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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


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


Jamie Gelbart, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

  • Interests in combining psychotherapy with wellness, including physical activity, nutrition, and positive psychology

  • Background in elite athletics, and works with performance enhancement and maximizing potential in sports and business

  • Works with children, adolescents, and adults


Francisco De La Serna, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

  • Experience working with adults, adolescents, and school-age children providing therapy services in English and Spanish.

  • Certified in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Uses mindfulness and reflective strategies to work with anxiety, depression, and parenting issues.

  • in practice since 2013 and with Gelbart and Associates since 2018.

Elizabeth Gonzalez, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist 

  • Clinical experience working with children and adults in individual, couples, and family therapy.

  • Experience treating anxiety, depression, and trauma and working with issues related to stress, relationships, self-esteem, and body image.

  • Utilizes a strength-based, cognitive behavioral approach to facilitate clients’ growth and help individuals meet goals of treatment.

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

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