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Counseling & Psychotherapy


ADRIANA ALEJANDRE, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified EMDR Therapist. Her Master of Sceince degree was earned in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, Malibu, accredited by the American Psychological Association. Adriana has extensive experience in interviewing, evaluating, diagnosing and treating children, adolescents and adults with mood, anxiety, trauma issues and substance use disorders. After two-years of service at the Valley Trauma Center and working at the Santa Clarita Domestic Violence Center, she joined the Porter Ranch Counseling Center. Adriana has been employeed by Porter Ranch Counseling for two years. Adriana provides evaluation and treatment services for children, adolescents and adults with histories of trauma, mood, adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, behavior problems and attention deficit disorder. Adriana is an accomplished Author. She co-authored a Publication in 2014, "The Path Forward: The Future Study of Spituality, Religion and Resilience in Ethnically Diverse Women." Adriana specializes in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in grief and loss, and working with couples and marriage counseling.  She enjoys working with adolescents and adults in life transitions and helping them to be more resilient. She works with clients of all ages from children to the elderly, who have experienced a traumatic event.  She uses focused short-term therapy and skillfully employs Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), EMDR and Brief Solution Focused Therapy to help individuals heal from their emotional distress and get back to their pre-trauma functioning.  Adriana is an experienced therapist.  More personally, she is a sensitive and caring therapist that can help you to heal. Additional information may be found on her website. http://www.Alejandrecounseling.com

ANTOINETTE NEAL, MA is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor with over 18 years of experience. Her Master's degree was earned in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Chapman University Systems and accredited by the American Psychological Association. Antoinette has completed her coursework for her Doctoral Degree (PsyD).  She has a wealth of experience working with individuals of dissimilar ethnic backgrounds, gender and age.  Antoinette will assist you in uncovering hurtful patterns and cycles that aren't working for you anymore. She utilizes a mixture of cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, mindfulness and stress management. She is collaborative, patient, encouraging. She strives to bring about awareness and facilitate feelings of renewed hope and new beginnings while focusing on and enhancing strengths. Antoinette feels that commitment to the therapy process is key. She enjoys working in a more intensive approach to help bring about change at a deeper level. She believes that healing does not occur over night but can transpire by providing a nurturing and non-judgmental environment that is conducive to the healing journey. She is specialized in working with adults and teens with severe anxiety, stress, divorce issues, issues related to infidelity, relational conflicts, life transitions, family issues, major depression, issues related to gender identity, LGBTQ, post-partum depression, addiction and substance use and issues surrounding creative artists (muscians, writers, actors and artists etc). Her compassionate approach to adolescents helps teens that are struggling with issues of peer pressure for alcohol, drugs and sex. Teens will also find help with issues of loss and grief, relationship issues, identity formation, sexuality, depression, staying in school, and educational and career choices for their future. Antoinette is an exceptional therapist with extensive training. More personally, Antoinette is a thoughtful and caring therapist. Antoinette will assist you in finding meaning in your life and in improving personal, work and social relationships. Additional information on Julie is available on her website. http://www.menannopsychotherapy.com/

MATT HILBURN, MA is an experienced Associate Marriage and Therapist in Porter Ranch. He has come to Porter Ranch Counseling with extensive experience in working with adults, adolescents/teens, families and couples. Matt teaches his clients to relax by switching into deep breathing, using the imagination to concentrate on achieving physical relaxation and on enhancing strengths and positive coping skills. He focuses on reducing negative emotional responses that occur due to stress, trauma, fear, anxiety and depression. He works with mindfulness, phobias, anxiety disorders, marital and couples counseling, relationship issues, autism, LGBTQ, family counseling, depression, men's issues, male teens and adolescents, chronic pain or illness, fibromylagia, IBS (Irritable Bowel Symdrome) symptom relief and rheumatoid relief. Matt's specialty is in working with couples and marriage counseling, men's issues, ,ale teen/adolescent issues. Matt has previous experience in working for the HELP Group. 

ANI VERBEDIAN, MA LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She joined Porter Ranch Counseling with an incredible amount of experience and training in working with children, adolescents and families. She has over 10 years of experience. and works with a broad range of emotional and behavioral struggles.  Ani enjoys working with parents and children of any ages. She enjoys working with family dynamics and uses play therapy and can provide Parent-Child Interactive Therapy, which is a scientifically supporter treatment for children ages 2-7 with behavioral problems such as defiance, temper tantrums, aggression, peer relations, sibling conflicts, anxiety and depression.  This treatment incorporates a unique combination of behavioral therapy, play therapy, and parent training to teach more effective discipline techniques and improve the parent child relationship.