David Welch, Ph.D.
David Welch Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Welch has been licensed since 2001 and has been working with domestic violence and substance abuse populations for 15+ years. Dr. Welch has an extensive background in helping people deal with marital, couples’ issues, end-of-life, grief and loss issues, and childhood trauma and abuse issues. Dr. Welch is currently seeing individuals and couples in private practice and facilitating male Batterers’ Intervention Program groups. In addition, Dr. Welch is the direct supervisor for all substance abuse programs at Wel-Mor Psychology Group, Inc. He has more than 20 years experience in various forms of substance abuse treatment, including inpatient, dual diagnosis, residential treatment program, outpatient treatment and individual therapy.
t 714.540.9070 x102
Fran has been working in the field of Domestic Violence for the last 18 years. She began as a Victim Advocate for women and children before becoming a case-manager and then a supervisor. In 2006, she switched over to working with offenders and has done so for the last 10 years. She facilitates both men’s and women’s Batterers’ Intervention Program groups where she helps her clients make positive changes in their lives. She is Probation-approved and also works with clients struggling with chemical dependency. She went to Cypress College and received her Drug and Alcohol certification in 2002. She is also certified as a Sexual Assault Victim counselor as well as receiving certification in Suicide Prevention. She volunteered on the Suicide Hotline for 1 year. In 2013, she became a certified Life Coach, working with individuals as well as couples. She is very persistent and tenaciously strives to achieve what she wants to accomplish, both personally and professionally. She is dedicated to work the same way in order to guide you in achieving your goals.
t 714.540.9070 x310
Lanae Farlin CADCI
Lanae Farlin is a Certified Addictions Counselor (CADCI) and has been working in the field of recovery since 2002. Lanae understands the disease of addiction and the negative consequences it can have on an addict and their loved ones. She has worked in many treatment modalities including Residential Treatment, Intensive Outpatient and Detox. Lanae has experience working with Co-occurring Disorders, Criminal Justice population, Gender Specific treatment, TAY (Transitional Age Youth) and At Risk Youth both in and out of the school system. Lanae has 14 years of experience expanding from admissions to case management, group facilitation, and individual counseling as well as discharge planning to assist with reintegration back into life after treatment.
t 714.540.9070 x100
Joan Wise M.A., ECE., C.L.C.
Joan has worked in the fields of education and psychology since 1979. She is a Certified Relationship Coach in practice for over 10 years. For the past 6 years, she has worked in the field of domestic violence, as a certified Batterers’ Intervention Program (BIP) Group facilitator and as a parenting instructor. Joan works with individuals seeking help in the following areas:
- Parent Educations Group
- Anger Management
- Probation approved Domestic Violence Group (BIP)
- Relationship Issues
t 714.540.9070 x311
Malia Ackerman, M.A.
Malia Ackerman has been working in the field of domestic violence in Orange County since 1999. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University. She has a holistic approach to working with individuals and families using a variety of therapeutic modalities to help them lead safe, productive and fulfilling lives. She is certified through the Orange County Probation Department to facilitate Batterer’s Intervention groups and is passionate about developing healthy relationships.
t 714.540.9070 x301
Stephanie Stevens, Psy.D.
Dr. Stephanie Stevens’ work is based on the belief that people desire to be happy, effective, and content in their lives, and that they have within themselves the resources to achieve these goals. Her therapeutic goal is to help the individual evolve to their greatest potential. She believes that psychotherapy can help individuals most effectively use their resources to increase self-understanding, to improve decision-making, to solve problems, and to create paths to the lives they want. She offers a compassionate therapeutic approach that includes teaching the individual skills in emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness. Dr. Stevens’ work goes beyond the targeting of current crisis symptoms by further aiming to help the individual find meaning and purpose in their life, unlock creative potential, and strengthen their relationship to themself and others.
Dr. Stevens specializes in working with adolescents and pre-adolescents. “We need to learn to listen to our child’s heart and see the world through their eyes. When a child cries out there is almost always a reason.” She believes that bridging the gap between parent and child understanding, learning to see each other’s perspective and learn new ways of healthy communication, will lead to restored and loving relationships with each other, and even more importantly with self. When the adolescent becomes whole, maladaptive coping behaviors of cutting, drinking, drugs, and promiscuity begin to fade.
If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, Dr. Stevens looks forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
Please call her for an individual, couples, or family consultation today.
Janie Montiel, MFTi
Janie M. Montiel graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Janie has spent over 2000 hours working with traumatized children, adolescents, adults, and families in a clinical setting. Janie has facilitated group therapy for the batterers’ intervention programs, child abuse treatment program, anger management and outpatient substance abuse treatment. Janie is EMDR trained and experienced in utilizing this unique tool to aid the natural healing ability of the brain and body post-trauma. Janie is passionate about understanding the impact of early childhood adversity and the effect upon the developing brain and the implications for adult health and well-being.
What happens when you are traumatized and how can EMDR help?
Most of the time your body routinely manages new information and experiences without you being aware of it. However, when something out of the ordinary occurs and you are traumatized by an overwhelming event (e.g. a car accident) or by being repeatedly subjected to distress (e.g. childhood neglect), your natural coping mechanism can become overloaded. This overloading can result in disturbing experiences remaining frozen in your brain or being “unprocessed.” Such unprocessed memories and feelings are stored in the limbic system of your brain in a “raw” and emotional form rather than in a verbal “story” mode. This limbic system maintains traumatic memories in an isolated memory network that is associated with emotions and physical sensations, and which are disconnected from the brain’s cortex where we use language to store memories. The limbic system’s traumatic memories can be continually triggered where you experience new events similar to the difficult experiences you have been through. Often the memory itself is long forgotten, but the painful feelings such as anxiety, panic, anger or despair are continually triggered in the present. Your ability to live in the present and learn from new experiences can therefore become inhibited, EMDR helps create the connections between your brain’s memory networks, enabling your brain to process the traumatic memory in a very natural way.
Jennifer Mercer-Castro, MFTi
Jennifer Mercer-Castro has been working in mental health for over 7 years in a variety of settings. She obtained a Master’s degree from Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland Oregon, with an emphasis in Ecopscyhology (nature based therapies). Jennifer has worked in outpatient clinics, school based programs and residential settings providing for a diverse demographic of clients and mental health concerns. In the past 2 years Jennifer has worked specifically with the adoptive and foster care youth and families and survivors of trauma. Jennifer combines attachment and strength based approaches to support client’s individual needs in therapy while also working towards client’s goals. Therapy should be a safe space to process life’s events and gain skills to navigate difficult situations to improve client’s overall happiness in life.
Facilitator of B.I.P.
Jeanine Mumford, has 18 years of group facilitation in Batterers’ Intervention Programs and 11 years in Anger Management Programs. The emphasis is on reflective/critical thinking, while learning ways of reducing and controlling their violence and abuse impulses, learning control while encouraging and facilitating change in a group setting. She is committed to providing education, prevention, and behavior modification to the population in Orange County.
t 714.540.9070 x309
Teresita has been a certified facilitator of Batterers’ Intervention Program (BIP) Groups since 2003. Teresita is bilingual and bicultural and has great knowledge on working with Spanish Speaking population. Teresita provides quality work and teaches techniques to live a violence free life. She also has experience providing education on child abuse prevention and parenting education.
t 714.540.9070 x312