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Jessica Hamilton, LCSW

Jessica Hamilton, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Psychotherapy, Social Work

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults

"I believe that everyone has the capacity for change and has within them what everything they need to do so. I begin the therapeutic process by gaining a th..." read more

Irvine, CA 92612

Jessica Hamilton, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 18125

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Dr. Sanaz Motamedi, LMFT

Dr. Sanaz Motamedi, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychology, Counseling Psychology

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"Are you looking for someone trustworthy with experience to understand you deeply and help you change your life and relationships? If so, then you are in a..." read more

Irvine, CA 92612

Dr. Sanaz Motamedi, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 17198

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Suzanne Onikul Ross

Suzanne Onikul Ross

Verified Credentials

Psychology

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"I look at the therapeutic endeavor as something that is very personalized. I am open to what the person brings to the session and work to be there with the..." read more

Irvine, CA 92606

Suzanne Onikul Ross Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 18982

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Meg Goodwin, MA LMFT

Meg Goodwin, MA LMFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy, Counseling

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"My approach to helping is rooted in my belief that each individual has a unique set of needs and experiences that contribute to who they are and what they ..." read more

Irvine, CA 92614

Meg Goodwin, MA LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 21632

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Cynthia Peikoff, LCSW BCD

Cynthia Peikoff, LCSW BCD

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling

Age groups I work with: Adults

"Are you depressed? Stressed at work? Upset over a failing relationship? Psychotherapy can help! It can help you achieve clarity, a renewed sense of hope, b..." read more

Irvine, CA 92604

Cynthia Peikoff, LCSW BCD Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 00332

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Olga Wingood, MFT

Olga Wingood, MFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"Life could be thought of as a journey with many challenges, twists, turns, and peak experiences. Therapy is a personal investment we make in ourself. It ca..." read more

Irvine, CA 92612

Olga Wingood, MFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 05058

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Kathleen Wenger

Kathleen Wenger

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"I am a Licensed Marriage Family and Individual Therapist. I have been educating masters level clinical psychology students for over 20 years at Pepperdine..." read more

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Irvine, CA 92612

Kathleen Wenger Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 15531

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Ellada Bars, PhD

Ellada Bars, PhD


Marriage & Family Therapy

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"I try to provide feedback and compassionate support to help patients achieve their full potential. I use a variety of approaches and techniques that are ta..." read more

Irvine, CA 92612

Ellada Bars, PhD Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 02638

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Joshua Soto, MA, MFTI

Joshua Soto, MA, MFTI

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, Psychology

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults

"Are you a parent who is concerned that your child or teen is struggling in school, and worried that they are going through a hard time? Are you tired of yo..." read more

Irvine, CA 92614

Joshua Soto, MA, MFTI Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13199

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Sari Rose Barron, MS, MFTI

Sari Rose Barron, MS, MFTI

Verified Credentials

Counseling, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"I am passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families through the therapeutic experience. I firmly believe that change is possible and aim to pr..." read more

Los Angeles, CA 90039

Irvine, CA 92618

Sari Rose Barron, MS, MFTI Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 16546

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Irvine, California is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. With over 230,000 residents, the population has exploded with an average annual growth of nearly 5% in the past 13 years1. The largest employer in the city is the University of California, Irvine, which draws thousands of educators, service workers, and other professionals from all over the world. Highly focused on education, Irvine has made great strides at improving its mental health services in recent years.

 

Mental Health Statistics
Data from the California Department of Mental Health for the year 2000 shows that 7.2% of youth living in Orange County had a serious emotional disturbance. The rate of serious mental illness for those over age 18 was reported to be 5.9%2. The DMH also reported that psychiatric holds or 72-hour evaluations were used by more than 8,000 county residents in the years 2008 and 20093.

 

Mental Health Programs
Of the many services offered to its citizens, several focus solely on psychological and social well-being. Spearheaded by the Irvine City Council, the Strategic Plan for Children, Youth and Families was overwhelmingly approved in 20084. The five-year plan focuses on six specific areas of improvement and aims to help community members thrive socially, physically, emotionally, and academically. The core goals include reducing poverty, improving overall health and fitness among youth, improving access and opportunities for early education, increasing positive mental health outcomes for Irvine’s youth, diminishing underage drinking, and expanding all community services designed to meet citizens’ needs.

 

Irvine is FOR Families
FOR Families is a key element of the Strategic Plan for Children, Youth and Families. FOR Families provides education, support, and even referrals to citizens of Irvine. Staffed by counselors, FOR Families addresses relationship problems, stress, financial problems, positive parenting, depression, women’s issues, family violence, aging, legal issues, and substance dependency. In 2011, FOR provided 185 Irvine citizens with consultations and gave telephonic support to over 850 citizens5.

 

In addition to the services already mentioned, FOR Families offers information sharing, problem-solving skills, personal one-on-one interviews, educational classes, goal-setting skills, and other workshops designed to improve well-being. The success of FOR Families demonstrates the need for programs like these and the value that Irvine offers its citizens by providing ever-improving avenues of treatment.

 

Another highly successful and well-received program in Irvine is PAUSE. Targeting adolescent and young adult substance abuse, PAUSE Campaign to Reduce Underage Drinking and Other Risky Behaviors hosts community forums and works with the High School Youth Action Team to inform city residents about substance abuse. Most recently, PAUSE educated over 475 people about the consequences of alcohol, marijuana, and illegal prescription pill use through its forums6.

 

Irvine continues to be an innovative and informative catalyst for advances in mental health through its university, elected officials, and most importantly, its community members.

 

1 Alpert, Emily. (2013). Irvine among fastest-growing U.S. cities. Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/22/local/la-me-0523-irvine-growth-20130523

2 California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Mental Health. (2004). Original Prevalence Data Based on the 2000 Census Estimates of Prevalence of Persons with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) and Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Orange County. Retrieved from http://www.dmh.ca.gov/statistics_and_data_analysis/docs/Prevalence_Rates/Orange/Table1.pdf

3 California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Mental Health. (2011). Adult 72-hour evaluations and treatments by county fiscal year 2008-2009. Retrieved from http://www.dmh.ca.gov/statistics_and_data_analysis/docs/InvoluntaryDetention_FY08-09/Rep0809_final_rev_21oct11.pdf

4 City of Irvine. (2013). Strategic Plan for Children, Youth and Families, Highlights for fiscal year 2010-2011. Retrieved from http://www.cityofirvine.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=21055

5 City of Irvine. (2013). Strategic Plan for Children, Youth and Families, Highlights for fiscal year 2010-2011. Retrieved from http://www.cityofirvine.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=21055

6 City of Irvine. (2013). Strategic Plan for Children, Youth and Families, Highlights for fiscal year 2010-2011. Retrieved from http://www.cityofirvine.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=21055