Our Team

Building Healthy Relationships

Valencia Relationship Institute offers Individual, Family, Child and Couple
Counseling in Valencia & Burbank, California and the surrounding LA County area.

Vernon WindellVernon Windell

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

Specialty Areas

  • Adult Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Teen Counseling

Vernon has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy for more than 20 years , and has extensive experience in working with adults, couples, and teens.

Vernon specializes in reducing the arguing and anger so that couples can have the relationship and love that first brought them together. He helps couples improve their communication, reconnect, and work together as a team to resolve their problems.

Please call to schedule an appointment at 661-259-8200.

Jeffrey Munn licensed marriage and family therapistJeffrey Munn

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

Specialty Areas

  • OCD
  • Couples and Marriage Counseling
  • Anger Management
  • EMDR
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction

Jeffrey Munn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received his MA in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute in Chatsworth, CA. At Valencia Relationship Institute, Jeffrey works with adolescents, adults, couples and families struggling with various life issues that are affecting their most cherished relationships. He is also certified in anger management, trained in EMDR therapy, well-versed in LGBTQ issues, and specializes in working with substance abuse, addiction, and co-occurring disorders.

To schedule an appointment, please call 661-259-8200.

Susan Bryan

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(661) 259-8200 valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com            

 

 

Specialty Areas

  • Adults
  • Teens/Adolescents
  • Couples
  • Families

Susan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in the mental health field for 30 years.  She specializes in treating depression, anxiety, OCD, anger management and relationship issues. Susan assists clients in a caring, practical and useful manner, either in individual, couples or family therapy. Her overall passion is to encourage, empower and support her clients to reach their full potential and achieve a healthy and well-balanced life. Susan is an enthusiastic, compassionate professional associate.

Licensed Marriage and Family TherapistDebra K. Smith

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

Specialty Areas:

  • Adult Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Trauma Resolution
  • Mindfulness and Body Awareness

Debra is a graduate of Brandman University’s Marriage and Family Therapist program and has been in the mental health field since 2011.  Her specialties include trauma informed care, adults with childhood traumas, and high conflict couples and families.

Debra’s extensive training incorporates the ideals of self-compassion, mindfulness, body awareness, trauma resolution and attachment theory.  She has assisted many clients in breaking free of old patterns while fostering their ability to develop an optimal life.  Debra brings a warm and engaging energy to Valencia Relationship Institute, which is reflected in the compassionate relationships that she creates with her clients.

licensed marriage and family therapistJohn Ibarra

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

Specialty Areas

  • Children, Teens, and Family Counseling
  • Children of Divorce/Step?blended Families
  • Music Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Body Awareness
  • Depression
  • Trauma

John earned his B.A. in Music and an M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Fresno specializing in marriage, family, and child counseling. John has worked in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings. 

John Ibarra, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about his work with young children, teens, adults and families. He is committed to working with clients towards finding emotional and physical well being.  John specializes in working with clients trying to manage anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, parent/ child relationships, divorce/ custody issues, trauma and  behavioral / academic issues. John, who is a trained musician, also utilizes his love of music and instruments into the therapeutic process.  In addition, he thoroughly enjoys working with musicians, writers and other performing artists in a professional and supportive therapeutic environment.  John brings a positive and mindful presence to Valencia Relationship Institute.

Victoria DavisVictoria Davis

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

Specialty Areas

  • Children and Adolescent Counseling
  • Couples and Marriage Counseling
  • Individual Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • LGBTQ

 

Using scientific and evidence based strategies, therapy with Victoria offers the opportunity for you to not just survive, but to thrive.  Victoria strongly believes in peoples’ ability to create radical change in their lives.  She looks at the whole picture and provides clarity to allow you to focus on nurturing healthy relationships and connecting with those that bring value to your life.  With years of education and experience, she strives to work alongside you to reach your goals and create the future you want to live.  These goals can include tackling depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment to life changes, stress, and many other mental health struggles.  

Please call 661-259-8200 to schedule an appointment. 

Tyler London

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

Specialty Areas

  • Children and Teen Counseling
  • Adults & Couples Counseling
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Online Addiction
  • Substance and Use Addiction
  • CBT
  • Communication Skills

Tyler London is a Licensed Family Therapist who specializes in relationship issues, mindfulness, substance use, online addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and family conflict. Tyler aims to highlight positive qualities of clients. As a clinician, Tyler strongly believes in developing a client-centered, secure, and humanistic attachment with his clients. In relational counseling, Tyler aims to increase honest communication and empathy in a partnership. In addition to working with adults, Tyler has had extensive training and experience providing clinical therapy to young children, adolescents, teens, and young adults. As a southern California native and Pepperdine University graduate, Tyler has a strong desire to help the environment he is part of.

 

Please call (661) 259-8200 to make an appointment.

Polly Parks, LCSWPolly Parks

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

Specialty Areas

  • Adult Counseling
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Hospice

Polly graduated from California State University, Long Beach in Social Work. She has been working in the field for over 15 years. Her specialties include depression, anxiety, trauma, and hospice work. Polly’s passion is to support her clients through difficult situations. She takes a holistic approach to help clients make the changes needed to feel happier and healthier. 

Please call 661-259-8200 to schedule an appointment.  

Stephanie Wejbe

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

Specialty Areas

  • Children
  • Teens/Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Families
  • Holistic Approaches

Stephanie Wejbe received her BA in English and minor in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside and MSW from California State University, Los Angeles. Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has worked in non-profit and community care since 2011. Stephanie joins Valencia Relationship Institute with a great deal of experience working in different agency settings, both as a clinician and as a program director and enjoys mentoring and developing social workers in the field.

Stephanie is passionate about engaging with children and families and empowering individuals around their unique healing process and journey. Stephanie uses a holistic approach when working with clients and integrates mind-body skills, activities (mindfulness, meditation, yoga, etc.) and one’s own strengths to guide their goals of mental wellness and personal growth.

To schedule an appointment, please call 661-259-8200.

Melody HovsepianMelody Hovsepian

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

Specialty Areas

  • Teens and Young Adults
  • Individual and Family Counseling
  • Couples Therapy
  • Faith-Based Counseling
  • Offers Therapy in Armenian and Farsi

Melody Hovsepian is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who received her MS in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University, and has experience working with teens, adults, and families, dealing with a wide range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, relationship and adjustment issues. Melody believes that all individuals have the strengths within them to change their lives for the better. It is her passion to help and support her clients to reach their inner strengths and learn new skills to resolve their problems and live their lives to the fullest.

Melody is fluent in Armenian and Farsi and can provide faith-based counseling, upon request.

To schedule an appointment, please call 661-259-8200.

Nicole Thomas

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

Specialty Areas

  • Teens and Young Adults
  • Families
  • Trauma
  • Addiction

Nicole is a graduate of the University of Phoenix’s Marriage and Family Therapist program and has been in the mental health field since 1999.  She has worked in group homes and residential facilities for at-risk youths.

Nicole enjoys working with teens and young adults who are facing challenging issues such as family conflict, social isolation, addiction, and traumatic life events. She utilizes many different evidenced-based interventions with her clients, which are specifically related to the needs they bring to therapy.  Nicole also incorporates spiritual practices to help clients resolve conflicts and live more productive and enriching lives.  In addition, she also incorporates mindfulness, grounding, and the use of self-care to help clients deal with current challenges. While focusing on creating a positive therapeutic relationship with her clients, Nicole also invites a sense of warmth and compassion into her sessions  She is very empathetic and has a natural gift to help others.

To schedule an appointment, please call 661-259-8200.

Luzzei Tsuji

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

Specialty Areas

  • Children Counseling
  • Teens Counseling
  • Adolescents Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Trauma
  • Communication Skills

Luzzei received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Davis and Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of New England. She has extensive psychotherapy experience and clinical expertise in a variety of settings serving individuals, children, adolescents, and family populations. Luzzei is a client-centered clinician who views each individual holistically and incorporates an individual’s strengths into their therapeutic process and growth. Luzzei uses a wide array of treatment modalities which may include play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychodynamic therapy, family therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions. 

 Through the use of evidence-based practices and her rich experience in working as a school clinician, Luzzei has developed creative, engaging interventions to support her clients in multiple settings. Luzzei is solution-focused and believes children and families are doing the best they can with the skills they know, and that every client is full of promise and hope.

To schedule an appointment, please call 661-259-8200.

Michele Ryan

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

Specialty Areas

  • Children & Teens
  • Adults
  • Substance Abuse/Dependence
  • Trauma
  • EMDR

Michele earned her B.A in Psychology at UNLV and her master’s degree at Phillips Graduate University. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist who loves working with individuals, families, couples, and children who have been affected by mental illness or just the everyday stressors and strains of life.

Michele has worked with clients struggling with chemical and behavioral addictions, depression, anxiety, and ongoing difficulties due to past traumatic experiences and life stressors. She takes a holistic approach to therapy, focusing on mindfulness, attachment, family systems and CBT. Michele is trained in EMDR therapy that is a cutting edge treatment for trauma. Her approach is empathetic, collaborative, and goal oriented. 

To schedule an appointment, please call 661-259-8200.

phpThumb_generated_thumbnail-2Ellen Bradley-Windell

Clinical Director/Co-Founder

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

Specialty Areas

  • Children Counseling
  • Teen Counseling
  • Family Counseling

Ellen Bradley-Windell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Co-Founder of Valencia Relationship Institute. In addition to being a co-founder of Valencia Relationship Institute, Ellen has been in private practice in the Santa Clarita Valley for 25 years. Ellen works with children, teens, and families. 

April de Higes

CEO/Co-Founder

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(661) 259-8200

valenciarelationshipinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

Specialty Areas

  • Individual Counseling
  • Couples Counseling
  • Family Counseling

April De Higes, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Co-Founder of Valencia Relationship Institute. In addition to being a co-founder of Valencia Relationship Institute, April has been in private practice working with children, teens, families and couples for 20 years. 

Administrative Staff

Sarah Brooks

Client Care Coordinator

Molly Castenada

Administrative Assistant

Rachel Orbon

Administrative Assistant

Other Providers in Our Office:

lance_steinberg.jpgLance Steinberg, M.D.

Psychiatrist

phone: (818) 224-3540
email: lancemd18@gmail.com
website: LanceSteinbergMD

Lance Steinberg graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and was designated a Rock Sleyster Scholar by the American Medical Association as one of the top ten medical students in the United States in the field of psychiatry. He completed a full residency in pediatrics at UCLA and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, then a fellowship in adolescent medicine with an emphasis on medical-psychiatric interface at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Steinberg then trained in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he has taught advanced child psychopharmacology, CBT, and self-hypnosis for over twenty years.

Dr. Steinberg has spoken nationally for CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD), the Tourette’s Society of America, and the OCD Foundation. He also has lectured at the HELP Group on autistic spectrum issues, and for many educational organizations on unipolar & bipolar disorder and learning disabilities, as well as anxiety disorders (generalized, separation, phobias, post traumatic stress, etc.). Dr. Steinberg is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA (Geffen) School of Medicine and has a private practice in psychiatry/psychopharmacology in Calabasas, Encino, and Valencia. He enjoys doing consultations and treatment of people of all ages, and encourages close working relationships of the treatment team.

Learn more at Lance Steinberg, M.D.

Lee Langley

Cornerstone Christian Counseling
Marriage & Family Therapist

phone: (661) 297-7255
email: lee@thevine.net
website: www.scvfamilycounseling.com

“My ideal client is a couple seeking help for their marriage from a Christian perspective. I see individuals (adults primarily) and couples who desire to resolve marital struggles, improve parenting skills or work on personal growth. I specialize in couples work, but I also work with individual clients in the areas of anxiety, depression, stress, and spiritual issues.”

Learn more at www.scvfamilycounseling.com