Nancy Fernandez 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 trauma and PTSD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, attachment issues, substance abuse and family conflict.  In her practice, Nancy’s philosophy of care is centered around the belief that for one to become self-aware, one needs to be willing to lean into discomfort, and relationships and connections are key to the therapeutic process. She believes in holistic healings that take into consideration the whole person – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. As a clinicianshe demonstrates genuine concern and compassion for her clients’ dilemmas and helps facilitate them in solving their problems. Together, they set goals to achieve their desired outcomes. 

Nancy’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed after having gone through therapy as an adolescent.  At the start of her therapy sessions, she felt negatively towards them and found it difficult to express herself in any meaningful way. As time went on, Nancy became more self-aware and started addressing her underlying anxieties, anger and guilt. She no longer tended to respond to therapy in such a  negative manner and instead began to recognize her strengths and genuine desire to become a strong, mature adult who could show warmth, understanding and love. Looking back, therapy was a turning point in her life. Nancy has an authentic listening heart that desires to see people live as whole healthy individuals. 

Nancy is the fourth of ten siblings. She loves to travel to Spain and spend time with family, where she is reminded to slow downenjoy life and not to take it for granted. She has two sons and six grandchildren. 

“That is the way I was, but I fought against it and that is how I became what I am.”  

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 schizophreniaMargaret 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 yearsShe 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 nursesShe 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 

Diana Meier is a licensed clinical social worker who offers services to residents of California ages 18 to 50. Diana specializes in working with individuals of who struggle with addictions, anxiety and depression, stress management, women’s issues and health, relationships, bipolar disorder and LGBT issues. In her work Diana believes in meeting her clients where they are at, without judgement and using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and alternative options to 12-step recovery in her treatment. Her philosophy is to lead the process while she guides, encourages and supports her clients to meet their goals and move closer to where they want to be.

Diana’s interest in behavioral health care stems from her own history of overcoming challenges that began in her youth. As a person who has always had a keen, in-depth understanding of relations, she pursued training at California State University where she obtained her Masters in Social Work with a specialization in Children, Youth and Families. She the continued her education at San Diego State University to get her Masters in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology.

On a more personal note, Diana is a passionate surfer and snowboarder and has been doing both activities in southern California for over 20 years! She is a vegetarian of 25 years and as an avid animal lover has been doing animal rescue and adoptions for over a decade. She tries to always be mindful and compassionate and live with integrity.

Prescribes Medication: No

Age Range: 18-50

Specialties: Addictions, Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management, Women’s Issues and Health, Relationships, Bipolar Disorder, LGBT Issues

Marcia Thompson, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescent and adult residents in California and North Carolina. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are mood disorders, life transitions, panic disorders, life coaching and stress management. In her practice, Marcia aims to inform and empower individuals she works with .

Marcia’s interest in mental health care started when she took a child development class in high school. She became intrigued with the field of human behavior and decided to pursue a career in it.

Marcia is very interested in integrative medicine approaches to mental health. In her free time, she loves cooking and gardening.

Prescribes Medication: No

Age Range: 18-65

Specialties: Mood Disorders, Life Transitions, Panic Disorder, Life Coaching, Stress Management

Robert J. Cleveland, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adult residents in California, Connecticut, Minnesota and Maine. He has a vast array of clinical interests; however, his specializations are adult psychotherapy, mood disorders, addiction disorders, personality disorders, relationship/communication struggles, cognitive behavioral therapy and LGBTQ issues. Robert believes in treating the entire individual (physical, mental and spiritual wellness). Often a problem/resolution approach is needed to begin to remove or mitigate barriers that will make it more difficult for the patient to move forward towards their therapy goals.

Robert has always had a passion for helping people and at age 17 he volunteered at the first HIV/AIDS supportive living home in Hartford, CT and at age 18 was the Volunteer Coordinator for Manchester Area Network on AIDS in Manchester, Connecticut where he was raised.

Robert has walked through many of his own fears in life and has come out on the other side. He prides himself on being aware of each person’s uniqueness, upbringing, age, culture and other factors that have shaped and impact the person that he is working with in therapy.

Prescribes Medication: No

Age Range: 18-65+

Specialties: Adult Psychotherapy, Mood Disorders, Addiction Disorders, Personality Disorders, Relationship/Communication Struggles, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, LGBTQ Issues