Best Mental Health Therapist for Teens in Los Angeles - Beachside Teen
Lucy Minassian

Lucy Minassian, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director

Lucy is an interactive, solution focused therapist with over 18 years of experience in the mental health field. As a licensed clinical social worker, her work history consists of working with individuals across the age spectrum in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Applying various evidenced based approaches, she encourages family involvement as a major part in the recovery process. A firm believer in systems theory, she sees the family unit as complex and ever changing. Thereby challenging and empowering families to grow and thrive in order to meet the demands of the family unit.

Specializing in treating adolescents, adults, couples, and families struggling with addiction, co-occurring disorders, relationship issues, anxiety, and depression. Lucy takes an action-oriented, collaborative approach to promote change in both individuals and their families. Along with compassion and understanding, Lucy utilizes the therapeutic relationship to explore the underlying causes of addiction in order to successfully move through pain and trauma to develop healthy coping skills.

Along with compassion and understanding, Lucy utilizes the therapeutic relationship to explore the underlying causes of addiction in order to move through pain and trauma while simultaneously developing healthy coping skills.

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Syuzanna Shirinyan

Primary Therapist

My name is Syuzanna Shirinyan and I am an associate clinical social worker. I attended University of Southern California (USC), where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Social Work with emphasis in cognition and innovation. I greatly enjoy working with adolescents, where I incorporate my specialties of cognitive behavioral therapy, problem solving therapy, and mindfulness. During my leisure time, I enjoy working on crafts, gardening, and spending time with my loved ones.

Program Director Ramona Loza

Ramona Loza

Program Director

Ramona Loza has been the Program Director at Beachside and other facilities for several years. Having experience in the field beyond here, being a member the Groupe Home Administrator at California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She completed a Bachelor’s in Social Work at the California State University, Los Angeles.

 

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Roz Razzaghmanesh

Therapist

Roz is a graduate of Phillip Graduate Institute and had completed her hours working with children as MAT assessor for DCFS and working with teens and adults dealing with co-occurring issues. Roz is a licensed clinician and her theory of orientation is family dynamic and narrative therapy. Roz is able to connect with families and children compassionately and assists families in forming a healthy connection with each other.

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Mark Paladini

Director of Education

Mark Paladini brings 12 years of experience teaching at the university level where he was celebrated for his curriculum design and lesson planning for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to heading the undergraduate program that he co-created at Regent University, he also developed and ran a highly successful online master’s program for high school teachers. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and is a graduate of the Los Angeles Teaching Fellows Program. Mr. Paladini also served on the recruitment team during his time at the university which gives him a unique advantage to help students prepare for what is needed to get into college.

Prior to teaching at the university level, Mr. Paladini taught and developed courses for UCLA Extension, taught middle school English for LAUSD, and mentored students at a National Blue Ribbon Elementary School in Los Angeles. He also has extensive experience in the entertainment industry (Fun Fact: Mark Paladini is an award winning Casting Director!) and brings his theatre skills into the classroom to create an engaging atmosphere where students enjoy the process of learning.

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Kathleen Guntner

Office Manager

Kathleen has always been interested in the field of mental health and finds true joy in watching others grow and heal from past and current struggles. Kathleen received her Associate Degrees in both Psychology and General Education with an emphasis in social Behavioral Sciences in the summer of 2020. Kathleen currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at California Lutheran University. Her long-term goal is to become a Marriage and Family therapist for Adolescents. Kathleen has previous experience working in a residential facility for eating disorders. While there, she also supported those struggling with co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, self-injury, trauma, personality disorders, etc.

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Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp

Clinical Staff

Nathaniel has worked as a professional healer for almost a decade, using the power of breathwork as a catalyst for positive changes in clients’ lives. Equipped with an arsenal of techniques – with a special focus on breath – Nathaniel has helped thousands of people process trauma, disarm negative thought patterns, and maintain healthy and happy relationships with themselves and loved ones. Nathaniel’s client base ranges from those seeking relief from everyday anxiety, to those suffering from severe emotional and physical trauma. His specialty includes working in addiction treatment facilities to help accelerate clients’ journeys to recovery.

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Tracy Opp

Equine Therapist

Tracy is a certified alcohol & other drug counselor with CADTP, working in the substance abuse/recovery field for over 23 years. Tracy graduated from her UCSB certification program in 1993. In 1998, she was hired by PDAP of Ventura County as a CATC for the intensive supervision juvenile department, serving the probation and entrenched gang population until 2011 when she was offered the head counselor position at a community recovery center. She currently serves as the Alcohol & Drug counselor at several middle schools in Oxnard, CA, focusing on prevention, intervention, and recovery. Tracy’s passion for helping others, along with her lifelong love and knowledge of horses, has driven her to launch her equine assisted counseling services. Tracy runs groups at A Wildwood Recovery, as well as weekly equine assisted therapy group programs to benefit the clients in their recovery. Tracy owns her own horses andlives in Thousand Oaks with her husband of over 18 years and two daughters.

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Liam Anderson

Fitness Instructor

Liam Anderson was born and raised in Santa Monica.  He grew up studying classical theater and playing Club soccer.  He played Varsity sports at Malibu High, and graduated with a recognition of outstanding hours given towards community service.

Liam attended Santa Monica College and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London for Classical Theater.  Liam now works in Malibu as a full time Youth Development coach and mentor for various sports and strength training courses.  He also plays in the UPSL soccer division in the greater Los Angeles area, at the Semi Professional level.

He holds accountability, punctuality, and a having a positive attitude at the utmost importance in all categories of life.

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Alfonso Arroyo

Executive Chef

Alfonso Arroyo began his career in the culinary arts in 2006. Alfonso attended culinary school at the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, California. As a chef, he has worked at multiple restaurants, a large hotel corporation, and an assisted living community for the aging population. Alfonso comes from a large family who all share a love for creating and cooking meals together. He enjoys exercising, days on the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

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Rey Carungcong NSSIA-Cert

Clinical Staff

Rey Carungcong majored in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology at California State University Northridge, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Working as a Certified Music Therapist, as well as a Behavioral Therapist with individuals with special needs since 1995, Rey gained extensive experience in the Behavioral and Mental Health Fields. He also obtained certification as a NSSIA Master Level Surf Instructor.

Rey has been facilitating Adaptive Skills Surf & Social Skills groups since 1997, and officially opened Shaka Surf Club in 2006. As a co-founder, Rey brings his impeccable educational and clinical background in Psychology, ABA, and Music Therapy to the Club. Over the years, Rey developed a unique experiential therapy program in Surf Therapy that utilizes and blends the modalities and theories of Neurophysiology, Kinesiology, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Sensory Integration Theory, Cognitive Development Theory, and Social Development Theory.

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Lindsay Audette

Group Facilitator

Lindsay has been acting since she learned to talk and she fell in love with comedy when she moved to Los Angeles from the Midwest. She is originally from Chicago where she graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Theater Performance. After completing the Conservatory Program at Second City Hollywood, she co-created a comedy group called “LA Ugly” that performs improv and sketch comedy around LA. She works for the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and does auto shows for Volkswagen.

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Maureen Ganz

Group Facilitator

After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2006, Maureen worked in the entertainment industry while cultivating her love of improvisation at Second City. She quickly realized how incredibly useful improv is for people from all walks of life. While writing and performing gave her great joy, she found that teaching was actually her greatest passion. She is thrilled AdLib LA helps so many diverse groups and individuals reach their full potential.

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Daniel Durant

Media Expressive Group Facilitator

My name is Daniel Durant. I am an artist/producer who specializes in audio and visual media. I’ve created music, films, and podcasts for myself and various other artists/agencies throughout Southern California for the past 5+ years. My goal is to create honest and creative pieces of media that capture the essence of the individuals who participate in creating them with me.

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Nathaniel Hodder – Shipp CADC-11

Clinical Staff

Nathaniel has worked as a professional healer for almost a decade, using the power of breathwork as a catalyst for positive changes in clients’ lives. Equipped with an arsenal of techniques – with a special focus on breath – Nathaniel has helped thousands of people process trauma, disarm negative thought patterns, and maintain healthy and happy relationships with themselves and loved ones. Nathaniel’s client base ranges from those seeking relief from everyday anxiety, to those suffering from severe emotional and physical trauma. His specialty includes working in addiction treatment facilities to help accelerate clients’ journeys to recovery.

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