Michael Pearson, MFT
Marriage Family Therapist

Michael’s info:

Michael Pearson uses humanistic, psychodynamic, and CBT treatments for depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, substance use disorders, adolescent turmoil, trauma, transitions, grief, self esteem, and other life challenges.

He enjoys working with adults, adolescents and couples.

Michael uses a non-judgmental, caring, and often uplifting approach that includes mindfulness and an appreciation and respect for diverse clientele, ethnicity, spiritual/religious, orientation and identity issues.

Michael is available for consultation regarding family members with severe and persistent mental illness. He has worked with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, personality disorders, and other challenging conditions in inpatient and outpatient settings.

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I have four associates working with me in my group practice: Maya Attia, AMFT 120423; Aimen Bukhari, AMFT 117049, APCC 7177; Beverly Martinez, bilingual therapist, AMFT 122400; and Kimberly Borden, AMFT 120611.

Maya’s statement:

Maya is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and holds a Masters degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. Maya views therapy as a collaborative process and offers a nonjudgmental, nurturing space to explore lifes challenges. Experience includes working with individuals and families dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, family dynamics, grief and loss and navigating life transitions. Maya meet clients where they’re at with openness, compassion, tenderness and curiosity. Her therapeutic approach draws upon the wisdom of several modalities such as person-centered, Gestalt, mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Aimen’s statement:

Do you ever feel disconnected from yourself or others? Although our country has made progress in raising mental health awareness, a great deal of stigma remains. In many communities, these issues are often shrouded by silence and shame, fostering mental health minimization. I have experience working with individuals and family relationships. I work with problems that arise in blended families, work, health, and career, trying to create better relationship and less conflict. Through role-plays, Gestalt techniques, and mindfulness, you can gain the power to reflect on your feelings, understand yourself and feel better.

As a first-generation Pakistani American Muslim therapist, I have four years of experience serving families, children, couples, and individuals dealing with family relational issues, anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, attention deficit, TBI, SUD, ASD, cultural differences, etc. I have worked with diverse populations, including African Americans, Muslims, and South Asians. I believe therapeutic relationship building and transparency are essential. Using various approaches, I can help you navigate through multiple chapters of your life. Remember that you have the power to make a change. I am flexible and can work with your schedule. Contact me to discuss how we can work together to create individual and relational well being.

Beverly’s statement:

I am a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Initiating therapy can be a challenging step to take. It can be difficult to give yourself permission to be vulnerable and share your feelings with a therapist. I want to propose that we embark on a journey together where my goal is to provide you with a safe place of healing and empowerment. In a collective approach we will navigate through life’s challenges and initiate your own path to wellness and growth.

Unsurprisingly, the pandemic has triggered a wave of mental health issues. Whether it’s managing anxiety, depression, social isolation, or just general stress from COVID-19. Navigating and handling life stressors can be difficult. However, it can be easier if you have support. I invite you to allow me to guide and enable you to improve your emotional wellbeing.

As a Hispanic female, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and a therapist, I hope to support individuals overcome cultural stigma of mental health in and outside of the Hispanic community. In my training I have worked with all types of mental illnesses and with all ethnic groups and age groups from newborn to older adults. I have a non-judgmental approach where I see every individual as a valued human who deserves to be heard and deserves to enjoy their life.

I utilize diverse treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral, solution-focused and structural and strategic family models. I have experience in helping individuals, couples, families, and children work through their difficulties. I have worked with marital and family issues, sibling relational problems, at-risk youth, depression, anxiety, blended families, divorce, anger management, LGBTQ, and family reunification. I trust that the right individuals show up at the right time, and I’m here for you.

Kimberly’s statement:

Welcome! Everyone can benefit from therapy including therapists. It shows tremendous strength to seek mental health support when life challenges intensify. I have worked with adults, couples, teens, and children. I understand that clients are the experts in their own lives and my role is to listen, support, and strategize in collaboration with clients. I have supported many clients with issues ranging from anxiety and depression, ADHD, substance use disorder (SUD), grief, family concerns and divorce, and I work well with highly sensitive people and people who have experienced trauma. I primarily utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) while focusing on personal strengths and resilience. I am an ally and a safe place for diverse populations – people of color, LGBTQ+, woman’s issues, etc. I look forward to hearing from you!