Our Staff

Health. Hope. Healing

Sibelia Chaiyahat

PsyD, LCSW

Sibelia has over 20 years experience as a mental health therapist, helping people heal, live happier lives, and reach their goals. Whether you suffer from depression, PTSD, or are in the midst of a life transition, you will have ongoing support and encouragement from a dedicated professional. She also has a background as a teacher, mindfulness practitioner, parent of a child with physical and mental health challenges, advocate, caregiver, and business owner. 

Sibelia uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), EMDR (trauma processing), animal assisted therapy, internal family systems (IFS), Non violent communication (NVC), dream work, codependency work, gestalt, and mindfulness practice, tailoring treatment for her client's individual needs. Sibelia uses techniques and practices from the recovery movement (client centered care), trauma informed care (care based on brain research), and integrated health care (integration of mind and body / health and mental health). Consultation is also available to professionals and organizations. Please contact Sibelia regarding your specific request. 


Jerleen Sinkes

MA, AMFT

Jerleen earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. Her passion for psychology developed from her own personal work of understanding her emotions and relationships over the past 8 years. She's experienced different stages of personal development and growth. She continues to strive towards a deeper understanding of herself and others. Clinically, her philosophy is based on Jungian and Humanist psychotherapy. She has worked extensively with all ages and specifically with teens and adults. Her experience as an associate marriage and family therapist has provided her with skills to help individuals, parents, and couples with a wide range of emotional dysregulation, behavioral issues, trauma, and toxic abusive relationships. Her overall goal is creating an anchor for those who are willing to explore and cultivate themselves by creating a safe and non-judgmental space.

Rashida Black

MSW, ASW

Rashida is an Associate Clinical Social Worker #72623 in the State of California. Her education and professional background encompasses a holistic approach to counseling and working to provide clients with individualized treatment plans that can be integrated into their daily lives. She has a master’s level education in clinical social work and ethnomusicology. Prior to becoming a clinician, she was a professional concert harpist, music instructor, and music researcher for over a decade. She graduated from New England Conservatory and The University of Chicago. Outside of private practice, she works as a child and family therapist in a residential rehabilitation facility and as a rehabilitation specialist in a crisis center. She has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with diverse backgrounds and ranges of concerns and is trained in play therapy, mindfulness, integrative, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. She is a trauma-informed, person-centered therapist, and professional member of the National Association of Social Workers. 

Charlie Webster

MA, AMFT

Charlie earned a master’s degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on depth...the unconscious mind! With a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego in Gender Studies, Charlie’s background is firmly (but not exclusively!) rooted in issues of gender, sexuality, identity formation, self-understanding & self-actualization, etc. In addition, bereavement services, primarily around processing grief and loss, are topics and issues that Charlie feels especially well-suited to engage with in sessions with clients. Those clients who have an openness to work with dreams, images, symbols, and metaphors are particularly encouraged to give Charlie’s areas of professional competence and compassion an extra bit of consideration. In a recent conversation, Charlie was asked “What’s the main reason people come into therapy? What motivates them?” Charlie’s answer was a quick but thoughtful one “A lot of the time, people feel alone in whatever they’re going through. Therapy can be a powerful tool in helping us understand how connected we all really are.” While no particular spiritual practice is focused upon in sessions with Charlie, a spiritual component, coupled with additional Jungian and psychoanalytic orientations, will be employed. But as should always be the case...it’s very client specific, and Charlie welcomes working with YOU should this seem like a good fit!

Sekhmet

Senior Therapy Dog

Sekhmet is an 9 year old fawn pug who provides canine therapy to clients and staff at LES. She is a cuddle-muffin and sheds white hairs so be careful what you wear to the office! She also enjoys falling asleep and snoring while getting a massage. She is a Certified Canine Good Citizen.


Did you know?

• Sigmund Freud used his dog in psychotherapy to reduce his own anxiety and help his patients relax.

• Mayo Clinic founder Dr Charles Mayo used a dog to help his patients heal faster.

• Dogs don't care what you look like, how you feel, who you hang out with, or what you do for a living. They just like being with you.

Sittichai Chaiyahat

Clinical Assistant

"Chai" is a student at UC Irvine studying Theater. You may have seen him in some local shows. He is in the office on Mondays.



Freyja

Therapy Dog in Training

Freyja is a pug puppy and has just started on her journey to provide an immediate reduction in symptoms for our clients. Just look at her! It's instant relief!


Did you know?

DOGS

• decrease a person's blood pressure

• reduce stress and anxiety

• increase chemicals in the brain that reduce pain and depression and enhance happiness

• help people feel safer and more trusting



Brittney Mattos

MSW Intern

Brittney earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Montclair State University in New Jersey. She is pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Rutgers University, with a concentration in Counseling. She has worked with children, families, and the homeless population. Her overall goal is to provide mental health counseling to all age groups, as well as offering a therapeutic outlet through incorporating music and art therapy into her work. Brittney plays multiple instruments and uses her art as her own grounding and healing tool.