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E. MYFANWY STEVENS, MA, LMFT

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Myfanwy Stevens received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her education at Pacifica culminated in a published master’s thesis titled, Reframing Defiance: A Protection of Soul. In this work, she examined the meaning and implications of defiance as both a mode of behavior and an adolescent’s will to express both traumatic and childhood developmental disruptions.

Myfanwy’s passion for working with families is rooted in her previous work as a parental coach and educator. She found, when supporting adolescents and their families with education and tools, positive growth and change occurred. While at Polaris, Myfanwy has facilitated groups, been case manager, family therapist, primary therapist, and currently holds the position of clinical director. Her approach when working with adolescents and their families draws upon attachment and relational models of therapy. Myfanwy also maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills.

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Katherine Abdelkerim, MS, LMFT

Assistant Clinical Director

Katherine Abdelkerim received her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology (MFT) with a specialization in Trauma and Recovery. Her education and training involved working with teens and adults. Katherine also ran a weekly women’s group, healthy relationships group and created an art therapy-based group.

Katherine’s passion for working with adolescents stems from her work as a mentor for at-risk teens who have endured trauma as well as her work as a case manager. Katherine has extensive experience working with adolescents of all walks of life, gender identities and cultures. Katherine takes an inclusive, strength based approach to further strengthen one’s resiliency and will. While at Polaris, Katherine has facilitated groups, been a floor staff team member, primary therapist, and currently holds the position of Assistant Clinical Director. Katherine’s therapeutic work pulls from psychodynamic, experiential and relational models of therapy. Katherine has completed level 1 and level 2 Brainspotting trainings and maintains a private practice in which she works to assist women in learning assertive communication skills to achieve empowerment.

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JANA ALBRIGHT, MA, LMFT

FAMILY THERAPIST

Jana Albright is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute. Jana is also a Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist at the Master’s level. Prior to joining Polaris, Jana spent 7 years at Promises Treatment Center in the roles of case manager, extended care coordinator, primary therapist and family therapist. Jana has also served on the faculty at Pierce Community College as an adjunct professor in the Addiction Studies Program.

Jana’s theoretical orientation is a blend of family systems, psychodynamic and a person-centered approach, with the goal of strengthening the family system through building rapport and trust, providing unconditional positive regard and empathy for all family members. Jana is a member of CAMFT and maintains a private practice working with individuals, couples and families. Additionally, Jana is an attorney, maintaining her membership with the State Bar of California.

Katherine Abdelkerim

ERIKA LEIBOVITCH, LMFT

FAMILY THERAPIST

Erika Leibovitch is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Miami University in Ohio. During her undergraduate years, Erika worked at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a research assistant, assessing the biopsychosocial effects on teenagers who undergo bariatic surgery. Erika has also worked in the UCLA Psychology Department assisting in research on the effects of stress in pregnancy in minority women.

Prior to Polaris, Erika has worked in many therapeutic settings including schools, outpatient, substance abuse treatment and residential. In particular, Erika has a 5 year history in working in residential settings serving in a variety of roles such as clinical assistant, primary therapist, group therapist, couples therapist and family therapist. Before joining the Polaris team, Erika used to run a Multi-Family Group for adolescents and their families as well as a weekly parent educational training group.

Erika uses curiosity and creativity in her approach when working with teens and families, joining the family in order to observe, learn and understand while offering assistance, empathy and guidance when needed. Erika comes from a family systems background, focusing more on the changing the family as a unit rather then specific family members. Erika believes in the power of relationships and emphasizes the importance of trust, vulnerability and connection between family members.

Tiffani Opphenheim Polaris Teen Center

Tiffani Opphenheim, MA, AMFT

FAMILY THERAPIST

Tiffani is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute. Tiffani is also a Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist at the Master’s level. Prior to joining Polaris, Tiffani spent 7 years working in residential treatment with youth struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and addiction-related issues. She is certified in different Evidence-Based Practices of Trauma-Focused, CBT and Seeking Safety, as well as Trauma-Informed Care. Tiffani integrates multiple therapeutic modalities into treatment and is passionate about finding what works best for each.

Tiffani is a straight-forward, pragmatic therapist who treats clients as equals, taking their concerns into account throughout treatment. At the same time, she provides a warm, safe space in which clients and their families can feel supported and accepted throughout the process of growth and change. While she ultimately holds the family as a whole accountable for the change they seek, she sees herself as both a provider of information and a secure base from which clients can explore new ways of moving through the world.

Starla Carrillo Polaris Teen Center

Starla Carrillo, MA, ACSW

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Starla Carrillo is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/International Affairs with a minor in History from the University of California, Riverside.

Starla began her career in the United States Navy, serving 6 years, and through this avenue she was able to work at a counseling center for combat veterans and their families providing mental health referrals, resources, and crisis intervention. Starla also served as a Foster Care Social Worker providing crisis intervention and services during transitions. Prior to joining Polaris, Starla gained experience providing psychotherapy in a school setting to children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders utilizing evidence-based practices. Starla is well versed in working with diverse communities, and takes into account the various experiences that blend together to impact an individual. Starla values a strong therapeutic relationship with clients, and seeks to empower and build insight so that they are able to live their most fulfilling and authentic lives.

Jovon Riggins Polaris Teen Center

Jovon Riggins, MA, ASW

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Jovon holds a Masters degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Jovon has been working with teens and their families in various roles within residential treatment for the past 8 years. He has a broad range of experience working with teens in the following areas: trauma and abuse, self-harm and suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, special needs, self-esteem, and anger management. He utilizes many different modalities including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Jovon views the therapeutic process as an alliance between client and therapist and considers each client to be the ultimate experts of their own lives. He is culturally sensitive, strength-based, and views each client from an intersectionality lens considering all aspects of their identity as it relates to their mental health. His goal is to empower them to ultimately make meaningful changes in their lives.

Emily Hargraves Polaris Teen Center

Emily Hargraves, MA, AMFT

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Emily Hargraves holds a Masters of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy with an Emphasis in Clinical Art Therapy, received from Loyola Marymount University. During her education, she trained in crisis work by working with teens, children, young adults, and their families at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. During this time, she also specialized in working with parents of children that were patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric and Infant Intensive Care Unit, Oncology, and Bone Marrow Transplant departments.

Prior to Polaris, Emily was a school therapist who worked with students in grades 6th-12th with learning, behavior, and emotional disabilities. She has a broad rage of working with children and adolescents in the following areas: mood disorders, gender dysphoria, ADHD, neurological disabilities, cognitive disabilities, self harm, suicidal ideation, crisis intervention, trauma and abuse, and self-esteem. Emily has a person centered approach while weaving in the skills she has learned as a provisional art therapist. Emily utilizes creativity and client insight as a therapist, and views them as an expert on themselves and their own lived experience.

Sophia Sidhu Polaris Teen Center

Sophia Sidhu, MA, AMFT

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Prabhjot (Sophia) Sidhu is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trinity University of Asia, Philippines. Sophia has been working in the mental health field for the past 5 years providing individual and group therapy and crisis stabilization services within the detox, residential and outpatient settings. Sophia has worked with a diverse clientele struggling with various emotional and behavioral problems, mood disorders and personality disorders with co-occurring substance use issues. Sophia focuses on being compassionate and empathetic, and on providing a safe space for her clients to openly explore and process their emotions and experiences. Her work with the clients aims to empower them to practice self-compassion, understand their needs and communicate them effectively, create and understand necessary boundaries, and to engage in consistent self-care.

Sophia obtained an intensive 6-month training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression, Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and her therapeutic approach includes a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) and Family Systems. Sophia takes pride in her multicultural background and is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi, Filipino and English.

Sarit Rogers Polaris Teen Center

Sarit Rogers, ERYT, SEP

SOMATIC EXPERIENCING PRACTITIONER

Sarit Rogers is a seasoned Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, NeuroAffective Touch Practitioner and trauma-informed yoga teacher. Sarit has trained extensively with the creator of Somatic Experiencing, Dr. Peter Levine. She has completed and assisted Dr. Levine in his Master Classes focusing on developmental trauma, depression and aggression, chronic pain and ancestral trauma. She provides multi-layered support for individuals and groups as they investigate and develop accessible tools for self-regulation, self-care, and healthy boundaries. Sarit strives to bring accessible SE services to marginalized communities and use the deep and vast ethical, wisdom and mindful practices of yoga to support SE.
Jordann Stewart Polaris Teen Center

Jordann Stewart, BA

CASE MANAGER

Jordann has worked in the mental health field for six years working in various roles within the field. Jordann received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services and Religious Studies from Azusa Pacific University and is near completion of her Graduate Degree in Social Work with a Specialization in Trauma Rehabilitation, from Simmon’s University. Prior to Polaris, Jordann worked in South Central for the County of Los Angeles in Mental Health and Homeless Services.

Jordann integrates her passion of watching lives improve and thrive, into her work here at Polaris through managing cases of the adolescents currently in residential treatment as well as coordinating care for when their program is completed.

Tracy Moore Polaris Teen Center

Tracy Moore, RD

Registered Dietitian

Tracy Moore is a Registered Dietitian who has been practicing since 2008. Tracy earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition Management from Oregon State University. Shortly after completing her undergraduate work, she was accepted into a dietetic internship program at New York Presbyterian Hospital where she completed one year of supervised practice experience and afterward earned her credential as a Registered Dietitian.

Throughout her years, she has received experience working in a variety of areas including clinical nutrition providing medical nutrition therapy in an acute setting to a diverse population of patients as well as in a dialysis center and outpatient clinics. However, it was working in specialized areas with mental health and eating disorder patients that sparked her interest in further helping the adolescent and adult population.

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