Whittier, CA

Whittier Residential Mental Health Program

Discovery Mood & Anxiety
11911 Washington Boulevard
Whittier, CA 90606

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders 11-17

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Our Whittier location is a 25-bed facility that focuses on stabilization and recovery in both step-down and step-up treatment situations. 12 bedrooms accommodate 24 clients with one individual room for clients who need more support. Our team here helps clients integrate back into home life with healthier, more balanced skills. We treat those struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as high-functioning autistic and complex trauma clients. Goals include setting healthy boundaries, modeling effective and healthy communication, and restarting healthy habits, all of which promote long-term success.

Therapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Traumatic Grief, CBT, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), motivational interviewing, experiential therapy. Extensive family involvement is also a large component of our program. Clients participate in therapeutic beach walks and equine therapy off-site. We also utilize music therapy, sound bath and body movement therapy, art therapy, expressive writing, fitness therapy along with many other group therapy activities. The program includes weekly medication evaluation by our in-house psychiatrist and weekly meetings, if needed, with our dietitian who addresses healthy relationships between mood and food.

MEET THE TEAM

Monica Powers-MA, PsyD, PSY 29991

Monica Powers-MA, PsyD, PSY 29991

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Dr. Monica Powers enjoys helping people discover themselves, their personal resilience and rewrite their stories to ones of survival and strength. In addition to her role at Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program, she is currently in private practice at Carlson & Associates, and adjunct faculty at Antioch University. She began working with patients of all ages and backgrounds in 2007 and found that the life stories and experiences of people were unique and personal, and deserves individual attention and support. She has worked in the community-based setting, with adolescents and adults ranging from 18 to 80, struggling with psychological issues, relationship difficulties, substance abuse, grief and loss, and traumatic experiences. Her interests lie in working with individuals that have experienced a traumatic event, either personally or from a global perspective. This interest was carried in her dissertation work with survivors of Hurricane Katrina, focusing on individual strengths and resilience.

Dr. Powers completed her bachelor’s degree studies in Criminal Justice and Psychology at California State University Bakersfield, and she holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix. She received her doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013 and became a Licensed Psychologist in early 2018. She completed practicums and internships at Tarzana Treatment Center and AV Department of Mental Health respectively. Upon completion of the internship, she immediately began her Post-doctoral fellowship at a growing dual diagnosis treatment center, where she remained in a number of roles for over 3 years. She enjoys working with diverse populations, travel, and concert-going.

Samantha Werner, MFTI

Samantha Werner, MFTI

Associate Program Director

Samantha received her Master of Science degree in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton in 2015 and has been working with Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program for more than four years. Samantha has worked primarily with new families as they start their journey with Discovery. Samantha’s approach to treatment it to meet families where they are and to challenge them therapeutically to assist them in meeting their goals. Samantha also believes in a client-centered view of our population, focusing on unconditional positive regard and creating a safe and non-judgmental space for them to begin healing.

Sam Edman

Sam Edman

FACILITY MANAGER

Sam Edman started with Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program in June of 2019. He has worked in a residential setting supporting and helping at-risk youth for almost 5 years. Sam started as a floor staff and worked his way to a program supervisor with South Coast Children’s Society.

Sam went to school to be a paramedic but found a passion for helping others in the field of mental health after working with adolescents in a residential setting. Sam graduated from the University of Santa Barbara in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science and Technologies with a minor in Emergency Medicine. He plans to go back to school to obtain a Master’s degree in Social Work and further grow is knowledge and impact with at-risk youth in the mental health setting.

Robert Sperring-MA, LMFT 53926

Robert Sperring-MA, LMFT 53926

CLINICAL SUPERVISOR

Robert Sperring has worked for The Center for Discovery for 11 years both as a therapist and counselor. Robert is a 2008 graduate of Hope International University where he received his Masters in Marriage Family Therapy. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Goddard College in Vermont in the subjects of Psychology and Organizational Development. Robert has a private practice in Huntington Beach CA where he works with couples, families, and children & individuals to reach their goals, restore the self, and deal with the world as it is, rather than acting out in a self-destructive manner to escape from it. Robert specializes in Trauma, Family, Couples, and issues surrounding Attachment.

Edward Shin- MA, LMFT 40646

Edward Shin- MA, LMFT 40646

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Edward joined Discovery’s Mood & Anxiety Program recently and is excited to help adolescents recovering from their emotional and mental health issues. He also believes that everyone deserves to live a happy life and to move on with hope. Edward incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-focused skills into his individual treatment to better help clients learn how to manage emotions and distress. Edward received his Master of Arts degree in Marriage Family Therapy from Hope International University, Fullerton in 1999. He also received a Master of Divinity in Practical Theology from Biola University, La Mirada in 1989. Edward also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with an Accounting major. Edward became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in June 2004. Edward’s ultimate goal is to help the client to live a purposeful life and to reestablish a healthy family system.

Mike Lemley-MA, LCSW 85831

Mike Lemley-MA, LCSW 85831

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Michael hales from New Jersey and headed to Florida to complete his undergraduate work in the field of  Psychology. He then relocated west to California State Long Beach for his Master’s of Social Work Degree. He has been with at Discovery for the last 10 years, working his way from a floor counselor, then music therapist, to his current role as a Primary Therapist, and Supervisor for Practicum for social work students. He became licensed in 2018, and has also begun working in a small private practice in his spare time. Michael likes to incorporate music into groups and individual sessions. Michael enjoys working at the Whittier facility due to having wonderful coworkers that promote a positive \environment to help young adults improve their lives.

Colleen Cunniff- MS, AAMFT 94409

Colleen Cunniff- MS, AAMFT 94409

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Colleen Cunniff graduated with her Masters of Science in Marital and Family Therapy in 2016 and has since been passionate about helping youths and adolescents with their emotional and mental health issues. Colleen focuses on being client-centered and emotionally focused in order to help clients meet their goals and grow. Colleen incorporates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills into her individual treatment to better help clients learn how to manage distress. Colleen also incorporates family systems theory in order to help the client and their family work through their issues and strengthen their bonds.

Heather Tetiva- MA, ASW 90174

Heather Tetiva- MA, ASW 90174

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Heather Tetiva has been with the company since 2016. She came to us from Olive Crest, where she worked in group homes with foster youth, specifically those convicted and on probation for sexual offenses. She started at Whittier as the Facility Manager, and is now a Primary Therapist. While working as the Facility Manager, she completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Her therapeutic interventions are focused primarily on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, with an emphasis on behavior modification. Heather is an avid movie buff, and in her free time enjoys trying new foods and traveling.

Joi Johnson- MA, PSV 94023434

Joi Johnson- MA, PSV 94023434

Primary Therapist/ Psychological Assistant

Joi is a doctoral candidate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, working toward licensure as a Clinical Psychologist and holds both a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine as well as Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. As Psychological Assistant and Primary Therapist, she works to provide therapeutic support to clients and their families in a uniquely challenging manner. Utilizing both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems approaches to therapy, Joi aids clients in working through their present struggles to think and act in ways that foster personal empowerment which includes the practice of appropriate support seeking. Joi hopes that all clients and their support systems can come together in a joint effort to reach the ultimate goal of a stable and successful future.

Deepinder Singh- MA, APCC 5853

Deepinder Singh- MA, APCC 5853

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Deepinder Singh’s approach to helping people is by making them available to the spiritual experience of awareness and wisdom. These experiences include living life to the fullest, smiling, laughing, crying, getting sad, making mistakes, facing the challenges and many more. Deep has been with the company since 2017. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology. In addition, he has a Doctorate degree in homeopathic medicine from India. His educational background in diverse fields brings an exclusive perspective to the clients and the families he works with, by supporting and guiding them to identify the issues and providing the solution piece as well.

Alysha Brown- MS, AMFT 103533/ APCC4653

Alysha Brown- MS, AMFT 103533/ APCC4653

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Alysha holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and Masters of Arts degree in Psychology from Brandman University. Alysha’s clinical journey has involved working in community mental health clinics, providing school-based counseling services, and assisting adults in crisis to reach stabilization. As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, Alysha utilizes Cognitive Emotional Behavioral Therapy to assist clients in understanding the how and why of emotional and behavioral responses. Alysha’s educational background brings a unique perspective to family systems work by providing clients and their families with support and guidance to identify the possibilities when approaching with the “impossible”.

Vickie McCracken- RN, BSN

Vickie McCracken- RN, BSN

NURSING SUPERVISOR

Vickie has been a Registered Nurse for over 35 years. She graduated from Arizona State University with a BSN and a minor in French. She initially gained unparalleled experience working for Samaritan Behavioral Health on a long-term adolescent unit. She has also worked in Pediatric Practices, and spent over 10 years working with client on the spectrum of Autism. In her spare time, Vickie enjoys talking about and visiting with her 4 grown children, attending sporting events, Angel games, college football, volleyball games. She also enjoys going to concerts of all types of music. She very crafty and has many projects going on at the same time.

Nancy Tello

Nancy Tello

Educational Liaison

Nancy has been an Education Liaison at Discovery Mood and Anxiety at the Whittier location for a year now, but also supports the house as a strong counselor. She attended Cal State Long Beach and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She truly enjoy supporting clients with completing their school work and ensuring they receive the best support in achieving their educational goals. Fun facts about Nancy are: She loves to sing, enjoys Kpop and Korean dramas, loves to travel and was Miss Bell Gardens 2013.

Amanda Ordaz

Amanda Ordaz

Educational Liaison

Amanda has been with Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program since December 2018, and was recently elevated to the position of Educational Liaison, as well as taking on the duties of a counselor. In the EL role, Amanda works directly with parents and schools on roadmaps towards academic objectives for the clients while they are in treatment. Amanda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University. While at LMU, she worked in the Student Psychological Services, educating her campus community about mental health and wellness. Amanda was born and raised in Orange County, CA. She enjoys the outdoors, yoga, and family time.

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WHITTIER RESIDENTIAL MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM

Our Whittier location is a 25-bed facility that focuses on stabilization and recovery in both step-down and step-up treatment situations. 12 bedrooms accommodate 24 clients with one individual room for clients who need more support. Our team here helps clients integrate back into home life with healthier, more balanced skills. We treat those struggling with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as high-functioning autistic and complex trauma clients. Goals include setting healthy boundaries, modeling effective and healthy communication, and restarting healthy habits, all of which promote long-term success.

Therapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Traumatic Grief, CBT, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), motivational interviewing, experiential therapy. Extensive family involvement is also a large component of our program. Clients participate in therapeutic beach walks and equine therapy off-site. We also utilize music therapy, sound bath and body movement therapy, art therapy, expressive writing, fitness therapy along with many other group therapy activities. The program includes weekly medication evaluation by our in-house psychiatrist and weekly meetings, if needed, with our dietitian who addresses healthy relationships between mood and food.

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Discovery Mood & Anxiety
11911 Washington Boulevard
Whittier, CA 90606

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders 11-17

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