Our Team

Engage is a group of highly qualified and compassionate clinicians that utilize an integrated, collaborative approach personalized for the unique needs of each individual and family. We reach beyond clients symptoms to create an authentic relationship, which helps them effectively address life’s challenges and achieve their goals.

Clinical Team

Trevor Reynolds Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Chief Exective Officer

Trevor is a founding partner of Engage, and serves as our Chief Executive Officer. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with adolescents and families in the Conejo Valley for more than 17 years. His areas of focus are working with adolescents, young adults, families, and people with anxiety, depression, chemical dependency, and co-dependency. In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Trevor is an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology and also supervises MFT interns. Trevor has previously served as the Director of Disability Services for both Pepperdine University and the University of Southern California. He is married with two young children and in his free time loves to spend time with his family and his three dogs, cooking, reading and camping.

Samantha Tamburro Psy.D., Chief Relationship & Outreach Officer

Samantha is a founding partner of Engage and the Director of Business Development. She a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has been working with children, adolescents and families in the area for over 18 years. Growing up in the Conejo Valley and having graduated from Westlake High School, Dr. Tamburro is especially passionate about her work in this community. Dr. Tamburro's practice focuses on adolescents, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and chemical dependency. Samantha works from a wellness, rather than pathology, framework and emphasizes integrative health management. In addition to running a private practice, Dr. Tamburro also supervises two psychological assistants. She is married with three young children (one set of twins) and loves to spend her free time with her family, singing, playing soccer and running.

Jesse Esqueda Psy.D.

Jesse is a clinical psychologist and partner with Engage. Dr. Esqueda moved to the Conejo Valley area when he was 10 years old and attended the public schools of Las Virgenes Unified School District. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained a doctorate degree from Phillips Graduate Institute. Dr. Esqueda joined the Engage team in 2006 while in graduate school and has worked with children, adolescents and families of the Conejo Valley for over 9 years. Jesse's practice focuses on adolescents, individuals, families, substance abuse and male mental health. Dr. Esqueda's clinical experience includes working in various treatment settings including: community mental health, private hospitals and state prisons. Dr. Esqueda is married with three children. In his free time, Dr. Esqueda enjoys camping, the outdoors and spending time with his many pets.

Robert Scholz Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Clinical Director

Robert is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor who has worked with adolescents, adults and families for 20 years. Robert brings expertise in the areas of addiction, men's emotional health, sports psychology, family violence and college mental health to the Engage team. As a highly experienced couples and family therapist, Robert is also trained to provide premarital counseling using the well-known Prepare-Enrich assessment. Prior to his time at Engage, Robert spent a decade at Pepperdine University serving as the Assistant Director of their Counseling Center and Coordinator of their Alcohol and Drug Program. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Robert regularly conducts trainings at local and national conferences for professionals in the fields of mental health, higher education, and community corrections. He is an expert on the topic of motivational interviewing and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He has co-authored several professional publications on the topics of addiction, the psychology of men and developing community partnerships to address family violence. Robert, who is married and has a spirited young son, loves living in the Conejo Valley, hiking the local mountains, making pottery, and as a former college athlete, engaging in a variety of sports.

Sasha McPherson Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Director of Development

Sasha is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Director of Development at Engage. She has been providing care for teens and families in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas for over eleven years. Sasha is a great fit for individuals struggling with anger management, disordered eating, substance abuse, or symptoms of anxiety, depression, or another mood disorder. She works with her clients to empower them to identify personal strengths and gain insight about areas in which they are challenged and looking to overcome. Sasha received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Lutheran University. Sasha has experience in our community with local residential programs, outpatient treatment, and community based programs with youth and families. In addition to her private practice and her work in development at Engage, Sasha is an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and pug Kayla at the beach, hiking, or riding bikes.

Lyle Nelson M.S., PPS, Intake Coordinator

Lyle is the Engage Intake Coordinator. He received his Bachelors in Criminal Justice and his Masters in School Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services credential, both from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. Prior to working at Engage, Lyle has worked in local residential facilities and with community based programs for over 5 years helping youth manage anxiety, depression, substance dependency, and connecting them and their families to community resources. Lyle started working at Engage in 2012 as a group therapist. He works well with youth who struggle with anxiety, depression, and anger to help them develop coping skills that work for the individual. He employs his sense of humor and patience when interacting with the youth in the program. As Intake Coordinator, he strives to provide hope to families coming in looking for help and is available to anyone to talk about Engage Treatment Programs. During his free time, Lyle enjoys going to the gym, reading science fiction, playing board games with his wife and walking their two boisterous French Bulldogs. He enjoys and strives to travel somewhere new as often as he can with family and friends.

Evan Simmons Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Evan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from California Lutheran University with an emphasis in Sports Psychology, and received his Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Evan has experience and great interest in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Since joining the Engage team in January 2012, Evan has expanded and continued his work with children, adolescents, and young adults coping with symptoms related to family difficulties, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and other mental health concerns. Along with his individual practice, Evan works with Engage Treatment Programs, our intensive outpatient groups, which assist teens and young adults struggling with social/emotional issues as well as issues surrounding substance abuse. In his free time Evan enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and exercising.

Jenny Reznick Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Parent Mentor

Jenny is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She maintains a private practice here at Engage where she works with individuals, families, and couples. Additionally, Jenny provides family therapy for clients participating in Engage's Intensive Outpatient Programs, and co-facilitates the parent support group on Tuesday evenings at Engage. In her private practice, Jenny works with children, teenagers, and adults, helping them to work through various mental health issues, developmental challenges, and important life transitions. Jenny works diligently to assist her clients in overcoming their struggles with depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and self- harming behaviors. She helps her clients improve self-esteem, manage challenging emotions, and build effective coping, communication, and socialization skills. Jenny encourages clients to identify and utilize their strengths, and aids them in identifying the tools they need to make healthy choices, reach personal goals, and thrive in their daily lives. Jenny absolutely enjoys the privilege of accompanying her clients on their individual journeys of healing and self-discovery. In her work with families, Jenny supports all family members as they learn new techniques to address and resolve conflict, improve communication, develop strategies to solve problems, build empathy and understanding, acknowledge and accept strengths and differences, and create stability and connectedness at home. Jenny wholeheartedly believes that with a willingness to learn and grow, and a commitment to self-care, her clients can overcome challenges, find balance, and live the lives they are meant to live.

Justin Strock Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Justin is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose practice includes working with adolescents and families with an interest in treating anxiety and depression. Justin currently maintains a private practice in Westlake Village, and West Los Angeles. He has a diverse clinical training history and has been able to work with adolescents and their families in various settings including community mental health, probation departments and as a group leader for a unique program at Malibu High School. In addition to his clinical work, Justin teaches a Human Relationships class at UCLA extension (PATHWAY Program) and runs two social skills groups to students with developmental disabilities. Justin enjoys spending his free time with his wife and playing basketball. Also, Justin has been meditating for several years and teaches clients who are interested in beginning meditation.

Jessica Anderson Julian Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Jessica received her Master’s degree in Counseling & Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Cal State Channel Islands. Additionally, she has over 16 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness meditation and is an adjunct psychology instructor at Los Angeles City College. As a clinician with Engage since 2012, Jessica's works with individuals, adolescents, young adults, couples and families from a natural client centered approach that incorporates evidence based Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) skills to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other traumas, addiction relapse, and other mood/anxiety disorders. She also enjoys supporting clients who are experiencing phase of life transitions (college, marriage/divorce, parenting, grief, loss, etc) and seeking additional skills to enhance overall quality of life/well-being, individual purpose and meaning. With 3 professions (in addition to parenting 2 teens), Jessica maintains her own balance through fun times with family, daily yoga/mindfulness practice, cooking, poetry, hiking, reading, writing and mountain biking (2014 Californian State Champion), 1st place overall (age and category) Kenda Cup XC series 2014 and 2015.

Alex Steric Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Program Manager for Engage ME

Alex was raised in Thousand Oaks and has been working with children and adolescents in various capacities in the community for over 10 years. Alex received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Cal State Channel Islands, a Masters degree in Social Work from USC, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Prior to joining the Engage Team, Alex worked with children, adolescents, and families in a community-based mental health program providing individual and family therapy and crisis intervention, as well as within the school district providing intensive school-based therapy. Alex is passionate about working with children, teens, and adults faced with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and various life transitions. She enjoys working from a strengths-based perspective and in collaboration with clients to assist them in reaching their goals. Alex is bilingual and provides individual and family therapy in English and Spanish. Along with her private practice, Alex also works as a family therapist and is the Clinical Manager for Engage Treatment Programs, our intensive outpatient program which assists adolescents faced with various social-emotional concerns. In her free time, she enjoys learning from others, reading, traveling, and spending quality time with friends, family, and her dog Buddy.

Terry Carroll CATC1, Parent Mentor

Terry facilitates the weekly parent groups at Engage Treatment. She is a registered drug and alcohol Counselor with CAADE and certified EAGALA Equine Specialist. As the head equine specialist at Stand In Balance, a ranch in Westlake Village, she co-facilitates sessions with therapists for individuals, couples, children and several addiction facilities. Terry is dedicated to helping those whose lives are affected from mental illness, alcoholism, and addiction. Terry’s areas of interest include horses, traveling, baking, and spending time with her husband, five children and many animals.

Marcus O'Leary Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Lead Group Therapist

Marcus joined Engage in 2014. He is currently a Lead Group Therapist for our adolescent treatment programs and works with individuals through his private practice. He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Arts from Penn State University in 2003. During the decade between undergraduate and graduate school, he was fortunate to have worked in various other career fields in cities across the country. The collective life experience gained from that time serves as a significant source of understanding in his work. Marcus received his MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara and is experienced with CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused approaches. Marcus is passionate about his work with adolescents and young adults; specifically, in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and various life transitions. When he’s not working, Marcus enjoys playing hockey and spending time with his wife, daughter, and black Labrador Retriever. They love camping, fishing, traveling, and embracing new adventures together.

Gurpreet Sahan Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Lead Group Therapist

Gurpreet is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Engage Treatment Programs. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2013 and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in 2015 both from California Lutheran University. Prior to joining the Engage team, Gurpreet has provided counseling within Ventura County schools as an individual and group therapist for at-risk adolescents and at California Lutheran University's Community Counseling Services as an individual, couple, and family therapist. Gurpreet's passion within the field revolves around supporting the lifelong development of purpose and wellness within those he works with. Through understanding one's history, current context, and motivations for the future, Gurpreet encourages clients to employ their personal strengths as a means to ending pain, increasing hope and resiliency, and constructing a bright future. In addition to Engage Treatment Programs, Gurpreet also works as a Behaviorist practicing Applied Behavior Analysis with individuals diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, provides counseling for school-age youth within Ventura County, and works as an individual and family therapist within California Lutheran University's Intimate-Partner Violence Program. In his personal time, Gurpreet enjoys playing guitar, hiking, and playing sports.

Peter Mora Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Lead Group Therapist

Peter is an MFT Intern who has worked in individual and group therapy settings, specializing in adolescents, young adults, and family work. Peter also serves as Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at CSU Northridge, and as a Counseling Specialist at CSUN’s Michael D. Eisner College of Education, specializing on factors impacting university students’ academic motivation, sense of belonging, self-efficacy, resilience, and academic help-seeking behaviors. Peter enjoys identifying and utilizing individuals’ strengths to assist with the creation and maintaining self- growth, efficacy, motivation, and appreciation. Peter would like to continue working with adolescents and adults to address difficulties with family issues, transitions, depression, anxiety, and/or other mental health concerns. Peter received his M.S. in Counseling, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from CSUN. Prior to joining Engage, Peter worked as an In-Home Outreach Counselor at Strength United (Northridge, CA) and as a psychotherapist at Counseling West (Sherman Oaks, CA). During his free time, Peter enjoys spending time with his loved ones, traveling, listening/playing music, and playing with his two dogs.

Melanie Watson Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Group Therapist

Melanie is an MFT intern earning her hours toward licensure under the clinical supervision of our Clinical Director Robert Scholz. Melanie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Engage, she worked as an individual and group therapist at Interface Children & Family Services in Camarillo and Thousand Oaks. Melanie has worked with children, teens, individuals, and families dealing with issues of trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and life transitions. Melanie’s work is guided by the belief that every client has the capacity and internal strength to change and grow. Her role as a therapist is to be a partner as well as a guide in her clients’ journeys while working in a straightforward, open, and honest way to empower and support them in their own unique process of healing. In her free time, Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and their beagle, Lucy.

Mona Vartanian Education Specialist

Mona has coached disciplines such as Linguistics, Mathematics, Sciences, Computer Skills, Literature, and History at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Moreover, she taught advanced placement, collegiate & graduate levels. Her array of teaching and learning experiences are not limited to homeschool students but also to students in brick and mortar schools, community colleges and universities. Throughout her experience as an educator in public and private school and in her private practice, Mona noted a trend, in that, each student is unique in his ability to process, understand and retain new concepts. Equipped with an M.S. in Education, a LearningSuccess™ Coach and Workshop Facilitator Certification, a Lindamood Bell Reading Program, a Handwriting and Typing Certification along with her 35 years of teaching experience, Mona felt that she finally acquired all the tools to, “open the door for all my students to succeed, explore, and learn.” Mona enjoys working with all age groups. She encourages and celebrates her students, young and adult. She nurtures their unique abilities by customizing courses to fit their personal needs and bring out their creativity by developing their talents. When tailoring each course to each of her students, she maximizes the learning experience and minimizes the effects of academic and personal limitations. In her free time, Mona is a wonderful wife and proud mother of two sons. She enjoys baking, leisurely reading, walking her three dogs, listening to international music, dancing and mostly traveling.

Norine Vander Hooven Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Norine Vander Hooven is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has worked in the field of mental health for 30 years. Most recently, Norine was the Assistant Clinical Director at Engage. Norine is currently in private practice full time. Norine specializes in crisis intervention, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Norine is trained in EMDR, and is passionate about working with children, teens, and adults using EMDR. Norine also utilizes other types of talk therapy as well. Norine has served as a Field Instructor for MSW graduate students for the last 5 years. She is extremely passionate about her work in the field of Suicidology, and is proud to be a member of the American Association of Suicidology. Norine works from a strength-based approach, and believes that each client is unique, special, and has their own strengths to build upon. Norine works with individuals, couples, and families. She feels privileged to be able to help people on their journey in discovering their authentic self, and working through any challenges they might be experiencing. In her spare time, Norine loves spending time with her family and their dog, as well as getting to San Diego whenever possible.

Tamika Mazariego Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Program Manager for Engage Renew

Tamika has been providing therapeutic support for children, teens, and their families in Ventura County for the last ten years. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from California State Northridge and her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the Engage Team, she spent time working with women struggling with substance abuse in an inpatient treatment program and is familiar with the challenges of recovery. She also worked with children and teens in a residential treatment program where she further developed her level of empathy, compassion, and knowledge of effectiveness of evidenced based treatment with children and teens struggling with severe depression, anxiety, and oppositional behaviors. Tamika has also worked as a clinician with the children's mobile crisis team in Ventura County providing emergency mental health assessments for children and teens during one of the most difficult times in their life. Tamika supported each client in creating a safety plan or identifying a safe harbor for treatment. Her warm, but direct approach, supports her clients in feeling comfortable but also confident in the quality of care they are receiving with her. In her free time, Tamika enjoys spending time with her husband and son and enjoys brunch with good friends.

Andre Sheremetiev Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Group Therapist

Andre joined Engage in 2016, as a Group Therapist, working with our adolescents and young adults to aid them in overcoming their life challenges. Most recently, he worked as a Therapist Trainee at the David H. Fox Counseling Center, at Phillips Graduate University. Andre completed his Masters of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Phillips Graduate University. In his work, Andre has been helping individuals identify sources of strength in their current lives, as well as their hopes and dreams for the future. Married, and a proud father of three children, he understands the unique challenges inherent in raising a healthy family. Andre is an avid believer in the profound transformative power of psychotherapy, as a means of re-constructing one's life and helping an individual to get in touch with her/his authentic sense of self, and he hopes to share in the experience of guiding others toward achieving their life goals, by breaking through the social and emotional roadblocks that stand in their way. As we can mend the body with physical therapy, so too can we heal the mind with psychotherapy, as a wide body of research continues to demonstrate. Andre’s clients can expect to experience a genuine human encounter, guided by unconditional support and empathy, in a quest to discover tools and answers which match the unique needs of the individual. Andre is truly honored to be a part of the Engage family.

Lilly Shonafelt Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Lead Group Therapist

Lilly received her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California in May 2015. Previously, she attained her bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis in Psychology at California State University- Northridge. Lilly has clinical experience working in community mental health setting as well as the public and private school systems. She began working in the community mental health setting where she was able to interact with children and their families as well as learn about and observe Parent and Child Interaction Therapy. Her work in the private school settings enabled Lilly to work with young children, adolescents, and their families through methods of play therapy, art therapy, and talk therapy. Lilly’s experience includes working in the public school system, where she met with high school students individually with various mental health needs as an Intensive School Based Therapist. During her time working with children and adolescents in the school systems Lilly has met with individuals who experience symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as other mental health concerns. She is excited to be a part of the Engage team and looks forward to making a difference in the community. During her free time Lilly enjoys spending time with friends, family, and outdoors hiking and horseback riding.

Saira Crawford Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Art Therapist

Saira joined Engage in 2016 as an art therapist and working in our private practice, specializing in early intervention and prevention with children. Saira graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy. She is trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, TF-CBT and Seeking Safety evidenced-based practices. She also uses the evidenced-based practices of Triple P and MAP in her work with parents. Saira uses play and art therapy to assist clients in meaningful expression. She runs art therapy groups at Engage with teenagers in the partial hospitalization program. Saira also works with parents, children and adolescents at So Cal Child Therapy and in her private practice. She believes that no two people are alike and tailors her therapeutic approach to each individual, couple or family she meets. Her core belief is that each of us has the potential to heal from any pain or obstacle life has given us. It is her mission to help you uncover what the pain is, where is it coming from and how to manage and heal from it. She helps our clients find their own strengths and assist them in discovering their potential. Saira's style is built on this strengths-based approach and integrates mindful awareness, humanistic and problem solving approaches.

Saturnino Yniguez LMFT, Program Manager for Engage Thrive

Saturnino received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Prior to receiving this degree, he attended San Diego State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. He has worked in the San Fernando Valley for the past four years in various treatment settings: residential treatment, high school counseling, intensive outpatient and in-home counseling. He has experience and interest in working with adolescents and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse and other mental health concerns. In addition, Saturnino has experience assisting clients with developing healthy communication, emotional regulation and coping skills. He joined the Engage team in 2016 as the Case Manager for our Day Treatment program. In his free time he enjoys watching and playing any and all sports.

Brooke Saul Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Group Therapist

Brooke joined Engage in 2016 as a group therapist for our Intensive Outpatient Programs. She graduated from California State University Northridge in 2015 with a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Brooke spent the last four years working with adolescent girls in the foster care system who have been significantly impacted by severe trauma, emotional disturbances, behavioral issues, and substance abuse among a range of mental health disorders. She also spent a year providing therapy within a school setting to middle school students struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and academic difficulties. She works from a strengths-based approach in order to assist clients and their families overcome adversity, as well as develop greater motivation, gratitude, resilience, personal acceptance, and self-growth.  She enjoys spending her free time with friends and family, exploring new places, hiking, and utilizing mindful yoga techniques.

Colin Keller Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Program Manager for Engage Beyond

A Los Angeles native, Colin Keller received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, specializing in conflict-related trauma. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Prior to Engage he worked in a community-based mental health program in Los Angeles providing individual psychotherapy, group therapy, assessment and crisis intervention. After 15 years working in business development, Colin left the corporate world to become a psychotherapist and follow his “compass of the heart”. Along this journey he has trained extensively in mindfulness-based therapies, substance abuse treatment, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and is Level I certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to treat PTSD and other types of trauma. Combining evidence-based practices with an interpersonal and client-centered approach, Colin strives to remain as authentic as possible while helping empower others to find their own purpose and meaning. Currently Colin is Program Director/Group Therapist for Engage Beyond, a co-occurring adolescent substance abuse treatment program. In this position, he utilizes both his clinical experience and his personal journey through the depths of addiction to work with teens struggling to manage symptoms of substance abuse as well as depression/anxiety.

Blake Brisbois Psy.D.

Blake holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. He is registered with the California Board of Psychology as a Psychological Assistant under the supervision of Jesse Esqueda, Psy.D. Dr. Brisbois grew up in the Conejo Valley and attended the public schools of the Las Virgenes Unified School District before receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate degree from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Dr. Brisbois maintains a private practice at Engage and specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families, helping and empowering them to work through various challenges such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, grief, relationship or family issues, and adapting to other life transitions. In addition to his private practice, he provides family therapy services to clients participating in Engage's Intensive Outpatient programs and co-facilitates parent education classes at Engage.  Prior to joining the Engage team, Dr. Brisbois provided therapeutic services for over 8 years at a number of settings in the Los Angeles area, such as: high schools, continuation schools, college counseling centers, inpatient hospitals, community mental health clinics, and private practices. His approach to psychotherapy integrates concepts of Cognitive-Behavioral, Gestalt Play/Art Therapy, Family Systems, Mindfulness, and Psychodynamic approaches with a fit-based model. He brings to therapy a humility, having great respect for the vulnerability and trust required to make positive changes in one’s life. In his free time, Dr. Brisbois enjoys spending time with his family, restoring classic cars, traveling, and rooting for the Dodgers.

Amanda Flynn Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Group Therapist

Amanda is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and group therapist in the Engage ME treatment program. Amanda earned her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Humboldt State University in 2013, holds a Bachelor’s in English Literature from UCSB and a California Teaching Credential from Antioch University Santa Barbara. Through the scope of various professions, she has provided client centered care to At-Risk children, adolescents and teens over the past 9 years and works well with individuals facing issues related to trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, identity relationships, and life transitions. Drawing from strength approach models, Amanda works in collaboration with clients to help enhance quality of life, feelings of connectedness to others, personal meaning, renewal of possibility and integrate a positive self-concept. Prior to joining the Engage team, she worked as intensive school-based therapist for the Conejo Valley School District and is currently serving Ventura County schools as a school-based therapist. In her spare time, Amanda loves to spend time with friends and family, travel, go to the beach, hike, read books/watch films, play guitar/drums, spontaneous adventures, and going to concerts.

Pam Ness Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Utilization Review & Quality Assurance Specialist

Pam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined Engage in 2016 as the Utilization Review and Quality Assurance Specialist. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Pam’s eclectic clinical background over the past twenty years includes years as a child and adolescent therapist with a high risk population in a community mental health center in Chicago, treasured experience as a pediatric oncology social worker within a major children’s hospital, and more recently as a medical historian in the realm of forensic psychiatry. She is honored to be part of the amazing clinical team at Engage, and is focused on supporting families in getting the treatment they need. In her free time, Pam enjoys family time with her husband and their two teens, cheering for her beloved (World Series Champions!) Chicago Cubs, and reading anything that catches her eye -- especially literature, autobiographies, and historical fiction.

Carrie Hastings Psy.D, Testing Coordinator, Licensed Clinical and Sport Psychologist

Carrie is a licensed clinical psychologist and is the Psychological Testing Coordinator for Engage.  Dr. Hastings is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she was a hurdler on the track team. She obtained her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University, where she has worked as part of the adjunct faculty and as a therapist in the student counseling center. In addition to providing individual therapy for all ages, Dr. Hastings specializes in psychological testing and sports psychology. Dr. Hastings conducts workshops for coaches and parents as part of the Play Like a Champion Today program, a national outreach initiative promoting the moral atmosphere of sports. She is the research coordinator for the organization and has developed resources to raise awareness of mental health issues among athletes and to help coaches work more effectively with athletes who have special needs (e.g., ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities).  Dr. Hastings also presents nationally on the topic of bullying and is the staff psychologist for Kind Campaign, a nonprofit anti-bullying organization.  Dr. Hastings enjoys reading, running, watching football, dancing, playing with her children, and drinking coffee so that she can engage in the aforementioned activities.

Adelina Mehrazarin Brisbois Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Adelina is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, parents, and families. She joined the Engage team in 2016 as a Family Therapist for our treatment programs. Adelina received her Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. She is passionate about working with adolescents and their families. She has worked as a high school counselor in the greater Los Angeles area as well as a clinician in private practice. Adelina works collaboratively with school administration, physicians, and families to provide comprehensive support for each individual's needs. Her practice integrates mindfulness, somatic experiencing, and strength based methods to help clients build a more whole sense of self. Adelina's therapeutic approach is strongly informed by her extensive experience with Violet Oaklander's Gestalt model of Play/Art therapy, family systems, as well as Reflective Parenting. In her free time, Adelina enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with loved ones, and going to the beach.

Adare Toral Professional Clinical Counselor Intern, Group Therapist

Adare is a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern and Group Therapist at Engage. She has a history of working with children and adolescents in various settings including inpatient programs, outpatient programs, and schools. Adare is passionate about working with this age group and helping teens to view and plan their future while creating the changes they want to make. Using trauma-focused practices and therapy techniques as well as mindfulness, she hopes to create an environment for healing. She enjoys taking these practices into the real world through yoga, meditation, hiking and playing with her puppy.      

Matthew Evans Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Group Therapist

Matthew is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern and a Group Therapist in the Engage Me treatment program. Matthew earned his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology for Pepperdine University in 2016 and holds a Bachelors Degree from San Diego State University. Prior to working at Engage, he worked at a community based agency providing individual therapy to adolescents and adults, as well as a residential treatment program for adolescents struggling with eating disorders. Matthew has experience working with a wide range of clinical issues, such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family dynamics and conflict, eating disorders, substance abuse, and trauma. He has additional training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and aims to specialize in providing therapy to adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety disorders. In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing golf and traveling.

Cassie Padilla Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Group Therapist

Cassie started at Engage in 2016 after earning her Master's of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. During her graduate training, She worked for a community center to provide therapy to adult individuals experiencing both homelessness and mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety, as well as severe mental illness such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders. During this work, Cassie developed a passion for helping individuals to better understand and cope with symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and other aspects of psychosis. As a member of the Engage team, Cassie strives to bring this passion into her work as a Group Therapist in both the Engage Me and Engage Thrive programs. Specifically, she utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness approaches alongside evidenced-based aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients develop insight into their own experiences of depression, anxiety, and psychosis. Cassie hopes this insight development will empower clients as they develop skills to lead healthy and meaningful lives. Cassie also has a strong passion for the outdoors, and works to integrate this into her professional life by bringing aspects of Outdoor and Wilderness Therapy to her clients at Engage. She believes that contact with the natural world can soothe our pain and boost our emotional well-being, and she has been known to provide therapy to clients in nearby parks, or even among the gardens outside of the Engage facilities. In her free time, she loves to spend time camping, cuddling with her cat, and visiting loved ones in her home state of New Mexico.

Andrew Cohen Group Support Specialist

Andrew is currently studying to get his MFT from Cal Lutheran University and received his Bachelor's in Psychology from UCLA. He's had experience working with adolescence with substance abuse and was also a behavioral therapist working with children with ASD for a year and half. When he's not working he really enjoys going on runs with his dog Bailey and watching the LA Kings play hockey. Andrew joined the Engage team in 2017 and is looking forward to growing with the company.

Peter Lascurain Director of Insurance Billing

Peter joined Engage in 2007 and is now our Director of Insurance Billing. Peter is well known by many of our clients for his warmth, caring nature and ability to problem solve. Not only is he excellent at keeping the Engage offices running smoothly, his proactive style keeps challenges from ever rising to a crisis. Peter's knowledge of insurance and billing is a real asset to the clinicians and clients of Engage Treatment Programs. In his free time, Peter enjoys photography, art and collecting classic cars.

Ashley Breems Director of Operations & HR

Ashley received her degree in psychology from California Baptist University in 2012. Professionally, Ashley has worked as a behavior interventionist with children on the Autism Spectrum, as a Certified Nurses Assistant with children who are mentally and physically disabled, as a community counselor with women who have borderline personality disorder and spent many years in customer service related fields. She joined the Engage Team in 2014 as the Director of Operations and HR and enjoys how the position allows her to use her wide array of skills. Currently she is attending Penn State World Campus seeking a Master’s Degree in Human Resource and Employee Relations. She has an amazing husband who works in Sports Journalism/PR and a beautiful baby boy who is the absolute apple of her eye.

Madison Goodwin Administrative Assistant for Insurance Department

Madison is a long-time resident of the Conejo Valley and grew up in Thousand Oaks. After high school, she was accepted to a prestigious theater conservatory in Santa Maria and received her AA in Theater Arts. After graduating from the conservatory Madison had the experience of a lifetime working for the Walt Disney Company as a face character and parade performer at their Disneyland and California Ad-venture parks. Afterwards, Madison gained experience in the administrative field as Social Media Manager for a medical office. She is recently married and when she is not at work she enjoys acting, singing, writing and spending time with her family which includes their munchkin cat Alan “Albacore”.

Anna Preston Relationship & Outreach Coordinator

Anna received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from San Francisco State University in 2014. During her time there, she learned the comprehensive idea of social settings, behaviors and relationships. Her passion for helping others, different cultures and understanding how diverse the world is led her to want to become involved in a career that worked closely with other people. In college, Anna was the director of membership & service for a professional business fraternity called Alpha Kappa Psi. It was there that she gained experience in marketing, networking, and human relations. After college, she moved to Barcelona, Spain to teach English abroad and travel all over Europe. She joined the Engage team in 2017 and in her spare time you’ll find her playing her ukulele or on the next flight somewhere abroad!

Jen Vervloet Executive Administrative Assistant

Jen started working at Engage in January 2016. Prior to working here, she had the opportunity to work in public relations for the music industry and was able to tour all over the world. Coming back to California, she decided to work in the treatment field and has even opened her own recovery home in Channel Islands! At Engage, she is the executive assistant and is a great asset to the administrative department. In Jen’s free time she likes to hike, bake, and spend time with her husband, 4 children and 2 dogs.

Jessie Mahn Administrative Assistant for Front Desk

Jessie graduated from Cal State University Northridge with her Bachelors in Child & Adolescent Development. She has experience in Applied Behavior Analysis working with children, teens, and young adults. Recently, Jessie worked as an Education Coordinator for a preschool in Santa Barbara. Beginning in Fall 2017, she will be working towards her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is looking forward to this new chapter in her life as she dives into the Mental Health Field, not only for her career, but to further her own self-discovery. Jessie joined the Engage Team in 2017. In her off time, you will find her at Dodger stadium, dressed in Dodger Blue, and cheering on her favorite baseball team!

James Oliver Transportation Coordinator

James joined Engage in 2017. While he does many things around the office in support of the entire Engage family, he works as transportation coordinator for our PHP program. He is a recent graduate of California State University Northridge with a Bachelors in Kinesiology and a minor in Sociology. James has gained experience with a variety of populations during internships where he trained women’s college soccer, softball and faculty, elderly traumatic brain injury victims and taught physical education to fourth graders. He also volunteers as tent leader with area homeless veterans in Ventura, works with disabled vets, is a mentor at a horse sense and healing clinic for veterans and first responders with PTSD. In addition, James practices equine therapy for autistic children in Simi Valley and currently conducts and leads weekly succulent propagation and landscape design at a meditation mount in Ojai. James brings a unique awareness about individual potential and paradigms as he has lived 27 years in Ventura County, 6 years in Nebraska, 2.5 years in Alaska and 6 years honorably serving in the U.S. Army. In his spare time, he can be found journaling, reading, hiking or practicing photography. James is very grateful to have to the opportunity to work with our adolescent clients and looks forward to his future with Engage Treatment Programs.

Taylor Chandler Administrative Assistant for Front Desk

Taylor started working at Engage in 2017. She was drawn to Engage because of what they stand for, and has gone through her own life experiences which have led her to want to work in a field that focuses on helping others. She is excited to be a part of Engage's mission and to be working alongside those who are committed to helping others each and every day. When she is not at work, she enjoys camping, health & fitness, and relaxing with her boyfriend and their little dog Rocky.

Mary Thomas Director of Finances

Mary has a long-standing background in financial management and accounting. She is now the Director of Finances for Engage where she manages all financial aspects of the company while monitoring the growth and structure. Mary, her husband and 3 boys have lived in Agoura Hills for the past 25 years, and take pride in being part of community projects such as the Great Race of Agoura. Non-Profit projects such as this provide funds for much needed programs in the School District which include, Art/Music, Athletics, and Computer classes for the LVUSD. Mary and her family also enjoy hiking, being outdoors, and decorating for the Holidays! They even received a special thanks award from the City of Agoura Hills for their decorating and keeping the Holiday Spirit in the community, as their decorations can even be seen from the freeway!

Reach Us

Address: 650 Hampshire Road Suite 104 Westlake Village, California 91361
E-Mail: info@engagetherapy.com
Phone: 805-497-0605