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 serves as Clinical Director at Michelle Harwell Therapy. Dr. 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 is 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.
Saralyn Masselink, LCSW, is a relational therapist who compassionately engages her patients. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders, eating disorders, couples and family therapy, and substance use disorders. In practice, Saralyn utilizes a variety of approaches including mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. At MHT, Saralyn is also a clinical supervisor.
Saralyn provides high-quality care that is infused with her passion for on-going learning, training, and research. She has received post-graduate training through the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS) in psychodynamic psychotherapy. To quell her curiosity for neurobiology and the effects of trauma on the body, she has also trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Attachment-focused EMDR. Additionally, Saralyn is a certified group therapist through the American Group Psychotherapy Association, former board member of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles, and has given numerous lectures and trainings on the benefits of group therapy.
Saralyn received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and her bachelor’s degree from Emory University. She has served as a practitioner in a variety of settings including UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital, the UCLA Partial Hospitalization program, the UCLA Eating Disorders treatment program, the UCLA Rape Treatment Center, and The Camden Center.
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 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #109374. 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.
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 Gabrielle Taylor, PhD, PSY #22054. 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.
Dr. Michelle Levy, PhD, is a Registered Psychological Assistant #PSB94024010 working under the supervision of Dr. Gabrielle Taylor, PSY #22054. Dr. Levy’s clinical interests focus on parenting practices, attachment, child mental health and developmental concerns, as well as the effects of trauma on youth, families and communities. In working with individuals, she places a focus on body connection, emotional attunement and integrating the whole of one’s experience. In addition to working at MHT, Dr. Levy trains therapists in evidence-based treatment for youth and families. She actively pursues ways to bring mindfulness, body awareness, and creative authentic self-expression into her work.
Dr. Levy received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University. Her internship was completed at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital where she focused on child anxiety and depression, disruptive behavior and parent management training, neuropsychology, and pediatric psychology. She completed her postdoctoral work at the University of California, Los Angeles where she served as a co-director for the Child STEPs Project focused on the implementation of evidence-based practice in community mental health settings.
“It is only as I understand the feelings and thoughts which seem so horrible to you, or so weak, or so sentimental, or so bizarre - it is only as I see them as you see them, and accept them and you, that you feel really free to explore all the hidden nooks and frightening crannies of your inner and often buried experience.” - Carl Rogers
Erika Mitchell, MA, is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #109385, working under the professional supervision of Michelle Harwell, PsyD, LMFT 50732. Erika has an MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and a BA in Biological Psychology from the New College of Florida.
Erika has always been deeply curious about the mind-body connection, which first led her to a career in massage and bodywork. Her background now informs her approach to psychotherapy — and she is passionate about helping her clients bring mindful, attuned awareness to their sensations and emotions. Erika believes that becoming an astute observer of one's life can have immense rippling effects -- namely, in feeling empowered to experience new ways of relating to themselves and others. Erika’s perspective on treatment is also informed by trauma studies as well as spiritual and depth psychology.
Erika believes in the healing power of relationships. As such, she employs a human-centered and down-to-earth approach to establishing rapport with her clients. She is skilled in helping individual adults and couples address an array of difficulties including: anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, relationship challenges, identity/intrapersonal development, and concerns regarding sexuality and intimacy.
“It is a joy to be hidden and a disaster not to be found.” -D.W. Winnicott
Mary Starks, MA, is a Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #5828, working under the professional supervision of Michelle Harwell, PsyD, LMFT #50732. In the state of Arizona, Mary is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Mary specializes in child and family counseling and has extensive training in the field of infant mental health, including a certificate from the Harris Institute in Phoenix, AZ.
Mary graduated from Gonzaga University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling. After completing her graduate studies, she built a diverse portfolio of experience, including working with psychiatric patients in the prison system and designing an assessment process for a matchmaking company.
Additionally, Mary worked as a mental health consultant for an early childhood intervention program and as a therapist providing trauma-informed services for infants and children, ages 0 to 12. Her experience in treating families has solidified Mary’s belief in the importance of dyadic work between children and their parents/caregivers. Furthermore, in her work with individual adults, she underscores the importance of early attachments when treating relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and other life adjustment difficulties.
“But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own, that kept you company as you strode deeper and deeper into the world” - Mary Oliver
Chelsea Small believes in the transformative power of the therapeutic relationship to create a safe and fertile place for all aspects of the self to be witnessed, explored, and integrated in the service of growth. She understands psychic pain as a message from the parts of the self that are calling for attention and healing. She believes in the wisdom of the therapist-client dyad to attend to those parts and experience the full range of what it means to be human in all of its depth and beauty.
Chelsea is an Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW #78503 working under the supervision of Saralyn Masselink, LCSW # 28617. She earned her MSW at the University of California Los Angeles and her BA in Visual Art and Art History at Barnard College, Columbia University.
Chelsea’s clinical training and experience includes work with trauma, domestic violence, emotion dysregulation disorders including borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression. She has worked with diverse populations and in diverse settings including community mental health and re-entry after incarceration. Her interests include psychoanalysis, relational trauma, attachment, creativity, and social justice.