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Downey Team


Lourdes P. Estrada

Founder/CEO, Executive Director

LMFT, (PsyD In Progress) #93409

I am a bilingual (Spanish/English) speaking therapist. I am an alumni from California State University Dominguez Hills and Azusa Pacific University. I have a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapist. I am currently completing my Doctoral Degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

I am a wife and a mother to three boys. I identify myself as a Christian therapist. I believe in the integration of spirituality and mental health. I have been a sole proprietor since August 2016. I have worked in community mental health since 2005.


I am trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Managing  & Adapting Practices (MAP), Trauma, Motivational Interviewing, CORS, FOCUS, Assessment and Diagnosis of children 0-5 (ICARE), Couples Therapy using Gottman Method and Relationship Enhancement skills. I am also trained in using Sand Tray Therapy. 

My approach is integrative. I pull interventions from various models to find your own, unique treatment plan to suit your needs. Therapy is not a "one size fits all" it is very unique to your needs. If  I have to choose I would say I tend to incline to "Client-Centered Therapy".  I believe in working as a team. You are the EXPERT of  YOUR life. 

My goal is to assist you to achieve your highest potential. In life, we have seasons. Some seasons are easier than others. I strive to provide a unique treatment for you. To work in partnership with you and achieve your highest potential.


I am also a certified Relationship Enhancement Therapist. 


Ninivet De La Torre

Clinical Supervisor

LMFT #52535

Ninivet has experienced working with children, adolescents and adults. Ninivet has an extensive history working with individuals who are struggling with stress, depression, self harm, life transitions,  anxiety and parenting issues. Ninivet completed her education from Cal State Dominguez Hills. Ninivet, has certification in working with clients who are adapting to trauma and want to overcome their traumatic experiences through the use of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), as well as Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP), Seeking Safety and Brief-Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). 

Ninivet, likes to work in collaboration with her patients. She also values and understands the importance of faith based integration in her sessions with her clients in order to pursue a holistic approach to the current stressor. 

Ninivet, is also a parent of two boys. She understands the struggle and the hustle that it takes to balance life, mom life, and work. If you would like to work with Ninivet, call us and set up an appointment with her. Take a chance on you and give us a call to work with Ninivet and start living your best life.

G. Fareeda Rashed

AMFT #122822 & Doctorate Student

Supervised by: Ninivet De La Torre, LMFT #52535

Fareeda, completed her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy  at Alliant International University. Currently, Fareeda is in the process of completing her doctorate degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Fareeda has experience working with individuals ranging from ages 12+. Fareeda will meet with you and develop a treatment plan that is targeting your goals and work in collaboration with you. Fareeda has experience working with individual who are struggling with anxiety, depression, parent-child conflict, codependency, empty nesters, long term illness, phases of life transitions.  Fareeda utilizes CBT, Trauma focus treatment, Mindfulness, Solution Focus to assist you in managing your current life stressors.  Fareeda, is on your side and understands that therapy is not an easy process, and it takes time to achieve and acquire goals. Fareeda will work alongside with you and troubleshoot any setbacks through your process. Give us a call if you would like to book an appointment with Fareeda.


Jonathan Martinez


AMFT #123609

Supervised by: Ninivet De La Torre, LMFT #52535

Jonathan is a Bilingual (Spanish/English) therapist. Jonathan, completed his Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant University. Jonathan, has worked with at-risk clients and implemented evidence based practices to reduce symptoms. Jonathan has experience working with children and adolescents, parents, blended families, latinx, BIPOC and foster parents. Jonathan works from the CBT, solution Focus, family systems approach. Jonathan has experience working in a team setting approach with parents who are struggling in building and strengthening their relationship with their child/teen. Jonathan has experienced working with individuals who are required by court to attend treatment. Some of the symptoms that Jonathan treats are ADHD, parenting, oppositional defiance, codependency, parent-child conflict.  Jonathan is warm and empathetic. Jonathan is your Coach and will guide you to a better you. Give us a call if you would like to book an appointment with Jonathan.


Martha Martinez


LMFT #135817 & Doctorate Student

Martha is a bilingual (Spanish/English) therapist, BIPOC, Latinx. Martha completed her Masters degree at Alliant International University, and is currently completing her Doctorate in Couples and Family therapy from Alliant International University. Martha has worked with at-risk clients and implemented evidence based practices to reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression. Martha, has experience working with couples and families. Martha’s style is eclectic and uses various modalities to develop a treatment plan that is best suitable for you as her client. Martha, understands the struggle with being first generation and understands the dynamics of the LATINX background. Are you ready for that change? Are you ready to reconcile with your partner and make things work? Then, give us a call and schedule your first appointment. 

Vanessa Bedregal Valdivia


AMFT #115901

Supervised by: Ninivet De La Torre, LMFT #52535

Vanessa attended Mount St. Mary’s University where she completed her master’s in counseling psychology. Vanessa is from Peru. As a Latina woman, who is fluent in Spanish has been treating patients in their native language. Vanessa has experience and training working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Vanessa has completed her training in Trauma Focus cognitive behavioral therapy and CBT. Vanessa has also worked with youth who are struggling with anxiety and depression. Vanessa’s approach to therapy is CBT oriented and works in collaboration with the client to create and develop a treatment plan based on the client's needs. Vanessa has experience working with individuals who may be struggling with intrusive thoughts that do not allow the client to move forward in a healthy coping way. Vanessa has worked in community mental health and understands the stigma that sometimes comes with a mental health illness.

As a Latinx, Vanessa understands the importance of honoring cultural values and blending in our western views of life and family. Vanessa understands the acculturation process that many Latinx individuals struggle with.

If you are ready for a new perspective of life, if you are struggling with intrusive thoughts that leave you feeling stuck, unmotivated, and lost, and you want to work with Vanessa. Give us a call and schedule your appointment with her. 

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Veverly Holiwell

Mental Health Caseworker


Supervised by: Wendy Nuño, LMFT #117134

Veverly comes with a vast amount of experience and knowledge helping individuals, adolescents and families who are struggling with depression, anxiety and phases of life changes. Veverly works from Cognitive Behavior Therapy and will work with you to develop your treatment goals and walk alongside with you as you embark on this new journey. Veverly has over 15 years of experience with direct client advocacy. Veverly, is a graduate from California State University , Long Beach where she obtained her Master's degree in Social Work.  Veverly has worked in the past in community mental health, specifically with children who were in foster care. Veverly has served in the community for over 10 years and now she brings her experience to a private practice setting. Veverly, understands the dynamics on how the environment impacts the individual and their wellbeing. 
Veverly offers a free 15 min phone consultation.  If you would like to work with Veverly, give us a call. 

Elizabeth De La Torre


ACSW #93773

Supervised by: Lourdes Estrada, LMFT #93409

Elizabeth De La Torre is a bilingual Associate Clinical Social Worker in the state of California, working in the field of public service for almost 4 years in various capacities as a Mental Health Clinician. Elizabeth received her undergraduate education from the California State University of Los Angeles and my master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in Texas. Elizabeth has extensive experience counseling in outpatient and in-patient treatment facilities, school settings, in-home therapy, and private practice. Elizabeth’s work has focused on children and adolescents, children in foster care, family systems, domestic violence/trauma, ethnic minority mental health, and LGBTQ clients. The treatment modalities she has experience with include individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy. The type of issues addressed includes anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, grief, self-esteem, women's issues, domestic violence, identity formation, and personal growth. Elizabeth’s approach to therapy includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Trauma-Informed CBT, but also keeps everyone’s needs in mind and uses an eclectic approach. Elizabeth enjoys helping others and connecting with nature in her spare time.


Beatriz Grimaldo


AMFT #109402

Supervised by: Wendy Nuño, LMFT #117134

Beatriz Grimaldo, is an Associate in Marriage and Family therapy. She is supervised by Wendy Nuno. Beatriz is currently in the process of completing her Doctoral degree from Alliant University. Beatriz is Bilingual (Spanish).  Beatriz has a passion for working with teens and young adults. Beatriz has experience working with adolescents who may be struggling with self-esteem, adjusting to changes in their family system, and adjusting to a new stage of life such as going from middle school to high school. Beatriz utilizes an eclectic style as well as a Humanistic approach. Beatriz is accepting clients in person and virtually all across California. 

Michelle Terrazas

LMFT #132144

Michelle obtained her Master degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. Michelle, has a vast of experience working with clients who are struggling with anger, poor decision-making, life transitions, parenting, and anxiety. Michelle enjoys working with adults in an 1:1. Michelle, has experience working with individuals who may have a court case involvement, who are struggling with balancing work and personal life. Michelle works from a client-centered approach and CBT, TFCBT. Michelle is also a parent and knows the struggle it is to balance work and mom life. Additionally, Michelle is a Veteran. Michelle served in the Navy. Michelle understands the dynamics of the military culture. If you are a relative of a veteran or a veteran yourself and would like to work with Michelle she is accepting patients. 


Maribel de Avila

Clinical Supervisor

LCSW #94273

I am a Latina, bilingual (Spanish/ English) therapist. I have 10 years of experience working with children, families, and individuals that suffer of anxiety, depression, and trauma. In the last 2 years I have been working with children, parents/caregivers and young adults that have a medical diagnosis and mental health disorders. I obtained my bachelor and master’s degree in social work from California State University of Los Angeles. I am certify in modalities of treatment as Parent Child Interaction Therapy ( PCIT), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Managing and Adapting Practices (MAP) and Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ICBT).

Carol Rodriguez


AMFT #123281

Supervised by: Wendy Nuño, LMFT #117134

Carol is a graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Spiritual and Depth Psychology. Carol also earned at Antioch University Los Angeles a Bachelor degree with emphasis in Addiction Studies. She is bilingual (Spanish) and has worked in diverse settings with all ages. She has a certification in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Additionally, her clinical approach consists of an eclectic mix of the following: mindfulness-based practices , EMDR, trauma-focused therapy with somatic approach, object relations, attachment theory, CBT, person-centered and Gestalt. Carol has worked with couples, adolescents and adults, as well as she has facilitated groups addressing domestic violence for the Batterer Intervention Program and Woman Empowerment for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse. Carol has also provided court-approved parenting classes.

Carol, has assisted clients to overcome difficulties with dual diagnosis, anger, depression, trauma, anxiety, OCD traits, clinical narcissistic traits, and family reunification.


Daniela Michel


LMFT #134864

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Marina Agustin

Insurance Verification Specialist/

Medical Biller

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