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Susan Melchior, MFT

Susan Melchior, MFT

Profession(s): Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, Social Work

"PROFESSIONAL, COMPASSIONATE, AND SOLUTION-FOCUSED THERAPY--With 25 years of counseling and teaching experience, I am often able to rapidly identify the cor..." read more

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Susan Melchior, MFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 01547

Evelyn Aizenberg, LMFT

Evelyn Aizenberg, LMFT

Profession(s): Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy

"Do you feel alone even when you are with other people? Do you feel empty inside? Do you struggle to create and maintain relationships? I am a licensed psyc..." read more

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Evelyn Aizenberg, LMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 17425

 
 
Laura Espana, Psy.D.

Laura Espana, Psy.D.

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults

"As a therapist, I work collaboratively with my clients to help them develop a strong internal sense of self. Through my clinical experience, I have learned..." read more

Irvine, CA 92612

Long Beach, CA 90803

Laura Espana, Psy.D. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 12980

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Jaci Schoen, MS, MFT Intern

Jaci Schoen, MS, MFT Intern

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"Relationships can both fulfill our innermost needs and activate our deepest wounds. If difficulties in your current relationship(s) overshadow your ability..." read more

Irvine, CA 92614

Jaci Schoen, MS, MFT Intern Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 13555

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Dr. Sanaz Motamedi, LMFT

Dr. Sanaz Motamedi, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, 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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Gracie C. Lu, LCSW

Gracie C. Lu, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Clinical Social Work

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"Do you feel like the relationship you are in has gotten painful? When you first started dating, things seemed just fine. Are you wondering if you shoul..." read more

Irvine, CA 92612

Gracie C. Lu, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 15499

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Marnee Reiley, MA

Marnee Reiley, MA

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapy

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"A satisfying connection with the important people in our lives is crucial to our well-being. Sometimes, however, signals get crossed, communication goes of..." read more

Irvine, CA 92604

Marnee Reiley, MA Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 17422

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Murray S. Kaufman, MA.LMFT.NBCFCH

Murray S. Kaufman, MA.LMFT.NBCFCH

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Adults

"A therapist that's easy to talk to; One who really listens to you, so that you feel heard and understood. A therapist who is caring, and gets results. With..." read more

Irvine, CA 92612

Murray S. Kaufman, MA.LMFT.NBCFCH Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 09632

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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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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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Elizabeth Kane, MFT-Intern

Elizabeth Kane, MFT-Intern

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Coaching, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"Tired of the late night arguments? Exhausted by the silence and disconnection? Where did your fun loving romantic relationship go? Why doesn't she laugh at..." read more

Irvine, CA 92614

Elizabeth Kane, MFT-Intern Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 03513

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Judy Chamberlin, MSW, LCSW

Judy Chamberlin, MSW, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy

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

"Seeking psychotherapy represents the presence of a healthy desire to strive for and go after a more satisfying life. In the context of a safe and trusting ..." read more

Irvine, CA 92614

Judy Chamberlin, MSW, LCSW Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 05125

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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