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Updated on Feb 09, 2024

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Gabe Kenney, AMFT

California, AMFT #116027

Seeing clients since 2018
About Gabe | He/him

Gabe Kenney is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, where he was born & raised. He had been surrounded by fields involving narrative from an early age, so it's perhaps natural that he found himself drawn to Narrative-based therapy, and the importance of an individual having the power to tell their own story on their own terms. After finishing his graduate program, he worked with his first clients in the intensive field of Grief & Loss. He worked for a year in both individual & group-leading sessions supporting that population, building professional and client-based relationships (some of which he maintains to this day, 5 years later). Following that, Gabe opened a private practice he still maintains today. After working with a wide range of individuals on everything from further Loss work, to Family therapy, to Agency & Identity building, he was approached by a couple individuals starting their career in law to support them around test anxiety. This was the beginning of what would become a specialty, supporting individuals (sometimes on second or third careers) entering their respective workforces or graduate programs to begin their fields of study, and working with them on the stress, anxiety, and imposter syndrome that sometimes accompanies it. His primary focus is, and always has been, making sure his clients can feel supported by others, and respected by themselves.

Message to clients

Being able to hear yourself isn't easy these days - the world's gotten louder over the last few years. New jobs, a fast-paced work environment, unexpected illness, and a million different ways to communicate. I'm here to do the best I can to cut out the noise, and make sure that you can let in others' input without letting them override *you.* I'll work with you so you can feel seen, heard, and protected. I'll work with you so you can build up your sense of agency, and make sure you have the tools to know that you deserve an advocate - both from without and within. I'll work with you to make sure that you can spend just as much time having your priorities taken care of as *you* spend making others are. And I'll ask questions along the way to make sure you feel you're driving the direction of where you want to go next. This work isn't easy - that's why I appreciate everyone who works with me within it. Whether we're here to forge a personal sense of identity, to move forward through a loss, to carve out a second (or third) career, or to make sure you can stay present in a relationship while still making time for your own peace, I'm here, and happy to help.

Education

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist | University of San Francisco, 2019

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Judaism, Christianity, Mormonism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Grief and/or loss, Sports performance, Performance anxiety

Additional areas of focus

ADHD, Adolescents/teens, Anger management, Anxiety, Bullying, Burnout, Career counseling/coaching, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Children, Chronic illness or pain, Codependency, Dating, Existential questioning, Family counseling, First responders, Gaming and/or social media dependence, Highly sensitive people, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Military families, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Neurodivergence, Phobias, Polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships, Premarital counseling, Schizophrenia spectrum, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Socioeconomic issues, Spirituality, Stalking, Stress, Veterans/military services, Bipolar disorder, Abuse, Autism spectrum, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic attacks, Psychedelic assisted therapy

Therapeutic style

Humorous, Inquisitive, Affirming, Direct, Empowering

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based, Narrative, Play therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$225

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Individual Session

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Couples Session

$300

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Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Gabe is a caring and thoughtful therapist, a good listener, and a kind, smart, funny presence.

—Dave Rutschman, LPCC
Peer review

I have known Gabe since the beginning of his journey as a therapist and as his clinical supervisor I have seen the quality of his work with clients up close. It’s a given that therapists be caring but Gabe goes above and beyond in this thoughtfulness and commitment to his clients and their goals. As a test prep anxiety therapist, he has an incredible record of success helping clients manage their anxiety, increase test scores, and receiving testing accommodations when warranted. Gabe has also helped a great number of people with grief and loss through a gentle approach.

—Felicia Keller Boyle, LMFT
Peer review

Gabe is a thoughtful clinician who has a broad range of skills and experience. He has a knack for putting people at ease and developing rapport quickly. His attention to clinical detail allows him to develop a nuanced clinical profile quickly.

—Jessica Winterrowd, LMFT
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Felicia Keller Boyle, LMFT

California, LMFT #109946

Seeing clients since 2014
About Felicia | She/her

Felicia is a somatic therapist specializing in substance addiction recovery with over a decade of experience. She wholeheartedly supports her clients in achieving their goals, whether that means reducing the harm caused by substance use or pursuing complete abstinence. Felicia understands that addiction can have a detrimental impact on relationships, and she prioritizes helping her clients heal these bonds. With compassion and empathy, she guides individuals towards rebuilding trust, fostering effective communication, and cultivating healthier connections with their loved ones. Drawing on evidence-based practices, Felicia addresses the complex factors underlying addiction. She creates a non-judgmental and safe space for clients to explore the roots of their substance use, identify triggers, and develop relapse prevention strategies. Well-versed in somatic therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based approaches, Felicia tailors her interventions to meet each client's unique needs. Felicia's unwavering support, extensive knowledge, and genuine compassion have guided numerous individuals toward sobriety and a renewed sense of purpose. Clients can trust that they will be supported every step of the way on their journey to recovery. Her expertise and commitment make her a valuable ally in overcoming substance addiction and creating a life of lasting positive change.

Message to clients

Substance addiction is a deeply personal issue for me—I've experienced its impact firsthand. If you want to know more, just ask. I want to connect with individuals who are ready for change, those who are prepared to tackle the immense challenge of breaking free from a coping pattern deeply ingrained in their lives. Let's face it: nobody clings to an addiction because it's working out for them. You already know it harms relationships, hinders professional growth, damages your well-being, and depletes your finances. You're not naïve; you understand the consequences all too well. But, recognizing the problem doesn't mean it's easy to overcome. Shifting something as entrenched as addiction demands immense effort, and having someone who gets it can make all the difference. I'm here to guide you in discovering new coping mechanisms, rebuilding your relationships, and rediscovering the joy that life has to offer—whether it's for the first time or as a rekindled flame. I genuinely believe that recovery is within reach for everyone, regardless of your past or how insurmountable your addiction may seem. Together, we can navigate this path and find a way forward. Let's figure this out together.

Education

Masters in Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2016

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Addiction, Codependency, Substance misuse/dependency

Additional areas of focus

Self harm, Spirituality, Trauma, Couples counseling, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Career counseling/coaching

Therapeutic style

Humorous, Solution-oriented, Direct, Holistic, Affirming

Modalities

Depth psychotherapy, Mindfulness based, Somatic therapy, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$300

/

Individual Session

$350

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Felicia is a strong clinician with well rounded experience and training. She offers a safe space and is an affirming therapist who knows how to help clients explore areas of difficulty and struggle with a sense of curiosity, honesty, and adventure. I feel confident when I refer clients to Felicia.

—Emily Adams, LMFT
Peer review

If you're ready to make real changes in your life, understand yourself better, and show up more authentically in relationships, Felicia has the skills to help you reach your goals. Felicia has experience working with a wide range of challenges, and is especially skillful with challenges stemming from co-dependency and difficulty with setting boundaries. Felicia doesn't just tell you what you want to hear; she is kind and compassionate but is also not afraid to give you honest feedback. I can't recommend Felicia highly enough.

—Elizabeth "Davi" Pettit, MFT
Peer review

Felicia's strength lies in her ability to strike a fine balance between an open-minded & generous spirit in hearing her clients' stories in one hand, with a powerful will encouraging the client to advocate for their needs, own their desires, and access the resources required to succeed in their goals in the other. She has a deep level of experience and understanding with supporting individuals through addiction & self-harm. You will feel reinforced in your work with her.

—Mark Gabriel Kenney, AMFT
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Regina Lazarovich, PhD

California, PSY #31508; New York, PSY #020676

Seeing clients since 2008
About Regina | She/her

Dr. Regina Lazarovich, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist providing online therapy across California & New York. Many of her clients come in to address anxiety, uncertainty, low self-esteem, disordered eating and negative body image. Dr. Lazarovich is particularly passionate about serving individuals dealing with panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), binge eating disorder, and body dysmorphic disorder. Dr. Lazarovich has over a decade of experience in evidence-based techniques and tailors her approach to each unique individual client. She draws on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She helps her clients change unhelpful patterns of thinking, to identify and honor their authentic values, build emotional resilience, and relate to themselves with more kindness. Dr. Lazarovich has advanced training in exposure and response prevention (ERP), the "gold standard" approach for treating OCD. She approaches those who struggle with disordered eating, binge eating disorder, and body image issues from Health at Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating perspectives. As a HAES-aligned therapist, Dr. Lazarovich supports body diversity, acknowledges structural forces that impinge on the wellbeing of her clients and helps them navigate those systems. Dr. Lazarovich's style is warm, non-judgmental, insightful, and empowering. She begins by discussing each client's struggles, goals, and unique identity and helps them take small steps to make larger changes in their lives. She helps clients pivot from a life that’s ruled by fear, insecurity, and anxiety, to a life attuned with their authentic values, passions, and priorities. Dr. Lazarovich offers therapy via a secure video platform across California & New York which allows clients to fit sessions into a busy schedule, even when they're away from home.

Message to clients

I specialize in working with people who have achieved a lot but struggle to feel good enough. I am uniquely equipped to help with anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, OCD, binge eating & negative body image. I want to help you find peace with yourself and live a more fulfilling life. You don't need to meet full criteria for a mental health disorder in order to benefit from therapy. Furthermore, challenging life transitions can often bring up anxiety and other difficult emotions and therapy can help. If your mental health struggles are negatively impacting your quality of life then you are worthy of support and I would be honored to be your guide towards greater wellbeing. I create safety for you to show up in all of your beautiful realness and messiness. My style is compassionate, active and encouraging. Together, we will understand how fear, uncertainty, doubt, and self-judgment are getting in the way of the life you want. We'll practice skills to help you change unhelpful patterns of thought & behavior and to gain perspective. We will put you in control of your life. As a result of our work together you will feel more present and engaged in what matters most to you. I will guide and support you every step of the way! Because I know how scary and vulnerable it can feel to start working with a new provider, I offer a free 20-minute consultation so we can see if we're a good fit.

Education

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology | Hofstra University, 2012

Race and ethnicity

White, Jewish, European immigrant

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture, Jewish culture, European culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Judaism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Disordered eating, Panic attacks

Additional areas of focus

ADHD, Anxiety, Bicultural experience, Body image, Bullying, Burnout, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Dating, Depression, First generation immigrant experience, Grief and/or loss, Highly sensitive people, Insomnia, Life transitions, Midlife stress, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Phobias, Second or third generation immigration experience, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Affirming, Calming, Direct, Empowering, Inquisitive

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Mindfulness based, Prolonged exposure therapy, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$355

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Dr. Lazarovich is one of the most talented and effective skills-based clinicians I have known. She is able to help focus and build toward real outcomes, especially in how she approaches the therapy process as a collaborative, personalized, and empowering experience.

—Sharon Asher, PsyD
Peer review

Dr. Lazarovich has excellent therapeutic skills rooted in evidence-based techniques and a tremendous capacity for empathy and compassion. Her strong commitment to continuing education allows her to keep up-to-date in modern advances. Her areas of expertise include anxiety disorders, OCD, disordered eating, and body image concerns. She pairs CBT and exposure therapy with other techniques such as mindful self-compassion, DBT, HAES, and ACT to tailor treatment to a client's individual needs.

—Victoria Frisse, Ph.D.
Peer review

Regina is extremely warm, empathetic, and insightful when it comes to helping her clients. She resources her clients with practical tools they are able to use outside sessions. She is able to provide her clients with both a space for processing and guidance to overcome anxiety in day-to-day life.

—Dr. Marina Voron, LMFT
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Ashley Hudson, LMFT

California, LMFT #83507

Seeing clients since 2010
About Ashley | She/her

Ashley Hudson is a compassionate and straightforward licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 11 years of experience in Orange County, California. Ashley specializes in those dealing with depression, anxiety, sport anxiety, grief, and loss. She also has a particular interest in coaching parents and improving their connection with their teenagers. Clients know her for her caring and empathetic approach, rooted in a commitment to help them overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. Ashley's therapeutic style is marked by a gentle yet direct approach, aimed at understanding and addressing the root causes of emotional pain. She utilizes a blend of attachment theory, strength-based techniques, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to facilitate personal growth, boost self-esteem, and enhance clients' confidence in expressing their emotions. Her goal is to equip teens and young adults with the tools needed to find relief and create lasting, positive change in their lives. With a background in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, and a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University, Ashley's passion for helping adolescents and young adults stems from her own challenging experiences during those formative years. Her extensive knowledge and experience include working in both non-public and public school systems, providing her with a deep understanding of the unique pressures faced by today's youth.

Message to clients

Growing up I remember the loneliness and rollercoaster of emotions as a teen. I was a varsity athlete, AP student, and worked hard to excel to becoming a D1 collegiate athlete. Just because everything seemed good on the outside doesn't mean it wasn’t tough on the inside. It was precisely these experiences that motivated me to become a teen therapist. I deeply resonate with the relentless pursuit of perfection and the constant quest to measure up as a teenager. For fear of judgment, I had a lot of people cheering in my corner but didn’t feel comfortable or safe showing people my true self. In my practice, I encounter many teens who share a similar desire—to find their place, confide in someone close to them, and feel confident without the overwhelming burden of anxiety. Lots of teens I see struggle with caring about what others think, trying to please people, and putting their own needs on the back-burner. My mission is to guide teens and young adults in establishing healthy boundaries, cultivating self-compassion, and ultimately flourishing in a world that can often feel chaotic and demanding.

Education

Masters of Clinical Psychology | Azusa Pacific University, 2011

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Adolescents/teens, Anxiety, Sports performance

Additional areas of focus

Body image, Depression, Grief and/or loss, Life transitions, Panic attacks, Parenting, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Calming, Direct, Empowering, Passionate, Affirming

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$180

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Ashley is strong in her clinical understanding of the issues her clients face and how she can help them make the changes they want to see. At the same time, she is incredibly personable, warm, and caring and she makes it easy for clients to connect with her and open up in the therapy process. She is a wonderful therapist!

—Brianna Bleeker, PhD
Peer review

Ashley has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with teens and families. She understands the parent's need to stay connected with their teen. Ashley's supportive nature makes it easy for teens to talk with her and for parents to trust they are in good hands.

—Tracey Carson, LMFT
Peer review

Ashley is passionate about the clients she serves. Her dedication and genuine care to helping youth and young adults is admirable. In addition, to her willingness to provide her expertise, support and help to teen parents. I appreciate the resources she offers and found her mini-course helpful for connecting with my teen son.

—Mayra Lopez, LMFT
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Alexandria Parker, LCSW

California, LCSW #101047

Seeing clients since 2016
About Alexandria | She/her

Alexandria Parker is a holistic trauma-informed clinician who specialize in supporting individuals who prioritize others' well-being but often neglect their own. With over a decade of experience, Alexandria utilizes a personalized integrative approach to assist clients in uncovering the root causes of their concerns by gaining insight into their emotions and experiences. She employs brain-body techniques like Brainspotting to facilitate healing and growth, while aiding clients in developing skills to achieve an overall sense of balance and calm. Alexandria's approach is rooted in the belief that every individual possesses the innate wisdom and ability necessary to overcome life’s challenges. With her honest, compassionate, and approachable demeanor, Alexandria meets clients where they are and travels with them on their journey to where they want to be. Whether you're navigating a challenging life transition, seeking authenticity in your interactions with the world, or simply yearning to feel more at home within yourself, Alexandria offers a safe and supportive space for exploration and growth.

Message to clients

Are you the go-to person, the one that everyone relies on for help and support? It feels like everyone turns to you to fix things, but deep down, you're struggling to keep it all together. The pressure to "have it all together" and "hold it all together" has taken a toll on your confidence and inner peace. You crave balanced and honest relationships, and above all, you want to feel whole and at peace with yourself. You long for a life that not only looks good but also feels good. Hi, I’m Alexandria! As a therapist, I'm here to provide you with a safe and supportive environment where you can release the pressure to always be strong. Embracing vulnerability is not a sign of weakness; it's a courageous act of authenticity, a step toward fully living life on your terms. Together, let's work on uncovering the root causes of your concerns, healing past wounds, and developing strategies to enhance your well-being. The pressures of life can leave you feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, and depleted. You deserve to live a life filled with authenticity, fulfillment, and joy. Whether you're juggling professional demands, navigating complexities in relationships, or feeling the weight of societal expectations, know that things can get better. Take the first step towards reclaiming your peace of mind and well-being by scheduling a free 15-minute consultation today.

Education

BA in Counseling Psychology | Azusa Pacific University (2008), Masters of Social Welfare (2018)

Race and ethnicity

Black, Bicultural, Biracial

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Black culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Indigenous spiritualities, Christianity, Buddhism

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Burnout, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), First responders

Additional areas of focus

Life transitions, Second or third generation immigration experience, Postpartum depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Spirituality, Military families, Existential questioning, Anxiety, Midlife stress, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Self esteem/self worth, Veterans/military services, Trauma, Medical trauma, Depression, Aging

Therapeutic style

Holistic, Conversational, Direct, Empowering, Solution-oriented

Modalities

Brainspotting, Somatic therapy, Trauma-focused, Strength-based therapy, Narrative, Depth psychotherapy, Mindfulness based

Cost

$300

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Alexandria is a great clinician. She demonstrates active listening, empathy and has a strong ability to build rapport with clients. Clinically, she has continues to seek new training and education in order to improve and expand her clinical skillset. Alexandria is also very professional and reliable. She would be a great addition to any organization.

—Shawntae Stevenson, LCSW
Peer review

Alexandria Parker is a culturally competent advocate throughout her social work career. Her level of compassion puts most clients at ease. If unsure about therapy, Alexandria is a clinician who can provide a safe space to explore.

—Nina Abiera, LCSW
Peer review

If you want to heal in a safe space and connect with what is true for you, working with Alexandria will help you do that. She provides a frame of compassion and kindness where what is true for you can be explored and wounds can be dressed.

—Renee Doe, PhD, LMFT, LMHC
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