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Trainee Therapists

Our counseling staff consists of Marriage & Family Therapist Trainees and Professional Clinical Counseling Trainees who are working towards completing their degree required practicum and primarily provide therapeutic services. They are supervised by Dr. Avis Attaway, LMFT (34493), or Dr. Guy Balice (PSY 22638). 

The fee for a 50 minute session with a trainee therapist is $30

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Marissa Moreno

Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee

It is true that in this life, we may all face challenges that take a big toll on our personal

well-being. However, your story of the challenges you have experienced are unique to

you. Does your story involve feeling emotions of anxiety, depression, anger, grief? Do

you feel defeated each day or find trouble being present in your familial, intimate, or

social relationships? Whatever it may be that brought you here today, it would be my

honor to provide you with the space where you can feel safe and comfortable in sharing

your story with me.

I remember how freeing and comforting it was to have my own experience of being

given the safe space to be vulnerable in sharing the emotions and hardships I was

facing in therapy. When I felt the empathy and validation that was communicated to me

in therapy, it was like taking in a breath of fresh air. I felt empowered and knew that I

had the strength and tools to overcome the battles I was facing. From then on, I vowed

that it would be my goal to provide this same life changing experience for my own future


I enjoy creating a collaborative relationship with my clients and integrating approaches

that are unique to their needs and goals. I am passionate about working with all ages

and varying populations. Along with my training at Life Source, I have experience with

working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and adolescents ages 12 to 18.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for taking this first

step in seeking therapy and I look forward to getting to be a part of the rest of your


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Kate Stahl-Kovell, PhD, MA

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

Kate Stahl-Kovell is a maternal mental health specialist. As an intern at Life Source Affordable Counseling Services, Kate works primarily with mothers, gestational parents, couples, and families around the issues of anxiety during pregnancy, birth trauma, Postpartum PTSD, Postpartum Depression, adjusting to parenthood, and more. Her clinical work is steeped in trauma therapy, where she utilizes the Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) to meet her clients' needs. Kate holds a MA and PhD from outside of but related to mental healthcare, where she studied dance, maternal health, and movement. As Editor in Chief at the Journal for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (JOPPPAH), she publishes cutting edge research on pregnancy, bonding, and maternal health. Kate also lectures at Mt. San Jacinto College. In her spare time, Kate can usually be found oil painting, hiking, and climbing throughout Southern California with her family.

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Scheryle Jann Simmons, PCC

Professional Clinical Counselor

People suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, or other difficulties feel stuck in those existing ways: feeling like this is their life’s lot. They are miserable and feel that is the way it always will be. I know there can be change with help. One can have a happier, more productive life. Help is available to the courageous that reach out for it to a trained helper.

I create a safe place for the client to change, a space where their emotions and thoughts are taken seriously. I help clients realize and activate their inner resilience to successfully gain knowledge and skills to help them feel differently and to change their behavior to have a happier, more productive, more cohesive life; to feel better each day.

Counseling is a collaborative endeavor. The client and therapist work together to accomplish the goals that the client desires and sets to achieve. I help the client get in touch with their inner self, decide what changes need to happen, and stay with them through their journey with support and guidance. I have benefited from counseling in my own life and can testify that reaching out for help can positively change your life. I have life experience in marriage, parenting, chemical dependency, and many other issues of living in this world. There is a way out of or a way to decrease the emotional pain. I would be privileged to work with you and help you through these challenges.

We do not receive a handbook on how to live life with its innate complexities, and we all need some guidance and support to enjoy it more fully and to have a more productive life. If you would like to work with me, please contact me at Life Source by email or phone.

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Amoni Adams-Anderson, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

Hello! I am a second year graduate student working on my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I am working towards a Marriage and Family Therapy license. I have worked in therapeutic environments for 8 years and I work with many demographics of patient. I am passionate about improving my client’s quality of life while providing a warm and welcoming environment. Let’s work together to enrich your quality of life and improve your relationships!

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Sydney Hernandez, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

I have found a passion in caring for others and working with individuals on their path to healing. Life can throw countless barriers and challenges in our way and working through them requires help! As a Trainee Marriage and Family Therapist I believe each person holds their own story and subsequent struggles that deserve authentic and goal-oriented counseling. My goal through counseling is to provide my clients with an safe and empowering space to process trauma, achieve goals, improve communication, manage emotions, increase self-acceptance, and improve overall mental health. Thank you for taking the time to seek out therapy and feel free to contact me to get started on your therapeutic journey.

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Christy M Cuara, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee

Recognizing that you are not where you want to be is a strong point to begin changing your life” -Deborah Day


I am so glad you are here. It is difficult to understand why we may feel lost, tired, and hopeless during our most vulnerable moments.


My approach to therapy is to create and deliver a safe and supportive environment that allows individuals to connect, discover, and address challenges.


I am passionate about helping individuals uncover childhood trauma, build positive coping mechanisms and self-esteem, personal development, impact of loss, trauma, and improving interventions to support emotional, physical, and relationship recovery.


I strongly believe rapport, validation, and empathy are key factors in a therapeutic alliance. *Bilingual Spanish Speaking, LGBTQ+,

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Elyse Ndu, MFT/PPC

Marriage & Family Therapist Trainee/Professional Clinical Counselor

Hello! My name is Elyse, and I welcome the opportunity to walk with you through wherever you find yourself in your journey. I am people person who strives to create a safe space for others to express themselves. My motto is no one makes it through life by themselves. While in training to become a clinician, I am to use a variety of therapeutic models. While I find different approaches useful for different situations, I really gravitate towards Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, and Solutions Focused approaches. I am especially drawn to the treatment of PTSD, Trauma, Eating Disorders, depression, and others. I strongly believe in supporting others to live their best lives. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, where I gained my first experience as a peer counselor. I have also done work in personal coaching and organizational consulting. I am in the last phase of my Marriage and Family training at Touro University. I enjoy meeting and working with people from all walks of life in the past helping them to develop new muscles to lead healthier lives. If you think we might be a good fit, I look forward to supporting your wellness. All the best.

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