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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 handling sensitive emotional issues to provide deep understanding, empathy and help you change your..." read more

Irvine, CA 92612

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

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Ehsan Gharadjedaghi, Psy.D.

Ehsan Gharadjedaghi, Psy.D.

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling Psychology

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"In my practice, I focus on relationship issues, sexual problems, emotional problems, closeness & intimacy problems, moving from stagnation to loving and ca..." read more

Irvine, CA 92614

Ehsan Gharadjedaghi, Psy.D. Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 14942

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Priscilla Jadallah, MA, IMFT

Priscilla Jadallah, MA, IMFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, Coaching

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

"I believe in offering my clients a safe and comfortable space for them to come and join with me on a journey that will enable them with the skills and tool..." read more

Irvine, CA 92614

Priscilla Jadallah, MA, IMFT Phone Number: 1-800-651-8085 ext. 16040

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Evelyn Aizenberg, LMFT

Evelyn Aizenberg, LMFT

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Adults, Elders

"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

Irvine, CA 92618

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

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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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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 everything they need to do so. I begin the therapeutic process by gaining a thoroug..." read more

Irvine, CA 92612

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

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Susan Melchior, MFT

Susan Melchior, MFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, Social Work

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"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

Irvine, CA 92612

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

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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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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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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 92614

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

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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