Playa Counseling Group is a synergy of mindful providers passionate about helping people move beyond the hurdles in their lives and relationships.
Stephanie Morales, LMFT
For years, I worked in more institutional type settings. It was a passion for helping others that led me to work with those that struggled with severe mental illness. All of this changed once I had a child. Even though I was a trained mental health professional at the time, I felt horribly confused by the changes occurring in my life. It was this complicated time that inspired me to dive whole heartedly into uncovering how to help women and couples as they adjust and navigate through their lives as parents.
My approach is part anecdotal, part clinical or theoretical, but mostly relational. I truly spend time getting to know my clients in a deep and heartfelt manner in order to best understand what is posing the problem. Often, I will hold the problem until you are ready to take a look at it and grow.
I frequently lecture on topics related to Perinatal Mental Health and provide clinical consultation to both hospitals and medical professionals. I am a member of many professional organizations; RESOLVE, CAMFT, Postpartum Support International and the Los Angeles Perinatal Mental Health Taskforce. In more recent years, I have begun to provide psychological assessments to Surrogates, Ovum Donors and Intended Parents with a particular interest in offering this service with a keen eye toward cultural considerations.
I provide clinical supervision to Marriage and Family Therapist Interns and love to continuously educate myself in order to teach others. I am an avid equestrian, want-a-be actress, wife, and mother of two great daughters.
Aubrey Jean Bonora, MFTI
Aubrey Jean Bonora is pursuing her Ph.D. in Somatic Psychology, specializing in Pre- and Perinatal Psychology. Aubrey has run a successful doula, lactation support, and traumatic birth consultation practice for the past six years, having previously performed doula services in the UK and South Africa. Aubrey is currently a Marriage and Family Therapy intern in the South Bay, working in particular with pregnant and postpartum women and families, including families experiencing perinatal mood disorders, parent-child attachment challenges, and support following traumatic experiences. Aubrey brings a unique practice by supporting new families and their infants and toddlers from a somatic, and pre- and perinatal perspective. Aubrey provides support based on an attachment perspective with the attention to attuning to you and your baby. Additionally, Aubrey provides support for individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.
Mandy Cavan, MFTI
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with just a single step” –Lao-tzu
Mandy is a registered Marriage Family Therapist Intern. She earned her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University and a Masters in Arts in Counseling Psychology (Marriage Family Therapy) from Argosy University. In addition to her graduate degrees in counseling, she has received extended education as a Sports Psychology Consultant through Applied Association of Sport Psychology (AASP), as well as a certification through Insight LA to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
She began her work as a therapist at South Bay Center for Counseling in El Segundo where she treated individuals, couples, and families, as well as facilitated Mindfulness-based groups to the South Bay community. Prior to graduate school, she was a professional soccer player who played for the United States National team. In order to survive the stress and pressures of professional athletics, Mandy began to study and practice Mindfulness meditation, as well as various forms of movement such as yoga and NIA since 2000. Her approach with clients is holistic in that she integrates the mind-body-spirit connection. Based on her client’s needs, she combines talk therapy (i.e. humanistic-existential, cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment therapy) and mindfulness training, with or without meditation.
A patient and compassionate therapist, Mandy meets people where they are. She collaborates with them to create a treatment that is flexible and responsive to their individual needs and experience, and helps guide them toward their stated goals. Mandy believes that with support, guidance and encouragement, each person has the power and strength within them to live the life they desire.
Fay Hove, MFTI
Bio coming soon!
Jenny Oliver, MFTI
As a Marriage and Family Therapist intern, I bring the core values of respect, empowerment, and empathy to Playa Counseling Group. As a former clinician for the Department of Mental Health, a community counseling center, and a school based counseling program I have worked with a wide range of clinical issues.
My client population has been diverse in terms of cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds and I have conducted group and individual therapy for families, couples, children, teens, individual adults, and mandated clients. In addition, I have also conducted workshops on parenting, drug intervention and domestic violence. My special interests include women’s issues, domestic violence, life transitions, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, and sexual abuse. As well as specializing in helping teens and young adults with developmental and psychological issues.
Through collaboration and quality interventions, I bring over seven years of experience into the room to facilitate personal growth with my clients. My belief is that it is never too late to change “what isn’t working for you” in every aspect of life. My hope is that by establishing a genuine, trusting relationship with clients, this will enable individuals to express their inner most thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment. Which I believe can lead to greater insight and the inspiration to learn how to create the life you envision…