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Updated on Jan 17, 2024

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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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Elisa Martínez, LMFT

California, LMFT #98689

Seeing clients since 2011
About Elisa | She/her

Elisa Martínez, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist providing adults living and visiting anywhere in California with confidential, convenient and specialized online psychotherapy. She exclusively helps anxious achievers, burned-out professionals and self-doubters to feel secure and sure of themselves, connected to lasting calm, and to be motivated and engaged with their work and lives. Skillfully using a creative combination of deep-healing and highly effective therapeutic modalities, she facilitates growth and transformation at a profound level with trained expertise, warm attunement and a grounded presence. People who work with Elisa walk away from therapy feeling liberated from painful patterns and emotional wounding, and empowered with a clear-minded confidence to create the lives they feel drawn to live. Having been actively involved in her own growth process for decades, Elisa has a passion for helping people get free of the agonizing cycles of anxiety, trauma and self-criticism. She uses Internal Family Systems-informed therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting, Emotional Freedom Techniques, mindfulness and somatic-based, trauma-informed therapies to help people safely access their full healing potential - and always at a pace that feels healthy and right for them. She's also able to share a wealth of practical and impactful coping tools and strategies so that her clients can face the storms of life with greater ease and confidence.

Message to clients

Searching for a therapist can feel…overwhelming. How do you find someone who really gets you - and who can help you get from where you are to where you want to be? Someone who not only has the skill and expertise to help your specific kinds of issues, but who you can really trust and feel comfortable with? I'm Elisa, and I specialize in helping 3 kinds of people: anxious achievers, burned-out professionals and self-doubters. Sound familiar? If so, I can help you feel more secure and sure of yourself, be more motivated and engaged in your life, and live with lasting inner calm. I get it - that all might seem unreachable right now! Yet, it IS possible, because I've seen firsthand the transformation that happens in the many people I've worked with. But even the prospect of growth and healing can feel scary…so I'll meet you exactly where you're at, with non-judgment, skilled experience and unconditional support. I'll create a safe space where you can explore your "growing edges'' as we tend to the parts of you that are in need of healing. If you're curious and want to see if I might be a fit for you, schedule a free consultation: we'll talk about what's going on with you, what you're wanting support with and how I can help facilitate the change that you want within yourself and in your life. Let’s discover the possibilities that await you!

Education

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (Psychotherapist) | John F. Kennedy University, 2011

Race and ethnicity

White, Hispanic, Native American, Biracial, Bicultural

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture, Hispanic culture

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Spiritual knowledge

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

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Burnout, Self esteem/self worth, Stress

Additional areas of focus

Bicultural experience, Biracial experience, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Existential questioning, Midlife stress, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Panic attacks, Phobias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Racial/cultural identity, Second or third generation immigration experience, Trauma, Grief and/or loss, Highly sensitive people, Spirituality

Therapeutic style

Calming, Empowering, Holistic, Affirming, Inquisitive

Modalities

Depth psychotherapy, Brainspotting, EMDR, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Trauma-focused, Somatic therapy, Attachment based

Cost

$225

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Concern EAP
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

Elisa brings passion to her work with her clients and is great to consult with. When I’ve experienced feeling stuck about what to do, clinically, Elisa has brought in new and fresh ideas. She also happens to be a wonderful person and I trust her enough to refer clients to her.

—Ellen Garfield, LMFT
Peer review

Elisa is intelligent, highly attuned and committed to facilitating deep and lasting healing for her clients. She meets them exactly where they're at with non-judgement, understanding, and has a calming presence that puts those around her at ease. If I ever need a referral for anxious or burned-out professionals, I'm absolutely confident about sending clients to her. I highly recommend her!

—Carmen Montenegro-Sis, LMFT
Peer review

Elisa is a talented and experienced psychotherapist who skillfully and intuitively guides her clients into transformative, lasting healing. If you want real, tangible change in how you think, feel, and act, I highly recommend working with her!

—Marcelle Little, LMFT
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Tessa Ritchie, LPCC

California, LPCC #6250

Seeing clients since 2013
About Tessa | She/her

Together, my clients and I work in collaboration to explore the ways life has become unmanageable and learn how to utilize their strengths to untangle that web. My personal therapy style combines solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing-EMDR. I have been working as a mental health professional since 2013 and am a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC#6250) in the state of California. I have spent 7+ years working in the non-profit sector, first with child survivors of human sex trafficking and then with families of youth that are at-risk for entering the juvenile justice system. Through these experiences, I had the privilege of working with many young mothers as they navigated the peripartum experience with limited resources. I continued my work as a clinical supervisor in the public sector and as a faculty member at Point Loma Nazarene University to teach and support students as they enter the mental health field. In my current clinical practice, I specialize in treating perinatal individuals and their partners, with an emphasis on first time parents, parents with a history of personal or family addiction, and couples experiencing difficulty with communication during the transitions of parenthood.

Message to clients

My own journey through motherhood and experiences with postpartum anxiety sparked a passion for focusing my clinical practice on women and couples entering parenthood. I found that each person's postpartum experience comes with a different set of challenges. Gathering data from a book is helpful, but processing your unique experiences and changing identities is essential to developing stability as a parent and within your partnership. My main goal is to support individuals and couples as they navigate the complexities of parenthood, from infertility and conception to pregnancy and birth and finally into the postpartum period and early parenthood. I have received specialty advanced training in perinatal mental health care through Postpartum Support International.

Education

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor / Boston University 2014

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity, Judaism

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Life transitions, Parenting, Self esteem/self worth, Postpartum depression

Additional areas of focus

Addiction, Abuse, Depression, Pregnancy and/or infant loss, Panic attacks, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Stress, Substance misuse/dependency, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Humorous, Empowering, Direct, Inquisitive

Modalities

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Enneagram, Gottman method, Solution-focused brief therapy, Trauma-focused, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$195

/

Individual Session

$195

/

Couples Session

$195

/

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

Tessa creates a therapeutic space that is both safe and productive! She takes the time to truly know her clients and brings insightful therapeutic interventions to support her clients in reaching their specific goals. I'd trust her care with my closest friends and family.

—Dr. Cassidy Freitas, LMFT
Peer review

Tessa genuinely cares about people and honors them in whatever way they show up. She works with them by taking into account their lived and living experience. She does a lot of reflection to stay true to her work and clients. She’s also silly which can make therapy easier at the start for someone new to therapy.

—Lynne Tran, ASW
Peer review

Tessa's warm nature will help you feel at ease throughout the whole process. She will provide you with information so you have a better understanding and can take an active role in your own treatment. Tessa will be with you and support you without judgement or asserting her own will above yours.

—Holly Fay, LCSW
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Kelli Penner, LMFT

California, LMFT #79102; Texas, LMFT #204019

Seeing clients since 2008
About Kelli | She/her

Kelli's early academic training and much of her personal interest has been in utilizing Psychodynamic Theory (exploring what the experiences in the therapeutic relationship can tell us about the rest of your life), including Attachment Theory (looking at your earliest relationships and how they developed a model of the world for you). Kelli's focused training in working with children and adolescents has also included Cognitive-Behavioral Theory, which she uses with her adult clients when they find that the skills contribute to the process. Kelli values continued learning, and focuses many of her continuing education trainings in better understanding how to treat complex trauma, providing allied and inclusive therapy for LGBTQIA+ clients, and child and adolescent specific issues. Kelli also has over 10 years of experience working with couples and families in building better connections, communication, and boundaries. She encourages and utilizes mindfulness skills in her practice, as a way to help regain control of your emotional and thought regulation.

Message to clients

I believe that therapy can benefit everyone, and also believe that not every therapist is a good match for every client. This work takes engaging with some very vulnerable thoughts and feelings, though through my own experiences in therapy, as well as my observations as a therapist, I have seen how the discomfort is worth the growth. Through my past and ongoing explorations of understanding which systems I was born and raised into, I am continuously learning how those systems have contributed to, or too often, limited my ability to create safety for others. I believe that safety (be that physical, emotional, financial, or otherwise) are inherent rights of all human beings, and am committed to growing so that this is true in both my personal life and my work as a therapist. Therapy is a collaboration. I bring education and training in understanding relationship dynamics, the impacts of trauma, emotional disconnect, & self-regulation tools. You have expertise and knowledge of yourself and your experiences, even if it doesn't always feel that way. I will work with you to develop goals for therapy, including: changes you are hoping to make, coping skills you might benefit from, how to expand your resources, & personal strengths we can build upon.

Education

Masters of Marital and Family Therapy | Fuller School of Psychology, 2010

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

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

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Adolescents/teens, Children, Life transitions, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Anxiety, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Depression, Existential questioning, Family counseling, Gender identity, Highly sensitive people, Grief and/or loss, Intercultural/interfaith relationships, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Parenting, Polyamory/non-monogamy/open relationships, Premarital counseling, Self esteem/self worth, Spirituality, Stress, Transgender people

Therapeutic style

Direct, Humorous, Inquisitive, Empowering

Modalities

Attachment based, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Family systems, Gottman method, Internal family systems (IFS), Mindfulness based, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Strength-based therapy, Trauma-focused

Cost

$275

/

Individual Session

$325

/

Couples Session

$325

/

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

Kelli is incredibly intelligent and is always aware of and learning about the newest research and tools to best care for her clients. She is well known as one of the best supervisors in our community because of her depth of knowledge and ease of attuning to her supervisees as well. She's kind and thoughtful and incredibly trustworthy in her guidance.

—Janie Glassmith, LMFT
Peer review

Kelli is a caring and compassionate therapist. She looks at each person individually with their unique qualities and work with them accordingly. She starts with the person where they are at and walk with them on the journey to where they want to be.

—Irene Choi-Rapp, MFT
Peer review

Not every therapist does their own inner work, but Kelli has and does. She is grounded, present, and genuine. Kelli is one of the most competent, research-informed therapists I know. She genuinely wants to understand and support her clients, and those are just some of the reasons I trust her work.

—Karen Gwaltney, LMFT
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Jennifer Hyatt, LMFT

California, LMFT #99355; Ohio, IMFT #F.1800080

Seeing clients since 2014
About Jennifer | She/her

Jennifer Hyatt, MS, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist holding a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University in CA. With over a decade of experience since graduating in 2014, Jennifer is the founder of Storm Haven Counseling & Wellness, offering in-person and online therapy services in California and Ohio. As an integrative therapist, Jennifer combines science and holistic approaches, employing modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused, Humanistic, and Person-Centered methods. Her expertise lies in guiding clients through the challenges of anxiety and personal growth-fostering intentional living for optimized wellness. Known for her authentic and down-to-earth style, Jennifer sees the whole person, going beyond traditional therapeutic roles. She seamlessly integrates the beauty of balance between healing arts and science, weaving compassion and empowerment into her practice. Jennifer's clientele includes deep thinkers, rebels, knowledge absorbers, and those seeking a dose of humor and a touch of healthy sarcasm. Her inclusive approach embraces diverse communities such as the LGBTQIA+ community, neurodivergents, and empaths. In her own words, "We’re all Stories, in the End. Just Make it a Good One, Eh?" -The Doctor. Jennifer Hyatt is dedicated to passing on the secrets to a well-lived life, making therapy her jam and empowering clients to embark on their journeys towards optimal living.

Message to clients

Greetings, Seekers of the Unseen, I'm Jen Hyatt, your integrative psychotherapist in the realm of shadows. If you're a soul who dances on the edge of darkness, a seeker of knowledge, and a lover of the enigmatic, you've stumbled upon your haven. In the realm of therapeutic arts, I blend the mystical with science, utilizing the wisdom of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused, Humanistic, and Person-Centered approaches. Whether you're entangled in the web of anxiety, lost in the abyss of depression, or simply yearning to elevate your existence, I'm your companion on this journey. I perceive you in your entirety, unraveling the layers of your essence. My authentic and down-to-earth style transcends the ordinary, fusing the enchantment of healing arts with the rigor of scientific insight, all cocooned in compassion and empowerment. My clientele consists of book authors, creatives, and those who revel in the unconventional—LGBTQIA+ souls, neurodivergents, and empath spirits. If the mantra "We’re all Stories, in the End. Just Make it a Good One, Eh?"- The Doctor sends shivers down your spine, then let’s embark on this peculiar journey together. Therapy is my alchemic potion, and unveiling the secrets to a life well-lived is my incantation. Whether you seek clarity, growth, or connection, I'm here to guide you through the shadows and light and towards an optimized existence.

Education

Masters of Science: Counseling Psychology | California Baptist University, 2014

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

European culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Wiccan/Paganism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, LGBTQ+ sexuality, Neurodivergence

Additional areas of focus

ADHD, Autism spectrum, Burnout, Existential questioning, Gender identity, Grief and/or loss, Highly sensitive people, Life transitions, Panic attacks, Self esteem/self worth, Social anxiety, Transgender people, Military families

Therapeutic style

Conversational, Affirming, Holistic, Intellectual, Humorous

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Mindfulness based, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused brief therapy, Somatic therapy

Cost

$180

/

Individual Session

$225

/

Couples Session

$225

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Aetna, Cigna/ Evernorth, Anthem Blue Cross, United HealthCare, Optum
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

Knowing Jen in a professional capacity is inspiring! She is an authentic, caring, dedicated, and skilled therapist who always has the best interests of her clients in mind. She is truly a gem in the field of therapy. I would recommend her wholeheartedly.

—Nicole Bermensolo, LMFT
Peer review

Jen is there for you. Jen is a dedicated therapist whose biggest desire is for Clients to feel empowered to make the changes they seek to make in their lives. Jen is a partner in the therapy room, helping you to see what strengths you possess.

—Jayzme Perry, LCSW
Peer review

Jennifer is thoughtful, very professional, yet always meets clients where they are at. She is well trained and knowledgeable with many client bases and has extensive experience with all demographics, ages, and needs.

—Rhiannon Martin, LMFT
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Felicia Keller Boyle

$300

2014

Addiction, Codependency, Substance misuse/dependency

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Elisa Martínez

$225

2011

Anxiety, Burnout, Self esteem/self worth, Stress

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Tessa Ritchie

$195

2013

Anxiety, Life transitions, Parenting, Self esteem/self worth, Postpartum depression

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Kelli Penner

$275

2008

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

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