Patricia Riley is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in women’s health, domestic violence, child custody and crisis weight-related issues. In her practice, her philosophy of care is to first and foremost do no harm. In addition, she meets clients where they are in life in regard to their current situation and their ability to process information.
Patricia lives in a rural area. She loves animals and has rescued several breeds of dogs. She also loves anything outdoors including gardening, walking, fishing and exploring.
“If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
Shelly Ladd is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in child and adolescent therapy, substance abuse, dependence and addiction, trauma and abuse, anger management and parenting. In her practice, her philosophy of care is to meet clients where they are and help them identify the goals they would like to work on. Her clients choose the type of therapy and goals, while she helps them discover what those needs and goals are.
Shelly’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed during childhood. Her grandmother became depressed and changed from an outgoing person to someone who became withdrawn and cold. Her grandmother then began to see a mental health professional, and while it took some time, she became much closer to the grandmother that Shelly remembered. That renewal of spirit was what led Shelly to begin thinking of mental health care as a career choice.
Shelly collects unique antique jewelry. She loves the Star Wars movies and reading about the history of the Old West.
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne
Margaret Parker is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering services to adults in New York and California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. Margaret believes that people should be provided with the opportunity to reach their full potential. As a mental health professional, she possesses the skills to nurture and provide holistic care to patients suffering from mental health disabilities. In addition, her profession grants her the opportunity to provide clients with a chance to grow and live a more fulfilling life.
Margaret‘s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed while living in Sierra Leon during her formative years. She saw how Sierra Leon suffered from a lack of mental health professionals; with a population of over seven million people, the country only had two psychiatrists, two clinical psychologists and 19 mental health nurses. She witnessed individuals with mental disorders be discriminated against, stigmatized and marginalized. Many individuals were also subjected to emotional and physical abuse in institutions and in their own communities. Margaret decided to pursue a career in mental health to fully understand mental disabilities and bring about change.
Margaret enjoys cooking, reading and traveling.
“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”—John Ruskin
Haidy Willis is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering services to adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorders. Haidy’s philosophy of care is to treat each client with respect and dignity, listen and empathize, and provide them with the risks and benefits of treatment so they can make the best treatment decisions for their unique situation.
Haidy has been in the mental and behavioral health care field for more than 20 years. She began pursuing a career in mental health after her clinical rotation, where she worked with intriguing and resilient patients. At 23 years old, Haidy set a goal of obtaining a doctorate degree. The day she left Suriname for the United States she told her father, “I will return as Dr. Haidy Kent.” She obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2017.
Haidy is originally from Suriname. She has traveled to several countries such as Italy, where she saw Napolean’s villa, The Netherlands, where she visited Ann Frank’s house, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Trinidad, Barbados and Hawaii. Haidy is a quilter and loves to cook and garden.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them at least don’t hurt them.” –Dalai Lama
Sarah Karamat is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in post-partum depression, stress management and grief counseling. In her practice, Sarah believes in working together with patients to help identify and achieve their goals and believes in being there for her patients in the here and now.
Sarah’s interest in mental and behavioral health care stems from her fascination with human behavior and interactions and relationships.
Sarah is working towards a certification in perinatal mental health due to her interest in women’s mental health. She enjoys traveling, cooking and feeding family and friends.
“Look for the answer inside your question.” – Rumi