Daybreak Therapists

Long Beach Psychotherapy and Counseling

Patrick Cleveland, L.M.F.T.
Founder & Clinical Director
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Emily Brangwin, A.M.F.T.

Emily Brangwin, A.M.F.T.
Available for In Person & Virtual Sessions

I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. My educational background also includes a bachelor' degree in psychology and a bachelor of science degree in family studies and human development from the University of Arizona. From a young age, my passion for understanding human connection was clear. With the age-old debate of nature vs. nurture in mind, my curiosities deepened while exploring the connection between genetics and early childhood experiences within the context of society and environment as primary influences. I am proud to share my vast variety of experience working with different populations and acuity levels including the LGBTQ+ community, individuals of color, couples, families, adolescents, and adults. My professional interests and specialties generally include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship issues, self-esteem, multicultural issues, and trauma. My experience working  in outpatient programs has provided me with essential insight into self-harm behaviors, suicide assessment and risk reduction, eating disorders, and substance abuse/addictions. Alongside this experience, I have found my theoretical orientation highlighting my investment in a style emphasizing a more integrative, dynamic, and holistic approach to mental health. My theoretical approaches to therapy include psychodynamic, schema therapy, mind and body connection/mindfulness, and humanistic, person-centered therapy. My approach in work with couples specifically includes conflict resolution, emotion focused therapy, attachment styles, and their role in adult relationships. My goal is to provide a safe space for processing all of life’s challenges. Figuratively speaking, the daily masks we wear can be exhausting. Despite how alone we may feel during these times, I am here to remind you that support is always available. I believe being able to share my insight into the world of psychology and interventions is an essential part of therapy, but also the impact and strength of the therapeutic alliance and advocacy of the client’s needs, preferences, and pace to explore intimate details of their unique struggles is just as important. My hope is to support you in this journey of self-discovery by providing a warm, safe, and non-judgmental space to feel seen, heard and appreciated. Together, we will work on strategies that allow you to address the root causes of these vulnerabilities and build meaningful social connections, all the while empowering you to live a life filled with self-growth and authenticity. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our office at 562-566-4257.


Amber Salguero, A.C.S.W.

Amber Salguero, A.C.S.W.
Available for In-Person & Virtual Sessions

I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker and have a master’s degree in social work from California State University, Northridge. As a first generation Latina graduate, I feel passionate about providing support to teens, young adults and adults who are seeking to find balance, confidence, and pushing through imposter syndrome, that often comes along when you're the first in your family to do many things. As a young person I had a hard time believing in myself and my abilities, which is why I decided to dedicate my career to empowering individuals to reach their goals. I have been fortunate enough to have worked in the community mental health field with at risk youth, individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, addiction issues, and relationship issues in both the English and Spanish language. In approach to therapy I have always believed in the importance of creating a space where an individual feels heard, seen, and safe. A space where they know that they are the expert of their life and I am there to support them in their journey. I use a range of therapeutic approaches including humanistic person-centered approach, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, expressive art therapy, play therapy, attachment theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, a strength-based approach and seeking safety. My approach in work with couples and families includes reflective listening, emotion focused therapy, and attachment theory. I believe that there is not a one size fits all in therapy. Therefore, I collaborate with clients on creating a therapeutic journey that goes hand in hand with your needs and concerns in order to move at a pace that is comfortable for you  in order to best support you in achieving your goals. I believe that no matter the age, as long as there is will, then there is a way. With an open mind and some motivation, people can do great things and overcome many obstacles. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our business phone number at 562-566-4257.

Yo soy una trabajadora social clínica y me graude de la Universidad de California en Northridge. Como graduada latina de primera generación, me apasiona brindar apoyo a la comunidad Latinx, niños, adolescentes, jóvenes, adultos, parejas y familias que buscan encontrar confianza y motivación para alcanzar sus metas a pesar de los obstáculos de la vida o buscan a crear una relacion mejor uno con el otro/a. Yo creo en la importancia de crear un espacio positivo donde un individuo se siente visto y seguro para compartir sus pensamientos y sentimentos. Si tu estas listo/a para tomar ese primer paso, puedes llamar nuestra oficina para programar una cita conmigo al numero 562-566-425


Alyssa Santos, A.M.F.T.

Alyssa Santos, A.M.F.T.
Available for In Person & Virtual Sessions

I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor with master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. I have worked in the mental health field in both community outreach & private practice settings. Working in both of these settings has allowed me gain valuable experience from a wide range of client populations, ranging from children and adolescents to adults and couples. I also have experience working with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, OCD, grief and loss, adjustment disorders, and PTSD. My path to the mental health field came after years of working and studying in the medical field. This has helped me to gain invaluable insight and develop my passion for counseling. I realized the huge importance of mental health in today’s world, especially as the world changes and moves around us. While we as a society more highly value the importance of keeping our bodies healthy, our minds are not always afforded the same care.  It is my belief that therapy is for everyone, at any time, and can be utilized for personal growth, and not just in times of crisis or symptom reduction. I truly believe, “Shame dies when stories are told in safe spaces,” as Ann Voskamp once said. My goal is to therefore create a space free of fear of judgment and full of trust, curiosity & courage to go on the journey that is therapy. I work from an attachment theory & family systems perspective to help me better understand my client's histories, current issues, & relationships they maintain. I also utilize modalities & interventions from a broad range of theoretical orientations to best serve the client.  I believe therapy should never be a one size fits all experience. While I do enjoy working with many different populations, my passion lies in helping moms at all stages including those facing infertility, pregnancy, and infant loss, birth trauma, postpartum depression & anxiety, and empty nesting. Being a mother is a great joy in life  & simultaneously one of the hardest undertakings. I have found that as a mother myself, the road to becoming and being a mother is one best travelled with support. I hope to provide compassionate care especially in the times of grief and loss, as well as processing and validating feelings around motherhood, however it looks. In my office, confrontation is not a bad thing. The word itself means “to face with”. It is my goal to face whatever challenges you may have, with you. Every client’s story is important, and I am grateful to every client for giving me the honor of walking alongside them on their journey.  To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our office at 562-566-4257.


Anita Takahashi, L.C.S.W.

Anita Takahashi, L.C.S.W.
Available for In Person & Virtual Sessions

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have a master's degree in social work with a concentration in children, youth & Families from California State University, Long Beach School of Social Work program. What drove me to the helping profession was my earlier life experiences as a low-income Asian American who has been on a journey of healing due to impacts of cultural stress and generational trauma. I am grateful that there have been many amazing influential individuals that were placed in my life who have shaped me into becoming the resilient person I am today and have motivated me to help others. I believe that people are capable of healing, change, growth and transformation when they are in a safe environment where one is heard and accepted unconditionally. I have over 11 years of diverse experience working in the mental health field at various settings at community mental health organizations as well as local schools providing individual therapy, facilitating substance use groups, and providing trainings on trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing.  The last few years earned me the experience of supervising case managers, service coordinators, and providing supervision to therapist interns, which only grew my passion to help working professionals in the field navigate challenges of organizational trauma, while unlocking their own potential. I have also worked with children, teens, and older adults from different diverse socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds who struggled with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, self-harm, substance use issues, navigating crisis situations, and multicultural issues and racial trauma.  My theoretical orientation is primarily person-centered, humanistic, holistic and eclectic drawing from various models because I believe there is no one size fits all approach. I believe in providing you with a safe non-judgmental space to process your feelings and that building a trusting relationship is foundational to facilitating growth, healing, & transformation. I believe that we are not defined our history, struggles, or symptoms, but that we all have a unique story to tell about our upbringing, culture, values, life experiences, strengths and unique talents that make up who we are as individuals.  I would love to learn more about you as a whole person, and navigate this life journey collaboratively to promote change and personal development. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our office at 562-566-4257.


Marcela Avila, L.M.F.T.

Marcela Avila, L.M.F.T.
Available For In Person & Virtual Sessions 

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I love working with people. I completed both my undergraduate work in psychology and my master's degree in counseling at California State University, Fullerton. I have worked in various community agencies allowing me to gain experience with relationship issues, couples counseling, life transitions, schizophrenia, PTSD, bi-polar disorder, depression, anxiety, grief, and personality issues. I strive to foster a safe space where clients can tell their story, gain insight into how that has impacted them, acknowledge the various unique contexts which impact their lives, connect with their strengths, and learn new ways to strive toward wholeness and personal growth.  I am passionate about helping individuals, families, and relationships of any kind to help people better connect with themselves and others. In couples therapy my goal is to decrease conflict, increase friendship and intimacy and restore the loving connection to build a meaningful and lasting relationship. I utilize various therapeutic approaches including mindfulness, emotion focused therapy, existential therapy, gestalt therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and person centered therapy. I encourage my clients to pursue a holistic approach to mental health, incorporating exercise, proper sleep and nutrition, spiritual practices, nurturing relationships, and activities they enjoy. I believe clients have the answers within them and with help they will find a deeper awareness of who they are, who they want to become, and how to propel themselves onto a path of healing, growth, and actualization. I believe therapy is a collaborative process to help clients increase self-awareness, gain new perspectives, decrease and understand where symptoms are coming from, and increase personal strengths to have a more meaningful life experience. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our office at 562-566-4257


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Subha Smith, L.C.S.W. 
Available For In Person & Virtual Sessions

I am a licensed clinical social worker with a Masters degree in Social Work from Azusa Pacific University, as well as a Masters degree in Psychology from California State University Los Angeles. I have 10+ years experience working in the mental health field, including both in an inpatient psychiatric setting and a community based mental health setting. I have worked with adults of all ages, from diverse ethnocultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and/or the LGBTQ+ community. My experience includes working with individuals with various issues such as: anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship issues, dual diagnosis, grief counseling, trauma, and women's Issues. My passion for mental health began in college when I realized there are disproportionately few South Asian mental health professionals. Having immigrated from India to the United States as a child, I have experienced first hand how attempting to acculturate can significantly impact one's mental health and overall wellbeing. My theoretical approach is largely client centered, with the client leading the direction of their own treatment, as they are the foremost expert of their own life. I also incorporate various other therapeutic models such as psychodynamic approach, feministic approach, and motivational interviewing. My goal is to help clients realize their potential as leaders of change in their own lives. I aim to provide a safe & welcoming environment for clients to share any issues they wish to bring to therapy without fear of judgment. As society continues to change, so do the issues that affect one's mental & emotional health. My goal is to remain up to date with various forms of interventions and to be a culturally competent therapist. In my eyes, providing the highest quality mental & emotional healthcare possible is of great importance to me as it not only benefits the individual, but their relationships with others and society as a whole. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our business phone number at 562-566-4257.


Derek Baldridge, L.C.S.W.

Derek Baldridge, L.C.S.W.
Available For In Person & Virtual Sessions

I am a licensed clinical social worker with a Master degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. I have been working in the field of Mental Health for the past 10 years in a variety of community based mental health settings.  I have worked with adults and children of all ages from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.  I am experienced in working with those struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, substance use, and work/school related conflicts, among other issues.  My passion for mental health began when I worked as a tutor and life skills educator for youth in long term foster care in Los Angeles County.  I realized how important their mental health was as a determinant to their success in the future.  My therapeutic approach stems from humanistic theory, focusing on self-development and growth, while helping individuals recognize their strengths, creativity, and power of choice.  However, I employ a variety of theoretical frameworks such as narrative, motivational interviewing, solution-focused, cognitive behavioral and psychoanalytic.  I am client centered, where my clients are the experts in their life and environment.  My goal is to help my clients heal and get to know their own mind and potential.  To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our business phone number at 562-566-4257.


Lisa Goldfein, LPCC

Lisa Goldfein, LPCC, BC-DMT 
Available For Virtual Sessions

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor and board certified dance/movement therapist. I have over 17 years of experience working in the field of mental health. I received my master's degree in Somatic Psychology: Dance/Movement Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. My education incorporated a Buddhist mindful approach with a blend of western psychology. My approach to psychotherapy and counseling is eclectic and holistic in that I believe in working and creating an individual treatment approach unique to each of my clients. I am person centered but also psychodynamic in that I believe that the unconscious is an important door to lasting change where one can uncover the root of patterns of behavior. As a classically trained Indian dancer, my journey as a therapist began with my connection to dance and its capacity to heal and express my inner challenges. I believe in the mind/body connection as the body is a canvas uniquely shaped and moved by our experiences. A somatic- based approach is a tool to allow the unconscious to come alive and bring to our awareness. During my 14 years of experience working in the mental health field, I have gained extensive experience in dealing with anxiety, depression, substance abuse issues, grief, trauma, families, couples, LGBTQ issues, multicultural issues, postpartum depressions, and self-esteem. I am half Indian and Japanese. I speak Japanese and Malayalam. My unique background gives me an insight into multicultural issues, and the challenge of finding identity. I also run workshops in the community on self-care, stress-management, women’s empowerment and support for moms. I also offer advanced training in authentic movement for clinicians, an approach based in Jungian depth psychology.I understand that reaching out for support and finding the right person to guide you through your journey to healing can be a challenging process. I believe we all have the capacity to heal and see ourselves as whole, and my training as a therapist puts me in the unique position to guide you through that process. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our business phone number at 562-566-4257.


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         Yana Newberg, L.M.F.T.   
Available For Virtual Sessions    

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and received my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Krasnoyarsk State University in Russia. After graduating in 2001, I started working in community mental health and now have over 17 years of experience in counseling and psychotherapy with adults, groups, families, couples, and children. I am passionate about helping others and through my counseling work I have been able to support clients who were struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, work related conflicts, and issues.  I am deeply interested psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapy and in 2015 I became a part of 5 year certificate program in psychoanalysis at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute to enhance my skills as a therapist and to eventually become a psychoanalyst. My study and training are ongoing. The last several years of my practice were focused on providing therapy for children with anxiety and adults with psychological trauma who were subjected to domestic violence and different types of abuse and neglect in childhood. I also enjoy working with couples very much and utilize the E.F.T. (Emotion Focused Therapy) approach that focuses on the love and connection in the couples relationship and ways to restore it.  My professional interests and expertise are in the area of psychological trauma, sexual abuse, loss and dealing with chronic anxiety and depression. Many of our experiences come from a place of great suffering and fear. Often, this entails surviving harsh challenges and as a result, pieces of our personal stories may be missing, either because they are forgotten or too painful to talk about. Restoring one's personal history can prove to be invaluable in healing pain. It can connect the past and the present forming continuity and hope for the future. My goal as a therapist is to provide assistance and encouragement for every one of my clients in exploring these personal stories as a way of coping with pain and finding meaning. I provide a caring and safe environment where my clients can get to the source of their problems and feel safe, seen, heard, and understood. Working together, we can achieve your goals of living a more joyful, loving, and productive life as well as any other issues or concerns you would like to address. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our business line at 562-566-4257


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Cynthia Brownlee, L.M.F.T.
Available For Virtual Sessions

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a master’s degree in Counseling Marriage, Family and Child Therapy in 2010. I have experience providing psychotherapy to individuals, families and groups. I have a broad range of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and elders. I enjoy using a collaborative, supportive and empathetic approach with each individual while building rapport and trust to help develop specific therapy goals. I am an experienced therapist who specialties in stress management, anxiety disorders, depression and anger management. I am also experienced in addiction/substance abuse, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self-esteem, career difficulties, bi-polar, coping with life
changes, fatigue and abandonment. My clinical approaches include Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, Psychodynamic, and Solution Focused Therapy. I believe healing is an ongoing journey and it’s a collaborative relationship with a therapist to explore and create your desired narrative. Therapy is a safe space to feel heard, explore and create skills to better cope with change. I became a therapist to help people explore and understand areas that may be in the way of their personal growth or development. I am very dependable, compassionate, supportive and engaging. I look forward to helping you heal,  grow, and actualize your desired narrative. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our business line at 562-566-4257.



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Kiana Tinsley, L.P.C.C., L.M.H.C. 
Available For Virtual Sessions

I am a licensed professional clinical counselor in California as well as a licensed mental health counselor in New York. I completed both my undergraduate  work in psychology and counseling and my master's degree in mental health counseling at the City University of New York- Queens College. I have worked in substance abuse clinics, community mental health clinics and day programs serving various populations in New York City.  I have over 7 years of experience in the mental health field in which I have worked with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol addiction, suicidal ideation, grief, peer relationships, women’s issues, self-esteem, dual diagnosis, schizophrenia, personality disorders and trauma. I enjoy working with young adults and adults to help them achieve overall fulfillment in their everyday life. I also enjoy working with couples utilizing emotion focused therapy to help them build and re-establish the loving connection in their relationships. My individualized person-centered approach to counseling and therapy allows for natural rapport and trust to take seed. I have a passion to support clients in realizing their potential and developing into their optimal selves. It is important for me to help people expand on their possibilities, strengths, and confidence. I provide a safe and supportive space where my clients can unpack their difficulties, express emotions, and most importantly begin the healing process. To inquire about setting up an appointment with me please call our business phone number at 562-566-4257.

Daybreak Counseling Center, Long Beach California 90808

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