Laguna Behavioral
Out Patient Psychiatric clinic


Adel Eldahmy, MD, MBA                      Laguna Niguel,Orange County CA
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Adel Eldahmy,MD, MBA completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of California –Irvine in 1984, after which he went to private practice in Southern California. His fellowship in Psychiatry included the Eating Disorders program at the University of California, Irvine.


In 1997, Dr Eldahmy received his HealthCare MBA from the University of California, Irvine.


Dr Eldahmy is a Medical Director of MD Laguna, Intensive outpatient program in Laguna Niguel, CA.


Medical Director of Laguna Behavioral and Long Beach Behavioral.


Dr Eldahmy has served as a Medical Director at Long Beach Eating Disorder Clinic, Long Beach Psychiatric Center, Medical Director of Eating Disorders program at Charter Hospital of Long Beach, Medical Director of Charter out-patients Clinics in Los Alamitos, CA, He also served as chief of staff at Los Altos Hospital, Long Beach, CA.


Dr Eldahmy founded Telemed Foundation in 2012, a Telemedicine non-profit Organization.

 

Member of the American Medical Association.

Member of the American Telemedicine Association.

Member of the International for Telemedicine and eHealth.



Joseph R. Simpson, MD, PhD received his undergraduate degree in biology magna cum laude from Harvard University.  He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.  His thesis work focused on neuroimaging in mood disorders and the functional neuroimaging of cognition-emotion interactions.

 

After completing his adult psychiatry residency at the University of California Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute/West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, he completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Southern California.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.  He has published several peer-reviewed articles in neuroimaging and in forensic psychiatry.  Most recently he edited the book Neuroimaging in Forensic Psychiatry: From the Clinic to the Courtroom, published by Wiley-Blackwell in April 2012.

 

Dr. Simpson is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine.  He is currently a Councilor for the Southern California Psychiatric Society, a District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association, and is also an active member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.



Elizabeth Roberts, MD is a board-certified Psychiatrist who treats children, teens and adults in private practice and provides expert advice on cutting-edge topics in psychiatry through TV, radio and print media. Dr. Roberts is dedicated to educating the public regarding psychiatric conditions and the appropriate use of psychiatric medications. She is a tireless advocate for her patients who rarely have a voice in the public forum.

Dr. Roberts derives her expertise not only from academic study but from a wealth of personal and professional experiences that make her particularly well positioned to understand and educate on the topic of mental health. Her past experience in psychiatry has spanned service in the most impoverished areas to the most elite clinics, including her position as Medical Director of Hazelden, in Chicago to providing psychiatric services through the county mental health clinics to the homeless in Riverside county.

Dr. Elizabeth Roberts has been guiding, caring and advocating for children and adults for over thirty years, half of those years as a physician. Her work in human services started with running the soup kitchen and housing the homeless. Not only has she worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, but her career as a child advocate started at 17 years old, as a volunteer counselor of runaways. Her service to children went on to include coaching sports in poor neighborhoods, providing direct care for profoundly physically and mentally handicapped teenagers, and culminated with a career in teaching. She was a classroom teacher in schools that ran the gamut from the most prestigious private schools to the most disadvantaged public schools in the Chicago area.

She has worked to educate parents and professionals in various settings. She has lectured at Berkeley University on the use of psychiatric medications in children and conducted public seminars on mental illness and parenting techniques through hospitals, high schools, and ChADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) meetings.

When Dr. Roberts entered Medical School, she was a single mother, her children were eight, seven, and four years old at the time. She attended Rush Medical College and completed her medical education with a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the Medical School at Northwestern University of Chicago.



Michael B. Ferguson, Psy.D., LCSW has been working in the mental health profession for more than 30 years, and has specialized with Chemical Dependent patients with co-existing disorders, i.e., anxiety and depression. He received his Bachelors' Degree in Psychology from Long Beach State University where he graduated with honors, he completed his Masters' Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California and received his Doctorate of Psychology from Ryokan College of Los Angeles. 

He served his internships at UCLA Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California, where he worked with adolescent children and their families. He also trained at L.A. County USC Psychiatric Hospital where he worked with bipolar and schizophrenic populations, and other related psychiatric illnesses.

During his current practice at Long Beach Behavioral and Laguna Behavioral he serves a broad and diverse population who frequently present with depression, anxiety and chemical dependency. During treatment they learn how to deal with uncomfortable emotional conditions, i.e., social phobia, communication problems and other fears without the use of their drug of choice.

Dr. Ferguson has served as Clinical Director for several drug and alcohol recovery facilities. He is certified by the Department of Probation to teach Domestic Violence Classes and currently serves as Clinical Director of a Domestic Violence Agency in South Orange County. He also provides treatment for this population in his private practice. 

Dr. Ferguson remains current with research literature assciated with professional advancement in treatment and maintains a keen awareness of innovative techniques as he chooses to utilize the most effective methodology in the treatment of clients. 

As a practicing psychotherapist with Christian based values, he provides counseling that will help develop and cultivate coping mechanisms which are consistent with Scriptural principals found in the Bible.

Equally important, Dr. Ferguson's ethical standards remain uncompromised while adhering to the highest level of honesty and integrity. 


 

 

Enas Elshiwick, Psy.D., M.F.T., is a licensed psychologist and a licensed marriage family therapist.. She has experience working with a variety of clients, including, issues of relationships, marriage and family, personality, obsessions, compulsions, drug and alcohol addictions, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety, paranoia, and other issues that effect daily lives.

 

She has had experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, in a variety of settings, including private practice, agencies and clinics, and with inpatients (where she was the head of the psychology department of the hospital). She is bilingual (Arabic and English), and understands and has experience dealing with issues of adjustments in terms of culture and religion. She is eclectic in her approach, taking into consideration the client's best interest and welfare.

 

 

Dr. Jessica Denbo is a Licensed Psychologist who received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology.  She works with adults as well as children and adolescents and specializes in individual, couples, and family therapy.  Dr. Denbo has a significant amount of experience in treating ethnically, culturally, and spiritually diverse client populations with a wide range of psychological difficulties.  These include anxiety, depression, trauma, stress and adjustment issues, self-esteem, relational problems, parenting issues, and childhood disorders such as attention deficits and attachment-based disturbances.  She is skilled in long-term therapy as well as brief solution-focused therapy.  Dr. Denbo has had specialized training in psychodynamic oriented psychotherapy as well as in the treatment of eating disorders and body image disturbances.  Her professional experience includes private practice, community counseling centers, intensive outpatient treatment programs, and mental health agencies.  In addition to her work with patients, Dr. Denbo provides clinical supervision to doctoral students.

 

 

Catherine L Speckmann, LCSW

Change-even good change can be difficult. My personal philosophy toward change is based on empowerment. I like to help people recognize and utilize the tools that are available to them. My background is diverse. I began my career in 1989 as an addictions counselor. The connection between addictions and mental health disorders is strong. Dual diagnosis has always been an area of interest for me. I attended the University of Wisconsin where I received my Masters Degree. I graduated with honors on the Children and Family track. Licensed to practice as a psychotherapist in both California and Wisconsin, I have experience in both an outpatient and an acute hospital setting. For many years, I was the Director of the Child and Adolescent program at a Milwaukee clinic. I do, however, work with all age groups. I have experience in the following areas:

 

Addictions

ADHD

Adjustment Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

Behavior Disorders

Dual Diagnosis

Grief and Loss

Mood Disorders (Depression/Bipolar)

Self-mutilation

Trauma and PTSD.

 

I have successfully planned and implemented community support groups that address the needs of: children in foster care, parents of children with a mental illness, social skills for children with ADHD, teens and substance abuse, and women in recovery with a dual diagnosis. My practice includes integrating proven, effective clinical treatment methods

along with extensive life experience. I will meet you where you are at and assist you in getting to where you want to be.

 

April Murray, RD is a registered dietitian specializing in nutrition counseling for eating disorders as well as weight loss, diabetes, disease prevention and cardiac health. 

Ms Murray graduated from the University of California Davis with a Bachelor of Science in clinical nutrition. She then attended Stony Brook University in New York where she completed an ADA accredited Dietetic Internship. April is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the Orange County district of the California Dietetic Association where she stays connected with the latest research.

Ms Murray has worked successfully with a wide variety of clients. In her experience she has found that a non-dieting, intuitive eating approach has been most successful in helping her clients reach their goals.


Danielle Organista, LMFT has been practicing since she graduated from CSU, Dominguez Hills in 1997. She specializes in helping individuals in their twenties transition through the often tumultuous stages of early adulthood. She offers strategies to help 20 to 30 somethings discover what it is they want and don’t want at this stage in their life. Her clients work with her as a team to develop a plan of action for their life is reflective of their needs, wants and true passions. When someone has a solid understanding of who they are, opportunities and answers to the most anxiety-provoking questions will present themselves when you least expect it.

 

Her areas of expertise include: adoption, anxiety or fears, depression, divorce, eating disorders, infertility, loss or grief, quarter-life issues, parenting, as well as relationship issues. She sees children, adolescents and adults.

 


Lana Delshadi, Ed.D., Dr. Delshadi received her doctorate degree in counseling psychology for clinical settings from OISE- University of Toronto, Canada. She obtained a post – graduate certificate in Neuropsychology from the Fielding Institute.

Dr. Delshadi is a Licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist in the state of California. She has been working at Crossroads Psychotherapy Group, Inc. since 2001.

Dr. Delshadi has experience working with adults and children in various settings including schools, counseling centers, hospitals and private practice. Her areas of specialty include neuropsychological testing for ages 5 and over. She assesses various issues including learning disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum, post head–trauma and dementia. In psychotherapy she works with various issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues and health issues.

 



Mary-Louise Henson, MFT is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist who has maintained a private practice in Laguna Niguel, CA since 1992. Prior to receiving her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, she taught elementary school, raised two children to successful adulthood, worked in the fitness industry and co-owned a business.

 

Her clinical training combined with rich life experience continues to provide her with a unique and evolving perspective on how people can heal, make positive changes, healthier decisions and lead more fulfilling lives. She is able to address a wide range of clinical issues including personal growth, relationship challenges in a technology driven world, infidelity, parenting “stress”, divorce, depression, anxiety, weight management, the fear of aging and health changes.

 

From 1998 to 2011 Mary-Louise worked with Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, as a behaviorist in Mission’s Sports and Wellness Weight Management Program. She currently teaches behavioral classes in Stress Management and the Psychology of Weight Loss for Mission’s Cardiac Rehab Program. In September 2011, she began teaching behavioral classes for WellDatrix, a medically supervised weight management program based in Irvine, CA.

 

Mary-Louise has been a dedicated Iyengar yoga practitioner for the past 15 years and has recently begun Pilates classes.




Leanna Holly, MFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual and family therapy.

Among her areas of expertise are interpersonal relationships, healing emotional ailments (such as depression, anxiety, anger, or grief), issues impacting children and adolescents, problems with attachment, family conflict, and creative-expressive therapies.

Leanna is an interactive, solution-focused therapist that integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with individuals and families to repair relationships, interrupt harmful patterns, create positive changes, and build on personal strengths and resources.

When working with children or adolescents, Leanna integrates a variety of expressive techniques such as art, writing, play, sand, clay, music, and movement. When working with parents, she strives to teach nurturing and effective parenting skills. Parents are guided in strategies for developing and strengthening attachment with their children and are offered new tools and strategies for improving family interactions, problem solving, and improving communication patterns.


 







 

 

 

 

 

 


  


 






















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