Los Angeles, CA
About Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles. The City of Angels. The entertainment capital of the world. The greater LA area is surrounded by vast mountain ranges, valleys, forests, beautiful Pacific beaches, and nearby deserts. The population, culture, and food are just as diverse as the landscape. It is impossible to be bored in LA with a wide variety of museums, sports teams, outdoor activities, famous landmarks, and amusement parks. LA has the best weather in the country, dominated by sunny days and mild temperatures. LA has it all.
In-Home Community Support
Serves clients ages 14-24, and their families. Our clients frequently come to us before or after completion of a wilderness program or short/long term residential treatment.
Los Angeles Staff
Julie Foley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Resources and Human Development from Arizona State University. Julie has been working as a therapist for over 18 years. For the majority of that time, Julie’s focus has been working with adolescents and their families. She is passionate about helping young people to develop and grow into healthy adults. Additionally, Julie places a strong emphasis on helping families to overcome their challenges and to function in a healthier manner. The clients Julie has worked with have come to value her expertise and the ability to build strong therapeutic relationships. Julie has vast experience including community counseling, outpatient therapy, intensive outpatient programming, and both short-term and long-term residential treatment settings. She is highly experienced in treating anxiety, depression, self-harm, substance abuse, and trauma, as well as parent education, family dynamics, and family dysfunction. Julie and her husband are empty nesters and enjoy spending time with their adult daughters. She also enjoys traveling, going for long walks, and trying new hobbies.
Amber’s first profession was as an artist and educator. This led her to an interest in the human psyche and the study of psychology. All of these interesting pieces fit together through a drive and a passion for connection and an appreciation for personal growth. One of the things that Amber loves most about her career is the opportunity to witness the resiliency and self-discovery that teens and young adults make every single day.
Amber received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education and her Masters of Arts degree in Marital and Family Therapy with a specialization in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. When not following her career passions, Amber is most likely to be found outdoors (preferably the beach) or engaging in the arts in some way. As an avid live music fan, the Hollywood Bowl is her favorite place. And since she is learning to play the guitar maybe someday we can all see her on stage.
Self-discovery also plays a big part in her personal life as Amber has a wanderlust for travel. She only has two more continents to visit to complete her own personal global tour.
Dominic Valdes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s in Social Work from California State University Bakersfield; he is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Dominic believes that family is the foundation for our children’s lives and proving adolescents and families with tools and loving support is key to a thriving life. He uses a compassionate, strengths-and-skills based approach when working with his clients, including the use of CBT, play-therapy, and DBT.
Dominic began his work providing support and guidance as a counselor and therapist to children, adolescents, adults, and families in 2007 with specialties in addictions, trauma, and family dynamics. Dominic has served as a social worker and therapist in many settings, including community and school-based mental health clinics, adolescent mental health and substance abuse residential treatment centers, substance abuse treatment centers for adults, and private practice. Dominic has over a decade of experience using certified evidence-based treatment modalities, including Seeking Safety, Aggression-Replacement Training, Strengthening Family Program, TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). In his free time, Dominic enjoys traveling with his partner and son, reading a good book, and seeing new movies. Dominic looks forward to being of support and guidance to you.
Maxine Hughes graduated from Azusa Pacific University with her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapist and is currently registered with the Board of Behavioral Services. Maxine has several years’ experience working with adolescents and families in a dual-diagnosis residential facility and private practice in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles areas. In this capacity, Maxine facilitated group, individual, and family psychotherapy while utilizing evidence-based practices Aggression Replacement Training, Seeking Safety, and Strengthening Families.
Maxine also worked at an Orange County Mental Health Agency treating adolescent and young adults suffering from mental health issues underlying emotional distress and by utilizing a dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, trauma-focused and strength-based approach. Maxine has focused her treatment approach on treating trauma, exploring family dynamics, and teaching necessary cognitive and behavioral skills to live a fulfilling and satisfying life. Maxine’s approach to therapy is warm, compassionate, and firm which illuminates the path toward fulfillment and personal healing and growth. In her off-time Maxine enjoys carpentry, building furniture, thrift shopping and spending time with family and close friends.