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Moe Gelbart Ph.D.


  • Practicing in the South Bay since 1976
  • Treats adults, couples, adolescents & families
  • Works with alcohol and chemical dependency issues; workplace stress and violence; relationships; anxiety and depression
  • Executive Director of the Thelma McMillen Center for Drug and Alcohol Treatment at Torrance Memorial Hospital

Irena Addes, M.D.


  • Experience in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults
  • Provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD, chemical dependency, and other psychiatric disorders
  • Fluent in Russian


Elizabeth Fong, LCSW

Marriage & Family Therapist

  •  In practice with Gelbart and Associates since 2016
  • Specialist in Mindfulness Psychotherapy
  • Teacher of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), and CALM (Connecting Adolescents with Learning Mindfulness)

Marie Freschl, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

  •  Broad clinical experience working with children/adolescents, adults, couples, and families
  • Specializes in anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief and loss, complex traumas, relationship issues, and parenting
  • Takes a strength-based, integrative approach that attunes to the client’s growth and evolving needs in the therapeutic process

Steven B. Friedman, Ph.D.


  • In practice since 1987 with Gelbart and Associates
  • Consultant to several chemical dependency programs
  • Consultant to the Office of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration

Julio Guerrero, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

  • Works with individuals, families, couples, children, and adolescents in Spanish and English
  • Assists clients in managing and reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Experience working with dual diagnosed clients, victims of abuse, clients diagnosed with ADHD. Also works with clients experiencing marital discord, communications, and parenting issues
  • Focuses on client strengths and incorporates both cognitive behavior and solution focused approaches

Stephen Makuch, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

  • Over 20 years of clinical experience working with adolescents, couples, and adults
  • Trained in object relations and cognitive behavioral therapy. Works with marital/relationship issues, parenting, occupational stress, depression, addiction, anger management, Mood and Anxiety disorders and life transition issues
  • NAADAC Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

Isabel Puri, M.D.


  • Board Certified Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Interested in trauma and stress related disorders and both psychological and physical implications
  • Provides psychiatric evaluations, psychopharmacological management, psychotherapy, and crisis, emergency, and consultation-liason services

Shireen Rafat, Ph.D. 


  • In clinical practice for over 18 years
  • Works with adults and the elderly in individual and couples therapy
  • Areas of interest include: cross cultural issues, women's issues, marital/relationship problems, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and adjustment issues

Juliette Stidd, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

  • Experience working with children, adults, couples, and families
  • Specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma/abuse, relationship issues, parenting, communication, and social skills
    Believes in a strength based therapeutic approach and tailoring treatment techniques and goals to match each individual's needs


Robert Winston, M.D.


  • More than 30 years experience in the practice of general psychiatry for adults
  • Experience in treating anxiety, depression, and major psychiatric disorders
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, at UCLA School of Medicine; Staff Affiliation at Harbor UCLA Medical Center


Mitsue Yamaguchi, Ph.D.


  • In practice in the South Bay since 1988
  • Special interests in Health Psychology and Cross Cultural Issues, depression, and anxiety
  • Special interest in the interconnections of mental and physical conditions, Holistic medicine, and pain management

3333 Skypark Drive, Suite 220
Torrance, CA 90505
Tel 310.257.5750
Fax 310.257.5753

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