks to help her clients better understand how the body is often the first speaker to life's experiences: joy, stress, or even trauma. She is noted for her specialization in areas of development, attachment, trauma, and neuroscience, and her ability to communicate complex topics with clarity and humor.
Michelle has worked extensively with adults and children with severe disruptions in early life-care. This includes foster and adoptive families, attachment issues, child development, and healthy parenting. She is an infant mental health consultant for a variety of non-profits and community mental health teams. She is the co-author of Floortime Strategies to Promote Development in Children and Teens: A User’s Guide to the DIR® Model, a curriculum for parents and professionals to help young people with social, emotional, and cognitive challenges.
Michelle completed her doctorate in Psychoanalysis from The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. She received her BA in English Literature from University of Oklahoma, MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology.
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Dr. Gabrielle Taylor is a lover of truth, wonder, and compassion. She is a licensed Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in private practice in Pasadena, CA, and a member at New Center for Psychoanalysis where she serves on the Admissions Committee. She is Core Faculty at Wright Institute Los Angeles where she supervises and teaches – her class The Poetry of Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory is favored among many of the students. She serves as a Clinical Supervisor at Michelle Harwell Therapy and also serves as an Individual Supervisor at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills and Valley Community Clinic in North Hollywood. She spent 12 years, including 8 as Clinical Director, at Rose City Center — a nonprofit mental health clinic that trains predoctoral and postdoctoral graduate students in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
Dr. Taylor achieved her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fuller School of Psychology and her Master’s in Theology at Fuller School of Theology in Pasadena. She is currently a student at the Living School through the Center of Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM. For Dr. Taylor, ontological and existential issues are intrinsic to being human and are embedded in the work of mental and emotional health. She is also a certified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance and recognizes the central nature the body has in all psychological distress and development. She believes in the helpfulness of psychoanalysis for all people.
Creating space in our lives to process is important for our well-being and maintenance of healthy relationships. Therapy provides an opportunity to validate our experiences, explore behavioral patterns, and increase self-awareness.
I am passionate about working with individuals and families experiencing medical issues, chronic illness, and grief and loss, and am interested in supporting parents with children at all stages of development. I have substantial experience working with children and families in crisis, utilizing play therapy interventions with young children, talk therapy with older children and adolescents, and providing support for parenting issues.
Laura MacRae-Serpa, MA, CCLS is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Laura received her MA in Marriage & Family Therapy and MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. She graduated from California State University Los Angeles (summa cum laude) with her BA in Child Development.
Previously, Laura worked as a certified Child Life (Development) Specialist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She has substantial experience supporting children and families dealing with stress of medical issues, chronic illness, and grief and loss. Laura has also provided therapy on campus at K-8th grade school.
Lauren Furutani, MA, LMFT is an advocate for emotional, physical, spiritual, and social health. Her journey in the field of psychology has always confirmed a deeply rooted belief that each of us has the wisdom in us to navigate life's challenges -- we just need the right resources, relationships, and space to access that wisdom. As your therapist, Lauren utilizes an integrative, collaborative, person-centered approach, pulling from an array of the field’s interventions and techniques depending on what is determined works best for you. Solution is always in mind, but with patience and understanding of the reality that we can’t control life’s circumstances nor dictate the timeline of anyone’s personal process of change. Lauren offers empathy, focused listening, and nonjudgmental feedback, believing that only in compassionate, responsive relationship with others do we find support, challenge, growth and the fullness of life.
Lauren received her MA in Counseling Psychology from National University and BA in Psychology & Social Behavior from University of CA Irvine. Before working in private practice, Lauren was a part of the team at the Family Service Agency of Burbank, providing support for 18 to 24 year-old adults navigating the transition into independence, as well as families experiencing homelessness and domestic violence.
Aside from MHT, Lauren serves as the Director of Community Development for Alive and Well Women, an organization that empowers women with contemplative practices to navigate the toxic cultural messages about health, beauty, and sexuality. She has lived in Los Angeles for all of her life and is grateful for the city's beautiful diversity. Lauren welcomes clients of all ethnic and faith backgrounds, and the LGBTQ community. In her free time, Lauren frequently enjoys the healing rays of the sun on an afternoon run.
We walk through life doing our best with what we find in ourselves, and yet sometimes our inner processes are unclear, leading to problems in how we feel, our relationships, our ability to engage life with all that we have to bring. The depth and complexity of our inner workings is a thing of awe and wonder to me, and I love walking with others as they seek to grow, change, heal, and understand themselves better.
Monica Green, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and a lover of beautiful things, particularly the human psyche. Her focus is on our capacity for resilience and positive growth through adversity. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University and completed post-doctoral training in rehabilitation psychology at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, WA. She has experience working with adults in outpatient and inpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation settings, addressing a broad range of issues, such as mood, anxiety, relationships, trauma, health problems, and acquired disability, among others.
Dr. Green's journey with psychotherapy has led her to take a holistic view of things, appreciating and utilizing the mind-body relationship. Her theoretical orientation is relational and psychodynamic. In terms of practical strategies and tools, she draws from a broad base of modalities, including mindfulness-based and humanistic approaches, existentialism, and positive psychology.
Growth and healing are components of a rich, vibrant life. Yet, sometimes, the change and healing we want seems overwhelming, vague, or even impossible. In these times, we need someone else to support us on our journey.
As a therapist, I work to provide this support to my clients through a warm, caring and honest relationship. In this context, we can work together to gain new insights into your story, remove obstacles and burdens, and take practical steps toward change. Therapy is a space where your wounds can be healed, your weaknesses held, and your potential engaged and explored. I would be honored to walk this journey with you or your child.
Allison (Allie) Ramsey, MS, is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, IMF #94391, working under the professional supervision of Michelle Harwell, PsyD, MFT 50732. She received her MS in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary, and her BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Yale University.
Allison (Allie) has worked with individuals on a broad range of issues, including anxiety, depression, relational challenges, faith integration, divorce, and aging. She has training and experience in a wide variety of treatment modalities, and works to tailor her therapeutic approach to the unique needs of each client.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl
Lauren Ziel, MSW, is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW #76483, working under the supervision of Gabrielle Taylor, PhD, PSY #22054 Her clinical experience in medical and mental health settings has shaped her understanding that physical and psychological wellness are interconnected. As such, Lauren approaches therapy from a holistic perspective wherein mind and body are seen as inextricably linked.
Additionally, Lauren is a certified 200-hour Yoga Instructor, and she incorporates both the physical and philosophical practice of yoga into her therapeutic work with patients. Through the use of movement and mindfulness, Lauren develops specialized treatment for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, challenges in life-stage transitions, relational difficulties, and identity/intrapersonal development.
Lauren received her Masters in Social Work (with Dean’s List Honors) from the University of Southern California. She graduated (magna cum laude) from Occidental College with her BA in Psychology. In her spare time, Lauren is a fitness enthusiast and loves to spend time engaging in all things active and outside...especially if it involves her friends, family, and/or dogs.
Many people seek relief through psychotherapy because they feel an inner call to make changes in their life. In response to this call, I believe in the transformative power of being witnessed with warmth and responsiveness. In therapy, we will work together to explore the ways you have come to see yourself, your relationships, and the world, take stock of your resources and strengths, and imagine pathways towards what is most alive and meaningful for you.
Taz Morgan, MA, is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, IMF #99714, working under the supervision of Gabrielle Taylor, PhD, PSY #22054. Adults and adolescents seeking relief from anxiety, depression, and relationship problems have found that Taz is a good fit. Couples who are looking to strengthen communication and restore intimacy also have located a home within her practice. The depth of care that Taz brings to each session is informed by Jungian, psychodynamic, and somatic perspectives.
Taz is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she studied Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. She also has a special interest in working with families of individuals with developmental disabilities, and her thesis focused on sibling relationships, autism, and story-telling. Taz received her BA in Comparative Literature from The College of Wooster and MA in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image from the University of Amsterdam.
Our brains and bodies can do wondrous things to help us survive painful experiences, and yet, we can still feel vulnerable to the challenges of life. I am deeply fascinated by our human capacity for resiliency and growth - and have found that one of the greatest healing agents is relationships. As such, I see my role as a therapist as an active partner in a client’s process toward positive change. I desire to create a safe space with my clients to venture into the dark places, to shine a light on the things that bring hope, and to listen for all that is in between.
Abigail (Abby) Wambaugh, M.S., is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, IMF #94231, working under the professional supervision of Michelle Harwell, Psy.D., MFT 50732. Abby received her M.S. in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller School of Psychology and her B.S. in Journalism and Broadcasting from Oklahoma State University.
Abby has experience working with adolescents, young adults, adults, couples, and families struggling with various issues including depression, anxiety, history of trauma, relationship difficulties, and sexual issues. In addition to her therapeutic work, Abby is also an adjunct instructor at Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology where she teaches clinical skills.
Prior to her career as a therapist, Abby worked in business for nearly seven years as a marketing and public relations consultant. She uses this experience to connect with clients seeking career direction, experiencing career dissatisfaction, or feeling overcome with work-related stress.
I am passionate about working with the Latino population. As a bilingual art therapist, I believe in providing a safe space where we can unravel complex cultural beliefs and family pressures through the use of expressive arts. I specialize in helping people gain insight about their heritage as well as heal intergenerational trauma. In therapy, we will find ways to loosen the grip of rigid rules and to strengthen your own voice and sense of wholeness.
Maria Elena Marquez, MA, is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, IMF #103470, working under the professional supervision of Michelle Harwell, PsyD, MFT #50732. She received her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Art Therapy from Phillips Graduate University and her BA in Psychology from California Polytechnic University.
Maria Elena previously worked in the Latino Family Therapy Program at Phillips Graduate University with individuals and families on a broad range of issues, including anxiety, acculturation issues, depression, PTSD, parent-child challenges, immigration issues, trauma, sexual abuse, and aging.